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Academy Roundup: Double Dallas duty for Dynamo youngsters

The Houston Dynamo Academy headed up I-45 this weekend for a Dallas double, taking on FC Dallas and Dallas Texans in U.S. Soccer Development Academy action.

U-19 — Loss 4-1 at FC Dallas, Loss 2-0 at Dallas Texans: The U-19s went down 2-0 in the first half to FC Dallas, but Jesus Ortiz scored just after halftime to cut the lead in half. Two late goals from FCD, however, sealed the result. The following day, Dallas Texans scored two second half goals for their win.

U-17 — Loss 3-0 at FC Dallas, Win 6-1 at Dallas Texans: FC Dallas scored three times in the second half to claim victory over the Dynamo, but Houston rebounded on Sunday with a convincing win over Texans. Diego Gonzalez and Joshua Hallenberger each scored a pair to go along with goals from Edrey Caceres and Jaden Servania as the Dynamo scored four times in the final 25 minutes.

U-15 — Win 1-0 at FC Dallas, Win 2-0 at Dallas Texans: Bryce Willougbhy scored 24 minutes into the match against rivals FC Dallas, and goalkeeper Gustavo Otero and the defense held on for a shutout for the win. Willoughby scored again against Dallas Texans, taking the lead in just the second minute, and Daniel Rios followed up with a goal in the 20th minute as goalkeeper Ismail Espinosa guided the defense to their second straight clean sheet.

U-14 — Loss 4-1 at FC Dallas, Win 5-2 at Dallas Texans: Joseph Farouz opened the scoring for the Dynamo in the 25th minute, but FC Dallas responded with four unanswered goals. The Dynamo took a first half lead against Texans behind a goal from D’Alessandro Herrera, then scored four second half goals by Reese Miller, Daniel Hernandez, and a brace by Christian Casteneda to seal the win.

U-13 — Tie 0-0 at FC Dallas, Win 2-0 at Dallas Texans: Goalkeeper Juan Esteban Godinez Castellanos and the Dynamo defense kept FC Dallas off the board in a scoreless draw on Saturday. Godinez Castellanos split time in goal with Walter Kilgore for a combined shutout of Texans on Sunday, with Ricardo Garcia and Alex Oropeza scoring goals to provide the victory.

USSDA Season Winds Down

Just three games remain for the Dynamo Academy U-17 and U-19 squads as they aim for spots in the Development Academy Playoffs. The top three teams in each division earn automatic berths, and the best 11 non-automatic qualifiers, based on points per game, receive wildcard bids (regardless of division). The U-19s currently hold the last wildcard spot in their age group with a 12-10-1 record (1.6087 points per game). The U-17s are fourth in the Frontier Division, holding the sixth wildcard spot (11-7-5, 1.6522 ppg).

The final games of the regular season come against Texans SC Houston (May 20), Dynamo Youth (May 26), and Lonestar SC (June 2) – all three teams just below both Dynamo U-17 and U-19 teams in the Frontier Division standings.