Twelve Houston Dynamo Academy players sign letters of intent

Twelve Houston Dynamo Academy players sign letters of intent

Feb 6, 2014

Twelve players from the Houston Dynamo Academy signed letters of intent today and will continuetheir soccer careers at Division I programs this fall.

The group of signees is part of the Dynamo Academy U-18 team, under head coach and Houston Dynamo director of youth development James Clarkson.

“I’m very proud of all the boys,” said Clarkson. “The fact that 12 of them have now committed to Division I colleges shows the progress our Academy has made, and we recognize the important role local youth clubs have played in getting the players to this stage. We expect more of our players to go on and have successful college careers in the future. Every player that has successfully graduated our program has gone to college or turned pro and we are very proud of this.” 

Several members of the signing group were members of the Dynamo Academy U-16 team that won its group at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs in July 2013 and reached Finals Week, held at Houston Sports Park.   

“We are very dedicated to the responsibilities we have to these boys off the field,” said Dynamo U-16 head coach and assistant technical director Eddie Robinson. “When they leave this Academy, we are sure that they will not only be great soccer players, but also, young men who set the example of what it means to be model representatives of the highest, moral, educational, and aspirational values.”

Below are the Dynamo Academy members who signed letters of intent on Wednesday:

Gabriel Camera: University of New Mexico

High School: Fort Settlement

Position: Defender

Michael Cusack: High Point University

High School: St. Thomas Episcopal

Position: Defender

Matt Dorsey: University of New Mexico

High School: Klein Collins

Position: Defender

Zach Jackson: University of Tulsa

High School: Cypress Creek

Position: Midfielder

Bryce Marion: Stanford University

High School: Cypress Ranch

Position: Forward

Albion Neziri: Florida Atlantic University

High School: Nimitz

Position: Defender

Elo Ozumba: Northwestern University

High School: Strake Jesuit College Preparatory

Position: Forward

Irvin Ramirez: High Point University

High School: Elsik

Position: Midfielder

Daniel Rutter: Coastal Carolina University

High School: Clear Springs

Position: Midfielder

Louis Thomas: West Virginia University

High School: Lamar High School

Position: Defender

Emmanuel Usen: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

High School: Cypress Springs

Position: Forward

Garrett Welch: Southern Methodist University

High School: Strake Jesuit College Preparatory

Position: Defender

The Dynamo Academy was launched in 2010 and features teams at the U-18, U-16, U-15, U-14, U-13, U-12 and U-11 levels. The Academy trains at Houston Sports Park, adjacent to Methodist Champions Field, the trainingfield for the Dynamo first team. For more information on the Dynamo Academy, visit www.HoustonDynamo.com/Academy. 

The Dynamo first team continues preseason on Wednesday with a game against the Portland Timbers in Tucson, Ariz. The game will begin at 6 p.m. CT and will be streamed live at www.HoustonDynamo.com. The Dynamo opens the 2014 MLS season on Saturday, March 8 when they host the New England Revolution at BBVA Compass Stadium. Season tickets for the 2014season are available now by calling (713) 276-GOAL or at www.HoustonDynamo.com.

ABOUT THE HOUSTON DYNAMO

The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first nine seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times.  The team currently trains in the Houston Methodist Champions’ Field at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. Formore information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

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