Houston Dynamo honor fallen firefighters, support local community


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Soccer teams are often considered the backbone of their communities, but the Houston Dynamo went above the call of duty earlier this week

Less than two months ago, four Houston-area firefighters were lost in a blaze while searching for victims of an early morning fire. The deadliest day in the Houston Fire Department’s (HFD) history, the local community, including the Dynamo, immediately embraced the families of the fallen heroes, raising more than $20,000 for the families of recently fallen firefighters.

While the team visited the stations in which the lost firefighters were based, players wore a special HFD patch during their match against Toronto FC in June. The Dynamo also made sure to help the families in a functional way, organizing a special ticketing promotion as well as raising funds outside of the team’s BBVA Compass Stadium prior to the match:

During an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear emphasized the importance of professional athletes supporting their local communities:

"When the players can use sport to help other causes, it’s doing more than just being a professional athlete, it’s being a part of the community and using their talents to help out others. I think it just shows that the organization has the right mind and the players always do. I think the city of Houston is lucky to have the HFD and also lucky to have the Houston Dynamo."

Here’s to the Houston Dynamo, setting an example for clubs across the nation and around the world.


USMNT and USWNT to wear Boston Strong patches to benefit Boston relief fund


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In an effort to support The Victim Relief Fund of One Fund Boston, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team will be wearing a Boston Strong logo on their game jerseys and pre-game warmups for their upcoming matches.

The USMNT will take on Germany today at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. while the USWNT will face Korea Republic on June 15th at Gilette Stadium less than an hour from downtown Boston.

From U.S. Soccer:

With the support of each of the respective Players’ Association, all of the jerseys and warm-up tops will be signed by the players of the respective U.S. teams and auctioned off on ussoccer.com to benefit The Victim Relief Fund of The One Fund Boston. All proceeds will assist the families of the victims who were killed and the victims who were most seriously affected as a result of the tragic events during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and related events on April 18 and 19.

U.S. Soccer will announce more information about the two auctions in the coming weeks.


After winning the Copa Del Rey in dramatic fashion against arch-rivals Real, Atletico Madrid are in Singapore ahead of a charity exhibition match in the country.

So, how would you expect them to train and warm-up for the event? Well, by facing 128 kids in a preparation match, of course!

In the hilarious video, you’ll see Atleti taken to task by over a hundred youngsters. The sight of one of the best strikers in the world, Radamel Falcao, blazing over the bar with a ton of kids surrounding him will certainly stay in the memory!

Image taken from our colleagues at 101 Great Goals


Soccer with a Cause: The #26 Auction


Following December’s tragic events at Newtown, Conn., various organizations have stepped up to help members of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Quinnipiac University have taken drastic steps to address this in their own special way.

Dave Clarke, head women’s soccer coach for Quinnipiac University, has spearheaded a #26 shirt auction to raise funds for a scholarship for those affected in the local community. The response has been tremendous, as over 100 clubs and national teams have promised to donate #26 shirts to this admirable cause.

Teams such as Bayern Munich, AS Roma and England have joined the effort, while more are expected following this week’s round of international friendlies, World Cup qualifiers or African Cup of Nations matches. Tentative plans are to host the auction in March or April.

For more information, visit www.SHES26soccer.com (under construction) and the program’s online auction site www.biddingforgood.com.