They come from all different ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic groups yet all have one common thread. Supporting the Houston Dynamo and the sport of soccer.
These two supporters groups have led the way in Houston and have seen their numbers swell over the course of the season.
Singing, chanting, drumming, while pushing the Dynamo and the sport of soccer to great heights.
Oh and I love the occasional flare…..even though UH security may not.
Players have commented to me on many occasions as to how inspirational these fans have been. How does it feel to be a player in Colorado or Kansas City without much home support?
No wonder that Dominic Kinnear the head coach of the Houston Dynamo likes to attack the North End during the second half at Robertson Stadium with the inspiration of the Battalon and Texian Army staring them right in the face.
Brian Mullan’s goal number three for the Houston Dynamo was a thing of beauty in front of the backdrop of the orange clad batallon.
As a broadcaster on HDNET it is amazing to see the impact of these fan groups come across at Robertson Stadium during broadcasts for television audiences.
But they are doing more.
These supporters groups are helping to grow the sport of soccer through their passion, suppport, and sheer energy. In ten short months they have put themselves in the upper echelon of supporters groups in MLS with DC United and Chicago.
They have raised the bar for supporters clubs and have proven that they can have an impact on local media through their efforts.
Lets hope they can inspire other MLS markets who need a heavy dose of passion both in the stands and the front office.
More players will make career choices in the future in MLS based on the support of community? Playing in front of fans is what players want.