With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 17 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 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 #17:
The Dynamo scored 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games in 2012. The number of late goals is easily a franchise record, eclipsing the previous mark of 14, set in 2011.
Houston rallied for 14 wins, salvaged a lot of important ties and completed an unbeaten home schedule in 2012. What is one thing that helps make all three possible? Late goals.
It is simple: A late goal can turn a tie into a win, a bad loss into a draw, and of course, preserve a home unbeaten streak and undefeated home season. The Dynamo specialized in late-game dramatics in 2012, with 17 goals after the 75th minute of regular season games. Houston scored a total of 48 regular season goals in 2012, with the goals in the final 15 minutes of matches accounting for a full 35% of its goals.
17 late goals in a season is historic, with only the 2012 San Jose Earthquakes (22) and 2009 Real Salt Lake (19) scoring more goals after the 75th minute in a season since the Dynamo entered the league in 2006.
Consider this: With 17 goals after the 75th minute in 34 regular season games, the Dynamo averaged a late goal in half of their games.
Now there are reasons why generally more goals are scored late in games. Players are tired and perhaps more mistake-prone, and teams that are desperate for a goal take more risks, leading to more goals in their favor and also leaving them vulnerable to allow a goal. Still, the Dynamo's 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games set a franchise standard for clutch.
Most late goals in a season (since 2006)
|Year||Club||Late Goals (76th minute or later)|
|2012||San Jose Earthquakes||22|
|2009||Real Salt Lake||18|
Late goals that helped the Dynamo achieve important results in 2012:
|March 12||@ Chivas USA||Andre Hanianult||92+||1-0 Win|
|April 21||@ Columbus||Brian Ching||81||2-2 Draw|
|May 19||@ New England||Luiz Camargo||87||2-2 Draw|
|June 16||FC Dallas||Adam Moffat||76||2-1 Win|
|June 20||Toronto FC||Will Bruin||90||3-3 Draw|
|June 30||Philadelphia||Brian Ching||82||2-1 Win|
|July 18||Sporting KC||Calen Carr||79||2-1 Win|
|August 19||Columbus||Adam Moffat||82||2-2 Draw|
|September 6||Real Salt Lake||Colin Clark||94+||1-0 Win|
|September 29||New England||Ricardo Clark||77||2-0 Win|
Houston Dynamo late goals, year-by-year
|Year||Total goals||Goals after 75th minute|
Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:
Return to the blog on Thursday for number 16 on our countdown to opening day.