Combine Day 2: Recap
The Dynamo’s prospective player combine continued Thursday
at the Carl Lewis Track & Field Complex, with head coach Dominic Kinnear
returning from college scouting this morning to oversee the session.
The training session was similar, though not identical, to
Wednesday’s workout. Personnel-wise, Dynamo
Academy forward Chance
Bergen missed Thursday’s practice due to illness while first team defender Mike
Chabala joined the squad to fill out the roster.
After players had warmed up, they played an 8 v. 8
half-field possession game without goals or goalkeepers, simply trying to hold
the ball as a team for as long as possible. The players then split up into
different teams for an 8 v. 8 half-field scrimmage to goal, playing longer than
Thursday’s teams were as follows:
Goals were few and far between on this day, with Alvarez and
da Silva notching strikes for the blue side, although Alvarez may have been
called for taking four touches on his goal.
Cameron, Chabala, Navas Cobo, Kinnear, and Steve Ralston
stayed afterward with the goalkeepers for some extra finishing.
Ralston and Wade Barrett
both leave town for their own scouting trips tomorrow, with Ralston headed to
the ACC semifinals and Barrett to the Big East semifinals, so Kinnear and
goalkeepers coach Tim Hanley will
run the remaining two training sessions. Kinnear also said he was impressed
with several players at the ACC quarterfinals, which was attended by representatives
from most MLS teams.
College Soccer Update
In other Dynamo news, both Alex Dixon (North Carolina) and
Matt Boullt (Tulsa) notched assists on Wednesday as their teams advanced to the
semifinals of their respective conference tournaments, while Sebastien Ibeagha
(Duke) showed well in the Blue Devils’ 1-0 loss to Boston College.
Other Academy players still alive in conference tournament action
include Josue Soto (SMU), Matt Kirby (Denver),
and Pat Wall (Notre Dame). Clayton Holz (Stanford) concludes regular season
men’s team was seeded No. 1 in the Atlantic Soccer Conference tournament in
Garden City, N.Y., and will face either Longwood or Howard in the semifinals on
Dynamo Academy U-18 defender Leo Ayala, the 2010 Dynamo Academy Player of the Year, is expected to sign a letter of intent with Central Florida, Dynamo Director of Youth Development James Clarkson reports, one of several Division I signings anticipated from the Academy this year.