Canetti's Corner - March 15, 2011

Opening Day excitement draws near!

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David Todd / Atlanta Beat

Welcome to edition No. 30 of my blog on HoustonDynamo.com.

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Amazingly, the
season is upon us. The first MLS match is tonight when Seattle
hosts Los Angeles
(8:30 p.m., ESPN).

The countdown
is on for our match against Philly this Saturday at Robertson Stadium (7:30 p.m.,
Buy Tickets). Needless to say, we are very excited and go into the match and
season with a lot of hope and anticipation.

The preseason
was a success. The team worked hard, presented a great attitude, stayed mostly
healthy, and produced good results. We played 12 matches and had a record of
8-1-3. The results are nice, but the most important thing is how we played and
what we learned from the matches. Overall, I think it is fair to say that the
team gelled nicely and is ready.

I am very
excited to watch the team’s development. In particular, I am looking forward to
seeing …

  • Tally Hall taking the reins in goal.
  • Kofi
    Sarkodie and Will Bruin’s contributions and growth.
  • Colin
    Clark’s return to action and Dynamo debut.
  • The revamped
    defense, led by newcomers Jermaine Taylor and Hunter Freeman.
  • Geoff
    Cameron leading the central midfield attack.
  • Brad Davis
    performing at the top of his game.

It is a very
busy week, so I’m going to quickly run through some items.

All Dynamo
games are on TV in 2011. There will be eight games nationally televised on
ESPN2, Fox Soccer Channel, TeleFutura, or Galavision. Locally telecast games
can be seen in English on KHOU 11.2 and FOX Sports Houston or FOX Sports
Houston Plus. KHOU will air 26 games and is primarily available on Comcast. FSH
and FSH Plus will simulcast 16 games and are primarily on Comcast, DirectTV,
Dish Network, and AT&T Uverse.

We will
announce a new Spanish TV partner this week, and it will be good news. The
schedule of games on TV can be seen here on our schedule page, and monthly schedules of all programming can be found here.

The first
meeting of the Dynamo Fan Advisory Board is tonight. I’d like to thank the
board members for their participation and look forward to working with them on
improving the fan experience.

We are playing
Sporting Kansas City in a U.S. Open Cup game on Wednesday, April 6, at Texas
A&M (Buy Tickets). In 2007, we played a CONCACAF match there and drew a big
crowd. We hope to duplicate results this time around. Moving the game provides
us a chance to extend our brand and helps avoid a cluttered soccer schedule.

There are many
great Countdown to Kickoff events happening all week. For a schedule, click
here
.

We have made
some changes to our camps, now known as the Dynamo Pre-Academy.
Information and camp dates are now available by clicking here.

Stadium
construction continues … the roads have been removed, and underground work has
begun. The first key step is relocating an underground sewer line that
currently runs down the middle of the stadium.

I hope you
share the excitement over the new season and are ready to support our team as
we look to return to form in 2011.

See you at the
final opening day at Robertson Stadium this weekend!

As always, feel free to
email me with questions or comments at ccanetti@houstondynamo.com.