Texas Soccer Notes-Saturday April 8, 2017

Additional soccer news of interest this week:

Major League Soccer (MLS):

Houston Dynamo forward Erick “Cubo’ Torres was named the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for his hat-trick performance against New York last weekend.  He was also selected for the Team of the Week, as was Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas, who was on the bench.  This is the 16th time that a Dynamo player has received this recognition.  Current Houston Dash President, Brian Ching, has been honored four times.  Finally, Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric was nominated for Save of the Week. (houstondynamo.com)

United Soccer League (USL):

  • San Antonio FC (SAFC) midfielder Billy Forbes was named to the USL Team of the Week for his dominating performance in SAFC’s 3-0 win over LA Galaxy II last Saturday. Forbes scored his second goal of the season and recorded his first assist in the match.  SAFC also moved up to 4th place in the Weekly USL Power Rankings. Finally, to wrap-up news from last week’s game, Galaxy II midfielder Jaime Villarreal, who was quietly escorted off the field by his coaching staff after receiving a touch-line red card with only a few minutes to go,  was issued a three-game suspension for use of offensive and abusive language. (uslsoccer.com)
  • The USL continues to leverage its new $10 million Florida broadcast facility to enhance their national media profile.  In addition to live streaming of all of its matches on team websites and select games on ESPN3, the league announced an expansion of its ESPN relationship to include live matches on ESPNU. One of the live TV games will be SAFC’s July 14 game at Toyota Field against OKC Energy. USL also announced an expanded national radio deal with the soccer-dedicated SiriusXM FC channel.  The satellite radio provider will now air a live USL Game of the Week and a weekly show dedicated to USL news and interviews. (uslsoccer.com)

United States Women’s National Team:

  • The United States women beat Russia 4-0 before a sold-out crowd at Toyota Field in Frisco Thursday night.  Houston Dash (NWSL) midfielder Carli Lloyd started and assisted on the first goal. Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell and forward Kealia Ohai were also part of the roster selected to train for the Russia games.  Dash forward Morgan Brian was part of the initial roster, but was forced to withdraw last month. The same teams will play again tomorrow at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium at 1 p.m. (ussoccer.com)
  • It means little, but it is interesting to note that an Dallas FC under-15 boys squad beat the U.S. Women’s National Team 5-2 in a scrimmage last Sunday. (multiple sources)

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL):

  • Tyler FC attempted to play an exhibition game against Shreveport last weekend as part of a double-bill with the Copa Hermandad Clasico (Brotherhood Cup Classic), which pitted a team of retired international players from Mexico against a team of similar players from Honduras.  Unfortunately, heavy rain forced the NPSL exhibition to be cancelled, though the rain cleared up to allow the Brotherhood Cup match to be played later that afternoon (Mexico won 3-2).  Tyler FC will open their NPSL schedule on May 13 at the Fort Worth Vaqueros. (etfinalscore.com)
  • Nick Stavrou, a former Dallas Sidekicks (indoor soccer) star, was announced as the head coach for the Ft. Worth Vaqueros.  Stavrou was selected after a search that included former Major League Soccer players, international candidates, coaches from throughout the United States and more than expected local candidates.Former Vaqueros coach Mark Snell guided the NPSL club for the first three seasons. Lopez said the plan when the club launched in 2014 was always for Snell to transition into the role of Director of the Vaqueros youth academy. The Vaqueros are on the verge of establishing a 501(c)3 non-profit youth club, which is expected to launch this summer.  The Vaqueros open their preseason today at Dallas Baptist University.

http://www.fortworthvaqueros.com/latest-news/319-nick-stavrou-named-vaqueros-coach-for-2017-npsl-season

  • On March 21, Houston Dutch Lions FC (HDLFC) team announced the coaching staff for the NPSL 2017 season. Marco Pruis, starting his 4th season as head coach, will be assisted by Michiel van de Heijning who is returning for his third consecutive season.  Goalkeeper Coach Leroy Zuiddam completes the coaching staff.  HDLFC began its preseason on March 26th with a 2-1 loss to Houston Baptist University.

United States Youth National Teams:

  • Ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea set to begin on May 20, the U.S. U-20 Men are currently participating in a training and evaluation camp in London, England until April 10.  The only players from Texas invited to this camp are two defenders, FC Dallas’s Brandon Terwege and Plano-native Keaton Parks, who currently is not affiliated with a club. (ussoccer.com)
  • The 2016-17 Generation Adidas Cup, hosted by FC Dallas in Frisco, began its competition yesterday.  This U17 Boys tournament, consisting of 34 total games over 9 days, will be played by 19 MLS Academy and 13 international teams.  In yesterday’s action, the Houston Dynamo defeated DC United 3-0 and FC Dallas lost 1-0 to Sangolqui (a suburb of the capital Quito), Ecuador. side Independiente del Valle.  U.S. and Canadian MLS teams lost all nine matches played against international opponents yesterday.(mlssoccer.com)
  • The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup also begins tomorrow at fields throughout the Metroplex (April 9-16).   Multiple Texas clubs will be participating in this tournament.  The marquee competition in this event will be the Mens U19 Gordon Jago Super Group. The FC Dallas Academy U-18  team will open group play in the three-team Bracket B at the Cotton Bowl against Everton FC from Liverpool, England tomorrow.  FCD will finish group play on Tuesday when they play CF Monterrey from Mexico.  The semifinals and finals will be played this Friday and a week from tomorrow respectively. (dallascup.com)
International Soccer in Texas:
The International Champions Cup derby match between Manchester United and Manchester City, previously reported to have been scheduled for Austin, will now be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium on July 20.  Manchester United previously played in the MLS All-Star Game at the same venue in 2010.  Manchester City had also been scheduled to play last in Houston last year against the Dynamo in the Houston Dynamo Charities Cup. Unfortunately that game had to be cancelled on game-day because a deluge in the Houston area made the field unplayable. (multiple sources)

High Schools:

An article in USA Today this week pointed out an absurd situation for regional Texas UIL public high school playoff games that are being played this weekend.  There are only 4 regions dividing the State for purposes of the UIL playoffs, even though Texas’s size means that the schools can be pretty far away.  It so happened, despite the fact that all four Region 1 semifinal participants come from the DFW Metroplex (within 35 minutes of each other), that they all were scheduled to travel 5+ hours to play the regional semifinal and finals in Midland.  In a late announcement, logic actually triumphed and the tournament was moved from Midland to Southlake, a DFW suburb. (usatoday.com)

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