After long speculation the Dynamo are finally set to have a USL-Pro affiliate, but which team will it be?
Currently there are only three MLS teams that have affiliates- D.C. United with the Richmond Kickers, New England with the Rochester Rhinos and the Philadelphia Union with the Harrisburg Islanders. Sporting Kansas City has been affiliated with Orlando City but it was recently announced that Orlando would be moving up to MLS. This leaves eight USL-Pro teams without affiliates, but two have the strongest potential for the Dynamo.
Charleston Battery has long been suspected by many as the top choice for the Dynamo since the Houston squad often spend their preseason in South Carolina competing against them. They also finished third in the 2013 season behind Richmond and Orlando City.
But Energy FC in Oklahoma would hold a geographical advantage over the Battery. The 2014 season would be the teams first season in existence, but they already have plans for a 7,000 seat stadium with plans to eventually expand it to a 20,000 seat MLS stadium.
Either way both have great potential for the Dynamo to pull from especially as a team that prefers to build talent rather than buy it.
Rumors have begun speculating about a possible link between the Houston Dynamo and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
A talk show radio host from Pittsburgh confirmed it was true via Twitter, and the Riverhounds have a press conference scheduled for the same time as the Houston Dynamo USL-Pro announcement press conference.
Further, while it isn't confirmation, two players who once played for the Houston Dynamo currently play for the Riverhounds.
Another interesting note is their new owner, Tuffy. Yes, his real name is Tuffy.
Please be real just so I can keep speaking about Tuffy!
Oh, and the Dynamo account follows the Riverhounds. Not surprising or earth-shattering, but more evidence?