Houston Dynamo Youth Boys Development Academy

Posted on August 27, 2018 BY Simon Boddison


The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is extremely pleased to announce the addition of Neathan Gibson and his family to the club. Neathan comes originally from South Africa and holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' License.  He joins the club from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was the Executive Director / Technical Director of Soccer for the Michigan Fire Juniors which is partner of the Chicago Fire.

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Professional Playing / Coaching Background:

  • Sarawak FC, Malaysian Premier League
  • IFK NORRKOPPING, Swedish Premier League
  • Albirex Niigata, Japanese 2nd Division
  • MyPa - 47, Finnish Premier League
  • Colorado Rapids, MLS
  • Rochester Rhinos, A-League  
  • Des Moines Menace FC - Assistant Coach / Youth Academy Director
  • Executive Director / Technical Director - Michigan Fire Juniors

Neathan has been married to Denise for 23 years and they have three boys (Jack - 18, Nash - 14 and Vinnie - 5). 

“Neathan has an extensive background in the game. He’s played professionally all over the world including a stint in Major League Soccer (MLS). He’s coached and directed clubs at the youth level, coached both men’s and women’s college soccer and coached in the Premier Development League (PDL). These vast experiences are exactly what the leadership was looking for at this time in the continued development of the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club."  David Dengerink, Academy Director.

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Houston Youth Cup 2018

Posted on August 22, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club just completed its 13th annual Houston Youth Cup (U11 - U19 Boys / Girls) brought to you by Mia's Table which had 316 domestic and international teams attending playing at multiple sites in and around The Woodlands & Conroe soccer community.  Teams came from TX, LA and Mexico.

Quick Facts:
  • Sponsored by Mia's Table 
  • 316 teams
  • 9 locations
  • 47 fields
  • 28 hotels
  • 1,800 hotel rooms
  • 150 referees
  • 35 volunteers
  • 5,760 players
  • 17,000 spectators
  • Proceeds go to the club's scholarship fund
  • Food donated by Wings 'N More, Potbelly, Lenny's Subs, Panera Bread & Pappa Johns Pizza
  • Supported by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Anthony Travel (hotels)

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Dash West 2004 Black - CHAMPIONS!

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Dynamo Woodlands 09PA 1 – CHAMPIONS!

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Dynamo Woodlands 08PA - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash South 07PA - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash South 08PA - CHAMPIONS! 

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Dash Tomball 07 Orange - CHAMPIONS!

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Dynamo South Central 07 Orange - CHAMPIONS!

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Dynamo Woodlands 07 Orange I, II - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash Beaumont 07 Black - CHAMPIONS!

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Dynamo Beaumont 04 Orange - CHAMPIONS!

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Dynamo Beaumont 03PA - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash Beaumont 08 Orange - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash Beaumont 02PA - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash Woodlands 06PA - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash Kingwood 07 Black - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash Kingwood 00 Black - CHAMPIONS!

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Dash South 08 Orange - CHAMPIONS!

"I would like to thank all the teams, coaching staff, volunteers, referees, sponsors, donors, team managers for all their support leading up to and throughout the event.  It's the combination of those groups listed that makes this the #1 pre-season youth soccer event in Texas."  Stuart Taylor, Tournament Director.

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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.



"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


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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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.


"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 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.


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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


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:


  • 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. 


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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).


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


"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.


Clinic Contact Information:

Phone: (281) 298-0000
Address: 6704 Sterling Ridge Dr. Suite B 
The Woodlands, Texas 77382
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