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.”
Oh what a night…
I am so proud to be part of a organization that honors heroes of all sizes and ages. A small group of Dynamo Charities board members supported Chris Canetti for the second Soccer Night in Newtown in mid-May. Last month the fallen firefighters were honored at the stadium by the team, and, just as importantly, by the soccer community. And our last home match was Armed Forces Appreciation Night, where we brought over 1,500 service personnel to the game. It was also a very personal night for me as my father was the service man honored by the Dynamo at halftime for his 33 years of military service, starting as a private and retiring as a colonel. He and my mom were very touched by the warm applause from our fantastic fans.
Next up are the Potters from Stoke City Football Club! They have a strong squad including U.S. internationals Brek Shea and our friend Geoff Cameron, as well as German international Robert Huth, will be here July 24th. The BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup is not just a game, it is a community event – and to that, we will be announcing more events leading up to the game soon. Come join us, get your tickets and really cool scarf now! And, you can actually be part of the festivities around the game, including ball delivery, coin toss, etc. Here is the link for details.
On August 13th, Chewy and Will (and hopefully many of their teammates) will let the kids shave their heads at Dogwood in Midtown. The doors of Dogwood will open to the public at 4 p.m. for a celebrity pour with proceeds benefitting Bald is Beautiful / Curing Children’s Cancer Fund. Then on Saturday, to top off our celebration of Bald is Beautiful, we are shooting to set a world record with 400 head shaves in one hour on Orange Avenue just prior to the August 17th game. More information and to register to be part of the world record attempt go here. Looking for youth soccer teams to step up here – you need haircuts for school anyway… .
We are also proud to announce our first four sponsors for the ADA Houston Tour de Cure bike jersey – Halliburton, Bicycle World, Camelot Realty Group and K-Pop restaurants. You can join the best team out there for the September 21st ride – remember that you have to raise at least $150 to get the coolest bike jersey in town. If you or your company want to be a sponsor for the jersey (good spots still available), contact Maria Duran at 713.276.7533.
Still to come in October is Adam’s Toy Chest benefitting B.I.G. Love (looking for the supporter groups in particular to jump on this one), and of course our annual Dynamo Celebration to cap off the season.
To close this edition, I would like to again thank the Dynamo players for their commitment to the community, for giving their time and literally the shirts off their back to improve the lives of all in the Houston area and beyond. While the Dynamo Charities board members work hard, we are nothing without the support and commitment of the players.
Check out Adam Moffat's golazo from this Saturday from every angle, including the twitter reaction that night.
It's up for MLS Goal of the Week, so make you get your votes in.
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 Houston Dynamo's match on August 3 against the Columbus Crew will now be broadcast on KPRC Local 2. It was previously scheduled to air on CSN Plus.
Similarly, the August 17 match against the Seattle Sounders, which was to air on KPRC Local 2, will now be shown on CSN Plus.
You can get tickets to both matches, which will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium, at HoustonDynamo.com/tickets.
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.
If you've paid attention, Adam Moffat's volley against New England didn't come as a surprise. Take a look back with Dynamo TV at Adam's long range efforts with the Dynamo.
Check out the nominees for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for Week 20 of the 2013 regular season!
Adam Moffat's volleyed bomb in New England this past weekend has to be the favorite, but it only wins if you vote.
Cast your ballot before voting ends for your favorite Goal of the Week! The winner is determined by the total number of votes cast online and in text voting and will be announced on Friday.
Vote online or text goal code to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week — including an archive of all of this season's winners — click here.