The Houston Dynamo is a professional American soccer team situated in Houston, Texas. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) and is currently playing its home games at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
The club was formed dated back on December 15, 2005 after they moved to Houston, Texas. Originally, the club was first known as the San Jose Earthquakes under coach Dominic Kennear. For some reason related to the supposed construction of their soccer-specific stadium in San Jose at that time, the whole squad including Kinnear decided to transfer in Houston.
Although the whole team moved to Houston, the former name, logo and statistics of the old club were all left in San Jose. The club’s official name “Dynamo” was announced on March 7, 2006. Dynamo originally refers to the energy-based industrial economy of Houston, which is used to describe the club as someone ‘who never fatigues, never gives up.’ Also, the name symbolizes the city of Houston as an energetic, hard working, risk-taker kind of town.
The Houston Dynamo is considered as one of the most highly-supported teams with a record breaking number of spectators equivalent to 70,550. The club had its first Major League Soccer (MLS) appearance on April 2, 2006 at the Robertson Stadium, gathering a front crowd equivalent to 25,462 audiences.
For the record, the Houston Dynamo had compiled numbers of victories during their first season in the league, including the victory against the Colorado Rapids with a winning record of 5-2 and the victories acquired against some of the most well-established MLS clubs such as the Los Angeles Galaxy, D.C United, Chicago Fire, FC Dallas and New England Revolution.
The club ended their first season with a winning record of 11-8-13, which ranked them as the 2nd placer in the Western Conference Division. Also, the Houston Dynamo had reached the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup after beating the Chivas USA in the semifinals and the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference Finals.
On November 12, 2006, the club obtained its first MLS Cup victory against the New England Revolution, which was held at the Pizza Hut Park, located in Frisco, Texas. After winning the 2006 MLS Cup, the Houston Dynamo had been qualified to play for the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
The Dynamo started the 2007 season with success, including the victories against the Puntaneras FC, Pachuca, Los Angeles Galaxy and the Chivas USA. But, despite being recognized as one of the most successful clubs in the MLS, the Houston Dynamo was still not able to escape downfalls after suffering in the regular season, losing against the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution.
In 2008, the club became the first MLS club to secure a spot on the Mexican soil, which took place during the CONCACAF Champions League era. The Houston Dynamo is owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in collaboration with the Brener International Group led by Gabriel Brener and Oscar De La Hoya (world’s boxing champion).
The club’s primary rivals are the FC Dallas, Pachuca and the Sporting Kansas City. The team has conducted its regular training at the Houston Sports Park (HSP) since 2011.