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Dynakids win shootout, advance to Dallas Cup final

Posted on 22 March 2008 by ASN Staff

The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18 team will play in the final of the U-19 bracket of the Dallas Cup for the second consecutive year after winning a shootout over Dallas Texans Red on Saturday. The Dynamo will face Minnesota prep school Shattuck St. Mary’s at 3 p.m. Sunday. Last year, the Dynamo lost the final on penalty kicks. This year, the Dynamo used penalty kicks to advance to the final after a 2-2 tie with Dallas Texans Red Saturday morning. Carlos Recinos (Houstonians / Cy Ridge), Mitchell Cardenas (The Woodlands College Park / Texas Rush) and Jorge Escobar (Fort Bend Hightower / Eclipse) scored in the shootout, and goalkeeper Pat Wall (Strake Jesuit / Eclipse) lived up to his name by making two saves as the Dynamo won the shootout, 3-1.

The regulation contest was just as dramatic. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Dynamo equalized early in the second half through an outstanding solo effort from Christian Cruz (Houstonians). Recinos came close to giving Houston the lead late in regulation, but a big save forced overtime.

In extra time, Recinos scored to give Houston the lead, but the Texans rallied to score with just two minutes remaining, sending the game to a shootout. The two goals scored were the first allowed by the Dynamo in their five games of the tournament.

The Dynamo will face Shattuck St. Mary’s at 3 p.m. Sunday in the main stadium at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Shattuck St. Mary’s knocked off defending champion IMG Academy in a shootout.

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On to the semis!

Posted on 21 March 2008 by ASN Staff

By recording its fourth straight shutout, the Houston Dynamo Academy U-18 team advanced to the semifinals of the U-19 bracket of the Dallas Cup with a 2-0 win Friday over Lewisham College Academy, from London.The Dynamo will compete in the semifinals Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pizza Hut Park against the winner of the quarterfinal between Dallas Texans Red and Knowsley Youth.

In Friday’s match, the Dynamo came out flying against their physical opponent, netting two goals in the first 10 minutes. Forward Carlos Recinos (Cy Ridge / Houstonians) opened the scoring in the fifth minute with his fourth goal of the tournament. Christian Cruz (Houstonians) added the second goal in the ninth minute, but the Dynamo could not add to their lead in the first half.

In the second half, with Houston dominating the game, a red card put the Dynamo on their heels, but goalkeeper Pat Wall and the back line held out for the team’s fourth consecutive shutout.

“We closed the game out in a very professional manner,” said Dynamo Director of Youth Development James Clarkson. “The boys played big today against a much older, bigger and overly physical team. Mitchell Cardenas was outstanding in midfield, but it was a real team performance.”

The Dynamo could be facing a motivated Texans squad in the semifinals; Houston beat Dallas 3-1 in the quarterfinals a year ago before loosing in a shootout in the final. The other U-19 semifinal will pit Minnesota prep school Shattuck St. Mary’s against defending champion IMG or Texan side Solar SC.

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U-18s advance to Dallas Cup quarters

Posted on 20 March 2008 by ASN Staff

The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18 team produced a dominating second half Thursday, breezing by HPFC Heat Blue, from Washington state, with a 5-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals as U-19 Group B winners. The Dynamo will play in the quarterfinals Friday at 1 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.

In Friday’s game, the Dynamo broke the game open with five second-half goals. Felipe Marin (Fort Bend Kempner / Eclipse) scored his first Dynamo goal with a volley from all of 20 yards. Abe Matamoros (Strake Jesuit / Texas Premier), only 15 years old, netted two goals, including a header that capped a good team build-up and an individual effort. Christian Cruz (Houstonians) scored the other two goals from close range.

The Dynamo kept their third straight shutout, led by goalkeepers Pat Wall (Strake Jesuit / Eclipse) and Jonathan Leon (Cy Woods / Eclipse) and a back line that included outstanding performances from Edward Estrada (Northbrook / Houstonians) and Blake Shannon (Kingwood / Texans).

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U-18s win Dallas cup opener

Posted on 18 March 2008 by ASN Staff

The Houston Dynamo Academy U-18 team won its opening game at the 2008 Dallas Cup on Monday, beating Knowsley Youth from England, 2-0, at Richland College. The Dynamo improve to 1-0 in U-19 Group B play and will face HPFC Heat Blue, from Washington, tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Team captain Mitchell Cardenas (The Woodlands College Park / Texas Rush) opened the scoring in the 11th minute. In the second half, forward Carlos Recinos (Cy Ridge / Houstonians) netted the team’s second goal in the 55th minute.

The Dynamo dominated play in fierce winds but could not finish more of their chances. Blake Shannon (Kingwood / Texans) was sent off late in the game, and Knowsley quickly earned a penalty kick, but the shot went wide and the Dynamo held on for the shutout.

Knowsley Youth had opened Group B play with a 3-1 win over Texas Cyclones White yesterday. The Dynamo face the Cyclones on Wednesday at an auxiliary field at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

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