Category: United States Women’s National Team

Weekly Soccer Notes-Saturday, May 27

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):

  • The Houston Dash lost to Sky Blue FC in New Jersey last Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 on a goal just minutes from the end of the game. Midfielder Andressinha scored the Dash goal, converting a rebound after her initial shot hit the post in the 40th minute.  The Dash are now 2-4-0 and sit in 9th place (in a 10 team league), 6 points behind league leaders North Carolina.  The Dash return home to face Seattle today at BBVA Compass Stadium at 3 pm.  (houstondynamo.com)
  • Four Dash midfielders have been called up to their national teams for games early next month.  Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd, who currently is playing on loan in England, for the United States, Denise O’Sullivan for Ireland and Andressinha for Brazil.  (houstondynamo.com)

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL):

An article by Nipun Chopra (https://twitter.com/NipunChopra7) on the upper-Midwestern based Soc Takes website discussed the potential of a new Oklahoma City/Norman NPSL team to begin play next year.  In the article he spoke with the potential team’s lead owner, Dustin Hooker, who was previously involved in the set up of OKC Energy’s Premier Development League (PDL) side.  Hooker stated that the ownership group were in the process of filing a franchise application with NPSL.  They currently have a trial team that is playing against other amateur sides in the Midwest and Texas. In the article he alluded to the potential of other new NPSL teams in Texas in the future. Here is a link to the article that provides additional details on stadium locations and the team name:

https://www.soctakes.com/2017/05/23/potential-south-oklahoma-city-applying-npsl/

Premier Development League (PDL):

Part of the mission for the PDL is to bring top players in their league to the attention of USL, MLS and other professional soccer leagues.  As a reflection of this mission, one of their brands is “Path-to-Pro”.  The league has enlisted the help of 24 scouts across North America, including coaching directors, technical directors and head coaches, to provide the PDL with valuable insight on the top Under-23 performers in the league throughout the season. This feedback forms the basis of a Top Prospects List, which serves as a resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level players, ranks players based on their performance within the PDL, their technical and tactical qualities and their potential to play at the professional level.  The league published the first Top Prospects List this week (link below of the Top 50 prospects).  No players on our Texas based PDL teams were identified on this first list…not surprising given that the all of these teams are new and the season has just started. (uslpdl.com)

http://www.uslpdl.com/2017-top-prospects?utm_source=Premier+Development+League&utm_campaign=676ed6ee30-Espinal+Headlines+First+2017+Top+Prospects+List&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d48040a326-676ed6ee30-

National Soccer Hall of Fame (HOF):

  • FC Dallas and U.S. Soccer released new renderings and an updated schedule for the Hall of Fame, currently under construction at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.  The new timeline projects that the museum will be completed in the Winter of 2018. Other new seating and amenities in the south end of the stadium, which has been closed since construction began last year, will be completed and open next summer.  New renderings of the HOF can be found at this link: (fcdallas.com)

https://www.fcdallas.com/hof

  • The U.S. Soccer Federation and FC Dallas have hired Djorn Buchholz to serve as the executive director for the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium. Buchholz has 15 years of experience in MLS, USL (Austin Aztex) and NASL team front offices. He comes to Frisco from Austin, TX where he ran his own soccer consulting firm that provided insight and operational leadership to teams, matches and large-scale tournaments. (fcdallas.com)
  • Former Houston Dynamo players Brian Ching and Pat Onstad are among 33 players nominated for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017.  Ching retired following the 2013 season and is in his first year of eligibility. He is the Dynamo’s all-time leading scorer with 56 goals in the MLS regular season and 69 goals across all competitions. He led the Dynamo do MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.  Onstad holds Dynamo records for shutouts, wins, saves and goals against average. (chron.com)

Youth Soccer Development:

A 64-player roster has been called to Carson, Calif. for U.S. Soccer’s first Boys’ National Team Futures Camp of 2017. The training camp, which consists of players who were born in 2002 and 2003, runs from May 26-30 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.  This is a very intriguing camp, designed to identify the most talented players in the ’02 and ’03 birth years who appear to be on a later physical development path and/or are born in the second half of the year. Such parameters serve to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent, according to the US Soccer website.  Four North-Texas youth players, two each from the 2002 and 2003 classes and also from the Solar Chelsea and FC Dallas Academy clubs were selected to participate.  (ussoccer.com)

International Soccer in Texas:

The MoneyGram SocioMX Tour will come to both Houston and Dallas this summer. LigaMX sides Cruz Azul and CF Monterrey will play in Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m.  CF Monterrey will then play Pumas UNAM and Cruz Azul will play Toluca in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. (Match organizer press releases)

Texas Soccer Notes-Saturday August 15, 2017

Other soccer news of interest this week:

United Soccer League (USL):

Didier Drogba signed to play with Phoenix Rising.  Then there was this goal. Nothing else need be said (other than the RGV FC 3-1 victory Wednesday, which will be covered Monday) about what happened in USL this week.

U.S. Open Cup:

San Antonio FC learned details of their second-round US Open Cup match-up this week. SAFC will play the winner of the first-round match between NTX Rayados (North Texas Premier Soccer Association-NTPSA) and Houston Dutch Lions (NPSL), which will be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th at the Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility in Conroe. Hopefully this season will work out better for NTX Rayados than the last.  In 2016, Rayados qualified for the Open Cup, but the club was disqualified on the night before their first-round game because US Soccer Federation rules require Open Cup teams to be active in a Federation-sanctioned league.  The Rayados were not participating in the NTPSA last season because of injuries and player availability.  Why it took until the day before the match to figure this out is a mystery.

The potential second-round games for SAFC are:

-If Dutch Lions win in the first-round, the match against SAFC will be played in Conroe at 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 17

-If NTX wins, this second-round match will be played at SAFC’s Toyota Field on May 17th at 7:30 p.m.

United States Women’s National Team:

The US Women beat Russia 5-1 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium last Sunday. Houston Dash’s Carli Lloyd, moved up to forward for this match, scored the first goal on a penalty. She is now three goals away from becoming the sixth player in US Women’s National Team history to score 100 goals.

Youth Soccer Development:

The Generation Adidas Cup, an MLS-hosted tournament for U-17 Academy teams and invited international guests, wraps up today in Frisco.  FC Dallas will be playing against LA Galaxy for seventh place in the Champions Division.  After losing the opener last Sunday, FCD beat both Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid (yes that one).  They lost in the first round playoffs 4-0 to another Spanish club, Malaga.

The Championship game in this division will be contested by South American sides Flamengo (Brazil) and River Plate (Argentina).  River Plate reached the finals by beating New York Red Bulls on penalties.

Houston Dynamo, competing in the lower Premier Division, will play Chivas de Guadalajara for 5th place later today.  The Dynamo reached this point after defeating Portland and DC United and losing to Monterrey’s Tigres UANL in the group stage.  They reached this playoff stage by impressively beating FC Monterrey Rayados 3-1.

The Premier Division final will be played by New York City FC and Tigres UANL. 

Premier Development League (PDL):

Brazos Valley Cavalry:

The Cavalry added three additional NCAA Soccer Dynamo Academy Alumni to the roster for their upcoming inaugural season.  Mason Schuster (UNC-Wilmington), Elo Ozumba (Northwestern) and Christian Molina (Northern Illinois) join six other former Academy participants, who were previously announced, on the team that will begin play in June.

FC Cleburne:

Paul Davenport was named the head coach of FC Cleburne on Thursday.

Davenport is currently in his seventh year as the head coach of the Hill College (Hillsboro) men’s and women’s soccer programs.  Prior to joining Hill he coached at the university and high school level in the DFW area.  In the press release, Coach Davenport was quoted as saying  “It is an immense honor and privilege to have the opportunity to coach FC Cleburne in its inaugural season in the PDL.  I am thankful to Neltex Sports Group for the chance to introduce the city of Cleburne to this exciting league which will have some of the top college players in the region playing during the summer and being active in the local communities”.

Houston FC:

Houston FC announced their home for the 2017 season on Monday.

Additionally, the club announced a partnership with Houston Developmental Academy club….Houston Texans.  The Texans place a number of players into NCAA soccer programs and this partnership provides a summer home for these players in the PDL.

Texas United:

Ryan Higginbotham (picture below) has been named the head coach of Texas United on Thursday. Higginbotham has been the associate head coach at TCU’s Women’s program since January 2012 and serves as the program’s top recruiting assistant.  He has a long college level coaching career, including stops at top Division 1 programs like Akron and Furman Universities.  In the introductory press release he was quoted as saying,  “I am very excited to be named head coach for Texas United,  It is an honor to have a group of owners that feel I am the right person to lead this franchise in our inaugural season.”  It was also announced that current TCU assistant coach Sebastian Vecchio will be added to the coaching staff.

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL):

Dallas City FC:

Dallas City FC, who had previously been reported as closing down their NPSL team, are now listed on the NPSL website in place of Dallas area club Liverpool Warriors.  Dallas FC will be the only Texas team competing in the Southern Region’s Heartland Conference.  In addition to Dallas FC, the Heartland Conference consists of teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.