D.R.E.A.M.

The club is excited to launch a new program to help players / families in need in providing equipment that will be collected within the club called D.R.E.A.M. (Dynamo/Dash Rewarding Equipment Apparel Mission).  We will be collecting gently used soccer items: uniforms, balls, cleats, shin guards, socks, GK gloves and backpacks.  Please save the equipment from previous years and help those who are less fortunate!

Collections will take place during the Houston Cup Tournament, August 19-20 @ Alden Bridge and Carl Barton sites (7:30am – 5:00pm) and during the second week of training (8/28 – 8/31) at Gosling Park and Bear Branch (5:00pm – 8:00pm).  The equipment will be sent to multiple organizations domestically and internationally.  Some of the equipment will go to the city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and help out a club under the guidance of Ruben Mares (former coach with Texas Rush).

For more information on the program, please contact Kasia Hickey @ kasia.hickey@gmail.com or call (281) 772-6987.

“Hello Kasia and thank you for your support. I am very appreciative of whatever you have as it will be a blessing for my kids. The children are from an impoverished area of Tegucigalpa which is the capital of Honduras.  We look forward to traveling to The Woodlands, TX to compete in the Houston Youth Cup 2017 and taking back some of the equipment that you have collected for our club.  Thank you again for all your help, it’s very much appreciated.”  Coach Ruben Mares, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  

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U18 Boys Development Academy – Mazvita Chidarara

The club is very excited to announce that Mazvita Chidarara, U18 Boys Development Academy will be attending Southwestern Assemblies of God in Waxahachie, TX to compete this coming fall as a freshmen for the men’s soccer team.  The team plays within the NAIA and is a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference.

“Being afforded the opportunity to play soccer and get an education means a great deal to me. I never would’ve imagined such an opportunity had it not been for the Texas Rush Academy.”  Mazvita Chidarara, U18 Boys Development Academy.

Boys Development Academy – Copa Chivas 2017

A team of boys born in 2004 recently traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico for an international youth soccer event.  The event, Copa Chivas 2017, was hosted by the professional club Club Deportivo Guadalajara or more commonly known as Chivas Guadalajara.  Chivas Guadalajara were recently crowned champions of Liga MX, Mexico’s top division for professional soccer.

The event is endorsed by the Mexico Federation of soccer and drew top teams from the US and Central America.  Clubs from the US included FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, San Diego Surf and Slammers FC.  International clubs included Chivas, Pumas, Tigres, Monterrey and Santos Elite.

Copa Chivas 2017 provided high level competition that saw our ’04 Boys compile a record of 1-2-1 over the four matches.  The team played against Seleccion Cordica from Guadalajara, Marval FC from Los Mochis, Sinaloa and Santos Elite an academy from Santos Torreon.  All opponents were Mexican teams from three different states.

“The Copa Chivas was a great cultural experience for our boys internationally.  Playing in Guadalajara provided difficult challenges and unique life lessons. Our team displayed commendable work ethic, responded well to adverse moments and played some great soccer.” Coach Brian Cvilikas, Director of Coaching – Youth Boys.

“Copa Chivas was a perfect event for the purpose of taking this group of talented players internationally for the first time. Boys faced adversity in different ways and the way they responded to this matter was amazing. The experience that every single player acquired on and off the field in this trip will help them and make a positive impact in their personal lives.”  Coach Alex Cardenas, Head Coach, U19 Boys Development Academy.

The boys got to see Estadio Chivas where the 2017-2018 Liga MX season kicked off with local teams Chivas and Atlas starting their campaigns.  They experienced the city culture walking downtown, going into the market, dining at local restaurants, and sampling the local cuisine.  They scored some local professional jerseys and other souvenirs.  They also had the opportunity to see the Guadalajara Cathedral, Teatro Degollado and the Plaza de Armas.

Ashtyn Franks – Costa Rica Training Camp

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Ashtyn Franks (GK) is currently training at the Muelle and Quesada complexes in San Carlos, Costa Rica and playing with the San Carlos women’s team which is currently being coached by Norman Corrales, Head Coach and Frank Carrillo, GK Coach.  Coach Carrillo had the pleasure of coaching and developing current Real Madrid GK, Keylor Navas (GK).  He is held in high regard for the specific training within the GK position.

“Being invited to train in Costa Rica was an honor. I learned so much about the culture of the country and their love for futbol. Training was hard, sometimes 6 hours a day in wind, rain, fog, storms and heat! I know I improved my technical training at the Academia de Porertos of Frank Carrillo. The one on one instruction and the training techniques were invaluable. Training with Norman Corrales and the Atheltico de Deportiva de San Carlos Feminino team really helped me understand another country’s passion for soccer. They went to school, practiced at lunch, went back to school and then practiced until dark 4 days a week and played games on the weekend. It’s a memory I will never forget. I absolutely loved the experience, improved my game, created friends and the memories will last a lifetime.”  Ashtyn Franks, 1999/00 Pre-Academy Girls.

“For Ashtyn to have this opportunity is tremendous for her own development in preparation for the new fall season.  Everything she has learned and the hard work will definitely help her progress this season individually.  We look forward to having her compete for the club this season.”  Benn Fernie, 1999/00 Pre-Academy Head Coach.

“Ashtyn is an extremely good goalkeeper that is fast, explosive and fearless. She has the ability with another year of training to be able to compete for an invite to a national team camp. I’d like to continue training her here in Costa Rica”  Frank Carrillo, GK Coach.

“Her ability to get up and down quickly is excellent.  Her reaction and reflexes are elite and her desire to improve daily is what really impressed me.   She has the blood of a champion and trained hard every day.  She has the spirit and commitment you need.  I would welcome her back to play her in Costa Rica whenever she is ready.  The sky is the limit for Ashtyn.”  Norman Corrales – Head Coach AD San Carlos Women.

Girls Development Academy – US U18 Women’s National Team

As the club enters the first fall season in the Girls Development Academy two players (Sarah Piper / Samantha Estrada) have just been recently invited to attend the US U-18 WNT camp in Fairfax, Virginia from August 6-14.  Head Coach Jaime Frias has called up 28 players, 25 born in 2000 and three in 1999.  The Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only youth club in the city of Houston to offer this national level of competition.

“Every opportunity is a gift from above.  I would also like to thank the club for all their support and guidance over the time period I have been associated with them.  They have been a tremendous help in my development.”  Sammy Estrada, U18 DA Girls.

“I am very excited to be invited into the U18 WNT training camp in Virginia and looking forward to the new DA season in terms of the high quality training and competition.”  Sarah Piper, US U18 GDA / U18 WNT.

“Having two players on the same National team is amazing. We are so proud of Sarah, who continues to do great things and very excited for Sammy who is getting a well deserved invitation. I am also happy for their parents and coaches who have provided guidance and helped them develop. As the only Girls DA club in Houston, the Dash will continue to work with US Soccer and provide similar opportunities for players in all the age groups. Both Sammy and Sarah are committed players, responsible young ladies and tremendous role models who continue to be rewarded for their efforts.”  Nick O’Shea, Girls Developmental Academy Director

Fore more information on the Girls Development Academy, please email Nick O’Shea, Girls Development Academy Director at noshea@dynamodashyouth.com

Houston Youth Cup 2017 – Sponsored By Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

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The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club will be hosting the first annual Houston Youth Cup 2017 (formerly Rush Cup) brought to you by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.  The tournament will be staged in the north part of Houston at multiple geographical locations.  All the proceeds from the tournament are earmarked to the club’s scholarship fund.

Houston Cup 2017 Quick Facts:

  • 350 Teams
  • 15 Geographic Locations
  • 650 Games
  • 6,500 Players
  • 18,000 Attendance
  • Turf / Grass Fields
  • Ages 10-19 (Boys / Girls)
  • 100 Volunteers
  • 150 Referees

“It’s fantastic news that Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers have partnered with the first annual Houston Youth Cup 2017.  The event allows teams to prepare for their regular league season after the long summer break.  We look forward to this new partnership and to promoting the company’s product and services to our membership over the next 12 months.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations, Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club.

“We are excited to announce that Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is partnering with the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club and is a leading sponsor for the first annual Houston Youth Cup 2017.  The event will have a record breaking number of teams and will be played on the best soccer facilities in Houston.  Raising Cane’s is proud to be apart of the local Houston soccer community and now partnering with the club.  We look forward to promoting our fresh, never ever frozen chicken fingers and all we can offer to your members over the next year!”  Ava Wick Hernandez, Restaurant Marketing Coordinator.

GK Camp – Stephen Cantini – Mutual of Omaha

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The club just completed the GK Soccer Camp – The Woodlands which was brought to you by Stephen Cantini – Mutual of Omaha.  Specific goalkeeping coaching was provided to the attendees by Justin Fite, Director of Coaching and his staff.  The camp was from July 24-27, Bear Branch Soccer Complex, The Woodlands, TX.

“This was a camp that touched on all the specifics of the goalkeeper position at the youth level.  The summer period for a lot of our players is a slower time of the year so this camp provided a great opportunity for our goalkeepers to stay active and get a great week of work done prior to their pre-season camp period.  Justin Fite, Director of Coaching – Goalkeeping, Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club.

Stephen Cantini Contact Information
Phone: (409) 939-8160
Fax: (281) 362-7204
stephen.cantini@mutualofomaha.com
2204 Timberloch Place, Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX 77380

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Top Drawer Soccer Recognition – Koby Carr

Koby 2017
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Name:  Koby Jett Carr
Club Team Name: Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer Club (formerly Texas Rush)
School Name:  Wake Forest University
Conference:  ACC (Atlantic Coastal Conference) 

“I am so humbled to be selected to play at such a great program as well as to compete in an outstanding conference.  All thanks to Texas Rush and everything they have done for me.”  Koby Carr, U18 Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer Club DA Boys (formerly Texas Rush).

“It’s superb to see that Koby was recognized as one of the top recruits in the country to go to Wake Forest University by Top Drawer Soccer.com for the 2018 graduating class.  He continues to work hard and we look forward to having him play a pivotal role this coming fall season.”  Alex Cardenas, U18 Head Coach, Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer Club.

The College Center is sponsored by Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Stephen Cantini – Mutual of Omaha – Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club

Stephen Cantini
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The club is very excited to announce their newest corporate partner, Stephen Cantini – Mutual of Omaha for the 2017-18 season.   Stephen and his staff will be partnering with the following programs across the club:  Strikers vs. Keepers Camp – Montgomery; Goalkeeper Camp – The Woodlands; Competitive Program – Montgomery.

“It’s great to have Stephen (Mutual of Omaha) on board as a partner of the club to provide insurance, business advice and support for our club families.  The club will be helping to market his products and services throughout the year and look forward to a very rewarding partnership.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

Stephen Cantini Contact Information
Phone:  (409) 939-8160
Fax:  (281) 362-7204
 stephen.cantini@mutualofomaha.com
2204 Timberloch Place, Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX 77380

“It is my pleasure to be able to participate in being one of the sponsors for the Dynamo/Dash Youth Soccer Club.   My kids are now grown, but I have many fond memories of their years of participating in various sporting activities.  I wish you and your family the best as you spend time together enjoying this great sport.  It would be my pleasure to help you in any way that I can, and I look forward to meeting you as the opportunity presents itself.  Please feel free to reach out to me at any time if I can ever be of service.”  Stephen Cantini, Representative, Mutual of Omaha.

Sarah Piper – U18 WNT

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Sarah Piper (U18 Girls Development Academy, Houston Dash Youth) recently traveled to compete for the US U18 Women’s National Team in Australia playing three games (Canada U20 WNT, Australia U19 WNT ) which was part of their training camp itinerary.  Please click here for the full release.

With the addition of a few of the 99s and a 98 to the team this trip, it was fun to be able to meet new people and to be able to learn from a few older girls!  It was a good taste of what college will be like so that got me very excited to compete and perform.”  Sarah Piper, U18 US WNT/Houston Dash Youth.

The Dash is extremely proud of Sarah and very happy she continues to be called up to represent the USA in training camps and International competition. Sarah will be a key player this year for our oldest age group in the new Girls Development Academy.  Our Dash DA program is the only Houston based girls club in the new US Soccer league and that connection will open the door for many more Dash players to have the same great experiences as Sarah.” Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – Girls DA.

The club asked Sarah about what she took away from the trip and about the upcoming season in the new Girls Development Academy:

  1. On international trips I always learn a lot more about the game tactically than any other side. We focused a lot on our scouting reports of Canada and Australia, but also had meetings on how we were going to be able to beat their formation, style and speed of play.
  2. A little piece of culture was fun as well— we got to see wild kangaroos in person on a hike we went on which was probably one of my favorite parts of camp off the soccer field!
  3. Being able to compete with some of the best girls in the country at my age is always a pleasure — but this time being with a few older girls was cool to be able to learn from each other a little bit more.
  4. It is always fun to meet new people, but also to get closer with all of the girls I’ve gone to camps with since I will be playing them later on in college as well!
  5. I think I have such a great time at camps because we are able to make mistakes.  A lot of the mistakes that we make are looked at by the coaches and by each other to see how we can learn from it and make the team better rather than just ourselves.
  6. This year in the DA should be a great experience for all of us to be able to learn from the pro players and at times even train with them as well!  It’s also great how the focus for the DA is the training rather than the games since you should train everyday like you’re playing a game– tactically and with your speed of play.