US Soccer U-14 National Team Mini-Camp

Posted on April 04, 2023 BY Simon Boddison



Congratulations to the following Girls Academy players - Baylee Corcoran, Avia Hughes & Caelyn Moore were selected to the U.S. Soccer U-14 Girls Talent ID Central Regional Mini-Camp that took place in Bradenton, FL at the IMG Academy Training Center from March 23rd – March 27, 2023.

"It was an honor to play with all of these unbelievably talented girls, and I wish it lasted longer. I made so many new friends and learned so many more things about soccer that improved my game over the course of the week, " said Baylee Corcoran.  "I can’t wait to take all of the new information I have learned and give it to my club. The coaches were great and I really enjoyed it. Overall, it was an amazing experience."

"USA soccer mini camp was amazing," Said Caelyn Moore.  "Having the chance to meet so many players and coaches from around the country, playing soccer in a different environment, and learning from the USA staff made the experience all the better.  I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the program."
"USYNT mini camp experience was truly one of the best in my life! It was amazing to be in this professional environment surrounded by excellent players, professional staff and elite coaches, said Avia Hughes.  "The sessions on and off the field challenged every part of my game. The personalized feedback make me eager to work harder to be the best player I can be. I am so grateful to USA soccer, HDDY organization, coaches and everyone who made this possible."

"We are extremely proud that these players were selected to attend the camp in Florida to be evaluated against the best players in the country," said Steven Grave, Head Coach.  "Their continuous hard work in training and excellent game day performances continues to pay off and we're excited to continue forward with their development along with all the players within the Girls Academy."




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US Soccer ID Games at Gosling Sports Park

Posted on January 30, 2023 BY Simon Boddison


The club hosted Lonestar Soccer Club, FC Dallas along with Katie Cole, Talent ID Manager, US Soccer Federation at Gosling Sports Park, The Woodlands, TX over the weekend with the 2009 age group in action.  A high level of soccer against top national level clubs provided a very positive start to the spring season. The following results were earned:

Houston Dash Academy 09 vs. FC Dallas: 1-1 Tie
Houston Dash Academy 09 vs. Lonestar SC: 2-1 Win

"We were very excited to host a couple of highly competitive games within the tournament against top competition scouted by the US Soccer Federation," said Steven Grave, Dash Academy Staff Coach. "I would like to thank the visiting teams and Coach Katie Cole for being part of this unique event which allowed our players to gain further exposure to the elite level offered in the country."

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Lonestar (65)

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GA - National Team Opportunities 2023

Posted on January 29, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

National Team Camp

The club continues to be recognized as Houston's #1 club for developing female elite players to be selected for their respective national team events, including games, camps & virtual meetings. The club has developed 42 players that have been selected for their respective national teams since 2006. Congratulations to the latest two players that were selected in January for the following events from the Houston Dash Academy 2007 age group: 

  • Jasmine Diaz, El Salvador U20 Women's National Team Camp (January 14-19).  
  • Sophia Saludares, Philippines U17 Women's National Camp (January 20-22).  

The club is proud of these two players and cannot wait to see how Jasmine and Sophia will continue to advance in their development.  Dash Academy is excited to cheer them on through this next journey and see all that they will accomplish.

"It's extremely rewarding to see Jasmine and Sophia being selected and recognized for their hard work," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director. "We continue to provide a very competitive training and game day environment along with first-class facilities for our elite players to excel, be challenged, and potentially get selected for their respective national team events." 

Jasmine and Sophia are excited about this opportunity and thankful to the club for helping them get there. 

"I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be part of the El Salvador Women's National U17 team but even more grateful to try out with the U20 group," said Jasmine Diaz, Dash Academy 2007. "It has truly been a challenging week here and I have trained with girls from all over the US and Canada. I am so grateful for the support of my parents and coaches because I couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks also to my club and the coaching staff for everything they have provided and for always believing in me."  

"I am grateful to have been given the chance to try out for the U17 Philippines Women’s National Team in California.  In just 3 days, I was introduced to a new formation, and a highly respected coaching staff, and truly enjoyed playing in a competitive environment against and with such talented players.  It was an exceptional experience," said Sophia Saludares, Dash Academy 2007.  "The Houston Dynamo | Dash coaching staff has been essential in preparation for the tryouts and my development throughout the past few years. Thank you!  Salamat! Gracias!”   


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Gabriel Hull USA Paralympic Soccer Team

Posted on November 01, 2022 BY Simon Boddison
The club is very excited to announce that Gabriel Hull was recently called up for the 5th time to the US Paralympic National Team camp from October 18-22 which was hosted at Davenport School, Rome in Georgia.  He is member of the Clemson Paralympic Soccer Program while studying mechanical engineering as a current sophomore. Clemson University is the only collegiate soccer paralympic soccer program in the USA. 
At birth, Gabriel suffered a stroke, but never let his disability hold him back from competing at the highest level, including as a player for Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club. Hull and his family were instrumental in starting CP Soccer Houston in partnership with Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer directed by Coach Keith Johnson (former US Goalkeeper Paralympic National Team). This partnership has created one of the largest and most successful disability programs in the US for kids who have cerebral palsy, had a stroke or suffered a traumatic brain injury. "It felt really good to get back on the pitch at this level," said Gabriel Hull. "I look forward to continuing to learn and develop as a player with this team.” 
"To see Gabriel continue to excel and get selected for the national team camp is tremendous news" said Coach Keith Johnson, Dynamo | Dash Adaptive & Special Needs Director. "We wish him the very best of luck during this camp and many others in the future.  He's a hard working young man and we are very proud of his accomplishments."


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Soccer Hall of Fame Candidate - Keith Johnson

Posted on September 11, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


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The club is very excited to announce that Coach Keith "Muck" Johnson has been placed on the National Soccer Hall of Fame 2023 Eligibility List after earning 101 caps for the USA Paralympic National Program from 2003 - 2017.  Keith is also the club's Director of Adaptive | Special Needs Program and coordinates all game day protocols for home games played in The Woodlands, TX.  Keith has been part of the coaching staff since 2006.

Quick Facts:

  • 2015  Paralympic Pan American Games, Toronto, Canada / CP World Cup, London, England
  • 2011 CP World Cup, Arnhem, Holland
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, London, England / Golden Glove Award 
  • 2007 Paralympic Pan American Games, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil / CP World Cup, Brazil
  • 2004 Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 CP World Cup, Buenos Aires, Argentina  
  • Represented the USA in Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Holland, Greece and Ireland for individual games

"I am very honored to be listed with such a great group of candidates all looking to be selected into the Soccer Hall of Fame," said Coach Keith Johnson. "I relished every opportunity when I wore the USA jersey to represent my country with pride and did everything possible to help my team-mates succeed in getting results."

"Keith has had a tremendous career representing his country over the years and still continues to excel on the field in the development of our current players," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director.  "His dedication and work ethic is an example of what can be achieved if you are willing to put the time into the game and sacrifice."

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Puerto Rico Youth National Team selects two players from the Boys Academy

Posted on September 01, 2021 BY Simon Boddison


Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is proud to announce that Boys Academy players Cristian Marcucci and Giancarlo Pardo (ECNL 2003/04) have both been called up to the Puerto Rico U-20 Men's National Team for matches against the Cayman Islands in October.

Marcucci and Pardo’s call-up brings the total number of Dynamo | Dash Youth national team selections to 42 players since 2006.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to represent the U20 Puerto Rican National Team," said Marcucci. "Thank you to all the coaches who’ve put in so much time into my development.”

"I am grateful and privileged to be given the opportunity to represent my country, Puerto Rico. It is a lifetime experience and opportunity because not too many players get this chance,” said Pardo. “I am following my father’s footsteps, Coach Richie Pardo, and my brother, Coach Rico Pardo, who also played for Puerto Rico. I have been able to improve my game, not only by playing international games in Canada, Spain, and England, but also in high-level tournaments in the USA. Thanks to Coach Alfredo Martinez for helping me reach this level."

"I am very proud of Cristian and Giancarlo in getting selected for their national team. They continue to work very hard in training and their developmental pathway continues to advance in a positive direction," said Boys Academy ECNL 2003-04 head coach Alfie Martinez. "It's superb that their performances are getting recognized, and we look forward to watching them compete on the international stage."



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National Team Placements

Posted on April 16, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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The club continues to be recognized for developing elite players (41) that have been selected for national team events (games, camps & virtual meetings). Congratulations to the three latest players above that have been invited to attend.  

"It's extremely rewarding to see Danielle, Ellen and Laney being selected and recognized for their hard work" said Dave Dengerink, Director of Player Development. "We continue to provide a very competitive training and game day environment along with first class facilities for our elite players to excel, be challenged and potentially get selected for their respective national team events."

Danielle Shannon *USA 2021
Ellen Persson *USA 2021
Laney Gonzales *USA 2021
Isabella Hollenbach **USA  2021
Sydnie Thibodeaux **USA  2021
Ava Shannon **USA  2021
Ana Sofia Cedeno *USA 2021
Sarah Shelburne *USA 2021
Gillian Wilson USA 2020
Steven Hunsburger Panama 2020
Gabriella LaFuente Bolivia 2019
Halle Dixon USA 2019
Josiah Duenas Guam 2019
Kris Fernandez Guam 2019
Makaela Abam Cameroon 2019
Bubacarr Jobe Gambia 2018
Cesar Cordova USA 2018
Cesar Onut Romania 2018
Emily Alvarado Mexico 2018
Jazmin Grant Jamaica 2018
Kimberly Rodriguez Mexico 2018
Koby Carr USA 2018
Samantha Estrada USA 2018
Alex Fetterley USA 2017
Kenedie St. Mary Trinidad & Tobago 2017
Salma Ghazal Jordan 2017
Sarah Piper USA 2016
Gabriel Hull USA (Paralympic) 2016 - Present
Christina Arteaga Mexico 2015
Gioviani Zavaletta El Salvador 2015
Kelsey Brann Mexico 2015
Cameron Phillips USA 2014
Danny Cabrera USA 2014
Kelly Rodriguez Mexico 2014
Colton Stanley USA 2013
Diego Coca El Salvador 2012
Eduardo Mira El Salvador 2012
Robert Hernandez USA 2012
Kekuta Manneh USA 2012
David Parra Venezuela 2007
Osvaldo Chavez USA 2005

* Virtual Meetings

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Paloma Martinez selected for U-20 Mexico WNT Camp

Posted on October 22, 2020 BY Simon Boddison

image002-3The club is excited to announce that Paloma Martinez (Houston Dash / Lamar University) was called up by Mónica Vergara, the Technical Director of the U-20 Women's National Team of Mexico.  She will participate in a training camp at the High Performance Center (CAR) of the Mexican Football Federation from October 19-27. Martinez is joined by 25 outstanding athletes ranging from the NCAA level to the professional level.

"We are thrilled for Paloma to have this opportunity to play for Mexico and want to wish her the very best from everyone in the club." Randy Evans, Houston Dash Director of Coaching.

“I am happy that Paloma has earned the opportunity to represent Mexico, we wish her the best of luck and will be following her achievements.” Omar Morales, Head Coach, Dash Academy.

image003"It's great to see all of Paloma's hard work continuing to pay off.  She worked tremendously hard at the club level which provided an opportunity at college and now she's been selected for the national team environment.  We look forward to following her success." Mikey Olabarrieta, Director of Coaching - Beaumont Girls.

Paloma will be the thirty fourth (34) player to be called up for their respective national team program from the club.



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Natalia Astrain - U15 US Girls National Team Staff

Posted on March 21, 2020 BY Simon Boddison
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Congratulations go to Coach Natalia Astrain (Houston Dash Development Academy) who was selected to work at the U15 Girls National Team camp which was recently held March 2-8 in Carson, CA. 


Astrain"It was an awesome experience. I was honored to wear the crest and work with the most prestigious women’s soccer federation in the world. I’m very excited to have had the opportunity to impact this amazing group of players and contribute to their journey. I got to work with a professional coaching staff to help create an optimal environment for player development. I’m looking forward to bringing everything I learned back to the DASH players." Natalia Astrain, Houston Dash Development Academy Coach / U15 GNT Staff Coach.

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“Congratulations to Natalia.  Having being called into a youth national team camp is a very rewarding experience and we’re all delighted for her.” Mark Gibbs, Girls Development Academy Director.


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The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only club in Houston providing a full range of programming (boys / girls) with a complete pathway for the beginner through to the collegiate and professional levels.  Dynamo | Dash Youth exclusively offers soccer opportunities in the highest competitive youth league in the country - United States Soccer Development Academy.


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Dynamo Youth Hosted Jamaican Women's National Soccer Team

Posted on January 28, 2020 BY Simon Boddison


The club hosted international competition at Bear Branch soccer complex with the Jamaican Women's National Soccer Team vs. Houston Dynamo Youth Development Academy 05/06. The JWNT required a training game in preparation for their CONCACAF match vs. Mexico 4:30pm 1/29/20 at the HEB Park – Edinburg stadium.

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Jamaican Women's National Team Information - CLICK HERE!


Houston Dynamo Youth 06/05 | Jamaican Women's National Soccer Team 


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Result:  HDDY 1 vs. JWNT 3

Team selected from: Jake Berrada (06), Tate Ryan (06), Anthony Velasquez(06), Elian DeLaO (06), Marcello Sparro (06),. Alejandro Escobar (06), Ander Gonzalez (06), Christian Anderson (06), Kortay Koc (06), Josh Simon (06), Jayce Wallace (06), Justin Hubbard (06), Carson Alldrige (05), Ian Petak (05), Nathan Martinez (05), Mikel Gonzalez (05), Victor Hernandez (05)

Scorer: Ian Petak

Boys Development Academy Information - CLICK HERE!



“A great opportunity for our club and the community to host the Jamaican Women’s National Soccer Team.  It was a superb experience to play against world class soccer players that are preparing for their up-coming CONCACAF qualifying games.  This is something the players will cherish for the rest of their lives!”  Neathan Gibson, Dynamo Development Academy Youth Head Coach.

The club would like to thank our medical care partner for their support during the game:

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The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is the only club in Houston providing a full range of programming (boys / girls) with a complete pathway for the beginner through to the collegiate and professional levels.  Dynamo | Dash Youth exclusively offers soccer opportunities in the highest competitive youth league in the country - United States Soccer Development Academy.

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