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Garth Pallonias Hired as Director of Player Development / USSDA Staff Coach

April 17, 2017  |  HOUSTON – Texans Soccer Club continues to bring in the Region’s top coaches. Garth Pollonais will be coming on board on May 15, as the Director of Player Development and as a USSDA staff member. As Director of Player Development, Garth will take the lead role in seeing that players are receiving the appropriate teaching for their age and for their ability. His efforts will be noticed through each of the Texans Campuses and at all levels of play. Coaching a soccer team is more than just showing up and sending a few emails; it takes proper planning, and proper execution.

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Justin Copeland Returns to Lead Cypress Location

April 12, 2017  |  HOUSTON - The Texans Soccer Club welcomes Justin Copeland back to the club to fill the role of Director of Coaching for the Cypress Location. Justin served as the Aggieland Director of Coaching for several years before moving back to his home state of Oklahoma to be with his family. However, with the growth of the Texans Soccer Club, and the addition of several new campuses, facilities, and programs, Coach Justin is eager to get back to his "home" club.

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Texans SC Welcomes New ECNL Director, Jose Reyes

March 28, 2017  |  Texans SC is pleased to announce that on April 1, Jose Reyes will become the Texans' ECNL Director, guiding the club as it becomes one of 56 members of the elite league.  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) will provide another platform for selected players to be involved in regional competition with a chance to advance to a National Championship while providing opportunities for players to be identified by National and Collegiate scouts.

April 15, 2017  |  HOUSTON –  Ahead of its inaugural Premier Development League campaign, Houston Football Club has revealed a partnership with Texans Soccer Club in Houston – a club that has a strong history of developing future college and professional athletes.

“In bringing PDL to Houston, we wanted to partner with a soccer club that has a proven vision and a track record of execution in the development of youth players,” Houston FC President Jeff Fetzer said. “ Texans SC has a proud history of participation in the U.S. Development Academy from U13 through U18. Due to the club's commitment and the players' hard work, the club places players into college programs at a consistently high rate. We want players that have developed in that type of environment at Houston FC.”

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Mar. 10, 2017  -  Eric Quill, Texans SC Academy Directory was called up to the U15 National Team camp, March 4-11th in Chula Vista, CA.

 

Director Quill highlighted that “there are 24 players in camp competing extremely hard for the opportunity of a lifetime so the intensity in training is extremely high every day. These players are extremely talented and focused with a mentality to be the best. It's fun to be working with elite group of kids who want to be great.” 

According to U15 National Team Head Coach, Dave Van Den Bergh, the camp is designed to pick the top 20 players for the April, Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy.

 

After recently attending US Soccer’s Academy Director’s course, Director Quill feels this opportunity, “will be a great thing for our club and I hope it will help our presence on the big stage of youth development.”

 

“It’s blessing that Eric has earned this opportunity” said Lee Baker, Texans SC Executive Director.  Texans SC is very proud to have Eric represent our club and country. 

Feb. 17, 2017  -  Texans Director of Player Development Ken Fogarty can be seen and heard across the entire American soccer landscape.   Travelling from one Texans division to another providing guidance to coaches on session management, roaming across the South Texas landscape as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach to filling the radio airways as a guest on ESPNs Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis, Fogarty has impact and influence.

 

Well, let’s add another, much needed, contribution to American soccer. Fogarty serves MLS as a Professional Match Evaluator (PME).  Peter Walton, Professional Referee Organization (PRO) General Manager, highlights the importance of these evaluators as part of the official referee assessment program. “Match evaluators, that is somebody employed by the league - an independent person - that role is not specifically to look at the officials and how they perform, that role is to look at the organization of the day. A part of that is to feedback on the referees' empathy and the application towards the players.”

 

This weekend Fogarty will be attending to the Annual PME Conference in South Carolina to prepare for the upcoming MLS season.  The conference will cover topics such as, analysis of referee's and AR’s performance, bench behavior, game reports and the protocol to file the match report.

 

The Texans SC is proud to have Ken Fogarty represent the Texans as he shares his knowledge with the greater American soccer community.

Photo left to right: Sondra Himmer, Dir. of Development; Gail Hannahs, Dir. of Rehabilitative Services; Sean Easton Texans Fundraising Chair; Lee Baker, Texans SC Exec. Dir.; Dr. Peter Morgan MD, Radiation Oncologist; Keith Barber CEO Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital; Dwight Adsit, Manager Athletic Training Services; Angie Tippit, Dir. Cancer Center; Chad Stoval, Program Coordinator Cancer Center; Julie Peterson, Program Dir.

Photo Credit: Richard Carson

Feb 20, 2017 Texans SC donates $5,000 to Houston Methodist Cancer Fund - Texans SC players and families raised over $50K in the 3nd Annual 24-Hour Soccer Marathon Fundraiser.  Through a determined effort, the Texans ensured that club programs and staff development would continue to advance the overall player development experience provided by the club.

 

Houston Methodist joined the fundraiser as a title sponsor and provided pink, UnderArmour Texans jerseys to the top 50 fundraisers.  In alignment with its outreach programs, the Texans donated 10% of net funds raised to the Houston Methodist Cancer Education and Awareness Fund.

 

Sondra Himmer, Regional Development Director for the Houston Methodist Foundation said, “On behalf of the Houston Methodist Willowbrook team we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Texans Soccer Club to advance health in our community.  We are impressed by these special and young supporters of the hospital.”

 

Texans SC Executive Director, Lee Baker, presented the donation to the Houston Methodist CEO, Keith Barber, saying “We are really pleased with the current partnership and even more excited about what’s in store for the future.”

JAN 20, 2017  |  U18 DA player Christian Cappis on his selection for the U18 MNT Training Camp, Jan. 23-30

TSC - First off, congratulations on one of the highest honors a US soccer player can achieve, you're in a very small club now.  Where were you and what were you doing when you found out?

CC – When I first found out I was actually just relaxing playing some FIFA with my brother. 

TSC - You've been playing out of your mind this season, did you have any idea this was coming?

CC – I think that this form is something that I’ve always wanted to achieve.  But, I was never able to consistently play at that level. This year I have focused on getting results for the team.  To get those results I know that the team and I have to produce strong efforts as individuals. I guess something finally clicked for me, and now it’s something that I’ve come to expect from myself every time I play.

TSC - OK, we're all very aware of how talented you really are.  You've already trained with the professional side in San Antonio and committed to play at SMU when you were just a sophomore.  How much time do you and have you spent training?

CC – I think there’s never a day where I don’t have a ball on my foot. Whether it’s at my house, or at our practices as a team, or the times we don’t have a practice I go out and practice on my own. 

TSC - Were there any key events in your development that really pushed you to the top of your game?

CC – I think the one event that really had the biggest effect on me was during the summer when my team was going from the U13 Pre-Academy to the U14 Academy.  I got cut and moved down to the Premier team while the rest of my team moved on without me. It was a wake-up call for me that I need to improve and push myself. Through hard work and Coach Alfie’s support, I was able to play my way back onto the Academy less than 2 months after the season started.

TSC - Anyone special you want to recognize for helping you to this point?  

CC – I think obviously my mom and dad for how much they’ve done for me through my life. Also all of the coaches I’ve ever had. They all have made me a better player in some way whether it was technically or mentally. 

TSC - How does it feel to know, that you’re about to wear the colors of your country?

CC – It’s an amazing feeling, one that I still have to this day. But after a day or so I realized that, while this is an amazing moment, it is not the end. When I go to camp I know that I’m fighting for my spot in the future and that’s how I have been preparing myself since I got the call. 

TSC - The Texans are extremely proud of the person and player you are.  The club could not have found a better person to represent them at the highest level.  You are and will always be the standard for #Texanstrong.

CC – Thank you very much. And I look forward to more Texan SC players getting a call up of their own.

October  |  #Texanstrong in support of those who serve and are deployed.

Texans SC players and families came together for #REDFriday in a demonstration of strength, Remembering Everyone Deployed, and wishing them a safe journey home.  Across every division, those who serve are in Texans' thoughts, actions and hearts.

 

"It is a humbling feeling to see so many families and kids showing support for those deployed overseas. Our troops need that sense of support from those at home. Within the club there are still families with loved ones sacrificing their lives for the freedom of others throughout the world. A small gesture such as RED Friday brings awareness for those we should never forget."

                                                                                    -- Texans Coach and USMC Veteran Marcos Palacios

 

Thanks to our entire Texans family for your #REDFriday and #UAFreedom support.

August 3, 2016  |  Aurora Sports Park in Colorado came to life at the end of July as the best teams from across the United States converged for the US Club Soccer National Cup.  Across 22 first class soccer fields, one mile above sea level, the 15th National Cup kicked-off with Texans Soccer Club coaches Jimmy O’Sullivan and Clodo Cervantes guiding two teams into the competition.  The Texans 02 and 01Kingwood teams arrived at the National Cup representing, the Texans Soccer Club, the Kingwood Division and South Texas soccer after finishing at the top of the United Soccer Clubs League.

 

The Texans 02 Kingwood opened the tournament against Bayside FC from Rhode Island winning a balanced match 2-0 thanks to exceptional goals from Jared Flores and Carlos Vasquez.  Jared’s overhead kick to open the scoring will be remembered as one of the goals of the tournament.  Their second match found the Texans up against the Chicago Inferno Elite, eventual finalists and one of the top clubs in the country.  Falling behind early in the match, Texans’ Miguel Mendoza scored the equalizer, leading to numerous opportunities for the Texans to take the lead. However, against the run of play Chicago found the late winner.  The final match saw the Texans fall to an excellent Maui United SC team, “At no time did the Texans 02 Kingwood team give in or give up, this has been a great season for the boys,” said Kingwood Division Director and Coach O’Sullivan.

 

Opening the tournament against the Hawaii Rush SC, the Texans 01 Texans demonstrated skill and control, dominating possession and pressuring the Hawaiians at every opportunity.  Despite their dominance, the Texans had to settle for a scoreless draw in their first match.  The positive play continued into the second match against STA Morris United from New Jersey.  Falling behind by a goal just before half-time, the Texans showed determination and were rewarded when Rito Almaguer found the equalizer.  The intense match came to a heartbreaking end as Morris United were awarded a late penalty and the Texans fell 2-1. The Texans entered the third match determined to change their fortunes against Bayside FC from Rhode Island.  Controlling the match, hard work produced a stunning goal off the head of Donovan Josey from a Bryan Martinez free-kick.  Bayside equalized on their only shot of the first half, however victory for the Texans came on a strike in the second half by Ethan Fierro.  Coach Cervantes said, “The team just missed the finals by a matter of points.  This was a tremendous effort by all the players and their parents.”

 

“The Texans Soccer Club is proud of the achievements of our Kingwood teams.  Their talent, passion and parental support represents the best of what the Texans SC has to offer, “ said Texans SC executive Director Lee Baker, “I wish to congratulate the boys on the rewards of their hard work and commitment.”

May 1, 2016 - Texans Soccer Club (SC) has reached an agreement to develop and build a state-of-the-art training and match complex in Cypress along the Grand Parkway. The project represents a significant investment by the Texans SC to provide a foundation for the club which has divisions across the Houston area.

 

The nearly 30 acre site will include eight soccer fields, four futsal courts and training facilities that will serve as the new home for the Cypress division and provide additional top quality fields for our pre-academy and USDA programs. The site will support all the Texans divisions as well as community activities including friendlies, tournaments, leagues, coaching/referee courses and camps.

 

“We are very fortunate to have found the ideal location to cater to our Northwest Houston families”, said Lee Baker, Texans SC Executive Director. “Phase one will include turf fields and futsal courts to immediately address our need for more training space during inclement weather and once phase two is complete, the complex will serve as an example of the commitment we have to youth soccer in the community.”

The complex will be located off Kitzman Road in Cypress, 10 miles from our Klein division at uScore Soccer, 13 miles from our North division at Burroughs Park, and 7 miles from our Cypress division at Sandlot Sports. Additionally, the location will be a great option for our Aggieland division to host league matches.

Planning for construction on the Texans SC complex is expected to begin immediately, with completion of phase one estimated by January 2017.  The Kitzman road location positions the club at the heart of significant development planned along the Grand Parkway corridor.

 

The acquisition of the land and development of the fields has been made possible thanks to the assistance of private corporate relationships.  The club will continue with fundraising activities to enhance the training facilities being planned as part of phase two of the project. “This project is only possible because of a group of unselfish Texans’ families”, said Baker.  “They’ve invested time every day, working with the Texans leadership to make this dream a reality”

 

Questions and interested parties should send inquiries to texanssccommunications@gmail.com

Texans USDA Director Eric Quill to Attend US Soccer Academy Directors Course

 

AUG 20, 2016 - Now considered the highest level educational opportunity in US Soccer, the Develop Academy Directors Course, is the integration in practice and philosophy of the collective belief that better coaches will develop better players.  US Soccer states that the course aims to improve, educate, and inform youth leaders from around the country of the best practices and current trends in elite youth Academies.

 

“I'm truly blessed that someone thought highly enough of my coaching ability to nominate me to be a part of this prestigious license” said Texans Academy Director Eric Quill, “I hope to dig deep into the heart of development this year and have it translate into Texans SC success.”

 

Quill begins the yearlong course this week, August 16-19, in Portland, Oregon, focusing on Leadership, Club Vision and Self-Assessment. Future modules will cover Scouting, Technical Leadership, Club Environment and domestic and international case studies.  The course is structured to facilitate intimate group discussions involving instructors, mentors and Directors from other academies and will help technical leaders develop additional skills off the field to improve the everyday environment in their clubs.

 

"The course specifically focuses on Academy Directors because they are leading an entire organizations," says Aloys Wijnker, one of the Course Instructors and a Coach Educator at U.S. Soccer. "While coaches focus on developing a group of 16-18 individual players, the Academy Directors create bigger-picture strategy for the academy as a whole."


You can learn more about the course at www.ussoccerda.com/da-directors-course-1516

July 20, 2016 - 45 Texans' players and their families have just returned from Grimaud, Gulf of St. Tropez, France, following an exciting event arranged by AM Sports Tours.  The Texans had a chance to compete in the Grimaud Cup, attend a 2016 European Championship match live and experience the excellent hospitality delivered by the team at AM Sports Tours. Lee Baker, coach of the Texans 07 team in France commented, "It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players and parents. This is the fourth tour the club has done with AM Sports and they never disappoint."  Players from the Texans' East, Aggieland, Cypress, Houston, Premier, Pre Academy, USDA, and Youth Academy divisions were represented in France.

AM Sports partnership with the Texans over the last five years has enabled Texans' families to visit Spain, England, Brazil and now France as part of their tour offerings.  Led by founder, Austin MacPhee, current Assistant Coach to the Northern Ireland National team,  AM Sports has offered elite camps at uScore Soccer during the Summer, providing opportunities to train in the style of European academies. 

Two participants from last year's AM Sports Camp, Grady Easton and Brian Mekelburg, have been invited to attend the AM Sports Pro Experience this July in Scotland.  The program offers talented youth soccer players the opportunity to live the life of a professional player during an intensive two week home stay camp. "Grady and Brian were first class last summer in their approach to the camp in Houston and we know they will do well with 20 other top players we have selected from around the world." Ross Grant, AM Sports Camp Staff Member.


AM Sports Tours is offering a camp from July 18-22 at uScore Soccer.  Visit www.uScoresoccer.com to register or visit  http://amsportstours.com/ to learn more about AM Sports Tours' programs.

July 13, 2016National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have been selected to be the official Car Rental Suppliers of the Texans Soccer Club (SC). 

 

National Car Rental® has long been favored by frequent renters at airports for speed and vehicle choice. Enterprise Rent-A-Car® is the first choice for business travelers who need to rent near their home or office while providing savings to their company.

Texans SC members who enroll with Emerald Club, the loyalty program of National Car Rental, will enjoy negotiated rental rates, expedited service, greater ease of renting and exclusive rewards.  Emerald Club members bypass the rental counter at select National locations, earn credits toward Free Rental Days, and enjoy faster rental returns with E-Receipts.

 

Texans SC will earn credits toward Free Rental Days as members rent vehicles, helping to keep valuable club resources going toward world class coaching and programs.

 

“We’re excited to enter the agreement with National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car,” said Lee Baker, Executive Director, “It’s a first of its kind for the Texans, as we look to deliver value to our membership, while trying to minimize both the member’s and the club’s transportation expense. As an additional incentive, members who enroll will be invited to attend a free, two hour skills clinic the weekend of August 6-7.”

 

If you are not currently a member or need to update your profile, click the Enrollment button below.  Once enrolled, you can make a reservation with either National or Enterprise, and your Emerald Club membership will be recognized with both brands. Reference Account Number  XZ06M83 when making all reservations.

May 5, 2016 -- Carl Fleming will join the Texans on June 1, as the Director of Coaching for the new Houston division, while also providing leadership to the Klein, Cypress, and North divisions, ensuring quality and consistency across the program.  The club will realign the divisions so that Klein, Cypress, and North will feed into Houston starting at the U13.  “Carl Fleming is an excellent coach who has great experience in developing players at all ages,” commented Alfredo Martinez, North Director, “he is a coach that any club in the country would like to have. He has an extraordinary technical and tactical ability in this beautiful game and he's a great person and excellent man to work with.”

 

Carl brings 20 years of experience as a youth soccer director with a strong focus on player and team development.  “I am personally excited to have Carl back in Houston. He was an important part of my development as a player and has played an even bigger part in my development as a man. The Texans SC family is very lucky to have Carl around our players and staff,“ said Kenny Bundy, Texans USDA Coach and former player for Carl Fleming at UNC Greensboro. Upon Coach Fleming's arrival in June he will immediately take initiative on improving the College Prep Program for all Texans high school aged players for all divisions.

 

Carl served as an Assistant Director and USDA coach for the Texans from 2006-2014, taking the '92 Texans and '96 Texans to the National Final Four Championships and placing numerous players into top colleges. “Carl is one of the most effective and knowledgeable coaches I know,” added Ken Fogarty, Technical Director, “I have worked with Carl at club and Regional ODP level and found Carl to be a tremendous coach when working with players of all levels. Plus, Carl brings a wealth of college contacts based on his extensive experience coaching in the college ranks.'

 

The Texans are excited to welcome Carl, his wife Dana and their four children back to the Texans family.  Dave McCabe, U18 Academy parent echoed the excitement of the club, “Carl Fleming has the ability to recognize specific player strengths which is essential in creating cohesive and successful teams. His demonstrated leadership abilities will certainly benefit the club". 

 

Welcome home Carl.

Let me Intoduce You: Kingwood Division
Teams: 17 Select; 7 Youth Academy   Players: 254 Select; 78 Youth Academy   Zip Codes Represented: 25

April 20, 2016 -- As one of the newest members of the Texans family, Kingwood brings a tremendous amount of experience to their training and games at North Park Sports Complex.  “A few factors stand out about our division” said Director Jimmy O’Sullivan, “the chemistry and bonding between the players and coaches.”  Success in Kingwood is based on trust, where the players are allowed to play with skill and flair.  “Our desire to play attractive football, win games, overcomes any fear that the players have of making mistakes or losing games,” added O’Sullivan.  He expressed how proud he was of his training staff and the work they have done in the community.

 

Joining the Texans has gone so well, that in the Fall of 2016, Kingwood will be adding a Youth Academy under the direction of Rodo Castilla.  According to O’Sullivan, “the biggest message we can send right now is how successful the merger has been, it's given all players a pathway to play at the next level.”

 

"Coaches Jimmy, Clodo, Cesar, Javier, and Rodolfo make up one of the stronger soccer staffs in the state, and the growth and results of the Kingwood division speak for themselves. Any players in the area would be doing themselves a disservice by not coming out for a tryout with the Texans Kingwood division." said Lee Baker, Texans Executive Director.

 

Let Me Introduce You is a periodic feature sharing information about the Texans Divisions. If you’re interested in joining the Texans, please click Tryouts at the top of the page.

April 29, 2016  |  Club Interview with Academy GK Andrew Morrison

 

TSC - I'm sure you're aware of how many "new" fans and followers you have at the club, how does it feel to suddenly have all this extra attention?

AM - It is the greatest feeling in the world having all these young eyes looking up at me, especially because I’ve been in their shoes not so long ago.

 

TSC - OK, you must be really good to get this opportunity.  How much time and on what, do you spend training?

AM - I show up to practice 30-45 minutes beforehand to work on my weaknesses and stay an hour or so after my team practice to polish my goalkeeping techniques with Miguel. One of the most important things to do when spending extra time training is to set goals that you have deadlines for. One of my early season goals was to take full field goal kicks with my weak foot by Christmas... without that deadline I would still be working on it.

 

TSC - So with all the training, do you get much time to study?  How important are your grades?

AM - I personally believe school is the first priority, no exceptions. I am at school the normal day as anyone else, getting home at 3:00. However I leave for practice at 4:00 and get home at 10:00 or later. I often do homework in the car to and from practice, and as soon as I get home I finish up anything I have left. I often use weekends to get ahead of the busy work the coming week will entail.

 

TSC - You’re about to wear the colors for your country, how does that feel?

AM - Wearing the colors of my country? This whole opportunity feels unreal, but when phrased like that… It just fills me with pride and joy. 

 

TSC - Anyone specific you'd like to give so shout out to?  Anyone standout in preparing you for this opportunity?

AM - No doubt my coaches Miguel and Eric both deserve a shoutout. Miguel and I both set the goal in August that this season I would be on the National Team, and we have worked hard every day of the week towards that goal. Without Miguel, I wouldn’t be the keeper I am today. 

 

TSC - The Texans are extremely proud of the person and player you are...will you make sure you remind the US National Team coaches that you are #Texanstrong?

AM - There is a certain character and style found throughout the club, I feel I represent those characteristics well and the coaches and players at the camp will soon realize all that we stand for and what makes us #Texanstrong

 

TSC - Thanks Andrew... you’re an amazing young man.  We wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to catch up when you return from California.

April 1, 2016  |  The Texans Soccer Club (SC) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Soccer.com to be the official uniform provider for U11 and older teams.

 

In a unique agreement, Texans SC members will have a dedicated website for all of their uniform and fanwear needs. Lee Baker, Texans SC Executive Director, highlights the benefit that families will now be able to order, pay for and receive Texans gear directly from Soccer.com. In addition, the Soccer.com call center is open every day of the week to resolve any problems. Texans SC will also receive training resources and equipment as part of the agreement. 

 

Chris Steffens of Sports Endeavors said, “Soccer.com is thrilled to partner with Texans Soccer Club for the upcoming uniform transition. Along with Under Armour, we have a great team committed to providing an unmatched experience.“ Soccer 4 All will continue to be the official local soccer shop and Youth Academy uniform provider.

April 12, 2016  The Texans have donated 15 sets of uniforms to Ivan Bychov and his organization, Revival Sports, who provides uniforms to teams in the war torn country of Ukraine. Additionally, 26 uniforms have been donated to Project Samuel, a youth ministry that serves “at risk” children in Zambia and Nicaragua.

 

Revival Sports and Project Samuel are faith based organizations that use sports programs to help children in difficult environments and situations. Revival Sport brings the Coaching 4 Life program to 650 clubs and teams in 34 counties of Eurasia. “Because of family, economical, political crises in the region,” says Bychov, “ many young players are not able to pay for uniform and have shin guards with cleats.” Project Samuel helps the disadvantaged, abandoned and abused children by ministering to the “complete” child: Body, Mind and Spirit.”

 

“'We are so thankful that the Texans have provided us 25 sets of uniforms and cannot wait to send pictures back from Zambia of our Project Samuel players wearing the Texans badge,” says Relationships for Christ Ministries President, Timothy Vowell.

 

Lee Baker, Texans SC Executive Director, and his wife will be visiting Zambia in June of 2017 with other Texan SC coaches and famiies.

April 4, 2016  |  The Texans Soccer Club (SC) is proud to partner with Under Armour in the mission to support, inspire and give back to the men and women who protect us everyday through UA Freedom.

 

UA Freedom has a mission to inspire and support the brave by donating a minimum of $250,000 annually to support First Responders, Military Support Organizations, Law Enforcement Officers, and Veterans who have committed to keeping us safe. The partnership with Under Armour will allow the Texans SC to provide a message of appreciation and service at every match.

 

“We are honored to partner with UA Freedom,” said Texans SC Executive Director Lee Baker “as we have always had the mission of utilizing soccer as a vehicle to teach life lessons. This new partnership will give our players, parents, and staff the opportunity to look beyond the game and into the reality of the freedoms we have in this great country. We will expect our players on and off the field to reflect the integrity, work ethic, and selflessness of the men and women that UA Freedom supports and represents.”

 

The partnership has been made possible by donations from select individuals and companies, with 25% of all donations going directly to UA Freedom and the programs it supports, like the Wounded Warriors Project. “We are excited to partner with the Texans SC in this initiative,” said Sebastian Godoy, Associate Manager at Under Armour. “Our partnership with the club has once again been proven as something unique, unlike the prevailing agreements at the youth soccer level today.”

April 6, 2016 Jaiden Willems from the Texans Soccer Club (02 Pre-Academy) has been selected to attend the  US Club Soccer’s id2 Program Training Camp scheduled for April 7-10, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

“The club is very proud of Jaiden's accomplishment and know he will represent the Texans well in North Carolina,“ said Lee Baker, Executive Director.  “His response to playing up for the last several years with us has been fantastic, as he has relied on his technical and tactical excellence instead of his athleticism.”

 

US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country’s top youth soccer players to be identified and developed in an elite training camp with top players from throughout the country, while also being scouted  for possible inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs.

 

Eric Quill, Texans SC Academy Director added, “It only takes a split second to realize Jaiden's got something special to his game. He has an excellent first step and great technique when he's on the ball. He's got a really high ceiling and I expect more programs to recognize him for years to come."

 

For more information about the id2 Program, please visit  http://www.usclubsoccer.org/id2

March 23, 2016  |  Texans SC Academy has just finished a well deserved Spring Break after a Fall season complete with both triumph and disappointment. One thing that is certain, the culture is definitely strengthening from a competitive standpoint and I’m extremely proud to see that happening.

 

The U-18 Academy has played exceptionally well since the the Christmas Break, losing only one game out of their last seven with a conference leading eight ties. Once this team learns the art of finishing off games they will quickly climb in the standings. The commitment from this team has been fantastic. Many players could easily put their game on cruise control while waiting to enter their college fall season, however, that’s not been the case. I love that about them. A majority of the senior’s have their college commitments sewn up and I expect more coming soon.

 

The U-16 Academy is striving to find the winning consistency they need in order to make the USSDA Playoffs. At the moment, they sit 3 points out of a wildcard playoff spot, so we will be looking to make a strong push in their final 7 games. The chemistry with this group is really special as they genuinely care about each other, and it shows when they play with passion for each other every game. Congratulations to Christian Cappis, as he has just committed to SMU for the Fall of 2018.   --  Eric (USDA Director)

March 18, 2016  |  Davin Hickman-Chow (02 PA) and Juan Pablo Faudoa (03 Premier) have been selected to play in the V International FCBEscola Tournament in Barcelona. In a move that will no doubt strike fear into Leo Messi’s heart, Texans SC’s own Davin Hickman-Chow (02 PA) and Juan Pablo Faudoa (03 Premier) have been selected to play in the V International FCBEscola Tournament in Barcelona, Spain over Spring Break! Juan Pablo and Davin are the only two players from the Houston who have been invited, and were selected from a pool of over 5,000 players this past summer based on performance and sportsmanship, while attending a local FCBEscola camp. They will be a part of the FCBEscola Camps USA teams that will be playing among 14 other countries at the official FC Barcelona facilities. Good luck and congratulations Davin and Juan P!

March 14, 2016  |  Do you ever wonder what Texans SC coaches do over Spring Break? Perhaps you picture them at the beach, hanging up their cleats for a well-deserved break. Instead, fifteen Texans SC coaches joined many other United Soccer Club and Players First club coaches to participate in a LaLiga Formation Methodology course in College Station. LaLiga, a world-renowned professional league in Spain (featuring top clubs like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid), has entered into a long-term partnership with US Club Soccer. Each Texans coach paid to participate in the course, while the Texans SC paid for their food and hotel costs through money raised in the 24-hour fundraiser. Introduced by Nike, this technical partnership provides coaching education resources, player development opportunities and other assets to US Club Soccer clubs, coaches and players.

 

“The ability of us as coaches to learn about other approaches of development will enable us to grow professionally and ultimately have a very positive impact in the overall development of our players,” said Texans USDA Coach Johann Arboleda, who attended the course.

 

LaLiga is providing a training curriculum to help clubs create a better learning environment and day-to-day experience, which will in turn enhance player development. The curriculum features top player development experts from LaLiga and its member clubs. This course is made up of three levels, the first starting this Spring with an Introductory course, which involves 22 hours of onsite education. The course also involves several hours of online webinars in subsequent months to build on material for advancing to the Advanced and Expert courses.

 

According to Coach Johann, the course offers a great opportunity for exposures to LaLiga philosophies and methods,“Spaniards are known for being technically gifted players,” Coach Johann said. “In addition, they are known for being very tactically disciplined players. Therefore, it makes me very eager to form part of such a unique course. Spain has been one of the top countries in the world in the past 15 years in developing world class players, therefore it is exciting to take part in this course.”

 

The Texans SC coaches were not alone at the training. They were joined by around 80 Texans SC players who participated in the field demonstration sessions. A statement from a US Club Soccer representative said, “The demo players were great!! Very attentive and hardworking.”

 

What a great representation of what the Texans Soccer Club and its coaches can do together. The following Texans SC coaches attended:

 

Luis Flores - East Staff Coach and U12 Coach

Jeremy Cheeseman - East Youth Academy Director

Joey Taylor - Houston Youth Director and U15/U17 Premier Coach

Darrell Abramowitz - Cypress U8-U13 Coach

Ty Beasley - Houston U12 Coach

Freeman Turkson - Houston Youth and U16 Coach

Johann Arboleda - USDA Coach U12, U13

Cesar Gutierrez - Pre Academy Coach U10-12

Marcos Palacios - North Coach All ages

Cesar Hernandez - Kingwood Coach All Ages

Javier Garcia - Kingwood Coach All Ages

Jimmy O'Sullivan - Kingwood Director of Coaching

Clodo Cervantes - Kingwood Coach

Justin Copeland - Aggieland Director of Coaching

Eduardo Losa - Houston Coach U11, U13

 

Thank you for the dedication, time and commitment of all the Texans SC coaches for bringing the club new and exciting training and playing experiences. GO TEXANS!!

March 11, 2016  |   Ken Fogarty, Texans SC Director of Player Development, is participating in the 2016 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 1998 International Tour in San José, Costa Rica over March 8 - 15, 2016. Ken is the Head Coach of the Region 3 ‘98 group and has been a head coach with various ODP age groups over the last ten years. While Texans SC is a part of the USDA program, Coach Ken feels that ODP has value, “I think the ODP program currently complements the USDA program. It is still a quality and well organized program, certainly at the regional level, and offers quality coaching and competitive international matches and experiences.”

 

The Region 3 ‘98s will play other youth teams from Costa Rican professional clubs such as Alajuela, Heredia, Belen and Cartago, and will experience the local culture while visiting schools and interacting with the other players. Kudos Coach Ken for sharing your expertise with both the Texans and Region 3 ODP, and good luck in Costa Rica!

January 2016  |  Former Texan Receives Post-Season Honors

For the second straight season, the Bears had a pair of players earn Missouri Valley All-Freshman Team honors. Daltyn Knutson, from Spring, Texas, tied with Carson for the team lead in assists this season, tallying three while playing a team-high 1,352 minutes as a key piece of the Central Arkansas midfield. Chris Holmes, from Conway, Arkansas, scored a pair of goals on the season, and totaled 1,004 minutes on the field while splitting time as a forward and midfielder.

 

"Daltyn is a handful to with out there," said Coach Duncan. "He's a competitor and has been important for us this year. We asked a lot of him and he went to work at it every day. He's a big part of what we are building here and he's going to continue to have high demands put on him."

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