Top Dynamo Academy prospects to compete in annual showcase Monday night

Dominic Kinnear, Dynamo staff to evaluate professional hopefuls

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Courtesy of Sporting KC

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 p.m. at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.

First team head coach Dominic Kinnear and his staff will be on hand to evaluate players, with a full match pitting the Dynamo’s college-protected players and select guests against players from their U-18 and U-16 teams.

College participants include:

DF Leo Ayala (Challenge Early College), University of Central Florida
DF Bradley Bourgeois (pictured, above) (Cy Fair), Tulsa
MF Juan Lopez (Chavez), Purdue Calumet
MF Ábe Matamoros (Strake Jesuit), Tulsa
FW Isaiah Noreiga (Humble Kingwood Park), Duquesne
MF Johnny Torres (Atascocita), Liberty
GK Pat Wall (Strake Jesuit), Notre Dame
MF Miguel Zapata (Katy Mayde Creek), Tulsa

Dynamo Academy homegrown players may be signed to the Dynamo first team without being subject to the MLS SuperDraft or the allocation process. Houston has signed four players from its Academy, goalkeeper Tyler Deric (Klein) and midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo, both of whom made their professional debuts in 2010, and midfielders Alex Dixon (Humble Atascocita) and Josue Soto (Prepa Tec, Mexico), both of whom competed in the 2010 Academy Showcase. Deric recently signed a contract extension to remain with the Dynamo.

Click here for a complete list of Dynamo homegrown players.