Houston Dash Girls Development Academy – Kansas City

The Houston Dash Girls Development Academy hit the road to open up their season league play in the newly formed Girls Development Academy in Kansas City competing against two very competitive clubs in Sporting Blue Valley and FC Kansas City.  The Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only club in Houston which offers the highest level of competitive soccer in the country for female youth players.  

GDA Saturday Results:

U13 Won 4-1

U14 Won 4-1

U15 Won 6-0

U17 Tied 2-2

U19 Won 4-0

GDA Sunday Results:

U13 Won 2-0

U14 Won 3-1

U15  Lost 0-5

U17 Lost 1-4

U19 Lost 0-3

The club also received support for it’s current Houston Strong Disaster Relief Fund by families from the two DA Kansas clubs.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank everybody for the support that we have received over the last two weeks pertaining to our efforts in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the Disaster Relief Assistance.  Traveling on the first weekend of the season and being presented with over $2,500 from the families of the Kansas DA clubs was incredible.  So many people have offered their support in multiple ways, it’s been outstanding and our soccer families are very appreciative of the help.”  Nick O’Shea, Dash Development Academy Director.

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

Ashton Franks

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.

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.

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Sarah Piper – U18 WNT

Sarah Piper

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.

Oliver Padilla – Old Dominion University

Oliver Padilla

The club is very proud to announce that Oliver Padilla (formerly U18 Texas Rush Boys Development Academy) has committed to Old Dominion University (Conference USA, NCAA Div. I) to play for Coach Alan Dawson.

“It’s a great opportunity for Oliver to further his academic and playing career at the next level.  We look forward in following his success in college.  He’s worked tremendously hard since joining the club and we’re very proud of him being able to compete at the next level.”  Alex Cardenas, U18 DA Boys Head Coach, Dynamo Youth Soccer Club.

“Being able to continue my education and play at the next level is so far the biggest accomplishment of my life. My hard work and sacrifices on and off the field are paying off. I am really looking forward to this new chapter and ready to work even harder.  I played 2.5 years at the Texas Rush Soccer Club and they helped me through the entire process of getting a collegiate opportunity to play and further my academic life.”  Oliver Padilla, U18 Texas Rush Development Academy.

Pre Academy

HOUSTON DYNAMO|DASH PRE-ACADEMY

Houston Dash Pre-Academy (U13-U19)

Houston Dash Youth will form two Pre-Academy teams. One in the North Houston Area and one in the South Houston Area. The purpose of PA Program in this age group is to develop players for the US Soccer Development Academy or provide the pathway to the collegiate level, while allowing the the player an opportunity to play other sports including high school soccer.  Click here for more information. Contact Darron Rush at drush@dynamodashyouth.com for more information.

Houston Dash Pre-Academy (U9-U12)
Houston Dash Youth will form Pre-Academy teams/pools in North, South and West. The purpose of PA Program in this age group is to develop players for the US Soccer Development Academy and Youth National Teams which starts at U13. Click here for more information. Contact mopenshaw@dynamodashyouth.com for more information.

Houston Dynamo Youth Pre-Academy 
Houston Dynamo Youth Pre-Academy information will be posted soon. For more information please contact bcvilikas@dynamodashyouth.com.

Girls DA

For more information about the program please contact girlsda@dynamodashyouth.com.

Any player born between 2005 and 1999 interested in the Houston Dash Development Academy should contact Nick O’Shea at noshea@dynamodashyouth.com to schedule an evaluation.

IT BEGINS HERE.

“The Development Academy is making positive changes to the soccer landscape in the United States and will soon become the main source of US National Team, Collegiate and Professional players. The best players, coaches and facilities have joined together and formed a program to proudly represent Houston in the nation’s best league and player development platform. We are extremely excited for the inaugural season of the Houston Dash Development Academy. Welcome to the future of female soccer!”

Omar Morales Head Coach – Houston Dash

Any player born between 2005 and 1999 interested in the Houston Dash Development Academy should contact Nick O’Shea at noshea@dynamodashyouth.com to schedule an evaluation.

Hyatt Place Host Hotel:

Tiffany R. Charros
Sales Manager
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands
1909 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
T: 281.298.4600 F: 832.616.3930
E: tiffany.charros@hyatt.com
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Reservations: Mention “Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club” and use code 47583 when booking via phone or email

Price: $129.00
Complimentary team amenity and hot breakfast

Drury Inn & Suites Host Hotel:

Emily Meyer
National Tournament Specialist
Drury Hotels Company, LLC
1-800-436-1184 (direct)
1-800-620-1742 (fax)
emily.meyer@druryhotels.com
Hotel Local address:
28099 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Phone: (281) 362-7222
Fax: (888) 362-7971

Reservations: Mention “Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club” and use code 326558 when booking via phone or email

Price: $119.00
Complimentary evening reception & free breakfast

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Boys DA

Houston Dynamo Youth U.S. Soccer Development Academy

Contact Dave Dengerink – ddengerink@dynamodashyouth.com

Contact Alex Cardenas – acardenas@dynamodashyouth.com (si hablo espanol).

  • Trials can occur at anytime of year as long as the player is not rostered to another Academy. Currently rostered players, must be released by their club and US Soccer before trial can occur.
  • Trials usually last 3-5 training sessions
  • Contact ddengerink@dynamodashyouth.com or acardenas@dynamodashyouth.com (si hablo espanol)
  • Contact sgrave@dynamodashyouth.com to inquire about trials for players born in 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002

Houston Dynamo Youth DA is an official member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, serving male soccer players in the Greater Houston area.

About the US Soccer Development Academy:

Developing the Next Generation U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program is driven by the game and its players, coaches and referees. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

Meaningful Training Academy teams spend a greater amount of time focused on training to improve as individuals and as a team. The teams and players receive direct feedback and evaluations from National Team Staff and ProZone video analysis. To round-out the complete training environment, Academy teams are tested in their physical capabilities using the SPARQ testing methodology and their hydration levels by Gatorade. They also receive a SPARQ training curriculum for soccer-specific athletic training and Nutrition and Hydration recommendations from Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute. Each athlete then gains a greater understanding of how they compare physically against their peers and what they need to do to achieve their optimal performance levels.

Competitive Environment The Academy program features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Each Academy team plays approximately 30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful. Games are also played according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game and officiated by a pool of the nation’s top young referees in order to prepare players for the next level of competition. National Team Scouts regularly attend Academy games, so players are evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for better player assessment.

Early Success As the program enters its second year, it has already dramatically impacted the player development process in the United States. In 2008, more than 100 players from Academy clubs were included in U.S. Youth National Teams and almost 800 graduates from the inaugural Academy class participated in college soccer the following fall. Virtually all college programs use the Academy program as a scouting vehicle and the program has received increased attention from professional scouts representing domestic and international clubs. Visit ussoccer.com to view the top Academy teams in action.

To view the latest information on the Development Academy, please visit the new Development Academy Home Page on ussoccer.com.

Houston Dynamo Youth DA Program Additional Information

  • Training 4 times per week
  • Teams are formed by birth year: 2006 to 1999
  • Training Center – Lents Family Park West
  • DA Member of Frontier Conference
  • Travel includes Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Colorado and Showcase Events
  • Scholarships available based on player performance

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Houston Dynamo Youth DA is proud to partner with Fit For 90. Fit For 90 to provide players with the best player monitoring system. Visit our Fit For 90 page to find out more about science driven player monitoring.

Houston Dynamo Youth DA Alumni Success

Kekuta Manneh – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, MLS

Super – U20 National Title Winners

Mitchell Cardenas was selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft

Mitchell Cardenas Invited to Train with MLS Team – Sporting Kansas City

Buba Jobe Signs with Toronto FC

National Team Success 2012

 

 

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U.S. Soccer Training Centers

U.S. Soccer Training Centers are single day, invitational training sessions run by U.S. Soccer staff for elite players in key soccer markets. Training Centers are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player. The purpose of the Training Center program is to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program. Click for more information.

Hyatt Place Host Hotel:

Tiffany R. Charros
Sales Manager
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands
1909 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
T: 281.298.4600 F: 832.616.3930
E: tiffany.charros@hyatt.com
hyattplacethewoodlands.com

Reservations: Mention “Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club” and use code 47583 when booking via phone or email

Price: $129.00
Complimentary team amenity and hot breakfast

Drury Inn & Suites Host Hotel:

Emily Meyer
National Tournament Specialist
Drury Hotels Company, LLC
1-800-436-1184 (direct)
1-800-620-1742 (fax)
emily.meyer@druryhotels.com

Hotel Local Address:
28099 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Phone: (281) 362-7222
Fax: (888) 362-7971

Reservations: Mention “Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club” and use code 326558 when booking via phone or email

Price: $119.00
Complimentary evening reception & free breakfast

Drury Inn

Development Academy

U.S. Soccer Development Academy

What is the Development Academy Program?

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The Academy has 150 total clubs, comprised of teams across five age groups: U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15/16, and U-17/18. The Academy is currently in the process of expanding its programming to include a Girls’ Development Academy that will begin in Fall 2017.

The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.

Program Benefits

Age Groups

The Development Academy Program features combined age groups where identified players can “play up” within the club structure, as encouraged by U.S. Soccer Technical Staff.

  • Please note the Academy will not adopt the Birth Year Mandate until the 2017 season.
  • For example, the U-17/18 team should include a balanced mixture of 18-year-olds, 17-year-olds and a few exceptional 16-year-olds.

Consistent Training Environments

Development Academy clubs are required to train a minimum of four (4) days per week and rest one (1) day per week during the Academy season.

Fewer, More Meaningful Games

Each Academy team plays approximately 25-30 league games, including 6-9 games played at Showcases. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to three (3) additional games.

Our game-to-training ratio ensures our players are getting adequate rest. Teams may have one (1) or two (2) games per weekend based on travel, with no more than one game per day.

No Outside Activity/Competitions

To maintain a focus on club training environments, Academy players and teams do not play in any outside competitions without written permission from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy staff. This includes any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events. Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time and forgo playing for their high school teams.

Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only two exceptions: U.S. Soccer Training Centers and Youth National Team duty.

The Development Academy upholds this rule because we believe elite players require world class environments. The Development Academy’s 10-month Program allows for a greater opportunity to institute style of play and implement a system according to U.S. Soccer’s Development Philosophy. It also gives teams increased opportunities for younger kids in their club to “play up” against older players in both training and matches, thereby accelerating their development.

International Standards

The DA follows international rules of competiton developed by FIFA. These include no reentry on substitutions, the January 1st birthday cutoff, and players playing-up with older teams when appropriate.

Professionalized Coaching

Players receive integrated oversight from Academy club coaches and U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors in their local environment. Developing a world-class coaching system is fundamental to developing world-class players. Education is a continuous process. As the game of soccer is constantly evolving, it is important that coaches are knowledgeable on current domestic and international trends. U.S. Soccer Coaching Education supports the Development Academy in its initiative to require minimum certification for all technical staff. These requirements can be seen below:

  • Academy club directors → USSF ‘A’ License and must complete the Academy Director’s course
  • Academy club technical staff → USSF ‘B’ license (minimum)

Connections to U.S. Soccer Resources

Talent Identification Opportunities

The Development Academy offers various talent identification opportunities for Academy players through both league play and at events. Since the 2007-08 Development Academy season, 19 Academy alumni have earned Men’s National Team Call-Ups and 1,250 Academy players earned Youth National Team call-ups. Over 160 Development Academy alumni have played in Major League Soccer, with approximately another 50+ alumni at professional environments overseas.

  • League Play
    • The Academy connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy club is evaluated by a member of the U.S. Soccer Scouting Network at least ten (10) times each year
    • U.S. Soccer scouts attended over 50% (2,100+) of DA games in the 2014-2015 season
  • Events
    • Development Academy events are premier scouting venues for players to be identified for U.S. Soccer Training Centers and Youth National Teams:
      • National Team staff members observe every game
      • Domestic and international professional scouts in attendance
      • Online player profile for all Academy players

Scholarships

The Scholarship Program is designed to provide opportunities for full-time Academy players who require financial assistance to participate in the Development Academy Program. For more information on deadlines, the application process, eligibility and program requirement, click here.

Sports Medicine

The Academy provides various resources related to sports medicine, including mandatory concussion testing, requiring a medical personnel at each Academy competition, providing U.S. Soccer Heat Guidelines, and offering secondary insurance coverage. For more information, click here to visit our Resource Center.