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Houston Dynamo, tonight’s Crew SC opponent, has two MLS Cups in 12-year history

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One of the Dynamo's owners is former pro boxing great Oscar De La Hoya shown here at DEWALT POWER TOOLS FIGHT NIGHT CLUB 2010 photo by Akira Kouchiyama via wikipedia commons

Houston Dynamo are an American professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas. The franchise competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The Dynamo had first played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus until 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. The team’s head coach is Wilmer Cabrera.

The Dynamo was established on December 15, 2005 when the then owner of the San Jose EarthquakesAnschutz Entertainment Group, announced that the team was relocating to Houston after failed attempts in securing a soccer-specific stadium in San Jose, California. The club would then be an expansion team of the league, which began play in 2006. The Dynamo is owned by Gabriel Brener, Jake Silverstein, Ben Guill, and world Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.[1]

Houston Dynamo’s domestic success consists of winning the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups in their first two seasons. In 2008, Houston became the first American club to secure a point on Mexican soil in the CONCACAF Champions League era during the 2008-2017 format of the tournament.

History

Bringing an MLS club to the Bayou City

MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed on November 16, 2005 that the league had granted permission to San Jose Earthquakes‘ owners Anschutz Entertainment Group to relocate the team for the 2006 season, giving the entertainment giant 30 days to make a decision. Garber was in Houston and spoke with the media before an international friendly between Mexico and Bulgaria at Reliant Stadium, citing Houston as a next destination for an MLS club whether the Earthquakes moved or not.

“This is the market they’ve got their sights set on. This is a market that we’ve got investor interest, we’ve got sponsor interest, we’ve got media interest. This is a market that’s going to be terrific for us. We will have a team in Houston in due time. The question is whether we have one as early as 2006 as part of a move, or as an expansion team. We’ll get a team here, there’s no doubt in our mind.”

— MLS Commissioner Don Garber, in an interview with the Associated Press, printed November 16, 2005

On December 15, 2005, Major League Soccer announced the relocation of the San Jose franchise, along with all players and coaches under contract, to Houston. The Earthquakes name, colors and competition records were retained by the league for a possible expansion team. According to MLS, AEG had invested more than $20 million in the Earthquakes since purchasing the team in 2003 and suffered significant losses during that period because of its stadium deal. AEG had previously considered Houston as a site to relocate to and entered “positive discussions” about finding a soccer stadium in Houston.

“This is not an expansion franchise. This is one of the best teams in the MLS. You’re getting an extraordinary franchise.”
— AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke, at Houston City Hall, December 16, 2005

A ceremony was held outside Houston City Hall on December 16, 2005, to officially announce the franchise’s arrival. Mayor Bill White joined city council members, Harris County officials, local soccer organizers and fans in welcoming team coach Dominic Kinnear and players Pat Onstad and Wade Barrett with cowboy boots and hats. It was disclosed that the team would train and play at the University of Houston‘s Robertson Stadium on a three-year lease with the university earning a percentage of the revenues from concessions, parking and other sources.

In an immediate effort to plant roots in the community, AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke announced former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck as the team’s president and general manager. A previous NFL Europe executive, Luck had served as the head of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority since 2001 and was instrumental in pursuing an MLS team for the city while also overseeing the construction of Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros), Reliant Stadium (home to the Texans) and the Toyota Center (home to the Rockets) during his tenure.

Inaugural season (2006)

MLS CHAMPIONS

The Dynamo finished their first season with an 11–8–13 record, earning them second place in the Western Conference. In the Conference semi-final playoffs, they beat Chivas USA. They beat Colorado Rapids 3–1 in the Western Conference Final to advance to the MLS Cup.

Houston beat the New England Revolution 4–3 on penalty kicks after a 1–1 tie to win the 2006 MLS Cup on November 12, 2006, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The game was scoreless until the second half of extra time when New England’s Taylor Twellman scored. One minute later, Brian Ching headed in the tying goal for Houston, and for the first time in MLS history, the championship was decided by a penalty shootoutKelly Gray and Stuart Holden scored Houston’s first two penalty kicks. Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching scored the last two. Goalkeeper Pat Onstad saved New England’s Jay Heaps penalty kick to secure the MLS Cup for Houston. By winning the 2006 MLS Cup, Houston qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup.

2007 season: Repeat

Houston finished in second place in the regular season in the Western Conference, advancing to the 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, where they met FC Dallas in the first round. Dallas won the first leg 1–0, but Houston won the second leg at Robertson Stadium, 4–1 in extra time, to win 4–2 on aggregate. Houston faced the Kansas City Wizards in the Western Conference final, winning 2–0 to advance to the MLS Cupchampionship game for the second year in a row. Just like in 2006, Houston faced the New England Revolution for the championship. Houston won 2–1 on a game-winning goal by Dwayne De Rosario in the second half, thus winning their second MLS Cup in a row.

Colors and badge

The colors of the Dynamo crest are orange, black and white, with Space City blue added as an accent and border color. The star on the crest is an ad hoc adoption, likely a nod to the Houston, Texas Flag or the “Houston 1836″ crest concept. It also retains the soccer ball with the star in the middle from the “1836″ logo, though the shadow is changed to Space City blue.

With the 2006 MLS Cup win, a sanctioned star was added above the shield in 2008, after wearing the scudetto in 2007. Since they won the MLS Cup again in 2007. they wore the scudetto for the second consecutive year in 2008. Consequently, a sanctioned star was added to the logo in 2009 for their win at MLS Cup 2007.

Name[edit]

Houston announced the name “Dynamo”, on March 7, 2006, which refers to Houston’s energy-based industrial economy, as well as a previous Houston soccer team, Houston Dynamos who played in the Lone Star Soccer Alliance and United Soccer League. The official reason for the name is that “Dynamo is a word to describe someone who never fatigues, never gives up. The name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking kind of town.” The name “Dynamo” is also an homage to teams based out in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: Dinamo TbilisiDinamo BatumiDynamo KyivDinamo BucureștiDynamo Moscow and Dinamo Zagreb. The team colors are orange, white, and “Space City” blue or “Luv Ya Blue” (light blue), meant as a symbol of the city of Houston flag which is light blue and of yet another team in Houston’s sports history – the Houston Oilers of the NFL.

Originally, on January 25, 2006, the team had announced that Houston 1836 would be the team name. This followed an online survey for the fans to provide suggestions for the name. According to MLS & AEG, who chose the name, the 1836 name referred to the year that the city of Houston was founded by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. The name had perceived ambiguity, however, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836′s logo featured a silhouette of General Sam Houston, one of Houston’s and Texas’ most famous historical figures. The choice of Houston 1836 soon became a political issue. It raised a furor among some locals of Hispanic descent, a major target audience, who related 1836 with the war for Texas independence. Due to protests from Hispanic fans, the name was changed to the Dynamo. MLS has since not allowed any online surveys to name expansion teams.

The Houston Dynamo have always worn an orange top as their primary jersey adorned with three white stripes over the shoulder. On several occasions, the first kit has featured a touch of “Space City Blue” to incorporate the City of Houston. The orange jersey has mostly been accompanied by white shorts except on occasions when the team has worn all-orange. Adidas has been the only kit brand worn in the club’s history because of the manufacturer’s deal with Major League Soccer.

During their first 10 seasons, the Dynamo wore a white jersey as part of their secondary kit. The white top has been accompanied by orange or white shorts. In 2016, the club introduced an all-black kit as their secondary uniform. The club also featured an all-orange kit – a different shade of orange – as a third kit during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The Dynamo’s first jersey sponsor was Amigo Energy, announced as a four-year, $7.5 million sponsorship. The team debuted their newly sponsored kits in a 1-0 home win over rival FC Dallas on August 19, 2007, and donned the energy company as a sponsor until the end of the 2010 season. Before the start of the 2011 season, Greenstar Recycling was announced as the second jersey sponsor in club history. The agreement with Greenstar was a three-year deal – with two option years – worth $12.7 million and made them the club’s recycling partner ahead of the move to BBVA Compass Stadium the following year. After being bought out by Waste Management in February 2013, Greenstar asked to terminate their sponsorship and the Dynamo played with a blank jersey during the 2013 season. Oil giant BHP Billiton signed on as the club’s third jersey sponsor in 2014, in a deal that also included sponsoring the Houston Dash.

Honors

International

Domestic[edit]

 

Seasons

Year Regular season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions’ League
Top scorer # Top assists #
2006 2nd, West (11–8–13) MLS Cup Champions Semi-finals Could not qualify De RosarioChing 11 Davis 11
2007 2nd, West (15–8–7) MLS Cup Champions Round of 16 Semi-finals NgwenyaChing 7 HoldenMulrooney 5
2008 1st, West (13–5–12) Lost Conference Semi-finals Round of 16 Semi-finals
Quarter-finals
Ching 13 Davis 8
2009 2nd, West (13–8–9) Lost Conference Finals Semi-finals Group stage Ching 8 Davis 12
2010 7th, West (9–15–6) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify Ching 7 Davis 12
2011 2nd, East (12–9–13) Runners-up Did not qualify Did not qualify Four players tied 5 Davis 16
2012 5th, East (14–9–11) Runners-up Round of 32 Quarter-finals Bruin 12 Davis 12
2013 4th, East (14–11–9) Lost Conference Finals Fourth round Group stage Barnes 9 Davis 9
2014 8th, East (11–17–6) Did not qualify Fifth Round Did not qualify Barnes 11 Davis 11
2015 8th, West (11–14–9) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify Bruin 11 Davis 10
2016 10th, West (7–14–13) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify WengerManotas 6 Garcia 9
2017 4th, West (13–10–11) Lost Conference Finals Fifth round Did not qualify Torres 14 Alex 10

Note †: Eliminated in the Qualification Semi-finals.

 

Player records

Career

MLS regular season only, through January 21, 2016

Season[edit]

MLS regular season only

Player Awards

Goal of the Year

Save of the Year

Fair Play Player award

 

BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamo 2012 photo By Paul Duron, Houtexusa at English Wikipedia, https commons.wikimedia.org