Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo

Infobox Football club
clubname = Houston Dynamo

fullname = Houston Dynamo
nickname = Dynamo, Orange Crush, La Naranja,The Men in Orange, The Orange
shortname =
founded = 2005
dissolved =
ground = Robertson Stadium
Houston, TX
capacity = 32,000
chrtitle = Owner
chairman = 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 ]
ceo =
mgrtitle = Coach
manager = flagicon|SCO Dominic Kinnear
league = Major League Soccer
season = 2007
position = Western Conference: 2nd
Overall: 3rd
Playoffs: MLS Cup Winners
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leftarm2= FF7F00 |body2=FFFFFF|rightarm2= FF7F00 |shorts2=FF7F00|socks2=FFFFFF
topscorer = flagicon|USA Brian Ching (27)
honours = MLS Cup (2)
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 Cup champion.

Houston Dynamo's home is the 32,000 capacity Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houston campus 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 stadium are 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 boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.


The team was created on December 15, 2005 when the San Jose Earthquakes players 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 Ravens in 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

On 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 Allen and 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 silhouette of 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 Hispanic commissioner 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 Alliance from 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 Oilers of 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 Rapids 5–2. Brian Ching led 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.

On November 12, 2006 at Pizza Hut Park in 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 Twellman scored. 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 Gray and Stuart Holden scored 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 Onstad saved New England's Jay Heaps penalty 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 Galaxy and 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 Cup in their first season, Houston were invited to spend the day at the White House on May 29, 2007 and meet with President George W. Bush. Only one other team, D.C. United in 1997, has visited the White House.

Houston also made some significant trades during the 2007 season They traded Kevin Goldthwaite and a first round pick in the 2008 SuperDraft to Toronto FC for Richard Mulrooney. They also traded Alejandro Moreno to Columbus Crew in exchange for Joseph Ngwenya. And they traded Kelly Gray to Los Angeles Galaxy for 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 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 Cup championship game for the second year in a row. Just like in 2006, they faced the New England Revolution for the championship, and won it 2-1 on a game-winning goal by Dwayne De Rosario in the second half, thus winning their second MLS Cup in a row.

Partnership with Golden Boy Promotions

Late in 2007, Major League Soccer informed Dynamo owners Anschutz Entertainment Group that 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]

On February 26, 2008 Houston Dynamo President Oliver Luck revealed 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 boxing champion 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 blue added as an accent and border color. That color is represented on the uniform with the adidas snake. The star on the crest is an ad hoc adoption, 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 Zoo on 3 April 2007.cite press release
title = Houston Dynamo introduces 'Dynamo Diesel' as its new mascot
publisher = Major League Soccer
date = 2007-04-03
url = http://houston.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20070403&content_id=87181&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200
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] 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
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] helping to promote the Dynamo in Houston.cite web
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] Notably the Dynamo Girls were featured in an episode of the MTV reality series "Made".


Houston Dynamo plays its home matches at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. 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 Houston east 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 electricity provider, Amigo Energy, worth US$7.5M,cite news
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first = Greg
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title = Dynamo sports soccer sombrero as Amigo Energy sponsors team
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] making it the largest sponsor in team history.cite press release
title = Dynamo, Amigo Energy announce historic business partnership
publisher = Major League Soccer
date = 2007-08-15
url = http://www.mlsnet.com//news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20070815&content_id=111551&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&team=t200
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] Amigo Energy became the official jersey sponsor. Houston were the fifth league team to sign jersey sponsors, after Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC with Columbus Crew and 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
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] 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 August when they played a game against Los Angeles Galaxy in Houston's Reliant Stadium as part of a double-header, with the other game being an exhibition match between flagicon|ESP FC Barcelona and 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.

Average attendance

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.

"regular season/playoffs"
* 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.

International competition

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 Cup and 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 League season.

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."

See also

*Dynamo (disambiguation)


External links

* [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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