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.

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

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.