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Youth Academy practices started 

After a successful summer the Houston Dutch Lions FC Youth Academy is back on the artificial turf fields of the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility! Signing up your child is still possible; please contact any of our Coaches for additional information regarding the upcoming youth season. 

Leo the Lion, Houston Dutch Lions FC

The Houston Dutch Lions FC Coaching Staff is more than excited for the new Youth Season 2014, where this season will be the start of collaboration with the Conroe Youth Soccer League(CYSL). This collaboration is a good step forward for the Houston Dutch Lions FC. This year we will able to play in competitive leagues. Besides playing in more competitive leagues, our main objective will still be to develop players and encourage them to reach their full potential!

On Saturday, August 30th the Houston Dutch Lions FC will host another Open House. From 9:00am - 10:00am we invite all Development players to bring a friend and come out to the fields! The Open House for our Select players will be from 10:15am - 11:15am.

Practice schedule for our Youth Academy and HFA teams is as followes:

Development teams (U5-U10 boys and girls): Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Select teams (U11, U12, U13/U14 and U15/U16 boys and girls): MondayTuesdayThursday from 6:45pm – 8:00pm
HFA teams: 
Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00pm – 9:15pm

Development parents/players, please email our Youth Academy Manager Michiel van de Heijning at m.vandeheijning@hdlfc.com or give Michiel a call if you cannot make it to practice at 713-498-4407. 

We ask our Select parents/players to contact their Coach directly regarding practices and/or games, the coaches are assigned with the following Select teams:

Christiaan Wind: For now Marco Pruis

Marco Pruis: m.pruis@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888

HDL FC U13/U14:
Michiel van de Heijning: m.vandeheijning@hdlfc.com or 713-498-4407

HDL FC U15/U16:
Maarten van der Wal: m.vanderwal@hdlfc.com or 713-992-0745

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA team

HFA team:
Michiel van de Heijning: m.vandeheijning@hdlfc.com or 713-498-4407 

HFA team Orange:
Maarten van der Wal: m.vanderwal@hdlfc.com or 713-992-0745

Please let us know if there are any further questions or concerns, look forward seeing you all at the fields!

Posted by Marco Pruis August 20, 2014 Categories: Club News HFA Teams Youth Academy

Registration still open for final summer camp 

This Monday at 9:00am the August Soccer Camp starts! At the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility the coaches will work on a variety of technical soccer skills. Every camp day starts at 9:00am and will be done at noon. The camp runs from Monday through Thursday where registration is still open for boys and girls ages 4-18!

Our new addition to the Houston Dutch Lions FC Coaching Staff is Maarten van der Wal. His task is to focus on the quality of the Houston Dutch Lions FC Camps & Clinics. Maarten gained tremendous experience from working for Dutch powerhouse Ajax Amsterdam in their Soccer Camps! 

Maarten van der Wal, Youth Coach at Houston Dutch Lions FC

Camps and Clinics that we organize will find place on the fields of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. The fields consist of the latest technology in artificial turf. Our soccer camps are based on the Dutch Philosophy, which is world famous for the great players that got developed. Players like Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie are just some examples of the current world class players that came through the Dutch Soccer Academies. We focus on the development of the following skills*: 

                       - First Touch / Receiving August Soccer Camp in The Woodlands, Texas

                       - Passing

                       - Moves

                       - Dribbling

                       - Shooting

                       - Finishing

All the coaches in the Youth Academy and on the Camps & Clinics are qualified ‘UEFA B/C' licensed coaches. 

The first Soccer Camp is this Monday (August, 11th, 2014 to August 14th, 2014 from 09:00am – 12:00pm).

Sign up for next week’s camp here:


For any further questions feel free to contact Maarten at 713-992-0745 or email: m.vanderwal@hdlfc.com

     *Specific goalkeeper training available upon request

Posted by Marco Pruis August 08, 2014 Categories: Camps Club News Youth Academy

Practice schedule Youth Academy and HFA teams 

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is pleased to announce the practice schedule for the Youth Academy (U5 through U19) and Adult teams (HFA) for the upcoming Fall Season.

The Development teams (U5 – U10; boys and girls) practices on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm-6:30pm. The Select teams (U11-U19; boys and girls) will practice three times per week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45pm-8:00pm. Combined with the Conroe Youth Soccer League (CYSL), the Houston Dutch Lions FC accepts registrations till August 30th. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Program in The Woodlands

The Houston Dutch Lions FC would like to invite all members and future members to join the Open House on Saturday, August 16th. Development players, boys and girls between the ages of U5-U10, are invited to come out and train from 9:00am – 10:00am! We invite the select players, boys and girls between the ages of U11-U19, to train from 10:15am – 11:15am

All practices for the Houston Dutch Lions FC will take place at: 

Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility
14562 Interstate 45 South
Conroe, Texas, 77384

Our HFA teams practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm-9:15pm. Playing in Division 1B and Division 2A, the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA teams will be determined to have a successful season reaching a top 2 position as this grants teams promotion to a higher division. Try outs for the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA teams are on Tuesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 14th (from 7:00pm – 8:15pm). 

Development U5-U10:Houston Dutch Lions FC soccer program in The Woodlands
Tuesday from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday from 5:30pm-6:30pm 

Select U11-U19:
Monday from 6:45pm-8:00pm
Tuesday from 6:45pm-8:00pm
Thursday from 6:45pm-8:00pm 

HFA Men:
Tuesday from 8:00-9:15pm
Thursday from 8:00-9:15pm 

For any additional questions, feel free to contact any of our Coaches:

Marco Pruis – Technical Director
M.pruis@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888

Michiel van de Heijning – Youth Academy Manager
M.vandeheijning@hdlfc.com or 713-498-4407

Maarten van der Wal – Manager Camps & Clinics
M.vanderwal@hdlfc.com or 713-992-0745

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is having a soccer camp from Monday, August 11th till Thursday, August 14th daily from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Register here, or contact Maarten van der Wal at 713-992-0745.

Posted by Marco Pruis August 06, 2014 Categories: Club News HFA Teams Youth Academy

Recap 2014 USL PDL season 

After 14 games the 2nd USL PDL season for the Houston Dutch Lions FC came to an end.
Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL quad
The 2014 USL PDL squad was looking strong where the Lions had several players with experience from the 2013 USL PDL season that returned to the club. The Lions had a very successful preseason where all 8 preseason games were won. 

The team kicked-off in Austin on May 10th for the season opener. With another away game that followed in Laredo the Lions knew that a good result would be tough in the first two games.

Austin showed to be very efficient and scored 5 goals against the Lions in the opening game of the Season. After this big loss, the Lions managed to come back strong when one week later, a 1-1 tie was brought back from Laredo (goal Lukas Simon). After the first tough away games followed two home games at the end of May. The Lions welcomed Mississippi Brilla FC and the Laredo Heat SC to the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility. 

In Thursday’s home match against the Brilla FC, forward Rimario Gordon received a red card just before half time. With a score of 0-1 both teams entered the dressing room where the Lions came out dominating the second half. After creating enough chances the home team couldn’t find a way to score. Two days later, when the Laredo Heat SC visited North Houston, the Lions dominated in the first half and got the 1-0 lead after a goal from Javier Vazquez. With Laredo Heat SC pressuring the Lions defense, the visitors could not find a way to score and the first victory for the Lions became a fact. 

In the following 7 days, the USL PDL squad played 3 tough away games. The first of the 3 tough games started in Clinton, Mississippi, traveling to Laredo 3 days later and ended on day 7 in Midland. The Lions played a good game against the Brilla. The Lions controlled the game and were leading 0-2 with goals from Lukas Simon and Javier Vazquez. However, the Lions gave the 0-2 lead away in the final minutes of the game. Brilla FC scored twice leaving the Lions frustrated with one point where the win should have been brought back to Houston.

With a Tuesday game in Laredo, the Lions knew that the home team would be dedicated to keep the 3 points at home. With a 1-0 half time score, goalkeeper Charles Schober stopped two penalty kicks and a valid goal from Rimario Gordon was called off due to offside. In the second half the energy levels dropped and the Laredo Heat SC scored 3 goals more.

In the first game between Midland/Odessa Sockers FC and the Houston Dutch Lions FC on their 3rd away game trip, the Lions faced a tough loss in Midland. The Lions lost in Midland with 4-2. The team from Head Coach Marco Pruis had an opportunity to get back in the game with goals from Javier Vazquez and Rimario Gordon with still 25 minutes to play. Unfortunately the Lions couldn’t score another goal to steal points from the Midland/Odessa Sockers FC.

After the long trip to midland a much-needed break followed for 14 days. With 7 games left, 5 at home and 2 away games, the coaches and players were determined that opportunities in front of the goal needed to be converted into goals to get the deserved points.

Houston Dutch Lions FC against Austin AztexA home game against the reigning PDL Champions was next, and a great game it was for the fans! After an early goal for the visitors, striker Rimario Gordon brought back the excitement in the game. 12 minutes before the end of the game a long pass from the Austin goalie dropped just outside the box in front the Austin forward who made the score 1-2 for the visitors.

8 days later the Lions had another home game. This time the Midland/Odessa Sockers FC traveled to the North of Houston. The game was very open, which led to a quick goal for the visitors and yet again no luck in finishing the opportunities for the Lions. Final score: 0-1. 

The following travel was again, to Clinton, Mississippi. It was the first game of July and the Lions were eager to bring home 3 points. The team lost the last two home games but showed in both games to be able to create chances but converting them into goals was still a weakness for the Lions. In Mississippi it was striker Joe Jackson who netted his first goal of the season in the 5th minute. An offside equalizer by Brilla FC before half time made the game open to both teams again. In the second half defender Michael Stewart promoted apenalty kick that was given to the Lions into a goal. But the story of the season for the Lionscontinued to be having problems with scoring on the right moment. Chances were created but not converted into goals. 7 minutes before the end of the game the Mississippi Brilla FC scored their equalizer. The points were shared in an open game, which was a deserved point for both teams who wanted, and needed the 3 points. Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL player Joe Jackson 

After the point brought back from Mississippi the second home game of the season against the Austin Aztex was the next game on the schedule. In this game the home team needed to be in their best shape to get a good result. It became a disappointing loss for the Lions in a game where the Austin Aztex showed to be very efficient: 1-4. Midfielder Wessel Verhaar scored the only goal for the Lions. 

After the loss at home against the Austin Aztex another home game was scheduled for the Lions. Again Midland/Odessa Sockers FC came to visit the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility. The Lions started out poor where the visitors scored two goals before half time.

From the 46th minute the Lions showed a different kind of game, fighting for every duel and pressuring the visitors everywhere. Midfielder Wessel Verhaar scored his second goal of the season but it wasn’t enough. 
The chances that followed after the 1-2 didn’t find target. The chances not being finished became fatal for the Lions that gave up a penalty kick to the opponents. The penalty kick for the Sockers FC made an end to this game, 1-3.

The final away game of the season for the Houston Dutch Lions FC was in Austin. The Atzex were already MidSouth Division Champions for the second year in a row. The first half wasn’t an exciting start. The home team found a way to score twice. After the break the Lions were very determined to score, as the rain started pouring down in the capitol, the Lions created chances and should have had a penalty kick when midfielder Wessel Verhaar was knocked down in the box. The referee decided to ignore the foul and didn’t give the deserved penalty kick to the Lions. The visitors took 5 shots in the first 15 minutes of the second half where the home team showed their efficiency again. Finishing the 3 chances in the second half making the end score into 5-0.

The last game of the 2014 USL PDL season was played at home against the Laredo Heat SC. Laredo needed to win this game in order to extend their season with at least one play-off game. In the first half the Lions scored a quality goal. After 17 passes, the cross from Rimario Gordon ended up in front of Joe Jackson who scored his second goal of the season. The Lions couldn’t celebrate their lead for long, just 3 minutes after the goal Laredo found target,where both teams went into the locker rooms with a tie. In the second half, the goalkeeper of the Lions had to step off the field due to an injury where striker Joe Jackson had to take his place in the goal. The Laredo Heat SC took the lead in the second half. An unnecessary penalty kick was promoted to the second goal, and after the goal a one on one situation was finished by Laredo and the game was over: 1-3 loss. 

The 2014-year was the first year where the Houston Dutch Lions FC trained and played their home games at the brand new Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility. When the Facility is completed, the first big step towards success is established. When the Club House will be ready, the home of the Lions will be complete having a great facility for fans, players and staff. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC fans Houston Dutch Lions FC Fans with drums!

The story of the 2014 USL PDL season is that the Lions didn’t score enough, changes were there for the team. The results were disappointing for the team where the players fought forevery game and showed great competition to every opponent . The Lions gave away 8 penalty kicks throughout the season which is way too many. Defensively the players made a step into the right direction. The players did everything they can to keep their starting position and showed great character. The Houston Dutch Lions FC is proud of the work ethic the team showed throughout the season, despite the results players showed improvement. The club is positive that some of these players will make the step into the next level! Whether that is into a college team, the Dayton Dutch Lions FC or a MLS team. 

Top 5 Goals and Assists in the 2014 USL PDL season:
Javier Vazquez - 3 (1)
Joe Jackson - 2 (3)
Rimario Gordon - 2 (2)
Wessel Verhaar - 2 (-)
Lukas Simon - 2 (-)

Watch all the game highlights of our 2014 USL PDL season here.

Photo album of our 7 home games can be found here.

Posted by Marco Pruis August 04, 2014 Categories: Club News PDL 2014 Schedule USL PDL

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL players made impact against Columbus Crew (U23) 

On Tuesday, July 29th the Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL players and several USL PRO players from the Dayton Dutch Lions FC, won the game on the training ground of the MLS team the Columbus Crew. The Lions won after a goal from Houston Dutch Lions FC midfielder Wessel Verhaar by an assist from the forward of the Houston Dutch Lions FC, Javier Vazquez. Final score Columbus Crew (U23) 0-1 Dutch Lions FC. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL with Dayton Dutch Lions FC

The Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL players were training with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC USL PRO team. A group of talented USL PDL players was formed to train with the USL PRO team for a week.

The main objective of this week was to get a better view of which USL PDL players from the Houston Dutch Lions FC have the potential to represent the Dutch Lions FC on a level higher. Goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias, defenders Cameron Free and Michael Stewart, midfielders Wessel Verhaar and David Perez and last but not least forward Javier Vazquez made the trip to Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton Dutch Lions FC Technical Manager Sid van Druenen said the following: ‘Seeing USL PDL players from the Houston Dutch Lions FC at work here in Dayton, Ohio is great for the relationship between both clubs. For the players it is a great platform to show if they have what it takes to play soccer on the USL PRO level.’

The Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL players are traveling back home this week where they had a great experience in Dayton, Ohio. The level was very challenging for the USL PDL players where they all gained a tremendous experience, and showed the USL PRO team their skills in order to try to convince them to go to the next level. 

Posted by Robbert Kroeze July 31, 2014 Categories: Club News HFA PDL 2014 Try-Outs USL PDL

Houston Dutch Lions FC announces HFA tryouts! 

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is pleased to announce the HFA tryouts for the 2014/2015 Season. The HFA is a great way to make it to the next level within the Houston Dutch Lions FC. From previous years we saw several HFA players making it to the USL PDL level within the same year.Houston Dutch Lions FC announced HFA try outs

This will be a great opportunity for players that are not playing for a college team and wanting to stay in shape, or players not yet playing for a college, the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA teams are the ideal gateway to boost your soccer career!

After the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 Seasons, the Houston Dutch Lions FC had players being moved up to the club’s USL PDL or USL Super 20 team. After a great performance this year by forward Javier Vazquez, who played a great season in the TPSL with the Lions, got rewarded for his success within that season. Javier got selected for the USL PDL team where he became the top scorer for the Lions in the USL PDL 2014 season. The journey didn’t stop there for Javier. Right after the season was over he went on a trail with the USL PRO team Dayton Dutch Lions FC.

The teams will train two times per week at the brand new soccer facility of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. The games are played mostly on Sundays in parks around the city of Houston (primarily Bear Creek Park).

The players that are interested in playing from August 2014 till May 2015 are encouraged to attend the HFA tryouts. The open tryouts will be on Tuesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 14th both days from 7:00-8:15pm. There will be no charge for the tryouts.

Tryouts are at the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; please register by emailing Technical Director Marco Pruis at m.pruis@hdlfc.com. Also inform us with your preferred positions, previous experience and age.

HFA try outs:

Tuesday, August 12th from 7:00-8:15pm

Thursday, August 14th from 7:00-8:15pm

To register, please email our Technical Director Marco Pruis at m.pruis@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888.

Try outs for HFA teams

Division 1B:
Houston Dutch Lions FC
Celtic Bhoys
Barnstoneworth United FC
Enchanted Rock
RE United
CSC Pan Am
Foreign Legion
Fury Black
Texas Express

Division 2A:
United Wednesdays
Houston Dutch Lions FC 2
FC United of Barnstoneworth
University SC
International United
Saengerbund Kickers
TFC United
FK Bosnae
KSC Oilers

Posted by Marco Pruis July 29, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams TPSL Try-Outs USL PDL

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL Reserve team lost the race for the title 

HDLFC PDL Reserves vs Titans FC

The PDL Reserve team of the Houston Dutch Lions FC played today their fourth game against the Titans FC. In today’s game both teams needed a win in order to be the champions of the Summer League 2014 in division 1. The Titans FC secured the title by winning over Lions with a 4-1 victory.

The Lions started out strong in the opening minutes. The squad were looking for an opportunity to break through the defensive line of the Titans FC. The Lions switched the ball from the left to the right side and then ended up in front of forward Zack Khima. Zach took a shot on goal and hit target. The Lions took a lead and tried to control the rest of the game. The Titans FC were very dangerous on their counter attacks which made it very difficult for the defenders of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. From one of their dangerous counter attacks they were able to score the tie before half time. Half time score; 1-1.

When the players went back on the field after half time the second half started out very open. After the opening minutes the Lions took over domination and the Titans FC remained being dangerous on their counter attacks. The Lions were playing good soccer on the half of their opponents. However the Titans FC again found the back of the net. This time it came from a personal mistake from the defense of the Lions. After the unnecessary given goal, the Lions tried to come back and were looking for opportunities for the tie. Not much later after the given goal, the Lions gave up another goal from another mistake by the Lions defensive line. After the two personal mistakes the Lions knew it would be difficult to secure a win to stay in the title race. With only 15 more minutes left to play the Lions needed 3 more goals to have a chance for the title. Opportunities were created but again the Titans stayed focused on their strength which was their counter attack effect. The Titans scored the final goal of the game by an effective counter attack and safeguarded the title with a 4-1 victory over the Lions.

Head Coach Michiel van de Heijning was not disappointed in the mentality and will to win of his players but more disappointed of the final result. Head Coach Michiel stated; ‘We had this game under control, especially when we came out in the second half strong where we dominated. However we knew how effective the Titans were with their counter attacks. I told the guys to keep playing our game which they did very well, my compliments to the team for showing great effort. Its extra frustrating when you know you were the better team and could have had a much better result today. The title will not be going to the Houston Dutch Lions FC but in overall we had a great season. Next week we play our last game of the season and we want to close the season with a victory’.

Next week the Lions Reserves play their last game of this season on Sunday August 2th. The Lions will be very dedicated for a win to become second of the league.  We want to thank our supporters for cheering on the lions! See y’all next week!

Posted by Robbert Kroeze July 27, 2014 Categories: HFA Mens League USL PDL

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL players on trial with the USL PRO team Dayton Dutch Lions FC. 

 Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL team in Dayton USL PRO

For some USL PDL players the season didn’t end last Saturday after the home game against Laredo Heat SC. Six players of the Houston Dutch Lions FC are on trial with the USL PRO club in Dayton. 

Team captain Cameron Free, Javier Vazquez, Michael Stewart, Emmanuel Frias, Wessel Verhaar and David Perez are in Dayton, Ohio to train with the USL PRO club: the Dayton Dutch Lions FC. 

The upcoming days for the Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL players will be tough. They are in practice on a higher level and want to show Head Coach Sid van Druenen that they could be a great addition to the USL PRO. If it isn’t for this year, than the players hope to show that for the 2015 season they can be of a great addition to the team.

The players will train every day in Ohio and also will visit the USL PRO game between the Dayton Dutch Lions FC and Oklahoma City Energy FC this Saturday evening. On Tuesday the players are playing a scrimmage, combined with reserve players from DDL FC’s USL PRO squad against the U23 squad of MLS club the Columbus Crew.

Dayton Dutch Lions FC USL PRO Head Coach Sid van Druenen said: ‘it is great to welcome the Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL players to this trial group. I’m happy to get the chance to work with them for 7 days and so far the first impressions are good. The will to win is there where they show great work effort, which is crucial for any player that wants to play professional soccer. I hope they keep up the good work that they showed today."

Keep following the Houston Dutch Lions FC on social media and watch the club’s YouTube Channel for some great footage from Dayton, Ohio! 

Posted by Robbert Kroeze July 24, 2014 Categories: Club News PDL 2014 Try-Outs USL PDL

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL Reserves on top of the League 

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL Reserve team vs Viet FC 

The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC reserves played their third game against Houston Viet FC on Sunday July 20th.  The Lions reserves are on winning streak and seized the top of the league. After last week victory against Enchant Ed Rock, the Lions were able to celebrate another win and took over the number 1 position in the league.

In the starting minutes of the game both teams were equal to each other. The Lions tried to dominate the game in the first 15 minutes but the striker of the Houston Viet came 1 vs 1 on our goalkeeper making it 1-0 in favor of the Viet FC.  After the goal the Lions needed an equalizer and started looking for scoring opportunities

The chances resulted in the first goal for the Houston Dutch Lions FC.  Adrian Cruz made the equalizer for the Lions and just 10 minutes later Jose Alvarez scored the second goal of the game coming from a good attack over the right flank making the score 2-1 for the Houston Dutch Lions FC.

The Houston Viet FC played with the long ball, which made it dangerous for the Lions defense at times. The dangerous moments converted into another goal for Viet FC scoring the equalizer in the 26th minute; 2-2. It was again Lions Midfielder Jose Alvarez who took the advantage when Jorge Gabbito showed great work effort to repossess the ball and found Jose making it 2-3 before halftime.

The Lions created more and more chances in the second half. Zack, Brandon, Jorge and Pedro scored the other 4 goals after half time, which was enough for the victory in this game. The game ended up with a 7-3 score where the Lions remained possession throughout the second half and only gave up one goal after half time.

Head Coach Michiel van de Heijning is satisfied of the efficiency of the team where he stated: ‘ Winning and scoring goals is what you want to do every game, but seeing a lot of good things back in the game where you practiced on and implement that in the game gives that extra satisfaction. The team can score easily and hopefully we can continue our winning streak throughout the season. We have a few more games left and if we keep on winning our games we can call ourselves the Summer Division Champions of the Houston Football Association League.’

The next game is this Sunday @ 9am at Bear Creak Park against the Titans FC. The Titans FC is also in the race for the title, which will be for both a very important game. 

Posted by Robbert Kroeze July 21, 2014 Categories: Club News HFA Teams

Laredo Heat SC found its way to the play-offs defeating the Lions by 1-3 

Houston Dutch Lions FC PDL Season 2014 vs Laredo Heat SC

The Laredo Heat SC secured the fourth and final spot in the Southern Conference Championships with a win against the Houston Dutch Lions FC. Laredo Heat SC needed a win in order to qualify to take over the second place in the MidSouth Division. With the 3-1 victory Laredo Heat SC climbed to the second place leaving the Midland/Odessa Sockers FC to a third place.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC ended up in the bottom of the league of the 2014 USL PDL Season where the Lions can look back to a strong season with many competitive games being in one of the strongest divisions of the USL PDL.

The Lions started off once again very strong in the opening minutes and got rewarded with a goal in the 33rd minute. Rimario Gordon was found and with his skills he got around his opponent crossing the ball in the box. Joe Jackson took his chance to make his way to the cross, got his foot on the ball and hit target. The Lions were up with 1-0 and Laredo Heat SC knew that they needed a quick goal to keep themselves in the game and vision for the playoffs. It didn’t take long for Laredo Heat SC to tie the game, only 3 minutes after the goal Laredo’s Midfielder Miguel Fernandez found his way towards goal and found the back of the net making the score 1-1.

Both teams went to the locker rooms with a 1-1 tie where the Lions got a setback by leaving goalkeeper Charles Schober behind in the locker room with a shoulder injury that he gained in the first half. Lions striker Joe Jackson took his responsibility for his goalkeeper debut due to the injury problems that the goal keepers got throughout the season. 

In the first half the Lions created many opportunities but were fragile on the counter attacks of the Laredo Heat SC. In the second half the Lions came out strong again and looked for their opportunities to find goal. Laredo remained strong in their counter attacks and became dangerous in the box where Jonathan Segovia made a foul. The referee didn’t hesitate to blow his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot. Again, just like the last 2 games another penalty kick against the Lions where the captain of Laredo took his responsibility to secure the 1-2 on the scoreboard. With a goal down the Lions were looking for a tie creating some good opportunities but Laredo’s goalkeeper Jorge Ortega didn’t allow the shots to go in. In the 73rd minute Laredo Heat SC safeguarded the playoffs spot by putting the 1-3 on the scoreboard. Luna Salvador scored the redeeming goal and gave Laredo Heat SC a reason to celebrate; the reach of the playoffs.USL PDL game for the Houston Dutch Lions FC

Head Coach Marco Pruis gave his thoughts of the game: ‘ I expected a game where both teams were eager to win where Laredo was under a lot of pressure. Laredo is very dangerous in its counter attacks, which made the difference today. They came here for a victory but for sure it wasn’t an easy one. After the 1-0 we needed to stay focused but we gave in the tie too early. Only 3 minutes after you score you give up goal, which wasn’t necessary at all. Then loosing your goalkeeper during half time due to an injury was a big setback for the team. We gave away another penalty kick just like the last few games. You make it yourself much more difficult giving up that many penalty kicks. However I think we showed again that we are very good competitors among the other teams. We ended up in the bottom of the league but with a little more luck on our side and finishing our chances we could have been higher in the ranking. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and hopefully next season luck will be on the Lions side. I want to give a special thanks to all the fans once again that supported us throughout the season. Hopefully we will see them all back next season!’ 

The 2014 USL PDL Season is over and the Lions will look forward to next season. Thank you fans for all the support throughout the season and see you all next season!


Score: Houston Dutch Lions FC 1 (1-10-3) -
 Laredo Heat SC 3 (7-4-3) 

Date: Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Where: HDL Soccer Facility, Conroe, Texas

Weather: Overcast

Houston Dutch Lions FC: Charles Shober (Roland Koepp 45’), Cameron Free, Jonathan Segovia, Michael Stewart, Kelvin Iloba, Jack Hayes, David Perez (Elias Barahona 70’), Wessel Verhaar, Rimario Gordon, Joe Jackson, Jorge Contreras

Cautions: Michael Stewart 61’.

Laredo Heat SC: Jorge Ortega, Yair Hernandez, Jorge Rocha, Martin Moreno (Alon Reyna 89’), Frank Lara, Gregory Mulamba, Miguel Fernandez (irving Villanveva 45’), Joao Monteiro, Placide Buduri, Rafael Ferreira (Juan Ibarra 59’), Felix Garcia

Scoring Summary:




HDL FC: Joe Jackson

Rimario Gordon


Laredo Heat SC: Felix Garcia

Joao Monteiro


Laredo Heat SC: Miguel Fernande



Laredo Heat SC: Luna Salvador



Posted by Robbert Kroeze July 19, 2014 Categories: Game PDL 2014 USL PDL
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