From the moment I stepped through the gates of BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, I knew it was going to be a good day.
The Houston Dynamo were hosting Atlanta United FC in the first game of a new season.
The Dynamo finished last season losing to the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Championship so Houston fans are ready for a fresh start.
El Batallon and the Texian Army, two of the Dynamo support groups, are already in midseason form. They were chanting and marching through the halls of the stadium, energizing the fans as they walked in.
They were equipped with orange and white flags, drums, trumpets and trombones. I think I even saw someone playing a saxophone. They wore Dynamo jerseys, scarves and hats and their faces were painted orange. It was clear that they meant business.
I was accompanied by my dad and my brother, who provided all three of us with Dynamo scarves to show our H-Town pride.
However, once I put on the scarf my brother gave me, I knew I had to get one of my own.
So, I threw down $30 for a scarf and proudly rocked two of those bad boys for the whole game.
In a special pregame ceremony, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner set off “El Capitán,” a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon.
Apparently, “El Capitán” is awarded to the winner of the season series between the Dynamo and FC Dallas, also known as the Texas Derby.
We have the cannon so I guess we won last year’s series so take that, Dallas!
When he lit the cannon, the crowd went crazy and it only got crazier as Houston went on to kick Atlanta United FC back to Timbuktu!
The Dynamo absolutely wrecked them from start to finish, racking up four goals in the first half.
Houston forward Andrew Wenger got them started with a goal in the fifth minute off a pass from forward Alberth Elis.
It was absolute mayhem inside the stadium.
I was jumping around, holding up my newly acquired scarf and chanting, “Ohhhhhhhh! Let’s go, Dynamo!” along with the others around me.
Then it happened again.
Houston midfielder Boniek Garcia sent a pass to defender Philippe Senderos, who scored with a header in the 23rd minute to make it 2-0.
The mayhem ensued again and I nearly dropped my phone and my hot dog trying to wave my scarf and Snapchat the chaos at the same time.
I could hardly catch my breath when forward Mauro Manotas scored minutes later for the Dynamo. The ball practically fell into his lap while it was bouncing around the goalie box and he easily chipped it in to make it 3-0.
Midfielder Darwin Ceren made it a 4-0 lead for the Dynamo in stoppage time of the first half and I actually started to feel bad for the other team. It was opening day and they were getting embarrassed.
The second half was a tighter contest than the first, but Atlanta was no match for Houston and the Dynamo won, 4-0.
We followed the marches and chants of El Batallon out of the stadium. And seemingly, so did the other 20,000 people in attendance.
But we got a free Pepsi-Cola mini cooler on the way out so I guess the wait was worth it.
Nothing like getting free stuff to end a perfect day, right?