Dominic Kinnear

Houston Dynamo

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Houston Dynamo

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

Four questions with Dominic Kinnear

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I caught up with Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear on the phone on Friday afternoon and here's what he had to say about several various subjects:

Je-Vaughn Watson is one of two current FC Dallas players who once played for you in Houston. Talk about your relationship with him.

Adam and Eli chat about the MLS conference finals second legs

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Who's going to prevail in this weekend's Conference Final second legs? PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch and Adam Cann had a chat about it.

Know Thy Sub: Secret to Playoff Management … or Why Bloggers Shouldn’t Coach

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By: RescindedRedMLS

We were eager to show-off our shiny new toys. We love something new to brag about in front of a big crowd. Problem with shiny new things is they rarely meet expectations.

At the start of the playoffs the most popular dark horse choices were the Colorado Rapids in the West and the New England Revolution in the East.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Houston Dynamo (1)

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An ugly tackle to go with a less than pretty performance by the Men in Red (photo:

OTF's Scott Fenwick witnessed the Moffat Bomb that netted the draw and left Fire Nation with that losing feeling...

When you pack it in with a one goal lead you, pardon the pun, play with Fire.

Know Your Enemy: Houston Dynamo #3

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Reminds me of Halloween.

OTF's Stephen Mangat takes another look at the boys from the Bayou City...

The legend of St. George states that he killed a dragon which had been plaguing some city by nesting at the city's water source. The city's leaders had been trying to placate the dragon with a daily sheep with the hope that it'd eventually leave.

Know Your Enemy: Houston Dynamo #2

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OTF's Stephen Mangatbrings you the classics and the contemporary in a look at the Houston Dynamo...

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Dominic Kinnear reflects on David Beckham’s MLS legacy

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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.

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire: The Video Room Pregame

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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.

Enjoy the following videos to get you ready for the match.

Know Your Enemy: Houston Dynamo

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Feel the heat. (photo:

OTF's Stephen Mangat brings you the dossier on the Men in Orange...

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.

Matchday 5: Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers

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The Houston Dynamo travel to the loud and always tough Jeld-Wen Field to face the Portland Timbers on Saturday. Follow all of Dynamo Theory's coverage in one place.

Enough about the home unbeaten streak. Well, until next week - because whether Dominic Kinnear wants to admit it or not... it's a pretty big deal.

Houston Dynamo Must Find a Way to Win on the Road

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Enough about the home unbeaten streak. Well, until next week - because whether Dominic Kinnear wants to admit it or not... it's a pretty big deal.

For now, let's talk about Houston's ability to win on the road. It might be better worded if we used a phrase like their inability to win on the road, but that's the problem.

Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps: The Video Room Pregame

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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.

Dominic Kinnear Shares His Thoughts On Players Diving

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Boy Kinnear was not happy after the 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Woah nelly. Dominic Kinnear is not a happy camper.

Speaking to reporters after the emotional 3-2 loss toFC Dallas, Kinnear went on a long rant on his feelings about the match (thanks to Steve Davis of Pro Soccer Talk for giving me these quotes):

"I thought the first few minutes looked really good," Kinnear said of his team.

Quote Sheet: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas

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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.

Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas: The Video Room Pregame

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On Sunday, Rivalry Week will see the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas meet in the Texas Derby. On the line - El Capitan.

Houston has had the cannon for a while now and it's a fixture at BBVA Compass Stadium. They won't be looking to lose it.

Dallas is looking to rebound from a tough loss against Chivas USA and would love to have the cannon back in their possession after a long drought.

Scouting Report: Houston Dynamo

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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.

Chris Canetti gets three-year extension from Dynamo

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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.

Eastern Conference Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

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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.

Mike Chabala returns to Houston Dynamo

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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.

Houston Dynamo Sign Andrew Driver & Trade Je-Vaughn Watson

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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.

Houston Dynamo Sign Andrew Driver & Trade Je-Vaughn Watson

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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.

Dynamo prepare for final roster moves, Songo'o trial is over

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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.

Houston Dynamo sign homegrown player Bryan Salazar

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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.

Former Timbers MF Franck Songo'o on Trail with Houston Dynamo

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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.

Transfer Rumors: Former Houston Dynamo Forward Macoumba Kandji on Trial with Clermont Foot in Ligue 2

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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.

MLS SuperDraft 2013: Reviewing the Houston Dynamo Picks

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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.

Houston Dynamo Draft Forward & Defender at 2013 SuperDraft

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MLS held its 2013 SuperDraft in Indianapolis on Thursday January 17th, and the Houston Dynamo used the draft to cushion its depth on the front and back lines.

In the first round, with the 13th overall pick, the Dynamo drafted Jason Johnson, a Jamaican native who played froward at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Major League Soccer

Match Preview: #HOUvNE

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The New England Revolutionkick of their MLS campaign this weekend in Houston, where the perennially potent Dynamo await. The match is set to take place on Saturday at 8:30 pm EST at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The hosts, who lost to the eventual MLS Cup winners Sporting Kansas City last season in the Conference finals, are hoping to return to theMLS Cup Finalby the end of the season after missing out on last year's championshipmatchfor the first time in three years.

Moffat’s Brace Beats Revs

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Diego Fagundez battles Houston's Jermaine Taylor at Gillette Stadium on Saturday Night. (Photo Kari Heistad)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Houston's Adam Moffat opened the scoring just over three minutes into the second half and a fortuitous bounce gave him a brace, as Houston took all three points on the road with a 2-1 win over New England.

A Look at the Five Longest-Tenured Coaches in MLS

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Now that this is Schellas Hyndman's fifth full season at the helm of FC Dallas, it's time to look at where he ranks in terms of the longest-tenured coaches in Major League Soccer. So, here's the breakdown of the top five.

Dominic Kinnear (Houston) 2004-present (hired on Jan.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 7, 2013

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Happy Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen. D.C. United play the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, so I'm sure you want to listen to some people tell Dominic Kinnear how awesome he and his team are.

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Kick the soccerball into the soccernet!

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Pontius is back, Nick DeLeon is getting there.

Dynamo flex their depth in win over Whitecaps

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Dominic Kinnear knew there would be days like Saturday night, so he spent the off-season focused on building up his depth.

Nobody in MLS puts together a better roster without the help of a huge payroll than Dominic Kinnear.

Kinnear's prowess was on display. Warren Creavalle, who scored the winning goal, was a second round pick in the 2012 draft.


The streak is all about the talent

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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.

Kinnear keeps eye on prize, makes clear titles are better than streaks

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After playing for the Team USA earlier in the week, Brad Davis was back on the pitch for the Dynamo on Saturday night. (James Nielsen/Chronicle)

See the best photos from Saturday's win

Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear is one of the greatest coaches in MLS history because he keeps the focus on winning championships.

Brilliant performance by Dynamo

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It's a shame there were only about 15,000 if that many at BBVA Compass Stadium Tuesday night because the Dynamo and Santos Laguna played a brilliant match.

Local soccer fans should have sprinted to BBVA to see two quality sides in a match that lived up to everything you'd expect of a CONCACAF Champions League match.

Calum Elliot’s Dynamo trial ends without contract

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Although Scottish forward Calum Elliot impressed the Dynamo coaching staff during his two and a half-week trial with the club, he has returned to Scotland without a contract offer.

The Dynamo haven't completely closed the door on signing Elliot in the future, but an offer won't come anytime soon if at all.

Dynamo Preseason News and Notes

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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.

The Rest

Fire v Dynamo match preview

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The Fire's last trip to Houston on April 14 resulted in a 2-1 loss to the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season. The Fire played relatively well in that game and if not for two individual plays by Brad Davis, would have left Texas with a result. In April, Davis dusted fill-in right back Wells Thompson to set up one goal and caught a bit of a break on a shot/cross that fooled Sean Johnson and found it's way into the back of the net to provide the difference in the match.

Quote Sheet: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas, USOC

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Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach

We played a very good team, and there's obviously a rivalry there. I didn't think we had a very good first half. We gave a lot of balls away. I didn't think we held the ball very well, but at the end of the first half we started doing better.