Houston – The Houston Dynamo held a college signing ceremony for seven of their academy players that moved on to the next step toward becoming professional soccer players.
Since 2010, The Dynamo academy has produced 89 collegiate and professional players, such as starting goalkeeper Tyler Deric, defender Erik McCue and midfielder Memo Rodriguez — all products of the Academy. It’s quickly growing into a culture in the club.
“Our players are being recruited by the top programs in the country, which speaks to the positive direction our Academy and club are moving in,” Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan said.
All players are eligible to play for the Brazos Valley Cavalry FC, the Dynamo’s USL League 2 — formerly the Premier Development League — affiliate, as they continue with their college responsibilities.
These aspiring professional soccer players are in their pre-professional phase – the third and final phase prior to their transition to the professional ranks.
“This is the goal of the Academy – to prepare these young men to get to the next level. There are different paths to get to there and they have a club here that will support them on and off the field,” Dynamo academy director Paul Holocher said.
Keep a look out for these names – one day you might see them wearing the Dynamo’s colors or those of another renowned soccer team.
Jalen Anderson (UNC Wilmington), Cristian Coelho (North Carolina), Daniel Coronado (Incarnate Word), Mujeeb Murana (St. Louis), Faheem Patel (Houston Baptist), Jaden Servania (Wake Forest) and Beto Soto (Marquette) will continue their education and soccer careers at Division 1 programs this fall.
We're proud of these @DynamoAcademy players and eager to watch them take the next step in their soccer careers!
— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) March 8, 2019