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US Soccer U-14 National Team Mini-Camp

Posted on March 31, 2023 BY Simon Boddison


Congratulations to the following Girls Academy players - Baylee Corcoran, Caelyn Moore & Avia Hughes that were selected to the U.S. Soccer U-14 Girls Talent ID Central Regional Mini-Camp that took place in Bradenton, FL at the IMG Academy Training Center from March 23rd – March 27, 2023.

"It was an honor to play with all of these unbelievably talented girls, and I wish it lasted longer. I made so many new friends and learned so many more things about soccer that improved my game over the course of the week, " said Baylee Corcoran.  "I can’t wait to take all of the new information I have learned and give it to my club. The coaches were great and I really enjoyed it. Overall, it was an amazing experience."

"USA soccer mini camp was amazing," Said Caelyn Moore.  "Having the chance to meet so many players and coaches from around the country, playing soccer in a different environment, and learning from the USA staff made the experience all the better.  I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the program."
"USYNT mini camp experience was truly one of the best in my life! It was amazing to be in this professional environment surrounded by excellent players, professional staff and elite coaches, said Avia Hughes.  "The sessions on and off the field challenged every part of my game. The personalized feedback make me eager to work harder to be the best player I can be. I am so grateful to USA soccer, HDDY organization, coaches and everyone who made this possible."

"We are extremely proud that these players were selected to attend the camp in Florida to be evaluated against the best players in the country," said Steven Grave, Head Coach.  "Their continuous hard work in training and excellent game day performances continues to pay off and we're excited to continue forward with their development along with all the players within the Girls Academy."




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Golf Outing 2023

Posted on March 26, 2023 BY Simon Boddison


The Woodlands Country Club - The Palmer again hosted this year's annual golf fundraiser, it was brought to you by SPB Consulting, on Monday, March 22, 2023. 

Proceeds from the day's activities raised over $90K. Fundraising from this event supports the club's ongoing field expansion and current facilities maintenance, which is vital to the development of 9,000+ youth soccer players within Houston and its surrounding communities. The Bob Bennett Award was presented by Lynn Bennett to James Barlow, Drake Barlow, Robert Hill, Randy Lance with a very competitive overall score of 24 under. The club would like to recognize the following partners that sponsored areas within the event:

Forty-four foursomes were present over 27 pristine golf holes of undulating and mounded terrain, surrounded by challenging bunkers and intricate water hazards. The event also hosted a raffle, silent & live auction, plus a par three contest with female professional players provided by Back Swing Golf Challenge.

Deacon Men's Longest Drive Ryan Thorpe
Deacon Women's Longest Drive Mendi LaRue
General Men's Longest Drive Drake Barlow
General Women's Longest Drive Blair Brame
Deacon Longest Putt Scott Peterson
King Longest Putt Eric Romero
General Longest Putt Robert Hill

The live auction consisted of Anchor of The Soul Beach House, United Airlines flight tickets, and a Bluejack National foursome. Phil Ebner, Recreational & Youth Academy Director, emceed the live auction. 

"We would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors, committee members, teams, club staff, team reps, and The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course for their valuable support throughout the event," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "A huge amount of work went into delivering a first-class outing for everybody involved, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly very positive. We look forward to hosting again next year.”

Save The Date for next year - Monday, March 18, 2024!



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Bob Bennett Award winners - James Barlow, Drake Barlow, Robert Hill, Randy Lance (presented by Lynn Bennett)

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Champions Cup Finals - Girls Academy

Posted on March 24, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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The Girls Academy headed to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from March 9-14 and played twenty four (24) games in six (6) days on first class facilities with hundreds of college coaching staff present.  All age groups played a minimum of four games with a maximum of one game per day.

For this specific event, participants qualified based on final league standings and consisted of two (2) clubs from each of the eight (8) conferences. Additionally, for the U14 through U19 age groups, the top (2) best-performing and highest-ranked wildcard teams at the National Playoff from each age group were added to the mix for a total of twenty (20) teams per age group. Click here to learn more about the qualification process.

The following teams had tremendous success against the best teams in the country.  The 2009 age group finished up as back to back finalists for the second year running along with the 2010 and 2007 age group finishing as semi-finalists.

“The Champions Cup Finals once again produced an unmatched, competitive atmosphere, said Steven Grave, Girls Academy Head Coach.  "The GA put on a tremendous event providing elite competition for our athletes to be scouted in front of hundreds of college coaches.”

One hundred percent of the 2023 GA graduation class have all committed to college and we look forward to following them through their collegiate careers starting this fall season. 

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Pictured above: Houston Dash Girls Academy 2009 Finalists

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Dash City North teams travel to Las Vegas

Posted on March 04, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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Dash City 11 North and Dash City 12 North attended the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup | International Tournament and Showcase over the weekend of February 24-26

Day 1:
The trip started with a training session with Coaches Mike Openshaw (Dash City North Director) & Stuart Taylor (GA2 Head Coach) in preparation for the event. After a team lunch, both teams visited the Las Vegas welcome sign for a photo opportunity before heading to their hotels for downtime. After dinner, the teams walked to the Bellagio hotel fountains for another photo opportunity.

Day 2:
The second day featured game competition. Dash City 11 North beat ISC Gunners 11G Pre-GA & Boise Timbers 11G Nationals to secure their place in the semi-finals on Sunday. Dash City 12 North came out on top against Colorado Rapids Central 12G Select 1 & Boise Timbers 12G Nationals.

Both teams advanced to their finals after their 3rd game. Dash City 12 North beat Mustang Soccer 12G Pre-ECNL & Dash City 11 North beat Arsenal Colorado 11G Academy in the semi-final. 

Dash City 12 North fell in the final to the Las Vegas Heat 12G Pre-ECNL team, while the Dash City 11 North came out on top beating La Roca 11G C Santos.

“We are incredibly proud of the 2011 and 2012 North City teams’ efforts last weekend, competing outside the state of Texas for the first ever time. Both teams have worked extremely hard in training over the last several weeks and to come home from Nevada with 7 wins from 8 games is a great return." said Mike Openshaw, Dash City North Director.  "I would like to thank the parents for being on board to make this trip happen. The players gained some valuable experience playing against great competition from California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Washington, thus creating some fantastic memories. I look forward to seeing the players continue to grow within our City Program." 

"Both teams represented themselves, the club and Houston extremely well this weekend," said Stuart Taylor, Dash GA2 Head Coach.  "The 2011's played against #1 team in Washington, the #2 teams in Colorado & Idaho and the #6 team in Utah and came out on top only conceding one goal all weekend. This group has a bright future and I am excited to be a part of it."   

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Posted on February 17, 2023 BY Simon Boddison



HOUSTON (Friday, Feb. 17, 2023) – The evolution of Houston’s leading youth soccer club continues as the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club reintroduces itself as HTX Soccer. The new identity is reflective of who the club is now and how it intends to continue growing in the future.

Beginning with the fall season, HTX Soccer’s club colors will be Black, White and Gold. The new club crest features HTX boldly emblazoned over a traditional soccer crest with five white stars representing the club’s five core values aligned inside the H. The crest also features a rocket arcing skyward, a design element that reflects the history of Texas Rush and Space City, the two clubs who merged in 2017.

The new name, colors and crest will officially launch on June 1 after the club’s six-year licensing agreement with the Houston Dynamo Football Club expires by mutual agreement.

“Our mission is to provide youth soccer opportunities for all ability levels serving the Greater Houston community, and this is an important step in enabling us to take that mission to an even higher level,” said HTX Soccer’s Technical Director Don Gemmell. “I want to thank the Dynamo and Dash for the partnership over the last six years. We all agreed that the landscape has changed significantly since 2017 and it was in everyone’s interest to forge our own paths forward.”

The new name and visual identity were developed through an extensive series of discussions with leaders from across all locations of the club, including coaches from the boys and girls programs as well as coaches from recreational teams along with the club’s elite competitive teams.

“We arrived at HTX Soccer, the color scheme and the crest after many long conversations about who we are and who we aspire to be going forward,” Gemmell said. “We want our club to be the first thing people think of when they think about soccer in our city and we are proud to make Houston a prominent part of our name. We will continue to set the gold standard for what a youth soccer club should be in all facets. That includes winning games, of course, but equally important are player development, our coaches’ professional development, recruitment services and the parent experience.”

The impact of the new identity stretches beyond the crest and name, as the club announced additional investments which will significantly improve the player and parent experience throughout all levels of the club, including facility improvements, cutting-edge technology and a full-time College Placement Strategist.

“As we evaluated the future of the partnership with the Dynamo and the Dash, it became clear that the strength of our club isn’t a name or a crest; it’s the people,” Gemmell said. “Our players and coaches are the key to everything we do and by directing even more resources where they can have the greatest impact, on the field, it enables us to provide an even better experience to everyone involved in the club.”


The name HTX Soccer is representative of a club that encompasses all of Houston, serving more than 8,800 boys and girls from age 3 through 19 across a geographic region that spans the entire Greater Houston area. Already Houston’s largest youth soccer club with teams competing at the highest levels against the best teams in the country and around the world, HTX Soccer has been the standard bearer for H-Town at tournaments and in league play, and now the club has a name to reflect that responsibility.

The black and white primary color scheme is simple, timeless and immediately recognizable. Black represents power, status and sophistication while white represents virtue, balance and simplicity. The iconic combination has long represented some of the world’s greatest clubs.

The use of gold as a third color reflects both the club’s history and its ambition. Gold is synonymous with success, achievement and prosperity, a color befitting a club that has produced more collegiate players than any other in Houston and one which has had 43  players earn youth national team selections. As it looks to the future, HTX Soccer intends to be the gold standard for soccer in Houston, and the golden accents on their kits will serve to remind players and coaches alike of that responsibility every day.


HTX Soccer is the largest youth soccer club in the Greater Houston area with more than 8,800 players at every skill level from recreational to elite and all age levels from 3-19. The club truly represents the sport in Houston, with teams serving a 100-mile radius from Downtown Houston. Since 2017, it has developed 344 players who have gone on to play collegiately, more than any other club in the area, and 43 players have been selected to play for their respective youth national teams. HTX Soccer’s elite boys teams are part of the ECNL and Major League Soccer’s MLS NEXT league, the most competitive youth soccer leagues in America, and its elite girls teams compete in the Girls Academy (G.A.) League against the top teams and clubs throughout the country. 

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Recreational Spring Season 2023

Posted on February 12, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth Recreational Program started their program on certain campuses this weekend with record breaking numbers of participants and magnificent family support from the sidelines. 

The Recreational Program, presented by AutoNation, is an excellent introduction to soccer for all age groups including kids with birth years between 2004-2019. Dynamo | Dash Youth is proud to offer a developmental journey for every player in the club starting with our recreational program through nationally competitive elite teams, all the way to collegiate and professional opportunities. We believe in providing every child a way to experience the game of soccer and develop their skills at a level that suits the individual player.

This spring season, we will have over 4,000 recreational players on 500+ teams taking part in weekly training sessions and games to develop their soccer skills and love of the game in a fun, safe environment. Over 15,000 spectators weekly will attend our first-class facilities in Beaumont, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, League City, Sienna, Tomball, The Woodlands and Woodforest. The Recreational Program spring season will feature games on Saturdays from February 11 - April 22.

“We’d like to sincerely thank the parents and spectators for continuing to create a wonderful atmosphere at our facilities throughout the spring season," said Phil Ebner, Recreational Director. "Additionally, we extend our gratitude to the hundreds of volunteer coaches, who are the heartbeat of our program and the reason so many players fall in love with the game. We look forward to what promises to be another tremendous spring season through the coming weeks."

"On behalf of the club, I would like to thank AutoNation for their continued support of the program," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "They fully understand the important role and the positive impact that youth sports play in the local community. The resources and tools that AutoNation help to provide allows the Recreational Program to continue to expand and be enjoyed by our membership."RECREATIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

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Houston Premier Cup 2023

Posted on February 01, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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The club hosted their annual Houston Premier Cup at three first class soccer complexes in The Woodlands, TX on January 21-22 and 28-29, 2023. The event included 250 high level U9-U15 boys and girls teams that traveled in from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and the states of Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana were represented on consecutive weekends. Unfortunately, the girls event was interrupted by in-climate weather conditions and finished early on the Sunday.

3,000+ players had the opportunity to take part in elite competition at first-class facilities in front of large audiences. Boys and girls from U9-U15 age groups were on site competing in 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 formats. Teams stayed in The Woodlands Township, enjoying full access to the incredible amenities provided by the local community. 

"On behalf of the club, I would like to recognize and thank all the teams, coaching staff, referees, volunteers that helped to make both weekends a tremendous success," said Stuart Taylor, Director of Communications & Events. "Staging two first-class events on consecutive weekends for our teams to participate in meaningful games before the league season starts is very important. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive even after heavy rain on the Sunday. Based on commitments from 2023 attendees, we expect registration to fill up quickly for the 2024 events. Be ready to register your team once we open registration September 1, 2023”

"We are very privileged to have some of the best youth soccer facilities in the country right here in The Woodlands to host national level events where people come from great distances," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "We are proud to provide all participants with world-class turf facilities along with quality host hotels located in close proximity to the fields and the vibrant amenities of The Woodlands."

The club will be hosting two further tournaments within the Spring season starting with the Turf Cup 2023, April 8 (registration deadline March 28) brought to you by PNC and South Texas Spring Showdown, May 6-7 (registration deadline April 25) brought to you by AutoNation











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US Soccer ID Games at Gosling Sports Park

Posted on January 30, 2023 BY Simon Boddison


The club hosted Lonestar Soccer Club, FC Dallas along with Katie Cole, Talent ID Manager, US Soccer Federation at Gosling Sports Park, The Woodlands, TX over the weekend with the 2009 age group in action.  A high level of soccer against top national level clubs provided a very positive start to the spring season. The following results were earned:

Houston Dash Academy 09 vs. FC Dallas: 1-1 Tie
Houston Dash Academy 09 vs. Lonestar SC: 2-1 Win

"We were very excited to host a couple of highly competitive games within the tournament against top competition scouted by the US Soccer Federation," said Steven Grave, Dash Academy Staff Coach. "I would like to thank the visiting teams and Coach Katie Cole for being part of this unique event which allowed our players to gain further exposure to the elite level offered in the country."

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GA - National Team Opportunities 2023

Posted on January 29, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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The club continues to be recognized as Houston's #1 club for developing female elite players to be selected for their respective national team events, including games, camps & virtual meetings. The club has developed 42 players that have been selected for their respective national teams since 2006. Congratulations to the latest two players that were selected in January for the following events from the Houston Dash Academy 2007 age group: 

  • Jasmine Diaz, El Salvador U20 Women's National Team Camp (January 14-19).  
  • Sophia Saludares, Philippines U17 Women's National Camp (January 20-22).  

The club is proud of these two players and cannot wait to see how Jasmine and Sophia will continue to advance in their development.  Dash Academy is excited to cheer them on through this next journey and see all that they will accomplish.

"It's extremely rewarding to see Jasmine and Sophia being selected and recognized for their hard work," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director. "We continue to provide a very competitive training and game day environment along with first-class facilities for our elite players to excel, be challenged, and potentially get selected for their respective national team events." 

Jasmine and Sophia are excited about this opportunity and thankful to the club for helping them get there. 

"I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be part of the El Salvador Women's National U17 team but even more grateful to try out with the U20 group," said Jasmine Diaz, Dash Academy 2007. "It has truly been a challenging week here and I have trained with girls from all over the US and Canada. I am so grateful for the support of my parents and coaches because I couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks also to my club and the coaching staff for everything they have provided and for always believing in me."  

"I am grateful to have been given the chance to try out for the U17 Philippines Women’s National Team in California.  In just 3 days, I was introduced to a new formation, and a highly respected coaching staff, and truly enjoyed playing in a competitive environment against and with such talented players.  It was an exceptional experience," said Sophia Saludares, Dash Academy 2007.  "The Houston Dynamo | Dash coaching staff has been essential in preparation for the tryouts and my development throughout the past few years. Thank you!  Salamat! Gracias!”   


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DICK'S Sporting Goods Shop Weekends

Posted on January 20, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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WHEN: Feb 3-6 & 10-13

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