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A Decade of the Dynamo: How Houston Became a Soccer Town

Posted on · The Houston Dynamo conclude their tenth season in Houston with a road match Sunday (Oct. 25, 2015) atVancouver. A one-one draw last Sunday (Oct. 18, 2015) in the team’s home finale meant the Dynamo would miss the playoffs for the second straight year. Despite struggling the last couple seasons, the Dynamo’s tenure in the Bayou […]

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TEA, Dowling Street, and the Dynamo Decade: Thursday’s Show (October 22, 2015)

Posted on · Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he’s stepping down at the end of the year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss his legacy and the challenges ahead for his successor. We welcome your questions and comments for Kiah Collier, who reports on public education for the Texas Tribune. Then: An update […]

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Carli Lloyd of the Houston Dash Shines in Women’s World Cup Final

Posted on · On Sunday, midfielder Carli Lloyd led the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup soccer final. Lloyd scored three goals — she’s the first player to do so in a tournament final. She was also one of three members of the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League to […]

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State Legislative Update: Monday’s Show (May 11, 2015)

Posted on · There’s less than a month remaining in the 84th Texas legislative session. Lawmakers have introduced and debated a number of bills. Some are bound for passage and approval by the governor; others may be languishing in a committee, if given consideration at all. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the moments — and the […]

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Dynamo Prepare to Begin Tenth Season of MLS in Houston

Posted on · The Houston Dynamo begin their tenth season Saturday night at home against the Columbus Crew. In terms of championships, the Dynamo have been the most successful sports franchise in Houston’s recent history, winning back-to-back MLS Cup Championships in 2006 and 2007 and reaching the finals in two other seasons. In 2012, the team began playing […]

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Racial Opportunity Divide, Political Roundtable, and Houston Dynamo: Houston Matters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]

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Sports Monday: How Can the Astros Compete with New AL Powerhouses?

Posted on · This past Thursday was trade deadline day in Major League Baseball – there was a dizzying array of major trades which, among other things, appear to have reinforced a long-developing changing of the guard in the American League, as two teams the Houston Astros will see a lot of in the coming seasons have risen […]

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Sports Monday: Astros Win Series Against Stacked Detroit Tigers Team

Posted on · The Houston Astros were impressive in their weekend series win over a stacked Detroit Tigers lineup. But their one loss was a heart breaker, and it exposed where this club fighting to climb out of the American League cellar may still be — in roster talent and strategy — a few steps behind. CultureMap Houston’s MK Bower joins us […]