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RGVFC resumes 2020 season tonight in El Paso

Houston Dynamo Academy Mentor Program Continues To Evolve

As the mentoring program has grown so have the players and mentors involved.

Dynamo Academy Update: U18s Start Season Strong

The U18s start the season off with a string of wins.

Academy players on playing Messi and Agentina

We caught up with the Dynamo Academy players on their time playing with Messi and Argentina.

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Eddie Robinson shares comments on Dynamo, player development

Former Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson was on air with his Dynamo broadcast partner Glenn Davis on the Dynamo All-Access show last night. Robinson had some insightful comments on the current state of player development in the United States that, at least in my opinion, have been long overdue by someone in his position to put pressure on the decision makers in U.S. player development. The link attached includes the first hour of DAA in case you missed it and here are some quotes from the audio: G.D. Are we resigned to just being a country that always going to have a team that just fights and outworks everyone? (referring to the USMNT) E.R.: "'Until youth coaching gets better, absolutely. Youth coaching in this country is not even close to where it should be and I don't believe that the MLS teams or MLS in general understand that or put enough resources towards it. Kids in this age are coddled, and I think when you look at the European kids on the U.S. national team, they're all too soft. And until the coaching, the actual soccer teaching, gets better in this country at young ages, that's what were going to have to do, what we're going to have to deal with. We're going to have to go back to when Bruce Arena was there, and everybody in the world was talking about how fit the U.S. was and how hard they worked. That's how we got results... we are not good enough because our coaching is not good enough." "We're in this society that everybody get's to win, and everybody gets a trophy, and when you really talk about player development you can go to youth soccer clubs in every big city in this country and [it is money oriented] if you don't win, I shouldn't be playing for you. Whereas I would love to be a coach in an organization where I have 20 kids, and 20 sets of parents that didn't care wether their children won or lost. That cared wether every single game they got a little bit better...if you want to be realistic about getting this country into that top tier of world soccer powers, that's the way it's gonna have to be. "It's extremely disappointing because MLS wants to tout about how much money they put into the youth development program and they're like 'oh $30 million a year' I believe the LA Galaxy's budget alone on that is 2.5. You look at Dallas, you can probably pick out a couple of the Canadian teams, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia. They're doing it right but most of that money that MLS is saying '$30 million' is going to big clubs. I can say, after being in it, that the Houston Dynamo academy...not even close to $1 million, not even close, barely had enough to pay their coaching staff and people wonder why the youth players aren't developing at the same rate as anybody else. Robinson does go on to talk about the positives strides that Major League Soccer management had to make to keep the league alive during his playing years and expressed his gratitude for it, so it wasn't like he was dogging MLS left and right. Robinson mentions that MLS is on the cusp of "removing the businessman" and letting the soccer man, who's still about making money for the league but is willing to put soccer first, take over. On the current play of the Houston Dynamo: "I think that when you look at the players, there's no way the Dynamo should only have 9 shots on goal in 4 games. Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia, Giles Barnes...Will Bruin, Ricardo Clark, Luis Garrido, with the option of Lovejoy, Miranda. This is a group of attacking players that should be feared league-wide. I'm really excited to see where this team's at in another 12, 14 games. "When was the last time we saw Brad Davis try to dribble a player instead of one-two around him? Or try to use his movement to get in behind the back four? I think that's been lost over the last couple of years with the Dynamo. When you had the Brian Mullan's on the wing, when you had the Brad Davis, in his prime when he was younger, taking guys on. "It's a situation were Owen Coyle has to start being mean about it [and start telling guys] 'stop being so weak and get on with it'. You look at times when Kofi Sarkodie starts taking players on, how many good things happen. When Boniek Garcia and Lionel Miranda...when those guys take players on, good things happen. They get players in the box, they get numbers forward, and even if they don't get something on goal they sustain players for 2, 3, 4 minutes and it's the old Dynamo team that everybody in Houston was used to watching. I like that that's what Owen Coyle is pegged and focused on trying to get this team back to but, at the end of the day, he can only give them so much and tell them so much. The players have to do it." Listen to the clip yourself, it's a good, insightful interview. Also in the clip is an interview that aired Tuesday on Soccer Matters with Shep Messing speaking about the current state of the men's national team, the MLS, and the NASL.

Through the Ranks: A Dynamo Academy History

James Clarkson has a vision for the Dynamo's youth development program and, despite years of challenges and hardship, he remains on pace to provide the organization with some of the most exciting players we've ever seen.

Dynamo Academy Alumni face U-18s on Thursday

Tyler Deric and new Homegrown signing "Memo" Rodriguez headline an Alumni squad that will take on the Academy U-18 team, led by standout Christian Lucatero. Set for a 6:30 kickoff on Thursday night, admission is free and open to the public.

Houston Dynamo Academy 2014 Season Round Up

The Houston Dynamo Academy U18 team finished season with a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

Dynamo Academy Alumni: College Updates

If you ever find yourself looking around on the Dynamo official website, you may have run into their Homegrown Player list. Here's a rundown of the Dynamo Academy alumni in their respective colleges.

Dynamo U-16's advance to Finals Week at HASP

The Dynamo Academy teams both featured in the preliminary round of playoffs last week held in Frisco. Only the U-16's came out with a chance to impress at Finals Week. Christian Lucatero and Elo Ozumba will try and lead the team to the championship.

Dynamo U-16's to face NYRB for spot in Finals Week

The Dynamo Academy are in the Academy Playoffs going on in Dallas this week. See where both stand and how the U-16's will face a giant for a spot in Finals Week which will be in Houston.

Dallas Cup: U-18, U-14 Advance to Quarterfinals

Two of three Dynamo Academy teams have advanced to the 2013 Dallas Cup quarterfinals after winning their respective groups. The U-18 and U-14 teams will look to add to the two Dallas Cup championships the Academy boasts thus far.

Dallas Cup: Academy Aims For Quarterfinals

On the second day of Dallas Cup action, all three Dynamo Academy clubs got positive results. All three are at the top of their groups and are in good position to advance to the knockout stages.

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2013 Dallas Cup: Dynamo Academy Results

Follow our storystream for all the Dallas Cup coverage of the Dynamo Academy. The Dynamo will compete across three age groups looking to bring a third title back to Houston.

Dallas Cup '13: Dynamo Academy Ready for Challenge

The Dynamo Academy U-18s and U-16s will kick off the 2013 Dallas Cup on Sunday, March 24. Both teams will look to bring home some hardware in their divisions.

Dynamo Academy U-18 and U-16 continue winning ways

The Dynamo Academy continued to roll through the competition, both getting key wins this past weekend.

Dynamo Academy Win, Jump Into First Place

Both the U-18 and U-16 Dynamo Academy teams beat the Dallas Texans on Saturday on the road. With the win, both are leaders in their respective divisions.

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Dynamo Academy Alumni Game Tonight

The Dynamo youth will be on display tonight at Houston Amateur Sports Park. Feel free to come out and watch the annual Dynamo Academy Showcase at 7:00 p.m. CST. The Dynamo will have some of their college prospects and their U-18 academy team on display. According to the Dynamo, the college participates will include the following players: DF Leo Ayala - University of Central Florida DF Bradley Bourgeois - Tulsa MF Juan Lopez - Purdue Calumet MF Ábe Matamoros - Tulsa FW Isaiah Noreiga - Duquesne MF Johnny Torres - Liberty GK Pat Wall - Notre Dame MF Miguel Zapata - Tulsa The Dynamo have signed four academy players to contracts, with Tyler Deric, Alex Dixon, and Josue Soto still listed on the current roster. Click the link for more information.

Seven Homegrown Players still in NCAA tournament

All four NCAA teams that feature Dynamo Homegrown Players advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. See what they're up against next.

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Dynamo Homegrown Players in NCAA Tournament

Several Dynamo Homegrown Players playing for NCAA Division I glory. Here's your preview of the upcoming action.

Homegrown Players in the NCAA Soccer Championship

Several Dynamo Homegrown Players playing for NCAA Division I glory. Here's your preview of the upcoming action.


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