Academy Showcase set for Monday night

Dominic Kinnear, Dynamo staff to evaluate professional hopefuls

The top prospects from the
Houston Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, will be on display Monday night
in the annual Dynamo Academy Showcase, set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the Carl
Lewis Track & Field Complex at the University of Houston.

First team head coach Dominic
Kinnear and assistant coach Wade Barrett are expected to be on hand to evaluate
players, with a full match pitting the Dynamo’s college-protected players
against players from their U-18 and U-16 teams.

College participants include:
MF Josue Soto (Prepa
Tec, Mexico),
SMU, all-Conference USA
selection
DF Sebastien Ibeagha (Fort Bend
Hightower), Duke, United States U-20 national team
FW Alex Dixon (Atascocita), North Carolina, three
consecutive College Cup appearances
GK Fernando Piña (Challenge Early College),
United States U-17 national team
MF Daniel Roberts (Fort Bend
Clements), UNC-Wilmington
FW Pana Vasquez (Cy Falls), SMU
DF Matt Boullt (Fort Bend
Clements), Tulsa, academic all-Conference USA
MF Matt Kirby (Beaumont
Monsignor Kelly), Denver,
academic all-MPSF
DF C.J. Odenigwe (Fort Bend
Travis), North Carolina
MF Johnny Torres (Atascocita), Wake Forest
GK Pat Wall (Strake Jesuit),
Notre Dame

Dynamo Academy
home-grown players may be signed to the Dynamo first team without being subject
to the MLS SuperDraft or the allocation process. Houston has signed two players from its
Academy, goalkeeper Tyler Deric (Klein) and midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo,
both of whom made their professional debuts in 2010.

Tryouts
for the Dynamo Academy will be held Dec. 27-30 at the
Dynamo Elite Camp. More information is available at HoustonDynamo.com/EliteCamp
or by calling (713) 276-7524.

The Houston Dynamo are a
Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first
five seasons and represented the United States in international competition
four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on to
www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

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