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17 February 6:34 pm

The Dynamo held their first training session in Charleston on Sunday morning at the Charleston Battery's practice facility. It was a cold morning, with conditions similar to the first few days in Tucson on the club's preseason trip three weeks ago. The picture below confirms the stories from the Chicago Fire, which encountered a live alligator ambling up the shore and laying out beside the field at their training session on Friday morning. Apparently the gator is known to live in the pond, and he came out on Friday. Unfortunately, there were no gator sightings at the field today. 

Today's practice included some technical work before the group engaged in a full field game that was sharp and crisp. The session ended with a bit of conditioning, highlighting the business-like nature of this trip, or any preseason trip for that matter.

With opening day just 13 days away, the club is getting ready for D.C. United and the long season ahead. After several scrimmages in Houston, this trip represents the final phase of preseason, with the regular season coming into clear view.

The team will train again on Monday and Tuesday before facing the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. The match is at 4 p.m. CT and can be seen at www.USLnation.com. 

17 February 9:50 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 14 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 short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #13:

13 different Dynamo players scored goals in the 2012 regular season. 13 goal scorers is roughly average for the Dynamo in their seven-year history. The club set a franchise record with 17 goal scorers in 2011. Goal scorers by season: 2010: 15; 2009: 15; 2008: 12; 2007: 12; 2006: 13. 

Dynamo players who scored in the 2012 regular season:

Name Goals
Will Bruin 12
Brad Davis 8
Brian Ching 5
Boniek Garcia 4
Calen Carr 4
Macoumba Kandji 4
Adam Moffat 2
Andre Hainault 2
Bobby Boswell 2
Luiz Camargo 1
Jermaine Taylor 1
Colin Clark 1
Ricardo Clark 1

Return to the blog on Monday for number 12 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#14 - 14 regular season wins 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

16 February 12:49 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 14 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 short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #14:

The Dynamo won 14 regular season games en route to a 14-9-11 record in 2012. The 14 wins were one shy of a franchise record, set in 2007. Despite the Dynamo finishing one short of a franchise record, Houston was in a dogfight for a playoff spot in 2012. It was the most competitive playoff race in Dynamo history, as Houston set a franchise record with 53 points but only secured the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Prior to 2012, the Dynamo were a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in all five playoff appearances in team history.

For context, compare the 2012 Eastern Conference playoff teams to the same field in 2011. The five East playoff teams averaged 57.6 points in 2012 after the same group averaged just 48.2 in 2011. That difference is more than 9 points, meaning the 2012 playoff field averaged 3 more wins than 2011. The Dynamo had 49 points in 2011 - four fewer than 2012 - but earned a No. 2 seed.

How many games will the Dynamo win in 2013? Will take advantage of a full nine-month season at home as supposed to starting on the road for seven straight games ( a la 2012)? Will the desire to give itself the best chance to host MLS Cup in 2013 help the club break 15 wins? The answers will be here soon. The season starts in 14 days. 

Here is a list of the most regular season wins per season in Dynamo history:

YEAR WINS RECORD TOTAL GAMES POINTS
2007 15 5-8-7  30 52
2012 14 14-9-11 34 53
2008 13 13-5-12   30 51
2009 13 13-8-9 30 48
2011 12 12-9-13 34 49
2006 11 11-8-13 32 46

 

Return to the blog on Sunday for number 13 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

15 February 10:41 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 15 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 short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #15:

The success that Dynamo forward Will Bruin has had against D.C. United is well documented. The young striker has six goals in five regular season games and added a seventh during last year's playoff run. But did you know that Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis is just as profilic against the Black-and-Red, tallying 15 goals and assists in 25 career regular season matches against United?

Davis has had more success against D.C. United than any other team in his career. He has scored six goals and added nine assists, including the first goal at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12, 2012.

Davis' success is not limited to the regular season. The five-time MLS all-star recorded assists in each of the Dynamo's postseason matches against D.C. United in 2012.

Can Davis continue his hot streak against United this year? Come to the stadium on March 2 and see for yourself!

Brad Davis vs. D.C. United:

  GAME GOALS ASSISTS
FC Dallas 5/31/2003 0 2
FC Dallas 7/24/2004 2 1
Houston 9/30/2006 0 1
Houston 7/23/2008 0 1
Houston 8/1/2009 1 0
Houston 9/25/2010 0 1
Houston 4/29/2011 0 2
Houston 6/25/2011 1 0
Houston 5/12/2012 1 0
Houston 7/15/2012 1 1
  Totals 6 9

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

Return to the blog on Saturday for number 14 on our countdown to opening day.

 

 

14 February 11:42 pm

Just another day with the Dynamo Girls ... 

14 February 11:35 pm

On Thursday, the Houston Dynamo announced that they signed Bryan Salazar to a homegrown contract. Salazar, a forward for the Dynamo Academy U-18 squad, presented by Statoil, has been with the Dynamo Academy program since August 2007. Don't believe us? Check out this sweet photo gallery.

14 February 12:07 pm

In their final tuneup before the Carolina Challenge Cup, the Houston Dynamo defeated the Dynamo Academy U-18s 11-0 on Tuesday at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Will Bruin scored five second-half goals to lead the first team.

14 February 10:49 am

It's almost fitting that today's announcement that the Dynamo signed Academy forward Bryan Salazar to a homegrown contract coincides with the sixth anniversary of the Dynamo Academy's first training session. Despite being only six years old, the Academy has enjoyed much success both on a domestic and international scale. Here are some of the key moments in Dynamo Academy history.

November 16, 2006 - Dynamo hire James Clarkson to be Director of Youth Development

When the Dynamo announced they would be launching an Academy program, the next step was finding someone to run it. Clarkson brought a wealth of experience to the table, previously serving as South Texas Youth Soccer Association's Director of Coaching as well as a national instructor for US Soccer and US Youth Soccer.

March 2007 - Dynamo Academy advances to finals of Dallas Cup

With less than three months of organized training sessions behind them, the Dynamo Academy advanced to the finals of the Dallas Cup, losing to IMG Academy in a penalty shootout. The squad was led by former Dynamo midfielder Josue Soto and Pana Vasquez, the first player to sign with the Dynamo Academy.

March 23, 2008 - Dynamo Academy breaks through and wins Dallas Cup

A year after losing to IMG Academy in the finals, the Dynamo Academy broke through and defeated IMG Academy 2-1 to win the 2008 Dallas Cup. Houston breezed through the group stage with a 10-0 goal differential, led by current Notre Dame goalkeeper Pat Wall.

February 27, 2009 - Dynamo sign Tyler Deric as first homegrown player

After a standout freshman campaign at the University of North Carolina, the Dynamo signed goalkeeper Tyler Deric as their first homegrown player. A graduate of Klein High School, Deric led his high school team to the UIL 5A state championship as a sophomore. Deric became the second player in MLS to sign a homegrown contract.

August 2009 - Dynamo Academy closes out Euro tour with win over Real Madrid Academy

It was a historic win for the Dynamo Academy and one that concluded a 12-day memorable trip for the young Dynamo players. The Dynamo U-16s followed up a win over Rangers (Scotland) with a 3-2 win over the Real Madrid U-16 squad. The trip included matches against the Celtic Academy and Barcelona Academy.

March 10, 2010 - Navas Cobo becomes second Dynamo homegrown player

After a successful stint with the Dynamo Academy, Francisco Navas Cobo became the second Dynamo player to sign a homegrown contract. The Houston-born midfielder played appeared in one regular season game during his two-year stint with Houston.

April 4, 2010 - Dynamo U-16s win Dallas Cup

After winning the tournament two years earlier, the Dynamo won for the second time in three years, defeating Santa Clara Sporting in the championships match. Current Duquesne forward Isaiah Noreiga scored two goals in the finals to cap off his four-goal tournament.

April 17, 2010 - Navas Cobo becomes first Dynamo Academy player to play an MLS game

Although it was a stoppage time substitution, Francisco Navas Cobo entered the game early-season game against Chivas USA, becoming the first Dynamo Academy player to earn first team minutes.

October 16, 2010 - Deric becomes first Dynamo Academy product to start an MLS game

With the goalkeeping unit depleted by injuries, Tyler Deric became the first Dynamo Academy player to start an MLS game when he took the field against the San Jose Earthqukes on October 16, 2010. Deric showed poise in net, stopping three shots on his way to his first win and shutout. He followed that performance up with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders in season finale at Robertson Stadium.

January 2011 - Dynamo add a pair of homegrown signings

Alex Dixon and Josue Soto took different paths to get to the Dynamo, but both signed their homegrown contracts in January 2011. Soto was a standout collegiate performer at Campbell University and Southern Methodist University. Dixon was a regular at the U.S Residency program in Florida, before enrolling at the University of North Carolina.

August 20, 2011 - Dixon becomes first Dynamo Academy player to score MLS goal

Known as much for its "Woo-hoo!" goal call as it is for the actual goal, Alex Dixon became the first Dynamo Academy player to score an MLS goal with his stoppage-time winner against Real Salt Lake on August 20, 2011. Even if you have seen this goal already, it's worth watching again.

January 11, 2012 - Eddie Robinson retires from soccer and joins Academy coaching staff

With four MLS Cups on his resume, Dynamo center back Eddie Robinson chose to hang up his cleats after the 2011 season and join the Dynamo Academy coaching staff. Robinson was named head coach of the Dynamo U-16 squad and currently has the team in first place in their division with a 12-3-1 record.

May 10, 2012 - Dynamo Academy christens new stadium with soft opening event

It was a night that few of the players will forget as the Dynamo Academy U-18s played the U.S. U-17 national team in the first game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Although the Dynamo were dangerous all night, they could not find the back of the net as head coach Richie Williams and the U-17 MNT took the match 3-0.

February 14, 2013 - Bryan Salazar becomes fifth homegrown signing for Houston

Bryan Salazar joined the Dynamo Junior Academy program in August 2007 with the goal of eventually playing for the first team. His dream was realized on Thursday when he was introduced as the newest member of the Houston Dynamo.  The Fort Bend Bush High School senior leads the Dynamo U-18s with nine goals this season.

13 February 9:20 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 16 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 short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #16:

Dynamo forward Will Bruin set a franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions in 2012, with 12 in the regular season, and 4 more in the playoffs. With 16 goals, Bruin broke Brian Ching's club record of 14 goals in all competitions, accomplished twice, in 2006 and 2008.

On his way to 16 goals, Bruin set or matched a few more club records. He set a new mark for most goals in a single postseason (4) and became just the third player in club history to record a two-goal game in the playoffs with his two-goal performance at Chicago in the Knockout Round.

Bruin scored many important goals to help the Dynamo reach their fourth MLS Cup final in seven seasons. Here are some of the biggest:

• November 11, Eastern Conference Championship leg 1: 68th minute goal gives Dynamo 2-1 lead in home leg

• November 4, Eastern Conference semifinals leg 1: 75th minute strike was a psychological blow to Sporting KC and proved to be the decisive goal in a 2-1 series win

• October 31, Knockout Round: Bruin had never started a playoff game before Halloween Night in Chicago, but the sophomore striker rose to the occasion, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win. His header in the 12th minute may have surprised the Fire, but his second goal, just 19 seconds after the halftime whistle, was a shock to the hosts, and ultimately the difference as the Dynamo handed the Fire just its second loss in 22 home playoff games in team history.

• June 20, vs. Toronto FC: Facing their only two-goal halftime deficit of the season, Bruin scored twice in the second half - a clean finish from the top of the box in the 73rd minute and a header in the 90th minute - to salvage a home draw. Bruin nearly bagged a hat trick moments later when his strong header hit the face of a Toronto defender on its way to goal.

Most goals in a season, Dynamo history:

YEAR PLAYER REGULAR SEASON GOALS PLAYOFF GOALS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOALS TOTAL
2012 Will Bruin 12 4 0 16
2008 Brian Ching 13 0 1 14
2006 Brian Ching 11 3 0 14

 

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

Return to the blog on Friday for number 16 on our countdown to opening day.