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Dynamo | Dash Disability Program 2018-19

Posted on August 16, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce it's partnership with United States CP Soccer and will be a designated site to host training and games at Bear Branch Soccer Complex, The Woodlands, TX.  Bear Branch will become the third site in the Houston Metro to support the program along with NY/NJ and other Mid Atlantic locations.  The program will offer soccer opportunities for kids with cerebral palsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

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"We are really looking forward to hosting and developing this program in the coming year.  The club is all about helping the game grow and providing opportunities for all ages and ability levels.  It will be an exciting fall season."  Coach Keith Johnson, Director of Coaching - CP Soccer / US Paralympic National Team.

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Pre-Season West Camp - Mia's Table

Posted on August 13, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The pre-season soccer camp in the West is brought to you by Mia's Table.  Twenty six (26) teams are having a two week program of soccer training to prepare themselves for the season which is fast approaching.  A comprehensive, age specific curriculum is being provided throughout the two week time period.  

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 CLICK HERE FOR CAMP INFORMATION

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Dynamo | Dash Home Game - Houston Youth Cup 2018

Posted on August 11, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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Houston Youth Cup 2018 - Mia's Table

Posted on August 06, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that Mia's Table is partnering with the Houston Youth Cup 2018.  The event will kick off the pre-season period for 300 teams that will visit from multiple cities (Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Galveston, College Station, TX and Baton Rouge, Lafayette, LA), August 17-19.  Games will be played in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX.  

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Mia's Table will also be sponsoring the Pre-Season Camps - West (Fulshear / Katy community) from August 6-9, 13-16.

CLICK HERE FOR CAMP INFORMATION

"Originally a Houston favorite since 2012, Mia’s Table is part of the Johnny Carrabba Family of Restaurants.  Mia’s Table is a casual, family-friendly place where all are welcome to enjoy our patio, have a soft serve on us, or sit back and watch the game with a cold beer any day of the week.

We look forward to having you and your family sit down for a delicious meal at Mia’s Table.  Check out the latest news on our future locations including Shenandoah, Cinco Ranch, The Bay Area, and more at www.miastable.com or visit us on social media!" 

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 "I would like to welcome Mia's Table as the latest corporate partner to come on board to support our soccer program. They have a first class reputation in the restaurant market in Houston and we look forward to helping to promote their product and services across the city in the next twelve months."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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Kingwood Program - Effex Management Solutions 2018-19

Posted on August 02, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that Effex Management Solutions (Kingwood, TX) is renewing their partnership with the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club for the 2018-19 season.  The company will be supporting all the camp and program operations within the Kingwood branch of the club.

Effex Management Solutions is a large volume contingent workforce management firm headquartered in Kingwood, Texas that employs over 14,000 workers in manufacturing, distribution and warehouse facilities across 36 locations in the United States. President and CEO Louis Flory built Effex in 2005 around the idea that true success would follow strong client partnerships and a fresh and foolproof approach to staffing management. Today, with 100% client retention, Effex stays true to its commitment of being a true business partner by investing in relationships and taking a hands-on approach with each and every client.

“I have always been passionate about making an impact in both our community and children’s future. Sponsoring the 
Dynamo | Dash is truly a rewarding experience because it allows me to give back to an organization that remains committed to the development of the youth in our community.”  Louis Flory, Owner & CEO, Effex Management Solutions.

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The club has recently expanded the Kingwood Program which is now training at two local complexes - North Park Sports Fields & River Grove Park.  The program will provide soccer playing opportunities for over 400 players within the Competitive & Youth Academy Program.

CLICK HERE FOR KINGWOOD PROGRAM INFORMATION

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“It’s great to have Effex Management Solutions renewing their partnership for the coming year.  Effex Management Solutions has an outstanding reputation in their line of business and they have been instrumental in their support the last two years in helping the Kingwood Program expand.  The club looks forward in working with Louis Flory and Effex Management Solutions in 2018-19.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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Jenna Trauffler Road To Recovery

Posted on July 19, 2018 BY Nhan Doan - Sports Reporter

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Dash U17’s Jenna Trauffler and the road to recovery......

While the rest of the U-17 Houston Dash Development Academy team travelled to San Diego, California for the DA Showcase, Jenna Trauffler stayed home to continue her rehabilitation.

Last September, Trauffler entered the season with high hopes. After spending more than 10 years at the club from the recreational to the competitive level, she received a call up to the DA team to compete in the inaugural Girls’ DA league season. She considered it a tremendous process in her career, and was eager to be a part of it.

“We just switched to DA from ECNL, so there were a lot of big changes,” Trauffler said. “I was just excited to be playing with the same competition, but at a new level of playing. Everything was kind of progressing a lot more. The competition was getting better and better each year.”

Houston Dash didn’t have the best start as its first victory only came at the ninth game of the season, but Trauffler, a sophomore centerback, enjoyed her life at the new level. She started in every match and was contacted by a Wisconsin recruiter for a possible scholarship. Her eyes were set for the three-game College Showcase tournament in Lakewood Ranch, Florida in December, where she would have a chance to impress in front of more than 300 college coaches.

In a flash, her season and her collegiate recruitment dashed away tragically.

A week after helping the Dash securing their first win of the season, Trauffler started her tenth consecutive match against Solar Soccer Club in Denton, Texas. Midway through the first half, Trauffler rushed out to take on an opposing attacker which should have ended with a routine tackle.

That routine tackle became eccentric when she heard a pop sound coming from her left knee.

“I was playing with this forward from Solar,” Trauffler said. “I tackled her this one time and the ball got away from us. We were both running back and she had turned to face me. I went for another tackle and I planted [the foot] wrong, and my knee collapsed.”

The trainer said she only suffered a sprained ligament and Trauffler was able to complete the match, but she knew something more serious happened to her knee. A week later, an MRI scan confirmed the worst: a torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament. Trauffler was told she would take eight months to a year to fully recover. Her season and her chance to compete in the college showcase were lost at that moment.         

“When the doctor said I had a torn ACL, my mom started crying,” Trauffler said. “I was trying not to cry. When I got home, I just started to cry. I felt like, I’m going to be out for so long.”

Trauffer said it was the first time she had to miss matches because of an injury, but she never expected such a long absence. She used to spend hours travelling to training, practicing and then hanging out with her teammates after school. The injury suddenly gave her plenty of freedom, but the mental pain of not being able to play soccer caused her to fail to find anything fascinating to fill the blank.

“Soccer was what I looked forward to after school every single day,” Trauffler said. “I was able to get all of my energy out and work as hard as I could non-stop. The first week after surgery, I tried to go to the bathroom and my knee couldn’t bend because there was a big cast that was straight and I couldn’t go to the bathroom because I couldn’t sit. This is going to be awful."

“I didn’t have to go to practice. I had so much free time but it was just a lot of finishing homework early and kind of sitting in the bed, watching TV or doing whatever. I think I was more depressed about not playing soccer rather than doing anything new.”

Jenna wasn’t the only Trauffler to suffer a torn ligament as her brother, Ryan, tore his ACL on three occasions. The Trauflers knew what to do to help her recover as fast as possible and she was quickly setup for rehabilitation.

Jenna went to the same therapist that helped Ryan two days after the surgery, where she committed to attend three times a week. A regimen was quickly established. The first month, she did stretching exercises to regain the ligament’s usage. The next five months were spent building the ligament’s strength and getting back the muscle memory. She started to practice with the ball two months ago, and she is hoping to be cleared to return to full practice in time for the preseason. Through the process, her teammates and coaching staff checked up on her often.

“A lot of my teammates came and they bought me stuff and signed a big card,” Trauffler said. “My coach was checking up on me and text me and asked how I was doing all the time.”

Although her family provided her the resources, her brother was the barrier between Jenna and the recovery. Ryan re-injured his ligament minutes after his return. Although Jenna was determined to not let history repeat a sibling later, the bad omen hanged over her head.

“I originally I planted the foot wrong, and that caused me to injure myself,” Trauffler said. “When I ran for the first time, I felt like I could have planted wrong and reinjured myself just by running.”

“I was scared at first because I thought as soon as I started running, my knee was going to fall apart. The first couple of times, it felt really weird. I think two months after I started running, I was fine with it and I wasn’t scared at all.”

Seven months after that day in Denton, Trauffler kicked the ball for the first time. She had juggled with her therapist in rehab sessions, but that was the first time she tried to kick the ball with power. When she planted her injured foot for the first time to perform a volley, Trauffler knew she was ready to be back into action.

 “The first thing I thought was, I’m terrible. My touch is going to be bad,” Trauffler said. “After the first couple of times, it wasn’t that bad."      

Trauffler declared herself ready to be back in action after that session, but her mother and her therapist advised her to take everything slowly. In August, she will be ready to return to full-time practice, just in time for the pre-season period. Trauffler will restart the process as the U-17 DA kicks off the new season in September. As a high school junior, she still has plenty of time to improve her college recruitment. With the injury behind her, Trauffer is focused to return better than ever.

“I’m lucky that with my parents and everyone else supporting me, I was able to go to therapy and have a personal trainer,” Trauffler said. “I am super grateful that my parents paid for that to help me get back. I’m motivated and excited to get back to do what I love.”

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DICK'S Sporting Goods Partnership

Posted on July 18, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that DICK'S Sporting Goods have partnered with the club for the next two years and will be affiliated with the Golf Outing 2019/20, soccer camps and 'club wide shop days' across the city of Houston.  The store locations are below:

SHOP DATES:

  • July 28-29 - 20% DISCOUNT!
  • August 3-5, 24-26 - 20% DISCOUNT!
  • September 7-9 - 20% DISCOUNT!

Goalkeeper Camp - The Woodlands, July 23-26 presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. 

CLICK HERE FOR GK CAMP INFORMATION

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As part of the partnership all coaches, players, families and volunteers are invited to save 20% throughout the store going into the fall season. Save in the soccer department and then shop the entire store. Need an item that’s not available in-store? Ask a Store Associate about ordering items through our ScoreMORE kiosk, located inside the store. You’ll still receive the 20% discount, plus free shipping.

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"The club is very excited to partner with DICK'S Sporting Goods as they provide a comprehensive line of sports equipment and apparel that is accessible from all nine stores across Houston.  The partnership will allow our members to save money at the preferred shop dates in the fall / spring."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign - Hunter Family Orthodontics

Posted on July 15, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that Hunter Family Orthodontics will be partnering with the club's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for the second year managed by our Girls Development Academy Program.  The club will be producing a BCA shirt that will be sold to it's members in August / September. This can be worn by any player (boy or girl) at their first training session of the week and during the warm-up before any game in October (International Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

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Hunter Family Orthodontics will also be partnering with The Woodlands Township World Cup Camp, July 23-26

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"On behalf of the club, I would like to personally thank Dr. Ross Hunter and his company for renewing their support for this year's Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.  It's a program that continually grows each year and has become a very important part of the yearly club calendar.  We look forward to working with Hunter Family Orthodontics over the next 12 months."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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Clinic Contact Information:

Phone: (281) 298-0000
Address: 6704 Sterling Ridge Dr. Suite B 
The Woodlands, Texas 77382
 
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U15 Dash - Development Academy Finish Strong

Posted on July 06, 2018 BY Nhan Doan - Sports Reporter

Houston Dash’s U15 Development Academy finish the season with a fantastic showing at the Summer Showcase.

After two big victories against United Futbol Academy and Cedar Stars Academy, Houston Dash DA team had LA Galaxy San Diego in their sights for their final game of the season.

With home field advantage, Galaxy started fast with Taylor Rzewuski and Ryann Cull scoring in the 16thand 23rdminute leaving Houston trailing by two goals midway through the first half.

With 7 goals in the previous two games, there was no question if Dash would score, it was just a matter of when.  In the 36thminute, Angie Diep unleashed a powerful shot from outside the 18-yard box to cut the deficit. Galaxy took a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Galaxy restored the two-goal advantage courtesy of Gabrielle Prych’s effort two minutes after the break. Houston pushed forward to try to snatch a draw and in the 70thminute, Sydnie Thibodaux and Diep combined through the midfield. Thibodaux then beat two defenders and firmly buried her shot into the back of the net.  Dash pressed hard for a 3rdgoal in the final 10 minutes creating several great opportunities but it finished LA Galaxy 3, Houston Dash 2.

“LA Galaxy were well organized and very deliberate in how they wanted to attack,” Head Coach Andrew Squire said. “It was a completely different style of play to what we faced the previous day, but the girls worked hard to adapt and implement their own on style on the game.  In the second half, we felt a change of formation to 3-5-2 would give us an advantage.  We dominated the final 15 minutes and despite several efforts, we just could not find a way to get the equalizer which I felt we deserved.  Overall, it was a fantastic week and a great way to end the season.  The feedback from the college coaches about how the team has developed over the course of the season is inspiring and I can’t wait to get back on the training field next month to continue the process.  Below is a list of college coaches who watched the Houston Dash U15's this season.  The future looks very bright for this talented group of young ladies!"

Colleges Present:  

Arkansas, Army, Baylor Brooklyn College, Cal State Fullerton, Cal-Poly, Central Arkansas, Charleston College, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Cornell Dartmouth, Delaware, Duke University, East Carolina, Eastern Washington, ECU, Fairfield, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State University, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon High Point University, Holy Cross, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Jacksonville State, James Madison, James Madison University, Kansas State, Lafayette University, Leigh, Liberty University, LMU, Louisville, Loyola Marymount, LSU, Marquette, Marshall, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State Milwaukee, Mississippi State, MIT, Navy, NC Charlotte, NC State, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northeastern University, Northern Illinois Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, OSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pepperdine, Pittsburg, Portland State, Princeton, Providence College, Rice University, Rutgers, Sam Houston State University, Santa Clara, SMU, South Carolina, Southern California, St. Edwards, St. Francis University (Pennsylvania), St. John's University, St. John’s, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas AM Corpus Christi, Texas State, Texas Tech, Towson, Maryland, Troy University, Tulsa, TX State, TX Tech, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Houston, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, University of Southern California, University of Iowa, University of Miami, University of Michigan, UAB, UCLA, UNC Asheville, University of California – Berkley, University of Central Arkansas, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Delaware, University of Evansville, University of Illinois, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Maryland, University of Miami, University of Richmond, University of San Francisco, University of Tennessee, University of Texas, University of Texas El Paso, University of Utah, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Utah State, UTSA, Vermont, Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Washington University, Washington University, St. Louis, Wesleyan, West Virginia, William and Mary, Wisconsin

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U15 Dash Development Academy

Posted on June 27, 2018 BY Nhan Doan - Sports Reporter

 

U15 Dash DA gets a big victory in its second match at DA Showcase.....

The Houston Dash U-15 Development Academy team’s good form continued with a convincing 6-1 victory against Cedar Stars Academy.

The Dash got a dream start as they found the net just two minutes into the match. After an excellent build up play, the ball found its way to Haley McWhirter, whose attempt on goal was blocked. Forward Cayden Hulse then tucked in the rebound to give Houston the early lead.

McWhirter doubled Houston’s advantage five minutes later as she burst into the box before finding the far post from a tight advantage. The Dash carried the momentum to the halftime break as they found the net three more times. Midfielder Sydney O’Shea scored the third goal in the 18th minute from a rebound after Cedar Stars goalkeeper Cleo Grignard denied McWhirter and Angie Diep from close range. Diep then scored Houston’s fourth after forcing a turnover from the defender. McWhirter capped off the Dash’s dominance in the first half with the header from a corner kick in the 38th minute.

Cedar Stars got its consolation goal through Olivia Carney’s effort in the 58th minute, before Catherine Coker skipped past the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation to score the final goal of the game.

In the first half, we absolutely dominated every aspect of the game,” Squire said. “We didn’t have to coach the players in the first half, [we] just encourage them to keep playing and making choices based on what they see. It was fantastic to see the players determine how they wanted to attack and play with confidence and speed. They found the right times to possess the ball and drag the opponent around the field [and] opening up pockets of space in the midfield.  They also recognized when to be more direct playing into the oceans of space available behind the opposition back line. Scoring from a set piece made it a very complete performances from an attacking point of view.

Five-nil at half time was fair a reflection of the game up until that point.  We did expect a different opponent in the second half and that’s exactly what we got.  It was much closer game, and Stars put us under some pressure but for the most part we handled it well and countered effectively.”

The U-17 Dash DA also played their second match of the showcase on Monday. After drawing 3-3 against U-17 Lamorinda Soccer Club on Sunday, the Dash got a 2-2 draw against U-17 Pateadores. Isabella Tablante and Alexa Primacio were the scorers.

The U-15 Dash will play their final match at the Showcase at 9 a.m. Tuesday against Los Angeles Galaxy, while the U-17 will play against Shattuck- Saint Mary’s U-17 a day later.

For those who want to follow along the Dash players’ journey at the Showcase while they are taking over Instagram, follow them at @dynamodashyouth.

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