2006 Club by Club
January 20, 2006: The Houston franchise makes its first-ever selection in the MLS SuperDraft: Patrick lanni of UCLA, the 8th pick overall.
January 25, 2006: The team name is unveiled at Lanier Middle School: Houston 1836, in honor of the year the city of Houston was founded. The name led the online poll conducted by the team. The franchise logo and colors are also announced: Wildcatter Orange, Space City Blue and Raven Black.
March 6, 2006: After some in the Houston community deem "Houston 1836" offensive, the team unveils a new name: the Houston Dynamo.
April 2, 2006: More than 25,000 attend Houston's inaugural game at Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo defeat the Colorado Rapids, 5-2, on four consecutive goals by Brian Ching and a last-minute bicycle kick from Alejandro Moreno later named Sierra Mist Goal of the Week.
May 2, 2006: Brian Ching is named to the U.S. World Cup team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
August 5, 2006: Dwayne De Rosario scores the winning goal and earns MVP honors as the MLS All-Stars defeat Chelsea FC 1-0 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.
August 9, 2006: The Dynamo lose 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy at Reliant Stadium in the first match of a doubleheader with FC Barcelona/Club America. More than 70,000 fans attend.
August 12, 2006: With a 1 -0 win over instate rival FC Dallas, the Dynamo secures ownership of "El Capitan," the 18th century cannon that recognizes the best MLS team in Texas. Houston won the four-game regular season series, 2-1-1.
September 30, 2006: The Dynamo secures a berth in the playoffs, thanks to a bicycle-kick goal by Brian Ching in the 87th minute of a 1-0 win over D.C. United at Robertson Stadium. The goal is later named Sierra Mist Goal of the Year.
October 29, 2006: With a late goal by Brian Ching, the Dynamo defeat Chivas USA 3-2 at Robertson Stadium on aggregate to advance to the Western Conference final.
November 5, 2006: The Dynamo earns the Western Conference title and advance to the MLS Cup with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Robertson Stadium.
November 10, 2006: Brian Ching's goal against D.C. United on September 30 is named Sierra Mist Goal of the Year.
November 12, 2006: The Dynamo defeat the New England Revolution 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 regulation tie to capture the 2006 MLS Cup at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tex. Brian Ching is named MLS Cup MVP.
November 17, 2006: James Clarkson is named director of the Dynamo's newly created youth development system.