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What’s up with the Houston Dynamos
October 20, 2021: Darwin Quintero’s goal to beat the division-leading Seattle Sounders was named MLS Goal of the Week. Quintero eluded five defenders before blasting the ball into the net. Earlier in the same game, his perfect pass set up Maxi Urruti for another brilliant score, which also received voted for Goal of the Week.
2020 Season Preview: Team USA legend Tab Ramos begins his first season as Houston’s coach, but all-time great DeMarcus Beasley has retired as a player. Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis, and Matias Vera lead the Dynamo into battle.
October 6, 2019: The Dynamo wrapped up their season with a 4–2 home win over the LA Galaxy. The team started the year well, but then stumbled during the summer and fell short of the playoffs. Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis and Memo Rodriguez—a “homegrown” Texas star—were the main bright spots for Houston in 2019.
May 18, 2019: On “Super Hero Night” in Houston, the Dynamo scored two amazing goals in less than a minute to turn a 0–1 deficit into a 2–1 victory.
2018 Season Preview: After a good showing in the 2017 playoff, Houston sold off its top offensive player, Cubo Torres. Mauro Manotas will have to step up and take his place as the Dynamo’s top scoring threat. The defense will be improved with the addition of young Alejandro Fuenmayor, one of the top players in Venezuela last year.
June 8, 2017: Three Dynamo players appeared for the national team of Honduras in a World Cup qualifying match against Mexico. Boniek Garcia, Alberth Ellis, and Romell Quioto will also play for Honduras in their July 13 match against Panama.
Major League Soccer & the MLS Cup
More treasures from the author’s collection!
Did You Know?
• The first pro soccer team in Houston was the Stars, in the 1960s. The Stars played their home games in the Astrodome. They were followed by the Houston Hurricane, Houston Summit, Houston Dynamos, and Houston Hotshots. Several Mexican League teams played games in Houston and drew big crowds before the Dynamo began play in 2005.
• The team’s mascot is Dynamo Diesel, an orange-haired fox.
• From 2006 to 2011, the Dynamo played in Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.
• One of the team’s owners is boxer Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya won championships in six different weight classes.