Of all the places you might have expected to hear effusive praise for David Beckham in light of his impending retirement, the Houston Dynamo training facility was likely pretty far down the list.
Nevertheless, with Becks celebrating the apparent end of his playing career this past week, the Dynamo – who fell to Beckham's Galaxy in each of the last two MLS Cups – weren't shy about their respect for Major League Soccer's international face.
On Sunday, the Chicago Fire march into town looking to stop the Dynamo from making history. Coming off their first win of the season, the Fire are hungry for more points and hope to be the first team to defeat the Dynamo at home since June 2011.
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It's where the heart is, there's no place like it, and it's where the Houston Dynamo never lose: home. That's right folks, across all competitions, and two stadiums, the Dynamo haven't lost a match in Houston in its last 34.
It's the first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the Houston Dynamo are hoping to make it another happy ending for the home fans.
The Dynamo enter the game on a 32 game unbeaten streak at home and are coming off two consecutive losses - each allowing 3 goals. Houston will be looking to right the ship and will rely on the home fans to help push them back on the right track.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman On today's game... It was a pretty wide-open game with two teams that put everything on the field. They are very hard-working and had a lot of different weapons coming at us. We got goals today from a defender, a midfielder and a forward, which is seldom you ever get all three lines scoring goals.
Every team in the world has an away game on their schedule that never seems to go well. Sometimes they just get outplayed, sometimes they fall victim to the one special moment in an otherwise even game, and sometimes the ref just screws them. It's always something.
For D.C. United, that away game has been "at Houston Dynamo" since Texas gained a second MLS club back in 2006.
Dynamo president Chris Canetti, who handles the club's business operations, has signed a three-year contract extension one year after coach-general manager Dominic Kinnear signed a multi-year extension.
Canetti, who played college baseball and was a minor-league baseball official early in his career, has been in charge of the Dynamo front office since Oliver Luck left in May 2010 to become athletics director at West Virginia University.
Last season: After winning just three of their first ten games, the Houston Dynamo recovered somewhat to end up with a bland 6W-6D-5L record at the 2012 season's midway point. However, almost immediately after that milestone, the Dynamo embarked on a five-game winning streak, a burst that essentially ensured their playoff spot.
As expected, Mike Chabala has made his return to the Houston Dynamo. In the clubs first ever media day, Chabala's return was announced as all the 2013 players modeled the new jerseys for the upcoming season.
With Corey Ashe listed as the only option at left back, Dominic Kinnear knew he'd have to find at least another option for back up.
With just over a week before starting the 2013 MLS season, the Houston Dynamo have made a couple moves as they get closer to solidifying their roster for the start of the season. On Tuesday February 19th, the Dynamo traded Jamaican International Je-Vaughn Watson to F.C. Dallas for a second round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.
With just under two weeks to go until the opening of the 2013 Houston Dynamo season, it's time to take a look at where the team stands in terms of personnel. The good thing about Houston is as runner up to the MLS Cup, it wasn't time to tear down and build back up from scratch. A few minor tweaks and the team could potentially make a run for a third straight MLS cup.
On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo officially announced the signing of Bryan Salazar, an 18 year old member of the Dynamo Academy. Salazar will become the fifth player Houston has signed through their academy program.
News of the Dynamo's interest started to spread on Tuesday, and reports later in the afternoon confirmed Salazar was in discussions to make the jump to the first team.
While the Houston Dynamo played to a 3-0 victory over Houston Baptist University in a scrimmage this afternoon at HASP, the sidebar conversation was mainly on the new faces - today on one more than the others. In the second half, Dominic Kinnear changed all 11 players, and number 39 in the midfield just wasn't instantly recognizable.
With the Houston Dynamo drafting Jason Johnson last week in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, many have assumed it closes the door for the return of Macoumba Kandji to the club. During an interview with Monica Gonzalez in the latter part of the draft, Dominic Kinnear mentioned Kandji had moved on.
Kandji and his whereabouts have been unknown thus far, but today a team in the second division of France gave him a mention on Twitter.
Well, the 2013 MLS SuperDraft is in the books and the Houston Dynamo appear to have come out with another quality performance. With the 13th and 37th pick, Dominic Kinnear managed to leave Indianapolis with a speedy forward and a left back - two positions that were needed in the depth department. Obviously, only time will tell if these two players will live up to the hype they're receiving today, but there is nothing that would indicate they won't.
The Houston Dynamo were huge underdogs heading into the MLS Cup final last year, and by their own admission, they were outplayed in a 1-0 defeat to the LA Galaxy. While many might consider the Galaxy favorites to win again [...]
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The wait is over! The ballots have been submitted, counted, recounted, and are now here for your viewing pleasure. Dynamo Theory will announce the 2012 Creamsicles award winners one by one over the next 10 days, starting with Forward of the Year.
We have a Creamsicles Storystream that will keep you updated with the entire list of award winners here.
Major League Soccer oftentimes feels like a crapshoot. How else can you explain the San Jose Earthquakes finishing seventh in the Western Conference last year and winning the Supporters' Shield this year or a fifth seed meeting a fourth seed [...]
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For Dominic Kinnear, it's not very hard to explain why the Dynamo have an MLS record 35-game home unbeaten streak.
"To go unbeaten for this amount of time it's also very impressive," Kinnear said. "People say, ‘what's the secret?' We have a good team. I think if you look at our record in the past, you don't want to explain it to everybody, but I think we've always had a good team.
We're less than a month away from MLS opening day, and there is a lot going on in the Dynamo world. With just a handful of weeks left in preseason, Dominic Kinnear has continued to make moves to get his 2013 roster set.
Houston has had mixed results thus far in preseason. In their first two matches, the Dynamo defeated their Academy team and Houston Baptist University.
After a quiet start to the offseason, the rumor mill seems to be spinning in Houston.
Over the last few days, reports from the Honduran press said the Dynamo were in discussions with Olimpia for the services of 20 year old midfielder, Alexander Lopez. Lopez acknowledged there has been an offer made by Houston for his services, but added his future is in Olimpia's hands.
While many are still having trouble adjusting to the MLS Cup loss, the Dynamo are knee deep in roster decisions, while preparing to build the 2013 club.
Training camp will open in a short eight weeks and the season kicks off in early March. Dominic Kinnear added key pieces during the 2012 season (Boniek Garcia, Ricardo Clark, Giles Barnes) that will benefit from having a full offseason with teammates.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, who picked up his 2012 MLS MVP award on Thursday, will stick around and hang out with the Dynamo players this weekend and many of them again next weekend when he attends Corey Ashe's wedding.
Wondolowski, who tied the MLS record with 27 goals this year, was traded to San Jose in June 2009 for Cam Weaver.
According to our favorite local multi-sport coverage beat-writer extraordinaire (yes, this is sarcasm), Head Coach Dominic Kinnear thinks veteran forward Brian Ching might be back in Orange next season after all.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see (Ching) playing next year," said Kinnear, who also made it clear Houston is where Ching would want to play.