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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 up until 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has actually played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located 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, revealed that the team was transferring to Houston, Texas after stopped working attempts in securing a soccer particular arena in San Jose. The club would then be a growth team of the league, which started 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 includes winning the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups remaining in their first two seasons. In 2008, Houston became the first American club to secure a point on Mexican soil in the CONCACAF Champions League era throughout 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 retains the soccer ball with the star in the middle from the “1836” logo design, though the shadow is changed to Space City blue.
With the 2006 MLS Cup win, an approved star was added above the guard 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 consecutive year in 2008. Consequently, a sanctioned star was contributed to the logo design in 2009 for their win at MLS Cup 2007.
Houston announced the name “Dynamo”, on March 7, 2006, which refers to Houston’s energy-based industrial 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 factor for the name is that “Dynamo is a word to explain somebody who never ever tiredness, never gives up. The name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking type of town.” The name “Dynamo” is also a tribute to groups 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), meant 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 announced that Houston 1836 would be the team name. This followed an online study for the fans to supply suggestions for the name. According to MLS & AEG, who selected the name, the 1836 name referred to the year that the city of Houston was founded by siblings Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. The name had actually perceived obscurity, nevertheless, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836’s logo design featured a shape of General Sam Houston, one of Houston’s and Texas’ most well-known historic figures. The option of Houston 1836 soon became a political problem. It raised a furor among some locals of Hispanic descent, a significant target audience, who related 1836 with the war for Texas independence. Due to demonstrations from Hispanic fans, the name was changed to the Dynamo. MLS has since not allowed any online surveys to name expansion teams.