THANK YOU! These are the words that keep popping into my head as I write this letter. It is not possible to put into words the feelings and emotions that I have right now. For 10 years I have been able to call Houston and the Houston Dynamo home. I arrived here 10 years ago as a young, naive kid. You humbled me, showed me how to win and more importantly how to respond to adversity. You molded me into a community leader and showed me that soccer is less important than giving back and the people you surround yourself with. You allowed me to start a family and raise three wonderful children in a community they have loved.
FANS!!!! I don’t even know where to begin on this. Seriously – your support has been overwhelming. We have shared so many great experiences and memories: Seeing “The Rob” (Robertson Stadium) packed with everyone waving rally towels in our first postseason appearance in 2006 as we walked out onto the field is a picture that will never leave my mind … Winning MLS Cup in back-to-back years and experiencing the passion you brought to all the playoff games … Seeing how much it meant for you fans to finally have a soccer stadium to call home … Scoring the first goal at BBVA Compass Stadium and celebrating with you was without a doubt one of my top moments … The support you gave me during the 2014 World Cup … My favorite moment however, is when I brought my oldest son Kaden out on the field after a game and he wanted to score a goal. After he scored, our supporters’ section yelled and cheered and it made him feel so special. That is who you are, and I thank you!
At this point in my career it is time for a change, a new challenge. The opportunity came about to be able to be closer to home and it has always been a dream to play professionally in front of my family. This decision was not an easy one, but one I needed to make. At the end of the day, it was mutually agreed upon by the staff and me and I cannot thank them enough for their support. I would like to say a special thank you to Chris Canetti for his unwavering support over the years.
Those of you that know me best understand that I am a family man, and a family is exactly what I've had in Houston, especially with the Houston Dynamo. These past 10 years have without a doubt been the most amazing of my career. Being the Captain of this team over the past four years has been an honor and privilege and something I took great pride in. My teammates, the organization, and the fans have been nothing short of spectacular and I could not ask for anything more.
Soccer has always been a part of my life, and without a doubt the Houston Dynamo will be as well. A huge part of me will remain FOREVER ORANGE!