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20 February 11:51 pm

Wednesday afternoon, the Dynamo announced the acquisition of English midfielder Andrew Driver on loan from Scottish club Heart of Midlothian. The versatile midfielder appeared in more than 150 games for Heart and was part of the club that won the 2012 Scottish FA Cup.

In his first interview as a member of the Dynamo, Drive spoke with Glenn Davis during Wednesday night's edition of Soccer Matters on ESPN 97.5 FM.

20 February 11:35 pm

Following tonight's results in Charleston, the Dynamo are now tied for second place in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Houston defeated Vancouver 2-1 behind second half goals from Will Bruin and Adam Moffat and the Chicago Fire defeated the Charleston Battery 2-1 behind a stoppage-time goal from Alex.

The Dynamo still have an outside chance of winning the preseason tournament, but they will need help from the Whitecaps in Saturday's finales. Here are the updated standings.

Current Standings
Team Games Played Points GF GA
Chicago Fire 2 6 5 3
Houston Dynamo 2 3 4 4
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 3 4 4
Charleston Battery 2 0 3 5

The Dynamo will conclude the Challenge Cup Saturday at 6:15 p.m. CT against USL Pro club Charleston Battery. Prior to that match, the Whitecaps and Fire will square off in their Charleston finale. For the Dynamo to win the tournament for the third time, they will need to defeat the Battery, the Whitecaps need to defeat the Fire and the Dynamo need to finish with a better goal differential than both Chicago and Vancouver.

All matches will be streamed on USLnation.com.

20 February 7:28 pm

Rusk Elementary School, a school in Houston's East End that has been adopted by the Houston Dynamo, saw the latest addition to its library arrive on Wednesday.

Last year, the Houston Dynamo donated the funds to upgrade the nook in the library as part of the Building a Better Mind program, presented by BBVA Compass.

On Wednesday, the nook saw the addition of a new area rug. The rug was donated by The Oriental Rug Gallery and Room ReDo Interior Design.

The Houston Dynamo would like to thank all of our partners as we continue to help the youth in our community and build a better Houston.

20 February 1:41 pm

The Houston Dynamo announced today the signing of Andrew Driver, an English-born midfielder who has represented both England and Scotland at the youth national team level. Let's take a look back at the key moments in Driver's career:

November 22, 2002

As a 15-year-old, Driver scored a goal for the Scottish U-16s in a 2-1 Victory Shield defeat over England. The Victory Shield is an annual football tournament competed for by the under-16 teams of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

August 25, 2006

Made his home debut and scored an 80th minute goal in a 401 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League

January 6, 2007

Made his Scottish FA Cup debut at age 20 in a 4-0 win over Stranraer

April 29, 2007

Scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Celtic in front of 60,000 fans at Celtic Park

July 2008

Driver signed five-year contract extension with Heart of Midlothian

June 22, 2009

Played for England U-21 squad against Germany at the 2009 UEFA European Union U-21 Football Championship

August 3, 2011

Returned from injury and scores goal in 4-0 win over Hungarian club Paks in Europa League qualifying round

May 19, 2012

Played 84 minutes in 5-1 win over Hibernian in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final

February 20, 2013

Acquired by Houston Dynamo on loan

 

20 February 10:50 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 10 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – 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 comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #10:

When Boniek Garcia joined the Dynamo from Olimpia of Honduras on June 27, the club was 5-5-5 after one of the worst defeats of the season, a 4-2 setback in Montreal on June 23. Garcia was expected to help the club, adding a dynamic attacking dimension to the midfield. But few could have envisioned the significant impact the Honduran would have on Houston's 2012 season, which ended at the MLS Cup final. 

From Garcia's debut on June 30 through the end of the season, the Dynamo had a +10 goal differential, with 28 goals scored and 18 goals allowed in 19 games. Before his arrival, the club had scored 20 goals and conceded 23, for a -3 goal difference. Granted, Houston's first seven games of the season were on the road, so the first 15 games of the year were under different circumstances than the final 19 with Garcia. Still, one cannot deny that the crafty midfielder was a major part of the Dynamo's summer surge, as the club went 9-4-6 with Garcia after the 5-5-5 start to the season. 

The Dynamo did not lose any of Garcia's first eight games with the club, going 5-0-3 beginning with his June 30 debut against Philadelphia. At the end of the season, Garcia was voted by his teammates as the Dynamo Players' Player of the Year, the ultimate sign of respect from teammates. It seemed like Garcia impacted every game he played, and he played 90 minutes in all 17 regular season appearances, and 90 minutes in all six playoff games. Below are some of Garcia's stand out performances from his debut season in orange.

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
6/30 Philadelphia W, 2-1 After just two days of training with the club, assists on Brad Davis' opening goal just 19 minutes into debut
7/15 D.C. United W, 4-0 Assists on Will Bruin's goal and then scores his first goal with Houston, which he declares the first header goal of his career
7/28 @ Toronto FC W, 2-0 Combines with Davis to setup Brian Ching's late goal, sealing first road win since March as unbeaten streak reaches seven games
8/19 Columbus T, 2-2 Continues blossoming partnership with Davis, assisting on his goal in 19th minute
8/25 Toronto FC T, 1-1 Garcia is provider on Bruin's goal, marking fifth assist in 11 games with Houston 
9/14 @ Sporting KC T, 1-1 Garcia sets up Davis' second half goal as partners team up again
9/23 @ Philadelphia L, 3-1 Honduran provides first half equalizer with rocket off far post
9/29 New England W, 2-0 Garcia seals big win with stoppage time volley goal, followed by memorable knee-slide celebration in corner
10/20 Philadelphia W, 3-1 On night Eastern Conference playoff field is settled, Garcia's provides game-winning goal in 71st minute, followed by a two-fist celebration through raining streamers

Return to the blog on Thursday for number 9 on our countdown to Opening Day.

BUY TICKETS FOR MARCH 2 OPENING DAY: DYNAMO VS. D.C. UNITED

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

 

19 February 2:57 pm

Preseason is a time for many things. It's a time for team bonding, a time for team pranks and for some people a time to prepare for the upcoming season. But for one player, this year's preseason became so much more.

In an unexpected turn of events today, Dynamo defender Warren Creavalle, a player who pundits expect to make huge strides in 2012, found himself trapped in the unlikeliest of places. In case you missed it, here is the breakdown of this afternoon's events.

Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell breaks the news

Dynamo athletic trainer Theron Enns confirms the reports

Creavalle sends word that he is OK ... well sorta ...

Goalkeeper Tyler Deric rallies fan support with a new hashtag

Nothing seems to be working...

An hour has gone by and Creavalle is still trapped ...

Fan support pours in from across the country...

We're getting close!

Almost there!

Maybe life in a bathroom isn't so bad?

And he's free!

Creavalle's roommate shows his concern...

MLS Insider is EVERYWHERE!

It's a good thing the MLS Insider was on the scene as he was able to catch up with Creavalle after today's incident. Hear what the Dynamo defender had to say.

19 February 12:42 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 11 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – 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 comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #11:

The Dynamo set a club record with 11 regular season home wins in 2012, completing a season that was record-setting in many ways. The Dynamo also set franchise records for goals (48) points (53) and average home attendance (21,015) while Will Bruin and Tally Hall set individual records as the club reached its fourth MLS Cup final in seven years.

Moreover, the club with the best home record in MLS history also completed the first unbeaten home season in team history with an 11-0-6 regular season mark. The 11 wins surpassed the previous club record of 10 home wins, set in 2011 and 2008. The Dynamo carry a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak into 2013 (30 games in all competitions) and can set a new MLS record by extending the undefeated streak to 30 regular season games.

Below are details on each home win in 2012, along with the most home wins per season in Dynamo history. 

2012 Home Wins

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
5/12 D.C. United 1-0 Win Brad Davis' 30-yard goal opens BBVA Compass Stadium with win
5/26 LA Galaxy 2-1 Win Andre Hainault's header delivers victory in 2011 MLS Cup final rematch
6/16 FC Dallas 2-1 Win Adam Moffat's upper-corner rocket seals win in first Texas Derby at BBVA Compass Stadium 
6/30 Philadelphia Union 2-1 Win Boniek Garcia's debut sparks eight-game unbeaten streak
7/15 D.C. United 4-0 Win Dynamo open season-changing three-game homestand with biggest win of the year
7/18 Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Win Calen Carr scores twice as Dynamo maintain supremacy over East-leading Sporting KC
7/21 Montreal Impact 3-0 Win Four weeks after worst loss of season in Montreal, Dynamo gain revenge and cap nine-point week, perfect homestand
8/3 New York Red Bulls 2-0 Win Dynamo steamroll Red Bulls to gain first place with fifth straight win as unbeaten run reaches eight games
9/6 Real Salt Lake 1-0 Win On a night when stomach flu reduced Dynamo bench to six players, Colin Clark's stoppage time penalty seals unlikely win
9/29 New England 2-0 Win Scoreless game reaches 77th minute before Ricardo Clark, Boniek Garcia find net, ensuring win on rain-soaked night
10/20 Philadelphia Union 3-1 Win

Win completes fourth unbeaten home season in MLS history as Dynamo clinch playoff spot for sixth time in seven years; 11th home win sets a franchise record

Most home wins per season, Dynamo history

YEAR HOME WINS HOME RECORD (W-L-T)
2012 11 11-0-6
2008 10  10-1-4
2011 10 10-3-4
2009 8 8-1-6
2007 8 8-3-4
2006 8 8-3-5

 

Return to the blog on Wednesday for number 10 on our countdown to Opening Day.

BUY TICKETS FOR MARCH 2 OPENING DAY: DYNAMO VS. D.C. UNITED

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

 

18 February 3:42 pm

While the Dynamo continue their preseason training camp in Charleston, S.C., their 2012-13 CCL quarterfinal opponent Santos Laguna continues their run through Liga MX.

SECURE YOUR SEATS FOR THE MATCH VS. SANTOS AT BBVA COMPASS STADIUM

Last week, Santos got out to an early lead on first place Tigres UANL, but a 37th-minute strike from Anselmo Juninho gave the home side a 1-1 draw.

Darwin Quintero's second-minute golazo (watch highlights below) gave Santos an early lead and former Mexican national team goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez made three saves for Los Guerreros.

With the draw, Santos moves to 2-3-2 on the season and sits in a tie for eighth place in Liga MX.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Santos as they travel home this week for a matchup Friday night against second-place Club America. The match kicks off at 9:30 p.m. CT at Estadio Corona in Torreon.