Dynamo Win Again and Make Big Plans for BBVA Compass Stadium
It has been a good week in the world of the Houston Dynamo. The men in orange won their second game on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, fans got a new look inside the stadium and the club announced that they are expecting another sell out at BBVA Compass Stadium for the May 15th game when the Dynamo take on the Portland Timbers.
Fans can also register for the annual Go for Goal 5K. This 5K is headed up by assistant coach and former player Wade Barrett. Word has it that last year’s run had some pretty hilarious moments and I will be running the 5K this year in the hope that there will be similar antics. It is scheduled for May 6th as a part of events leading up to the Dynamo’s sold out home opener on May 12th.
The Dynamo took to their second of seven road games in a row this weekend versus the San Jose Earthquakes. Houston and San Jose have a little bit of history and a whole lot of player connections (think 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon – Major League Soccer style) including Chris Wondolowski, Cam Weaver and Brian Ching. The original team was moved from San Jose to Houston in 2005 and went on to win two MLS Cup Championships.
This weekend’s game wasn’t quite a grudge match, but there were a lot of fouls committed, one of which led to Houston’s lone goal. Tally Hall posted yet another shut out and Houston’s defense was on point. As a fan I find myself continuously impressed with the backline. While the game was well paced and evenly matched, both teams missed a few opportunities that could have led to goals. I can only attribute this to those San Jose kits.
I kid, but they sure did do a number on my eyes. At first I thought that my TV just had weird coloring and then I realized that San Jose did in fact have green numbers on black kits with blue accents. In theory this could have worked, but this one was a total soccer fashion flop. Houston hasn’t debuted its third kit yet, so I could be eating my words soon, but I will go out on a limb and say that San Jose might have made the biggest fashion faux pas this season. My advice? Keep the green, but try it on a white kit next season.
Ultimately the kits had nothing to do with the game, but Houston walked away victorious and have embarked on a 2 game winning streak to start out their stint on the road. Next week will prove to be a big challenge for the Dynamo as they face their toughest competition so far – the Seattle Sounders. If you caught the game on FSHouston you caught the debut of former player and new announcer Eddie Robinson. Eddie retired at the end of last season and landed a job in the Dynamo front office. He is one of the most genuine guys I have ever met and I thought he did a wonderful job in the booth! I can’t wait to see more of Eddie and hopefully he’ll insert some of that trademark sarcasm that the fans know him so well for.
Closer to home, Houston CultureMap was given an exclusive look inside BBVA Compass Stadium and has featured some top notch pictures of the tour. Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti has said time and time again that there is not a bad seat in the house and the CultureMap pictures prove him right. This is a good thing, considering the fact that the home opener sold out in an exclusive season ticket holder pre-sale before tickets were even made available to the general public.
Tickets for the second home game on May 15th featuring the Portland Timbers also look to sell out as tickets went on sale to the public this week.
On the player front, this season Calen Carr joins the ranks of Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell and Brad Davis by adding his own player cause in affiliation with Dynamo Charities. These events are always awesome, and Bobby Boswell’s breast cancer awareness night is so much fun. Dynamo Charities hosts player causes as well as a slew of events to raise money for local and soccer related charities. One of these events, the annual fire sale, is scheduled for May 6th and offers season ticket holders a chance to get their hands on some great gear and merchandise for fantastic prices. If the Dynamo can continue their run on the road and bring it home to their brand new stadium in style this will prove to be a good year for the Houston Dynamo.