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2019 Graduation Class - College Commitments

Posted on November 14, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

 

The club is extremely proud and excited to announce the following players have committed or have signed a National Letter of Intent to play college soccer for the Fall 2019 at the schools below.  

The date for the official signing of a National Letter of Intent has been moved up in the calendar to November 14, 2018 by the NCAA starting this year.

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HOUSTON DASH PLAYERS:

Martinez 2019

"I am so thankful and very excited for this opportunity to be able to move on to play collegiate soccer.  First of all, I would like to thank my parents for sacrificing everything for me to be able to play high level soccer in Houston, Texas since the age of 8. I would also like to thank all of the HDDY coaches who have put in time and effort to make me who I am as a soccer player today."  Paloma Martinez - Lamar University (NCAA Div. I)

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"I am looking forward to joining the soccer program at Sam Houston State University and furthering my academic education with a degree in Criminal Justice. I’d like to thank the support of my parents, the club coaching staff and my immediate family for the support they have shown over the years.  It’s been a very long journey, but all the hard work is beginning to pay off and I'm so excited to start my new journey as a Bearkat.”  Lexi Primacio - Sam Houston State University (NCAA Div. I)

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"I am so excited to join Northwestern State University and to further my education with a degree in Business. I would like to thank my family, coaches, and friends for their love and support. A big thank you also to God for giving me the strength that I needed for this journey. I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity, and know that the hard work will continue to pay off as the years go on. I can’t wait to get started!”  Isabel Shanahan - Northwestern State University (NCAA Div. I)

Rouse 2019

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to play at Howard Payne University and further my education there. I want to thank my family for all the support they have given me on this journey. I’d like to thank all my coaches, from high school to club, for showing support and bettering me as an athlete. It has been a long path to get here and all the time and hard work I put in is beginning to be worth it."  Hailey Rouse - Howard Payne University (NCAA Div. III)

West

"I am very excited to continue my soccer and academic career at Belhaven University in the fall of 2019. I would like to thank Dr. Coupe for successfully fixing both my ACL injuries. I would also like to thank my parents for being patient with me through this process. I could have never got where I was without the support of this club. I would like to think Coach Milton & Crouchy for helping me build up confidence in my playing. I would also like to thank Coach Benn for being so patient with me as I recovered from my both my ACL tears, and showing me that you can achieve anything as long as you work hard. Also, thank you to my teammates I love every single one of y’all. #Htowntilidrown if you know you know."  Caitlynn West - Belhaven University (NCAA Div. III)

Agustina Demagistris 2019

“I am very excited and thankful to have the opportunity to continue playing soccer and further my education with a degree in Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. I want to thank my HDDY coaches, my teachers and everyone who has helped me through this process, but I especially want to thank my parents because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. All the effort they put in to take me to practice, games and the hours of recording, editing, and analyzing all my games will always be cherished. It has been a long and tough process, but I am glad I kept going and I can’t wait to getting started.” Agustina Demagistris - Missouri University of Science and Technology (NCAA Div. II).

Bourbonnais 2019

"I am so excited to be joining the Texan Lutheran University Bulldogs. I want to thank my parents who have always supported me. I have to thank the Dash Soccer Club and all the coaching staff I have had throughout the years.  I have been with Dash | Rush for so long, you have been my second family. Looking forward to what the future holds for me." Anna Bourbonnais - Texas Lutheran University (NCAA Div. III)

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"I am so excited to join the soccer program at Texas A&M University - Commerce and to further my education with a degree in Biology! I would like to thank my family, friends, and all the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth coaching staff for supporting me along the way. I cannot wait to see what these upcoming four years have in store for me. Go Lions!"  Lauren B. Shaw - Texas A&M University - Commerce (NCAA Div. II) 

Sarah Evans 2019

I feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to play soccer at Trinity University, my dream school, and to further my education with a Pre-Law degree focus. None of this would have been possible without the hard work from the coaching staff at DDY and my parents, both of whom I'd like to thank profusely. I can't wait for this next chapter in my life! Go Tigers!   Sarah Evans - Trinity University (NCAA Div. III)

Abby Gibson 2018

"I am super excited to be joining the soccer program and continuing my education at the University of Central Arkansas!  I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates that have supported and helped me get to where I am today." Abby Gibson - University of Central Arkansas (NCAA Div. I)

Destyn Miguez 2019

"It's been a lifelong dream to be able to play soccer in college.  I am thrilled to be playing for LSU Eunice and getting a nursing degree.  I could not have done it without the love and support of my family, friends and coaches.  I am excited to start the next chapter in my life. Go Bengals!"  Destyn Miguez - University of Louisiana Eunice (NJCAA)

 Meg Sheppard 2019

"I am very excited to join Lamar University Women's Soccer team and enrolling in the nursing program.   I would like to thank my family and friends who have supported me along the way.  Also, I would like to thank the coaches at Houston Dash and the others who have coached me.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for me over the next four years.  Go Cardinals!"  Meg Sheppard - Lamar University (NCAA Div. I)

Phoebe Short

"I am looking forward to being a Bengal for Louisiana State University-Eunice soccer team and pursuing a degree in Nursing.  I would like to thank all the people who have supported and coached me all these many years of soccer; my family, friends, youth and High School coaches and the Houston Dash Youth coaching staff. Go Bengals!"  Phoebe Short - Louisiana State University Eunice (NJCAA)

Jennifer Nichols

"I am so excited to join the ETBU soccer program in Marshall, where I will begin my education in their outstanding nursing program. I would like to thank my family, friends, previous coaches and trainers, as well as the Houston Dash Beaumont staff for supporting me along the way. I cannot wait to see what the next 4 years holds for me. Go Tigers!"  Kayla Nichols - East Texas Baptist University (NCAA Div. III)

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"Being able to commit has made me feel like all of the hours I have spent practicing and traveling are finally paying off. For years I’ve dreamt of being able to play at the next level and now that I get the opportunity to do so, I want to make the most of it. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of my HDDY coaching staff, teammates, and family members. I’m so excited to start the next chapter of my life!  Kelsie Droptini, St. Thomas University (NAIA).

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HOUSTON DYNAMO YOUTH PLAYERS:

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“I am excited to continue my academic and soccer career at Tufts University. Thank you to my close family, friends, coaches, and teammates for helping me get here.”  Jacob Totz - Tufts University. (NCAA Div. III)

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"I am very excited to continue my education and playing career at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I know that this would not be possible without all the guidance and opportunities this club has provided me. I would like to thank Dave Dengerink, Alex Cardenas, Don Gemmell and all the coaches that have helped me along the way. I would also like to thank all my teammates and players I had the privilege to play with. Y’all challenged me every practice and game to become the best I could be. Finally, I would like to thank my family for their love and support. I will always be grateful for the sacrifices you have made so that I could chase my dream of playing soccer. I will always remember my years here at the Houston Dynamo Youth | Texas Rush soccer club and am thankful for every moment I got to wear this club’s jersey."  Cameron Phillips - Xavier University (NCAA Div. I)

Jake 2018

"I am beyond blessed and excited to commit to Point Loma Nazarene University. Thank you to all my coaches and family for helping to achieve my goal of playing at the next level.” Jake Segovia, Point Loma Nazarene University, NCAA Div.II)DDY_Official_Logo-1 

"It's absolutely tremendous to see our players moving on to college to advance their playing careers and to further their education at some of the best academic institutions in the country.  They have worked tremendously hard over the years and it's very exciting that they will have the opportunity to move forward and play in college.  We look forward in following them all in the coming years and wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavors."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / College Fit Finder.

College Fit Finder

Dynamo | Dash Youth is currently providing over 1,500 players (grades 9-12) and 95 teams FREE access to their online College Center - College Fit Finder.  The club has presented seminars and team workshops to 1,500 players and parents in Houston this fall.

The club placed forty five (45) players into college in 2018 and will continue to work with all the 2019 graduating class to solidify their college commitments throughout the academic year.

The College Center is brought to you by Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery:

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Houston Dynamo Youth Alumni - NCAA Tournament 2018

Posted on November 14, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that the following Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer Club alumni will be making their post-season appearances this coming weekend in the first round of their respective NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. 

NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament - CLICK HERE!

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Jeremy Colvin - Princeton University 

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Koby Carr - Wake Forest University (Ranked #1)

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Colton Stanley - Michigan State University

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Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign & Fundraiser - 2018

Posted on November 10, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The Woodlands, Texas — (November 10, 2018) - Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club wrapped up another very important Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign that helped to raise money which was donated to Houston Methodist Breast Care Center.  This years campaign was brought to you by Hunter Family Orthodontics (Sterling Ridge, The Woodlands) and was led by the Girls Development Academy.  

Close to 2,000 pink shirts were sold within our Houston soccer communities.  Shirts were proudly worn by players, staff, volunteers and parents for training, game day activities through the month of October. 

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Pictured Above:  Dr. Ross Hunter, Hunter Family Orthodontics; Debbie Sukin, Regional Senior Vice President / CEO - Houston Methodist Hospital The Woodlands & HM Executive Team, BCA Committee Members and DA Players.  

Breast Cancer Awareness Committee Members:  Darien Morgan, Trina Engles, Francesca Shannon, Jennifer Hammerle, Karisha Coker, Michelle Giannotti, Natalie Olivarez, Rebecca Persson, Cheryl Pieper, Katie Swan & Tanya Hernandez. 

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"The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is now an integral part of the club.  Through our Service core value, we were able to sell close to 2000 pink shirts to raise money and awareness for an issue that effects so many lives.  I would like to thank all of the players, parents and staff who participated.  I would also like to recognize the awesome BCA Volunteer Committee who allowed us to reach every part of our expansive soccer club from Beaumont to Katy and Willis to Galveston!"  Andrew Squire, Girls Development Academy / BCA Lead.

 

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“With my mother being a breast cancer survivor, this month is very special to me.  On behalf of the entire Hunter Family Orthodontics team, I would like to thank the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club for allowing us to sponsor the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and Fundraiser again this year.  We absolutely loved seeing all the Dynamo | Dash players wearing the pink shirts and raising awareness all month long!”  Ross D. Hunter, DDS, MS.  

This year's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was sponsored by:

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The Hunter family have a daughter Natalie that plays for the '09 Woodlands Dash Orange within the Youth Academy Program.

“We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club. With the support of Hunter Family Orthodontics, the organization's young athletes have demonstrated great leadership in the community. Their dedication to educating women about early breast cancer detection is truly saving lives, and the money raised will support services and technology at our breast care center. On behalf of Houston Methodist The Woodlands, I am grateful that we have these young role models in our community.”  Debra F. Sukin, Regional Senior Vice President, Houston Methodist, and Chief Executive Officer, Houston Methodist The Woodlands.

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Houston Dash Alumni - NCAA Tournament 2018

Posted on November 08, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that the following Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club alumni will be making their post-season appearances this coming weekend in the first round of their respective NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. 

Grace Piper - Texas A&M University
Lindsey Washburn - Dallas Baptist University
Isa Sanabria - Abilene Christian University
Cienna Arrieta - Texas A&M University
Emily Alvarado - Texas Christian University 
Megan Katona - Rutgers University
Kelsey Brann - University of North Texas

NCAA Div. I, II, III Women's Soccer Tournament - CLICK HERE!

"We are extremely proud of all our alumni that have worked tremendously hard through their regular fall season.  It's fantastic that the ladies listed above have earned the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament starting this coming weekend.  The club looks forward to following their progress in post-season competition and wish them the very best of luck."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

 

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Community Outreach - Cinco Ranch, TX

Posted on November 02, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

The club attended the Fun Fest Fall Festival presented by Houston Family Magazine on Sunday, October 28 in Cinco Ranch, TX. Activities included were soccer, face painting, rock wall, food trucks, booths, inflatables, arts and crafts, door prizes, music and live performances on stage.

SOCCER PROGRAM INFORMATION - CLICK HERE!

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Two thousand (2,000) families attended and enjoyed all the fun and festivities that were offered.

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“It was a fantastic Sunday afternoon at LaCenterra, Cinco Ranch as we got to meet and spend time with the children and families that attended the festival. Everybody was very excited to learn more about the soccer programming that is now available in the club. We look forward to continuing to promote the club and work closely with the local residents and events in the Katy and Fulshear area."  Radojica Ristic, Director of Coaching - West.

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"Working with our local community events is something that the club enjoys and is very much a priority.  It's very important that we engage with our local residents and organizations to support their activities and help to make them successful.  It was evident by the feedback received that having a professional soccer club providing a fully comprehensive program is very much needed.  The club looks forward to continuing to develop further soccer programming opportunities in the Katy / Fulshear communities."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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For further questions regarding the soccer programming offered, please contact Radojica Ristic, Director of Coaching - West at rristic@dynamodashyouth.com

The Community Outreach Program is brought to you by:

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U.S. Soccer Development Academy Fall Regional Showcase

Posted on October 30, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The teams below traveled to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Showcase - October 19 - 22 (Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, IL).  The teams played opponents outside of their regular conference and attained some outstanding results below with an overall record of W7-L0-T1. All teams that attended the event played four mini-games consisting of two 25-minute halves. U-13s played on the Friday and Saturday, while the U-14s played Sunday and Monday.

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  • Chicago Sockers 1-0 (Won)
  • Minnesota Thunder Academy 5-0 (Won)
  • Campton United 1-0 (Won)
  • Cleveland Internationals 2-2 (Tied)

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Scorers: Williams (3), Hubbard (2), Escobar, Adegbola, Pirir & Velasquez (1)

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  • Chicago Sockers 2-1 (Won)
  • Cleveland Internationals 2-0 (Won)
  • Minnesota Thunder Academy 3-0 (Won)
  • IMG Academy 4-0 (Won)

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Scorers: Hernandez (3), Gonzalez (2), Gabriel (2), Patterson, Rios, Clayton & Petak (1)

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Full Showcase Report - CLICK HERE!

“This event provided a great experience for both our players and coaching staff. We got to play teams outside of our regular DA conference (Texas) and faced competition from Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida. The boys traveled as a team and represented the club in a very professional manner.  The players showed great attacking and defensive play while dealing with adverse playing conditions in the 'Windy City'. Overall, the trip was very productive, exciting and enjoyable for the age groups involved.”  Brian Cvilikas, Staff Coach, DA Boys.

 

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Jake Segoria - U19 Boys Development Academy

Posted on October 27, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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Jake Segoria - U19 Boys Development Academy (GK) traveled to Europe to play and we asked him about his experience. 

This past Fall when playing with the U-19 Houston Dynamo Youth Academy at the Showcase in Florida I was scouted and recruited to play soccer this summer in Europe for an independent academy called Elite Union Academy.  Needless to say, this was an opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true!  Gareth Williams, the team founder and Director, a former professional for Leicester City saw me play and felt I would be a great fit for their program.  After many conversations with all the coaching staff involved (UK / USA) and my parents, I headed to Liverpool, England. 

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Not really knowing what to expect but understanding this was a great opportunity, I was immediately impressed with the coaches, the very high level of professionalism and the quality of the players.  There were players on my team from around the world such as Spain, France, Australia and a few others from the United States.

The ages ranged from 17-22 so it was awesome getting to know guys from all over with different backgrounds and experiences.  The one thing that everyone had in common was the same drive and commitment to play at the next level. Everyone was there to play, practice, and push themselves to their personal limit and to get better every single day in the hopes to achieve the ultimate goal of one day playing professionally.  Everything we did there was focused around soccer. 

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July was an exciting time to be in England as the World Cup was taking place. Games were on every TV every day and was the topic of every conversation, unlike in the US where these conversations only really happened with my friends. Every aspect of my life was emerged in soccer. It was incredible. A normal day for us started early and ended at around 9:00pm. We would begin with an early breakfast, then bus to the fields for our morning session.  We would then bus back to the hostel where we were staying and grab some lunch with the team. After lunch we would have some time to ourselves. Every day we would do a team dinner and then head to the gym for a group session. Usually we would do cardio, weights, and an exercise class which was comprised of spin, body pump, yoga or core. Finally, we'd head back and get to bed and start the entire process over again the next day. 

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Our travels took us to numerous countries and many incredible fields. We played in London, Manchester, Liverpool (England), Amsterdam (Holland) and Wolfsburg (Germany).  Just about every week we were playing against a new opponent at a new venue.  The greatest advantage to this type of play was the sheer visibility I received from coaching staff and scouts that were in attendance.  

There were so many great matches and scrimmages every week.  The games vs. Arsenal and Wolfsburg were by far the biggest. The first game was against a mixture of Arsenal’s U-18’s and a few trialists at Islington. Just the thought of having the opportunity to go there, let alone play and then knowing I was starting was super exciting. I guess mentally, there isn’t much you can do to get past the fact that you’ll be playing against such a great club.  I had to take the excitement, nerves and what you know about the team and their players which was a lot of information to process.  Then put it all aside, go out on the field and give it 110%. Once you step on the field your mind has to be set to win and there is no room to process anything else.

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When it came time for the game vs. Arsenal, we showed up to the field and the first thing I noticed was the size of the field was very small. This was good for us because it was hard for Arsenal to keep possession and to control the flow of the game on such a small field. As the game started, it was obvious which players were the ones rostered - the front three players and also the #10.

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For the first 5-10 minutes we maybe touched the ball twice and were stuck in our own half.  Soon enough we won the ball in their half, took a shot and scored with our first attempt on goal.  After the goal they continued playing out from the back but with a little more intent to go forward. I was quick off my line and made a few good saves to keep us in the game including a penalty to keep a clean sheet.

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The second big game was against Wolfsburg U-17 team. We got to play them at their academy ground in Germany. It was by far the nicest field I’ve been on. During the warm-up, when I saw the kids in their uniforms, they all looked like they could be playing for the senior team. Immediately, as the game progressed I knew they were just at a different level. They played with their backline up at half-field with eight players in our half.  Everything about them was so precise and done at such a fast pace it seemed we would never get possession. At some points during the game we did get the ball back, but overall struggled to hold on to possession.  Wolfsburg capitalized off our mistakes and we found ourselves down 0-3 at half time.  The final score ended with a 0-4 loss. Regardless of the outcome, it was an amazing experience to play against the full U-17 team, the top level of competition representing Wolfsburg.  

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As I am writing this, I still find the opportunity to be surreal and a blessing.  As a graduating senior and someone who will be playing college soccer and hopefully someday professionally, I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for the great coaches I have had over the years through the Texas Rush and the Houston Dynamo Youth organization.  I began playing recreational soccer many years ago and my love for the sport grew in large part due to my coaches.  

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I would especially like to thank Coach Alex Cardenas for his constant encouragement and sharing his experiences with me.  I would also like to thank  Justin Fite (Goalkeeper Coach) who has believed, encouraged and pushed me, (even when I was exhausted) to exceed my goals.  Since meeting Justin almost five years ago, we have worked together every week, during multiple summers and met regularly for added coaching and feedback sessions.  The one thing he has always said is that hard work pays off.  I know first-hand he was absolutely right.

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Lastly, to all the younger players in the club I would share the same advice with you.  Set your goals high, don’t take no for an answer, work hard, believe in yourself and anything is possible.  Jake Segoria, U19 Boys Development Academy.

“Not every player gets to have the opportunity that Jake got to have this summer. He earned it with his continuous hard work and attitude both on and off the field. I look forward to working with Jake and supporting him further in his senior year.”  Justin Fite, Director of Coaching - Goalkeeping.

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Cesar Cordova - U.S. U15 Boys National Team

Posted on October 20, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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THE WOODLANDS, TX (October 20, 2018) –  Cesar Cordova, U15 Development Academy attended a US National Team training camp in Chula Vista, California under the guidance of U15 BNT Head Coach Clint Peay. Two games were played vs. LA Galaxy and San Diego Surf during the camp.  

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"I am very proud to represent Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club while also playing two games for the USA National Team and to compete at the highest level for my age. This couldn’t have happened without the help of this amazing club for giving me so many opportunities to showcase my skills."  Cesar Cordova, U15 Development Academy / US BNT.

The club asked a few questions to Cesar about his experience: 

Q.  What were your goals and expectations prior to going into camp?
A.  My goals and expectations were to go out on the field and showcase my talent and skills and hopefully get called up to another camp.

Q.  What were the top five things you learned at camp?
A.  
(i) I need to get back and defend quicker
(ii) My decision making needs to be faster
(iii) I need to eat healthier
(iv) I must take care of my muscles by stretching properly before and after training sessions and games 
(v) I can compete at the highest level

Q.  What was the coolest thing you enjoyed the most at camp?
A.  The coolest thing I experienced at this camp was the equipment, clothing and hospitality. Everything they provided was first class.

Q.  What was the biggest challenge at camp?
A.  The biggest challenge I faced in this camp was not the soccer, but flying and traveling to and from California by myself.

Q.  What are your goals for the rest of the Fall & Spring season in regards to your club / US National Team?
A.  My goals for the rest of the 2018-2019 season is to improve my craft, make the playoffs for the U15 Development Academy Team and to get called up again to another national team training camp.

 Q.  Do you have any other US National Team activities lined up?  If so, where and when?
A.  Yes, I’ll be attending a USA YNT identification center in Round Rock, Texas on October 24, 2018.

"The club is extremely pleased with Cesar’s call into the U15-USYNT. His performances at the Summer Showcase playing up a year were outstanding as was his form at the end of the Spring season.  He has constantly worked for years within the club to improve as a player and he knows his long-term potential."  Dave Dengerink, Boys Development Academy Director. 

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Radojica Ristic, Director of Coaching - West Program

Posted on October 02, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that Radojica Ristic has been promoted into the role of Director of Coaching - West and will oversee the operations for all thirty two (32) teams in that area of the club (Youth Academy & Competitive). Coach Ristic has worked for the club since 2015 in the following areas - Recreational, Competitive, Boys Development Academy Staff Coach and Director of Coaching - Youth Boys.  

Professional Playing Biography:

2000/2009 - Former professional player in Serbia and Hungary (215 games / 9 years)

Professional Coaching Biography (US / Foreign):

USSF 'B' & UEFA 'A' Coaching License
2018 - Director of Coaching - West
2018 - US Development Academy Staff
2017 - Director of Coaching Pre-Academy - Youth Boys
2016 – Director of Coaching - Youth Boys 
2015 – Professional Staff Competitive Coach 
2015 - King Amachree Soccer Academy – Cotonou, Republic of Benin, Head of Academy / Head Coach of Professional Team
2015 - FC Spartak Subotica - Serbian Pro Superleague, Head coach of U17 Academy Team
2014 - FC Spartak Subotica - Serbian Pro Superleague, Head coach of U18 Academy Team
2014 - Regional Scout for Youth Soccer Players with FA Serbia

“I’m very excited to start my new role within the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club as the Director of Coaching for the West Program.  It's a huge opportunity to work in one of the most progressive areas of Houston for youth soccer.  I look forward to working with all the youth players and families and continuing to build the program in the Fulshear and Katy communities.”  Coach Radojica Ristic, Director of Coaching - West.

Coach Ristic will replace Ryan Sandford who has resigned due to personal reasons.  We wish Ryan and his family all the best in his future endeavors.  

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Cezar Onut - Romania

Posted on September 23, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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Cezar Onut, who currently plays for the U17 DA Boys visited Romania during the summer time period.  Besides all the activities, lots of fun and meeting with all his old friends, he attended training sessions with the U16 Boys Romanian National Team (Head Coach Adrian Vasai) for 3-4 days at the National Central of Federation Romanian Fotbal.  After this camp, the U16 Boy's team traveled to the north of the country, visiting the cities of Suceava & Vaslui where he had the opportunity of playing two international friendly games against Republic Moldova National Team.  Many of the players that attended the FRF Camp were currently playing at a very high level in different countries across Europe.  

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During the summer time period he also had a great opportunity to train for a week with one of the best Youth Academy's from Romania called F.C. Viitorul Constanta.  Gheorghe Hagi (the owner of the club) was very impressed with Cezar's performance and attitude. Cezar then completed his trip and trained with F.C. Petrolul Ploiesti for his final week.  Ploiesti is Cezar's hometown and he had chance to meet up with his old teammates and to train with his first coach at Petrolul Ploiesti called Coach Marius Manolache. 

The club asked Cezar a few questions regarding his trip to Europe:

Q.  What did you enjoy most about your trip to Romania and why?
A. It was an unbelievable opportunity for me to travel to Romania after I left my country five years ago.  I was very excited to see my family, friends and mostly playing for the Romanian National Team because it has always been one my dreams to play for my country.  I have to continually fight, sacrifice and work hard to achieve my dreams.

Q.  What were the top five take-a-ways you took from the trip?

A. For me, soccer is so much more than a ball and playing games, it connects me with players from all of the countries of the world and learning one from another. The soccer provides many emotions and a different feeling every day wherever you live and train to become a great player.

Q.  How did training in Romania help your preparation for the Development Academy season starting in August?

A. I attended many practices where we did a lot of physical tests that helped me to be prepared for the DA team and hope I can help the team out on the field of competition to succeed.

Q.  What is the main difference training in Romania vs. the United States?

A. One of the main differences between Romania vs. United States is that the teams are training 2-4 hours per day and do a lot of fitness.

Q.  What did you learn from your experience that will help your team this coming fall season?

A. I learned to be more aggressive on the field and doing a better job of defending. 

Cezar Onut 1.

 "I am very proud to represent Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club along with playing two games for the Romanian National Team and to continue my development as a player at this awesome club. Every season is a new challenge to me and I am very committed to continually improve my playing performance for the 2018-19 season."  Cezar Onut, U17 Boys DA.

 

 

 

 

 

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