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Houston's Expansion

By T.V.
  • The First Mention

    The First Mention
    Dynamo President Chris Canetti tells the Houston Chronicle that the MLS club is looking to put in a bid for an expansion team in NWSL. This is the first public mention from the Dynamo about wanting an expansion team for 2014.
  • Ace's take to Facebook

    Ace's take to Facebook
    The WPSL’s Houston Aces post on Facebook, highlighting that the club intend to push for a 2015 mention. At this time, there is no mention if they will go in with the Dynamo on the Houston bid.
    Taking to Facebook
  • Not planning to expand in 2014

    Not planning to expand in 2014
    A spokesperson for NWSL says to Nutmeg Inc. that the league has no “official” comments on the situation and that NWSL is not planning to expand in 2014 but is discussing possibilities of expansion with Houston.
  • Season ticket deposits

    Season ticket deposits
    Canetti takes to Twitter to gauge interest, asks Dynamo season ticket holders to put in a refundable deposit towards season tickets for a women’s team.
  • Ace's Part of Bid?

    Ace's Part of Bid?
    The Houston Aces released a statement to The Equalizer stating that at that time, it was unknown if the bid would include the Aces.
    Ace's Statement
  • Commissioner Speaks

    Commissioner Speaks
    NWSL Commissioner Cheryl Bailey tells Soccer By Ives “We expect to be an eight-team league in 2014, but have always welcomed interested parties to reach out about expansion opportunities,” Bailey told SBI in an email. “The league and clubs are always open to those conversations, but there is obviously a process for that to occur. We were pleased to hear from the Houston Dynamo." SBI
  • Ace's GM Comments

    Ace's GM Comments
    Aces General Manager Catherine Brumbaugh tells Nutmeg Incoporated that “The Houston Aces focus continues to be the progression and achievement to play at the highest level of women's soccer in the city of Houston. We are in discussions with the Dynamo; however, it is still too early to determine where the Aces fit or if they fit into the current concept.”
  • Dynamo make progress

    Reports out of Houston say that the Dynamo’s ownership group is discussing how to proceed, but that there is “progress”.
  • Ace's Facebook Tease

    Ace's Facebook Tease
    The Aces take to social media once again, stating that “As the decision of an NWSL team coming to Houston draws nearer. The anticipation of who will be the expansion owners and when does the season begin continues to be a mystery. It could be the Dynamo,the Aces or a combination of the two. Clarity is scheduled to come as early as the next 7 days. Stay tuned in !!” Ace's Tease
  • Continuing with Houston

    Continuing with Houston
    A league source tells Nutmeg Incorporated that there was “No update at this time, we are continuing our discussions with Houston regarding expansion and the process is moving forward.”
  • Dynamo owner tweets

    Dynamo owner tweets
    Canetti tweets that the Dynamo have decided “to move forward in the process”.
  • Expansion Team approved

    Expansion Team approved
    Sources confirm to Soccer Insider that the eight owners have approved Houston as an expansion team in 2014.
    Expansion approved
  • Meet the Houston Dash

    Meet the Houston Dash
    The Houston Dash are officially welcomed into the league as the ninth franchise, the second to be under MLS ownership. Canetti said the club will play at reduced capacity (approx. 7,000) at BBVA Compass Stadium, that the goal is to have a coach by Christmas and that while the Dynamo will share a front office staff on the business side with the Dash, there will be a separate technical/soccer side for the Dash.
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