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Benjamin Cross - Dynamo West 2011 PA I

Posted on November 19, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is extremely excited to announce that 10-year-old Benjamin Cross departed from Texas Children’s Hospital after completing multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant provided by his older brother Noah to cure acute myeloid leukemia! While most kids his age were enjoying the summer fun, Ben began his first round of chemotherapy on July 14th. He then battled for nearly four months and was released on November 5th. Even during the toughest time of his life, the love for soccer never left Ben. During his stay, former Dynamo player Tim Parker made a special visit to bring his spirits up.

Ben is in remission, and the club would like to extend their thoughts and prayers for Benjamin and his family, wishing him all the best for a full recovery.

"When describing our club and what our core values are, there is no better player who embodies every single core value that we have than Ben Cross. He’s a person that works hard every single day and fights until the very end. His compassion for others and his teammates is unmatched, and he is always willing to put others before himself. There was rarely a day where you would see Ben without a smile on his face doing what he loved," said Jason Olvera, Director of Coaching - Youth Academy. "These last few months, Ben has shown courage like no other with constant battles in the hospital and new obstacles to overcome. He continued to persevere and has made it out on the other side. And for that, we are all so grateful and ecstatic to welcome him home, where he can be surrounded by loved ones on his road to recovery. Ben has been an example of what it means to fight even when odds are stacked against you. He’s as strong as a cross."

Ben is a true example of what it means to be a member of the Dynamo | Dash family. His positive attitude and passion for the sport inspires many on and off the field.

"It's fantastic news that Benjamin was released from the hospital and is slowly making a recovery at home," said Radojica Ristic, West Director. "Benjamin is very much part of our Dynamo | Dash family, and we cannot wait to welcome him and his family back to the fields when the time is right."

Keep Ben in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his road to recovery. Ben is a son, a friend, and a young person filled with compassion. Please consider visiting https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/benjamincross to learn more.

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Dynamo Dash Youth completes the Fall 2022 Recreational Program

Posted on November 15, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth Recreational Program completed another outstanding fall season bringing soccer to multiple communities across the Greater Houston area.  

The Recreational Program, presented by AutoNation, is an excellent introduction to soccer. Starting as early as kids with birth years between 2004-2019, Dynamo | Dash Youth is proud to offer a full development pathway for every player in the club: from recreational leagues through our 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 them.

This fall season, we have had 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 attended the 1,952 games played at our first-class facilities in Beaumont, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, League City, Sienna, Tomball, The Woodlands and Woodforest. The Recreational Program fall season featured games on Saturdays from September 17 - November 12.  

“We’d like to sincerely thank the parents and spectators for creating a wonderful atmosphere at our facilities throughout the fall 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 and encourage everyone to register early to take advantage of the early bird discounts!"

"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."

Registration is now open for Spring 2023 through the link below. Also, we ask our current members to please complete our program survey. Your feedback has allowed us to continually evolve and improve the service.

RECREATIONAL PROGRAM - CLICK HERE!

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College Center - NLI Initial Signing Day 2022

Posted on November 09, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

 

24 Dynamo | Dash Youth Class of 2023 players sign National Letters of Intent

Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is proud to announce that 24 members of the Class of 2023 have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) on National Signing Day to continue their soccer career in college. These commitments include nine (11) NCAA Division I schools, as well as several Division II and III powerhouses.

Dynamo | Dash Youth continues to lead the way in the Houston area in player development, with over 390 college commitments since 2017 and 42 national team selections. The graduation class of 2022 saw 69 players commit to play college soccer.

“I am incredibly grateful to the coaching staff at Dynamo | Dash Youth for their time and effort they put into helping find a college that was the best fit for me and connection with potential college coaches. My recruitment process would not have been as successful if it weren’t for the coaches’ unwavering support and the many recruiting opportunities provided by the club for the teams at all levels to be seen by top colleges," said Kathryn Lennon, Girls Academy U19 / University of Richmond. "My coaches went out of their way to meet with me about my school preferences, and they helped form a list of colleges that would meet my criteria. All of the staff were more than willing to provide insight and tips on the recruitment process, and they all had different coach connections they were happy to introduce me to. On behalf of the class of 2023, I would like to thank all of the coaches at the club for their guidance and efforts to get us to the next stage of our soccer careers.”

“I’m so excited to begin my collegiate journey at Southern Miss next year, " said Madeline Ellis, Girls Academy U19 / Southern Mississippi University. "The Dash program has made me the player I am today and I could not be more grateful to my coaches for all of their time helping me grow as a player. The tools, resources and the opportunities that the club has provided in their player development pathway really helped me navigate my way through the whole recruiting process.”  

"The club has a responsibility to enhance college recruitment opportunities through our resources and extensive networking connections," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "As part of our membership commitment, we will continue to provide a comprehensive free online platform that educates and informs all the players and families about the recruitment process to ensure the best opportunity for success. I, along with our entire coaching staff, are thrilled to celebrate these players and look forward to more college commitments throughout the season."

The dedicated, professional coaching staff of Dynamo | Dash Youth is able to work with players to design personalized development plans throughout their soccer career. Our staff’s experience in the recruitment process has provided the club an extensive network of contacts across the nation at all levels of college soccer. Every player ('04 - '09 birth years) in the club has access to the College Fit Finder program to ensure they have the ability to find the best opportunities to advance their athletic and academic endeavors after high school.

Stay tuned to the club’s social media channels and the College Center presented by Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for additional college commitments throughout the year!

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GRADUATION CLASS 2023 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Annabelle Fisher Texas State University
Anna Holeman Texas State University
Ava Shannon Stephen F. Austin State Unversity
Averie McFarland McNeese State University
Cadence Sanders Sam Houston State University
Caroline Fowlkes College of Charleston
Haydan Erck University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Jenna Attebery Angelina College
Jessica Marker Houston Baptist University
Kalista Lejarza Regent University
Kara Canetti Iona University
Kathryn Lennon University of Richmond
Kiana Chastain Howard Payne University
Lauren Littleton Liberty University
Lillyanna Ash Maine Maritime Academy
Maddie Ellis University of Southern Mississippi
Mandi Boudreaux Texas State University
Marlee Sonnier Lamar University
Meris Cody St. Edward's University
Mia Brumlow Rice University
Natasha Budisa University of Toronto
Nicoline Veasey University of Texas - Tyler
Sophia Dean Stephen F. Austin State Unversity
Sydney Getter University of Texas at Dallas
 
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Gabriel Hull USA Paralympic Soccer Team

Posted on November 01, 2022 BY Simon Boddison
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The club is very excited to announce that Gabriel Hull was recently called up for the 5th time to the US Paralympic National Team camp from October 18-22 which was hosted at Davenport School, Rome in Georgia.  He is member of the Clemson Paralympic Soccer Program while studying mechanical engineering as a current sophomore. Clemson University is the only collegiate soccer paralympic soccer program in the USA. 
 
At birth, Gabriel suffered a stroke, but never let his disability hold him back from competing at the highest level, including as a player for Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club. Hull and his family were instrumental in starting CP Soccer Houston in partnership with Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer directed by Coach Keith Johnson (former US Goalkeeper Paralympic National Team). This partnership has created one of the largest and most successful disability programs in the US for kids who have cerebral palsy, had a stroke or suffered a traumatic brain injury. "It felt really good to get back on the pitch at this level," said Gabriel Hull. "I look forward to continuing to learn and develop as a player with this team.” 
 
"To see Gabriel continue to excel and get selected for the national team camp is tremendous news" said Coach Keith Johnson, Dynamo | Dash Adaptive & Special Needs Director. "We wish him the very best of luck during this camp and many others in the future.  He's a hard working young man and we are very proud of his accomplishments."
 
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Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2022 Success

Posted on October 28, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club wrapped up its 11th annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign last week led by the Houston Dash Academy, brought to you by Hunter Family Orthodontics. The campaign resulted in $10,000 donated to In The Pink of Health / Memorial Hermann Foundation as well as contributing financial support to the Houston Dash Academy.

Over $90K has been donated to local charities since the inception of the program in 2012, with more than 11,500 pink shirts sold and worn in the local community. The club completely sold out their inventory in shirts (1,500+) across their local communities for players, family members and supporters.  The shirts were prominent in training sessions throughout the week as well as on game days through the month of October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The commitment of these young athletes towards helping those struggling with ovarian and breast cancer is truly amazing,” said In the Pink of Health co-chair Debra Cooper. “Statistics show that many of these young women will be faced with a loved one battling these diseases in their lifetime and it is so encouraging to witness their compassion and support at such a young age. We are all in this together and we are so grateful for this continued partnership with the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club.”

"It is such an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club,” said Dr. Ross Hunter of Hunter Family Orthodontics. “The players do a fantastic job of raising awareness throughout the month of October in our community. My mother is fortunately a breast cancer survivor, so it brings me great joy to see all the pink shirts being worn by the athletes, knowing that some of the proceeds go towards finding a cure!”

"I would like to thank all the players, parents and families who supported the program by purchasing a shirt or donating to the program," said Marcus Watt, Girls Academy Staff Coach / Breast Cancer Awareness Director. "Also, a huge recognition must go to the club's internal administration team and the volunteers that helped within the delivery process that enabled this program to be a complete success." 

"On behalf of the club, I would like to personally thank Dr. Ross Hunter for his support for this year's Breast Cancer Awareness campaign," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / Partnerships. "It's a program that continually grows each year and has become a very important part of our club, reinforcing our core value of service."

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College Center Fall Presentations 2022

Posted on October 10, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The club recently conducted in-person U13-U18 College Center presentations for over 1,250 attendees in multiple geographic markets across Houston.

The College Center, brought to you by Northwest Oral & Maxillo Facial Surgery, is designed to help and support the club's 1,700+ athletes with an aspiration of attaining a degree and extending their playing careers at the collegiate level supported by the online platform - College Fit Finder. Our student-athletes within the above age groups are supported by their club coaching staff by providing free access to build, shape, and learn how to get recruited into college. "The club has a responsibility to provide our players with the correct tools, resources, and guidance to be successful in life," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations | College Center Director. "The college recruitment environment is complex and at times stressful. Our staff is here to guide, explain the process and continue to provide a platform that helps the players advance in their academic and athletic careers." The club leads the nation in college placement. The 2022 graduating class consisted of 69 players committed to college. Eighteen players have already committed for 2023.

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Dash Playoff Game - Sunday, October 16

Posted on October 05, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Dash Playoff Tickets:

Dynamo | Dash Youth players, coaches, and families, grab your tickets to the 2022 NWSL Playoff match featuring your Houston Dash! This matchup features the Dash's first-ever playoff game, as they host the Kansas City Current on Sunday, October 16th at 4:00 p.m. at PNC Stadium.

Each player is eligible to redeem their complimentary player ticket for being a member of the program. Family and friends can add seats for an exclusive price of $7. The game will be a (713) Night, which means $1 hot dogs and $3 beers will be available in the stadium.

Redeem or get your discounted tickets here.

"It’s amazing to be at home and take part in such a historic moment for the club," said Michaela Abam, Dash Professional Player / Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club alum. "It would be such a great privilege and honor to have my youth club come out and support us as we take on our first challenge in the playoffs!"

GAME DAY TICKET INFORMATION

Have questions or need help regarding the purchasing of group tickets of ten or more, please contact Doug Sitton, Youth Ticket Sales Manager at dsitton@houstondynamo.com or call (832) 727-4078 (mobile) or (713) 276-7537 (office).  

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Dynamo Dash Youth kicks off Fall 2022 Recreational Program

Posted on September 21, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth kicked off the Fall 2022 Recreational Program with games across the Greater Houston area this past weekend.

The Recreational Program, presented by AutoNation, is an excellent introduction to soccer for kids with birth years between 2004-2019. Dynamo | Dash Youth is proud to offer a full development pathway for every player in the club: from recreational leagues through our nationally competitive elite teams, all the way to collegiate and professional opportunities. This allows every child to experience the game of soccer and develop their skills at a level that suits them.

This season, we 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 to watch approximately 250 games at our first-class facilities in Beaumont, Clear Lake, Creekside, Friendswood, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, League City, Sienna, Tomball, The Woodlands and Woodforest. The Recreation Program Fall Season will feature games on Saturdays from September 17 - November 12.  

“We’d like to sincerely thank the parents and spectators for creating a wonderful atmosphere at our various facilities on opening day," 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 fall season.”

"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."

We’re excited to get this season underway and look forward to the growth of these players over the next several months! 

RECREATIONAL PROGRAM - CLICK HERE!

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Soccer Hall of Fame Candidate - Keith Johnson

Posted on September 11, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

 

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The club is very excited to announce that Coach Keith "Muck" Johnson has been placed on the National Soccer Hall of Fame 2023 Eligibility List after earning 101 caps for the USA Paralympic National Program from 2003 - 2017.  Keith is also the club's Director of Adaptive | Special Needs Program and coordinates all game day protocols for home games played in The Woodlands, TX.  Keith has been part of the coaching staff since 2006.

Quick Facts:

  • 2015  Paralympic Pan American Games, Toronto, Canada / CP World Cup, London, England
  • 2011 CP World Cup, Arnhem, Holland
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, London, England / Golden Glove Award 
  • 2007 Paralympic Pan American Games, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil / CP World Cup, Brazil
  • 2004 Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 CP World Cup, Buenos Aires, Argentina  
  • Represented the USA in Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Holland, Greece and Ireland for individual games

"I am very honored to be listed with such a great group of candidates all looking to be selected into the Soccer Hall of Fame," said Coach Keith Johnson. "I relished every opportunity when I wore the USA jersey to represent my country with pride and did everything possible to help my team-mates succeed in getting results."

"Keith has had a tremendous career representing his country over the years and still continues to excel on the field in the development of our current players," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director.  "His dedication and work ethic is an example of what can be achieved if you are willing to put the time into the game and sacrifice."

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Houston Youth Cup 2022

Posted on September 08, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The annual Houston Youth Cup 2022 provided much needed pre-season competition in August and raised substantial financial funding ($90K) to support the club's scholarship fund. Since 2005, this scholarship event has raised over $1.25 million, allowing the club to assist around 125 families per year to play youth soccer.

This year’s tournament featured three hundred and twelve (312) U11-U19 boys and girls teams from all across the region with matches taking place at eleven sites in The Woodlands, Tomball and the Conroe area. The GotSoccer ranked event allowed each team a minimum of three games over the course of the weekend.

"Thank you to all the teams, coaches, managers, volunteers, referees and sponsors for all their support of the tournament," said Stuart Taylor, Tournament Director. "It’s the effort from everyone involved that makes this pre-season youth soccer event a tremendous success."

Special thanks to our facility partners The Woodlands Township and Conroe Parks & Recreational. This pre-season tournament for the area brought an estimated 20,000 spectators to the local community, providing a large economic boost to local hotels and businesses. The club would like to thank On Location (formerly Anthony Travel) for facilitating the hotel accommodations for the visiting teams and Memorial Hermann for their athletic training support throughout the event.

"Through our partnership with The Woodlands Township and the City of Conroe, the club has the necessary resources, guidance and facilities to help make this event a tremendous success," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "Continuing to host events throughout the year helps us reach three important objectives: providing competitive environments for our players to develop, raising much needed financial revenue for our internal scholarship program and supporting the local community."

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