Houston, TX is the nation's fourth largest cityand boasts of four major sports franchises. The Astros. The Texans. The Rockets. The Dynamo. Of these four teams, no team is more synonymous with winning then the Houston Dynamo
Don’t believe it? Take a look at the numbers……..
Since 2006, the Houston Astros have compiled a record home record of 285-281 (.503 win %) and an overall record of 502-631 (.443 win %) without any playoff appearances.
The Houston Texans over the same period have a home record of 35-21 (.625 win %) and an overall record of 59-53 (.526 win %) with two playoff appearances. Both appearances came via AFC South division titles in 2011 and 2012. In four playoff games, the Texans are 2-2 overall with a perfect 2-0 record at home.
In the last six seasons at the Toyota Center, the Houston Rockets have posted a home record of 177-102 (.634 win %) and an overall record of 313-245 (.560 win %) with three playoff appearances. The Rockets last appearance in the playoffs before this current run was 2009. During their playoff run of which spanned the 2007, 2008, and 2009 season, the Rockets finished no better than fifth in the Western Conference and reached the conference semi-finals once. Their home record in the playoffs is 9-3; a .750 win percentage.
The Houston Dynamo arrived in Houston in 2006 and promptly set the standard for winning by capturing the MLS Cup in both their first and second seasons. Since their inception the Dynamo have been to the title game four times in seven years with two championships. They also have three Conference titles and had the best record in Major League Soccer in 2008. The team has missed the playoffs once since arriving in Houston. They have won 64 home games, lost 17 and tied 32. If one simply takes into account wins and losses, the Dynamo home winning percentage is .790 leading all professional teams in Houston. Add in ties and the unbeaten percentage at home jumps to a staggering .849. In the playoffs, the men in orange have posted a 7-1 home record (.875 win %).
In addition, since June 18, 2011 the Houston Dynamo have been unbeaten in 35 consecutive home games. The Houston Rockets have the next closest streak when they put together 12 straight wins in the 2007-2008 NBA campaign.
Over that same span (2006-2012), the Houston Astros attendance has plummeted from 3,022,762 in 2006 to 1,607,733 last season. A loss of 1,415,030 fans.
Texans attendance has remained fairly steady while Rockets attendance which peaked in 2008 at 718,524 had dropped to 506,994 by 2012.
The Houston Dynamo have seen an attendance increase of 15 percent since beginning play in 2006.
All of this brings us to one simple question;
Why won’t the Houston Chronicle give the Dynamo the respect they deserve as a winning professional franchise?
No matter how good the Dynamo (Houston’s winningest franchise) are the losingest franchise in the city remains on page one in the sports section. The Dynamo are generally buried between page five and seven if they even make it to print.
Is it that the Chronicle can’t produce enough copy about the Dynamo for a page one story or does it go deeper than that? Is it a case of lethargy and poor decision making on what makes a great sports story? Maybe the Chronicle believes that soccer isn’t a major player on the Houston sports scene?
Whatever the answer, it’s pretty sad when a first rate franchise is relegated to second rate status by an organization that prides itself on presenting the best coverage anywhere.
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