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02 March 10:22 am

If you haven't seen it already, I highly suggest you pick up a copy of today's Houston Chronicle, featuring a special section previewing the 2013 Dynamo season. If you can't get to a newstand, here' s a rundown of articles you can read.

Familiar Dynamo lineup has look of another contender
By Jesus Ortiz

Dynamo, Sounders start at top
By Jesus Ortiz

Dynamo set to start season with home as final destination
By Jesus Ortiz

Dynamo at forefront of growth movement in MLS
By Randy Harvey

This just a sample of articles you can see in today's paper. Be sure to visit pick up your copy for the complete section and then come to the stadium tonight for the season opener vs. D.C. United (7 pm, BUY TICKETS).

01 March 6:10 pm

Jonathan Kaplan and Eddie Robinson break down all the latest Dynamo news and get you ready for the season opener with our Friday Forecast.

01 March 5:07 pm

When the Dynamo take the field Saturday against D.C. United, it will mark the eighth season in Houston for the men in orange. Hard to believe that it's already been seven years since Brian Ching took the Bayou City by storm, scoring four goals in the first match at Robertson Stadium.

With that in mind, we take a look back at the past seven home openers in Dynamo history:

Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids
Date: April 2, 2006
Result: W 5-2
Recap: In the inaugural match for the Houston Dynamo, Brian Ching became an immediate Houston hero, scoring four goals in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Alejandro Moreno put the icing on the cake with a stoppage-time bicycle kick that earned MLS Goal of the Week honors.

Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
Date: April 8, 2007
Result: T 0-0
Recap: After raising the 2006 MLS Cup championship banner, the Dynamo were unable to pull out a win on the field in their home opener. Pat Onstad and the defense held on for a shutout despite a late red card to defender Ryan Cochrane.

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
Date: April 6, 2008
Result: T 3-3
Recap: In the MLS home opener, the Dynamo fell behind 2-1 and 3-2 to their in-state rivals, but a sensational 93rd-minute goal from rookie Geoff Cameron, making his first start, lifted Houston into a tie.

Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew
Date: March 21, 2009
Result: T 1-1
Recap: Brian Ching and Guillermo Barros Schelotto traded second-half goals as the Dynamo earned a point against the defending MLS Cup champions.

Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake
Date: April 1, 2010
Result: W 2-1
Recap: Brad Davis converted two second-half penalties two minutes apart as the Dynamo pulled out a 2-1 win over defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake in the 2010 home opener.

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: March 19, 2011
Result: L 1-0
Recap: A fifth-minute Danny Califf goal was enough for the Philadelphia Union who pulled out a 1-0 victory to spoil the Dynamo’s 2011 home opener at Robertson Stadium.

Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United
Date: May 12, 2012
Result: W 1-0
Recap: In the inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo and D.C. United looked destined for a draw before Brad Davis’ 67th-minute goal brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Dynamo three points few will ever forget.

01 March 4:57 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 1 day – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any thoughts on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we conclude the countdown with #1:

By now, we have covered most of the big moments in the opening season at BBVA Compass Stadium. From the long-awaited opening last May to epic playoff wins over Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United in November, it was a magical first year at the downtown jewel. How do you match a debut season like that? The Dynamo will give it their best shot.

Here on the eve of the opening of the 2013 season, we feel a mixture of nostalgia for the incredible debut season at the new stadium with a sense of anticipation for what 2013 could bring. All 11 starters from the 2012 MLS Cup final return for the Dynamo in 2013 and the club will enjoy the benefit of beginning the season with Boniek Garcia and Ricardo Clark in camp, two key figures of the 2012 team who joined midseason. In addition, newcomers Omar Cummings and Andrew Driver will augment a Dynamo attack that produced a club-record 48 goals in 2012.

Here are some of the big dates for the new season:

March 2 vs. D.C. United: The Dynamo will raise four conference championship banners before facing United in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.

March 5 vs. Santos Laguna (Champions League quarterfinals): For anyone inside BBVA Compass Stadium for the Dynamo-Valencia game last May or the Dynamo-Olimpia Champions League duel in October, they can attest that there is a different feel when an international opponent arrives in Houston. With a unique opponent to watch and vocal support of the visiting clubs from its fans, international games offer something different. On Tuesday the Dynamo and Santos Laguna will meet for the first time in a home-and-home quarterfinal series.

March 30 vs. San Jose Earthquakes: The Dynamo face the club from their original home in a meeting of the 2012 Supporters' Shield winners and MLS Cup finalists. There are also longtime friendships between the coaching staffs, including Dominic Kinnear and Frank Yallop, who shared the same bench in San Jose from 2001-03.

April 28 vs. Colorado Rapids: If the Dynamo win or tie their first four regular season home games of 2013, a win against the Rapids would set a new MLS record for the longest home unbeaten streak in league history, at 30 regular season games, surpassing Real Salt Lake's record (29 games).

May 12 vs. Sporting Kansas City: On the anniversary of the stadium opening, the Dynamo will meet their Eastern Conference rivals in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, when the Dynamo knocked out top-seed Sporting Kansas City for the second straight season. 

August 17 vs. Seattle Sounders: The club that very easily could have been the Dynamo's opponent in the 2012 MLS Cup final, the Sounders visit BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time. In last year's Western Conference Championship, the Galaxy carried a 3-0 lead into the second leg in Seattle. The Sounders scored two early goals and were pressing for a series equalizer before a Galaxy penalty goal sealed the series win for LA. The Dynamo and Sounders met in the 2009 playoffs and Brian Ching scored a goal in the 96th minute of the second leg at Roberston Stadium for a 1-0 win after the clubs played 185 minutes over two legs without a goal. 

October 9 vs. Sporting Kansas City: The Dynamo finish the 2013 schedule in the exact manner as 2012- with three home games before a finale on the road. This meeting with SKC is the middle game of the final three-game homestand and could be vital for both club's playoff position. 

October 20 vs. New York Red Bulls: A year to the date of Houston's 3-1 win over Philadelphia that capped an unbeaten home season, the Dynamo will finish the 2013 home schedule against the Red Bulls with a season finale at D.C. United looming a week later. 

*It was a lot of fun writing these posts every day as we celebrated Dynamo history over the past twenty days. I hope some of you learned a little bit about the club's history and its accomplishments over the first seven seasons. Here's to more memories in year eight! 

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Complete Countdown to Opening Day List

#2 - Dynamo carry two historic home streaks into 2013 season

#3 - Three road celebrations on way to 2012 MLS Cup final

#4 - Dominic Kinnear is fourth on MLS all-time wins list

#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#6 - Only six coaches in American pro sports have longer tenure than Dominic Kinnear

#7 - Seven years of Orange memories

#8 - Dynamo among eight remaining teams in CONCACAF Champions League

#9 - Dynamo treat fans to nine-point week

#10 - Boniek Garcia improved Dynamo's goal difference by 10 after arrival

#11 - Dynamo set another club record with 11 home wins in 2012

#12 - Tally Hall sets club record with 12 shutouts in 2012

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

 

01 March 4:13 pm

Prior to Saturday's season opener against D.C. United, we sat down with Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear to get his thoughts on the match.

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28 February 11:01 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 2 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any thoughts on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #2:

With only 90 days between the 2012 MLS Cup final and Saturday's 2013 season opener between the Dynamo and D.C. United, it is easy to remember the buzz inside BBVA Compass Stadium at the end of the 2012 season. The Dynamo completed the fourth unbeaten home schedule in league history with a win over Philadelphia in the home finale and won both home playoff games, extending a home unbeaten streak that stretches back 20 months to June 11, 2011, a 2-0 loss to Columbus at Robertson Stadium.

The Dynamo enter 2013 with a pair of historic home unbeaten streaks that will be on the line in the first two games of the season. The Dynamo hold a 25-game regular season home undefeated streak, the second-longest in league history behind Real Salt Lake's 29-game streak from 2009-11. The Dynamo also carry a 30-game home unbeaten streak in all competitions (including Champions League and playoffs) into 2013, which is also the second-longest in league history, trailing Real Salt Lake, which went 34 games without a home loss in all competitions during the same run.

To have a chance to break both league records, the Dynamo will have to take care of business in their first two home games of the season: Saturday vs. D.C. United and Tuesday vs. Santos Laguna in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal series. If the Dynamo win or draw in both of those games, both streaks will continue as the Dynamo host Vancouver on March 23 and San Jose on March 30.

If the Dynamo make it through the four home games without defeat, they could break the 34-game, all-competitions streak on April 14, when they host the Chicago Fire in their fifth overall home game of the campaign. The Dynamo would have to defeat Colorado on April 28 in their fifth MLS home game of the season to break the 29-game regular season record. The home atmosphere should be electric as the Dynamo try and extend both streaks beginning Saturday vs. D.C. United. 

  The chart below details the longest regular season home unbeaten streaks in Major League Soccer history:

Team

Home unbeaten streak

Streak start date

Streak end date

Real Salt Lake

29

6/6/2009

5/14/2011

Houston Dynamo

25

7/9/2011

???

Columbus Crew

22

6/28/2008

9/26/2009

LA Galaxy

18

10/24/2010

10/16/2011

San Jose Earthquakes

18

9/25/2004

10/8/2005

Houston Dynamo

17

6/26/2008

6/20/2009

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Return to the blog on Friday for #1 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List

#3 - Three road celebrations on way to 2012 MLS Cup final

#4 - Dominic Kinnear is fourth on MLS all-time wins list

#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#6 - Only six coaches in American pro sports have longer tenure than Dominic Kinnear

#7 - Seven years of Orange memories

#8 - Dynamo among eight remaining teams in CONCACAF Champions League

#9 - Dynamo treat fans to nine-point week

#10 - Boniek Garcia improved Dynamo's goal difference by 10 after arrival

#11 - Dynamo set another club record with 11 home wins in 2012

#12 - Tally Hall sets club record with 12 shutouts in 2012

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

 

28 February 10:31 am

What a bittersweet week for Dynamo Charities.  Sweet in the sense we had a great board meeting finishing up the plans for  our wonderful events and programs for 2013.  Bitter in that this week includes the last day for our executive director, Lori Ginsburg.  Lori has been with us since day one, and has been the energy, commitment and drive behind Dynamo Charities growth since 2008.  While we understand her decision,  we will miss her spirit and can do attitude.  Best wishes to you Lori!

On to our 2013 events. We are about a week away from the annual Fire Sale, part of the Meet the Team day at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 9. We will have lots of reasonably priced Dynamo and adidas merchandise available. This is a private season ticket holder event only, another great reason to join me as a Dynamo Season Ticket Holder. (With Opening Day this Saturday, get your tickets now.) For those veterans of the Fire Sale, note that we will have bags this year generously donated by Kroger’s.

At the Fire Sale we will be providing information on our upcoming event with Dynamo Sidekicks – a picnic style Dine with the Dynamo set for April 16. More information will also be on the website soon, but mark your calendars now.

The annual American Diabetes Association Houston Tour de Cure bike ride will be held Saturday, September 21. Dynamo Charities and Houston Dynamo are again sponsoring a ride team. You can bike as little as 10 miles or an amazing 100 miles, or somewhere in between – and if you join our team and raise at least $150, you get, by far, the coolest bike jersey in town. Our goal is 200 riders and $75,000 raised. You can sign up today and start raising money at: www.diabetes.org/houstontourdecure. From the site you can register to ride with us, or I would appreciate your support if you would consider a donation. Dynamo senior director of corporate development Bryan Kraham is the lead for the Dynamo bike team. Please contact him if you would like to sponsor us and be part of the coolest bike jersey around.

If you have questions on Dynamo Charities, all board members wear the Space City blue polos to games (as I am modelling above), so find us and ask.  A list of current board members can be found at http://www.houstondynamo.com/charities/board. Look forward to seeing you on Opening Day.

As the year goes on, I will use this blog to give you a heads up for our events.  Please check back on a regular basis and follow me on Twitter @DynamoChrtyTony

27 February 5:31 pm

With only four days to go before the first game of the 2013 season, the editors at MLSsoccer.com are busy with their season opening predictions. Yesterday, they looked at which players have a chance to win the Budweiser Golden Boot award. Today, they looked at which goalkeepers have a chance to take home this year's Goalkeeper of the Year award.

It's no surprise that there was Dynamo representation in each category.

First up is the Golden Boot, awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the regular season. Included on the list are some big names including Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry and Eddie Johnson. MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas, however, went outside the box with his selection and chose Dynamo forward Will Bruin.

The former Generation adidas striker is entering his third year in the league. He scored 12 goals during the regular season last year and added another four in the playoffs to help the team advance to the MLS Cup final. After an off-season training with the U.S. men's national team and his first cap for the USMNT at BBVA Compass Stadium, some pundits believe Bruin could break the 20-goal mark in 2013. Here is what Lalas had to say about Bruin:

He quietly hit 12 goals last year, good for ninth-most in the league. With the creative Boniek García alongside for a full season and the newly arrived Omar Cummings running defenders in circles, he has a shot at 20 this year.

Today, the MLSsoccer.com editors offered their choice for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Care to guess who Director of Video Jason Saghini chose? None other than Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. Here is what Saghini had to say about the Dynamo goalkeeper:

This is a long time coming, but Hall has gotten better and better each year.

Hall was named to the MLS All-Star team in 2011 and has backstopped the Dynamo to the last two MLS Cup finals.

Individual Dynamo players are not the only ones getting love from sports pundits. Over at SI.com, soccer writers Grant Wahl and Avi Creditor both predicted the Dynamo to be lifting the trophy in December.

Creditor: The Dynamo made the MLS Cup final each of the last two seasons. They had no major defections. They added a potential impact (and MLS Cup-winning) forward in Omar Cummings and filled out other depth needs. Bruin is coming off a 12-goal campaign as he enters his third MLS season. Boniek Garcia gets an entire season in MLS instead of joining midway through the campaign. They don't have to start the season on a lengthy road trip while the construction of their home stadium is concluded. This is a battle-tested, playoff-experienced team that knows how to win when it matters.

Wahl: Lost in the focus on whether Los Angeles can become the first MLS team to three-peat is the possibility that Houston could also make its third straight MLS Cup final. Dominic Kinnear has given a postseason coaching masterclass the last two years, and Houston should be even better this season with a full year of MVP candidate Boniek García and Ricardo Clark, to say nothing of Brad Davis, rising target man Will Bruin and the addition of Omar Cummings. My sense is we'll see a third straight Houston-L.A. final, but this time it'll take place in Texas.

Elsewhere around the internet, Brian Straus of Sporting News calls Houston the "class of the Eastern Conference."

So what do you think Dynamo fans? Is this Will Bruin's year to take home the MLS Golden Boot award? Is it Tally Hall's time to break through the clutter of top MLS goalkeepers and claim his position's top prize? Let us know below!

 

27 February 1:08 pm

In this week's Kickin' it with Corey Ashe, presented by BMC Software, the Dynamo defender discusses his offseason, his transition to defender and his role on the team.