Houston Dash – City Program

Houston Dash City

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The Dash City program is designed to give extended opportunities to the best competitive female players born in 2008 and 2007 from the Houston Dynamo Dash Youth Soccer Club. Dash City is the foundation of identifying the best talent within the club that has the potential to play at the DA or FDL level. This gives excelling competitive players from each Dynamo Dash Youth location the opportunity to train and play with players at and above their level of play.

The City program is invite only participation. Players are recommended to the program by their location Head Coach or Director of Coaching. The program is not mandatory therefore players do not have to accept the invitation. We do recommend that players that have a desire to play at a higher level should actively take part when selected.

All invited players will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the 2018- 19 Dash City roster that will travel to events over the year. Players will be evaluated on their ability to dominate and excel in the four pillars of the game that can be seen in the graphic to the right.

The final City rosters that will attend the selected events will be formed by November 4, 2018, after the conclusion of the final evaluation practices.

Michael Openshaw is the Director of Coaching for the Dash City program and can be contacted using the buttons below.

What is the cost of the Dash City Program?

The Dash City program is a free program. However, players will be responsible for expenses incurred whilst attending tournaments and events


What are the next steps if I am not selected for the Dash City teams?

Players are encouraged to strive to excel in their home Dynamo Dash locations. Further Dash City training sessions will be scheduled throughout the year where players will be re-invited to attend.


How can I attend the Dash City program if I do not play for Dynamo Dash Youth?

Players from outside the Dynamo Dash Youth program are encouraged to contact Director of Coaching – Dash City, Michael Openshaw at mopenshaw@dynamodashyouth.com or call (281) 298-2180

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

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.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Multiple teams across the club were participating in the following events this last weekend: Copa Rayados, The Woodlands, TX; Boys College Showcase, Austin, TX; Texas Cup Invitational, Dallas, TX; Disney Girls Soccer Showcase, Orlando, FL and D’Feeters Showcase, Dallas, TX.

Girls – D’Feeters Showcase

Dash City 04 (Dave DeVerteuil)

Dash Woodlands 03 PA (Benn Fernie)

Dash Woodlands 02 PA   (Coach Willie Fowlkes)

Dash Woodlands 01 PA (Coach Darron Rush)

Dash Woodlands 99/00 PA (Coach Benn Fernie)

Girls – Disney Soccer Showcase

Dash West 99/00 Orange  (Coach Chris Bloise)

Girls – Texas Cup Invitational

Dash City 07 I (Michael Openshaw)

Dash City 07 II (Michael Openshaw)

Dash City 06 (Michael Openshaw)

Dash Woodlands 02 Orange (Jamie Noutch)

Dash Kingwood 02 (Coach Jamie Bell)

Dash Kingwood 00 (Coach Donnie Bodron)

Dash Woodlands 99 Orange (Coach Edgar Carmona)

Boys – Copa Rayados International 2017

Dynamo Woodlands 09 PA (Coach Phil Ebner / Marcus Watt)

Dynamo Woodlands 08 PA (Coach Bogdan Onut)

Dynamo Woodlands 07 PA (Coach Stuart Fitzsimons & Toky Santos)

Dynamo Woodlands 06 PA (Coach Radojica Ristic)

Dynamo Woodlands 06 DA I (Coach Brian Cvilikas)

Dynamo Woodlands 06 DA A (Coach Brian Cvilikas)

Dynamo Woodlands 05 DA (Coach Dave Dengerink)

Dynamo Woodlands 05 PA (Coach Nigel Vaughan)

Dynamo Woodlands 04 DA (Coach Brian Cvilikas)

Dynamo Woodlands 04 PA (Coach Mike Czarnecki)

Dynamo Woodlands 03 PA (Coach Radojica Ristic)

Dynamo Woodlands 02 PA (Mike Czarnecki)

Dynamo Woodlands 01 PA (Coach Mike Czarnecki)

Dynamo Woodlands 99 PA (Coach Nigel Vaughan)

Boys – Lonestar Boys College Showcase 2017

Dynamo Woodlands 01 Orange (Coach Bogdan Onut)

Dynamo Beaumont 01 PA (Coach Thomas Shenton)

Dynamo Woodlands 02 Orange (Coach Chris Barnett)

Dynamo Kingwood 01 (Coach Ryan Sandford)

Dynamo Kingwood 99 (Coach Dale Darling)

“It was a very busy five day period over the Thanksgiving break with multiple teams playing in Houston, Dallas, TX & Orlando, FL.  The club will continue to provide opportunities for our players to showcase their talents in front of college coaches against domestic and international opponents.  Whenever you can face different competition, it’s always positive for player development and it provides new challenges. “  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.   

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.

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.