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.

Cienna Arrieta – US U23 Women’s National Team

The club would like to congratulate Cienna Arrieta (Texas A&M / Houston Dash) for being selected to attend the US Women’s National U23 team training camp in Orlando, FL from November 28 – December 4, 2017.

“I’ve been playing soccer for 16 years. That’s a lot of time to build up some goals, dreams and expectations for myself.  Twelve of those years were spent practicing day in and out in El Paso.  In 2012 a dream came true to play at the next level as a part of ECNL in Houston for Houston Dash (formerly Texas Rush) and I was in awe.  Two years later I committed to one of the best soccer programs in the nation and I was at a loss for words. College soccer was a not only a dream anymore but a reality. Now as a Sophomore at Texas A&M, just a month ago, my dream came true to play in and win the SEC Tournament.  Two weeks later I get a call to the U23 US national team. There are so many emotions going through my head right now, but above everything, I’m thankful for being put on the path that got me here and I’m excited to sit down and keep setting those goals and expectations, ready and eager to push toward them everyday with relentless furry.”  Cienna Arrietta (Texas A&M / Houston Dash)

“Cienna joined our club in 2012 and immediately displayed the potential, dedication and commitment required to reach the highest levels in the game.  She is one of the most self-driven individuals I have ever coached.  She always strived to be the hardest working player on the field and she competed with such great passion and personality.  It is great to see her having such a positive impact at Texas A&M and now getting her opportunity to play with the US National Team. Congratulations Cienna!”  Andrew Squire, Houston Dash.

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.

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 U13-U19 – Girls Academy

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