Development Academy Boys – Central Conference Boys Regional Showcase

The Development Academy showcase events bring together clubs from all over the country to compete in a series of highly-competitive, hand-picked games. The Fall Regional Showcases are the first events for players in the Academy pathway, catering to the U-13 and U-14 age groups. Showcase events are also held in the Winter, Spring and Summer. The Fall events put younger age groups solely in the spotlight.

“The Development Academy Regional Showcase provides an early stage for our U13’s and U14’s. It gives them experience in the early stages of their development on a national platform, against national competition.” Brian Cvilikas, 04B Head Coach.

The Central Conference Boys Regional Showcase brought in thirty-four teams from three conferences, the Mid-America (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio), Frontier (Texas), and Sunshine (Florida). Ten clubs affiliated with MLS sides attended the Showcase: Chicago Fire, Crew SC Academy, Crew SC Academy Wolves, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Houston Dynamo Youth, Indiana Fire Academy, Minnesota United FC, Orlando City SC and Sporting Kansas City. Teams played three games during the Showcase. Games at Showcase events are hand-picked by Academy staff to ensure the most competitive match-ups.

Academy Showcase events have become a haven for scouts from US Soccer as well as from the professional and collegiate ranks. Ninety-two percent of Men’s Youth National Team players during the 2016-17 cycle came from Development Academy clubs. Every game at the Showcase will be scouted by Development Academy Technical Advisors and US Soccer scouts. Eighteen of the twenty-one players on the US U17 National Team at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup come from Development Academy clubs.

While the Showcase moves the U-13 and U-14 players through the early steps of the talent identification pipeline, the trip / event also contributes a progression in their player development pathway. A longer journey means that it’s one of the first times that players are on the road without their parents, giving them a chance for team-building and a taste of growing to be a pro.

“We played competition from Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The event and competition provided great scouting opportunities and development for our players both on and off the field.” Brian Cvilikas, 04B Head Coach.

The Fall Showcase is a great opportunity for our players to get a sense of what they are competing against nationally. This was the first time in this environment and for the most part we were pleased with the players response.”  Dave Dengerink, Boys Development Academy Director.

Samantha Estrada – U18 WNT

The club is extremely pleased to announce that Samantha Estrada (U18/19 Girls Development Academy) has been invited into the U18 WNT camp that will be held at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Oct. 21-28.

“I am so happy for Sammy. She loves to play so much and her enthusiasm is infectious. With so many College coaches and National Team scouts coming to our games I am confident more players will get offers to compete at higher levels.”  Nick O’Shea, Girls Development Academy Director.

“I am very honored to be invited back to the national team training camp as it will be another great opportunity that I will learn from to further my soccer career.  A huge thank you to my coaches in the Houston Dash Development Academy, I am extremely proud to be part of this club and wouldn’t be here without them.”  Samantha Estrada, U19 Girls Development Academy.

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.

Girls DA

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

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.

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
T: 1-800-436-1184
F: 1-800-620-1742
E: emily.meyer@druryhotels.com
Hotel Local Address:
28099 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77380
T: (281) 362-7222
F: (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

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).

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.

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

  • 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
  • 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

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.

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