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Development Player League

Posted on May 10, 2019 BY Simon Boddison

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Houston, Texas (May 10, 2019) – The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club (HDDY), a nationally recognized premier soccer club for boys / girls is proud to announce a significant expansion in their Elite Player Pathway for the 2019/20 season.  Built upon the success of the Frontier Development League (FDL) and its counter parts around the country, the Development Player League (DPL) will allow for continued quality competition at the local and regional level.  Additionally, the expansion will provide inter-regional play and exclusive national events that significantly increase collegiate exposure for the players.

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“The first year of the FDL has been a huge success for Houston Dash and clearly several of the nation’s top clubs share the vision.  Collaborating with other leading clubs from across the country allows us to create an enhanced competitive platform with additional opportunities to showcase our players for college coaches.”  Randy Evans – Girls Director of Coaching, Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club.  


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The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only club in Houston providing a full range of programming (boys / girls) with a complete pathway for the beginner through to the collegiate and professional levels.  Dynamo | Dash Youth exclusively offers soccer opportunities in the highest competitive youth league in the country - United States Soccer Development Academy.

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Houston Dynamo Academy Foundation Phase Starts Catalyst Program 2019

Posted on May 09, 2019 BY Simon Boddison

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Q.  What is the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?

A. The Houston Dynamo Academy is the professional youth academy of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The Houston Dynamo Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program is designed to bring an elite level development program and pathway to young players throughout Greater Houston.

“We believe strongly in the potential of the young players throughout Houston.  In coordination with the Dynamo / Dash Youth Soccer Club, our partners in development, we wanted to develop a program that truly put player development and learning as the top priority. The Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program will be a transformational program for both player and coach development.” 

“Houston’s large geographic size and population requires us to provide logistical solutions for families of young, motivated players. In the model of other top professional academies around the world, geographic training and development centers will help greatly reduce travel time and expense for our families.  It would provide a capacity for motivated and talented players to experience an elite and professional player pathway through a team of coaching staff with a proven development curriculum and programming. We couldn’t be more excited for the program.” Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo, Academy Director.

“The development of the Catalyst Program is fundamental to our mission at the Houston Dynamo / Dash Youth Soccer Club. We believe in creating a true pathway from the grassroots to the professional game. This program will provide players from all over Houston an unparalleled level of opportunities! The Catalyst Program clearly demonstrates the level of collaboration between our Development Academy programs for the betterment of the game in Houston.  Last week both academies had two players, Cesar Cordova (Humble, TX) and Hans Leza (Houston, TX) represent our country and city with the U-15 United States Youth National Team.  This program will be the first step for the next generation!” Dave Dengerink, Dynamo Dash Youth Academy Director.

"We are extremely proud of the relationship that we’ve built with the Dynamo/Dash Youth club – and are both committed to working together to grow the game in our community.  The Catalyst Program is one of many initiatives we’ve partnered on – and we look forward to collaborating with DDY on many other initiatives in the coming years.” John Walker, Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash – President of Business Operations. 

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Q. What are the age-categories of the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?

  • The Foundation Phase is an important “golden age” of learning and the largest developmental phase in youth soccer. There are three age-categories in the Foundation Phase: U10 (2010), U11 (2009), U12 (2008). 

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"The expansion of the Houston Dynamo Academy to north Houston is a terrific development for our club and city. By enhancing the technical relationship between the Houston Dynamo Academy and the Dynamo | Dash Youth we will be able to work and collaborate together on a day to day basis to better identify, develop and promote the most motivated and talented young players. We are thrilled to work with our colleagues at Dynamo | Dash Youth and Total Football Club to continue to grow the game across Houston and we look forward to starting in August." Justin Neese, Houston Dynamo Foundation Director.


Q. Where will the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program Campuses be located in Houston and when will they start?

In the Fall of 2019, there will be five 'Foundation Phase' locations: 

Northwest Houston: 
Concordia Lutheran High School (700 E. Main, Tomball, 77375)

North: 
Bear Branch Soccer Complex (5205 Research Forest Dr. The Woodlands, Texas, 77381)

Northeast:
Holy Trinity Episcopal School (11810 Lockwood Road, Houston Texas, 77044)
XCEL Soccer Academy (4641 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77346)

Central:
Houston Sports Park (12131 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77045)

West:
Dalecrest Fields (9500 Dalecrest Dr, Houston, TX 77080)

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Q. How will players be selected for the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?

  • The joint programs will host several Talent ID days in the month of May and June 2019.  
  • Player evaluations and placements will occur with the purpose to identify motivated and talented young players across the ages from U10 - U12 in the North Houston geographic region.
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Q. What are the team and training fee costs associated with the program?

Each Foundation Phase Campus (North, Northwest, Northeast, West and South) operates under a similar model, also providing need-based scholarship opportunities.

  • $2,165 training fee
  • $175 uniform

Q.  What league will this program compete in?

  • Texas Pre-Academy U12 League (2008 Birth Year)
  • The league is an elite player development program and competition that is conducted and administered by USSSA on behalf of the 12 Texas Member Clubs.  This league has been created in order to provide a competitive programming schedule that is reflective of the needs of the players and clubs participating. 
  • South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) - Dynamo | Dash League (U10 & U11, 2009 / 2010 Birth Year)

Q. Who will be staffing the North Programs?

Paul Holocher (Houston Dynamo Academy Director) and Dave Dengerink (Dynamo | Dash Academy Director) will select and oversee the technical staff.

Justin Neese (Foundation Director) will lead the program and the coaching staff will include; Cesar Gutierrez, Carl Fleming, Darron Rush, Alfredo Martinez, Rodolfo Castilla, John Shannon, Nidal Baba & Andy Hall.


 Q.  What are the Key Learning Objectives for the Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?

  • Cultivate a growth mindset and love of learning
  • Teach the game in a positive and instructive way
  • Teach the players to fall in love with the ball and be skillful
  • Introduce and teach the club's game model 
  • Implement our Methodology to the coaching staff and players
  • Create video and film education and become a student of the game
  • Inspire players to dream big and aspire to achieve high goals and expectations

Q.  What are the benefits of the Houston Dynamo Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?

  • Each Foundation campus will help to greatly reduce travel time and expense for families while providing the capacity for motivated young players to experience an elite and professional player pathway of the Houston Dynamo
  • The Foundation Program will provide insightful, enthusiastic and systematic development, guided by a proven developmental philosophy and curriculum of the Houston Dynamo Academy
  • Special futsal and ball mastery trainings will also be emphasized and utilized throughout the year
  • Unique developmental opportunities to train at the Houston Sports Park (HSP), home of the Houston Dynamo first team.   This will include film learn and Pro-Time mentoring with current and former Houston Dynamo professional players.
  • A full-time staff and ‘Team of Coaches’ working collaboratively to provide top level training and learning environments
  • Players also have the opportunity to attend MLS only events such as the Generation Adidas - GA CUP U12 and other national and international opportunities that are part of the Houston Dynamo Academy Development plan.

Q.  How often will players train at the Foundation Phase Campus?

  • Each Foundation Phase campus (Northwest, North, Northeast, South, West) will operate on similar developmental calendars and will typically train 3-4 days per week with weekend matches throughout the year

Q.  How much interaction will there be between the Foundation Phase Campuses?

  • On a monthly basis, in addition to normal geographic campus training, special ‘combined sessions’ and ‘friendly matches’ will be held at the South campus - Houston Sports Park (HSP)  
  • These specially designed training sessions will bring players together from each Foundation Phase campus to train and develop collectively with our coaching staff
  • These sessions will typically take place two (2) times per month
  • Other opportunities to train, develop and educate collectively will also take place throughout the year

Questions?

If you have any further questions about this new and exciting program, please contact the following Academy Directors:

Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo Academy Director at pholocher@houstondynamo.com or call (713) 446 - 0087.   

Justin Neese, Foundation Director, Houston Dynamo Academy at jneese@houstondynamo.com or call (832) 312 - 7494.

Dave Dengerink, Houston Dynamo | Dash Academy Director at ddengerink@dynamodashyouth.com or call (757) 450 - 2862.

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The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only club in Houston providing a full range of programming (boys / girls) with a complete pathway for the beginner through to the collegiate and professional levels.  Dynamo | Dash Youth exclusively offers soccer playing opportunities in the highest competitive youth league in the country - United States Soccer Development Academy.

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The Houston Dynamo Academy is a program that seeks to be the benchmark in professional player development by providing the necessary resources, experiences, and structure needed to reach the highest level to motivated and talented 11 to 23 year old players from across the greater Houston area.

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Dynamo | Dash Youth HIres Mark Gibbs As Girls Academy Director

Posted on January 31, 2019 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce the news that Mark Gibbs has been hired as the new Director of Coaching - Girls Development Academy (GDA) starting July 1, 2019. Houston Dash DA is an official member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and is the elite program for the top U12-U19 players in the club. Dash is the only club in Houston that has the opportunity to play in the most competitive and recognized league for girls youth soccer in the country.

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Professional Qualifications / Experience:

  • USSF National Coaching Instructor
  • United States Soccer Federation 'A' License
  • US Soccer International Workshops: 2011 Brazil (CBF) and 2014 (FA of England)
  • National Youth License
  • NSCAA National Director of Coaching License
  • US Soccer Girls Technical Coach 2014
  • Welsh FA Preliminary Coaching Badge
  • USYS Regional Coach 2013-Present (boys and girls)
  • USYS Coaching Education Staff Member 2003-2006
  • Arkansas Youth Soccer Association Coach Education Staff Member 1995-2003, 2006-2007 Arkansas State Soccer Association ODP Staff Coach 1995-2003, 2006-2007
  • Mississippi Youth Soccer Association ODP State Technical Director 2003-2006
  • Little Rock Futbol Club Director of Player Development 2000-2003
  • Lifetime member of the Professional Footballers Association (Wales)

Previous Employment:

  • Arkansas United Soccer Club - Technical Director, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 2016 - Present
  • Houston Express Soccer Club - Director of Coaching, Houston, Texas, July 2007 - May 2016

"I’m honored to be named as the DA Girls Director for this outstanding organization and look forward once again to contributing to the development and success of players within the Houston soccer community. Although I’ve experienced 3 years of incredible professional and personal growth in Arkansas, this opportunity is one I couldn’t pass up." Mark Gibbs, Girls Development Director.

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"Gibbo is a proven leader; he did an outstanding job building the Houston Express Program.  He is a great coach and even better person.  He will serve as a great role model and we could not be happier to have him as a valued member of our team." Randy Evans, Director of Coaching - Girls, Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club.

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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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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. 

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 "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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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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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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US Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase 2018

Posted on April 17, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

The Houston Dash attended the US Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase this past weekend providing their U14-U17 players an opportunity to play in front of hundreds of college coaches and US National Team scouts.  The 5-day event in Greensboro, North Carolina featured the nation’s top youth clubs, teams and players. 

To read the the full release from the US Soccer Development Academy - "Spring Showcase Provides Elite Scouting Opportunity" click here.

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Dynamo Youth 04 - France Tour 2018

Posted on April 06, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The Dynamo 04 Development Academy recently returned from a tour in France which saw them compete in the TOURNOI SANS FRONTIERE (25th Edition). They were the first USA team to attend the prestigious event.

Coaching Staff: Dave Dengerink, Development Academy Director; Brian Cvilikas, Head Team Coach.

Team Players: Abel Piedra, Cesar Cordova, Jonah Clayton, Dean Wright, Joey Hlavac, Andrew Hollenbach, Finn Fenske, Joel Rodriguez, Ross Neves, Richard Monge, Cody Tice, Mikel Gonzalez, Felipe Alvarado, Antonio Rubio, Diego Diaz & Luis Lugo.

“This was an unbelievable opportunity for our players and staff to travel internationally and play in the Tournoi Sans Frontiere. It provided international competition against some of the top clubs in the world and at the highest levels in our age group. The football challenged and elevated our levels of play. The cultural experience this trip provided to our players was invaluable. It will open their perspective as they pursue and achieve different educational and professional goals. Also, the crepes were simply delicious!"  Brian Cvilikas, Head Coach.

 March 26 - Day 1

We landed at the airport at 8:15am in Paris, France. We first went to Champs Elysees Avenue including some shops like Adidas, PSG and Abercrombie. Then we went to see the Arc de Triomphe. When we got to the hotel we prepared for practice. We walked to the training fields that were on site. We trained on the same field as the Togo National team, they were also staying at our hotel. When we were finished we cleaned up and ate a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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“Traveling to France was a good experience because it thought a lot to me as a player and as an individual. It was my first time going to France, so I learned a lot of things. When we were in the games, I learned to play under pressure.”  Diego Diaz #43

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Alvarado & Rodriguez win CONCACAF U20 Championship

Posted on February 13, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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Former Houston Dash (Texas Rush) players Emily Alvarado (Texas Christian University) and Kimberly Rodriguez (Oklahoma State University) recently came away with a victory vs. U20 USA WNT in the title game of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in penalty kicks by a 4-2 scoreline in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan 28).  It was the third meeting between the USA and Mexico in the championship game of this tournament and the first time Mexico has come out on top.

 

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