Houston Dynamo is a professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas that plays in Major League Soccer and are the current MLS Cup Champions, by virtue of their victory against the New England Revolution in MLS Cup 2006.
The team was created on December 15, 2005 when the San Jose Earthquakes were relocated, due to San Jose's failure to secure a soccer-specific stadium. Even though all of San Jose's players and coaches moved to Houston, the team's name, logo, history and statistics were not transferred and remain inactive in San Jose thus making the Dynamo and expansion team similar to the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. The name "Dynamo" refers to Houston's industrial economy, to a sliver of Houston's soccer past, the Houston Dynamos, and to the various Eastern European soccer teams called "Dynamo"—most notably Dynamo Dresden, BFC Dynamo Berlin, NK Dinamo Zagreb, FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Dynamo Moscow—that were part of the Dynamo sporting society of the USSR. Although unrelated, there was a previous professional soccer team called the Houston Dynamos that played in the old United Soccer League in 1984. The team colors are orange, white, and black.
Houston Dynamo plays their home matches at Robertson Stadium—a 33,000-seat sports stadium located on the University of Houston campus in southeast Houston. A three-year lease was signed to play at the stadium while plans for a soccer-specific stadium are finalized.
The club's supporters groups are the Texian Army and El Batallion.
January 25, 2006, Houston 1836 was first announced as the team name. This followed an online survey for the fans to provide unofficial suggestions for the new team name, with given options of: Apollos, Bulls, Eagles, Gatos, Lonestars, Stallions, Toros, Americans, Buffalos, Generals, Houston 1836, Mustangs, and Stars. According to MLS & AEG, who chose the name, the 1836 name referred to the year that the city of Houston was founded by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen, though it had perceived ambiguity, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836's logo featured a silhouette of General Sam Houston, perhaps the city's, and state's, most famous historical figure.
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