HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – As the longest tenured and one of the original Dynamo, you would have expected midfielder Brad Davis to know better Saturday.
Moments after christening shiny new BBVA Compass Stadium with the first goal ever, Davis ran to celebrate the commemorative moment with fan section. The only problem was Davis initially started to take off in the wrong direction before shifting gears and diving into the jubilant crowd in the southeast corner of the stadium.
But we will chalk it up as a slight error due to the brand new surroundings during the debut of the Dynamo’s new home. They’ve certainly come a long way from Robertson Stadium.
“Those moments are tough to put into words,” Davis said. “To be here and to have that happen is pretty special. Obviously it’s a day I won’t forget. I don’t think our fans will forget the first goal at BBVA.”
It was exactly the way the BBVA should have opened up. Not only did the Dynamo come away with the 1-0 victory after Davis’ shot in the 67th minute, but the goal appropriately came from one of the two remaining original team members.
Brian Ching and Davis have seen the Houston Dynamo from its very beginning after leaving San Jose in 2006, playing in the decaying Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus to now playing in what is the classiest and most decked out venue in all of Major League Soccer.
“It should have been Brad or Brian,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. “Anybody that was going to score a goal for the first time in this stadium, it was supposed to one of the two of them. The script was written that way and it played out perfectly.”
You will get no argument from coach Dominic Kinnear on that fact, either. It was great that one of the original Dynamo, who has helped elevate the franchise to one of the best in the MLS during its Houston existence, was nice but it was even better Kinnear won’t have to live with the distinction of opening the brand new stadium with a loss.
“I was just wanting to score and win the game,” said Kinnear, whose team improved to 3-3-2 after playing its first seven games of the season on the road. It’s not very often you open a new stadium and the place is sold out and there is so much activity around. You want to make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to give the fans what they are coming here for. They are not just coming for the event, they want to see the home team win. “
But Saturday was much more than a victory. It was a spectacle that came to the proper conclusion. Not only was the stadium packed to capacity with 22,039 orange clad fans, but former players came back to unveil the championship banners. Also on hand for the day was minority owner and boxing royalty Oscar De La Hoya, former Mayor Bill White and former Dynamo president Oliver Luck.
It was one of those days that can unnerve the best and it certainly got to Davis a little.
“It’s one of those games that is different than going out for a regular game,” said Davis, who hopes to continue the success with the second game in BBVA against Portland on Tuesday. “You’re focused and into the game but that was a day you are kind in aww and want to take it all in and soak up as much as possible.”