Leo Ayala

Leo Ayala

Position: Defender

Birthdate: Sept. 2, 1993

Status: Academy Protected Player

Birthplace: USA

High School: Challenge Early College, 2011

College: University of Central Florida

 

PRONUNCIATION: LAY-oh EYE-yall-uh

OUTLOOK: Hard-working and consistent left-sided defender who has captained squads of his peers. Joined Dynamo Academy after being spotted in a December 2008 Dynamo Elite Camp. College freshman at University of Central Florida (2011-12).

2011 DYNAMO RESERVES: Made first appearance for senior Dynamo Reserves in 3-1 friendly win vs. Monterrey U-20s on 7/10/11, coming on as a sub at left back.

2011 EUROVOETBAL: One of two 1993 birthdays who remained age-eligible for prestigious Eurovoetbal Tournament in the Netherlands ... Started first two games before suffering injury and missing remainder of the tournament.

2011 DALLAS CUP: Appeared in all three games as the Dynamo competed in the prestigious U-19 Super Group ... Made two starts while splitting time at left back.

2010-11 USSF: Regular at left back for Dynamo Academy U-18s despite being young for his age ... Started 21 of 26 matches and made 22 overall appearances ... Credited with one assist.

2010 SUM U-17 CUP: Captained the side that reached the semifinals and lost on penalty kicks, Houston’s best finish in a SUM Cup … Started three of four matches at left back and played all but 36 minutes … Started wins vs. TFC and CHV in group stage, appearing as sub in win vs. NE … Played entire semifinal vs. RSL on 7/29 before being substituted in stoppage time prior to shootout.

2010 DALLAS CUP: Captain of Dynamo U-16 squad that won Dallas Cup title … Started at center back throughout the tournament … Headed in decisive second goal in 2-0 win vs. Shattuck St. Mary's on 3/31 that sent Dynamo to quarterfinals on goal differential ... Converted opening penalty kick in quarterfinal shootout win over Solar SC on 4/2 … Leader of Dynamo defense that recorded four consecutive shutouts, including 3-0 semifinal win against Texas Football Club on 4/3 … Played full match in 2-1 championship victory vs. Santa Clara Sporting on 4/4.

2010 COPA CHIVAS: Part of Dynamo roster for prestigious U-18 Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico … Appeared in four of five games.

2009-10 USSF: A regular for the Dynamo U-18 squad as a 16-year-old, appearing in 21 of the team’s 29 games as a defender … Also made four appearances for the U-16s.

2009 EUROPE: Appeared in all six games, including two starts, as one of the younger players on the Academy’s trip to Europe … Made starts against Celtic and amateur club Benlloch … Appeared as a sub against Rangers, Barcelona, Villarreal, and Real Madrid.

2009 SUM U-17 CUP: Played in three of four games as the Dynamo finished fifth at the tournament featuring MLS academies … Set up eventual game-winning goal in fifth-place playoff against Los Angeles Galaxy on July 8, cutting the ball back for Irvinn Ramirez to slot home … Also started against the Kansas City Wizards and Columbus Crew.

OTHER ACADEMY: 2010: Named Dynamo Academy Player of the Year for 2010 ... Started and played 56 minutes of 0-0 tie vs. U.S. U-17 national team on 5/22 at Robertson Stadium ... 2009: Part of the Dynamo U-16 squad that traveled to El Salvador in July-August to play two games against the El Salvador national team and two games against Dynamo Academy partner FESA.