Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HOUSTON DYNAMO, HOUSTON DASH, TEXAS RUSH SOCCER CLUB & SPACE CITY FC JOIN FORCES TO FORM NEW YOUTH CLUB 

HOUSTON – (Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017) – The Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash, Texas Rush Soccer Club and Space City Football Club have partnered to create a new organization poised to transform the landscape of youth soccer in Houston.

The new partnership is designed to build a unique youth soccer organization that will enhance the experience for players of all skill levels. By combining resources, the organization will be able to provide a full range of programming and a complete pathway for the beginner through to the collegiate and professional levels.

“We are delighted to partner with a successful professional organization like the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash,” said Don Gemmell, Technical Director for Texas Rush Soccer Club. “I believe we have a unique opportunity to build a youth soccer club that does not exist in the Houston market.  It’s a club that will improve player development opportunities for boys and girls at every level and built to compete nationally.”

The newly formed club has more than 5,500 youth soccer players and makes up one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Texas. The club has 3,300 recreational players and 2,200 competitive players competing in 15 Houston-area facilities.

“This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact on thousands of young boys and girls,” said Randy Evans, Executive Director of Space City FC. “There is a true sense of commitment from the professional and youth sides to work together to best serve the greater Houston soccer community. We are thrilled to be part of this new path.”

The boys’ division will compete as the Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer Club, and the girls’ division will compete as the Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club. With the merger, the club will be managed by the same leadership groups of the previous clubs.

“We are very excited about this partnership and the many opportunities it creates for the future,” said Dynamo and Dash President Chris Canetti. “As a professional club, we hope we can have a greater impact on growing the game and on individual player development here in Houston. At the same time, we are creating a direct path to the pros for both boys and girls.”

The Dynamo and Dash will provide resources to enhance the experience of the members through an all-encompassing and inclusive programming beginning at the age of 3. The partnership will offer a unified training philosophy, enhanced coaching pool and enhanced standards as set by U.S. Soccer. Additionally, the partnership will facilitate the creation of the Dash Development Academy which was announced last August.

The Dash and Dynamo organization are one of only three in the United States to operate an MLS club, an NWSL club, a boys’ Developmental Academy and a girls’ Developmental Academy. The other two such organizations are the Portland Timbers and Thorns and Orlando City FC and the Orlando Pride.

For additional information, visit DynamoDashYouth.com.

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Year In Review 2016

Texas Rush Soccer Club had another outstanding year of results.

Club / Expansions

Membership – 3,250 players

U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy acceptance

Montgomery – new floodlights, Fellowship of Montgomery

Kingwood – multiple playing sites (Insperity Sports Complex), new programming (Youth Academy) & camps

Lents Family Park – GK training site

47 Coaching Staff

DA – Boys

U18 Boys DA – finished 3rd Central Conference (Frontier Division)

Alex Fetterly
Texas Rush U18 DA Boys
U19 USYNT

Darwin Hernandez
Texas Rush U18 DA Boys
U20 El Salvador National Team

Competitive Boys / Girls

1,252 players

19 teams won their Fall league

19 teams won their Spring league

Rush Select – Lucas Hickey, Eddie Winstanley and Andy Davison

Youth Academy – 310 players, 35 teams

College Advisory Program (30 student-athletes graduated to play college soccer)

Alumni Post Season Competition

NCAA Div. I Men / Women
Mitch Ostrowski – Butler University, Grace Piper – Texas A&M, Michaela Abam – West Virginia University, Cienna Arrieta – Texas A&M

NCAA Div. II Men / Women
Lindsey Washburn – Dallas Baptist University, Allison Katri –Dallas Baptist University

NCAA Div. III Men / Women
Ryan Stinebaugh – Carnegie Mellon University, Alberto Carmona – Kenyon College

NAIA

Conner Haney – John Brown University

60+ alumni currently playing in college

ECNL

Sarah Piper
U17 ECNL
U16 US Girls National Team

Kim Rodriguez
U19 ECNL
U17 Mexico Women’s National Team

Kelsey Brann
U19 ECNL
U17 Mexico Women’s National Team

Kelly Rodriguez
Texas Rush U15 ECNL
U15 Women’s National Team Camp

Events / Programs

Rush Cup – 130 teams

3 vs. 3 Winter Blast Tournament – 185 teams

3 vs. 3 Turf Cup – 150 teams

Golf Outing – 144 golfers

Jnr. ECNL Tournament – 40 teams

5 vs. 5 Memorial Day Cup – 50 teams

Rush Festival – Denver, CO (4 teams)

REACH – 367 lbs of equipment shipped to Trinidad & Tobago

Rush Night – 1,500 players / families

TOPS – 25 players

College Advisory Program – 90 registrants

Breast Cancer Awareness Program – donated $10K

U.S. Soccer Performance Center – 30 candidates at Bear Branch

Awards / Recognition

The Lex Frieden Award – Coach Keith Johnson

Rush Award of Excellence – Jackson Goebel (Boys); Sommer Stanley (Girls)

Texas Rush Award of Excellence – Payton Miller (Boys); Grace Piper (Girls)

Bob Bennett Texas Rush Golf Winner – Effex Management Solutions

Award of Outstanding Service – James Simmons (TX Rush President 2007 – 2015)

Financial Aid – $77K

Community Outreach

Communities –  The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery, Kingwood, Tomball, Creekside and Huntsville

School Districts – Conroe, Humble and Montgomery  (2,250 kids)

Events – Texas 10 Series (Conroe, Cypress, Huntsville), Kids Running for Kids, Houston Family Magazine Fall Fun Fest, Montgomery Haunted House and Carnival, Run Thru the Woods 2017

(8,500 families)

Corporate Partners

CHI St. Luke’s Health Performance Medicine, adWhite, Springhill Suites, Wings ‘N More, Panera Bread, Global Shop Solutions, Soccer.com, Panther Creek Family Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, Texas Picture Day, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Sport Source, Enterprise, Shorty’s Plumbing & Drain Doctors, Buckalew Chevrolet, Chevrolet, Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Embassy Suites, adidas, The Nelson Company, Bikeland, Effex Management Solutions, Drury Inn & Suites, Marble Slab Creamery, Igi Playground and Bradbury Brothers.

Recreational Soccer

1518 players

177 teams

161 coaches

Camps

1,837 registrants

16 camps (6 different venues)

10% increase growth from 2015-16

5 new camps in 2016

Market Training

Girls – Grace Morris, Abigail Koehn, Peyton Graves, Ximena Hammeken, Rylie Graves, Reese Rupe, Ellen Persson, Samone Knight, Alexis Fowlkes, Sydney O’Shea, Sydney Thibodaux, Sophia Dean, Kayla Zimny, Michelle Polo, Madeline Ellis, Ashlyn O’Shea, Krista Peterson, Sara Engles.

Boys – Tony Bazan, Qasir Morton, Cesar Onut, Siddiq Lezzar, Cesar Cordova.

“It has been another great year with further developments across the club, thus expanding our footprint in the Houston soccer community.  We will look to continue to expand our operational areas in 2017 and continue to serve our Texas Rush families with an excellent soccer program.  The youth soccer landscape continues to change yearly and next year will be no different with some new and exciting challenges.”  Don Gemmell, Technical Director.

Wings ‘N More Partnership 2017

The club is very excited to announce that Wings ‘N More will be hosting certain club functions throughout 2017 and will continue to be the official sponsor of the Recreational Program and Juggle Club.

“Wings ‘N More have been great partners over the years and we’re thrilled to have them back on board for another year to cater to our players, teams and coaching staff.  The food and customer service is excellent and it’s very close in proximity from our fields at Bear Branch, Gosling Park and Alden Bridge Sport Park that we use.  The relationship we have with Richard and his staff is superb and it’s great to have them also sponsoring our new Juggle Club that will be a very important part of our Spring curriculum.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations. 

Contact Information

16580 I-45 South
Conroe, Texas 77384
(north end of College Park Shopping Center – near Kohl’s)

Tel: 936-321-0600

SUN-THURS: 11:00am – 10:00pm 
FRI-SAT: 11:00am – 11:00pm

**Dine-In / Take-Out / Online Ordering w/ Curbside Pick-up / Sports Bar**

Texas Rush – Montgomery Upgrade Soccer Facilities

The club is very excited to announce that we have upgraded the lighting facilities at the Fellowship of Montgomery (Hwy. FM 149).  This will provide the opportunity to further expand the site for further soccer programming on a more permanent basis.  The club offers soccer opportunities for both boys & girls from 3-18 years of age in Montgomery.  This includes a new Youth Academy (Fall 2016) sponsored by The Nelson Company as well as running competitive and recreational areas.  The club currently has increased it’s membership base to 194 players registered in Montgomery in 2016 from 138 players in 2015.

For more information about the Texas Rush – Montgomery program, please contact Jason Budd, Director of Coaching – Montgomery at jbudd@texasrush.com or 281-298-2180.

“Upgrading our lighting was one of the goals of this year’s program.  This will drastically improve our daily soccer operations and it will allow more flexibility in the planning of our soccer programming.   We continually review all our current soccer facilities and make needed improvements where necessary which ultimately provides a better environment for our players to develop and to enjoy their experience “  Don Gemmell, Technical Director.

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Fall Recreational Season Recap 2016

Over 1,400 players and families (170 teams) completed the final day of Recreational Soccer for the fall season at Bear Branch on Saturday.  The following activities were all part of the festivities:  face painting, prizes, medals, pictures, on-site registration along with Rush Rhino in attendance capped off another very positive fall season of soccer within the recreational program.  The program was brought to you by Wings ‘N More.  Looking for your end of season team party – look no further than Wings ‘N More!

For more information on the Recreational Soccer Program, please contact Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching at mquinn@texasrush.com

“I would like to thank all the volunteer coaching staff, referees and the parents for supporting their children and the program throughout the fall season.  Many hours are dedicated behind the scenes at training or on game day to make the environment a positive, fun, learning experience for the players.  It was great to see so many smiling faces hanging out with Rush Rhino and having fun.”  Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching – Recreational.

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CLICK RUSH RHINO TO REGISTER FOR 3 VS. 3 WINTER BLAST TOURNAMENT 2016

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Breast Cancer Awareness – October 2016

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Breast Cancer Awareness month of October is quickly approaching and the club is looking to have the color pink prominently displayed across the club.

We invite all Texas Rush players and families to support this cause by purchasing the 2016 “Rush for the Cure” T-shirt. During October, players are encouraged to wear their pink shirts on their team’s first training session each week and before games during their warm up.

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One thousand seven hundred shirts (1,700) will be sold as part of the ECNL fundraiser.

All shirts (YXS, YS, YM, YL, YXL, AS, AM, AL, AXL, AXXL unisex fit) are $25.00

“The ECNL Program is very proud to be leading this fundraiser and partnering up with the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October.  This program has rapidly grown over the years and this year will be no different as we’re expecting fantastic membership support for such a worthy cause.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.  

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Coach O’Brien U13/14G sold the most shirts (12) and won the $100 voucher to Dicks Sporting Goods in the Recreational area of the club – congrats!

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Spectacular Kick-Off For The Recreational Soccer Season

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The Recreational Soccer Program sponsored by Wings ‘n More started in very positive fashion with 1,300 players in action at Bear Branch Soccer Complex, The Woodlands and The Fellowship of Montgomery.  Players aged from 3-18 were on site for a full day of soccer activities which included games, face painting, music, balloons, contests and competitions on the club’s state of the art synthetic playing surface.  One hundred and sixty two (162) teams, one hundred and fifty (150) volunteer coaching staff, twenty five (25) referees, five thousand (5,000) people were present enjoying Houston’s #1 recreational soccer program in The Woodlands and The Fellowship of Montgomery.

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“A fantastic and successful start to the Fall 2016 Recreational Season, I would like to give a huge thank you to all the volunteer coaches whose dedication make our program the best in City. It was great to see so many kids enjoying the game at our top facility”
  Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching – Recreational Soccer Program.

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“The Texas Rush Recreational Program provides the opportunity for younger players to enjoy the game in a fun and positive environment, I am proud to coach within the recreational program where I started playing, as I continue to play within the club’s competitive program.”  Kelly Smith – 2004/2005 Recreational Coach.

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TOPS 2016 – Spring Season

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TOPS (special needs program) completed their Spring season on Saturday at Bear Branch Soccer Complex sponsored by Woodforest National Bank.  TOPS is a program designed to give the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4 and up, who has a mental or physical disability. TOPS purpose is to foster physical, mental, emotional growth and development for children with mental and physical challenges through the game of soccer. The game is modified to fit the needs of the players; everyone plays at his/her level. The ‘rules of the game’ are loosely applied, and the game is played for pure enjoyment.

“We had a great season. TOPS soccer was my favorite part of my weekends and I’m going to miss it when I go off to college this year!” Sophia DeMarco, TOPS Coordinator.

Recreational Soccer Program Completes Spring 2016 Season With Party Atmosphere

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The club’s Recreational Soccer Program brought to you by Wings ‘n More completed it’s Spring season 2016 in fine style with a full day of soccer actives for the 1,700 players and families at Bear Branch Soccer Complex and West Montgomery Park in Montgomery.  Rush Rhino and the ECNL Girls were on site to help with all the soccer games, team pictures, medal pick-up, face and nail painting, hair coloring, dancing, live DJ and other fun soccer related activities that happened throughout the day.  Thank you to all involved making this a great end of season party!

“I’ve been with Rush for 9 seasons and it’s one of the best leagues. The club and coaches are always very positive and here to help us out. I look forward to continue volunteer coaching with Rush for as long as I can.”  Ruben Garza, U6B and U10B Recreational Volunteer Coach.

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“I would like to recognize and thank all the volunteer coaches, players and families for making the Spring season of Recreational Soccer the best ever!  The commitment by our volunteer group of coaching staff is first class and it’s the foundation of what this club is built upon.  They do a marvelous job each season and they deserve the credit of helping the club move forward in a very progressive fashion.  I look forward to working with everybody next fall.  I would encourage everybody to sign up soon to take advantage of the early registration discount.”  Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching – Recreational Soccer Program.

Wings ‘N More Renew Partnership With Texas Rush Soccer Club

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The club is very excited to announce that Wings ‘N More has renewed their partnership of the Recreational Soccer Program for 2016.

Recreational programs are available in The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery and the North Houston area for the ages of U4-U19. The Recreational program emphasizes fun for all participants; age appropriate development of players, formation of equally balanced teams, and education for coaches and referees.

Please visit Wings ‘n More Restaurant & Bar for all your post game team social activities:

16580 I-45 South
Conroe, Texas 77384
(north end of College Park Shopping Center – near Kohl’s)

Tel: 936-321-0600

SUN-THURS: 11:00am – 10:00pm
FRI-SAT: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Recreational Registration

For more information on the Recreational Soccer Program, please contact Coach Michael Quinn, Director of Coaching at mquinn@texasrush.com or Natalie Olivarez, Recreational Administrator at nolivarez@texasrush.com or telephone (281) 298-2449.

Wings ‘N More End of Season Parties Fall 2015

“It’s fantastic news that Rich and his staff at Wings ‘N More have renewed their partnership with the club.  The type of food and atmosphere is all about team sports and makes the ideal venue for all our members to visit after a long hard day out on the fields.  The club is very much looking forward to another year of a great partnership.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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