Six players added to 2015 PDL roster 

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is pleased to announce the signing of the following six players to the 2015 PDL roster: David Perez, Kyle Baccus, Roberto Diaz, Juan Garcia, Tom McMahon and Marshal Tucker.

David Perez is a returning player from the 2014 season, starting in 12 games. The 24 year old midfielder lives in Houston and is a former San Jacinto College player.

New signings for 2015 PDL roster
Picture: David Perez in action against the Austin Aztex.

Winger Kyle Baccus is a 21 year old who grew up in Austin, and currently plays for Midwestern State University (NCAA D2). Baccus played 19 games this past collegiate season, scoring 3 goals and netting 1 assist.

Central defender Roberto Diaz is a 20 year old from Madrid, Spain. Diaz started in all 13 NJCAA games he played for San Jacinto last fall.

Juan Garcia from Brownsville, Texas was a starting midfielder for UT Brownsville, losing the National Final, but winning all other 24 NAIA games, the 21 year old started in 20 of those games. Juan Garcia
Picture on the right: Juan Garcia #99 for UTB.

Tom McMahon is a 20 year old goalkeeper from Nassau Bay, Texas currently playing NCAA D1 soccer for Stony Brook University (16 starts and 1488 minutes in 2014). McMahon has some PDL experience as he was part of the Austin Aztex in 2014. 

Marshal Tucker is a 21 year old allround player from Phoenix, Arizona currently playing for Concordia University (NCAA D3) in Austin. Tucker played in seven PDL games for the Austin Aztex in 2014.

With the previously announced signings of George Kelley (Houston Baptist University), Jack Hayes (Lyon College), Kelvin Iloba (University of St Thomas) and current HFA players Chance Bergen and Cameron Free the roster of the Lions now holds 11 players.

Next preseason game will be on Saturday, April 11th when San Jacinto College visits the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility for a 7:00pm kick off.

Posted by Marco Pruis March 31, 2015 Categories: Club News Teams USL PDL

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 3/28 and 3/29 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U5/U6
Player of the week: Jacob Hayes


Our youngest players of the Houston Dutch Lions FC started their games with beautiful weather. The sun was coming up and the players started with a 5 vs 5. The first game was very exciting. Both team were equal to each other, and they had to fight for every ball. The second and the third game was a good example of determination. All the players wear eager to score and to win! Good stuff. Next weekend we are off, but April 11th we will be ready to play!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Green
Players of the week: Jack Walker & Thomas Teixidor

A beautiful soccer morning where U8 Blue faced U8 Green in what became a thriller of a match… Both teams started off eager to score goals, and both team scored a lot of goals this match. 

For the U8 Green team we saw goals being scored by Jared (three goals), Ben and Thomas (four goals). Thomas did not just score four goals, he also played an amazing game where he was very determined in his duels.

The U8 Blue team had a strong come back in the second half of the game, Sophie scored three goals and Jack scored four goals. Both teams deserve the credit for a tremendous exciting game!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange - Conroe FC U8B
Player of the week: Salem Sharif
U8 wins

On this nice sunny day the HDL U8 Orange team played against Conroe FC U8B. From the start the HDLFC U8 Orange was the better team in this match. With Salem and Thomas as strikers we pressured the Conroe FC team all the way to their own half. With 4 goals from Salem and 2 goals from Thomas the HDL FC U8 Orange finished the second half with a 6-0 lead. After the second half,  Salem was subbed and brought in our U5 player Ernesto who took over Salem place. Ernesto did a really good job as a striker but was unlucky to score a goal. Conroe FC U8B started the second half much stronger than the HDL FC Orange team and some defensive mistakes resulted that they were able to score 4 times, bringing the score back to 6-4. After this set back the team started to pressure the other team again. And with success. We finished the 3rd quarter with a 9-4 lead. In the last quarter the HDL U8 Orange team kept going the way they did and scored another 5 goals making the end score 14-4 for the HDL FC U8 Orange team. The team worked well together and this resulted in a great win over Conroe FC U8B. This was my first game as a coach for the Houston Dutch Lions FC and I am looking forward to see you next week and hopefully another great game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White – FC Conroe U8A
Player of the week: Alejandro Huicochea

The Houston Dutch Lions U8 White suffered a 6-1 loss to FC Conroe U8. While the team suffered a loss they managed to show strong promise for their future development. Alejandro managed to showcase his strong defensive qualities while Abigail and Darren made it clear that they have true ambition when it comes to the game of soccer.  

Go Lions!

Goals: Abigail van Vuuren

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U10 - Houston Dutch Lions FC White U10  
Player of the week U10 Orange: Campbell Childers
Player of the week U10 White: Cooper Stone

U10's together

An exciting game between the two U10 teams of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. After two games the White team has 1 point and the Orange team defends their leading spot on the table with 6 points. Both teams showed from the start that they wanted to win this game. After a few minutes Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange took the lead when Devon scored the 1-0. And later the Orange team made their lead even more comfortable when Cooper Payne scores the 2-0. But the White team didn’t gave up and with a good shot Cooper Stone brought the score back to 2-1.

In the second half there were chances for both teams and we had to wait long for the next goal. When Reilly Payne turns away with the ball towards the goal he shoots the ball in the Upper-90 and brings Orange to a 3-1 lead. Again the white team gives everything to come back in the game and when they get a penalty kick they have the chance to make the 3-2. Cooper Stone didn’t hesitate and shot the penalty in the goal. The last minutes Orange had to defend their lead and in the last seconds of the game they almost lost two points when the White team scores the 3-3, but the referee decided that it the play was offside.

From the beginning till the end both teams made it really exciting for the crowd. Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange won the three points and are still the leaders on the table with 9 points after three games!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Texas Wolves U11
Player of the week: Julianne Vega

The Houston Dutch Lions U11 enjoyed a well-deserved 5-1 win against the Texas Wolves. The first half didn't have any goals cause our great chances were stopped by the opponents’ goalkeeper. While the Lions dominated the both half’s the second part of the game went from 0-0 to a very exciting 5-1 at the same time the lions showed their ability to keep possession of the ball. 
With Coach Arez

Go Lions!

Goals made by: Julianne Vega, Sebastian Rodriguez, Joey Rudnicki, Leif van Boxtel, Ty Cames

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texas Rush U12
Player of the week: Colton Collins

The Lions were ready for the third league game after previous wins against the Texans and Space City. The boys and girl started off eager to create changes against Texas Rush U12. 

U12 wins again

In the 22nd minute Diego Robelledo was very determined to win his personal duel, and after doing so, his pass ended up in front of Colton Collins who scored the first goal of the game, 1-0.

The Lions kept on playing good soccer, trying to keep the ball and using their fast forwards when under pressure. In the 38th minute of the game, the kick of the Texas Rush goalkeeper ended in front of Colton Collins who scored his second goal of the game 2-0 for the Lions.

We saw Rush score in the 46th minute making the game exciting in the final minutes. As good as the ball possession was in the first 46 minutes of the game, the Lions became nervous in the final 14 minutes. That this was very unnecessary shows in the number of opportunities created at the end of the game.

But a third win in a row was a fact for the Lions, great job done by the team!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 – AH FC U14
Player of the week: Chris Valladares

After a tough loss last week the U13/U14’s needed to play better in order to compete against our opponent. The players knew that they have to do better. Unfortunately we missed 3 players and had only 1 substitution. Despite we had only 1 sub, we did, compared to last week, a much better job!
The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 played a good first half. We had some weak moments during the game and that resulted in the first goal of our opponent. They scored in a moment when we lost the ball. Our midfield didn’t make the transition and our defence were standing against 6 players. AH FC scored a free kick as well, right in the upper 90’s. Besides that we were unlucky in the end of the first half and we made an own goal.
In the beginning of the second half we finally saw a good organized squad. The Houston Dutch Lions FC played well. That resulted in some good chances. Unfortunately we couldn’t score out of those chances, but for 20 minutes we played like a team. On that moment I knew that we are making progress. Let’s hope that we can build further on our team in order to get some results! GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 vs. Houston Express U16                 
Player of the week: Chris Sanchez

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 played their first game in the Directors Cup. With a lot of new players in the team the Lions have a bigger and stronger squad which makes the competition in the team harder, and that is a good thing for this growing club. The most interesting thing of this first game was to see how strong we are right now, and the Directors Cup is a good level to test ourselves this spring season.

In the first twenty minutes the Lions played very well attacking wise and defensive wise. There were a lot of movements without the ball, which created enough options for the player with the ball. With a good movement Chris made space for himself and with a magnificent shot in the upper-90. He scored the 1-0 for the Lions. After that goal the Lions wanted more, but a mistake on the midfield brings Houston Express back in the game. With two more goals it was going to be even harder for the Lions.

In the second half the Lions tried to pick it up again, but the heat made it more difficult, especially when you have to score to come back in the game. The Houston Express were waiting for their moments and they had control over the game. With 3 more goals from the Houston Express they deserved the win.

The Lions showed good things today, but there is also a lot that we can do better and especially in the defensive organisation and the choices that we make. I’m looking forward to play against all these strong opponents in the Directors Cup, it pressures you to get the best out of yourself!!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA 1 – Barnestoneworth United FC
Player of the week: Juan-Pablo Pimienta

After 4 weeks of rain-outs at Bear Creek Park, we finally had a game in the Houston Football Association (HFA).
Win for HFA 1

In the beginning of the game the Lions started well. They played with a high pace and we created chances throughout the sides. We scored within the first 10 minutes. The players played the rest of the game underneath their own level. They thought we could win here easily. In the last minutes of the first half, the opponent tied from ball possession loss in the midfield.

After half time we played with one man down. They didn’t create any chances. It was a 1-1 score and we need to score in order to win the game. Lucky for us JP scored out of a good cross ball of Jeff. Also, JP scored out of an individual action and put the final score on the scoreboard. 3-1. Therefore we brought back the 3 points and are getting closer to become champions!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange - FK Bosnae     
Player of the Week: Colby Andrews

With a couple of games left, the Lions had to face FK Bosnae today. It was a beautiful game for soccer and the Lions were ready to start. In the first half the Lions played very well. The defense was good organized and in ball position we found each other easy. With three big chances the Lions had the chance to take the lead, but the Lions were unlucky with the finishing. Just a few seconds before half time FK Bosnae took the lead (1-0) and this was the only moment in the first half that we gave the opponent to much space in the box.

HFA Orange looses game

In the second half the Lions had the intention to make the 1-1, but it’s FK Bosnae that makes the 2-0 and now they even have a more comfortable lead. From this moment there is only one team that deserved a goal. The Lions creates at least six big chances, but couldn’t find the net. How more we attack, how bigger the chance for FK Bosnae to score out of a counter attack, but Belal shows that he is unbeatable as a goalie in the 1:1 situations.

The Lions tried everything to score, but how long we would play the game, the ball just wouldn’t go in the goal. Despite all the chances the Lions showed a good performance against an experience opponent!

Posted by Marco Pruis March 30, 2015 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Trialist fall to Houston Baptist University 

Wednesday, March 25th marks the day of the first friendly game between the Houston Dutch Lions FC and NCAA D1 Houston Baptist University. Where the Lions signed current HBU player George Kelley for the 2015 campaign. HBU alumnus can be found within the history of the club.
HBU 1-0 loss

The Huskies started out strong with a lot of movement on the midfield creating many chances in a short period of time. After 20 minutes future Lion George Kelley scored the opening goal of the game bringing the lead to HBU, 1-0. After a small tactical change, the Lions had much better control over the midfield and had various moments were UTB players Massen, Garcia, Parreiras and Acevedo showed their class.

In the second half Chance Bergen showed his class in two situations where he could have scored the deserved equalizer for the Lions. Unfortunately for the visitors the equalizer couldn’t be made, despite many opportunities for the forwards.

And so the game ends with a 1-0 win for HBU, in a game where the Houston Dutch Lions FC saw playing time for seven players from the open try outs, as well as five current HFA players. 

Next preseason game will be on Saturday, April 11th at 7:00pm when the Houston Dutch Lions FC host the University of St Thomas at the HDL FC Soccer Facility. The preseason game will be open to the public to watch and support the Lions.

Houston Dutch Lions FC trialist squad consisted of the following players: Stephen Nicknish, Patrick Satorie, Colby Case, Cameron Free, Darren Burns, Costa Azzopardi, Alberto Huerta, David Perez, Juan Garcia, Archie Massen, Victor Parreiras, Chris Hutton, John Michael Villarreal, Carlos Acevedo, Chance Bergen, Adrian Medina and Chace Withrow. 

Houston Baptist University – Houston Dutch Lions FC 1-0
20’: George Kelley (HBU)

Posted by Marco Pruis March 27, 2015 Categories: Club News Game Teams Try-Outs USL PDL

Youth Academy game reports 3/21 

HDL FC U5/U6 in house games
Player of the week: Drew West

The Youngest players of our Youth Academy are almost halfway through the season. The weather forecast for last Saturday wasn’t good at all, but lucky for us we could play without any rain. The players started the game with a lot of enthusiasm. The smile on their faces is a good start for our soccer Saturday. They are showing improvements every week just by touching the ball a lot.
The U5/U6 players are having the ability to score points by every win, tie or lose, and if they score a goal they are getting one point per goal. According to the standings it is an exiting run for the first place. We are looking forward to see you next Saturday, and let’s hope we will see all of our U5/U6 players! For all the participants, be there in order to play soccer, have fun and score lots of goals!

GO LIONS!

HDL FC U8 Orange – HDL FC Blue
Player of the Week: Tomas Puente Teixidor

The HDL FC U8 Orange team started out without giving the 100% on the field. In the first 20 minutes we were trying to score a goal, but de ball ended most of the time at the goalkeeper. The U8 Orange team showed great effort in the second half, and they brought the score to 5-5. U8 vs U8
After a great start in the second half of Orange, the blue team started with giving pressure towards our goal. Until the last minute of the game, blue took the lead with 8-7. Salem had a shot on goal and a player of blue made a handball in the goal keeper’s box. Salem finished the penalty and the end score was 8-8 for this very exciting game. Well done and we are looking forward to see you next week!

HDL FC U8 White – FC Conroe U8B
Player of the week: Devon


The HDL FC U8 white team end up with a win against FC Conroe U8 Barcelona. They scored a lot of goals and they played well together. Devon scored a lot of goals this game and became player of the week for the U8 White team. Next week they will try to score lots of goals again and hopefully they win again!

HDL FC U8 Green – FC Conroe U8 Toluca
Player of the Week: Salem Sharif

After a win for the U8 Green team last weekend, this week became a tough loss against a very strong FC Conroe U8 Toluca team. Our boys and girls struggled especially in the first 10 minutes of the game. After the first 10 minutes, the team became more aggressive on the ball. This helped the team keeping the opponent away from our goal.

Next time starting the game as the boys and girls ended today’s game is required, only with that mentality the boys and girls can bring home the win in next weekend’s game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White  –  FC Conroe U10 Green                       
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange  –  FC Conroe U10 Azul Grana

Player of the week HDL FC U10 White: Cooper Stone
layer of the week HDL FC U10 Orange: Griffin Miller

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 teams played there second game in the league. HDL FC U10 White played against FC Conroe U10 Green. They showed great effort in the game. You can see the teams are getting better every week. Only in the last five minutes before half time the HDL FC White lost the focus on the game, and Conroe was able to score two times. Also in the second half the HDL FC White played with a good spirit and it was Cooper Stone who made two goals after good work from his teammates. The HDL FC White couldn’t make the winning goal anymore, but they showed a great mentality to fight themselves back in the game!

U10 Orange wins again U10 White wins

In the second game of the day, the HDL FC Orange had to face FC Conroe Azul Grana U10. Last week the Lions won their first game and they wanted to give everything to win their second game also. The team played good in ball position and by half time the score was already 4-1 for the HDL FC U10 Orange. In the second half the Lions started well, but after a couple of minutes the team was a little bit sloppy. That gave FC Conroe Azul Grana the opportunity to score goals. They came back from 8-2 to 8-5. The HDL FC Orange had their wake up call now and started to control the game again. The game ended in 10-5 for the HDL FC U10 Orange and the last goal was a brilliant attack what ended with a beautiful cross from Reilly and a great finish from Vladyslav.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 – CSYSC Cyfair Cyclones Blue
Player of the week: Grant Stoehr

U14's at home
After the week of spring break and therefore without practice, the U13/U14 had their second game in the Directors Cup. The game became a tough loss for the squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14.
In the beginning of the game they started well, with great effort. Unfortunately after 10 minutes the opponent scored their first goal. The opponent had some good reactions on our mistakes, and scored 4 more goals in the first half.

In halftime we agreed that we have to act as a team. Defending wise and offensively.  In the beginning of the second half we started with a good spirit. The opponent scored 3 more goals until it was time, and the U13/U14’s gave more space away in the last 15 minutes of the game. We created a few chances and we deserved a goal. Unfortunately we could score and the end score was 0-8. Despite the loss, I am looking forward to our next game on Saturday 28th. We need to step up in order to be proud of ourselves.  

Posted by Marco Pruis March 23, 2015 Categories: Game Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 3/7 and 3/8 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U5/U6
Player of the week: Ben Gerber

The youngest players of our Youth Academy played their fourth game of this season. The weather conditions couldn’t stop them from playing soccer on Saturday morning. 

The orange Lions started 9.00 AM sharp with their first game. They were ready to play soccer!  The players of the U5/U6 made a lot of goals.  They gave a lot of effort, in order to score as many goals as they can!

The water breaks were a little bit shorter this time due to the weather. The second and the third game was again fun to watch. The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions was eager to win!

Next week we don’t have any games due to Spring Break. Of course we have practices this week and we will continue our games on March 21st. Hopefully we will see you then!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – FC Conroe U8 Toluca 4-4
Player of the week:  Salem Sharif

The U8’s had their first official game of this season. They played four times 10 minutes in order to score lots of goals!

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange team had to search their rhythm in the first 20 minutes of the game. They created chances, but gave a lot of space away in the back as well. We had to do our defensive work in order to get a good result. In the second half they played more organized. We came back and brought the score to 3-4., goals were scored by Thomas and Salem. 

Eventually Salem brought a tie on the score sheet. 4-4 and we could score the winning goal. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the ball in the net and the game ended in a 4-4 tie. The U8 orange team showed that they had the strength to come back in the game. Good stuff! Eventually the lions did well in their first game of the season. If we play every game the same as in the second half good results will come!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue – FC Conroe U8 Barcelona 6-8
Player of the week: Sophia Saludares

The Houston Dutch FC U8 Blue team had their first game of the season against FC Conroe U8 Barcelona. It was a fun game, were both teams created chances and score lots of goals. The U8 Blue team was searching how to play in order to score goals and to defend together. FC Conroe U8 Barcelona came to a 1-4 score. Sophia Saludares brought the score back to 5-4 after some good dribbles and better defending work of the U8 Blue team. 

In the second half the U8 team was a little bit unlucky. A corner kick went in by one of our own players. Eventually we lost the game with 6-8, but we deserved the win. In order to win games in the future we have to make sure we are defending together and attack together. I am sure we can manage that! GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White - Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Green 8-9
Player of the week: Alejandro (Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White)
Player of the week: Thomas (Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Green)

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White and Green played each other in the first official competition round in 2015! In de first half the White team had a great start. They pressured the green team away and also showed good ball position. By half time the score was 6-4 for the White team.

In the second half Kirsten was the goalie for the Green team. Kirsten was very unlucky when she got an injury on her finger. We all hope see is doing well!! With a few changes the game went on again. The Green team had a strong come back and they took a 9-6 lead, but the Houston Dutch Lions FC White didn’t give up and tried to draw the game. They almost did it but there was not enough time left. The game ended in a 9-8 win for the Green team.

Goal scorers for the Houston Dutch Lions FC White were Alejandro (3), Aiden (3), Rylee (1) and Devon (1). Goal scorers for the Houston Dutch Lions FC Green were Thomas (5), Joaquin (2) and Eugene (2).

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange - FC Conroe Soccer U10 Green 9-4
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White - FC Conroe soccer Azul Grana 2-4            
Player of the week: Griffin Miller (Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange)
Player of the week: Vladyslav Froimson (Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White)

Youth Academy teams in action

The first game in the competition is a fact for the Houston Dutch Lions FC U10’s! The U10 Orange had a tough first half against FC Conroe Green. They showed more confidence and took the lead (2-1). But in the second half the Lions played with a great mentality. They won almost every battle and played a good passing game what resulted in some beautiful goals from Devon (3x), Griffin (3x), Cooper Payne (3x). With a 9-4 win the Orange team did a great job!

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White lost their game with 4-2. It looked like the game would end in a draw, but FC Conroe U10 Azul Grana scored two more goals in the last minutes of the game. Both teams showed their skills today! Vladyslav made both goals for the Houston Dutch Lions U10 White.

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – FC United of Barnstoneworth 2-1
Player of the week: Ryan Dobbs

Due the weather a lot of players from both teams were running late. It was hard to play on a slippery field because of all the rain. The Lions tried to make the best out of it by passing the ball around and keep the pressure on the opponent. In the first minutes of the game both teams defended their goal easily, but then Ryan Dobbs try’s a shot from distance and the goalie didn’t had an answer (1-0). The Lions cannot celebrate long when the opponent scores the 1-1.

Before half time the Lions get a free kick 30 yards from the goal, and with a beautiful shot Ryan Dobbs scores his second goal and the Lions took the lead again (2-1).

In the second half it was almost impossible to play the ball around. A lot of players had it hard to stay on their feet when the field became more slippery. The only weapon that both teams used a lot were shots from distance, some of them were close, but not close enough. And that was a big relieve for all the Lions, because after a long time without a victory in the competition, finally the Lions won a game and took the three points home!

Posted by Marco Pruis March 11, 2015 Categories: Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Game schedule Development teams announced 

In our Online Calendar, all games for our U5/U6, U7/U8 and U9/U10 for this Spring season can be found. The U5/U6 boys and girls have already started their games. Together with FC Conroe our U7/U8 and U9/U10 kick-off their 10 game season tomorrow morning.

Go Lions!

The six U7/U8 teams that will participate in this league (arranged by the CYSL) will have their kick-off at either 10:00am or 11:15am at the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility Field #2B West or Field #2B East, game format for these young Lions is 5 v 5.

The four U9/U10 teams (league also arranged by the CYSL) will have their kick-off times at 9:00am or 10:15am. Game format will be 8 v 8 and games will also be played at the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility (Field #2A).

Main contact around the games is Youth Academy Manager, Michiel van de Heijning, please contact Michiel at [email protected] or 713-498-4407.

CYSL

Posted by Marco Pruis March 06, 2015 Categories: Club News Game Schedule Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy game reports 2/28 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U5/U6
Player of the week: Drew West 

The players of the U5/U6 had to deal with cold, wet weather circumstances. They knew that they had to run hard in order to stay warm, and so they did. The first game was a good warm up. After the warming up they did their best to score more goals in order to win.

After the 3 games, one of the parents brought cookies for the whole squad. Again, thank you for bringing a little snack for the kids. Next week we are having games again. We are looking forward to see all of our players at the practices and games! GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White 5-8
Player of the week: Salem Sharif

The U8’s played 4 times 10-minute games last Saturday. They were as always eager to win and play their games. As soon when the referee started the game, all the players sprinted towards the ball. They were all very enthusiastic. Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White team took the lead in the game. The players needed a break after 20 minutes of playing soccer. During halftime we changed goalkeeper and the coaches shared their soccer enthusiasm with the kids.

The U8 White continues with scoring goals. At the end Salem Sharif was top scorer and created good chances together with his fellow teammates. Both teams played with 100% effort. Good job u8’s! We are looking forward to next week with again an exited game!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White 6-5
Players of the week: Reilly Payne & Dustin Lindvall

U10's Orange Coached by Maarten and U10's white Coached by Michiel.

The first half the teams already showed how competitive they are to each other. Both teams had chances that they created from good combinations in the field. The goals were beautiful and the fighting spirit of the teams was incredible. By half time the score was 2-1 for team Orange. The goals were made by Kendall, Cooper and Vladyslav.

In the second half the game was even more exiting with many goals on both sides. The White team took a lead 3-5 with and Dustin made a three goals (HATTRICK!). But the Orange team kept their heads up and fought themselves back in the game and now it was Reilly Payne that scored three goals (HATTRICK!). 

With the Orange team winning this game 6 - 5, both teams played a very good match!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Texas Rush 10 – 4
Player of the week: Julian Vega

While the Dutch Lions FC were down a player, the squad managed to come out with a 10-4 victory with fantastic assists and goals. Julian Vega scored 7 goals, with one being from a fantastic assist by Joey Rudnicki.

U11's beat Rush

Two great goals from Patrick Halbirt, each showing his ability to run with great pace while in possession of the ball. Addie Bartlett scored another goal from a beautiful set piece, showing her ability to play both center back and forward. While in the first half all players played positions they found themselves comfortable with, the second half brought the challenge of playing in different positions. Not only did the Lions manage this change they thrived in it by proving they could all be a part of the attack. All seven players had a shot on goal. Though there is still much to work on, the team can be glad they performed so well.

Goals: Julian Vega, Patrick Halbirt, Addie Bartlett

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Space City FC U12 2-0 (1-0)
Player of the week:  Diego Gorjon

The second league game of the season also resulted in a victory for the U12’s. After last week’s 2-1 win against the Texans, the Lions were eager to show better field play this time.

Win for the U12's

Defensively the team was strong, small changes were created and after 20 minutes it was Diego Gorjon who scored the first goal for the Lions, 1-0. In the first half right forward Colton was dangerous a few times, unfortunately it didn’t led to a second goal before the half time whistle.

In the second half the Lions continued dominating the game, the field play became better and the opponent had difficulties reaching our goal through excellent defending from our team!

Finally we saw central defender Christian Keller move into the midfield, after a combination he went one on one towards the goalkeeper and found the back of the net!

And so the Lions win again, a more than deserved win for the boys and girl who fought for every duel, keep up the good work!

Posted by Marco Pruis March 03, 2015 Categories: Game Teams Youth Academy

Super Y U18 boys team coming to Houston 

In addition to the existing PDL and Super 20 teams the Houston Dutch Lions FC is proud to announce a very important part of our development pyramid, a U18 boys team that will play during the summer months in the Super Y.

“On behalf of everyone here at the Super Y League, we are pleased to announce our next group of new member clubs for 2015,” said Gordon Bengtson Director, U20 & Youth League Development at USL Soccer. “We have experienced unprecedented growth for 2015, and the interest and support of the league has been tremendous. Not only will each of these clubs contribute to the overall quality of the league, but they will also play a role in helping expand into different regions and start new divisions.”

In all, 16 teams from Major League Soccer, the USL, the PDL and the W-League will now host Super Y League programs as they look to develop players that will have a chance to compete at the next level.

“It is fantastic to see so many of our senior level teams supporting the vertical integration our organization offers,” Bengston said. “More clubs recognize that it is not only vital for the sustainable growth of their first teams but also see the value of our league and its programming. This development is a testament to how strong the league will be in 2015 and also the exciting future for the Super Y League.” 

“The continued growth of the Super Y-League for 2015 is both encouraging and exciting,” said Mike Jacobs, Vice President League Development. “To be able to add teams that are not only well respected, but also with affiliations with professional clubs in the USL and Major League Soccer speaks volumes for the standard of clubs in our league.”

United Soccer Leagues

Technical Director of the Houston Dutch Lions FC Marco Pruis said: ‘The Houston Dutch Lions FC is very proud to add an important step into the development pyramid within the club. With our USL PDL and Super 20 squads going into their fourth season, we are very excited to add a Super Y U18 boys team. With the addition of a U18 boys team, the Houston Dutch Lions FC becomes an even better stepping stone for young soccer players. We will look for top U16/U17/U18 boys from the greater Houston area who we can help grow as a soccer player to reach their own top level. Our summer program becomes much stronger with the addition of a U18 boys team. In the Dutch philosophy we look at skill level, not directly at age, we look forward to challenging top talents with the possibility of moving up our development pyramid.’

TRY-OUTS:

Super Y try outs scheduled for 4/24 at 7:00pm  http://www.houstondutchlionsfc.com/super-y

For questions regarding the U18 boys team, feel free to contact Technical Director Marco Pruis at [email protected] or 713-498-3888.

Posted by Marco Pruis February 23, 2015 Categories: Club News Super 20 Super Y Teams Try-Outs USL PDL Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 2/21 and 2/22 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U5/U6 in house games
Player of the week: Jax Payne

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U5/U6 had their second weekend games of the season. They played 3 games of 12 minutes in order to score lots of goals. The players were eager to win the games and to touch the ball as much as they can.

After each game, the players deserved a water break. The players were rotated each game. Every game they had to play against different teams. At the end of the games the parents of the children arranged some cookies for all the players. It was a lot of fun to see those everyone playing. Next week we are having the games again with a 9.00am kickoff. The Houston Dutch FC Staff are looking forward to the next games of our youngest players.

GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue
Player of the week: Thomas Puente Teixidor & Sophia Saludares
 

With the first league games starting this past weekend, both our U8 teams started off all ready to go. In a 5v5 game format both teams tried to make triangles. When the space was there we saw great individual moves from Sophia, Salim, Mathew and Thomas. New player Jack showed to be a great addition to the U8’s.
U8's in action

Both teams made it an exciting game. With a 5-5 score, with only 2 minutes to be played, the Orange squad scored the winning goal (6-5).

Good job from all players, good luck this upcoming season! 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Blue
Player of the week: Kendall Kimny & Cooper Payne

U10's with Coach Marco U10's with Coach Maarten

The first league games for our U10’s also started this past Saturday. Within 5 minutes both the Kimny sisters scored a great goal, first Kayle finished a nice attack and just minutes later Kendall found the back of the net.

Both teams saw new players come in during the winter break, standouts for the Blue teams were the twins Cooper and Reilly. The brothers knew how to protect the ball and helped their team out in dangerous situations.

With the Blue team winning this game, the first round is behind us. Next week both teams play another game, good luck Lions!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Kingwood Alliance U11 2-0
Player of the Match: Drake Talley

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 enjoyed a well-deserved 2-0 win against KW Alliance U11. The first half we saw goals from Julianne Vega and Joey Rudnicki  which were both the result of strong combination plays and individual technique. While the Lions dominated the first half, they were presented in the second half with the challenge of playing unfamiliar positions. With this dilemma the players still managed to express themselves as individuals and play as a team.  No goals were scored in the second half but many opportunities were created and Evan Franks on his debut managed to hit the crossbar. Drake Talley played the complete game and was able to showcase his abilities as both a goalkeeper and very strong field player. Andrew Daher and Marcos Sanchez showed great discipline as defenders but were not shy to be a part of the attack. All players should be proud not of the victory, but of the fearlessness to express their own soccer identities in this game which was captained by Nicholas Armstrong who has shown a great training ethic in preseason and it was demonstrated during the game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texans U12 2-1 (1-0)
Player of the week: Colton Collins and Mathew Silva

Finally the U12’s were back in business in the first league game of 2015. With Dayton and Colton joining the team, the boys and girl looked sharp to start this game against the Texans U12.

U12's win with 2-1!

Within the first 10 minutes, left forward Mathew Silva showed great persistence in pressuring the ball. He kept on going trying to get the ball back, when he was close to the goal he forced the opponent to make a mistake and Mathew scored the first goal, 1-0 for the Lions!

The Lions were stronger, had small chances but couldn’t promote any of these chances into a second goal. In the second half the Lions had to wake up quickly as the Texans scored the equalizer and became a bit stronger. With 15 minutes left in the game our central defender Christian Keller moved into the midfield. After a combination with Dayton he went one on one towards the goalkeeper and finished the ball very professional, 2-1 for the Lions.

And so the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 wins the first game of the spring season, good job team!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14  - EDDOA Wolves 0-5
Player of the Week: Jon Franks

The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 had their first home game of the season in the History of the Houston Dutch Lions FC.

U14's first home game

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 had a tough game. The Lions wanted to play a good game against them with lots of effort. The First half wasn’t strong from our side. We had to step up in order to get grip on the game again. Even though the Wolves scored 2 goals in the first half, we created several chances to score a goal. Unfortunately we couldn’t finish the chances that were created.

The Lions agreed that they had to give more effort in the second half. Despite we couldn’t create serious chances, we were more aggressive and we stood up against our opponent. Overall the Squad deserved a goal, but unfortunately the chances couldn't be converted into a goal. Next week we are having a home game again. The game starts at 3pm at our soccer facility at field 1.  The U13/U14 has to step up their game in order to get better results. Next week the Lions can try it again!

GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – TFC United 0-1
Player of the week: Patrick Garland

Last Sunday, the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange played against TFC. the Lions had to win this game if they wanted to have a chance to climb in the league table. In the first minutes of the game the Lions had some shots but couldn’t create really big chances. Later in the first half the game was changing when TFC United played more physical. The Lions played in a low pace, couldn’t win the battles on the field and also gave to much space to the opponent to pass the ball around.

HFA Orange squad

In the second the Lions made the same mistakes and this time TFC United used the space good and took the lead (1-0). The Lions tried to fight themselves back in the game but didn’t play with the confidence and energy that they had last two games. It was hard and sometimes frustrating for everyone because a lot of things went wrong. Only in the last 20 minutes of the game the Lions were close to a goal but were very unlucky finishing their chances.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA 1 – Fury Black 4-1
Player of the Week: Stephan Nicknish

The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC wins an important game in order to become the league's champions!

After a short warm up the players were ready to start the game and continue the good play of last weekend. The main goal was to win the game. The Lions had dominated possession most of the game but Fury only had a few counter attacks that resulted in 1 goal. The Lions were sharp and played with determination.

Overall, The squads of the Dutch Lions FC were in better shape, had more quality and played with determination. We wanted to score by creating chances throughout the side with a lot of movement from our midfielders. The first goal made by Chance was a good ‘one touch’ of Edwin. Chance was faster and finished the rebound after his first shot. The Lions weren’t able to expend the score in the first half. They needed to be smarter in the battles, and they need to show the willingness to win!

The defense of Fury wasn’t able to defend our offensively attacks anymore. After the second goal of the game, Fury wasn’t able to get the grip of the game. The Lions played on their half for the last 35 minutes of the game.   We created several chances, but scored only two goals more. Chance and JP took care of the goals.

After the end signal all the players including staff knew that they had a great result! We are having 4 games left to make sure we become the best team in division 1B. Congratulations with the victory and the first spot in the standings! Well done! See you guys at practice Tuesday. Next week we are playing at 1pm against Barnstoneworth United FC at field number #25. GO LIONS!

Posted by Marco Pruis February 23, 2015 Categories: Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

HDL FC Orange squad claims spot in quarter final! 

THE HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC HFA ORANGE CLAIMS SPOT IN QUARTER FINAL SHIELD CUP!

Albion Red – Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange 0-1
Player of the week: Jon Ethridge

Last weekend, HDLFC Orange played an important game to claim a spot in the Shield cup quarterfinal. The team showed already that they a real cup fighters. The game against Albion Red decided who would play in the quarter final of the Shield Cup. In the first 25 minutes the Lions controlled the game. Robbert Kroeze made de 1-0, but the Lions forgot to finish the other good chances they had and slowly lost control over the game.

After a few seconds in the second half Albion Red almost created a big chance. The Lions were awake now and took control over the game, but forgot to finish a couple of big chances. Despite these tremendous chances, the Lions lost the control again later in the second half. Albion Red was getting stronger, searched for the 1-1 and even had a penalty, but didn’t score. The Lions had to fight to bring this lead to the finish line and eventually could win the game.

A hard game for the Lions. The team showed mentality and claims a spot in the quarterfinal in the Shield Cup! Already the Lions can be very proud of themselves!  

HDL FC wins with 5-0
Houston Dutch Lions FC  – Enchanted Rock 5-0
Player of the week: Chance Bergen

After 3 weeks of cancelation, the first squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC finally had a game at the field at Bear Creek Park. According to the standings, it should be a tough game for us. We are facing the number 3 team in standings.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC knew that they had to play good soccer in order to get three points today. The opponent of today dropped back and waited for the counter attack. The Lions won the ball possession game but lost the ball to soon in the first half. Enchanted Rock created some counter attacks, but they never made a serious shot on goal. After 15 minutes in the game we started to play on there half. It was hard to get through, but eventually Chance took care of the first goal of the game. Brian, Nickson and Chance made some nice combinations and Chance scored out of a cross ball the ball into the left corner of the goal.  A lot of pressure went away after the first goal. We gave more pressure and the second goal was just an understatement.  5 minutes later Nickson reaction was perfectly and scored out of a rebound from the goalkeeper.

When the players came off the field right after the sound of whistle of the first half everybody smiled. They enjoyed playing soccer. The Lions worked hard and created lots of chances by playing good soccer. In the second half the lions scored 3 more goals. All 3 goals made by Chance Bergen.  Nice combinations, good finishing and overall good team play!  A big shout out to the first squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC! They worked hard and they deserved the 5-0 victory. The Lions started the game knowing a victory would be necessary to secure our 1st place in the standings.  And so we did! This was step number one. Now, all our focus should be going towards next week’s game. 1pm against Fury Black. This opponent is the number 2 in the standings. I am sure; if we are able to hold our level of play we would have a good result as well. Important game in order to achieve our goal! See you guys at practice and make sure you are ready this week!

GO LIONS!  

Posted by Marco Pruis February 16, 2015 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams
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