The 2020 Houston Dynamo season is the club's 15th season of existence since joining Major League Soccer in the 2006 season. The Dynamo missed the playoffs in 2019 for the 5th time in 6 years. The Dynamo reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019 Leagues Cup. 2020 is the Dynamo's first year with head coach Tab Ramos. It’s a Saturday night matchup in the Space City between two teams in different galaxies. The Columbus Crew took that one small step for an MLS team, making the MLS Cup playoffs while opponents the Houston Dynamo has had trouble igniting its launch up the table. This will be the Crew’s fifth and final regular season game against a Western.
Brian Ching is still serving it up in the East End — but not on the soccer field. The former forward for the Houston Dynamo opened his second venture, East End Backyard, at 1105 Sampson St. on Friday.
Ching first made the jump to the hospitality industry in 2018 with his first concept Pitch 25, a beer garden and soccer bar also located in East Downtown.
“Pitch 25 gave me the appetite to do this,” Ching told Chron. “The idea for East End Backyard slowly morphed from a small bar to a small bar with a huge outdoor space.”
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Housed in a 1930s bungalow, the 1,300-square-foot watering hole features a long granite countertop bar, tile floors and three TVs.
The playful space also features high-top tables made from recycled antique bicycles and reclaimed wood, a wall adorned with garden-theme wallpaper and a robin egg blue exterior.
“It almost looks like a Tiffany box,” Ching said. “We are on a busy street so we wanted the exterior to pop and draw people in.”
A rotating lineup of food trucks offers bites, while the bar serves a full cocktail menu and 25 beers and ciders on tap, including selections from 8th Wonder, Saint Arnold, Eureka Heights and No Label.
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The expansive patio at Brian Ching’s East End Backyard may not be as large as a soccer field, but at 16,000 square feet, it is still impressive.
Brightly hued outdoor seating options include Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and sofas. The sprawling area also offers outdoor games and a 3,500-square-foot dog park that can be booked for private pooch parties.
Two other 1930s bungalows are situated on the property, the future homes of a taco shop and a merchandise shop for artists Donkeeboy and Donkeemom (Alex Roman Jr. and his mother Sylvia Roman). The mother-son duo, whose studio is a mile from the bar, is working on a mural on East End Backyard’s patio.
More murals by other local artists are part of Ching's future plans, as is the addition of more concepts to the complex.
“My business partner owns the other side of the block. We’ll build it out with five or six more bungalows that will all feed into one common backyard,” said Ching. “The long term [goal] is to add a pizza or coffee shop.”
East End Backyard is open Monday to Wednesday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Kids are welcome until 8 p.m.
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The Houston Dynamo and Dash announced a rebrand of both teams Tuesday, which involves a slight tweak to the name and logos.
The organization, which owns the Dynamo, Dash and regional youth affiliates, will be known as the Houston Dynamo Football Club. The team will go by Houston Dynamo FC on first reference, and the team’s new logo reflects that moniker.
Windows 10 pro esd vs oem. The name change reflects the evolution the club has experienced since starting as a single team in 2006 and growing into the Dash, youth academies and affiliates as well as fan groups.
“Adding the term ‘Football Club’ to the Dynamo name was an important decision, because it illustrates how much we have grown,” Houston Dynamo FC controlling owner Gabriel Brener said in a press release. “When we first started, there was only a team, but we have grown into a true club. But just saying we are a club is not enough; what matters is truly becoming a club. Today is an important step, but only the first step of becoming the type of club that represents a great community like Houston. Now we begin the work of building Houston’s club.”
The Dynamo FC and Dash logos share a hexagonal shape, which will carry over to the Dynamo Academy and youth affiliate clubs, as well as Houston Sports Park. According to the club, hexagons “reflect strength, stability and unity” and are “strongest when arranged together, each one making its neighbors stronger and more stable.”
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The six-sided design also is a nod to the Dynamo’s inaugural year in 2006 and the six wards that made up the original layout of Houston.
The club is going all-in on its home city. After unveiling its “Hold It Down” slogan earlier this year, now the new logos feature tributes to the city’s bayou system, including the channels within the interlocking monogram on the Houston Dynamo FC crest and the blue inner line of the Houston Dash crest.
The new crests also share similar font styles and give Houston more prominence than either team name.
Orange is still the primary color for both the Dynamo and Dash with a little silver being added to commemorate the Dynamo’s back-to-back MLS Cup titles and the Dash’s NWSL Challenge Cup title this year. The Dash badge also features what the club calls “Space City Blue.”
The club has merchandise featuring the new badges online at the Dynamo and Dash sites. It’s also available at the team stores located at BBVA Stadium and George R. Brown Convention Center.
Houston rapper Trae tha Truth will debut his new single “Hold It Down” at 7 p.m. Tuesday on HoldItDownFC.com as part of a celebration of the club’s new identity.
Over the next couple weeks, the club also will visit Yates High School on Friday to donate equipment as the Lions start a varsity soccer program and an opportunity for fans to take photos with the new crests Saturday at BBVA Stadium. The team will unveil an art installation at the stadium on Dec. 3 and there will be pop-up shops throughout the city.