Dynamo Academy midfielder Christian Lucatero has been named to Development Academy select roster for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Four select teams were named for the event: two for the U-15/16 age group and two for U-17/18. Lucatero will play for the U-17/18 Blue Select Team. The two teams in each age group will face off on Dec. 12 at the Premier Sports Campus. U-15/16s kick off at 5 p.m. CT, with the U-17/18s following at 7 p.m. CT. Game updates will be provided on the Academy/YNT Twitter account @ussoccer_ynt.
Lucatero was recently voted Dynamo Academy Player of the Year at the 2013 Dynamo Celebration. He has been involved in several U.S. Youth National Team training camps, most recently in September. The Pasadena native is one of six players on the U-17/18 select teams who participated in the September camp. The elite Academy players for all four rosters were selected by U.S. Soccer technical advisors, who will also be coaching the teams.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase will bring every U-16 and U-18 team in the Development Academy to Florida from Dec. 11-15 for a round of games against teams outside their normal conference. The Dynamo U-18s will face a trio of 2013 Finals Week teams in the Seattle Sounders, Shattuck-St. Mary's Soccer Academy and the Vancouver Whitecaps. The U-16s will take on the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and De Anza Force.
The Houston Dynamo Youth Programs concluded their summer camps this past week with a great indoor soccer camp for boys and girls from five to twelve years old at Southwest Indoor Soccer Center in Stafford, Texas.
“One of the best parts of the program this week was the addition of players from all over the world. We had players registered from Guatemala, Mexico, Switzerland, and as far away as Australia,” said Senior Staff Coach Leigh Cullip. In addition to the multi-national feel of the camp, an array of new and repeat campers attended the week with great enthusiasm to learn and play soccer with new friends and new coaches.
The Houston Dynamo Youth Programs strive to facilitate a player oriented environment that engages every player’s imagination and passion for soccer while simultaneously working to challenge each player to improve their technical, tactical, and physical abilities every day. The players in this week’s camp came to learn and did so by following the unique and outstanding Dynamo Programs Curriculum, which included shooting, passing, dribbling and receiving training sessions that were highlighted by concrete coaching delivered by the Houston Dynamo Youth Programs staff.
With the summer camp program concluded until 2014, the next program from the Houston Dynamo Youth Programs will be the Center of Excellence. The CoE is a supplemental training program that operates as two hour, weekly training sessions at satellite locations around Houston for competitive-level boys and girls from seven to thirteen years old. The programs feature the competitive Center of Excellence curriculum, which focuses on individual technique and game awareness. These popular training sessions feature 16 hours of training, a full Dynamo training uniform, a companion ticket to a Dynamo home match and an online player evaluation. More information and registration details are available by clicking here.
Dynamo Academy U-16 midfielder hit this sumptuous free kick in the 2nd minute of the match against Real Salt Lake - Arizona to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead, which they held onto for the win.
The Dynamo now lead their group at US Soccer Development Academy Finals Week with one match to play. They will face Albertson SC on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at Houston Amateur Sports Park, where a win will see them through to the championship match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Tonight, the Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, U-16 team faces Real Salt Lake-Arizona at 8:30 p.m. at Houston Amateur Sports Park in a crucial U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week group match. Admission and parking are free.
Former Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson is the head coach of the U-16 club and helped guide the team to the elite Finals Week in just his second season in his new coaching role.
U.S. Soccer spoke with Eddie this week about his new role. From the article:
"The biggest part is understanding the psychology of 15- and 16-year-olds,” Robinson said. “Understanding that there’s so much outside the field that I can’t do anything with. My job is to create an environment that not only teaches them soccer and fundamentals, but also builds character. That’s what we’ve done here.”
Two members of the Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, have recieved national invitations after showing tremendous potential this season.
Jommar Reyes is a midfielder in the Dynamo Pre-Academy. He is invited to the U.S Under-14 Boy's National Team training camp under Coach Hugo Perez at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on August 17-25.
Christian Lucatero, midfielder for the U-16 Dynamo Academy team, is invited to the U.S Soccer National Combine in Portland, Oregon. He is just one of sixty youth players selected by U.S. Soccer, identified by potential to play for the U.S Men's National Team in future World Cups.
Lucatero and the other invitees will participate in intense training sessions modeled after U.S. Soccer Youth National Team camps and conducted by U.S. Soccer Youth National Team staff.
The Dynamo Academy U-16s, presented by Statoil, played local rivals Texans SC Houston to a tough, physical 0-0 draw on July 14 in their first match of Academy Finals Week here in Houston. Check out the action in the latest video from Dynamo TV.
The Dynamo U-16s face Real Salt Lake AZ tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Houston Amateur Sports Park in a match that could decide their Finals Week fate. The match is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to come out and give the future of the club the support they deserve and help them on their way to the championship match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
In the latest edition of Road to the First Team, presented by Statoil, we caught up with Dynamo Academy forward Irvin Ramirez. The U-18 winger joined the Academy almost three years ago and has enjoyed much success in the program including seven goals scored in 22 matches in 2013.
The following eight players from this season’s Center of Excellence training program have been invited by Dynamo staff coaches to trial with the Junior Academy program for the next several weeks with an eye towards potentially joining the Junior Academy for the remainder of the spring season. These players have been invited to this elite level training program because of their mentality and focus in training sessions, their skillful performances in the Center of Excellence training session and the Houston Dynamo Champions League, and their positive attitude and work ethic both on and off the field.
Cristian Coelho (Katy)
Jackson Gill (Katy)
Alexander Canales (Sugar Land)
Ian Mayral Boyle (Moody)
Matias Ferrar (Moody)
Martin Schumacher (Moody)
Adam Cerna (Katy)
Yusuf Hussein (Moody)
“The Center of Excellence exists to provide professional coaching and training to 8-12 year old boys and girls so that we can help a great number of soccer players to further develop their soccer skills, to increase their love of the game, and to connect the Houston community more fully with the Houston Dynamo," said Houston Dynamo Soccer Program Manager Justin Neese. "The program also exists to identify players who might potentially have the ability and mentality to play in other Dynamo programs and teams. That these players have been indentified and offered this opportunity is excellent news for our program and for all of its players.”
Congratulations to these players!