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Pat Onstad Retires; Dynamo and FC Dallas to Play Preseason Friendly

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HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 18:  Goalkeeper Pat Onstad #18 of the Houston Dynamo calls out instructions to his teammates as Toronto FC lines up for a free kick at Robertso Stadium  on September 18 2010 in Houston Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 18: Goalkeeper Pat Onstad #18 of the Houston Dynamo calls out instructions to his teammates as Toronto FC lines up for a free kick at Robertso Stadium on September 18 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Big news of the day is the retirement of Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad who will join Ben Olsen's coaching staff at DC United. Onstad, who turns 43 in January, played an integral part in Houston's two MLS Cup victories and helped the team leads MLS with the fewest goals allowed in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

"Pat has been an instrumental part of our club over the last five seasons," Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. "We are very thankful for all he has done, on and off the field, to contribute to the Dynamo's success. He will always be fondly respected and remembered by our fans and our organization. We wish him all the best in the future and congratulate him on an amazing playing career."

Onstad began his professional career in 1987 and joined MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2003. In his first season with San Jose, Onstad won Goalkeeper of the Year and helped the Quakes to their second MLS Cup.

"I want to thank Pat for all he's done for the organization, the staff, and all the players, not just on our team but throughout the league," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said. "I know for a fact that if he shows the same dedication and determination that he did as a player all these years, he's going to make a wonderful coach. I want to wish him luck, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank him for all he's done for the team."

Onstad retires the Dynamo club leader in minutes played.

What are some of your favorite memories from the last five season with Pat Onstad in goal for the Dynamo?

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The Dynamo announced their first preseason friendly of 2011, to be played in Corpus Christi at Whataburger Field. The opponent will be in-state rival FC Dallas. The Dynamo defeated the Laredo Heat 2-1 last season at Whataburger Field before a capacity crowd of 6,111. 

The match kicks-off at 2pm on February 12, 2011 and ticket will be available through whataburgerfield.com