February 2019
For Keeper Club members and all goalkeepers young and old, short and tall, news and notes about this viable part of the Dynamos Select Club. For more than 25 years, the Dynamos have provided regular goalkeeper training and here are training schedules and helpful information for and about the club’s ever-active corps of boys and girls who serve in this important role. Contributions of news and photos by coaches, players and/or parents may be emailed to jwalker332@aol.com for use in KeeperTalk.

Trainer Roland Sikinger will meet with Junior (10-and-under) and Intermediate (11-14) boys and girls on Field 6 Mondays 5:15-6:30pm, and trainer Edgar Diaz will meet Seniors (and younger players who have team training conflicts) at 6:30-7:45pm at the same location. This schedule will be followed through mid-May:
Mon., Feb. 4—Juniors (10-and-under) and Intermediates (11-14) with Roland 5:15-6:30pm; Seniors (15-and-older) with Edgar Diaz, 6-7:45pm.
Mon., Feb. 11—Juniors (10-and-under) and Intermediates (11-14) with Roland 5:15-6:30pm; Seniors (15-and-under) with Edgar Diaz, 6-7:45pm
Mon., Feb. 18—Juniors (10-and-under) and Intermediates (11-14) with Roland 5:15-6:30pm; Seniors (15-and-under) with Edgar Diaz, 6-7:45pm
Mon., Feb. 25—Juniors (10-and-under) and Intermediates (11-14) with Roland 5:15-6:30pm; Seniors (15-amd-under) with Edgar Diaz, 6:7:45pm
Membership fees for Cy-Fair Youth Soccer Club and Dynamos players:
Junior Keepers (beginners 10 years and younger)--$25 thru mid-May
Intermediates (11 years through 14 years)--$50 thru mid-May;
Seniors (high school 15 years and older)--$50 thru mid-May
Boys and girls not CFYSC or Dynamos members, please add $25 to the above fees.
To join, send a check payable to “Dynamos Keeper Club” to: Dynamos’ Keeper Club, Attn: Loree, 10924 Grant Road #224, Houston, TX 77070. Include keeper’s name, age, and email address.
If you have questions, email jwalker@dynamossoccer.com or call 281-217-1612

Under Dyess Park’s blue skies, and with parents lending an enthusiastic hand, six young goalkeepers participated in another in a series of BYOK (Bring Your Own Keeper) Workshops on Sun., Jan. 27. With assistance from U15 Dynamos Select goalkeeper, Samantha Nichols, Coach Walker directed a series of technique and warmup activities that produced lots of touches and numerous “getting on the ground” experiences. Attending the January BYOK were Jenna Penrod (13), Allison Campbell (almost 9), Joseph Martinez (13), Caity Carter (10), Sydney Davis (12) and Caleb Shiery (11).

Welcome to new Keeper Club trainer Edgar Diaz, who is directing the weekly sessions with Seniors (15 years and older). “Having played my entire competitive career--club, high school varsity and Lone Star College—as a goalkeeper,” says Edgar, “I take great pride in helping future keepers hone and master their craft.”. .Thanks to U15 Dynamos and Cy-Woods junior varsity goalkeeper Samantha Nichols for her help Sunday (Jan. 27) at the BYOK Workshop at Dyess Park. Sam played in a game at noon, then rushed to Dyess Park to serve as an assistant and demonstrator for young keeper aspirants. . .Goalkeeper legend Ted Howard has announced plans to retire after the 2019 season. Howard broke into Major League Soccer as a teenager after starring for his local club in New Jersey and winning Goalkeeper of the Year awards for the MetroStars. He earned a then-record $4 million transfer to Manchester United before becoming a legend at Everton and became a bright light for the U.S. men’s national team, leading the Americans to a quarterfinal spot in the 2014 World Cup. Back in MLS since 2016 with the Colorado Rapids, where he will play out his final season. . .Former Argentine national team keeper Juan Jose Romero has been added to the LA Galaxy staff as goalkeeper coach, rejoining Guillermo Barros Schelotto after spending two and a half years on his staff at Boca Juniors, it was announced Wednesday. The 39-year-old Romero also worked with the Argentine national team. . .Former Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad, twice named Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year (2003, 2005), has been named Technical Director for the Columbus Crew. Onstad, a favorite in Houston, was an assistant coach at Columbus under Gregg Berhalter, now the U. S. men's national team coach, and has been acting interim general manager for the Crew. Among keepers who have played at least 15,000 minutes, Onstad is the league's all-time leader in goals against average 1.12. He's also a three-time MLS Cup champion.

January 2019
7—Andrew Lobo, Zac Cannon, Victoria Finidori, Mason Blais, Caleb Shiery, with Roland
14--Ellis Gill, Zac Cannon, Andy Garcia, Sydney Davis, Mason Blais, Andrew Lobo, Oliver Wilson. With Roland and Edgar
21—Montse Mendez (two sessions), Oliver Wilson, Sydney Davis, Victoria Finidori, Samantha Nichols, Zac Cannon, Mason Blais. With Roland and Edgar Diaz.
27—BYOK Workshop: Jenna Penrod, Allison Reynolds, Joseph Martinez, Caity Carter, Sydney Davis, Caleb Shiery. With Coach Jim. Assisting: Samantha Nichols
28—Oliver Wilson, Sydney Davis, Ellis Gill, Zac Cannon, Caleb Shiery, Joseph Martinez, Elise Bienvenu, Montse Mendez. With Roland and Edgar

“What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you is of very little importance when compared to what lies within you.”—Oliver Wendall Holmes, former U. S. Supreme Court justice.

When showing up for games, be prepared to go through a pre-game routine that will build to a peak so you can be ready at game time. Think back to your best past performances. How did you feel? How did you warm up? How relaxed did you feel? Use this to build a warmup routine that you can use before every match. You can tweak a little as you go along, but keep the same general framework.

Make a plan for success. Be on time for training and games, with proper footwear, soccer ball, water, shin guards on, socks pulled up, shirt tucked in and shoes clean, shined, and tied. Carry a positive attitude. Make sure you are optimistic, and eager to help bring out the best in your teammates. Accept responsibility for your own performance and don’t blame others for theirs. Give your best every moment.

That little EXTRA is BIG!