With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 11 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 description of what makes the number significant. If you have any comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.
Today, we continue with #11:
The Dynamo set a club record with 11 regular season home wins in 2012, completing a season that was record-setting in many ways. The Dynamo also set franchise records for goals (48) points (53) and average home attendance (21,015) while Will Bruin and Tally Hall set individual records as the club reached its fourth MLS Cup final in seven years.
Moreover, the club with the best home record in MLS history also completed the first unbeaten home season in team history with an 11-0-6 regular season mark. The 11 wins surpassed the previous club record of 10 home wins, set in 2011 and 2008. The Dynamo carry a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak into 2013 (30 games in all competitions) and can set a new MLS record by extending the undefeated streak to 30 regular season games.
Below are details on each home win in 2012, along with the most home wins per season in Dynamo history.
2012 Home Wins
|5/12||D.C. United||1-0 Win||Brad Davis' 30-yard goal opens BBVA Compass Stadium with win|
|5/26||LA Galaxy||2-1 Win||Andre Hainault's header delivers victory in 2011 MLS Cup final rematch|
|6/16||FC Dallas||2-1 Win||Adam Moffat's upper-corner rocket seals win in first Texas Derby at BBVA Compass Stadium|
|6/30||Philadelphia Union||2-1 Win||Boniek Garcia's debut sparks eight-game unbeaten streak|
|7/15||D.C. United||4-0 Win||Dynamo open season-changing three-game homestand with biggest win of the year|
|7/18||Sporting Kansas City||2-1 Win||Calen Carr scores twice as Dynamo maintain supremacy over East-leading Sporting KC|
|7/21||Montreal Impact||3-0 Win||Four weeks after worst loss of season in Montreal, Dynamo gain revenge and cap nine-point week, perfect homestand|
|8/3||New York Red Bulls||2-0 Win||Dynamo steamroll Red Bulls to gain first place with fifth straight win as unbeaten run reaches eight games|
|9/6||Real Salt Lake||1-0 Win||On a night when stomach flu reduced Dynamo bench to six players, Colin Clark's stoppage time penalty seals unlikely win|
|9/29||New England||2-0 Win||Scoreless game reaches 77th minute before Ricardo Clark, Boniek Garcia find net, ensuring win on rain-soaked night|
|10/20||Philadelphia Union||3-1 Win||
Win completes fourth unbeaten home season in MLS history as Dynamo clinch playoff spot for sixth time in seven years; 11th home win sets a franchise record
Most home wins per season, Dynamo history
|YEAR||HOME WINS||HOME RECORD (W-L-T)|
Return to the blog on Wednesday for number 10 on our countdown to Opening Day.
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