The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18 team opened its preseason with a 2-0 loss to men's amateur team Galveston Pirate Soccer Club on Saturday at Sportsplex in League City in the inaugural Houston Cup. The tournament is a three-team round robin between the Dynamo Academy U-18 squad and amateur teams Galveston Pirate and Regal FC.
Because the Dynamo's USSF Development Academy regular season does not begin until September 12, Academy players saw split playing time in Saturday's match. More than half of the starters were part of the Dynamo team that finished third in the 2010 SUM U-17 Cup in Friendswood, losing on penalty kicks to Real Salt Lake in the semifinals.
For highlights from Saturday's match, click here or see below:
Galveston Pirate SC vs. Houston Dynamo Academy U-18
2010 Houston Cup
August 28, 2010 -- Sportsplex, League City
GAL -- Roy Hernandez 10
GAL -- Jorge Vela 28
Houston Dynamo Academy -- Philip Blake, Siegfried Casar, Sebastian Karpen (James Fallon 46), Juan Ramirez (Christian Gonzalez 41), Leo Ayala (Juan Lopez 80), Miguel Zapata, Bryan Celis (Alan Hernandez 63), Martin Castillo (Diego Velazquez 65), Martin Fiemawhle (Josue Morales 74), Abe Matamoros, Irvinn Ramirez.All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial