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The Houston Dynamo is an American professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas. The franchise competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The Dynamo had first played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus till 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific arena situated in Houston. The team’s head coach is Wilmer Cabrera.
The Dynamo was established on December 15, 2005 when the then owner of the San Jose Earthquakes, Anschutz Entertainment Group, announced that the team was relocating to Houston, Texas after stopped working attempts in protecting a soccer specific arena in San Jose. The club would then be an expansion team of the league, which began play in 2006. The Dynamo is owned by Gabriel Brener, Jake Silverstein, Ben Guill, and world Olympic boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya.
Houston Dynamo’s domestic success consists of winning the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups being in their first 2 seasons. In 2008, Houston became the first American club to secure a point on Mexican soil in the CONCACAF Champions League era during the 2008-2017 format of the tournament.
The colors of the Dynamo crest are orange, black and white, with Space City blue added as an accent and border color. The star on the crest is an ad hoc adoption, likely a nod to the Houston, Texas Flag or the “Houston 1836” crest concept. It also maintains the soccer ball with the star in the middle from the “1836” logo, though the shadow is changed to Space City blue.
With the 2006 MLS Cup win, a sanctioned star was added above the shield in 2008, after using the scudetto in 2007. Since they won the MLS Cup once again in 2007. they used the scudetto for the second successive year in 2008. Subsequently, a sanctioned star was contributed to the logo in 2009 for their win at MLS Cup 2007.
Houston announced the name “Dynamo”, on March 7, 2006, which describes Houston’s energy-based commercial economy, as well as a previous Houston soccer team, Houston Dynamos who played in the Lone Star Soccer Alliance and United Soccer League. The official reason for the name is that “Dynamo is a word to describe somebody who never fatigues, never ever quits. The name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking type of town.” The name “Dynamo” is also a tribute to teams based out in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: Dinamo Tbilisi, Dinamo Batumi, Dynamo Kyiv, Dinamo București, Dynamo Moscow and Dinamo Zagreb. The team colors are orange, white, and “Space City” blue or “Luv Ya Blue” (light blue), suggested as a symbol of the city of Houston flag which is light blue and of yet another team in Houston’s sports history– the Houston Oilers of the NFL.
Initially, on January 25, 2006, the team had revealed that Houston 1836 would be the team name. This followed an online survey for the fans to provide suggestions for the name. According to MLS & AEG, who selected the name, the 1836 name referred to the year that the city of Houston wased established by siblings Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. The name had viewed obscurity, nevertheless, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836’s logo design included a shape of General Sam Houston, one of Houston’s and Texas’ most famous historic figures. The option of Houston 1836 quickly became a political concern. It raised a furor among some residents of Hispanic descent, a significant target audience, who associated 1836 with the war for Texas independence. Due to protests from Hispanic fans, the name was changed to the Dynamo. MLS has since not allowed any online studies to name growth teams.