Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:
Major League Soccer (MLS):
Steve Fenn, who has his own website-stathunting.com-put together this statistically rich Tableau Software table to graphically depict the recently released MLS salary data from the MLS Players Union. FC Dallas are 14th in spending in the 22 team league. The Houston Dynamo are dead last, which won’t come as any surprise to their fan base.
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):
The Houston Dash defeated the Washington Spirit 1-0 on the road last Saturday evening. Kealia Ohai, who scored the 28th minute game winner, was named to the NWSL Team of the Month for April on the heels of her two goals and an assist in three matches. NWSL put together a video that features the 13 goals she has scored in the last 13 games (link below). The Dash remain on the road this week, playing a rematch of their opening week victory over Chicago Red Stars today at 4 pm in Chicago. The Dash are now 2-1 and tied for second place with two other teams.
Youth Soccer Development:
- Major League Soccer announced that four Texas MLS Academy coaches will participate in the third-phase of a partnership with the French Football Federation (FFF) to provide a 14-month training program to MLS youth Academy coaches. The program includes field and classroom training in both France and the U.S., a one week immersion visit to a European Academy and assistance in integrating aspects of the program into existing MLS Academies.
- Texas participants are Chris Hayden from FC Dallas and Scott James from Houston Dynamo. (mlssoccer.com)
- MLS also announced that a partnership with Spain’s La Liga has been established to provide continuing education to graduates of this FFF program and other MLS Academy Directors.
- Texas MLS participants in this program are the two Academy directors-Luchi Gonzalez from FC Dallas and James Clarkson from the Dynamo. (mlssoccer.com)
- The Houston Dynamo U-14 Academy team is participating in the 2017 Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Football Cup for the second consecutive year. (houstondynamo.com)
Mexico Border Soccer clubs:
FC Juarez, a Mexican Liga MX Ascenso second division team, played the first leg of the Torneo Clausura Final against Lobos BUAP (Puebla) Wednesday night. Lobos was the winner of the first leg 2-1. FC Juarez took an early 1-0 lead and also gained a vital away goal off a redirected direct kick. The second leg is tonight in Juarez’s Olympic Benito Juarez stadium. FC Juarez is partially owned by Texas-based Mountain Star Sports Group and other El Paso investors. Mountain Star has had conversations with both MLS and USL within the last few years to potentially establish a soccer team in El Paso also. (various sources)