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DYNAMO PRESS: Houston Dynamo launch Under-23 team

DYNAMO PRESS: Houston Dynamo launch Under-23 team

Apr 16, 2014

The Houston Dynamo have launched a new Under-23 team to begin competing this season, it was announced today.

The U-23 team is the latest addition to the Dynamo development system and will bridge the gap between the Houston Dynamo Academy and the first team. The squad will be comprised of former and current Dynamo Academy players as well as players identified through Dynamo Trials.

"This is another step forward for our player development system,” Dynamo director of youth development James Clarkson said. “It will be great to work with the college players again and hopefully we find some outstanding talent at the Trials. I'm very confident of putting together a very competitive group this summer."

The 2014 season will run from mid-May through mid-July. The team will be managed under the direction of the Dynamo Academy and will be coached by Clarkson, assistant director Eddie Robinson and technical coordinator Tom Harris.

The squad will compete in the U.S. Men Under-23 Cup Tournament from June 13-15 in Horsham, Penn. Additionally, the U-23 team will compete in Copa Alianza at Houston Sports Park from May 24-26. The squad will also participate in other tournaments and friendly games to be announced at a later date.

The roster will continue to be constructed through mid-May. The following players (all former members of the Houston Dynamo Academy) are confirmed for the squad:

Name                        Position                       Age     University                               Hometown

Bryan Celis                Midfielder                   20        Kentucky                                Katy

Christian Diaz             Midfielder                   19        West Virginia                          Houston

Juan Lopez                 Midfielder                   20        Purdue Calumet                      Houston

Alex Ochoa                 Defender                     19        West Virginia                          Pasadena

Fernando Pina             Goalkeeper                  20        Akron                                      Houston

Miguel Zapata              Midfielder                   20        Houston Baptist                      Katy

The date and details for Dynamo Trials will be announced soon. The full roster will also be announced at a later date.

Other Major League Soccer clubs with U-23 teams include the Chicago Fire, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The Dynamo visit the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from PPL Park in Chester, PA. The club returns to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, April 27 to host the Portland Timbers. For tickets, visit www.HoustonDynamo.com or call 713-276-GOAL.

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 eight 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. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

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