Girls Development Academy - September 1

Posted on September 05, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The Dash Development Academy got off to a winning start this last weekend (W4 - L1) while hosting Oklahoma Energy FC at Bear Branch Sportsfields on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The Development Academy is an elite program for the top U12-U19 female players in the club. 

'06 Houston Dash Won 1-0 (Lia Caponigro)
'05 Houston Dash Lost 0-3 
'04 Houston Dash Won 2-1 (Jaide Prejean, Jessica Molina)
'02 Houston Dash Won 5-2 (Mia Wheby 2, Haley McWhirter, Olivia Pieper, Sydnie Thibodaux)
'00/01 Houston Dash Won 2-1 (Kate Colvin, Angela Diep)
Total:  W4 - L1


"I think it was a good win to start off our season.  Our desire and determination to play until the final whistle blew really paid off and I’m excited to see what we’ll accomplish the rest of the year."  Ashlyn O'Shea, 02 Dash Development Academy.

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“It is always good to start the season off on the right foot and get some results like we did this last weekend. We played some good soccer and we are looking forward to building on what we achieved on Saturday into the rest of the season.” Omar Morales, Girls Development Academy Staff Coach.
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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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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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U15 Dash DA - Showcase

Posted on June 24, 2018 BY Nhan Doan - Sports Reporter

U15 Dash DA gets the winning start at DA Showcase

The Houston Dash U-15 Development Academy team got off to a good start in its first match of the Development Academy Summer Showcase with a 2-1 victory against United Futbol Academy U-15.

The Dash got on the board early. In the 14th minute, Sydnie Thibodaux made a run from the midfield into the 18-yard box. Thibodaux then squared the ball across to Sara Engels, a positive run from midfield by Engels to finish a great team goal for Dash.  Houston Dash's lead didn’t last long. United Futbol Academy cancelled Engels’ opener before the break as Caroline Coggin tied the match at the 37th minute.

After the restart, The Dash pushed to find the winning goal. Their efforts were rewarded in the 62nd minute. Forward Angie Diep found Haley McWhiter in the tight space on top of the box. McWhiter then shifted the ball to her right, then scored a curler to the near top corner. Houston then hang on to the lead until the final whistle.

Coach Andrew Squire showed his pleasure with the result.

 “I was very pleased with the performance,” Squire said. “With the bad weather back home interfering with our training schedule and a long travel day yesterday, the players showed tremendous grit to overcome a slow start.  Once we found our rhythm, we dominated in the game in key areas of the field.   We deserved three or four goals in the first half and possibly a couple more in the second half.  In the end, we had to defend with courage and great discipline to secure the result.  Goalkeeper Bella Hollenbach claimed two dangerous crosses cleanly which helped elevate the pressure.  Tomorrow, we will analyze the game video with the team back at the hotel and prepare for our next game on Monday.”

The U-15 Dash will play their next game on Monday as they take on U-15 Cedar Stars Academy- Monmouth.

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Danielle Shannon - U14 GNT

Posted on February 23, 2018 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is very excited to announce that Danielle Shannon (Houston Dash; Humble, TX) has been invited to attend the U14 Girls National Team Camp taking place from February 25 - March 4 in Norco, California. U.S. U-14 GNT head coach April Kater has called up 48 players, 36 born in 2004 and 12 born in 2005.
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"I am blessed and excited to be invited into the National Team Camp. I would like to thank the Houston Dash and all my coaches for their dedication to my success.  Also a big shout out to my teammates who have pushed me throughout the season."  Danielle Shannon, U14 Girls Development Academy.
"Danielle is a very talented, hard working player who has great attacking and defensive instincts.  Since we began play this Fall in the new DA League, US Soccer has sent 9 different scouts to our U14 games.  I am not surprised they have identified Danielle as one of the top 36 players in the country.  Good players in the right platform leads to these kinds of opportunities - so happy for her."  Nick O'Shea, Girls Development Academy Director.
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