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MMCB: So long, and thanks for all the fish

After two years, the founder of Dynamo Theory is stepping back and letting a new voice take over the day-to-day operations of the site.

In this final edition of Monday Morning Centre Back, Ginge says goodbye.

To all Dynamo Theory readers,

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." -Lao Tzu

The 2012 Houston Dynamo season is concluded. It was another amazing run and while it didn't end as we'd like, there's still plenty to be proud of. As is usual though, when one thing ends, another begins and with that in mind it's time to begin working towards 2013.

The thing about sports and in our case, covering them, is that even though seasons come and go, the work never really stops. There are often as many key moments in the months between the final whistle and First Kick that can shape a team's fortunes in the coming campaign.

Here at Dynamo Theory, we'll be doing our part to cover those moments and prepare you for the various off-season drafts including the Re-Entry Draft and the SuperDraft. Teams can begin trading players as of today and there are rumors the Dynamo are looking for defensive help. It's all part of the fun of covering an MLS franchise.

When I started Dynamo Theory back in early 2010 it was just me, doing my best to cover the Dynamo as I began my "career" as a soccer writer. I made plenty of mistakes, had some missteps, but in the end the site was established and it began to fill a major gap in the on-line coverage of the Dynamo.

In the past two years I've had the help of many people in the running of this site and has been fortunate enough to bring on-board an excellent team of writers and fans who are committed to providing you news and analysis of all things Dynamo from an independent fan perspective.

Earlier this year I added Stephen Eastepp as a co-managing editor to help improve the site further and give us an on the ground presence in Houston. Since I live in enemy territory (Dallas/Ft. Worth) it only made sense that a Dynamo site needed a Houstonian as part of the editorial team. Of course, there was more to the decision. I didn't expect Stephen to step in to the leadership role on the site so quickly but he's done an amazing job in the past couple months in spearheading our coverage of the Dynamo's run to another MLS Cup appearance. That's a good thing.

I now write for SB Nation Soccer and have various other commitments both soccer and non-soccer related that keep me very busy. I was only able to make it to one match in Houston this season and find myself having less and less time to really commit to making sure Dynamo Theory is the best place on the web for Dynamo fans. So, it was with that in mind that I'm announcing that as of today, I'm officially handing the reigns on the site over to Stephen.

I will remain a part of DT but it will not longer be "my site". Stephen will be the lead editor, he will set the agenda and the tone of the website and help lead things forward in to the future. He's going to do an outstanding job and the site will only get better because of it.

I'll still write here from time to time, but it will no longer be my voice leading the site. In addition, the Twitter account and Facebook page associated with the site will not be my voice either. I'm sure all those keyboard warriors in Frisco will be disappointed that they can't attack me anymore, at least not on the DT Twitter account.

I've enjoyed my time leading Dynamo Theory and I will of course remain a Dynamo fan, but this site is now under the guidance of someone who has my full confidence. It's a sad day in a way, but it's the right thing for the site in the long term and that's what is most important.

Thank you so much for your support over the past two years and to everyone who has helped make Dynamo Theory the best place for coverage of the Houston Dynamo on the internet.

Dale Dynamo!


Zach Woosley, founder/co-managing editor of Dynamo Theory