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Dash Senior Recognition Day

Posted on March 29, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth is proud to congratulate the 25 players that took part in the first-ever Houston Dash Senior Recognition event this past Sunday at Aveva Stadium. The Class of 2021 is highlighted by commitments to 12 NCAA Division I schools, as well as additional signings at powerhouse Division II, III, and NAIA institutions.

"We are extremely proud of these players that have worked exceptionally hard on and off the field to complete the recruitment process and solidify their college choices,” said Girls Academy Director, Mark Gibbs. “We wish them all the success and look forward to following them in their future academic and athletic endeavors at their respective schools."

Chris Canetti, President of the Houston World Cup 2026 Bid Committee, emceed the event, with Houston Dash Head Coach, James Clarkson, and goalkeeper, Jane Campbell, presenting awards. Campbell, also a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team and a former college standout at Stanford University, offered insight and advice for the graduating seniors as they prepare for life as a student-athlete and beyond.

"Playing for the Dash has been an amazing journey because I’ve been with the club since the start,” said midfielder Sydnie Thibodaux, who has committed to Auburn University for the fall. “This club has not only made me a better player on the field but a better person overall. I couldn’t be more grateful to have been a part of not only the club itself but the community that comes with it."

The club continues to lead the Houston area in prospective student-athletes committed to collegiate soccer programs. Since 2017, over 200 players from both the girls’ and boys’ programs are continuing their careers collegiately and 34 players are involved in their national team programs. The Dash Girls Academy is the only program in the area to provide direct access to the professional ranks as the affiliate of the NWSL’s Houston Dash.

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Audrey Addison Houston Baptist University 
Emily Bates Dallas Baptist University
Makayla Baxter East Texas Baptist University
Sydney Ben Howard Payne University
Jenna Bodron Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Shaylea Bolton Howard Payne University
Kate Burgess University of Houston 
Camden Chance Howard Payne University
Desiree DeShotel Asbury University
Angie Diep Southern Methodist University
Sara Engels Mercer University
Danika Etter Houston Baptist University
Alexis Fowlkes  Texas Tech University
Kaitlyn Futschik University of Texas at Dallas
Sara Giannotti Washington University in St. Louis
Tea Guidie Sterling College
Kennedy Harris University of Hardin-Baylor 
Isabella Hollenbach University of Missouri
Cora Morgenroth Mary Hardin-Baylor
Haley McWhirter  East Carolina University
Mallory Perez Mary Hardin-Baylor
Grace Richard Lamar University
Meghan Schwerter North Texas University
Haven Terry Baylor University
Sydnie Thibodaux Auburn University

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Club Yearly Fundraiser - Golf Outing 2021

Posted on March 27, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

f.hubspotusercontent10.nethubfs3023063DDY-GolfOuting-Logo-NODATEThis year's club fundraiser was again the golf outing hosted by The Woodlands Country Club - The Palmer brought to you by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Proceeds from the day’s activities will continue to support the club’s on-going field expansion and current facilities maintenance, which is vital to supporting our continual development of 6,000+ youth soccer players in the Houston area.

Fifty four (54) foursomes were present over 27 pristine golf holes of undulating and mounded terrain, surrounded by challenging bunkers and intricate water hazards. The event had a raffle, silent, live auction, plus multiple fun course activities:

  • Mike 'D-Bo' Dobbyn, Charity Golf International Professional Long Driver (raised $6.5K)
  • Hole in One Prizes - $10,000 x 2, TV, clubs & airline flights
  • Live auction items - crawfish boil package, fishing trip, United Airlines tickets & Bluejack National foursome (Garrett Heinrich - Auctioneer, Director Digital Marketing, Dynamo FC | Dash)

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Pictured above : Troy Tice, Dean Melton, Chad Grimes & Dave McCleary were winners of the Bob Bennett Award 2021 with a score of 19 under par, congratulations!

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The club would like to recognize and thank the following partners for supporting the event:

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All raffle, silent and live auction winners / participants were notified.  If you did not pick up your prize on site at the course, please drop by the north soccer office Monday - Thursday (9:00am - 4:00pm). If you need your prize mailed or coordinated for pick via your team coach, please contact Diego Copa at

"We would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors, committee members, teams, coaching 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 event for everybody involved and the feedback has been overwhelmingly very positive."  Golf Committee 2021.

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Save the date for next year's event - Monday, March 21, 2022 at The Woodlands Country Club - The Palmer.



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Win Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card - $100

Posted on March 26, 2021 BY Simon Boddison



Good morning HDDY Members:

Please feel free to take one minute to complete this short survey: If you include your email, you will be entered to win a $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card.

Thank you for supporting YOUR Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club!


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Honey Bunches of Oats - Spring Season

Posted on March 26, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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Start Your Morning with Honey Bunches of Oats!

Honey Bunches of Oats cereal is proud to be sponsoring youth soccer and we hope the spring season has been going well. Be sure to finish the season strong by picking up your favorite Honey Bunches of Oats product at your local grocery store. Try our all-time favorite Honey Roasted and Almond or go explore the wide range of other flavors we offer! 

See you on the field!  

Thank you for supporting YOUR Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club!


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Regional YNT IDentification center - Girls Academy

Posted on March 23, 2021 BY Simon Boddison
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The club is very excited to have three Girls Academy players selected to the U.S. Soccer Girls YNT Regional Identification Center in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - Bella Hollenabach; Sydnie Thibodeaux and Ava ShannonYNT Identification Centers are one of the main tactics of Talent Identification. YNT ID Centers are no-cost identification opportunities for U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers to evaluate and monitor top talents. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with local clubs, hosts approximately 100 sessions each year in 25 key markets throughout the country.


"I’m very excited that my hard work has paid off into a wonderful opportunity." Bella Hollenbach, Houston Dash '03 Girls Academy. Bella has committed to the University of Missouri, NCAA Div. I, (Southeastern Conference).


"Going into the USYNT camp means a lot to me because I’ve been putting in so much hard work and dedication to get this opportunity to show my abilities and I now that I have to chance to, I couldn’t be more grateful." Sydnie Thibodeux, Houston Dash '03 Girls Academy. Sydnie has committed to Auburn University, NCAA Div. I (Southeastern Conference).

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"I am blessed and honored to represent Houston Dash, coaches, and teammates who have helped me along the way.  I’m determined to do my best!" Ava Shannon, Houston Dash '05 Girls Academy.

"Congratulations to all three girls on being called up into this USYNT regional camp. Their dedication to training and commitment in games hasn’t gone unnoticed. I’m especially delighted for Sydnie and Bella as they have been in the club since the age of four and completed our player developmental pathway. They’ve been coached by multiple staff over the years and followed the process.  It's great to see they’ve been rewarded for their time and commitment." Mark Gibbs, Dash Academy Director.

The ID Center will be conducted while adhering to the strict return to play US Soccer Return To Play Protocols for COVID-19.


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Club Raffle 2021

Posted on March 01, 2021 BY Simon Boddison
Screen Shot 2021-03-01 at 9.30.30 PMFor those not joining us on the course, this is your opportunity to contribute to the fundraiser and give yourself a chance to win some tremendous prizes. We appreciate your support.
On-Line Annual Club Raffle & Golf Outing
Monday, March 22, 2021 at 10:00am.
The Woodlands Country Club - The Palmer Course.
Proceeds will go to the club’s on-going field expansion and current facilities maintenance which supports the development of over 6,000 youth soccer players.
  • Support your team and get to the top of the raffle leaderboard (Youth Academy, Competitive & Elite) by "choosing your team" when buying your tickets.
  • Recreational players - register with The Woodlands, Beaumont and South Recreational raffle group links.


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Recreational Soccer Program Spring Opening Day 2021

Posted on February 27, 2021 BY Simon Boddison
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Record numbers were present on the opening day of the Recreational Soccer Program at the following locations across Houston - The Woodlands, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City and Beaumont.  Two thousand five hundred (2,500) players and over eight thousand (8,000+) spectators were on site to kick-off the spring season with great weather and first class facilities.
The Recreational Program is the foundation of the club coached by volunteer coaching staff which offers programming in both the Fall and Spring seasons. Enjoy a fun introduction to soccer, skills training for players, and education for volunteer coaches. Firstclass soccer facilities are located in a supervised, safe environment, and we provide full-time office support as a service to all members.
Program Benefits:
  • First class playing surfaces and complexes
  • One team practice and game per week
  • Full-time Director of Coaching & Administration
  • Coaching seminars & workshops
  • Training / game day coaching curriculum
  • Volunteer coaching apparel 
  • Participation medals
  • Player uniform shipped directly to your house
  • Team ball
  • Licensed referees (where applicable)
  • Aligned with Disability Program
  • Professional training session opportunities
  • Multiple Houston locations

“The Recreational Program is the building block of the entire club and is a vital part of the developmental pathway for player development. I would like to thank all the volunteer coaching staff, players and referees in making this program a fantastic success on the opening day in all the locations.  We look forward to working with all the players and coaching staff throughout the spring season."  Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching - Recreational.

The club would also like to thank our recreational program partners - Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Hunter Family Orthodontics, Panera Bread and Mark Miller - Realtor.

The club also received the following award for the second consecutive year in the Sports & Fitness category (Best Elite & Youth Sports Club).



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Honey Bunches of Oats - Spring Season 2021

Posted on February 21, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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Start Your Morning with Honey Bunches of Oats!

Honey Bunches of Oats cereal is proud to be sponsoring youth soccer this Spring and we are excited for you to get back on the sidelines to watch your all-star soccer players win.

Gear up for game day by picking up your favorite Honey Bunches of Oats product at your local grocery store. Try our all-time favorite Honey Roasted and Almond or go explore the wide range of other flavors we offer! 

See you on the field!  

Thank you for supporting YOUR Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club!


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College Center March Seminars 2021

Posted on February 10, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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The club's College Center is offering five seminars in the month of March on very important topics presented by College Fit Finder.  Players can pick and chose which topics to register for.  


  • How to Compare & Appeal College Award LettersWith Partner Solutions for Tuition and special guest TuitionFit
  • Debunking Athletic Scholarships and the Importance of Academic OnesWith Partner Virtual College Counselors
  • Prepping for a Showcase, and the Future of Standardized Testing, Post-CovidWith Partner Virtual College Counselors
  • Starting Your Academic SearchWith Partner Educational Pathfinder

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A. How to Compare and Appeal College Award Letters:

With our Partner Solutions for Tuition and special guest TuitionFit
When: Wednesday, March 3, 6-7pm PST
Description It's not the right college if it's not the right price. Yet, families aren't likely to get the best price unless they negotiate. But, you can't negotiate if you don't have information and leverage. TuitionFit is the only way to see comparison pricing FOR FREE. 

Share information through a secure portal Compare real-time current year offers made to similar students Use this information to negotiate from a stronger position. Collectively flip the power dynamic in college admissions.  

What to say in your appeal letter. What not to say in your appeal letter.

Registration Link: HERE

B. Debunking Athletic Scholarships and the Importance of Academic Scholarships: Who, What, Where, When, Why:

With our Partner Virtual College Counselors
When: Thursday, March 4, 4:30pm PST
DescriptionCollege is expensive. Across the globe, the cost of education is rising dramatically, and many families are being left behind. Now more than ever, a student and family's educational opportunities are defined by the financial aid they receive from colleges and universities. However, many families are overwhelmed by the purposefully convoluted process surrounding scholarships, grants, and student loans. 

Join us as we tackle the importance of academic and extracurricular scholarships: who should apply, what are these scholarships, where are they, when should you apply, and why are they so important in the long-term success of a student and family.

Registration Link: HERE

C. Prepping for A Showcase and The Future of Standardized Testing Post-Covid:

With our Partner Virtual College Counselors
When: Monday, March 15, 4:30pm PST
DescriptionFor decades, standardized testing (e.g. ACT & SAT) has been a crucial determining factor in admission offices admitting or denying students. Recently, the legacy of standardized testing has seen radical changes and the effects are causing ripples in the higher education world. More colleges and universities are going test-optional or test-blind with their admission processes. Earlier this year, the College Board even canceled the SAT subject tests and the optional essay portion. What will the role of testing be in a post-COVID higher education landscape, should you take the test, will this affect scholarships, and could we be seeing the final death throes of the standardized testing industry? Join us as we tackle all testing topics.

What you need to know before going to a showcase?  How to get seen?  What to say?  When to reach out?  Coaches have their schedules set before they show up to the fields.  Make sure you're on their list!

Registration Link: HERE

D. Starting Your Academic Search

With our Partner: Educational Pathfinder
When: Thursday, March 18, 6:00pm PST -OR- Wednesday March 24, 6:00pm PST
DescriptionImportant questions to ask yourself and others (before you get too far and realize you're on the wrong track).

Course, community service, and activities planning, academic resumés.
Where to find information on schools. (College Fit Finder of course! But also social media, college fairs, IECs, etc.) Insider info to aid in your searches. (Odds and ends like demonstrated interest, how schools portray themselves online, importance of reading your emails and information you may miss if you don't, etc.)

Registration Link March 18: HERE

Registration Link March 24: HERE

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Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - College Center

Posted on February 07, 2021 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 2021.  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 one hundred and seventy eight (178) players into the collegiate ranks since 2017 and already has twenty nine (29) players committed from the 2021-22 graduating classes.

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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 Brian M. Unterman, DDS, MD 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.  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."  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / College Center Director.


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