Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:
Major League Soccer (MLS):
Austin-native Khiry Shelton, who currently plays for New York City FC, has been ruled out of action for 4-6 weeks. Shelton suffered a hamstring injury near the end of a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Union last Friday.
United States Youth National Teams:
- Two North Texas youth players have been selected to the roster for the CONCACAF Mens U-17 Championship that started yesterday in Panama. Brian Reynolds Jr., a FC Dallas Homegrown signing, and Blaine Ferri from the Solar Chelsea Club are part of the 20-man selection for this tournament. This confederation championship doubles as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be played Oct. 6-28 in India. The United States opens group round play tomorrow against Jamaica.
- Three players from the FC Dallas program will be part of the U.S. U-18 men’s national team that will travel to play in the 2017 Slovakia Cup. Paxton Pomykal from the first team and two Academy members, midfielder Brandon Servania and forward Shaft Brewer, have been selected. Additionally, midfielder Koby Carr from Houston-area club Texas Rush will be part of this squad. Last year the U.S. sent a group of U-19’s and won the tournament.
- Starting today, the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will hold a week-long training camp in College Station. 36 players, 3 of them from Texas, were invited to participate in this camp. In two years the plan is for this group of players to become the core of the team seeking to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Azul Alvarez from Austin-area Lone Star SC and Olivia Pena and Trinity Byars, both from North Dallas Suburban Solar Chelsea, are the Texans selected to participate.
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):
After their season opening 2-0 victory over Chicago, the Houston Dash head to Seattle to play at 9:00 p.m CDT Saturday night. Rachel Daly’s superb strike in the Chicago match was named the NWSL Goal of the Week. Two key Dash starters, United States international Morgan Brian and Brazilian Andressa, will miss tonight’s match.
CONCACAF Champions League:
- FC Dallas’s disappointing semifinal round exit from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League a few weeks ago left two Mexican teams, Tigres UANL and Pachuca, to battle in the finals. On Tuesday night, Pachuca managed to score a crucial away goal and tied Tigres 1-1 in the first-leg of the finals in Monterrey. The second-leg will be played in Pachuca next Wednesday, April 26.
- Panamanian defensive midfielder Amilcar Henriquez was shot and killed in Colon, Panama last Saturday. Henriquez was a part of the Arabe Unido team that recently lost to FC Dallas in the qualifiers of the CONCACAF Champions League. He also a key international who made 87 appearances for his country, including three CONCACAF Gold Cups played in the United States. Henriquez most recently played in the 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw with the United States late last month in Panama City. Panamanian authorities say they’ve arrested seven people and so far no motives have been advanced for this senseless killing.
National Professional Soccer League (NPSL):
Houston Dutch Lions:
Dutch Lions will play their second preseason game tonight against San Jacinto College at the Dutch Lions facility in Conroe tonight. In other news, the team announced that 2016 top scorer Carlos Acevedo will return to the team for the upcoming season. Acevedo was an Honorable Mention selection on the All-NPSL 2016 team.
Ft. Worth Vaqueros:
Fort Worth Vaqueros will play Sporting Fort Worth in a preseason game tonight.
Houston Regals FCA:
The Regals announced three player signings this week. Two Brazilians from LSU Alexandria University, Pedro Diaz and Ricardo Caliman and a Spanish goalkeeper, Gonzalo Santa “Lalo”.
Premier Development League (PDL):
2017 PDL Mid-South Preview from Aaron Cranford (uslsoccer.com)
Brazos Valley Cavalry:
Three new players were added to the Brazos Valley Cavalry FC roster earlier this week. Huntley Munn, Emmanuel Usen Jr. and Matt Dorsey will join the team for the inaugural season which begins next month. Dorsey, a Houston Dynamo Academy graduate from Spring, is currently a redshirt sophomore at the University of New Mexico. Usen Jr., also an Academy alumnus from Katy, attends California State University Northridge. Munn is a defender who plays his college soccer at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.