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Houston Dynamo

May 1, 2011

The Houston Dynamo were born when MLS moved the San Jose Earthquakes to Texas because they had a pledge for a soccer-specific stadium. Well, more than 5 years later, San Jose is back, and neither club has their own stadium. However, Houston has broken ground on a new field and the club won back-to-back MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007. The players from those championship runs were also crucial to San Jose’s success in years prior.

KEY PLAYER:
Brian Ching has manned the Houston frontline since 2006 (and back to 2003 when they were San Jose). Ching, the first Hawaiian to be drafted by MLS, scored a game-tying goal in extra time of the 2006 MLS Cup, which sent the match to penalties. Houston would go on to lift its first of back-to-back trophies. Ching was a surprise inclusion in the 2006 USA World Cup squad, but was considered a snub by many when he failed to make the 2010 squad. Ching’s bicycle kick in 2006 was named the goal of the year.

STADIUM SITUATION:
Since entering the league in 2006, Houston has played at Robertson Stadium (capacity: 32,000), the home of University of Houston football. They Dynamo has its own stadium on the way, a downtown Houston venue scheduled to open in April 2012.

MAJOR TROPHIES WON: (2)
MLS Cup (2): 2006, 2007

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