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02 September 5:12 pm

The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18s started off their new season in pretty spectacular fashion: by training with the Argentina national team and Lionel Messi.

Messi & Co. have been in town this week preparing for their match against Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, but got a little help from the Dynamo Academy to mix things up.

Of course, what's the point in playing against the big boys if you don't come out on top every once in a while?

We're sure it was a great experience for the guys, but who do you think was more starstruck in this meeting between two of the best soccer players in the world right now?

01 July 1:52 pm

The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18 team has scorched through the first three rounds of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs and landed a spot in the quarterfinals.

Come out to Houston Sports Park on July 7 (5:30 p.m. kickoff) to cheer on the future of Houston Dynamo soccer as they face the Chicago Fire Academy. Admission is free and open to the public.

See you there!

05 December 3:17 pm

Watch the press conference as Memo Rodriguez is announced as the sixth homegrown signing in club history.

28 October 2:54 pm

For the first time, the Dynamo Academy is staging a vote for its Goal of the Month. For October, there are eight nominees for the best goal scored in a game this month by a Dynamo Academy player. Watch the video below, and then vote for your favorite goal at the Dynamo Academy Twitter page (@DynamoAcademy) using the hashtag of your favorite goal.

Watch the video and vote now.

29 April 1:53 pm

Eddie and Sebastian discuss the draw with Portland, the return of Brad Davis, 4-3-3 vs. 4-4-2, and Eddie joining Twitter.

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22 April 10:39 am

Eddie and Sebastian discuss another controversial red card, officiating this season in MLS, the offensive output of the Dynamo and this week's games against New York and Portland.

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16 April 10:08 am

Eddie (from a closet in Frisco?) and Sebastian break down the loss in New England, AJ Cochran's debut, MLS expansion, Academy product Christian Lucatero and a whole lot more.

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09 December 11:37 am

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.

26 August 1:55 pm

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.

17 July 1:40 pm

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.