Houston Dynamo 2009
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February 4, 2009: The Dynamo and KHOU announce a groundbreaking partnership that will see 17 Dynamo games and more than 100 hours of coverage air on KHOU's digital Channel 11.2 during the 2009 season.
February 27, 2009: The Dynamo become the second team in league history to sign a player through the league's homegrown player rule, adding goalkeeper Tyler Deric, a Klein High School graduate who was one of the first players signed to the Dynamo Academy in 2007.
April 19, 2009: Goalkeeper Pat Onstad helps the Dynamo earn their first win of 2009 by saving a penalty kick and the rebound to preserve a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. The win is part of a 491 -minute shutout streak and 11 -game unbeaten streak, and the saves are later honored as MLS's first ever Save of the Year.
April 24, 2009: Head coach Dominic Kinnear, the league's all-time leader in winning percentage, agrees to a contract extension through the 2012 season.
June 13, 2009: The Dynamo beat rival FC Dallas 3-1 on the road to move into first place, clinch El Capitan for the third time in four years, and run their unbeaten streak to 10 games. The mark reaches a club-record 11 games the following week before coming to an end on June 28.
June 20, 2009: The Dynamo clinch having the league's best record by the All-Star Game cutoff date, which means head coach Dominic Kinnear coaches the MLS All-Stars for the first time.
June 28, 2009: Midfielder Ricardo Clark becomes the first player in Dynamo history to start in a major international final as the United States falls to Brazil, 3-2, in the championship game of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Clark started four of the team's five games.
July 26, 2009: Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden is named to the all-tournament team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup after making his senior national team debut and scoring two goals, including a dramatic late equalizer against Haiti, during the tournament.
July 27, 2009: Major League Soccer announces that Houston will host the MLS All-Star Game in 2010, featuring the MLS All-Stars against an international club to be announced. The game is later set for Reliant Stadium, the largest potential venue in the city.
August 18, 2009: The Houston Dynamo Academy U-17 team beats Real Madrid 3-2 during its 2009 European tour thanks to goals from Reagan Haisler, Christian Camera, and Josue Morales. The Dynamo went 3-3 on the tour, including becoming the first team in more than a year to hold Barcelona to one goal in a 1-0 loss.
August 20, 2009: The Dynamo sign their first designated player with the announcement of a year-and-a-half loan deal for Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin from Mexican clubs Monarcas Morelia and Cruz Azul. Landin also becomes the first Mexican player in club history.
September 25, 2009: The Dynamo announce they have signed forward, all-time leading scorer, and United States international Brian Ching to a contract extension through the 2013 season, expected to keep him in Houston for the remainder of his career.
October 11, 2009: Robertson Stadium hosts the first Dynamo Charities Cup, which the Dynamo win 2-1 against Mexican club Monterrey on goals from Geoff Cameron and Dominic Oduro. Proceeds benefit Dynamo Charities.
November 8, 2009: Facing the Seattle Sounders for the fifth time in one season, the Dynamo edge Seattle 1-0 in overtime to win the Western Conference semifinal series on aggregate by the same score. All-time leading scorer Brian Ching provides the winner with his 50th career goal in Dynamo orange.
November 13, 2009: Playing in their first road conference championship game on Friday the 13th, the Dynamo lose 2-0 in overtime to the LA Galaxy in a match that ends at 11:30 p.m. PT due to multiple light failures at The Home Depot Center.