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The Official Houston Dynamo / MLS Thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Beavis Stiffler, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. KingCheetah

    KingCheetah Contributing Member

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    This game is good -- they're doing a much better job with the crowd noise.
     
  2. seclusion

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    I don't normally watch soccer/MLS, but just seeing some Houston sports again was fantastic. Great game too, I hate ties though. HATE them. I want a definitive winner/loser.
     
  3. Beavis Stiffler

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    Wish they bring back the penalty kicks/shootouts to decide the winner for regular season games. They used to do those back in the 1990s. Now it’s only used for the playoffs/postseason.
     
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    I liked that, but I thought "real soccer fans" were against them.
     
  5. rhino17

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    couldn't have asked for a better result really, this team played beyond their talent.

    Glad there is at least some type of identity again with the counter attack. Elis was amazing.

    Backline is still atrocious, need 4 new starters.
     
  6. daywalker02

    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة
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    The discrepancy and disparity between poorer, smaller market ballclubs and rich ones are more evident in soccer therefore draws are a welcome option next to a more difficult upset.

    I like that there are ways to force a strategic draw, a minor method for favorites to lose points.

    For example, Mourinho's parking the bus.
     
  7. dumbartonbass

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    Not to sound snobbish, but no other league on earth played like that. I also used to hate ties, and still don't love them, but I've come to see the varying shades of ties. I pray before every game I attend that it won't be 0-0. No arguments there, that is the pits. But there can be thrilling ties like the 3-3 Spain/Portugal draw in last year's World Cup.
     
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    We are. Ties are part of the game.
     
  9. desihooper

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    Tough way for the Dynamo to not make it out of group play :mad:

    Oh well, #DashOn
     
  10. leroy

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    That was a pathetic showing. I really feel for Tab Ramos. He's going to get the blame for such a talentless roster. We might never know if he's a good coach or not.

    Congrats to the Dash, though, for winning the NWSL tourney. At least one team is bringing trophies home to Houston.
     
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  11. Beavis Stiffler

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    Late on this. The Dynamo finally got their first road win of the year.

     
  12. Beavis Stiffler

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    Another great win for the Dynamo last night.

     
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    I like the orange and black color scheme

    everything else can go
     
  15. leroy

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    I'm fine with the name and the colors. All that's really needed is new ownership. One that gives a sh** if this teams wins or loses and actually does something about it. I get we're never going to get the top Euro's to come here. It's too f***ing hot. But an investment in top talent from Mexico or S. America would be a nice change of pace...instead of the 4th tier players they sign and act like it's some great feat.
     
  16. desihooper

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    After years of mostly-lackluster results on and off the field, the Houston Dynamo could be in for two major changes.

    Multiple MLS sources tell The Athletic that the Dynamo are considering significant changes to their branding which could be adopted as early as this offseason, as the club continues to explore ways to increase its prominence within Houston. Those changes may include a new crest, club name, colors, or some combination of the three.

    “From a marketing standpoint, we are always looking for ways to innovate our brand and connect with our fans,” chief marketing officer Katie Scallan said when asked about the club’s potential rebrand. “One way we can do that is by doing a better job of representing the Houston community and tapping into the culture of our city.”

    Even more foundational changes may be afoot within the club’s front office. Multiple sources also told The Athletic that the club’s controlling owner, Gabriel Brener, has expressed interest in selling his share of the team. It’s not clear how far along Brener — whose ownership interest also includes the NWSL’s Houston Dash — is in that process, or to what degree the Dash would be involved in a sale.

    The Dynamo did not offer comment regarding Brener’s potential sale of his ownership stake. Major League Soccer also declined to comment.

    Despite operating in the United States’ fourth-largest city, Houston has more closely resembled a small-market club with its operation. The Dynamo have routinely been among MLS’s lowest-spending clubs, quicker to trade within MLS or buy low from lesser leagues than make a big transfer outlay on a single player. This offseason was highlighted by trades for Darwin Quintero and Zarek Valentin, as well as paying a small transfer fee to Hoffenheim for goalkeeper Marko Marić. The team currently sits sixth in the Western Conference, but that amounts to progress under Tab Ramos for a team who has made the postseason just once in the last six seasons.

    With the team struggling on the field, the club has tweaked its local marketing approach in recent seasons. Early evidence of the new approach includes the team’s Twitter hashtag switching from #ForeverDynamo or #ForeverOrange to #HoldItDown — a mantra which “originated on the streets of Houston,” per the club.

    “The transition from Forever Orange to Hold It Down is an example of (better representing the city),” Scallan said. “It’s more than a tagline or a hashtag; it taps directly into the mindset that makes Houston special and serves as a daily reminder to us that we’ve got an obligation to represent H-Town on and off the field.”

    The change to “Hold It Down” also allowed the club to use the same hashtag for both the MLS and NWSL teams.

    The Dynamo themselves have struggled to remain relevant in an MLS that has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade. In 2019 the club ranked 20th out of 24 teams in average attendance, and that attendance figure has decreased for five consecutive years. After peaking at 20,658 in 2015, the club has seen a near 25 percent drop in attendance year over year despite playing in a soccer-specific downtown stadium, opened in 2012 in one of the largest media markets in the United States.

    On Wednesday, a club spokesperson said season ticket sales haven’t dipped amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the club, the Dynamo sold 15.6 percent more 2020 season tickets than they did for 2019, and the club is already up nearly 10 percent for the 2021 season. The spokesperson said the Dash saw a 23.2 percent increase for the 2020 season as compared to 2019, and added that season ticket renewals are around 90 percent so far for both clubs. The club did not provide raw totals for the number of season ticket members.

    Brener first joined the ownership group in late 2007 and bought out AEG’s remaining 50% stake in late 2015. The club’s current ownership group also includes famed boxer Oscar De La Hoya and, most recently, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who purchased a small share in the Dash and Dynamo last July.

    The Dynamo’s current name and branding were adopted in 2006 when the club moved to the Houston area from San Jose and are ostensibly a nod to the area economy’s energy sector. It also provides an aesthetic link to older, most established clubs in Eastern Europe like Dynamo Kiev or Dynamo Moscow. The club had originally announced a different name — Houston 1836 — but that moniker was scrapped after widespread outrage from the Latinx community in the area, who associated 1836 with the battle for Texan independence.

    The club’s primary color, which the Dynamo have dubbed “wildcatter orange,” is among the most singular and easily identifiable in Major League Soccer. Only two other teams in the league wear orange in any form (NYCFC use a touch of orange in their kits and crest as a nod to the Manhattan flag, while FC Cincinnati feature the color in some form or another on both of their kits) but Houston is the only team in the league so closely associated with the color. The club’s home, BBVA Stadium, makes extensive use of the color in its seating and other decorative features.

    It’s still unclear what exactly the club is planning on changing about its brand identity. It could go the way of Sporting Kansas City or the New York Red Bulls, who shed their previous name and logo entirely, or simply refresh its brand like the LA Galaxy in 2007, D.C. United in 2015 or the Chicago Fire this past offseason.

    While the first team may undergo a rebrand, the club isn’t anticipated to change the terms of its USL affiliation with Rio Grande Valley FC. The original terms of the agreement run through the 2021 season, with sources indicating that there are no plans to change the pact. RGV has changed its presentation within its market over the past year, distancing itself from being a full MLS2 team and trying to be a team for its local market first and foremost, that still takes Dynamo players on loan.
    Gave up the tying goal in the 97th minute?! :mad:
     
  17. rhino17

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    Ownership obviously is the biggest problem. They spend no money, ever. Marketing is bad, they just dont really care. Getting an owner that gives a **** would be a huge improvement. Theres no reason a market like this cant spend money

    I would change the crest at least, it looks very outdated compared to some of the modern crests. So basic. Throw the tequila sunrise on there and something besides a soccer ball
     
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    Screenshot_20201017-115732_The Athletic.jpg

    New crest for the newly renamed Houston Dynamo FC (per The Athletic).
     
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    I like the soft rebrand. Shield is better. FC seems trendy nowadays. Now get the management in check
     

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