Houston Dynamo Tickets
The Houston Dynamo, since their relocation from San Jose, have become one of the top teams in the MLS. At the end of 2005, the San Jose Earthquakes, unable to find a soccer-specific in the area, moved the players and the coaches from San Jose to Houston. This was not a relocation of the franchise, but rather a creation of an entirely new team featuring the players of the old San Jose Earthquakes, but the history and statistics of the Earthquakes remained in San Jose until the resumption of the franchise in 2007. The team settled on the Dynamos after originally choosing the name Houston 1836, a reference to the independence of Texas from Mexico. While it was an attempt to reference the history of the city, the name upset Hispanic fans that were concerned with the reference to the war for independence. From 2006 to 2011, the team played at Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houston campus in Houston, Texas. Starting in 2012, the team is scheduled to move into BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium in Downtown Houston with a capacity of greater than 20,000 people.
After moving to Houston from San Jose, the team wasted no time in finding success, winning the Carolina Challenge Cup in their first games in Houston, and finished in second place in the Western Conference. The team went on to win the MLS Cup in 2006, and followed that up with a repeat performance as champions in 2007. In 2008, they once again reached a high measure of success, finishing atop the Western Conference; however, they faltered to the New York Red Bulls in the Conference Semifinals. After a solid 2009, and a disappointing 2010 which saw the team miss the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, they recaptured their early success, making it to the finals in 2011 before losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The team has had excellent support during their tenure in Houston, beginning with a first year attendance of just shy of 19,000 fans per game. While this number quickly dipped, the Dynamo have usually been in the top half for the MLS. The new stadium should also provide a bump in attendance. Due to the Dynamos’ recent creation, their only true rival is with FC Dallas. The two teams compete each year in the Texas Derby, in which the victor wins an eighteenth century cannon named El Capitán.