Houston Dynamo past and present has been on parade over the last week. On the same day the reigning MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario inked a new deal with DC United, the person those of us with an Orange persuasion consider the real 2011 MVP is back at work.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Brad Davis has been cleared by doctors for "all soccer activities." And what's more, Calen Carr has also been given the A-OK to get back to practice tomorrow.
In one sense, the Davis news is quite possibly bigger news than the return last week of No. 25. Not only is Davis the motor that makes the Dynamo go, he is quite possibly the third leg of the playing triumvirate that has been at the heart of all Dynamo success since the beginning. I'm speaking of course about the Flyin' Hawaiian (MVP of MLS Cup 2006 and the club's all-time leading scorer), the above mentioned De Rosario (MVP of MLS Cup 2007 and arguably one of the best players in MLS history) and Davis, the man of whom David Beckham wishes he was a right-footed version.
The discussion has been broached here and elsewhere of the need to create a Dynamo Hall of Fame (Naranjall of Fame?) that enshrines some of the great achievers in club history. The team does have an Orange Blazer Club that right now has a grand total of five members, broadcaster and former pro player Glenn Davis, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County judge Ed Emmett, tireless soccer advocate Victor Delgadillo and former Houston Hurricane and TV executive Jack Stanfield, with a sixth, former team president Oliver Luck clearly on the way. The organization adds one member ever year.
And the Orange Blazer Club is a very nice and classy move from a classy organization. One thing it is not, however, is a true Hall of Fame. The Houston Dynamo have not been in existence very long when it comes down to it, but I think the first members of any Naranjall would be obvious to all, starting with Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario, Pat Onstad and Brad Davis as players and Dominic Kinnear as manager.
The question I have for you, my dear Dynamo Theoreticians, is what players would you include in addition to those four? It would have to be a player or players with impeccable credentials, whose contributions to team and community are beyond question. I am not talking about debatable inclusions here, but rock solid and incontrovertible choices. My job was the easy one, as I gave you the first five obvious choices (four players plus one manager). I'm including a poll below with some other potential choices. For any choice you make, please in the comments field include your rationale.
This should be fun.