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Record Breaking College Commitments

Posted on August 06, 2021 BY Simon Boddison
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With the start of a new school year around the corner and the college commitment period having just passed, we want to congratulate the 50 Dynamo | Dash Youth soccer players in the Class of 2021 who have committed to colleges to continue their soccer careers.

Dynamo | Dash Youth has helped 514 players reach their collegiate dreams since 2006, including 40+ players in every graduating class since 2018. We’re also extremely excited that 100% of the Girls Academy Class of 2021 has committed to play at the next level.

Providing our members with collegiate opportunities is a core mission of our club, with resources made available through our College Center presented by Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. More than 2,000 Dynamo | Dash players are registered with College Fit Finder, a free online service we provided to help connect players to colleges and universities that best fit their situation. In addition, our staff is constantly providing seminars, team workshops, in-person education and 1-on-1 support to help players and families navigate the college soccer landscape.

Along with that support, players also have access to an extensive college recruiting network through our coaching staff and high visibility in front of college coaches across the country during a wide range of tournaments, showcases and league play opportunities.

We wish the Class of 2021 the best of luck as they head off to college this fall, and are excited to continue working with the Class of 2022 and beyond to place players in exceptional positions to advance their athletic careers. Six 2022 players have already made their college commitments, and we look forward to adding more over the course of the year!

"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 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 look forward to celebrating all the college commitments this year." 

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Senior College Recognition

Posted on May 27, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club would like to congratulate the following players that will be graduating and advancing on to college to further their education and / or athletics at the prestigious academic institutions below:

 
NAME COLLEGE | UNIVERSITY
Agustín  Garcia Jr. Gardner-Webb University
Alex Martinez  Benedictine University
Alexander Wharton Colorado School of Mines
Andrew S Durkee Louisiana State University 
Arthur Souza University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 
Audrey Addison  Houston Baptist University 
Ava Long University of Texas at Austin 
Aylene Anahi Garcia Loyola University Chicago 
Brandon Rogers University of Texas Tyler
Brileigh Johnson Nashville State
Cali N. Valdez San Jacinto College
Cambree Catalano Mississippi Valley state university 
Chaise Reagan Jacksonville University
Cobe Haddock Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Colby McAllister Oklahoma Wesleyan
Cora Morgenroth  University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Emiliano Quintanilla DePauw University 
Emily Bates Dallas Baptist University 
Gabi Gray  Texas A&M University 
Giovanni Verano St Jack College
Grace Freeman East Texas Baptist University
Grace Richard Lamar University 
Gracie Britten Texas A&M University 
Hannah Ritter George Washington University 
Harry Crocker Georgia Institute of Technology
Haven Terry Baylor University 
Isaac Casillas Lone Star / Sam Houston State
Isabella Garza Bethany Lutheran College
Isabella Hollenbach  University of Missouri 
Jenay Garcia  Texas A&M - San Antonio 
Jenna Bodron Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Jonathan Harris University of West Alabama 
Joshua Navarro Angelina College 
Justus Crow East Texas Baptist University 
Kaitlyn Futschik The University of Texas at Dallas
Kate Burgess University of Houston 
Keaton Shepard Lone Star College 
Kennedy Harris University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 
Kristen Hinga Iowa State University 
Kyara Forde Louisiana State University 
Laura Saravia University of St. Thomas 
Lauren Estraca Baylor University 
Leyla Enriquez William Penn University  
Madison Marie Plessala University of Houston
Mallory Perez University of Mary Hardin- Baylor
Megan Hansen  Lamar University 
Meghan Schwertner University of North Texas
Mitchell Hermes University of Texas at Dallas
Molly Hansen University of Houston
Noah Foulkes Northeastern Texas
Pedro Castro San Diego State University 
Penelope Garcia-Galan University of Houston
Sabrina Lopez  Lamar University 
Sam Roberts Texas State University 
Samuel L Williams Finlandia University
Sara Engels Mercer University
Sara Giannotti Washington University in St. Louis
Sarah Lummus University of Texas
Shaylea Bolton Howard Payne University
Stephen Dornic University of Texas at Austin
Stuart Gibbons University of Dallas
Sydnie Thibodaux  Auburn University 
Tade Omoniwa Cornell University 
Taylor Molina Texas A&M University College Station
Téa Guidie Sterling College
Tomas Cabrales Texas A&M University 
Tyler Stuck Lamar University
Victoria Davis  Louisiana State University in Shreveport
William Green Sam Houston State University 
William Schmidt Texas A&M University 
William Spellman Northeast Texas Community College
Xavier Gabel Mount Marty University
Yasmin Cardenas Chicago State University

"It's so gratifying to see so many of our players graduate after working very hard over the years and fulfill their ambitions of attending college, said Don Gemmell, Technical Director. Supporting our players in their academic life is crucially important to the club and we wish them every success over the coming years."  

"It's great to see these players graduate from the club and their respective high schools, said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director.  We're extremely proud of their accomplishment and wish them every success in their future academic endeavors."   
 
"Some of these players have been with the club from a very early age and it's wonderful to see so many players move on and chase their dreams in college, said Stuart Fitzsimons, Competitive Director.  Huge congratulations to everybody involved."  
 
"Getting to know our players and being part of their lives is so rewarding. Our seniors moving on is bittersweet, said Randy Evans, Girls Director.  We will certainly miss them but also excited for their future and wish them the very best."
 
"Earning a degree will provide a strong foundation for our players.  It's exciting to see the many years of hard work and dedication resulting in the above college opportunities for so many of our players, said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. We wish them every success in their athletic and academic careers."
 

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Clemson University Paralympic Soccer - Gabriel Hull

Posted on May 03, 2021 BY Simon Boddison


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The club is very proud to announce that Gabriel Hull (Dynamo | Dash Youth) has committed to Clemson University with their Paralympic Soccer Residential Training Program (RTP). Clemson’s RTP is a unique opportunity for athletes with disabilities, and allows athletes with a disability to continue playing collegiate soccer while earning their college degree. Players earn in-state tuition waiver in the form of an athletic scholarship and will train weekly with the team. This is the only program of this nature in the United States. Athletes will seek to excel on the field with team training, personal development training and strength and conditioning, as the program seeks to prepare players for the US Para National Team. This distinctive program, the only one in the country, is paving the way for soccer players with disabilities in the United States.

Gabriel Hull

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Mitchell Cardenas & San Diego Sockers Win Championship

Posted on April 20, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

Mitchell Cardenas and the San Diego Sockers won their 15th indoor championship (Ron Newman Cup) by beating Ontario Fury 2-1, April 16, 2021 in Ontario. Mitchell Cardenas (Houston Dynamo Youth | Campbell University) followed in his father's footsteps Alex Cardenas (Dynamo Youth Boys Academy Director / San Diego Sockers 2001-2002) by playing at the same club twenty years later. San Diego Sockers are part of MASL (Major Arena Soccer League).

"It means a lot to win a championship in a city and organization that my father was a part of as well. Seeing him play and win several championships at the professional level motivated me even more and set the standard of what winning means, so I’m happy and thankful to my family for their support." Mitchell Cardenas.

"It is a great feeling to see Mitchell fulfill a goal in his soccer career and it makes me very proud to see him become a champion with San Diego. The Sockers was a team in which I also played for in my professional career and unfortunately lost in the final" said Alex Cardenas. "I hope that many more triumphs will come in his life and I take great pride in knowing that Mitchell was a bi-product of our program since he was 8 years old and that hard work pays off at some point."  

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Picture above: Mitchell Cardenas, San Diego Sockers, MASL Champions 2021

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Pictured above: Coach Alex Cardenas, Dynamo Youth Boys Academy Director / San Diego Sockers 2001-2002.

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College Commitments 2021-22

Posted on April 13, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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Houston's #1 youth soccer club continues to add college commitments (49 players) throughout the spring season and is very proud to congratulate the following players that are signees or have committed to their colleges of choice.  The club continues to lead the Houston area with student-athletes committing to collegiate soccer programs, with over 200 players since 2017 in addition to 40 national team placements. The Class of 2021 and 2022 are highlighted by 15 NCAA Division I schools, as well as, additional signings at powerhouse Division II and III schools. 

GIRLS 2021 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Agustin Garcia Jr. Gardner-Webb University
Alexis Fowlkes Texas Tech University
Angie Diep Southern Methodist University
Audrey Addison Houston Baptist University
Cambree Catalano Mississippi Valley State University
Camden Chance Howard Payne University
Camryn Cordova Sam Houston State University
Danika Etter Houston Baptist University
Desiree Deshotel Asbury University
Emily Bates Dallas Baptist University
Grace Freeman East Texas Baptist University
Grace Richard Lamar University

Haley McWhirter

East Carolina University
Haven Terry Baylor University
Isabella Hollenbach

University of Missouri

Jenay Garcia Texas A&M San Antonio
Jenna Bodron Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Kate Burgess University of Houston
Kaitlyn Futschik University of Texas at Dallas
Kennedy Harris University of Mary Hardin - Baylor
Makayla Baxter East Texas Baptist University
Mallory Perez University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Megan Schwertner University of North Texas
Sara Engels Mercer University
Sara Giannotti Washington University
Shaylea Bolton Howard Payne University
Sydney Ben Howard Payne University
Sydnie Thibodaux Auburn University
Tea Guidie Sterling College
BOYS 2021 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Alejo Prieto Upper Iowa University
Arthur Souza University Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Camilo Roldan Blinn College
Colby McAllister Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Erik Lopez Upper Iowa University
Gabriel Hull Clemson University
Jonathan Harris University of West Alabama
JJ Abusada Old Dominion University
Karsten Kuciemba University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Matthew Villarreal University of Dallas
Lucas Hickey Ohio Northern University
Samuel Williams Finlandia University
GIRLS 2022 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Alison Turner St. Edward's University
Danielle Shannon Louisiana State University
Ellen Persson University of Illinois
Laney Gonzales Louisiana State University
Rebecca Partyka Northeastern State University
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Our dedicated, professional staff is able to work with players to design personalized development plans throughout their soccer career. Our 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 ('07 - '02 birth years) in our club has access to our college fit finder program to ensure they have the ability to find the best opportunities to advance their athletic and academic aspirations and endeavors after high school.


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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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PLAYER NAME COLLEGE | UNIVERSITY
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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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.  

All players MUST PRE-REGISTER!

  • 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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MLK Frontier Showcase 2021

Posted on January 18, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

 

The first annual Martin Luther King Frontier Showcase (MLK) was a tremendous success hosted in The Woodlands, TX at Bear Branch and Gosling sports complexes, January 15-19. The following elite clubs were represented in Baltimore Armour, MA; Rio Grande Vally FC, TX; Solar, TX; Dallas Texans, TX; Real Colorado, CO; Rise, TX; Austin FC, TX.  Over 100+ college coaching staff registered and were in attendance.

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National Signing Day 2020

Posted on November 11, 2020 BY Simon Boddison

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Dynamo | Dash Youth is excited to congratulate the following players that are signees or have committed to their colleges of choice, as the club continues to lead the Houston area in players committing to collegiate soccer programs, with over 200 players since 2017 and 34 national team players developed. The initial batch of signings and commitments for the Class of 2021 are highlighted by 10 NCAA Division I schools, as well as additional signings at powerhouse Division II and III schools. The first National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the 2021 graduating class takes place today, November 11, and the signing period will continue through August 1, 2021.

 

GIRLS 2021 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Alexis Fowlkes Texas Tech University
Angie Diep Southern Methodist University
Camden Chance Howard Payne University
Camryn Cordova Sam Houston State University
Danika Etter Houston Baptist University
Erick Lopez Upper Iowa University
Grace Freeman East Texas Baptist University
Grace Richard Lamar University

Haley McWhirter

East Carolina University
Haven Terry Baylor University
Isabella Hollenbach

University of Missouri

Jenna Bodron Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Kate Burgess University of Houston
Kaitlyn Futschik University of Texas at Dallas
Kennedy Harris University of Mary Hardin - Baylor
Makayla Baxter East Texas Baptist University
Megan Schwertner University of North Texas
Sara Giannotti Washington University
Shaylea Bolton Howard Payne University
Sydney Ben Howard Payne University
Sydnie Thibodaux Auburn University
Tea Guidie Sterling College
BOYS 2021 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Harris University of West Alabama
Matthew Villarreal University of Dallas
Lucas Hickey Ohio Northern University
GIRLS 2022 COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Alison Turner St. Edward's University
Laney Gonzales Louisiana State University
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Our dedicated, professional staff is able to work with players to develop personalized development plans throughout their soccer career, and our experience in the recruitment process has given us contacts across the nation at all levels of college soccer. Every player ('07 - '02 birth years) in our club also has access to our college fit finder program to ensure they have the ability to find the best opportunities to advance their athletic and academic dreams after high school.


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"We are extremely proud of the above players that have worked exceptionally hard on and off the field to complete the recruitment process and solidify their college choices. We wish them all the success and look forward in following them in their future academic and athletic endeavors at their respective schools." Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / College Center.

 


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College Commitments 2021 - August 18

Posted on August 18, 2020 BY Simon Boddison
 
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Makayla Baxter - Girls Academy (GA2)
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 East Texas Baptist University / NCAA Div. III (American Southwest Conference)
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"I can’t thank my family, friends, coaches and most importantly Christ enough for getting me to this point. Go Tigers!"
 
Makayla Baxter, Girls Academy (GA2)
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