John McDonough has always been a Houston sports fan. He is a strong home team supporter, and passionate about any Houston sports team ranging from the Texans and Rockets, to the Dynamo and Astros. His athletic background has granted him the ability to appreciate the nuance of and commitment to being an authentic sports fan.
Johns has been passionate about soccer since a young age. He dreamed of someday becoming a professional soccer player and practiced day in and day out. He was eventually recruited by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte straight out of high school. Throughout his experience, he learned the true meaning of teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. Although he eventually shifted his focus away from professional soccer, he retained the true essence of an athlete throughout his life.
John McDonough is a financial advisor, and the Founder and President of the Studemont Group of companies, helping parents prepare for their children’s college education.
Houston Major League Sports Teams
Houston has a team in every major professional sports league except for hockey. The Houston Texans are the official Houston team of the National Football League. They were established in 2002 and play at the NRG Stadium. The Texans serve as an expansion of Houston’s previous team, the Houston Oilers, after their migration to Nashville Tennessee, where they became the Titans.
The Houston Rockets are Houston’s premier NBA team. The Rockets have been around since 1967 and currently hold two of the NBA’s current most dominant players, Dwight Howard and James Harden. The Rockets are two-time back to back NBA champions.
The Houston Astros are a part of the West Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. They were originally branded as the Colt .45s between 1962 and 1964 until they were rebranded as the Astros. Astros Hall of Fame members include Robin Roberts, Joe Morgan, and Nolan Ryan. Craig Biggio, who played for the Astros his whole career and had over 3000 hits, will be inducted into the baseball hall of fame this year.
Last but not least, the Houston Dynamo are a part of American Major League Soccer. Established in 2005, the Dynamo have successfully won both the 2006 and 2007 MLS cups. The team’s name is in reference to Houston’s energy-based industrial economy and is used to describe someone who “never gives up” – a true force of resilience. Dynamo’s primary contender is FC Dallas.
The Charlotte 49ers play division l athletics in Conference USA after spending time in the Atlantic 10 Conference. While they’re not generally collegiate powerhouses, they have been competitive and put some talent in professional sports. Forward Rodney White was the National Freshmen of the Year in 2001 according to ESPN and selected 9th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft. Guard Eddie Basden has also spent some time in the NBA. Defensive back Desmond Cooper recently became the first Charlotte 49er to sign an NFL contract following the draft. It’s unclear if he’ll make the team when rosters get trimmed.
Outside of Houston sports, John McDonough enjoys watching English soccer teams Manchester United and Everton Football Club hailing from Manchester and Liverpool, England respectively.