Champions Cup Finals - Girls Academy

Posted on March 24, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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The Girls Academy headed to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from March 9-14 and played twenty four (24) games in six (6) days on first class facilities with hundreds of college coaching staff present.  All age groups played a minimum of four games with a maximum of one game per day.

For this specific event, participants qualified based on final league standings and consisted of two (2) clubs from each of the eight (8) conferences. Additionally, for the U14 through U19 age groups, the top (2) best-performing and highest-ranked wildcard teams at the National Playoff from each age group were added to the mix for a total of twenty (20) teams per age group. Click here to learn more about the qualification process.

The following teams had tremendous success against the best teams in the country.  The 2009 age group finished up as back to back finalists for the second year running along with the 2010 and 2007 age group finishing as semi-finalists.

“The Champions Cup Finals once again produced an unmatched, competitive atmosphere, said Steven Grave, Girls Academy Head Coach.  "The GA put on a tremendous event providing elite competition for our athletes to be scouted in front of hundreds of college coaches.”

One hundred percent of the 2023 GA graduation class have all committed to college and we look forward to following them through their collegiate careers starting this fall season. 

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Pictured above: Houston Dash Girls Academy 2009 Finalists

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Dash City North teams travel to Las Vegas

Posted on March 04, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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Dash City 11 North and Dash City 12 North attended the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup | International Tournament and Showcase over the weekend of February 24-26

Day 1:
The trip started with a training session with Coaches Mike Openshaw (Dash City North Director) & Stuart Taylor (GA2 Head Coach) in preparation for the event. After a team lunch, both teams visited the Las Vegas welcome sign for a photo opportunity before heading to their hotels for downtime. After dinner, the teams walked to the Bellagio hotel fountains for another photo opportunity.

Day 2:
The second day featured game competition. Dash City 11 North beat ISC Gunners 11G Pre-GA & Boise Timbers 11G Nationals to secure their place in the semi-finals on Sunday. Dash City 12 North came out on top against Colorado Rapids Central 12G Select 1 & Boise Timbers 12G Nationals.

Both teams advanced to their finals after their 3rd game. Dash City 12 North beat Mustang Soccer 12G Pre-ECNL & Dash City 11 North beat Arsenal Colorado 11G Academy in the semi-final. 

Dash City 12 North fell in the final to the Las Vegas Heat 12G Pre-ECNL team, while the Dash City 11 North came out on top beating La Roca 11G C Santos.

“We are incredibly proud of the 2011 and 2012 North City teams’ efforts last weekend, competing outside the state of Texas for the first ever time. Both teams have worked extremely hard in training over the last several weeks and to come home from Nevada with 7 wins from 8 games is a great return." said Mike Openshaw, Dash City North Director.  "I would like to thank the parents for being on board to make this trip happen. The players gained some valuable experience playing against great competition from California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Washington, thus creating some fantastic memories. I look forward to seeing the players continue to grow within our City Program." 

"Both teams represented themselves, the club and Houston extremely well this weekend," said Stuart Taylor, Dash GA2 Head Coach.  "The 2011's played against #1 team in Washington, the #2 teams in Colorado & Idaho and the #6 team in Utah and came out on top only conceding one goal all weekend. This group has a bright future and I am excited to be a part of it."   

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Houston Premier Cup 2023

Posted on February 01, 2023 BY Simon Boddison

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The club hosted their annual Houston Premier Cup at three first class soccer complexes in The Woodlands, TX on January 21-22 and 28-29, 2023. The event included 250 high level U9-U15 boys and girls teams that traveled in from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and the states of Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana were represented on consecutive weekends. Unfortunately, the girls event was interrupted by in-climate weather conditions and finished early on the Sunday.

3,000+ players had the opportunity to take part in elite competition at first-class facilities in front of large audiences. Boys and girls from U9-U15 age groups were on site competing in 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 formats. Teams stayed in The Woodlands Township, enjoying full access to the incredible amenities provided by the local community. 

"On behalf of the club, I would like to recognize and thank all the teams, coaching staff, referees, volunteers that helped to make both weekends a tremendous success," said Stuart Taylor, Director of Communications & Events. "Staging two first-class events on consecutive weekends for our teams to participate in meaningful games before the league season starts is very important. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive even after heavy rain on the Sunday. Based on commitments from 2023 attendees, we expect registration to fill up quickly for the 2024 events. Be ready to register your team once we open registration September 1, 2023”

"We are very privileged to have some of the best youth soccer facilities in the country right here in The Woodlands to host national level events where people come from great distances," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "We are proud to provide all participants with world-class turf facilities along with quality host hotels located in close proximity to the fields and the vibrant amenities of The Woodlands."

The club will be hosting two further tournaments within the Spring season starting with the Turf Cup 2023, April 8 (registration deadline March 28) brought to you by PNC and South Texas Spring Showdown, May 6-7 (registration deadline April 25) brought to you by AutoNation











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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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ECNL Boys Winter Showcase 2022

Posted on December 22, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Boys ECNL Program (U16, U17, U19) traveled to St. Louis, MO to close out their fall season and compete against the best teams from across the country from December 16-18.

"The St. Louis showcase was a great experience for me and my teammates, it not only helped us learn to play In very cold temperatures but also taught us how to live and grow together," said Videep Mundodi U16 ECNL. "We got to play three very exciting games and finish off our fall season on a good note."

"I would like to congratulate the players and the coaching staff for all their hard work during this last event and throughout the fall season.  Our performances in the league and our showcases against the best teams in the country have been extremely positive," said Alex Cardenas, Boys Academy Director. "We look forward to the spring season with great anticipation in continuing the success that we have attained in the fall."

Coaching Staff in attendance: Alex Cardenas (Academy Director), Alfredo Martinez, Miguel Becerra


Won 3-1 vs. Sporting Nebraska

Tied 1-1 vs.  Eclipse Select Soccer Club

Won 2-0 vs. Washington Premier

Overall Record: 2-0-1

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Won 5-0 vs. Real Colorado National

Lost 3-2 vs. Eclipse Select Soccer Club

Tied 2-2 vs. Concordia Fire Premier

Overall Record: 1-1-1

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Won 2-0 vs. Real Colorado

Won 2-1 vs. St. Croix

Tied 0-0 vs. Minnesota Thunder

Overall Record: 2-0-1

2nd (8-4-2)


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3v3 Winterblast 2022

Posted on December 11, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


The club hosted their annual 3v3 Winterblast Tournament brought to you by PNC on December 10 to close out the fall season. Two hundred and twenty two (222) teams were hosted at Bear Branch soccer complex, The Woodlands, TX. The event included over 1,200 boys and girls, from the ages of U7 - U14 with 7,000 spectators in attendance. It was a enjoyable action-packed Saturday for all the teams that traveled in from across the city of Houston and surrounding areas.  Activities included four hundred and sixty three (463games along with soccer tennis, live music with DJ, dance competitions, Dynamo Diesel (mascot), juggling stations along with an array of awards and presentations.

"This year saw a record-breaking attendance of teams and spectators along with some imaginative costumes and an array of festival activities, said Milton Arraez, 3v3 Tournament Director. "3v3 Winterblast is a great event to close out the fall season for our members and the visiting teams. We look forward to the 3v3 Turf Cup on Easter weekend.

"The club in partnership with The Woodlands Township have continued to excel in providing tournaments for the last 15 years," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "Providing positive economic impact to the local community and hosting events for our residents to attend without extensive travel is why we continue to grow our tournament series yearly.  We look forward to hosting the two Premier Cup tournaments in January 2023 where teams will be visiting The Woodlands from Texas and the surrounding states to kick off the spring season."

The club would like to thank Potbelly for donating food and Memorial Hermann for first-class medical care. Fine Design T-Shirt Company was also on-site, providing a quality product for the members and our guest teams to purchase.

Dynamo | Dash will be hosting our January tournament series, starting with the rescheduled Thanksgiving Classic 5v5 Tournament on January 7, Dynamo Premier Cup from January 20-22 and Dash Premier Cup from January 27-29, 2023.  
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Houston Youth Cup 2022

Posted on September 08, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The annual Houston Youth Cup 2022 provided much needed pre-season competition in August and raised substantial financial funding ($90K) to support the club's scholarship fund. Since 2005, this scholarship event has raised over $1.25 million, allowing the club to assist around 125 families per year to play youth soccer.

This year’s tournament featured three hundred and twelve (312) U11-U19 boys and girls teams from all across the region with matches taking place at eleven sites in The Woodlands, Tomball and the Conroe area. The GotSoccer ranked event allowed each team a minimum of three games over the course of the weekend.

"Thank you to all the teams, coaches, managers, volunteers, referees and sponsors for all their support of the tournament," said Stuart Taylor, Tournament Director. "It’s the effort from everyone involved that makes this pre-season youth soccer event a tremendous success."

Special thanks to our facility partners The Woodlands Township and Conroe Parks & Recreational. This pre-season tournament for the area brought an estimated 20,000 spectators to the local community, providing a large economic boost to local hotels and businesses. The club would like to thank On Location (formerly Anthony Travel) for facilitating the hotel accommodations for the visiting teams and Memorial Hermann for their athletic training support throughout the event.

"Through our partnership with The Woodlands Township and the City of Conroe, the club has the necessary resources, guidance and facilities to help make this event a tremendous success," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. "Continuing to host events throughout the year helps us reach three important objectives: providing competitive environments for our players to develop, raising much needed financial revenue for our internal scholarship program and supporting the local community."


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Memorial Day Classic 2022

Posted on May 30, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


Houston, Texas (May 31, 2022) – The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club, a nationally recognized premier soccer club for boys / girls, hosted the 8th Annual Memorial Day Classic 2022 at Bear Branch, The Woodlands, TX.
Teams aged U7 - U16 (boys / girls) played in a 5v5 format to celebrate and recognize the holiday weekend. Uniforms recognizing the armed forces were on show throughout the day and all the games were played on FIFA approved synthetic turf. The club hosted two special guests in Emily Ogle # 18 and Cali Farquharson #28 from the Houston Dash professional team to meet and greet the youth players and teams on site. The winners of the event were invited to attend a 'Night of Champions' hosted by Dynamo FC (PNC Stadium) on June 25 vs. Chicago Fire.  
"It's always an honor and pleasure to integrate soccer and the Memorial Day recognition of the armed forces.  As a former marine, it's tremendous that the club hosts an event to show support to all the men and women that have or continue to protect and serve the country," said Milton Arraez, Sergeant 2nd Battalion First Marines Super Squad / Tournament Director.  "A huge thank you also goes to all the referees, volunteers, players and teams that were involved in the event." 
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South Texas Spring Showdown 2022

Posted on May 10, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The club hosted the 2nd Annual South Texas Spring Showdown, brought to you by AutoNation, May 7-8 at Gosling and Bear Branch sports complexes in The Woodlands, Texas. Over 100 Recreational and Youth Academy teams across south Texas competed over a fun two-day event to provide an exciting wrap-up to their spring season of competition. As part of Mother’s Day Weekend, Dynamo Dash Youth also presented a $200 Academy Sports gift card to Janet Arriazola for winning the club’s social media giveaway.

"I would like to thank all the teams, referees, volunteers, parents, and coaching staff for participating in the 2nd Annual South Texas Spring Showdown," said Stuart Taylor, Tournament Director. "The tournament was a tremendous success and a perfect setting for Recreational and Youth Academy teams to end their season in a fun and exciting competition. We look forward to hosting and expanding this event in 2023."


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3v3 Turf Cup 2022

Posted on April 18, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


The club hosted its annual 3v3 Turf Cup at Bear Branch Sports Fields in The Woodlands, TX with over 175 teams on-site to celebrate the Easter festive weekend. It was a fun-filled, action-packed day for all the teams that traveled in from across the city of Houston. Activities included over 350+ games along with soccer tennis, live music, an Easter egg hunt, dance competitions and juggling stations. Amongst the fun, we had plenty of presentations and awards handed out throughout the day. 

 "Another great event of soccer in perfect weather conditions during the Easter holiday weekend. We saw a record-breaking attendance of teams and spectators along with some outstanding costumes and an array of festival activities," said Milton Arraez, Tournament Director. 

The club would like to thank Panera Bread and Potbelly for providing food and Memorial Hermann for first-class medical care. Fine Design T-Shirt Company was also on-site, providing a quality product for the members and our guest teams to purchase.


Best Team Name: It's About To Get Messi (1st Place), Prepare to Dye (2nd Place)
Best Uniform Winners: Kicking Chickens (1st Place), Dragons United (2nd Place)3V3 TURF CUP RESULTS - CLICK HERE!
Dynamo | Dash will be hosting their final two small sided tournaments of the Spring season with the South Texas Spring Showdown, May 7-8 (registration deadline April 25) and the 5 v 5 Memorial Day Classic, Saturday, May 28 (registration deadline May 17).  


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