Girls Development Academy – Winter Showcase 2017

The Development Academy Winter Showcase took place in Lakewood Ranch, Florida between December 6-10.  The event gave the U15, U16/17 and U18/19 teams from each Academy Club three competitive games against opposition outside of normal league play.

The Winter Showcase was an ideal opportunity for college recruiting with over 300 college coaching staff pre-registered for the 2017 event representing colleges from across the country which included over 200+ from NCAA Division I schools.

With 315 games taking place over the course of five days, the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy Winter Showcase offered first class opportunities for talent identification.  Each game was scouted and evaluated by a U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor or Scout, while the U.S. Federation’s entire Youth National Team Staff was on site for talent identification opportunities to evaluate current YNT pool players as well as potential players for future camps.

Houston Dash U15

vs. Boston Breakers Academy  Won 2-1 (Scorers – Sydnie Thibodaux, Angie Diep)

vs. PA Classics Won 3-1 (Scorers – Haley McWhirter, Danielle Shannon, Sydney O’Shea)

vs. San Jose Earthquakes Lost 1-2 (Scorers – Cadyn Hulse)

Houston Dash U16/U17

vs. FC United Soccer Club Lost 1-3 (Scorer – Sydney Babineaux)

vs. SC del Sol Tied 2-2 (Scorers – Krista Peterson, Sydney Babineaux

vs. PSV Union Football Club Won 3-1 (Scorers – Krista Peterson 2, Sydney Babineaux)

Houston Dash U18/U19

vs. Placer United SC Tied 2-2 (Scorers – Sarah Piper, Alma Audu)

vs. Cincinnati Development Academy Won 2-1 (Scorer – Jazzy Richards 2)

vs. LA Galaxy San Diego Won 1-0 (Scorer – Sarah Hernandez)

Since the start of the inaugural Girls’ Development Academy season in September 2017, 70% of the players that have been called into the Women’s Youth National Team camps are rostered full-time in the Girls’ Academy Clubs.

Another benefit of the event was the integration of the Winter Showcase and the Nike Friendlies.  The event marked the first time the Women’s Nike International Friendlies took place in conjunction with the Girls’ Development Academy Winter Showcase.  The Women’s Nike International Friendlies was a round-robin tournament which featured the U.S. U20 WNT and the U20 WNT’s of Brazil, England and Finland.  The combined events highlighted the cohesion between the Development Academy Member Clubs, Youth National Teams and over 300 academic institutions.

“My teammates and I had a great time representing the Houston Dash in Florida at the first ever DA Winter Showcase. It was an amazing experience where I got to showcase my abilities in front of hundreds of college coaches and play against some of the top teams in the nation.” Krista Peterson – Houston Dash U17 DA.

“What a fantastic DA showcase event!  Great performances by our teams, hundreds of college coaches and US National team scouts at every game. The Florida venue was incredible while the day off helped our players perform well in their third game and spend some quality bonding time in the Tampa Bay area.” Nick O’Shea – Houston Dash DA Director.

Abilene Christian University
Air Force Academy
Air Force Academy
Akron University
Appalachian State
Army Westpoint
Auburn University
Baylor University
Binghamton University
Bowling Green
Brooklyn College
Brown University
Bryant University
Carnegie Mellon
Central Arkansas
Central Michigan University
Central Michigan
Charleston College
Clemson University
College of Charleston
College of Charleston
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State
Colorado State
Colorado State
Cornell University
Cornell University
Creighton University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Duke University
Earlham College
Emory University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Global FCE
Gonzaga University
Grand Canyon University
Grand Valley State University
High Point University
Houston Baptist University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Jacksonville University
Kansas State University

La Salle University
Lafayette University
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Lipscomb University
LIU Brooklyn
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Missouri
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina Asheville
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St. Louis
University of Tennessee
University of Texas – Austin
University of Texas El Paso
University of Texas San Antonio
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Washington St Louis
University of Wisconsin
University of Wyoming
UT Tyler
Utah State
Washington State University
Washington University – St. Louis
Washington University
Wesleyan University
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Yale University

3 vs. 3 Winterblast 2017

The club wrapped up another very successful 3 vs. 3 Winterblast Tournament on Saturday, December 9 at Bear Branch.  Over 220 teams, 1,300 players were involved in a 12 hour window of fun, fast paced soccer action brought to you by Functional 45 Training – Creekside & Magnolia.  

There was plenty of other activities also on site – DJ, dance competitions, juggle club, corn hole & soccer tennis.  Cami Privett, Houston Dash professional player was also on site to sign autographs, take pictures and judge the dance competition.

Dance Contest Winner – Jake / WE are Gas
Best Uniforms – Woodlands Girls U-11 Orange 
Best Team Names – Dashing through the Goals / The Nice List FC

“Once again, I would like to thank everybody who participated in the event along with the army of volunteers, coaching staff and referees that all put countless of hours into helping make the event an overwhelming success.  The excitement and enthusiasm was contagious and the feedback that we have received back has been fantastic.”  Milton Arraez, 3 vs. 3 Winterblast Tournament Director.  

Functional 45 Training – Magnolia

5417 FM 1488 Rd. Magnolia, TX 77354

Tel:  (281) 324-0899

Functional 45 Training – Creekside

8510 Creekside Forest Dr. | Ste. E-100 The Woodlands, TX 77375

Tel:  (832) 698-4764

Harvey Relief Fund 2017

The Harvey Relief Assistance Fund was put into operation directly after the hurricane devastated areas of Houston / South Texas which affected many of our club families.  An internal club committee was formed and a comprehensive support system was put into place to reach out and provide assistance.  Families were asked to fill in documentation pertaining to what support was required.

  • Funds raised from donations = $13,074 
  • 49 families applied for assistance
  • 30 players were provided with new soccer equipment donated by
  • 15 families were helped by their own teams and coaching staff – gift cards, clean-up, housing, transportation, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, cash & Dash | Dynamo tickets
  • 10 families (14 players) received help from other teams and coaching staff within the club – household items, clothing, school supplies, plus cash and gift cards in excess of $1100
  • Families from the following areas were helped:  The Woodlands / Montgomery – 8; West – 2; South – 6; Kingwood – 5; Beaumont – 6
  • 27 families were provided financial assistance with their training fees
  • 100% of players / families that applied for assistance received help

“I am very proud of the collective effort of the Board of Directors, coaching staff and club members towards others who needed assistance following Hurricane Harvey. The actions of so many to reach out unselfishly in a time of need is what makes our club so special.”   Don Gemmell, Technical Director, Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club. 

Gabriel Hull – National Paralympic Soccer Training Camp

The club is very proud to announce that Gabriel Hull, South 02 Boys Orange has been selected for the Paralympic National Team Training Camp in Chula Vista, CA.  After many years of recreational soccer, Gabriel is currently in his third year of competitive soccer with the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club and is currently coached by Armando Badillo and Jorge Escobar.

“It’s a really cool opportunity for me to go and train and maybe make the national team one day. I’ve been working hard with the competitive Dynamo teams the past few years and I’m looking to get even better working with Coach Sharp and the rest of the National team staff and players.”  Gabriel Hull, Dynamo South 02 Boys Orange.

“Gabriel works constantly with other players to improve and compete with great discipline and commitment. Gabriel plays at his best constantly and is an inspiration to coach”  David DeVerteuil, Assistant Executive Director, HDDY South.

“I am really happy for Gabriel, his attitude on and off the field is always great.  He has worked hard for this opportunity and continues to work hard every day to become the best soccer player he can. I’m really proud of him as a coach and I know he will do great!”  Jorge Escobar, Youth Academy Director South.

U.S. Soccer Development Academy – Winter Showcase 2017

The club took the U16/17 and U18/19 Boys Development Academy to the Winter Showcase at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch in Florida, November 28 – December 4, 2017.

U18/19 Results:

Record: 2-0-1
Head Coach: Alex Cárdenas

Game #1 – Thursday, November 30
vs. U19 Barça Academy (AZ) Tied 3-3
Scorers:  Pablo Alvarez, Kevin Flores, Adrian Franco

Game #2 – Friday, December 1
vs. U19 IMG Academy (FL) Won 3-1
Scorers:  Kevin Flores, Reece Winters, Christian Fierro

Game #3 – Sunday, December 3
vs. U19 Beachside Soccer Club (CT) Won 4-2
Scorers: Adrian Franco 3, Christian Fierro

U16/17 Results:

Record: 2-1-0
Head Coach: Steven Grave

Game #1 – Friday, November 1
vs. U17 Carolina Rapids (SC) Won 1-0
Scorer: Michael Guerrero

Game #2 – Saturday, December 2
vs. U17 LA Galaxy (LA) Lost 1-3
Scorers: Jesus Frias

Game #3 – Monday, December 4
vs. U17 Empire Soccer Club (NY) Won 3-0
Scorers: OG, Jesus Frias (2)

“The club gets to compete against the very best in the country with first class facilities over a five day window.  So from a developmental perspective it’s a great challenge for the players.  It’s also a great opportunity for all our prospective student-athletes to play in front of hundreds of college coaches and professional scouts.”  Alex Cardenas, Head Coach, Houston Dynamo Youth U18/19 Boys Development Academy.  

“The opportunity for the players to play at this event is truly a wonderful experience.  The facilities provided along with a captive audience of college / national team coaching staff allows the player an ideal opportunity to be seen competing on a national level.  The very best players are all in attendance and it’s a great way to close out the fall season.”  Steven Grave, Head Coach, Houston Dynamo Youth U16/17 Boys Development Academy.

Capital City Classic 2017

The club took over forty five (45) teams to Austin, TX over the weekend to compete within the Capital City Classic hosted by Lonestar Soccer Club.  Congratulations to the following teams that won the event and participated.


Dynamo Woodlands 05 Black
Coach: Freddy Estrada
Bracket: Bronze B
Record: W3 – T0 – L1

Dynamo Montgomery 05 Orange
Coach: Jack Woolsey
Bracket: Bronze
Record: W3 – T1 – L0

Dynamo West 04 
Coach: Ivan Ruddle
Bracket: Bronze B
Record: W4 – T0 – L0


Dash Woodlands 06 Orange I
Coach: Marcus Watt
Bracket: U12 Girls Silver
Record: W4 – T0 – L0

“The new facilities were superb and there was a huge amount of teams that attended.  I would like to congratulate the winning teams and their respective coaching staff along with the other teams that participated.  It provided an opportunity to complete the fall season in a very positive fashion for the competitive branch of the club.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.

Cienna Arrieta – US U23 Women’s National Team

The club would like to congratulate Cienna Arrieta (Texas A&M / Houston Dash) for being selected to attend the US Women’s National U23 team training camp in Orlando, FL from November 28 – December 4, 2017.

“I’ve been playing soccer for 16 years. That’s a lot of time to build up some goals, dreams and expectations for myself.  Twelve of those years were spent practicing day in and out in El Paso.  In 2012 a dream came true to play at the next level as a part of ECNL in Houston for Houston Dash (formerly Texas Rush) and I was in awe.  Two years later I committed to one of the best soccer programs in the nation and I was at a loss for words. College soccer was a not only a dream anymore but a reality. Now as a Sophomore at Texas A&M, just a month ago, my dream came true to play in and win the SEC Tournament.  Two weeks later I get a call to the U23 US national team. There are so many emotions going through my head right now, but above everything, I’m thankful for being put on the path that got me here and I’m excited to sit down and keep setting those goals and expectations, ready and eager to push toward them everyday with relentless furry.”  Cienna Arrietta (Texas A&M / Houston Dash)

“Cienna joined our club in 2012 and immediately displayed the potential, dedication and commitment required to reach the highest levels in the game.  She is one of the most self-driven individuals I have ever coached.  She always strived to be the hardest working player on the field and she competed with such great passion and personality.  It is great to see her having such a positive impact at Texas A&M and now getting her opportunity to play with the US National Team. Congratulations Cienna!”  Andrew Squire, Houston Dash.