Category: Mexico Border Soccer Clubs

Around the World of Soccer

Best Quotes this Week:

“I don’t know if you realize just how much this means to the players, to U.S. soccer and to me. I remember the days when the support was less than what it is today. And your support does make a difference.”

Bruce Arena, who briefly spoke at the American Outlaws tailgate party in Nashville Friday night ahead of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Panama  (The Tennessean)

“In training when there was a ball I couldn’t control well, I’d hand it over to be played as if I’d lost it.”

There is constant discussion about how the United States always looks to South America for creative “Number 10” center-midfielders because we haven’t been able to develop them ourselves.  Argentinian Mauro Diaz runs the show at FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo are supposedly close to announcing an Argentine center-midfielder of their own.  If US youth soccer can find a way to develop players with this mentality it might be a good start.

Interview with legendary Argentinian midfielder Juan Román Riquelme (Pagina 12-translation from Montreal journalist @RoyNemer.

Best article discovered from outside of The Republic this week:

With numerous LigaMX clubs criss-crossing Texas this month prior to the start of the Apertura regular season on July 21 and dual-national FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez throwing his lot in with the USMNT, this is a timely long-form article discussing player development in Mexico.

Weekly Soccer Notes-Saturday, May 13, 2017

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:

Major League Soccer (MLS):

  • Will Parchman weighed in on this week about the quiet “Greatness” of FC Dallas in our midst.  I especially found a couple of points in this article interesting. First, a question:  “Are FCD one of those perennially underrated franchises routinely passed over for the glitz of the coasts?”  My answer to this question is yes and I went off on this earlier this week in my rant about how ignored Maxi Urruti has been. Second, when comparing FCD’s current run to the Galaxy domination earlier in the decade Parchman stated:  “FCD’s system is instead many different points of pressure at a smaller magnitude, like the numbing drop on the forehead in lieu of one giant swing. It’s incontrovertible proof that living, breathing depth can exist in MLS.”  A link to the full article can be found here. (

  • FC Dallas (FCD) has loaned highly-touted left back Anibal Chala to L.D.U Quito in Ecuador until the end of 2017.  Chala has been unable to get on the field during the regular season due to a sports hernia injury he suffered in the preseason.  FCD apparently rejected a $2 million loan/buy option from the Ecuadorian first division team, indicating he still remains in their long term plans.  (Dallas Morning News)
  • Former FCD youth player Emerson Hyndman, who was playing for Scotland’s Rangers on loan from English side Bournemouth FC., announced on his Twitter feed that he would miss the remainder of the season with an injury.  Hyndman is the son of former FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman and a future U.S. National team prospect.  (
  • The MLS transfer window closed on May 8th and only a few roster moves can be made by clubs between now and early July when the window opens again.  Kurt Larson wrote an article this week that anointed the Dynamo as “winning” the just closed transfer period.  Here is the full break down:

  • C.J. Brown, the legendary Chicago Fire defender who now is an assistant with Orlando, talked with Alicia DelGallo in a post on the Orlando Sentinel website this week about last Saturday’s blowout in Houston and how hard it is to prepare to play the Dynamo.  He also provided a template that Houston will probably see much more, especially at home, in the future.

“The biggest challenge was the speed, and the other part to that would be the organization … figuring out how to handle our back line when we’re under attack,” Orlando City defensive assistant coach C.J. Brown said. “A team like that basically sits around waits for your mistake and then has three blazing guys up top, put it forward and see what they can do.

“We should have probably been a little more conservative, sit back and see if they can beat us in a group versus one-v-one. That’s a lesson learned early. You don’t ever expect somebody to just leave three guys freely to sit up there like that.

Later in the article, he went on to discuss how hard it is to simulate the speed Houston brings in practice, noting that Orlando City only has one player capable of matching the pace of the Dynamo attacking group. (Orlando Sentinel)

United Soccer League (USL):

The RGV FC Toros signed Pharr-native and defender Omar Ontiveros late last week to a USL contract. Ontiveros, who was identified in January during the Toros’ Open Tryout, most recently played in Luxembourg for Club Sportif-Grevenmacher. During his two-year stint in Europe he played in 12 matches and scored twice. According to Houston Dynamo Assistant GM Nick Kowba, Ontiveros was signed to provide depth for regular Toros players who are on contracts with the first team.  (

“Our goal as a staff was to strengthen our depth in the center-back position. As Kevin Garcia and Taylor Hunter have signed with the first team and continue to contribute to RGV FC, it is important that we also sign players that are based here with RGV FC. The fact that Omar is a local player who made it through our open tryout process makes it even more of positive for our club.” 

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):

The Houston Dash lost in Chicago 1-0 last Saturday.  They return from a three-game road trip to play New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC today at 3 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium.  The Dash are now 2-0-2 and are tied for third place with Chicago and Boston.

U.S. Open Cup:

Houston Dutch Lions FC (HDLFC) defeated NTX Rayados 3-1 Wednesday night in a first round Open Cup match at HDLFC Soccer Facility in Conroe. After a scoreless first half, Jose Pablo Cova and Lawal Olayimika scored second half goals in a short period of time. After an own goal brought Rayados back to within a goal at 2-1, Jerry Scholman finished off the scoring in the 89th min to finish the victory.  Remy Broekmans was named the Heineken Man of the Match.  HDLFC now advance to the second round where they will play San Antonio FC at Dutch Lions Soccer Facility next Wednesday evening. (

Picture from the Houston based “Peel” podcast, at the match, posted on the HDLFC Twitter feed.

Mexico Border Soccer Clubs:

Bravos de FC Juarez, who are partially owned by Texas-based Mountain Star Sports Group, lost the second-leg of the Ascenso MX (second division) League Championship 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) at home to Puebla-based Lobos BUAP last Saturday night.  Juarez, who had fallen behind on a 25 minute corner kick, leveled the match in the 73rd minute off a Cristian Gordillo corner.  Unfortunately, Lobos scored in the 88th minute as Juarez desperately pushed players forward to get the goal they needed to make up the aggregate deficit and send the game into overtime. (El Paso Times)

Weekly Soccer Notes-Saturday, May 6, 2017

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:

Major League Soccer (MLS):

Steve Fenn, who has his own 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. (
  • 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. (
  • The Houston Dynamo U-14 Academy team is participating in the 2017 Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Football Cup for the second consecutive year. (

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)