The offseason is coming to a close, and oh what an offseason it was. Steph G runs down all the changes going on in the Dynamo locker room for 2015.
Through partnerships with the YMCA and NSCAA, Dynamo Youth Programs held a coaching clinic at BBVA Compass Stadium that allowed over 80 local YMCA coaches to receive their NSCAA Level One Coaching Diploma last Friday.
The clinic, led by Youth Programs and NSCAA coach Justin Neese, included a field portion that allowed the coaches in attendance to apply their lessons on the Dynamo's home field at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo's partnership with the YMCA offers coaching education opportunities, like this one, to develop their soccer programming. The event worked hand-in-hand with the Dynamo's work with the NSCAA to provide top-level coaching diplomas throughout the Greater Houston area, targeting volunteer coaches to elevate the level of coaching and play in our area.
Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris welcomed you to Atlanta in 2002, but in 2017 it will be Arthur Blank welcoming MLS to the ATL.
Commisioner Don Garber announced today that Atlanta Falcons owner has been awarded the 22nd franchise in MLS, which is scheduled to begin play three years from now when the Falcons' new downtown stadium in complete.
Head over to MLSsoccer.com for full coverage and reactions from today's announcement.
Over the coming weeks, HoustonDynamo.com will focus on various Dynamo Celebration Award Winners for an entire week of dedicated content to your favorite Dynamo players from 2013.
Keep your eye out each week for a highlight reel of each player's best moments from the 2013 MLS season, an end-of-season review with HoustonDynamo.com writer Tom Dart, infographics featuring the biggest moments and milestones reached by each player in 2013, special edition episodes of The Pulp, as well as live Google+ Hangouts where Dynamo fans will be able to submit questions to be answered by each player.
It all starts with the Dynamo Young Player of the Year, Warren Creavalle, next week.
HoustonDynamo.com Player Week Schedule
December 23 to 27: Warren Creavalle (Dynamo Young Player of the Year)
December 30 to January 3: Giles Barnes (Budweiser Golden Boot Winner)
January 6 to 10: Kofi Sarkodie (Dynamo Ironman of the Year and Defender of the Year)
January 13 to 17: Ricardo Clark (Dynamo Players' Player of the Year)
January 20 to 24: Tally Hall (Dynamo MVP)
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.