- Houston Dynamo season 2006
Infobox Football club season
season = 2006
Major League Soccer
league result = 2nd, West (11-8-13)
MLS Cup| cup1 result = W Conference Semifinal
W Western Conference
MLS Cup 2006
cup2 = U.S. Open Cup | cup2 result = Semifinals
Carolina Challenge Cup| cup3 result = Winners
league topscorer =
Dwayne De Rosario(11)
prevseason = Inaugural
nextseason = 2007The
2006 Houston Dynamoseason was the ignaural season of the club.
The team was created on
December 15, 2005when the San Jose Earthquakeswere relocated, due to owner AEG's failure to secure a soccer-specific stadium. Even though all of San Jose's players and coaches moved to Houston, the team's name, logo, history and statistics were not transferred and remain inactive in San Jose thus making the Dynamo a new team, similar to the Baltimore Ravensin the NFL.
The Dynamo played their first game on
April 2, 2006. Amidst a crowd of 25,462 people in Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo beat the Colorado Rapids5–2. Brian Chingled the charge for the Dynamo with four goals, all of which were set up with assists from teammate Dwayne De Rosario. In stoppage time, Alejandro Morenoscored MLS' Goal of the Week with a game-clinching bicycle kick. On May 6, 2006, the Houston Dynamo won their first intrastate rivalry game against FC Dallas, 4–3 at Robertson Stadium.
The Dynamo finished their first season in Houston with an 11-8-13 record, good for second place in the Western Conference. They lost the first game of the two-legged conference semifinal to
C.D. Chivas USA, 2-1, on October 22in Los Angeles. Chivas goalkeeper Brad Guzanstopped De Rosario on a penalty kick that could have tied the match.
In the second leg on
October 29, Houston defeated Chivas USA 2-0 at Robertson Stadium, advancing in dramatic fashion. After a red card to Chivas' Juan Francisco Palencia, Houston's Brad Davisconverted a second-half penalty kick to tie the aggregate score. With the match in second-half stoppage time, Brian Chingheaded in the winning goal from close range to delight the crowd of more than 17,000.
On November 5, 2006, the Dynamo defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 in the Western Conference final to earn a spot in its first MLS Cup. Scottish forward
Paul Dalglishscored twice in front of an MLS Cup Playoffs-high crowd of 23,107.
On November 12, 2006, the Dynamo defeated the
New England Revolution4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie to win the 2006 MLS Cup held at Pizza Hut Parkin Frisco, Texas. The game was scoreless until the second session of extra time, when New England's Taylor Twellmanscored. Only one minute and six seconds later, Brian Chingheaded in the tying goal for Houston, and the championship was, for the first time in MLS history, decided by a shootout. Substitutes Kelly Grayand Stuart Holdenmade Houston's first two penalty kicks, and standouts Dwayne De Rosarioand Brian Chingmade the last two. Ching's gave Houston a 4-3 lead, and goalkeeper Pat Onstadstopped New England's Jay Heapson the final attempt to secure the win.
With the win, the Dynamo advanced to the 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
Western Conference Standings
x-Clinched Playoff Spot; y-Conference Champion
MLS Playoffs 2006
October 22, 2006
score = 1–2
C.D. Chivas USA
goals1 = Ching 75'
goals2 = Razov 45'
Home Depot Center: 15,110
October 29, 2006
C.D. Chivas USA
score = 0–2
goals2 = Davis 64'
Robertson Stadium: 17,440"Houston advance 3-2 on aggregate."----
November 5, 2006
score = 1–3
goals1 = Kirovski 4'
goals2 = Dalglish 10'
Robertson Stadium: 23,107---- MLS Cup 2006
November 12, 2006
score = 1–1 (AET)
New England Revolution
goals1 = Ching 114'
goals2 = Twellman 113'
Pizza Hut Park: 22,427penshootoutbox
penalties1 = Gray scored
De Rosario scored
penaltyscore = 4–3
penalties2 = Joseph scored
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