- Houston Dynamo
Infobox Football club
clubname = Houston Dynamo
fullname = Houston Dynamo
nickname = Dynamo, Orange Crush, La Naranja,The Men in Orange, The Orange
founded = 2005
Robertson Stadium Houston, TX
capacity = 32,000
chrtitle = Owner
Anschutz Entertainment Group[cite news |url=http://houston.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080229&content_id=141219&vkey=news_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200 |title=De La Hoya new Dynamo equity partner |publisher=mls.net |date= 2008-02-29]
mgrtitle = Coach
manager = flagicon|SCO
Major League Soccer
season = 2007
position = Western Conference: 2nd
Playoffs: MLS Cup Winners
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topscorer = flagicon|USA
American = true
current = 2008 Houston Dynamo season
Houston Dynamo is an American professional soccer team based in Houston,
Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, the team plays in Major League Soccer(MLS) and is the back-to-back MLS Cupchampion.
Houston Dynamo's home is the 32,000 capacity
Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houstoncampus in southeast Houston, where they have played since their creation. A three-year lease was signed to play at the stadium while plans for a soccer-specific stadiumare finalized. The team is owned by majority owners Anschutz Entertainment Group(AEG) in partnership with Brener International Group (headed by Gabriel Brener), and multiple world and Olympic boxingchampion Oscar De La Hoya.
The team was created on
December 15, 2005when the San Jose Earthquakesplayers and head coach Dominic Kinnear were relocated, due to AEG being unable to secure a soccer-specific stadium. Although all of San Jose's players and Kinnear moved to Houston, the team's name, logo, history and statistics were not transferred and remained inactive in San Jose until the Earthquakes were reactivated in 2007. The Dynamo was thus a new team, similar to the Baltimore Ravensin the National Football League(NFL).However, if you were to include the old Earthquakes stats (since it really is the same team just relocated), the Dynamo/Eathquakes have won four of the last seven MLS Championships.
Choosing a name
January 25, 2006, "Houston 1836" was first announced as the team name. This followed an online survey for the fans to provide unofficial suggestions for the new team name, with given options of: Apollos, Bulls, Eagles, Gatos, Lonestars, Stallions, Toros, Americans, Buffaloes, Generals, Houston 1836, Mustangs, and Stars. 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 Allenand John Kirby Allen, though it had perceived ambiguity, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836's logo featured a silhouetteof General Sam Houston, one of Houston's and Texas' most famous historical figures.
The choice of Houston 1836, however, soon became a political issue. While their stated intent was to link to the founding year of the city, the team name was changed to Houston Dynamo after the Houston 1836 name raised a furor among some locals of Mexican descent, a target audience, who related 1836 with the war for Texas independence. Sylvia Garcia, Harris County's first
Hispaniccommissioner in more than a century, rallied for a boycott of the team name.Fact|date=March 2008
After the controversy, MLS selected the team name "Dynamo". It refers to Houston's energy-based industrial economy, as well as two previous Houston soccer teams, the Houston Dynamos who played in the
Lone Star Soccer Alliancefrom 1987 to 1991, and the Houston Dynamos who played in the United Soccer League(USL) in 1984. 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 team colors are orange, white, and "Space City" blue (light blue), meant as a symbol of yet another team in Houston's sports history - the Houston Oilersof the NFL.
The Awesome inaugural (2006)
The Dynamo played their first game on
April 2, 2006. In front of a crowd of 25,462 in Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo beat the Colorado Rapids5–2. Brian Chingled the charge for the Dynamo with four goals, all of which were set up with assists from teammate Dwayne De Rosario. Later in the season they went on to beat established MLS clubs such as D.C. United, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire and eventually their Texan state rivals FC Dallas.
The Dynamo finished their first season in Houston with an 11-8-13 record, earning them second place in the Western Conference. In the Conference Semi-final playoffs, they beat
Club Deportivo Chivas USA(Chivas USA). On November 5, 2006, they beat Colorado Rapids 3-1 in the Western Conference Final to advance to the MLS Cup.
November 12, 2006 at Pizza Hut Parkin Frisco, Texas, Houston beat New England Revolution 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie to win the 2006 MLS Cup. The game was scoreless until the second half of extra time, when New England's Taylor Twellmanscored. Only one minute and six seconds later, Brian Ching headed in the tying goal for Houston, and the championship was, for the first time in MLS history, decided by a penalty shootout. Substitutes Kelly Grayand Stuart Holdenscored Houston's first two penalty kicks. Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching scored the last two. Ching's gave Houston a 4-3 lead, and goalkeeper Pat Onstadsaved New England's Jay Heapspenalty kick to secure the MLS Cup for Houston. By winning the MLS Cup, Houston qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
2007 season: repeat
Houston began the 2007 season early, competing in the
2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. After winning a dramatic quarterfinal, beating Costa Rican team Puntarenas F.C., Houston went out of the competition in the semifinals, beating Mexican team Pachuca 2-0 in the first leg but losing 5-2 after extra time in the return leg.
Immediately after, Houston began its 2007 MLS league season with consecutive shutouts against
Los Angeles Galaxyand Chivas USA. Houston then struggled in the regular season, losing against Red Bull New York, Chicago Fire, Toronto FC, and New England Revolution. Due to their success in winning the MLS Cupin their first season, Houston were invited to spend the day at the White Houseon May 29, 2007and meet with President George W. Bush. Only one other team, D.C. Unitedin 1997, has visited the White House.
Houston also made some significant trades during the 2007 season They traded
Kevin Goldthwaiteand a first round pick in the 2008 SuperDraft to Toronto FCfor Richard Mulrooney. They also traded Alejandro Morenoto Columbus Crewin exchange for Joseph Ngwenya. And they traded Kelly Grayto Los Angeles Galaxyfor Nate Jaqua. After regrouping and pulling off a win against FC Dallas, Houston began an unbeaten streak of eleven games and a shutout streak of 726 minutes, [ [http://houston.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20070722&content_id=107324&vkey=news_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200 Dynamo allow goal, but stay hot] , houstondynamo.com, July 22, 2007] a new MLS record.
Houston was also invited to compete in the inaugural
North American SuperLiga, where they dominated the group stages before losing in a semifinal shootout against Pachuca.
They finished in second place in the regular season in the Western Conference, advancing to the
2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, where they met state rivals FC Dallasin 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 Wizardsin 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, they faced the New England Revolutionfor the championship, and won it 2-1 on a game-winning goal by Dwayne De Rosarioin the second half, thus winning their second MLS Cup in a row.
Partnership with Golden Boy Promotions
2007, Major League Soccerinformed Dynamo owners Anschutz Entertainment Groupthat they should divest their interest in the Dynamo, as they wanted each ownership group to own only one team. AEG also owns the Los Angeles Galaxy. [ [http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5321620.html MLS wants owners to sell Dynamo] , Houston Chronicle, November 21, 2007] On November 21, 2007, it was announced that AEG was in negotiations to sell the Dynamo to a partnership of Brener International Group and Golden Boy Promotions, owned by the famed boxer Oscar de la Hoya. [ [http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/Sports/Detail?contentId=5005649&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=6.1.1 Dynamo For Sale; De La Hoya Group Interested] , MyFoxHouston.com, November 21, 2007]
February 26, 2008Houston Dynamo President Oliver Luckrevealed the planned negotiations to the media stating that the Houston Dynamo would be managed in majority by original owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (who will hold 50% of ownership) along with newfound partners Gabriel Brener, head of Brener International Group, and multiple World and Olympic boxingchampion Oscar De La Hoya(each with 25% ownership). [ [http://www.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080226&content_id=140708&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200 De La Hoya on the way to Dynamo] , HoustonDynamo.com, February 26, 2008] De La Hoya has been seen wearing Dynamo colors on his boxing uniform with a small Houston Dynamo logo on his right leg in a fight against boxer Steve Forbes. He has also pledged to help find Dynamo a soccer-specific stadium, though he has been too busy with training to participate significantly in Dynamo decision-making. He has said he would become more involved once he retires in 2009. [cite news |last= Canales |first= Andrea |title= De La Hoya plans for his MLS future |date= May 6, 2008 |publisher = ESPN Soccernet |url= http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=531806&root=mls&cc=4716 |accessdate= 2008-06-24]
The colors of the Dynamo crest are orange, black and white, with
Carolina blueadded as an accent and border color. That color is represented on the uniform with the adidassnake. The star on the crest is an ad hocadoption, likely a nod to 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 Carolina blue, likely to simplify coloration.
With the 2006 MLS Cup win, a sanctioned star has been added above the shield in 2008, after wearing the "scudetto" in 2007. Since they won the MLS Cup again in 2007. they will wear the "scudetto" for the second consecutive year in 2008. Consequently, a sanctioned star will be added to the logo in 2009 for their win at
MLS Cup 2007.
In 2007, Houston started a search for a mascot by asking members of the Art Institute of Houston to submit drawings, from which several finalists were selected and an official mascot would be decided through an online poll, both for the mascot design and name. The winning design was of an orange haired fox and named, "Dynamo Diesel". He was unveiled at
Houston Zooon 3 April2007.cite press release
title = Houston Dynamo introduces 'Dynamo Diesel' as its new mascot
Major League Soccer
url = http://houston.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20070403&content_id=87181&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200
accessdate = ] Dynamo Diesel began working alongside the Houston Dynamo marketing and community outreach programs. He is not only present at games, cheering on the team, but also joins the Houston dancers, the "Dynamo Girls"cite web
title = Dynamo Girls
Major League Soccer
url = http://houston.mlsnet.com/t200/fans/dancers/
accessdate = 2007-10-21 ] helping to promote the Dynamo in Houston.cite web
title = Dynamo Diesel: About Diesel
Major League Soccer
url = http://houston.mlsnet.com/t200/fans/mascot/
accessdate = 2007-10-21 ] Notably the Dynamo Girls were featured in an episode of the MTV reality series "Made".
Houston Dynamo plays its home matches at
Robertson Stadiumon the University of Houstoncampus. The Dynamo signed a three year lease, through 2008, to play at the stadium temporarily as they make plans to construct a permanent soccer-specific stadium.
Club owner, AEG, is hoping to finalize an agreement to construct a 20-22,000-seat soccer specific stadium in
Downtown Houstoneast of Minute Maid Park, across Highway 59 which would be the third sporting facility for Downtown Houston. The new stadium is projected to open in time for the 2010 season.cite news | title = Dynamo stadium could open in 2010 | publisher = Houston Chronicle| date = 2007-05-16| url = http://www.houstonist.com/archives/2007/05/16/dynamo_stadium.php | accessdate = 2007-10-21 ]
The Dynamo reached a four-year sponsorship deal with Houston based retail
electricityprovider, Amigo Energy, worth US$7.5M,cite news
last = Barr
first = Greg
title = Dynamo sports soccer sombrero as Amigo Energy sponsors team
Houston Business Journal
url = http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2007/08/27/story6.html?jst=s_cn_hl
accessdate = ] making it the largest sponsor in team history.cite press release
title = Dynamo, Amigo Energy announce historic business partnership
Major League Soccer
url = http://www.mlsnet.com//news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20070815&content_id=111551&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200
accessdate = 2007-10-21 ]
Amigo Energybecame the official jersey sponsor. Houston were the fifth league team to sign jersey sponsors, after Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lakeand Toronto FC with Columbus Crewand Chicago Fire each adding jersey sponsors for the 2008 season
The Amigo Energy logo appears on all team jerseys, along with other on-field gear, and Amigo Energy also became the official home and business retail energy provider of the Dynamo. As part of the deal, Amigo Energy established a focused marketing strategy that uses the Dynamo in co-branded advertising, customer retention, and new customer acquisition programs.cite web
title = The Houston Dynamo Has a New Friend
url = http://www.amigoenergy.com/web/page.aspx?pg=company_news&ch=company_news_2
accessdate = 2007-10-21 ] The replica Dynamo jersey with the Amigo Energy logo is being produced by
Adidas, with replica jerseys expected to be available at retail establishments in January 2008.
The Dynamo enjoyed good fan support in its first season. Their first ever match attracted 25,462 fans against Colorado Rapids on
April 2, 2006. Attendance gradually declined throughout the remainder of the spring and summer months. During July and August they played five matches at Robertson Stadium, and the average attendance for those matches was 10,348.
The team's attendance figures received a boost on
9 Augustwhen they played a game against Los Angeles Galaxy in Houston's Reliant Stadiumas part of a double-header, with the other game being an exhibition match between flagicon|ESP FC Barcelonaand Mexican side flagicon|MEX Club América, which attracted a crowd of 70,550. Home attendance began to rise again as the weather cooled and the playoffs approached.For the 2006 season they averaged 18,935 over the 16 regular season home games. Attendance remained high during their playoff run, where home attendance was 17,440 and 23,107 in games against Chivas USA and Colorado Rapids. Dynamo fans contributed greatly to the sell-out crowd of 22,427 in the 2006 MLS Cup, which was played about 275 miles (450 km) from Houston, in Frisco, Texas.
There are currently two Supporter groups, the "Texian Army" and "El Batallón". Both groups work together when supporting the team, as well as when going to support the team at away games.
Although regular season attendance dipped a little bit in 2007, in spite of the Dynamo's MLS Cup win in their first year, they nearly sold out the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinal match against
FC Dallas, and then they did sell out the Conference Final match against the Kansas City Wizards.
* 2006: 18,935/20,274
* 2007: 15,883/30,530
* 2008: 16,541/TBD (As of
August 31, 2008)
The team's main geographic rival is FC Dallas. Each season they compete in the Texas Derby, or El Capitán Clasico, in which the victor wins an 18th century cannon named "El Capitán". of their respective campaigns.
The Dynamo have had a recent run of competition against international clubs for the two years following their inaugural season. By virtue of their MLS Cup victories, the Dynamo have entered prestigious competitions like the
CONCACAF Champions Cupand the North American SuperLiga. For the 2008 season, the Dynamo will enter these same tournaments in addition to participating in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Dynamo will also participate in the inaugural CONCACAF Champions Leagueseason.
All-time record vs. opponents
"Includes all in-season MLS and Playoffs, Domestic and International Club Competitions, plus pre-season and exhibition matches as of October 7th, 2008. Games decided by penalty shootout are counted as ties."
* [http://www.houstondynamo.com/ Houston Dynamo Official Website]
* [http://www.texianarmy.org/ Texian Army — Houston Dynamo Supporters]
* [http://www.elbatallon.com/ El Batallon — Houston Dynamo Supporters]
* [http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=1063 Official Houston Dynamo board, courtesy of BigSoccer]
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