was a U.S. soccer
team which existed in various forms from 1983 to 1991. In 1991, the team’s owners changed the name to Houston International
, but the team lasted only through the 1992 season before folding.
1984: United Soccer League
In 1983, the United Soccer League
(USL) was formed after the second American Soccer League
(ASL) folded that year. The ASL had served as the de-facto U.S. second division for decades, but collapsed due to overexpansion and financial insolvency. The USL intended to avoid this fate by creating a lean, financially responsible league. In 1984, the league began play with nine teams in three regional divisions. The Houston Dynamos joined the Oklahoma City Stampede
and Dallas Americans
in the Western Division. The Dynamos gained a significant boost when it signed José Neto
. Houston finished third in the league, but second in its division. In the wild card
game, the Dynamos defeated the Dallas Americans
. In the semifinals, they defeated the Oklahoma City Stampede
two games to none. Their run ended in the championship, when they lost 3-0 to the Fort Lauderdale Sun
in the third, and deciding, game of the series.
In 1985, the Dynamos chose not to return to... Read More