Dynamo move to Eastern Conference

Change will not affect team’s schedule

The
Houston Dynamo will move to the Eastern Conference beginning with the 2011
season, Major League Soccer announced today. The move keeps the league’s
conferences balanced at nine teams apiece following the addition of expansion
clubs Portland
and Vancouver to the Western Conference. The Dynamo’s schedule – two games
against each MLS opponent – will remain unchanged.

“This change is something we are
comfortable with,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. “As the league grows,
these changes are sometimes necessary, and we accept that. With a balanced
schedule, we don’t believe this will have a significant impact on our season.”

Houston’s
average distance from its Eastern Conference foes is 194.6 miles shorter than
its average distance to the nine Western Conference clubs. Last year, six teams
from the Western Conference and two teams from the Eastern Conference qualified
for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

“This is a new challenge, but we have the same goals and
expectations,” Houston
head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “Making the playoffs is always still the goal,
no matter what conference we play in. We play every team twice, so the schedule
doesn’t change.”

The clubs in each conference for 2011 are as follows, in
alphabetical order:

EASTERN CONFERENCE                                WESTERN
CONFERENCE

Chicago
Fire                                                     Chivas
USA
Columbus
Crew                                               Colorado Rapids
D.C. United                                                        FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo                                             LA Galaxy
Sporting Kansas
City                                       Portland Timbers
New England Revolution                                 Real Salt
Lake
New York
Red Bulls                                          San Jose Earthquakes
Philadelphia
Union                                           Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto
FC                                                         Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The
Dynamo’s 2011 MLS regular season opener is set for Saturday, March 19, against
the Philadelphia Union at Robertson Stadium. Tickets are available at
HoustonDynamo.com.

The Houston Dynamo are a
Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first five
seasons and represented the United States in international competition four
consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com
or call (713) 276-7500.