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Houston Exits US Open Cup

The Houston Dynamo's participation in the US Open Cup was short lived, as the Dynamo were ousted by the San Antonio Scorpions tonight 1-0.  The lone goal was scored via penalty kick in the 51' by Hans Denissen.

I have to say, there was a lot of hype coming into this game, primarily from San Antonio fans.  Twitter was rocking today from Scorpions fans and their #BeatHouston hastag was all over the place.  I have to give credit to the organization and the fans, they pumped up the game and even I couldn't wait to get home and watch the live feed.

As for the actual game, well Dynamo fans naturally seemed disappointed in the end result.  Houston did not play the majority of starters, and the players on the pitch just couldn't get anything going against a determined San Antonio team.  Both teams had chances wasted, but ultimately the score would come down to the penalty awarded to Pablo Campos after he was brought down in the box by Warren Crevalle.

Couple of things to highlight:

  • Luiz Camargo had a solid night, playing all over the place and creating some nice runs.
  • Tyler Deric continues to look solid as Tally Hall's backup.  He kept Houston in the game for much of the night.  Is it me, or could he be a starter on some other clubs?
  • Brian Ownby made his debut tonight and looked very dangerous on a few plays.  I'd like to see more of this kid and hope he sees time against Valencia.

MLS clubs did not do well tonight as there were several upsets.  Many have said the teams don't care about the US Open Cup and some fans have said they just don't care either.  For me, it's an interesting tournament and I would think more MLS teams would focus on it as the winner gets a ticket to the CONCACAF Champions League.  That's not a bad present for lifting the trophy.

Either way, Houston's try at winning the cup is over for 2012.

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Houston Extends Unbeaten Streak to Four

Dynamo celebrate after Hainault's go ahead goal
The Houston Dynamo capitalized on home field advantage this afternoon, sending the LA Galaxy to a second consecutive loss in a smoldering afternoon in BBVA Compass Stadium.  The Dynamo gave up an early goal to Edson Buddle, but thanks to a Galaxy own goal and a perfect set piece goal from defender Andre Hainault, the Dynamo got a much needed victory, 2-1.

With the majority of Eastern Conference teams getting points this week, it was important for the Dynamo to keep pace.  The Galaxy came into the game struggling, losing 4 of their last 5.  I mentioned it in my preview of the match that the Dynamo needed to take advantage of the Galaxy's vulnerability.  As the game opened up, it looked as if that would be easier said than done.  The Dynamo committed an early defensive mistake that proved costly as Beckham exposed the Dynamo backline with a perfect pass to Chad Barrett who got the better position on Jermaine Taylor, and then put in a perfect pass to Buddle for the 1-0 lead.  It looked as if the Galaxy were determined to get back on track.

The Dynamo settled in and were determined to get the equalizer before half time.  They pressed the Galaxy backline and had a number of opportunities that missed the mark.  They found themselves on the better side of luck in the 37th minute as Brian Ching fired in a shot that deflected off the post, only to be knocked in by Mike Magee.  From where I was sitting, I thought it was Ching's first home goal and a weight lifted off his back.

Houston came out of the locker room in the second half strong and we wouldn't wait long for the go ahead goal.  In the 57th minute, Brad Davis served a line drive towards the near post and Hainault knew exactly what to do with it as he headed it towards the opposite post to send the overheated fans into a frenzy.

The Dynamo didn't really threaten all that much for a third goal, but the game was entertaining until the end.  Both teams looked exhausted when the final whistle was blown, but the Galaxy were completely out of gas.  No one can truly get used to playing in this kind of heat, but the Dynamo proved more resilient this afternoon.

The Dynamo improved to 4-3-4 (16 points) and sit 6th in the Eastern Conference after today's matches.  The Galaxy continue to look like a shadow of last year championship team, falling to 3-8-2 (11 points) and holding on to last in the Western Conference.

Houston will travel to San Antonio to face the Scorpions on Tuesday in US Open Cup action.  From there they will host the annual Dynamo Charities Cup on Thursday at BBVA Compass Stadium against La Liga's Valencia.  Expect a ton of orange support in San Antonio and a sell out on Thursday as they Dynamo face their toughest international opponent yet.

Read up on tonight's game:
Hainault thrilled to contribute - via Houston Dynamo
Postgame Notes & Quotes - via LA Galaxy
Dynamo send LA to another loss - via Houston Dynamo

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Time To Strike - Dynamo Poised To Take Out Galaxy

Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
When the Houston Dynamo face off against the defending MLS Champion LA Galaxy tomorrow in BBVA Compass Stadium, you can be assured it will feel like an MLS Cup rematch. 22,000 fans are expected to pour in the gates tomorrow to cheer on the orange as they take on America’s most expensive soccer project. I doubt many care too much that Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane will not be there, both are away representing their countries. The Galaxy’s biggest star, David Beckham, should be in attendance. There have been concerns whether he would be suspended based on some comments he made after the Galaxy’s collapse against San Jose this week, where LA gave up a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.

Here’s what he said…

“Unfortunately, we had someone in control of the game tonight that, every time we’ve had him, he wants to be the star, and that’s what happens when you have a referee who wants to be on ‘SportsCenter.’ That was disappointing.”

Whether or not Beckham’s comments deserve suspension, he isn’t out of context when talking about MLS referees. I think Beckham is one heck of a player (even now) and I admire the passion and intensity he plays the game with. And those are the things I’m hoping to see tomorrow as Beckham takes the pitch at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Back to the game at hand, neither team stands exactly where they would want to be in the standings, albeit the Dynamo have played 8 of 10 on the road. This is a game both teams will be looking to get 3 points from to keep pace with the rest of their respective divisions. In the Eastern Conference, while Kansas City has struggled of late, New York has doubled Houston's point total (granted with 3 more games), and D.C. United has put in some good performances as of late. The Dynamo in the mix with Chicago and Columbus, and both of those clubs collected 3 points this past Wednesday. On the other hand, the Galaxy have found themselves in unfamiliar territory. They sit dead last in the Western Conference and have not been able to turn it around. Now they come into Houston, who is undefeated at home (granted in 2 games), and in the mid day Houston heat, which will definitely take its toll on the game.

Houston will be without Geoff Cameron who is with Donovan in USMNT camp, but clearly there are options to fill his void. The midfield and strikers impact continue to be the question mark going into the game. Will Brad Davis be able to find more room in midfield and get started on a repeat season of 2011? Thus far, he only has one assist. Will Bruin now has tallied 5 goals and looks destined for an 8-10 goal year.

While the Galaxy will surely want to stop the bleeding with escaping the Houston heat with at least a point, the Dynamo have to go for all three here. The Galaxy are without two of their big three, have lost 4 of their last 5, and are clearly vulnerable right now. Time to take advantage.

What’s your prediction on tomorrow’s match up? Mine… 2-1 Houston (goals by Ching, Bruin). Let’s hope I’m right.

While you’re at it, take a look at this story on lagalaxy.com regarding the team playing in MLS’ newest stadium BBVA Compass Stadium. My favorite part – Beckham’s comments at the end of the story.

“I’m really excited about the game,” Beckham said. “We know how tough they are. They play the game in the right manner.”  Always nice to hear other players have the same opinion I share on the team.

MATCHDAY INFO - All you need to know about the game

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Houston Will Travel To San Antonio

The San Antonio Scorpions secured a 2-0 victory over the visiting Laredo Heat in US Open Cup play last night.  Goals were scored by Pablo Campos and former Dynamo (sort of) Keven Harmse.  That earns them a spot in the third round and will face off with the Houston Dynamo on 5/29 at Heroes Stadium.  The game will kick off at 7:30 pm and considering the short drive to San Antonino, expect to see a lot of orange.  For tickets, visit the Scorpions link here.

Courtesy: Scorpions website
This is the first season for the Scorpions and their roster hosts a couple of familiar faces to Houston fans.  Former Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane plays for San Antonio (and scored last week), Harmse was traded to Houston in 2010, but never saw the field, and midfielder Josue Soto has been loaned for the entire season to our I-10 neighbors.  It will make for an interesting match up.

The Houston Dynamo will have a busy week as they will host the LA Galaxy at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, travel to San Antonio on Tuesday, and host Liga BBVA's Valencia in the Dynamo Charities Cup on Thursday back at BBVA Compass Stadium.  Depth will be on display next week and I wouldn't be surprised to see the likes of Oscar Recio (Mexican defender), Kofi Sarkodie, Brian Ownby (if he's healthy), Tyler Deric, Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, and a host of others in regular rotation to see some playing time. 

As you know, Geoff Cameron is out on national team duty, and a few other Dynamo players could get calls to their perspective national teams also.  We'll see a different look to the Dynamo in several of the upcoming games.

On another note, all NASL teams advanced in the US Open Cup last night, and three amateur teams pulled out victories for their chance to face an MLS side.  Prior to this year, I hadn't paid too much attention to the US Open Cup, but I'm starting to feel it a bit.

How important is this tournament to you?  What kind of lineup to you expect to see on Tuesday?

Here is the schedule for US Open 3rd Round Action:


Tuesday, May 29

7 pm ET: D.C. United at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) -- Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
7 pm ET: NE Revolution at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) -- Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.
7 pm ET: LA Galaxy at Carolina RailHawks (NASL) -- WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
7:30 pm ET: Chicago Fire at Michigan Bucks (PDL) -- Ultimate Soccer; Pontiac, Mich.
7:30 pm ET: Colorado Rapids at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) -- Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.
7:30 pm ET: Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Columbus Crew -- Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
7:30 pm ET: New York Red Bulls at Charleston Battery (USL PRO) -- Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
7:30 pm ET: Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union -- PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
8:30 pm ET: Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at FC Dallas -- FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
8:30 pm ET: Houston Dynamo at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) -- Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas
8:30 pm ET: Orlando City (USL PRO) at Sporting KC -- LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
9 pm ET: Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) at Real Salt Lake -- Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
10 pm ET: Chivas USA at Ventura County Fusion (PDL) -- Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.
10:30 pm ET: Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at SJ Earthquakes -- Cagan Stadium; Stanford, Calif.

Wednesday, May 30

10 pm ET: Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Seattle Sounders -- Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
10:30 pm ET: Cal FC (USASA) at Portland Timbers -- JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.


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Dynamo To Learn USOC Opponent Tonight

While the Dynamo have the week off to prepare for a hot Saturday afternoon match up with the struggling LA Galaxy, there is some futbol being played tonight the Men in Orange are keeping their eye on.

The Dynamo will find out tonight who their US Open Cup opponent will be on 5/29 as the San Antonio Scorpions host the Laredo Heat tonight at 7:30.

While the US Open Cup is the oldest cup in the nation, many fans have either never heard of the competition or don't seem to care.  The jury is still out for me if I want to see starters used for the tournament because next to the MLS Cup, I'm head over heels for the CONCACAF Champions League.  I will say, that any tournament the Dynamo are involved in, I want them to win.  And know that Seattle has had tremendous success, makes me believe we could share similar results this year considering we have a great amount of depth in our lineup. 

Back to tonight's game, this will mark the third game between San Antonio and Laredo.  San Antonio has won both matches, outscoring Laredo 6-1 in that time.  Both teams want to win and want the opportunity to host the Dynamo and draw more fans out as MLS clubs enter the tournament, so it's bound to be a good game.  Full a full game preview courtesy of SanAntonioScorpions.com, click here.

For more info on the US Open Cup, take a look at the full bracket here.

Dynamo fans, who do you want to see advance to host the Dynamo?  Either way, it will be a nice road trip.

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VOTE: Camargo Equalizer Up for GOTW

For two consecutive weeks, a Dynamo player has been nominated for Goal of the Week.  Last week, Brad Davis' historic first goal in BBVA Compass Stadium lost out to a David Beckham free kick.  This week, it's Luiz Camargo's turn for his late, game tying strike against New England at Gillette Stadium.

Dynamo fans, let's help make Camargo's first MLS goal ever an even more memorable one. 

CLICK HERE to vote, but watch the great goals of the week below.



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RECAP: The Brazilian Gets First Goal

Camargo celebrates with teammates / Getty Images
Luiz Camargo, often referred to as "The Brazilian," got his first goal as a Houston Dynamo to help escape New England with a point on the road.  Camargo, a second half sub, scored a fantastic goal in the 87' from a nice pass off the foot of Brian Ching to level the game 2-2.

Houston's performance has been pretty consistent for most games this year.  Scoring has been hard to come by and the results usually are on the shoulders of the defense and whether or not there are any silly mistakes.  Both of New England's goals came from mistakes.

In the 26', Brad Davis ran into New England forward Saer Sene inside the penalty area to give the Revolution a chance to take the lead.  Sene easily tapped in the penalty kick to take a 1-0 lead.  Later in the game, Sene got his second on the game when he stripped Geoff Cameron near midfield and took it all the way to the inside post to give New England the lead again 2-1 in the 57'.  Goalkeeper Tally Hall seemed a bit out of position on the run and looked like he knew it covering his face after the ball landed in the back of the net.

The Dynamo now have one win in the last eight games.  Right now the team is struggling, but most clubs would that have had to endure the schedule Houston has thus far this year.  While it's not a time for panic, there is concern over defensive mistakes and lack of scoring.  With that being said, there is a number of positives to take away from their recent performance as well, which I'll highlight below.  For fans worried about where the Dynamo stand right now, keep in mind they just finished their fourth game in 11 days.  The Dynamo will return to Houston and have a week off in preparation for their next game in direct Houston heat next Saturday as the defending MLS Champions visit BBVA Compass Stadium.

Here's why the glass is half full for the Dynamo through their first ten games of the year:

  • While the team has some opportunity around scoring goals, Will Bruin has been consistent all year and looks paced to have a solid sophomore year.  He tied up the game in the 32' off a nice Brad Davis free kick.  He's tallied 5 goals thus far and fans are eagerly awaiting a home goal so he can showcase his "Dancing Bear" celebration at BBVACS.
  • We still must remind ourselves, we started with seven straight road games.  The Dynamo now have played 10 total games, eight of them on the road.  At this point in 2011, the Dynamo had played five road games and hadn't won any of them; this year they have two road wins.
  • Last year, through 10 games, the Dynamo had scored 13 goals vs 10 conceded.  This year, they have scored 10 vs 11 conceded.  Not that far off last years start, but keep in mind by this time last year, we had played 5 home games.
Houston's next opponent will be the Galaxy, who by the end of Sunday could be in last place in the Western Conference.  They have struggled so far this season and will look to get back on track.  This is a team that is stacked with talent and at anytime could get hot, so it won't be easy.  One factor that I believe is in the Dynamo's favor is the game will be played at 1:30CST in Houston, which all of us know is not a very "cool" part of a typical Houston day.  

Take a look at the highlights from Saturday night's game with Houston and New England.





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PREVIEW: Dynamo Back On Road In New England

The Houston Dynamo will try and regain that road confidence that they started 2012 off with when they visit New England this Saturday.  After two road victories to start the year, the Dynamo struggled to get in the win column the rest of their long road trip prior to opening their new stadium.  A nice home opener in the new BBVA Compass Stadium was what they needed to get back on track last weekend against DC United.  They followed up that win with a frustrating draw this past Tuesday at home versus Portland.  Now, they will face a New England team who has won two of their last three and last week had their best offensive performance, beating Vancouver 4-1.

The good news for Houston is they have seemed to regain the defensive confidence they had in those first two road wins of the year.  Jermaine Taylor has settled in nicely and fans can't stop talking about his performance as of late.  Defense has and will remain the key focus of the Dynamo, so if that remains solid we all know one goal is usually all we need.  Still it would be great to see the Dynamo scoring goals a bit more consistently.  Will Bruin leads the Dynamo will four goals this season, and all four were on the road.

New England comes into the game winning their last two home games and midfielder Lee Nguyen torched the team that cut him for two goals and an assist.  Currently New England is tied with 12 points with Houston, so both teams will be looking to move up in the standings.

Hear what New England head coach Jay Heaps says about facing Houston Saturday:



Heaps mentions a couple of things I liked about the Dynamo.  He talked about how the Dynamo never give up and even though they lost the DCU and NYRB games, they "fought til the end."  He said you could go back and watch the video and see how "they don't ever give up, and continue to fight."  That is exactly how I see the Houston Dynamo as well and even though Tuesday's draw was frustrating, they never game up.

I expect to see a similar game on Saturday, but hopefully we can make up for our missed goals on Tuesday and get a multi-goal game in New England.  The defense should be solid and I'm going with a 2-1 Houston win to get back on the road winning ways that had everyone talking at the start of the season.

What's your prediction on Saturday's game?

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Dynamo Learn US Open Cup Possibilities

MLS Clubs learned their potential US Open Cup opponents today, as the third round pairings were announced today.  You can see the entire recap here.

What does this mean for the Houston Dynamo?  The Dynamo will face a Texas rival regardless, as they will play either the Laredo Heat (PDL) or the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) on May 29th.

Laredo and San Antonio will face off next Tuesday, May 22nd to determine who will go through to face Houston.

It's worth noting the Dynamo play 5/26 against LA Galaxy and 5/31 against Valencia.  This game would fall right in between and will increase the teams workload.  I'm curious to hear how important the US Open Cup is to you.  Is this a tournament the Dynamo should field a strong lineup to or should they concentrate on MLS or CONCACAF Champions League?

Post your thoughts below.

Take a look at the full bracket here.


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Houston Can't Find Net In Draw

Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images
The game was well advertised.  Come on out to the latest and greatest downtown Houston stadium and enjoy your Houston Dynamo's first night game in BBVA Compass Stadium.  Fans listened as 22,039 packed the orange seats to watch the Dynamo take on the Portland Timbers.  There were many storylines for fans to follow - Lovel Palmer, Mike Chabala, and John Spencer, all former Dynamo return to Houston, Kris Boyd's only appearance in Houston, and the attempt to get some momentum going after the last victory at home.

Neither team could really get anything going for 90 minutes, but the Dynamo did look like the more aggressive team consistently throughout the evening.  Unfortunately, they couldn't find the net as the final score was a very frustrating 0-0.

By the end of the game, the topic of conversation turned to missed chances by the Dynamo and horrible officiating.  I will admit, from my view in section 139, the ref was horrible.  He got several calls wrong for both sides, but the most controversial call was when Calen Carr was brought down by Futty Danso as he appeared to be in on goal.  It should have ended up with a red card and a nice free kick, but wasn't called.

The referee was one thing, finishing was the other.  The Dynamo had several clear looks at goal, but were unable to convert, specifically when the game was winding down.  The last minutes of the game were saw a couple of clear chances missed.  Brian Ching was given a perfect pass and could've scored the second goal ever in BBVA Compass Stadium, but shot the ball over the crossbar.  We all know he wants that one back.  I would be remiss if I didn't give Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins credit, he was definiately the Timber's man of the match.  He finished with 7 saves and stopped the best chance in the 87th minuted when Calen Carr was in on goal but was able to deflect the shot and keep the clean sheet.

Couple of highlights worth mentioning...
  • Brazilian midfielder Luiz Camargo looked very creative on Tuesday night and looks to be settling into a nice form similar to what we saw late last year.  His creativity created a number of chances and think he was the second best player on the field Tuesday.
  • Who was the best? It's very clear Jermaine Taylor has gotten control of a starting spot and it's well deserved.  We know he's a Jamaican international, but last year was shaky from time to time and couldn't break through consistently.  This year has been different and I think Taylor will continue his performance and will get more chances if Geoff Cameron gets a USMNT call up.  Taylor was superb on defense and has a great sense of when to push forward and pressure on offense.
  • Kris Boyd may have been in the starting lineup, but he forgot to show up for this one.  He never threatened the Dynamo defense and didn't look at that spectacular.  While fans continue to talk about how the Dynamo need a DP, performance of some players remind me why we don't.  Just saying.
How did you feel when you left BBVA Compass Stadium last night? What did you like about the lineup?  Give me your thoughts below.

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PREVIEW: Houston Welcomes Portland

Kris Boyd will make his only appearance in Houston Tuesday night
Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty
The Houston Dynamo got a welcome home party this past weekend by not only celebrating their opening game at BBVA Compass Stadium, but pulling out a 1-0 victory by dramatic fashion.  Now the Dynamo will have another chance to play in their new home in front of a packed crowd tomorrow night as they host the Portland Timbers.

After starting with seven straight road games, the Dynamo are happy to have a heavy home schedule over the next several months.  The buzz surrounding the new stadium is huge and only seems to be getting bigger.  It was announced today that less than 200 tickets remain for tomorrow's game and their next home game versus MLS Champions LA Galaxy is already sold out.  It's incredible to imagine that 22,000 people will attend a night game on a Tuesday evening.

This will be the only meeting between Portland and Houston this year.  In their brief history, the Dynamo have dominated winning both previous match ups.  Last year the Dynamo and Timbers were in the hunt for a playoff position and Houston helped put a stop to Portland's dream late in the year.  This game will not have the playoff buzz last year's games brought, but the Timbers do have two former Dynamo players and a coach that will be anxious to see the new home of their former teammates.  Hear Lovel Palmer and John Spencer talk about coming back to Houston and what to expect below.

Couple of things to watch for tomorrow night.
  • Kris Boyd will make his only appearance in Houston after declining an offer from us only to sign with Portland. I think I know how the crowd will react during their starting lineup.  Boyd has three goals this year and has success in MLS thus far.  Will he torch Houston or will we get the last laugh?
  • What will Dominic Kinnear do with the lineup?  The Dynamo have a loaded schedule over the next couple of weeks and their will definitely be some lineup shuffling.  The Dynamo certainly have depth, but who will step up and stand out?
  • The Dynamo sit in 7th position in the Eastern Conference, but have several games on hand with most clubs.  Two of the next three games are against Western Conference rivals, and the West have been the more dominate division thus far.  To make up some ground, the Dynamo will want to take advantage of playing both of these games at home.
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VOTE: Davis for Goal of the Week

Brad Davis' blast that sent the orange crazed Dynamo fans into a frenzy in BBVA Compass Stadium is now nomiated for AT&T's Goal of the Week on MLSSoccer.com.

Dynamo fans, get over to the link (CLICK HERE) and vote as many and often as you can.

While there was certainly some good goals (see all nominees below) this week, Davis' goal surely could pull out the win here.  The moment, the player, and the celebration we were able to witness was one of the best moments of the week, but voting has Davis trailing Lee Nguyen and David Becham.

Get over to MLSSoccer.com now and vote.

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Davis Blast Gives Storybook Ending To Inaugural Game

Brad Davis celebrates with Supporters after his goal
This story was written well.  Real well.  The storybook ending for the inaugural game at BBVA Compass Stadium left everyone in attendance with a smile, and gave everyone in the stadium a story for the ages.  Brad Davis brought the sellout crowd of 22,039 to a frenzy in the 67th minute with the game's only goal to send the orange fans home happy.  In what will surely be a goal of the week nominee, co-captain and Dynamo original Davis was able to capture a moment in history as he found himself unmarked in the middle of the field, roughly 35 yards from goal.  While Davis had options to create a play, he found himself unmarked and a nice angle to fire a shot into the corner of the net.  Even though D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid got a hand on it, there was no stopping this rocket.  Especially not today.

The moment was more intense considering the Dynamo were pressing D.C. United most of the afternoon.  There were several good chances the Dynamo were unable to convert in the first half and early in the second half.  But Davis was finally able to get the men in orange on the board and rightfully so, knew right where to celebrate.  Davis led his teammates to the supporter's section and celebrated with the fans that have been by their side since day one.

The tempo and pace of the game was controlled by the Dynamo throughout the afternoon.  It was a classic receipt of attacking pressure and solid defense and communication.  The win marks the third of the season for the Dynamo, with both additional victories coming from the same scoreline, 1-0.  The win not only was important for the inaugural game in the Dynamo's new home, it also put a stop to a five game winless streak, including three loses in that time.

It was an incredible afternoon in which saw the Dynamo honor former players and former team president Oliver Luck, political figures that helped make the stadium a reality, and recognized their ownership group for believing in the team and this project.  If you could ask for anything more than these celebrations, it would have been a storybook ending which the good guys prevailed with herosim.  Well, Dynamo fans, sleep tight - you got your storybook ending.  BBVA Compass Stadium is officially open for business and it's our home.


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Go For Goal Mission Accomplished

This morning Dynamo Charities hosted their annual Dynamo Go For Goal 5K run in the shadows of BBVA Compass Stadium. Another great event leading up the opening of the stadium next weekend.

Hundreds of people poured into the streets around the stadium for the run though the neighborhood, all benefiting a great charity organization and a team they love.

This was not only my first 5K run, but also the first time I've ever ran in an organized event.  I'm not much of a runner, but was able to cross the finish line and enjoy the post race activities.  The best part was about 15 feet before the finish line I was able to see my wife, son, and unborn daughter cheering me on as I wanted to just lay on the ground exhausted.

I've posted a couple of photos of this Ordinary Orange Fan's experience on Flickr.

For all those who participated, congratulations on completing the 5K and thanks for supporting the Dynamo Charities!!  For all those who did not, but supported the runners, thank you from all!  There were several people who I did not know cheering the runners on as they approached the finish line; that was extremely motivating!

See you all in 6 days when the Dynamo officially open the gates to BBVA Compass Stadium.

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Stadium Gates Open for Season Ticket Holders

View from my seats, Section 139 in BBVA Compass Stadium
The first MLS game to be played in BBVA Compass Stadium is on May 12th, but today the Houston Dynamo opened their gates to season ticket holders for the first time.  Even though the seats weren't filled, the players had their practice gear on, and the supporters didn't have their drums, the feeling inside the stadium was downright incredible.  There were smiles, tears, screams, and laughter - every emotion that could be had was in the gates of BBVA Compass Stadium this morning as the team held its annual "Meet the Team" day for their season ticket holders.

Fans lined up outside the north end of the stadium well before the gates opened at 9am.  You couldn't help but enjoy seeing all the smiling faces from both children and adults alike.  Many old friends met up for the first time since the last  home game of 2011, children were running around the newly laid landscaping outside the stadium, and the one constant was orange happiness.

Once the gates opened, half the fans hurried to the south end of the stadium for the annual fire sale of Dynamo merchandise.  The other half went straight for their seats and to take in the incredible view most have only been able to admire through pictures shared by the Dynamo organization.  Regardless of age or gender, most everyone had the faces of children who found an unclaimed bag of candy - excited and smiling ear to ear.  I was fortunate to sit in my seats a couple weeks ago when I toured the stadium, but today was different.  Today the opening of the stadium really set in; we're only a week away.


Not only were the fans taken by the beauty of the new home of soccer in Houston, but the players themselves got to practice on the pitch for the first time.  Fans immediately applauded when the Dynamo players took the field and as they took their first laps around the stadium the supporters groups sang their first chants to the players.  After practice the Dynamo players signed autographs for the fans to close out the incredible event and leave fans ready for the week to fly by so they can pack the house next week (yes, I said NEXT week) as the Dynamo will officially kick off MLS soccer next Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium against D.C. United.

Dynamo fans - where are you sitting?  What's your take on the stadium?  What was your favorite memory of today's event?  And most importantly, are you ready for May 12th?

Fans on display in BBVA Compass Stadium


See more pictures of today's event here.

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