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3v3 Turf Cup 2022

Posted on April 18, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

 

The club hosted its annual 3v3 Turf Cup at Bear Branch Sports Fields in The Woodlands, TX with over 175 teams on-site to celebrate the Easter festive weekend. It was a fun-filled, action-packed day for all the teams that traveled in from across the city of Houston. Activities included over 350+ games along with soccer tennis, live music, an Easter egg hunt, dance competitions and juggling stations. Amongst the fun, we had plenty of presentations and awards handed out throughout the day. 

 "Another great event of soccer in perfect weather conditions during the Easter holiday weekend. We saw a record-breaking attendance of teams and spectators along with some outstanding costumes and an array of festival activities," said Milton Arraez, Tournament Director. 

The club would like to thank Panera Bread and Potbelly for providing food and Memorial Hermann for first-class medical care. Fine Design T-Shirt Company was also on-site, providing a quality product for the members and our guest teams to purchase.

Awards:

Best Team Name: It's About To Get Messi (1st Place), Prepare to Dye (2nd Place)
Best Uniform Winners: Kicking Chickens (1st Place), Dragons United (2nd Place)3V3 TURF CUP RESULTS - CLICK HERE!
 
 
 
Dynamo | Dash will be hosting their final two small sided tournaments of the Spring season with the South Texas Spring Showdown, May 7-8 (registration deadline April 25) and the 5 v 5 Memorial Day Classic, Saturday, May 28 (registration deadline May 17).  
SPRING TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

 

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Coaching Education Spring 2022

Posted on April 11, 2022 BY Simon Boddison
 

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This last week, the club wrapped up its Spring comprehensive coaching education series in partnership with the Houston Dash with a professional training session at Houston Sports Park. Lead by Dash Head Coach James Clarkson, fifty-five licensed Dynamo | Dash coaches observed a training session where they were able to learn from and ask questions of Clarkson and his staff.

Dynamo | Dash leads the way in employing the best youth soccer coaching staff in Houston and across the country which ultimately provides the best personal and professional development for the staff and our players. We invest heavily in the continual education of our coaches, providing paid licensing opportunities, seminar & workshop courses, employee attendance at the annual National Coaches Convention, educational topics presented by guest speakers / internal staff every Thursday along with the weekly Monday's opportunity to connect with the Dynamo Academy Partners in Development series.

"We have a responsibility to provide opportunities for our coaching staff to continually improve their credentials and attend innovative events that help them progress in their personal development," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director. "The game is constantly changing daily with higher demands. It is up to the club to provide the necessary resources and tools for the staff to continue to lead the youth soccer marketplace in coaching education."

COACHING EDUCATION TOPICS PRESENTER
Coaches Training and Game Day Distractions Dave Dengerink, Academy Director
Season Planning / Mexico Trip James Clarkson, Houston Dash Head Coach
Using Rondos in Training Joan Olivia, LA TPD Elite MLS
Grit Justin Neese, Dash City Director
Video Analysis (Veo) Radojica Ristic & Trey Tesno - West Director / GK Director
Retention, Recruitment & Player Evaluation Alfredo Martinez, Boys Academy Coach
Dash Training Session Observation James Clarkson, Houston Dash Head Coach

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Girls Academy Champions League 2022

Posted on March 28, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Girls Academy launched a separate, aspirational competition to add additional quality competition for the most competitive clubs in the GA. Qualification was a reward for a consistent commitment to player development and overall success.

Participants are decided based on final league standings and consist of two (2) clubs from each of the seven (7) conferences. Additionally, 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 sixteen (16) teams per age group. The following elite clubs across the country were present: Colorado Rush & Houston Dash (Frontier), National & Cincinnati United Premier (Mid-America), TSJ-FC & Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (Mid-Atlantic), NEFC & South Shore Select (Northeast), Lamorinda Soccer Club & FC Bay Area Surf (Northwest), Tophat Gold & IMG Academy (Southeast), City SC & SC Del Sol (Southwest). Over two hundred and twenty (220) college staff were present along with professional scouts / staff from the USA and Mexico Soccer Federations.  

All six (6) Dash teams qualified for the prestigious event with the following groups highlighting the event:

  • 2009 group finished in 2nd place (lost on penalties, ranked #23 Topdrawersoccer)
  • 2007 group finished in 3rd place (won on penalties).
  • 2005 group finished in 4th place.
The following Girls Academy coaching staff were present throughout the event - Dave Dengerink, Steve Grave, Omar Morales, Marcus Watt, Brittain Rademacher.
 
"Overall the Champions League event was a great experience and a very good chance to showcase your skills in front of coaches," said Madison Taylor, 2007 Girls Academy. "The environment was very intense in a positive way.  I have never had a chance to truly know how it feels being tied in overtime and having to go to penalty kicks or the feeling of winning after a really competitive game that decides if you move on in the event. As far as the exposure, I thinks it’s really good, even though I'm pretty young.  It gives you motivation to go out and play like no one has seen you before. After the trip I couldn’t stop talking about it, and looking back and realizing how much fun I had."

"Had a great time at the Girls Academy Champions League event in Bradenton, Florida last week.  There was a lot of great soccer played by some of the most talented teams in the country, " said Bo Littleton, 2005 Parent. "The girls had a great time and the fields were in terrific shape.  We were very impressed with the amount of college exposure at each game by top NCAA Div. I schools.  This was a fantastic event!"
 
"The Girls Academy Champions League event provided an elite environment for the players. The competitive format, facilities, organization and execution of the event was excellent," said Marcus Watt, Girls Academy Staff Coach.  

GIRLS ACADEMY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

COLLEGE COACHING STAFF PRESENT

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Golf Outing 2022

Posted on March 25, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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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 21, 2022. 

Proceeds from the day's activities are tracking to exceed last year's $109K total. Fundraising from this event supports the club's ongoing field expansion and current facilities maintenance, which is vital to the development of 8,400+ youth soccer players within Houston and its surrounding communities. The Bob Bennett Award was presented by Lynn Bennett to Effex Management Solutions (Louis Flory, Bryan Danielle, Jerrid Payton, Craig Heck) with a very competitive overall score of 19 under. The club would like to recognize the following partners that supported the event:

Fifty-four foursomes were present over 27 pristine golf holes of undulating and mounded terrain, surrounded by challenging bunkers and intricate water hazards. The event hosted a raffle, silent & live auction, plus multiple fun course activities:

  • Mike' D-Bo' Dobbyn, Charity Golf International Professional World Long Drive Champion 2014.
  • Six Hole in One Prizes - $10,000 x 2, TV x 2, GPS golf watch / Range Finder & Vertical Charcoal Smoker.  
CONTESTANT HOLE WINNER
Deacon Men's Longest Drive Kevin Toburen
Deacon Women's Longest Drive Catherine Gasper
General Men's Longest Drive Bill Ribbing
General Women's Longest Drive Song Hollier
Deacon Longest Putt Evangeline Treadwell
King Longest Putt Blaine Dowd
General Longest Putt Chris Moring

The live auction consisted of a Crawfish Boil (won by Scott Orr), Milton's Fishing Trip (won by Joshua Sandberg), and Bluejack National foursome (won by Louis Flory). Phil Ebner, Recreational & Youth Academy Director, emceed the live auction. Team Boddison won the raffle team contestant, and the individual contestant winner was Darron Rush.

"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. 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.”

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Dash Academy Games Host College Coaching Staff

Posted on March 03, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Dash Academy hosted teams from the Girls Academy League Frontier Conference this past weekend at Bear Branch and Gosling sports complexes in The Woodlands.  Fifty-four elite level games were played on state-of-the-art turf fields during a three-day period. Participating clubs included: Lonestar Soccer Club (Austin, TX), Kansas Rush (Olathe, Kansas), Lou Fusz (St. Louis, Missouri), BVB International Academy (Carrollton, Texas) and Sporting St. Louis (Maryland Heights, Missouri).  The Dash Academy completed the weekend with a record of 10-4-4.  

Also in attendance were staff from multiple college programs.: Cornell University, Southern Utah University, UTEP, Texas Christian University, Newberry College, West Virginia, University of Iowa, Long Beach State University, Harvard University, Pittsburg University, Bowling Green University, Central Arkansas University, Texas A&M University, South Carolina University, Colorado Mesa University, Iowa State University, Stetson University, University of Utah, Virginia Tech University, Tufts University, University of Redlands, Davidson College, University of Miami, Liberty University, Emory University, Dickinson College, Penn State University, University of Florida, Columbia University, Point Loma University, University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas, University of Houston, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and Rice University.

"I would like to thank all the visiting teams, coaching staff, players, parents, volunteers and referees for making this weekend a tremendous success," said Coach Steven Grave, Girls Academy Coach | Event Director. "The club has a responsibility to continue to showcase and promote our players to college coaches from across the country.  This was accomplished during the weekend by hosting and playing the above clubs on first class facilities."

"When I think of the experience that our club had this past weekend in Houston during the Girls Academy league play, one word comes to mind...quality.  Quality opponents, a quality environment and quality facilities." Daouda Kante, Executive & Technical Director, Kansas Rush Soccer Club.

"Being brand new to the Houston Dash GA team, this showcase over the past weekend was a great experience for me to get more comfortable with my team and show off my abilities to the coaches present," said Abby Onstad, Dash Academy 2006 GK. "I think it was a good experience to showcase myself in front of top colleges because I was able to play with a great team against other elite level programs."

"Great showcase, good competition. I love how Dash reached out and welcomed top college coaches. Many were there to see their current recruits too. Two perfect venues to showcase our talented girls!  Thanks, Dash!" Debbie Staton, event volunteer / club parent.

"By continuing to host events in The Woodlands provides opportunities for our local residents to enjoy their youth soccer experience in their own back yard thus bringing further economic impact to the local community," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.  "I would like to thank The Woodlands Township, our hotel and food partners along with Memorial Hermann Hospital who covered all our athletic training needs for the event."

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Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Renews Partnership

Posted on March 01, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


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The club is extremely proud to announce that Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has renewed their partnership with the College Center for 2022.  The College Center provides free access to 2,300 players with an online platform sponsored by College Fit Finder.  The program then educates the prospective student-athlete through all the aspects of the recruiting process thus providing a wide array of college scholarship / roster opportunities across the country.

Due to Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial's support from 2006, the club has placed five hundred and thirty seven (537) players into college.  Two hundred and sixty (260) of these players have been placed since 2017 with thirty seven (37) players already committed from the 2022-23 graduating classes.

The club will continue to work with all the current players to help guide them through the complicated process of finding the right school based upon what fits their personal goals and requirements.

“We admire these hard-working, gifted athletes and their passion for furthering their education and appreciate Dynamo I Dash’s mission to provide the necessary guidance to match athletes with suitable colleges and universities,” stated Dr. Charles Repa DDS of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in The Woodlands.

"Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery continue to recognize the importance of education and athletic opportunity for our players," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / College Center Director.  "The generous yearly support has been nothing short of outstanding.  The club looks forward to partnering with Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery over the next twelve months once again."  

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Express Employment Professionals - Golf Dinner Sponsor

Posted on February 21, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth is excited to announce that Express Employment Professionals will be this year's dinner sponsor at the club's golf yearly fundraiser which will be held at the The Woodlands Country Club - The Palmer on Monday  March 21, 2022.  

Express Employment Professionals is one of the top staffing companies in the U.S. and Canada. Every day, they help people find jobs and provide workforce solutions to businesses. They provide a full range of employment solutions that include full-time, temporary, and part-time employment in a wide range of positions, including Professional, Light Industrial, and Office Services. Please feel free to reach out and use their services.

Express Employment Professionals understands that hard work, determination and grit are important skill sets today that employers are looking for. These skill sets are a behavior that is learned when competing in a top notch club sport and this is why Express is excited about partnering with Dynamo | Dash Youth this year," said Arron Martin, Regional Vice President.  "We look forward to this partnership because we understand that today’s youth is tomorrow’s leaders. Our hope is that our support today will help them grow and succeed both now and in the future.”

"Express Employment Professionals understand the importance of the role that youth sports play in the local community and we're very excited to have them on board to support our yearly golf event," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.  "The club partners with professional businesses that excel in their field and align with the club's core values. We look forward to continuing to grow our mutual partnership in the future."

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Recreational Program Expansion - 2022

Posted on February 13, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth is proud to kick off the Spring Recreational Program across the Greater Houston area this past weekend. Our Recreational Programming is sponsored by AutoNation, America’s largest & most recognized automotive retailer.

The Recreational Program is an excellent introduction to soccer for kids with birth years between 2003-2018. We are proud to offer full developmental programs from recreational leagues through our nationally competitive elite teams, all the way to collegiate and professional opportunities, which will allow every child to experience the game of soccer at a level that suits them.

This season, we have over 3,600 recreational players on 521 teams taking part in weekly training sessions and games to develop their soccer skills and love for the game in a fun, safe environment. We expect to welcome over 15,000 spectators weekly to watch approximately 200 games at our first-class facilities in The Woodlands, Woodforest, Tomball, Friendswood, Clear Lake, League City, Beaumont, Fulshear, and our new location in Sienna. The Recreational Program will be hosted in the spring on Saturdays from February 12 - April 23, 2022. 

We are excited to get this season underway and look forward to the growth of these players over the coming months.

“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, Grassroots 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 a tremendous spring season.”

“I’d like to thank SPLID (Sienna Parks & Levee Improvement District) for giving us the opportunity to offer our Recreational Program at Camp Sienna. A lot of collaboration has gone into bringing a quality soccer experience into the Sienna community, said Andrew Squire, Sienna Director. "Recreational soccer is all about community relationships, and we have a wonderful team of local volunteer coaches, referees, and staff all contributing to growing the game here in Sienna."

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Houston Premier Cup 2022

Posted on February 02, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

 

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The club continued its spring season tournament series on back-to-back weekends with the 2022 Houston Premier Cup at Bear Branch Gosling and Alden Bridge sports complexes on January 21-23 and 28-30. More than 200 elite teams attended from Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and surrounding states.

2,500 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 7 v 7, 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 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, and The Woodlands Township that helped to make the tournament a tremendous success," said Stuart Taylor, Director of Tournaments & Events. "Staging a first-class event 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. As we continue to grow, we look forward to staging an expanded version of this event again in 2023."

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HOUSTON DYNAMO PREMIER CUP RESULTS 2022

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Justin Neese - Dash City Director

Posted on January 21, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is excited to announce that Justin Neese has joined the Dynamo | Dash Youth Coaching staff as the Dash City Program (DCP) Director. Neese will have oversight for the development of U10-U12 players as they progress towards the Houston Dash Girls Academy (GA) and GA2 programs. In his former role as Dynamo Academy Catalyst Foundation Program Director, Neese built a thriving program preparing Houston’s best 9 to 12-year-old players to enter the prestigious Dynamo MLS Next Academy.

"I am grateful to the senior staff at Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club for the exciting opportunity to join the club and I am thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with all of the players and parents within the program," said Justin Neese, Dash City Director.  "I am looking forward to working alongside the staff to develop and continue to grow a national level program for these young, promising players providing a robust pathway for the best female players in Houston to the Dash Academy."

Justin Neese:

  • Academy Director License.
  • US Soccer 'A' Youth License.
  • NSCAA/ USC Premier Diploma and DOC Diploma.
  • Ten (10) years at the Houston Dynamo FC Academy working primarily with U10 to U12 players.
  • Catalyst Program Director for Dynamo Academy FC from 2019 to 2021.
  • Head Women's Coach and Assistant Women's coach for NCAA DIII program in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas before moving back to Houston in 2012.
  • Previous experience working in coach education for North Texas, South Texas, and the NSCAA/ USC.
  • Native Houstonian - grew up playing Club and high school soccer in Houston. 
“Our commitment to our youngest players only continues to grow stronger," said Andy Squire, Central Director. "Justin brings a wealth of knowledge into the program that will further elevate the impact we have on the players at such a critical time in their development.  Welcome to the club Justin!”  
 
"Justin brings extensive experience and a proven track record to the coaching staff and we look forward to having him lead the program," said Dave Dengerink, Girls Academy Director.  "Justin's experience and his knowledge of the Houston youth soccer market are extremely valuable and he'll be a fantastic addition to the club."
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