Birthdate: December 16, 1992
Status: Academy Protected Player
High School: Strake Jesuit, 2011
College: University of Tulsa
PRONUNCIATION: AH-bay MAT-uh-MORE-ose
OUTLOOK: This veteran of the Dynamo Academy since its first season in 2007 has great technical ability and passing skill. College freshman at the University of Tulsa (2011-12).
2011 DYNAMO RESERVES: Has made four appearances, including two starts, for the professional reserve team ... Made Reserves debut in 1-0 win vs. KC on 4/11 ... Made first Reserves start in 3-0 loss at CHI on 4/24 ... Played 12 minutes as a substitute and helped set up free kick that led to goal in 3-2 loss vs. FCD on 5/29 ... Started and played full 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. COL on 6/7 ... Played full second half in 3-1 friendly win vs. Monterrey U-20s on 7/10.
2011 DALLAS CUP: Played every minute of the Dynamo's three games in the prestigious U-19 Super Group and set up one of two goals in Houston's 2-1 win vs. Alajuelense on 4/20.
2010-11 USSF: Academy U-18 squad's second-leading scorer with four goals while appearing in 21 of 26 games ... Scored in final game of Dynamo Academy career, a 2-1 win vs. IMG on 6/27.
2010 COPA CHIVAS: Part of Dynamo roster for prestigious Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico … One of just four players to appear in all five games
2009-10 USSF: Led the U-18 squad with nine goals while appearing in 23 of 29 games and making 22 starts … Scored the first Dynamo U-18 goal in USSF play at Robertson Stadium in 2-0 win vs. Texas Rush on 9/19 … Scored both goals in 2-1 win at Andromeda on 10/24 … Scored first and third goals in 4-2 win vs. Classics Elite on 11/15 … Scored lone goal in 2-1 loss to Met Oval (NY) on 12/7 at Winter Showcase … Suffered broken collarbone and missed high school season and six Academy games … Dynamo went 2-4 in his absence … Returned to lineup in 2-2 tie at Texas Rush on 5/8 … Scored clinching goal in 3-1 win vs. Virginia Rush on 5/29 at Spring Showcase … Scored in 13th minute of 3-0 win vs. Arsenal (CA) on 5/31 that sent Dynamo to USSF playoffs … Scored tying goal in 2-1 win vs. No. 3 overall seed Colorado Rush in playoff opener on 6/26.
2009 EUROPE: One of just six players to start all six games on European tour … Scored Houston’s second goal of the tournament when he converted a penalty kick against Rangers in 4-0 win on August 9 … Also started against Celtic, Barcelona, amateur club Benlloch, Villarreal, and Real Madrid.
2009 SUM U-17 CUP: Started all four games and tied for team lead with two goals as Dynamo finished fifth in MLS youth championship … Scored Houston’s first goal of the tournament with a powerful header in 2-0 win against Kansas City on July 4 … Also scored in 1-1 tie against Real Salt Lake on July 5, one-timing a cross … Converted his penalty kick in shootout win in the same game.
2009 DALLAS CUP: Appeared in all three games for U-19 team that included college players at Dallas Cup … Started in 3-1 win against Pro-Shottas (Barbados) on April 6 and 2-1 loss to Dallas Texans on April 9.
OTHER ACADEMY: 2010: Played all 90 minutes of 0-0 tie vs. U.S. U-17 national team on 5/22 at Robertson Stadium ... 2008: Made his debut for the U-18 team at the age of 15 and scored the clinching goal in a 3-0 win over Chivas San Rafael in Guadalajara, Mexico on February 16 … Part of Academy U-18 team that won Dallas Cup U-19 championship … Scored two goals in 5-0 win over HPFC Heat Blue (Washington) in Dallas Cup Group B play on March 20 … Appeared in all three games, including one start, at SUM U-17 Cup in Commerce City, Colorado ... 2007: Voted Dynamo Academy Players' Player of the Year by his peers in 2007, the Academy's inaugural season.
PERSONAL: Full name is Luis Abelardo Matamoros.