Weekly update: Second spot at stake

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Dynamo will have to wait one more week to attempt to clinch the second spot in the 2006 MLS Cup Western Conference Playoffs, after earning a 1-1 tie against Real Salt Lake at Rice Eccles Stadium.

Paul Dalglish scored the only goal for the Dynamo at the 20th minute of action, after an assist by Ricardo Clark. Dalglish was able to put the ball past Real Goalkeeper Scott Garlick, with a solid kick from the right side of the box. This was also Dalglish's first goal of the season in only his second start for the Dynamo. Houston, however, was unable to hold on to the lead in the second half. Rookie sub Mehdi Ballouchy scored for the home team at the 60th minute, assisted by Jeff Cunningham.

With the tie, Houston's unbeaten streak reaches five games. The Dynamo (11-8-12) are also still holding on to second place in the Western Conference with 45 points, three ahead of Chivas USA. Houston must either win or tie on Saturday against Colorado, and hope for a tie or a loss by Chivas USA against Real Salt Lake to lock up the second spot in its conference.

Monday, October 9: *** OFF ***
Tuesday, October 10: 9:30-11:00 a.m., Carl Lewis Track Field.
Wednesday, October 11: ** OFF **
Thursday, October 12: 9:30-11:00 a.m., Carl Lewis Track Field.
Friday, October 13: 9:00-10:30 a.m., Robertson Stadium

Houston Dynamo Playoff tickets are now on sale! Come to Robertson Stadium to cheer on your home team as it makes its very first playoff appearance. Tickets available are for the first round only. Ticket prices will remain consistent with 2006 regular-season pricing. Dynamo full-season ticket holders will automatically receive admission to this game as part of their 2006 package. Season-ticket holders are to use Bonus game 4/Game 20B tickets for this contest. To purchase your tickets, call the Houston Dynamo Ticket Office, at 713-276-7500, or Ticketmaster. You can also purchase them online, at www.houstondynamo.com.

2007 Houston Dynamo Season Tickets are now on sale only by calling the Houston Dynamo at 713-276-7500. After a successful inaugural season, and a great response from Houston fans, the Dynamo has expanded its benefits for season ticket holders, and VIP Club Members. Houston Dynamo season ticket holders receive some of the best benefits in Texas pro sports. Packages are flexible and affordable for both families and corporate clients. The Dynamo will feature a variety of new ticket packages in 2007, including the "Birthday Package". Hurry to purchase the best seats at Robertson Stadium! To purchase your 2007 season tickets, call the Houston Dynamo Ticket Office at 713-276-7500.

With the possibility of clinching the second spot in the playoffs, the Dynamo need your support this Saturday, October 14, as it closes out its regular season against the Colorado Rapids. Houston holds a 2-1-0 record against Colorado, who will also be battling for their playoff lives. To purchase your tickets, please call the Houston Dynamo Ticket Office at 713-276-7500, or log on to www.houstondynamo.com.

Come one, come all, and come early to Robertson Stadium this Saturday, October 14, as we celebrate our Fan Appreciation Night. The first 7,500 fans to arrive at the stadium will receive a free baseball cap courtesy of the Methodist Hospital System. After carrying out an online auction for Dynamo gear, we also will conduct a post-game presentation for the winners. The proceeds of this auction went to provide tickets for underprivileged children in Houston. Before the game, we will also do a pre-game recognition for 11 outstanding season ticket holders. All this, and more, will be available to all during our season finale against the Colorado Rapids. For more information, please call the Houston Dynamo ticket office at 713-276-7500.

Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will be answering fan questions every week of the 2006 season via the Houston Dynamo web site, www.houstondynamo.com. Fans can submit questions by navigating to the "Fans" section of the website, and clicking on the link "Kinnear's Conversation", located on the right hand side of the page. Selected questions will be answered in an online article every Thursday.


  • On Tuesday, October 10, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Kelly Gray, Chris Wondolowski, and Brad Davis will be at Methodist Hospital, located at 18220 Tomball Parkway, in Houston, TX 77070. There, the will visit patients at the hospital.
  • On Wednesday, October 11, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Kevin Goldthwaite, Julian Nash, and Chris Aloisi will be at Methodist Hospital, located at 16655 Southwest Freeway, in Sugar Land, TX 77479. There they will visit patients at the hospital.
  • On Thursday, October 12, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Pat Onstad, Ryan Cochrane, Mike Chabala, and Aaron Lanes will be at Methodist Hospital, located at 6565 Fannin St., in Houston, TX 77030. There, they will visit patients at the hospital.
  • On Thursday, October 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Marcus Storey will be at the HEB store located at 4720 Highway 6, in Missouri City, TX 77459. There, he will be signing autographs for store customers.
  • On Thursday, October 16, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wade Barrett will be at La Strada Restaurant, located at 5161 San Felipe, in Houston, TX 77056. There, he will represent the Dynamo at the Kick off ceremony of the Feliz Now Fun Run.
  • On Friday, October 13, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Martin Hutton and Mike Chabala will be at Lone Star Chevrolet, located at 18900 Northwest Freeway, in Houston, TX 77065. There, they will sign autographs for those who attend.
  • On Saturday, October 14, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Julian Nash and Mpho Moloi will be at Lone Star Chevrolet, located at 18900 Northwest Freeway, in Houston, TX 77065. There, they will sign autographs for those who attend.
  • On Sunday, October 15, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Brian Ching will be at Mambo Parrilla, located at 6890 Harrisburg, near Wayside, in Houston, TX 77011. There, Ching will meet and greet fans in a "Houston Dynamo Celebration".

  • Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear will be this week's guest on ESPN 790 AM's Dynamo Power Hour, which airs every Wednesday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Wednesday's show, Kinnear will discuss the team's performance in their match against Real Salt Lake, and give his thoughts on his team's final regular-season contest against Colorado.
  • TV Informa 43's "Dynamo TV", is your best source for Dynamo-related news and information. The show airs every Tuesday, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Among other topics, Danny Gonzalez will talk about the Dynamo's performance against Real Salt Lake, and also about the team's upcoming game against the Colorado Rapids.
  • Radio Concierto 101.7 FM's "La Hora del Dynamo" gives you one full hour of everything you need to know about the Houston Dynamo. Hosted by Dagoberto Puello, Daniel Mejía, Hector López, and Ricardo Palacio, the show features interviews and in-depth coverage of anything and everything related to the Dynamo. The show airs every Friday, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Alex Soler has the Dynamo covered. On Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Soler hosts "Cadena Deportiva" on KYST 920 AM. In his show, Soler discusses the day's events, takes calls from fans, and features interviews with special guests. On Sundays, Soler hosts "La Media Hora del Dynamo" in La Tremenda 1010 AM, from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. On this show, Alex talks about the previous night's game, featuring in-depth analysis and information from Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues throughout Latin America and Europe.