If there is one additional thing that the signing of homegrown player Bryan Salazar can bring to the Dynamo that's not already prevalent, it's attention to the stellar performance of the Dynamo Academy.
With Salazar's recent signing to the first team, the Dynamo Academy has jolted into the spotlight since he spent his entire youth career moving up the ranks. With more and more folks talking about the academy program, more people will get to see the impressive results they put up each weekend and may even show more interest in getting to know the teammates Salazar leaves behind.
Both the U-18 and U-16 teams are currently on impressive streaks and both are wrestling for the top spot in the Central Conference Frontier Division.
The U-18's currently sit in second place, only due to the fact they are averaging slightly less points per game than FC Dallas academy team. This past Saturday, the U-18's (11-3-3) faced Lonestar SC (4-11-3) and the Dynamo got an important 2-0 road win.
This is the second of an eight game road trip for both academy clubs.
Jose Rodriguez put the Dynamo up early with a 15th minute goal, the midfielder's fifth goal of the season. In the 64th minute, Jose Agredo added an insurance goal for Houston. Goalkeepers Josh Blair and Leopaldo Castillo shared the shutout duties in goal, with each splitting a half.
The U-18's are led in scoring by Bryan Salazar (9 goals) and Carlos Ibarra (7 goals). Salazar is expected to continue playing with the academy team through his high school graduation.
With the win, the U-18's now have won five straight and look prone to take over the top spot in the division. Elite Soccer Report has the academy ranked number nine in the country.
If people thought the U-18's were on a hot streak, the U-16's are playing even more impressive at the moment. The Dynamo (13-3-1) beat Lonestar SC (3-13-2) by a 5-1 margin on Saturday.
Elochukwu Ozumba scored two goals and now leads all academy players with 10 goals on the season. Josue Palomino, Julius Montano, and Sergio Quintanilla all added goals for Houston.
The U-16's have outscored opponents 23-7 in their last six matches, which are all victories.
Win the win, the U-16's remain in the first place spot of the Frontier Division.
The two academy teams will move on to face Andromeda FC on February 23. The Andromeda U-18's sit in tenth spot (5-9-2), while the U-16's sit in twelfth (2-12-1).
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