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Houston Dynamo & Dash Captains to Wear Apollo 11 Mission Patch on Anniversary of Moon Landing

July 19, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo News Release

HOUSTON - The team captains for the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash will wear specially-designed armbands during their respective games Saturday to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the club announced today.

Each team's captain will wear an armband that showcases the original Apollo 11 mission patch design. The mission patch featured an eagle, the national bird of the United States, carrying an olive branch, a universal symbol of peace, in its talons as it lands on the moon's surface. Surrounding the mission patch are the words, "Houston...the Eagle has landed," a nod to the fact that our city was the first word spoken from the moon.

In soccer, the captain's armband identifies which player is authorized to speak with the referee on behalf of his or her teammates during the game. Wearing or being given "the armband" is often a badge of honor for players and is frequently used to commemorate special events for players, clubs or communities.

The Dynamo play at Toronto FC on Saturday evening in a match scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CDT kickoff. That match will be televised live throughout the Greater Houston area in English on KUBE 57 and in Spanish on TeleXitos 47.2. The team has been co-captained this season by defender DaMarcus Beasley and midfielder Boniek García. Beasley is the only American man to play in four FIFA World Cups, while García has appeared in two World Cups for Honduras and is the longest-tenured field player on the roster, having been with the club since 2012.

The Dash are on the road as well, playing just outside the nation's capital at the Washington Spirit. Their game is set for a 6 p.m. CDT kickoff on Saturday and will be streamed online via Yahoo! Sports. The Dash are led on the field by captains Kealia Ohai and Amber Brooks. Ohai was the first-ever draft pick by the Dash in 2014 and has earned three caps for the four-time world champion U.S. Women's National Team. Brooks joined the Dash in 2016 and has also played professionally in Germany and Australia. She has made one appearance for the U.S Women's National Team.


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