Dynamos in Action
It was a busy and productive weekend for the Dynamos as the 00 girls, 04 Gold girls and 05 Gold girls captured titles last weekend in the United Soccer Clubs (USC) National Cup competition. Those three teams will travel to Colorado this summer to compete in the USC Nationals. Two other Dynamos teams--01 girls and 04 Gold boys--won advancement to Oklahoma for USC Regionals. And still another Dynamos representative--the 02 Gold boys--will compete in the Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Regionals in Illinois. Director of Training Olivier Finidori pointed out that teams advancing will not get much rest this summer. “The National competition is outstanding, where only the best get to compete, and we will need to be ready,” said the DOT, under whose command the under-15 Dynamos girls will be playing in Colorado after winning their final game last weekend in a penalty kick shootout.

The second round of tryouts, for Under-14 and older candidates for Dynamos Select boys and girls teams, are slated for Dyess Park June 3-6. Each player is required to attend both days of the tryouts. If a player does not attend, without proper notification, or excusable absence, his/her name will be taken off the rosters.
What to wear: Cleats, shin guards, blue shirt, black shorts, and blue socks are recommended, but not mandatory (returning players must wear their Dynamos training kit). New players will receive a Tryouts shirt.
What to bring: Water, ball, bug spray, positive attitude. (no paperwork required for tryouts). Here’s the schedule:
U14 boys and girls—Mon., June 3, 5:30-7pm; Wed., June 5, 5:30-7pm
U15 boys and girls—Mon., June 3, 7-8:30pm; Wed., June 5, 7-8:30pm
U16 boys and girls—Tues., June 4, 5:30-7pm; Thurs., June 6, 5:30-7pm
U17 boys and girls—Tues., June 4, 7-8:30pm; Thurs., June 6, 7-8:30pm
U18/U19 boys and girls—Tues., June 4, 7-8:30pm; Thurs., June 6 7-8:30pm
For additional information, contact the Director of Training dynamo14@dynamossoccer.com. Players selected for Dynamos teams will be expected to attend the Dynamos Select camp Aug. 5-9 for pre-season training.

The annual Summer Conditioning and Technical Program for goalkeepers, and a limited number of field players 14 years and older, will begin June 11 at Dyess Park and continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Here’s an opportunity for boys and girls to prepare for high school or college team, or for the Dynamos fall season. Jim Walker and Mark Hunter are co-directors and there will be appearances by other trainers and specialists to assist in the training process. To register, make check payable (the fee is $175 for Dynamos or Cy-Fair Youth Soccer Club players with a $50 discount for paid-up members of the Keeper Club) to Dynamos Keeper Club and mail to: Keeper Club Summer Fitness, 10924 Grant Rd #224, Houston TX 77070. For more information email JWalker332@aol.com or call 832-420-7182.

CoachesMemo May 24 19 Maddie
Longtime Dynamos player Maddie Saucedo is congratulated by Director of Training Olivier Finidori on Signing Day at Cy-Woods High School when the goalkeeper committed to play at Schreiner University in the Fall.

Happy Birthday wishes to Director of Training Olivier Finidori, celebrating on Friday!. . .Congratulations to Dynamos goalkeeper Maddie Saucedo, who announced on Tuesday that she will attend Schreiner University in the fall to play for the Mountaineers. Big day for the longtime Keeper Club member!. . .The Buzz applauds former Dynamos player Mary Grace Rodriguez, who has earned a track scholarship to Texas A&M. . .Hats off to former Dynamos player Andrew Silverman who graduated this week from Augustana College in Illinois, where he played several seasons of soccer. “I thought I’d be playing soccer all four years,” said the Cy-WoodsHS alum, “but it turned out quitting was a great decision for me personally. Instead, I became more involved on campus.”. . .Thanks to Joen Preuss for posting the Coaches Memo on the Dynamos website last weekend when customary website manager Loree was swamped with tryouts, posting of new teams, and registrations. And thanks again to Andrew Bridges for making sure the Memo was posted on social media. . .Fresh from a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over DC United last weekend, the Houston Dynamo travel against Minnesota United in their new stadium on Saturday (7pm on KUBE 57 and TeleXitos) before returning home to face Sporting Kansas City on June 1. First 5,000 fans into BBVA Compass Stadium will receive a Mauro Manotas bobblehead. . .Leaping high fives to Houston Dynamo defender and captain DeMarcus Beasley, who announced this week he will retire after 20 years at the age of 37. In addition to a prestigious Major Soccer League career, Beasley is the first American men’s player to appear in four World Cups, starting in 2002. . .If you have items or photos for the Coaches Memo, please email to jwalker332@aol.com. Deadline for each issue is midnight Wednesday.

“Our aspirations are our possibilities.”--Coach Robert Browning

INSIDE THE INSIDE: Director of Training Olivier Finidori discusses coaching moves in last weekend's performance by the Dynamos 05 Gold girls in capturing the United Soccer Club's National Cup title and advancing to Colorado Nationals in June: "Dynamos, congratulations on an outstanding, and exciting weekend. The players warmed up well, and seemed ready to take on this challenge. We started a bit nervous, and it took a few minutes to truly get our shape in order. As we grew into the game, we were able to neutralize just about anything they threw at us, extremely well organized defensively as a unit, and we showed we could threaten them on the counter. We kept finding that pocket of space beyond their midfield, and our target players were running countless counters. Eventually we scored two great goals, and our opponents were left groggy wondering what was happening. We had them right where we wanted them. Unfortunately as the first half was winding down, I could sense complacency setting in--we stopped making challenges, started to space out from a positional sense, and allowing too much space between our lines. You could feel something coming, and I started counting the seconds to take us to halftime. Unfortunately, we didn't make it. After absorbing much pressure, we failed to deal with a deep ball in behind, and after a couple of mistakes, handed their striker an opportunity which she buried gratefully. As soon as that goal went in, it totally deflated us, as Challenge was firing on all cylinders. Once again, we failed to close down and pressure our opponents in midfield, and after a long distance shot, the game was tied at 2. It was disappointing to see how, after such a glorious start, we punished ourselves, and let that team back in. At halftime, I commended the girls for an outstanding 20 minutes of high level play, but also crucified them, explaining how if we are to be successful at the higher level, we must learn how to manage momentum. In soccer, momentum can switch rapidly. How we deal with those moments will determine the outcome of these matches. It is easy to be alert, confident, and aggressive when we are up, and playing well. But we need to learn to be just as efficient and ruthless, when everything is going against us. A poor goal, a bad call from a game official, a missed opportunity, consistent pressure from an opponent, these are times that determine the outcome of a match, and will be able to change a negative result into a positive one. Goals are the ultimate momentum factors. We must capitalize when we score, pick up the intensity to hurry and get the next one as fast as possible. We also must be much tougher when we get scored on, rather than look down at the ground, especially if it is a poor conceded goal, players, parents, and coaches must stand up, get their chins up and rebel immediately giving everything to get that goal back. Even though we will not always get it back, the fact that we have the pedal to the metal will allow us to regain momentum, while also making sure our opponents do not gain anything further. It did not happen after the first goal, and the second came soon after. In the second half, we were getting pressed, and struggled to get in the game, however, the attitude and body language was positive. We then got scored on, and I saw the players get their chests out, heads up, and talking to one another to get that goal back. . .lesson learned. From that point on, we definitely picked up steam, started to commit more players forward, asking our wide players to stop defending, and staying high. We were getting close, but could not find that goal. Thankfully Challenge kept pushing forward, and as we kept players high, we were getting chances on early long and direct balls. In injury time, just seconds away from the end, on another long punt, somehow through extreme perseverance, our striker out-muscled the two center backs, beating the keeper to the ball, and with the tip of her toe nail, slightly touched it past the keeper. Deliverance!!! It was well deserved in the end, in a game that we should have never let get away. I had to leave for the penalty shootout, but as I was kicking off my game, I heard a loud roar heard all the way to Zube Park, as I glanced I saw all of our players and families jumping into the air, and I celebrated from field 2, looking probably very goofy on my sideline. Going into the third game, after coming from behind in the second match to claim a victory, we were in the driver's seat. Facing an opponent that had nothing but pride to play for, the pressure was on us to get the job done. We spoke about starting the game fast and furious to stun our opponents from the get go, not allowing them to get in the game. Obviously, that speech did not hit home, as we couldn't get a touch on the ball, we were losing all the challenges, and we were totally out of sync. Ultimately, we deservedly got scored on. It was probably the best thing that happened, as it felt like the players' attitude changed, and they were not going to let this opportunity slip away. We started to pick up the intensity, and to move the ball with increased confidence. However, we just couldn't create any opportunities. This Dash team had a very unorthodox formation. They played with a deep sweeper, and stopper, which we haven't seen in the game for the last 20 years. I had to modify our formation so that we could expose their naivety. We played with three forwards, took away our wide midfielders who were wasting their efforts, and it immediately paid off, changing the game. After missing two to three clear-cut opportunities, we tied the game. Then at halftime we were able to discuss how to beat that formation, and the players applied the tactics to a tee. There was only one team on the field in the second half, and we created great chances, scoring two more wonderful goals. It was cruise control down the stretch, as the players managed the game perfectly. I am so grateful to have seen this group play this weekend. They are a great group, and I am impressed with the work by Mark and the girls in the last couple of years. It all paid off this weekend as this is a wonderful achievement and the fruit of much hard work, setbacks, but through perseverance, they got their just reward. Congratulations, Dynamos, I am so proud, and happy for you all. Off to Colorado!!!!! Keep it up!"--Olivier Finidori, Director of Training

Chris Wondolowski has scored more regular-season goals than any player in Major League Soccer history. Let that sink in. That’s Chris Wondolowski, former NCAA Division II player for Chico State. That’s the same person who was drafted 89th overall in 2005 and waited patiently for five seasons before becoming a regular MLS starter. That’s Chris, who played 37 games and scored four goals for the Houston Dynamo 2006-2009. His will go down as one of the greatest stories in American soccer history, especially now that “Wondo” has finally unseated Landon Donovan as the greatest MLS scorer of all time. And he did it in storybook fashion, in front of his home crowd and playing for his hometown team (San Jose Earthquakes). He did it by scoring four goals for the first time in his MLS career. The sports and soccer world showered the humble Wondolowski with praise and congratulations.--MLS Report

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