Academy Showcase set for Monday night

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 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 or call (713) 276-7500.

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