Canetti's Corner - March 3, 2011

Pleased by preseason progress, on and off the field

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Here we are, about two weeks
from opening day. What a wild and crazy off-season it's been, including ...

  • Finalizing a stadium deal
    and starting construction
  • Announcing a new jersey partner
  • Unveiling a new uniform
  • Saying goodbye to a number
    of players
  • Welcoming a group of 10 new
    players (including a great draft and signing two promising Academy products)
  • Progressing on the
    construction of the training complex

It's been busy, productive,
and exciting. We are very pleased with our progress, on all fronts, but always
working towards further improvement and development. I am very optimistic about
our team and business as we head into our sixth season in Houston.

The new mix of players has
created a positive environment and led to pleasing pre-season results thus far.
There are many reasons to believe that we will field a very competitive and
entertaining side in 2011.  Our business is strong, as we
are seeing year-to-date increases in both season tickets and sponsorship.

We added another piece to
the team this week with the re-signing of Dominic Oduro. He returns to the team
after scoring seven goals in all competitions in 2010. Our intentions were to re-sign Dom from the
outset of the off-season, as we saw him in our future plans. Negotiations went
back-and-forth and were on-again and off-again since November. Ultimately, an
agreement was reached this week. We are happy to add depth to the forward
position and bring his speed into the mix. I suspect that he will be among a
group of players competing for a starting role.

While our roster continues
to take shape, it should be noted that we have up to three more spots open, and
we remain interested and active in filling them.

As opening day approaches,
we have a number of great events upcoming. These events are part of Countdown
to Kickoff and help bring excitement and awareness of the season. These events include:

For a list of further Countdown to Kickoff events, click here.

Given all of positive things
that have transpired this off-season and all of the momentum, there are plenty
of reasons to be excited about the season. I hope everyone gets a
chance to see it all first-hand by attending some of our special events, and
especially opening day on March 19 against Philadelphia.