As the new year approaches, the start of the MLS season is just around the corner with the first practice less then a month away. It's easier to be excited for the Houston Dash but here are three reasons to be excited about the Houston Dynamo.
The Houston Dynamo have been irrelevant for the better part of a decade save for the 2018 season. There have been a number of reasons for this however, the entire organization is basically brand new now and that in and of itself is reason to see light at the end of the tunnel. All the major positions from ownership on down have been in place three years or less. The road over that time has been rocky to say the least but now there is reason to believe everyone has their feet underneath them and the team can move forward.
Consistency is the key to returning to relevancy ins 2023. This begins with the general manager Pat Onstad. One of the best things about having Houston's former star keeper at the helm is that he better then anyone else in the organization knows the true meaning and value of the "Dynamo Way." This was a culture that permeated every facet of the franchise from the moment the moment they arrived from San Jose. The core values of the "Dynamo Way" has never changed and that is the essence and importance of having someone of Onstad's stature at the helm.
Second, Ben Olsen is not just a steady hand but he is a coach who knows what it takes to win and how to get the most from his players. Some of his greatest successes have come when expectations were the lowest. He spent a decade at the helm of DC United before unceremoniously being removed. His critics will point to his failures when he is considered to have had his best teams while overlooking what he did with less. One has to trust that Onstad's relationship with him means we have two who can bring the Dynamo back to relevancy.
Third, Houston has made a point of revamping the club. Despite some questionable decisions such as the Tim Parker move, Houston wants to get faster, younger and better. They have a solid core to build from with forward Sebastian Ferreira, midfielders Coco Carrasquilla and Hector Herrera plus the young center back Teenage Hadebe.
Houston may sneak into the playoffs in 2023 but if they don't there is still light at the end of the tunnel.