Ramiro Olivares is a Houstonian through and through. From birth till now, he has held it down for the city.
Olivares is a first generation American. He said growing up he remembers watching his parents gain their citizenship and how hard they worked as they studied on the kitchen table.
“I know nothing else,” Olivares said. “I love the city. I love the sports teams. Most of all, I think that bleeds into why love and care so much for the Dynamo.”
Olivares serves as a help desk team leader within the Harris County offices where he oversees a team that provides technical support. The 2017 University of Houston graduate earned a degree in computer information systems.
As someone who grew up in a city with several sports stars like Tracy McGrady of the Rockets and the 2005 Astros who made the franchise’s first World Series appearance, Olivares admits soccer wasn’t his first love.
“Funny enough, my mom and my dad, they never really cared about soccer,” Olivares said. “I started getting into soccer later in life, when I was a freshman in high school. I got really into the U.S. Men's National Team. I'm a bit of a traitor, I always root for Mexico, but I'm a big US fan.”
Olivares says he credits his cousin Julian for introducing him to the Dynamo. He says the 2009 Dynamo Charites match against Monterrey at Robertson Stadium was the first game he attended. He says he remembers the 2-1 win vividly and “was hooked ever since.”
Now, Olivares and Julian, who he calls his best friend, share season tickets and come to every game together. The duo has shared several memorable experiences from Robertson Stadium to PNC Stadium.
“Our MLS Cup runs hold a special place in my sports heart,” Olivares said. "It was so awesome to see the team rally together, make a late season push and turn that into a cup run. Also autograph alley, seeing Glenn Davis do his radio show outside after the game was really memorable.”
This season, Olivares says there have been ups and downs but one of his favorite memories from 2022 was the Texas Derby against FC Dallas on July 9. He said the game had everything from drama to good play and exhilarating emotions.
Olivares will be honored as the Seat Geek Member of the Match for the final game of the regular season against the LA Galaxy. He says he hopes the Dynamo can finish the season strong, play spoiler to the Galaxy’s playoff positioning and head into the offseason on a positive note.
“It really feels like there's better times on the horizon, especially with new ownership investing in the team and showing that they actually care.”