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Nigel Brooks

Seven Days to Opening Day: A look at the Number 7s in Houston Dynamo history

The Dynamo completed the preseason with a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City Saturday night in Tucson and are now just seven days from the 2016 MLS season opener against the New England Revolution at BBVA Compass Stadium (TICKETS). We continue or countdown to Opening Day with the history of the No. 7 jersey in Houston, worn by DaMarcus Beasley, Omar Cummings, Chris Wondolowski and others.

The No. 7 shirt is often worn by an outside midfielder/winger, but multiple positions have worn the number in the Dynamo history.

Beasley chose No. 21 upon his arrival in Houston in July 2014, but claimed the No. 7 kit ahead of the 2015 season, the same number he wore for the U.S. men’s national team at the World Cup in 2010 and 2014. The Indiana native wore No. 17 at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. 

Before Beasley, forward/winger Omar Cumming donned the No. 7 from 2013-14. The former Jamaica international was frustrated through two injury-plagued seasons, but rose to the occasion with two decisive goals in the 2013 Eastern Conference playoffs against the New York Red Bulls (more below).

Wide midfielder Colin Clark wore No. 7 from 2010-12 and produced four goals and three assists in 2011 before converting a memorable penalty kick against Real Salt Lake in 2012.

An original Dynamo, Wondolowski wore No. 7 from 2006-09 in Houston before he was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. After struggling to gain consistent starts within a deep attacking group in Houston, Wondo has 102 goals over the last six seasons and was part of the U.S. team at the 2014 World Cup.

Best Dynamo moment in the No. 7 jersey: Over a four-day span in November 2013, Cummings scored two of the most timely playoff goals in Dynamo history. In the first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium, Cummings replaced Giles Barnes in the 61st minute and drew a red card from New York defender Jamison Olave four minutes later. Two minutes into stoppage time, he reacted first to Bobby Boswell’s blocked header, stabbing past Luis Robles to tie the series 2-2. The series shifted to New York and Cummings proved super sub once more, scoring the series-winning goal 14 minutes into extra time for Houston’s first-ever win in New York and an upset of the 2013 Supporters’ Shield Winners.

Honorable mention: It was Sept. 6, 2012 and the Dynamo were playing their sixth game in 19 days – spanning four cities and three countries – and had only five substitutes available due to international duty and a flu bug that struck the squad. With a 21-game home unbeaten streak on the line, the Dynamo drew their second penalty kick of the night as Macoumba Kandji was tripped in the box by Nick Rimando. After Rimando saved Brad Davis’ earlier penalty, Clark stepped up and buried his spot kick four minutes into stoppage time. Thinking the game was over, Clark immediately ran up the south tunnel of BBVA Compass Stadium in celebration.

Dynamo jersey history, all-time. No. 7 jersey:

Chris Wondolowski, 2006-09
Luis Angel Landin, 2009-10
Colin Clark, 2010-12
Omar Cummings, 2013-14
DaMarcus Beasley, 2015-

Countdown to Opening Day

10—A look at Dynamo No. 10s
9—No. 9s in Dynamo history
8—No. 8s in Dynamo history