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Youth Academy and HFA game reports 10/18 and 10/19 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 - Conroe Soccer Club U8
Player of the week: Salim Shariff

Great game from the Lions U8 against Conroe U8! From the beginning the Lions had the better field play. A couple of times in the game the Lions showed some beautiful combinations on the field and Conroe didn’t have an answer. The Lions worked together and where strong in the battles. Salim and Declan found each other easily and also the individual movements from Salim were amazing. Even our goalkeeper was important by one of the goals. Griffin passed the ball to his brother Declan and he finished the ball into the net, it was a goal made through brotherly play! Also in the second half the Lions where dominating the game and scored beautiful goals. Santi was unlucky with his chances but Salim and Declan scored the chances easily. The score after 40 minutes was 7-3 for the Lions and they showed a good game and can be proud of each other!

Also our other U8 teams played a game against each other. Sophia brought her team to a 1-0 lead, but not much later Joaquin put the 1-1 on the scoreboard. After that goal, the U8 with Thomas, Joaquin, Salim and Declan were almost unstoppable and scored a lot of goals. The other team with Sophia, Melvin, Robert and Mathew where trying hard to get back in the game. In the end the score was 10-2 for Thomas, Joaquin, Salim and Declan.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange
Player of the week: Jacob Paggioli & Lucas Ploch

Strong comeback team Orange

U10 squad off the Houston Dutch Lions FC

It was team white that started out really well at this game; it was just waiting for the goals. Very early in the game Griffin scored via a nice cross of Jacob, 1-0. A few minutes after this goal it was the other way, this time it was Griffin with a nice corner and Jacob who scored, 2-0. Two minutes after this goal it was again Griffin with the cross to Jacob; yet again another goal, 3-0. One minute after that goal Jacob had a great solo and put the 4-0 on the scoreboard. After 10 minutes, team white was already 4-0 up, a real flying start for team white. Right before half time team orange did something in return, via Lucas they finally scored their first goal of the game, 4-1.

In the second half team orange had a real flying start, after one minute playing in the second half Lucas scored his second goal of the game, 4-2. Three minutes after that, Vladyslav made it 4-3. The game got exciting again. Team white had to recover from their disappointing start. After a few minutes, Tyler, made a great solo and scored 5-3. Despite the setback for team orange, they kept on fighting. Vladyslav scored the 5-4 and two minutes after that he scored the 5-5. Team orange was from that moment really motivated to win the game, they finally believed in it again. This caused the 6-5 five minutes before the full time whistle, for team Orange via Lucas. Team white tried to save the game by a final offensive play, but there was not enough time left anymore. Final score: 6-5.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer Club U10
Player of the week: Maddox Feldott

It was a though game for the Lions against Conroe. In the first half, the Lions created a few good chances. The pressure from Conroe was growing but the Lions fought well together. After a few chances Conroe took the lead. But a lot of the chances Conroe created where saved by our great goalkeeper Maddox. He showed some incredible saves and kept Conroe from scoring a lot more goals. For the Lions Kendall, Kayla and Joseph almost found the net. By half time the score was 2-0 for Conroe.

In the second half the Lions gave too much space away. Conroe used the space and where able to score more goals. The Lions couldn’t fight themselves back in the game. Conroe won almost every battle on the field; they scored a couple more goals and won the game with 7-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – SC FC 04 White U11
Player of the week: Nicholas Armstrong
Houston Dutch Lions FC U11's boys and girls

The first opponent in the new league for the Houston Dutch Lions FC was SC FC. SC FC was also in the previous leagues one of the opponents of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. Due to some rain outs we couldn’t play against SC FC yet and therefore, Saturday was the first time the Lions faced SC FC.

While SC FC started out strong and sharp at the game, the Lions weren’t awake yet at the beginning of the game. In the first 20 minutes, our Lions conceded two early goals. Even though the first goal came from an off-side play, the referee did not noticed it and called it a goal. After those two goals, the Houston Dutch Lions FC finally woke up where they pressured the opponent and were finally attacking.

Soon after this wake up, the Lions scored via Julian whereas he had a nice solo and scored, 2-1. Not long after the goal the referee blew his whistle for the half time break.

In the second half, the Lions started out yet again not focused. However, the Lions found a way to tie the game via another goal of Julian, 2-2. In the mean time goalkeeper Joey did a good job by having some good saves. But SC FC kept going on attacking and scored the 3-2. Also after the 3-2 they kept attacking and via a miscommunication between Marcos and Addie, SC FC scored again, 4-2. Again, this goal woke up the Lions and got a few small chances. Due to a mistake of SC FC’s defenders Patrick could score the 4-3. After the 4-3 there were only three minutes to play left, so not enough time to score another goal. Final score: 4-3.

This week we got an unnecessary loss. If we were more focused and stronger next time, we have no reason to panic after this loss.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – RSS Orange U12
Player of the week: Christian Keller

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 boys and girls

After the first 5 games (and collecting 13 points), the opponent from today was one of a higher level. The Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 lost the game in the first part of the game. There wasn’t enough pressure on the ball and the opponent wasn’t kept away from our goal enough. After the first 10 minutes the boys and girl started to compete with the opponent, creating some chances throughout the first half. 

Just before half time it was Christian Keller who found the back of the net twice in two great moves by the team. In the second half, the Lions showed character as they fought for the duels and created changes. The team showed overall that they could compete on a higher level but that they needed to be focused right away from the start. Next week the team will get a new chance, a new opportunity to show the parents that they can do better and that they have improved!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 – Klein Crossfire
Player of the week:  Jon Franks

Our Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 squad started out within a new bracket/league against Klein Crossfire. The Lions had an 8AM kickoff at Meyer Park.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14's

The Houston Dutch Lions FC wanted to stay in the winning mood like last week. In the beginning the U13/U14 were eager to win the ball back whenever they lost it. They had some good moments of playing soccer in the first 45 minutes. However, it was the opponent that scored with some luck the first 3 goals in their advantage.  Unfortunately the U13/14’s couldn’t stop the scoring machine of Klein Crossfire in the second half. It was difficult for us to defend the strikers of the opponent whereas those strikers were highly skilled.  
Also, the U13/U14 learned a lesson last Saturday: Soccer is a team sport and everybody has to work for it on the field. Never give up!
The Houston Dutch Lions FC will be there next Saturday to play soccer as a team!
GO LIONS!!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – Texans U16
Player of the week: Tyler Hardsteen

Our U16’s played one of the better games of the season whereas a few weeks ago the team faced the same opponent and lost 4-2. The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16’s played with a very strong organization; the defenders stood their ground and prevented the opponent from coming close to our goal.

The U16’s found a way to approach the goal and wanted to use the sides. Left back Patrick Garland played a strong game and was very determined in his duels, his overlap was a constant threat for the opponent. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16's

The U16’s controlled the defense and midfield; unfortunately the difficulty was challenging the goalkeeper from the Texans. That the team lost with 1-0 was unnecessary, overall the boys played a strong game and can be proud of their mentality going into the pitch. When showing the right attitude the team will get those Wins!’

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Real MC Futbol Club 1-4
Player of the week:  Cameron Free

The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA earns next round in the Memorial Cup!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad wins their Cup game in the HFA

The HFA boys played in round 1 of the Memorial cup against Real MC Futbol Club. It was a sunny Sunday with a lot of supporters from our side. It is always appreciated that our fans show their support for our Houston Dutch Lions FC.

The lions started the game unfocused. Real MC Futbol Club had the ball more often because we lost the ball too quick. At first we created a few chances, however the opponent deserved the goal. They scored the 1-0 after 30 minutes.  This goal was a wakeup call of our Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. We gave more pressure towards the goal of the opponent and we had some good shots on target.  Right before halftime Cameron scored the 1-1 by making a perfect solo and took a shot that ended up in the goal.

After halftime the Lions were eager to win this game.  In the 53rd minute Hector had a great header assisted by Cameron. Compared to the first half, the Lions were more aggressive to the ball. They gave al lot of pressure and they did that as a team. Nice to see that the squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC can recover themselves and they are willing to take that extra step on the field.
The HDL FC kept on going to score goals. Dennis Kroeze scored his first goal of this season by placing the ball professionally into the net from a cross of a free kick. Caio, our winger scored the last goal of the game assisted by Chance. Good Stuff!

Overall the Houston Dutch Lions FC won the game and will go to the next round in the Memorial Cup. Next game in the Memorial cup would be in the third week of November.  Next week we are facing the Celtic Boys for the regular league. Great job guys. GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – DC O’Brian 6-0
Player of the week: Robbert Kroeze

In the first round of the Shield Cup the Orange team played against DC O’Brian. The Lions were expected to dominate the entire game because the opponent plays in a lower division. In the first half the Lions weren’t awake and played in a low pace. Because the opponent didn’t have a good team, the Lions had it easy and maybe that is the reason that we underestimated them. The Lions still had a couple of great opportunities to score five, six goals but couldn’t finish. Sometimes you can say that you are unlucky with the finishing touch, but if the chances are that big then you need to have a killer instinct! When the Lions got a penalty kick the 1-0 is finally on the scoreboard by Jorge. Before all the substitutions came in, they get instructions and know that the field play has to go better. When the subs came in they followed their coach's instructions and right away Robbert scored a beautiful goal. He shot the ball from 25 yards in the upper 90, 2-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad wins with 6-0!

The second half was much better than the first half. Orange showed better position play with good combinations. DC O’Brian can only try to keep us from scoring, but the condition of the young Orange players is much better than the condition from the older players of the opponent. Robbert was on fire and scored three more goals after good preparation from his teammates. Finally, Christiaan scored the 6-0.

Next week the Lions playing a league game against Brocelona FC.

Posted by Marco Pruis October 21, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 10/11 and 10/12 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue
Player of the week: Tomas Puente Teixidor (white) and Salem Sharif (blue)

Both teams started out very motivated into the game. After a few minutes, white took the lead via Tomas. Tomas scored a great goal, 1-0. A few minutes later Tomas scored again, with another nice goal, 2-0.
This time it was Salem from team blue with a chance, he beat the goalkeeper but hit the post, no goal. Right after, Declan of team white scored with a great solo, 3-0. After that goal we went into water break.
One minute after the break it was again Declan with a solo that scored, 4-0. A few minutes later team Blue finally did something back. Salem scored a beautiful goal, 4-1. After that both teams got chances to score another goal, but both did not score. So the half time whistle blew.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 teams

One minute after half time, Salem made the game exciting again, by scoring the 4-2. A few minutes long it looked like team blue would score again, but against all odds, Tomas of team white scored, 5-2.  Despite the goal, team blue was not ready to give up and so they kept fighting for it and they scored the deserved 5-3. The goal was scored by Salem. Another water break followed. 
After the water break, both teams were equal to each other, both teams fought very hard. Despite that, it was Declan who scored twice in the last ten minutes, final score: 7-3. 
It was a good game from both teams with great motivation and mentality from everyone.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Conroe Soccer Club U8   
Player of the week: Sophia Saludares

The Lions U8 lost their game against Conroe U8. Conroe started out good and took the lead. Sophia had a few good movements but was unlucky with finishing her shots on goal. The Lions were getting stronger in the game but Conroe had more power in the battles and it was hard to stop them. Mathew, Robert, Melvin and Santi worked hard in the defense but unfortunately Conroe was able to score more goals.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U7 and U8 boys and girls

Overall Conroe deserved the win but the Lions U8 showed a lot of improvement in the game. They kept on fighting till the end and that is a great mentality from the Houston Dutch Lions FC U8!

Houston Dutch Lions FC White U10 – Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U10
Player of the week: Tyler Skrehot

In this game we had two teams that showed good positioning play and some good skills on the field. The only difference between the teams was that one team had more power in the attack. In the first half, the white team took a lead. The goals were scored by Tyler, Griffin and Jacob.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Blue vs White

In the second half, the blue team showed more power in the battles and better field play. They created some chances but they were unlucky in finishing them. The blue team played much better in the second half but the white team scored more goals. Tyler, Jacob and Khalvani made the goals.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer Club U10 6-7
Player of the week: Vladyslav Froimson

The HDL FC U10 and Conroe U10 played an exited game this Saturday. Both teams played attacking soccer and created a lot of chances. Also the position play and the movements that the players showed were beautiful to watch. In the first half the Lions took the lead. Dustin was able to score the 1-0 after a good pass from Vladyslav. It was raining goals in the first half and at half time Conroe leads with 5-3. Vladyslay and Dustin scored in the first half. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange plays a great game

In the second half, both teams showed that they both wanted to win this game. Both teams created a lot of chances and a lot of goals. In the end it was Conroe that won the game with 7-6, but this game could have gone both sides.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texans SC U12 5-1 (3-0)
Player of the Week: Daniel Ruiz

On Saturday, October 11th the make up game against the Texans SC U12 was scheduled at Lindsay Lyons. From the first minute on, the Lions were aggressive on the ball and striker Daniel created a chance right away. Just one minute later our forward Michelle Campbell found the back of the net scoring the first goal of the game (and her first goal of the season), 1-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 wins again

The Lions kept on pressuring forward, not giving the opponent the chance to come back in the game. Daniel Ruiz scored the 2-0.

Just minutes after the 2-0 our striker Daniel made an impressive individual move were he found Mathew Silva at the second post. The cross went through the air and found the head of Mathew. His header just went over the goal, beautiful attack!

Daniel found another way to score his 2nd goal of the game just before half time making it 3-0. 

In the 2nd half, the team continued the same style of play, lots of pressure on the ball and not being afraid to force the opponent to pass quickly. The opponent didn’t get any time to control the ball. This resulted in one more goal from Daniel bringing his total in this season to 11 in just 4 (!) games. Central defender/midfielder Logan Peterson also found the back of the net. That the Texans SC also scored was purely for the stats, the result of 5-1 was a convincing one, something the boys and girl can be proud off!

Texans SC -  Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 (2-3)
Player of the week: All the players of the U13/U14

The U13/U14’s won their first game at Meyer Park against the Texans Last Saturday!
With a 25-minute delay it was not sure if the game was going on. Luckily for us, the thunder and lightning went away and therefore we could start the game.

Despite the delay, the Lions had more time to get their focus on the game. From the beginning of the game, they were eager to end up the game with a win.
After 13 minutes into the game the Texans came with a lucky ball to score the 1-0.. But The Lions wouldn’t give up. We gave more pressure towards their defense and we conquered the ball as soon as possible.  23 minutes in the game,  Juan made some nice combinations throughout the left flank with Luis. Eventually Juan took a shot and scored the 1-1!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 wins!

After halftime the Lions created more chances. We had more ball possession and everybody worked very hard! We did a good job, but sometimes we took unnecessary risks in the defense. And therefore the Texans took the 2-1 lead. We had 30 minutes left in the game and everyone was convinced that the win was in our hands! The lions had a nice attack throughout the left side by Luis. Luis gave a very nice cross ball and the one and only Alvaro Alvarado scored our second goal for The Lions. After Alvaro’s goal, we gave a lot of pressure towards the goal of the Texans.  We just knew that the winning goal was coming. It was Grand who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper after the rebound from a corner kick. He did that with his left foot. Well done! Well done everybody! A Big, big compliment towards the group! Our U13/U14’s played as a team and did this together. I am proud of the way the Lions pulled out this victory. Nicely done!

GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Texans Express (1-3)
Player of the week: Chance Bergen

The HDL FC HFA squad lost for the first time against Texans Express in harsh weather conditions.

Houston Football Association

The game had a 15-minute delay because of the lightning. The circumstances were very bad during the game. The Lions scored the first goal from 12 yards. Chance took the PK and did that perfect. After the first goal, the field and the weather played a big part in this game. It had nothing to do with soccer anymore. The ball was not rolling anymore and the field was slippery. We just tried to kick the ball forward and win the duels offensively. It was not safe for the players.  The Texans Express scored 3 times. In the end, the score was 1-3 for the Texans.  We’ll see the Texans Express again with better weather conditions.  Next game is for the Memorial Cup. This Sunday we play at 1pm against Real MC Futbol Club. Let’s hope we can play on a better field with better weather conditions.

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – International United 1-2 (1-0)
Player of the week: Mike Cantu

Dominating, playing attacking soccer and many chances: but in the end the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange had zero points. That is the story of the game we played last Sunday and you could say a déjà vu from the game before. In the entire game the Lions was the better team. In the first half the Lions took a lead. A good cross from Ryan reached Christiaan and he scored the 1-0 for the Lions. Despite this goal we still couldn’t finish the chance after the goal and throughout the whole game. In soccer they always say ‘’as long the opponent is one goal down they still believe in a result’’. This is what we talked about in the break. We had to score another goal.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad

The second half was the same as the first half. The Lions where the dominant team and United just waited for there counter moments. Again, the Lions created good chances but yet again no finishing. And to make it even worse, we helped United by an own goal back in the game (1-1). Mentally this is hard when you are so much better and it’s even harder when united scores the 2-1 out of a counter-attack. Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange had to take all the risk in the last minutes of the game. Almost every player was in the front of the United goal but it was not enough to score.

The best team doesn’t always win. You see it at every level in soccer. We can only blame ourselves that we missed so many chances. Keep your heads up, be strong (mentally), train hard and in the end we will get what we want: WINS!

Posted by Marco Pruis October 13, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 10/4 and 10/5 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 – Conroe Soccer U8
Player of the week: Declan Miller

The first half of the game started out a little soft from both sides. There were a few chances for both teams, but there was not much intensity yet into the game. In the end of the first half, the Lions were better than Conroe but they did not find the chance to put their goal keeper under pressure.

In the second half, the Lions played really good. They were very aggressive on the ball and they had some nice combinations between Tomas and Joaquin. However, suddenly Conroe scored the 0-1.

Two minutes after this goal, Declan, who defended very solid this game, scored from a corner kick 1-1. The Lions were the better team in the next minutes few of the game and it looked like the Lions would win the game, however, then they had to score first.

After the short water break the Lions kept on fighting. Santi did a really great job by keep pressuring the Conroe players. After a few missed chances for the Lions, Declan made a great solo en scored finally the 2-1. After the 2-1 there were still five minutes to play. In that five minutes, Conroe had some good attacks, but Declan kept on defending very solid and therefore the Lions won the game: final score: 2-1.Houston Dutch Lions FC U8's

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer U10 2-6
Player of the week: Joseph

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 lost 6-2 against Conroe Soccer U10. The Lions started out good and created the first two chances with Kendall and Joseph. After that, Conroe got stronger into the game and took a quick lead. The Lions tried to come back into the game by working hard together.

In the second half, the Lions were fighting hard but Conroe was able to take a 5-0 lead. However, the Lions didn’t give up and gave more pressure. That resulted into two goals for the Lions by Joseph (penalty) and Maddox (2-5). The Lions tried to score more goals but unfortunately Conroe scored one more time and won the game with 6-2.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White
Players of the week: Jacob Paggoli & Vladyslav Froimson

At the beginning of the game, both teams were really equal to each other. After a few minutes from the beginning, Team Orange got a few chances. After those few chances Jacob knew finally how to bypass goalkeeper Vladyslav with a great solo, 1-0 orange.

After the goal, the teams were equal yet again to each other. Team White got a big chance but was not able to pass the goalkeeper. Then Jacob made another good solo and scored again, 2-0 Team orange.

Then for ten minutes, both teams got some good chances but did not score. After those ten minutes Team orange got a corner kick, the goalkeeper cleared the corner kick, but in the rebound Griffin scored, 3-0 Team orange. Two minutes after this goal Jacob made his hat trick complete with again a great solo, 4-0. A few minutes after this goal the referee blew the whistle, half time.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange squad

Team White began very good and aggressive on the ball in the second half. Therefore Team orange lost their organization sometimes. Team White got a few chances in a row, but did not score. After ten minutes in the second half, Griffin scored with a nice solo, 5-0, team Orange. This goal was unexpected because Team white was in the second half the team with the most chances.

Despite the setback, team white kept going on attacking. And finally they rewarded themselves: Jackson gave a nice pass to Lucas and Lucas scored, 5-1. Not long after that team white scored another goal, again it was Lucas, this time a solo, 5-2. Team White kept on attacking, missed a few chances and got a deserved penalty kick whereas Vladyslav got tackled in the box. He took the penalty by himself and scored, 5-3. The match became a real game again, but there was not much time left for team white. So final score: 5-3.

Both teams did a great job and can be confident for their next games next week.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texas Rush U12 5-2 (4-0)
Player of the game: Daniel Ruiz

After 3 games played, 2 wins and one tie, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s also won the fourth game of the season, 5-2. After a perfect start, scoring 4 great goals in the first 30 minutes, the Lions lost a bit of focus in the second half. Despite the second half, the Lions still deserved the win.

Between the 15th and 20th minute, striker Daniel Ruiz found the net three times making it one of the quickest hat tricks in Dutch Lions FC history. Scoring three goals in 5 minutes is quite the accomplishment!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 beat Texas Rush with 5-2

In the remaining minutes of the first half, the Lions kept on making triangles and trying to find the soccer solution. A penalty kick was even mist by the Lions before a beautiful cross from Christian Keller ended up in front right back Luke Paggioli. He used his technique and hiss shot was unstoppable for the goalkeeper making it 4-0 for the Lions.

In the second half the Texas Rush team pressured more, playing the second half with a lot less pressure and even finding the net twice. The game was concluded by striker Daniel Ruiz who scored his fourth goal of the season making the score 5-2 for the Lions. 

And so the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s have played 4 games, they boys and girl won 3 of them and tied one game. Making 17 goals so far and conceding 7, nice balance by the young Lions!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/14 - TUFC
Player of the Week: Jon Franks

Last Saturday, The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14’s played against TUFC. With a 12.00pm kick off at Dyess Park, the Lions wanted to win this game.

The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC started out the game very well.  In the First half, our players were eager to score a goal. We created a few chances by passing the ball around. The opponent came out with some counter attacks. Eventually we scored the 1-0! Dayton Hyde runs with the ball towards the goal and scored in the lower corner. After the goal, the U13/U14’s gave a lot of pressure towards the goal of the opponent. TUFC was waiting for us to make the mistake and they tried to score by kicking the ball forward.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 boys

The U13/U14’s created enough chances but we had some troubles scoring a goal. TUFC scored two more goals and we lost this game with 2-1. We worked hard and we did a good job in ball possession. Next time, if we finish our chances we will win the game! However, all of you showed great effort on the field guys. Step by step we improve and we will give everything next week!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – ISA U16 1-2 (0-1)
Player of the week: Colin Spaulding

The U16's of the Houston Dutch Lions FC played against ISA U16's. The first part of the first half was good. We tried to conquer the ball by pressuring the opponent at there own half. This went very well at some moments. With Danny, Ryan, Martin and Juan we created some good chances.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 boys

In the second part of the first half the opponents were getting stronger. They played good position play on the ball and battled harder than the Lions. The Lions gave to much space to the opponent and ISA used that space very well. In a fast counter attack ISA was able to score (0-1).

In the break we talked about how we have to give pressure and were we implementing that. We also had to be harder in the battles and in ball position therefore we had to act faster on the ball.

In the second half, the Lions played much better than in the last part of the first half. Everyone was pressuring on the half of the opponent and we battled harder. When you think that the 1-1 is coming the opponent scores the 0-2. This was a big disappointment for the team, but the Lions didn’t give up. With attacking play, the Lions take all the risk to make a goal. When the defender of ISA made a handball the Lions got a penalty. Colin is sure of his case and scores the 1-2.

After the goal, the Lions were fighting to get a result. At some moments we had only Tyler and Colby in the defense because we wanted to take all the risk to equalize the game. We were unlucky with a few good shots from Ryan and Colin. Also a beautiful flying header from Colin out a corner was saved from the line by a defender of ISA. The Lions were playing against the time but kept on fighting until the last whistle. Unfortunately we didn’t had the luck with us.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange – University SC 1-2 (1-1)
Player of the game: Jon Ethridge

After last weeks great victory (4-0) the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad played league game 4 of the season. The team worked very hard in this tough game against a very experienced University SC.

In the first 20 minutes of the game the Lions had difficulties winning the second ball, the distances between the defense and midfield were to big and therefore there was too much space for the opponent to play the ball.

Against the odds the Houston Dutch Lions FC created two major changes in the 23rd minute. After missing the first big chance, Robbert Kroeze found the back of the net in his second attempt, 1-0 for the Lions.

The Lions wouldn’t bring the 1-0 to halftime. A mistake after a free kick was unnecessary and the University SC knew how to score this small change, 1-1.

In the second half, the Lions made some tactical adjustments, controlling the game and keeping the opponent away from the goal. Small changes were created but Mike Cantu, Kenes Sadavaskov and Christiaan Wind were unlucky with their finish. In the counter attack, a foul was made on Yonathan Pineda but ignored, 5 seconds later a penalty kick was awarded after a foul made in our Lions box, 1-2 for University SC.

In the remaining 25 minutes of the game the Lions kept on dominating, creating many changes and putting all their energy into the game. Despite luck not being on their side, the young Lions kept on pressuring but didn’t find the equalizer. Great efforts by the men, and with this attitude the 3 points will follow soon!  

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad playing in Division 1B

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Fury Black
Player of the week: Austin Crafts

The Houston Dutch Lions FC played against a familiar opponent last Sunday. We won against Furry Black for the Memorial Cup earlier, and now the Lions were eager to win again.

In the beginning of the first half the teams were equal to each other. The Lions tried to pressure them from the beginning, which resulted in our first goal. Austin Crafts came through on the left flank and scored the ball into the right corner. Despite we leaded the game, Furry Black scored a few minutes later the equalizer. The referee saw 10 minutes later after the equalizer a handball in our 18-yard box. Our goalie Michael Ross saved the penalty and off the rebound it still went in. In the last minutes of the first half Austin scored a nicely header. A good cross ball of our new player Chance, and so it was 2-2 at halftime.

After halftime The Lions were eager to win this game. We want to play dominant and hard. And so we did! We played for the whole 45 minutes on their side of the field. We created a lot of chances with some good soccer. We did a good job in ball possession and we conquered the ball as soon as possible when we lost it.  We had some big chances but we didn’t score. We played well in the second half but unfortunately we couldn’t win the game. Next week we are playing against Texas Express with a 3.00pm kick off at Bear Creek Park.

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

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 9/27 and 9/28 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer U10 3-5
Player of the week: Cooper

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 lost 3-5 against Conroe Soccer U10. With good position play the Lions tried to create chances. Conroe showed good field plays. In the first half, Conroe took the lead and the Lions tried to come back into the game. The Lions created a few chances but the goalkeeper from Conroe had some good saves.

In the second half, the Lions were fighting hard but Conroe was getting stronger. A few times, the Lions defended well but unfortunately Conroe scored four times and took a 0-5 lead. A big compliment for our Lions, because they fought hard to get back in the game and got rewarded to score 3 goals with five minutes left of playing time! What a great mentality guys!

Games for Youth Academy teams in The Woodlands/Conroe area

Club Mexico U11 – Houston Dutch Lions FC U11  2-1
Player of the week: Joey Rudnicki

Finally it was Saturday, match day. Second place Houston Dutch Lions FC played against the number one; Club Mexico. To become number one of the league for at least one week, the Houston Dutch Lions FC had to win over Club Mexico.

After the first two games where the Houston Dutch Lions FC completely dominated, the Houston Dutch Lions FC were confident for this match against the number one in the League. In the first half, it did not take long before Club Mexico scored, 1-0. The Lions got several good chances to equalize the game. But, despite the hard work it was Club Mexico who scored again, 2-0.

During the break, coach Christiaan motivated his players; he told them what a great job they did with one man down. The Lions agreed on giving everything they have in the second half.

The second half the Lions began a little unorganized. Therefore Club Mexico got a few little chances, but goalkeeper Joey did great work to keep the opponents from scoring. After those few chances the Lions became better organized and created some good attacks. Julian showed some great runs along the sideline.

The Lions were getting better and better. Ty had great passes as a midfielder. Patrick, Marcos and Addie did great work as defenders, they knew how to stop Club Mexico's attackers and when they weren't able to, there was always our goalkeeper Joey.

After some great attacks of the Lions, Julian made another great run along the sideline. He crossed the ball in front of the goal where Sebastian was able to  touch the ball softly where it went slowly in the goal, 2-1. The Lions finally got hope again.

From that moment on, the Lions were the only attacking team, but couldn't create big chances anymore. The final whistle blew; final score: 2-1.

Despite the defeat, the Lions can be very proud of themselves. They showed good game play and did a great job in the beginning having one man down. The Lions can be confident for their next game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Space City U12 2-2 (0-0)
Player of the Week: Logan Peterson

After 2 great victories by the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s the boys and girl saw their first tie of the season against Space City U12. In an enjoyable game for the spectators, the Houston Dutch Lions FC struggled the first 5 minutes of the game, but found control of the game midway through the first half.

        Both teams created some small chances in the exciting first half but no goals for both teams. There was a moment where Mathew Silva showed perfect       determination in a duel, made his way towards the goalkeeper and scored. Unfortunately the advantage play was not seen by the referee and gave a free kick only.Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 boys and girls

 

The second half started with a beautiful goal from Daniel Ruiz. His finish was unstoppable for the goalkeeper and the Lions had their deserving 1-0 lead in the game. After the early goal in the second half the Lions kept on creating chances, but time after time the chances were not promoted into a goal. Therefore, Space City was still alive in this game. Between the 55th and 57th minute the game changed drastically. Two individual mistakes were promoted by Space City into a goal giving them the, surprising, 1-2 lead. With only 3 minutes to be played, the Lions pressured the goal. With his last energy, Daniel Ruiz went up to the goal and his strike found the back of the net making it 2-2. 

A well deserved point for both teams, if the Lions would be a little more determined in front of the goal they would have scored at least two more goals.  

SC FC vs Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/14  7-1
Player of the week: Luis Machado

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 played their second game of this season, with a 10:00am kick off at Dad’s Club. After the game cancelations last week the U13’s and U14’s were eager to play their second game of the season.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14's

The Lions started the game against SC FC with 100% effort. Despite we had some goals against us in the first half, the Lions worked hard and showed great mentality. Our Lions tried to pass the ball around to control ball possession. 

In the second half, the Lions agreed to do their very best to score a goal.  And they did!  The goal came from a good offensive attack on the left side. Luis dribbled towards the goal and took a shot of 20 yards. Goal! A well-deserved goal came from their hard work and great effort on the field. Even though we lost the game with 7-1, the guys improved with hard work. The Lions deserved a better result despite a few personal mistakes.

Next week the U13/U14's are facing South Belt Select at El Franco Lee Park, with a 12:00pm kickoff. The Lions will give everything for a win!

GO LIONS!

Houston Express U16 – Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 4-0 (1-0)
(Players of the week: Carter, Tylor, Colby, Ryan, Colin, Patrick, Mitchell, Andre and Zachary!)

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 Boys team

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16’s played at Dad’s Club Park against Houston Express U16’s. The Lions had to face a big challenge before the game already by beginning the game with two men down. It’s so hard when people let the team down. You can see the frustration in the eyes of the nine players.

With a defensive plan the Lions went into the field. In the first half the Houston Express had no solution breaking the wall because the Lions worked so hard together. The Lions almost finished the first half with 0-0. Unfortunately seconds before half time Houston Express scores the 1-0. Also in the second half the Lions defended so well together and put all their energy into the game. The mentality of these nine players was incredible. They didn’t give up and put all their frustrations in this game in a positive way. At the end, it was only 4-0 for the Houston Express and that is a big compliment to our 9 Houston Dutch Lions FC U16!

What would the game be like if it was 11 vs. 11 players? That is a question that only can be answered if the team was complete. Today I saw the frustration of nine guys and I totally understand. I saw them fighting with everything they had and that makes me proud of you guys!

Soccer is a team sport! Think about it. Why do you choose to play soccer? It’s because you enjoy the game and want to get the best out of yourself and out of each other! You do it together (Team spirit!). That’s the gateway for success! Never let the team down, you will need each other!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange – FC United of Barnstoneworth 4-0 (1-0)
Player of the Week: Robbert Kroeze

A beautiful and well-deserved victory for the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange, the team showed huge improvements and dominated this 3rd league game with great positioning play. Everywhere on the field, the boys tried to play the passing game and created triangles. The fans saw a dominating HFA Orange squad that couldn’t score until the 40th minute. Robbert Kroeze scored, probably, the goal of his career with a volley from 25 yards that landed exactly in the upper corner, 1-0!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad wins

In the second half we saw the same dominating style of play, even though the fans had to wait till the 70th minute to see more goals and the field play was nice to watch. Again, it was Robbert Kroeze who scored a beautiful goal, with a half bicycle kick, his shot was, yet again, unstoppable for the goalkeeper (2-0 for the Lions).

In the minutes that followed we saw a perfect cross from Mike Cantu landing exactly in front of Renato Mendoza who saw the easy task of heading the ball into the goal, and scoring his first goal of the season!

With only 5 minutes left in the game, Gerson Hernandez found a way to score his 2nd goal of the season, inside the 18- yard box, his header was yet again unstoppable by the goalkeeper, 4-0.  And so a beautiful victory for the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad, and well deserved by the mentality the players brought into the field, great game!  

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Barnstoneworth United FC
Player of the week: Cameron Free

After the Memorial cup game last week the squad of The Houston Dutch Lions FC played their third game of this season. With a 9am kickoff at Bear Creek Park the Lions were eager to win this game.

The HFA Boys started the game with a good mentality. The squad played the ball around and waited for the opportunity to create chances. We would like to dominate the game. And so we did. Eventually you want to win the game, so we have to score a goal. Our new goal Keeper Michael Ross had a good interception and gave the ball quickly to Cameron. Cameron sends Austin away into the space and he had a great finish.

After halftime we agreed that we had to score more goals to secure the win. The opponent scored by luck the 1-1.  Even though the opponent tied the game, we as a team didn’t panic and controlled the game. Eventually we scored the winning goal with a Penalty Kick. Barnstoneworth United FC made a handball in the 18-yard box. Cameron scored the PK and we ended up in a 2-1 win! The Lions are still undefeated in this competition! Therefore, I would like to give my compliments to our team for the great effort. Next week we are facing Furry Black for the regular league. We already played against them for the Memorial Cup and we are doing our very best to win this game. The game starts at 9:00am. Good job guys!

GO LIONS!

Posted by Marco Pruis September 29, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Partnership with Dotcomsport.com announced 

Conroe, TX – September 24, 2014 - The Houston Dutch Lions FC are proud to announce a strategic partnership with software company Dotcomsport. Dotcomsport is based in ZeewoldeNetherlands and specializes in products and services for sports-related companies worldwide. 

Dotcomsport.com and Houston Dutch Lions FC partner up

‘’Houston Dutch Lions FC are very proud to announce the partnership with Dotcomsports, and announcing the Player Tracking System for the Houston Dutch Lions FC,’’ HDL FC Technical Director Marco Pruis remarked: ‘’It will add an extra dimension for the development of the players at our club. Not only for players, but also for our coaches it will be a lot easier to communicate and help the players to develop. During a soccer season we have player-coach talks where we discuss the individual player development, the DotComSport database is perfect for us to archive these discussions and read player development throughout the years. We are also very excited about the scouting system we now have. We can maintain a perfect database of local talent and follow these players for many years. The ultimate step would be bringing local talent to the ranks of professional soccer through our USL PDL squad.’’

After years of experience working with soccer-development programs in the Netherlands, Dotcomsport wants to expand and work in multiple countries. This is a great opportunity for Dotcomsport to expand to the U.S. market. “Dotcomsport is proud to be a partner of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. The club has a clear structure and vision, furthermore they know how to educate their players and assist them with their development,” Dotcomsport Commercial Director Johan Henkes declared. “Both parties will also work together in multiple areas and the Houston Dutch Lions FC will act as a reference for Dotcomsport in the U.S. market.”

The player tracking system Dotcomclub has developed and ensures a structured training path, which contributes towards the optimal development of the football player, team and coach. Our application, when used on a tablet or smartphone, is the ideal assistant for every coach, director of coaching, and board member. Through years of experience and working with clients in the soccer market, Dotcomsport is able to support your soccer organization. Furthermore, Dotcomsport guarantees the continuity of their software development and we are no longer susceptible to the loss of important technical framework. The player tracking software system serves as a stable platform for the academy.

Houston Dutch Lions FC and dotcomsport.com partner up

Organizing teams, creating teams, communicating with players and coaches, digital preparation of training, match evaluations and reviews are actions that, with the software Dotcomsport offers, are simple and easy to execute. Every department within the team has their own part of the software, which provides them with information relevant to their job

Posted by Marco Pruis September 24, 2014 Categories: Club News Teams Youth Academy

Technical Soccer School coming to the Houston Dutch Lions FC 

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is pleased to announce the start of its very first Technical Soccer School. Emphasis in the ‘TSS’ will be on functional technique, meaning situations will be created for players to find solutions in game like situations. Players will work on cutting, turning and passing with both left and right foot.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC Coaching Staff are experienced Dutch Soccer Coaches with UEFA B or UEFA C licensing. The Coaches have many years of experience working on various amateur and professional levels in The Netherlands and the USA.

Houston Dutch Lions FC Technical Soccer School

First session* is scheduled for Friday, October 17th. The Houston Dutch Lions FC ‘TSS’ will run till Friday, December 12th. A perfect fit for players looking to lift their technical level this fall season, for instance to get ready for the upcoming High School soccer season.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC Coaches will work on Fridays from 6:45pm – 8:00pm** with players interested in improving their Technical skills. 

Fees and returns:

- 8 sessions of each 75 minutes for $175,00
- High level Professional Coaching conducted by UEFA Licensed Dutch Soccer Coaches

- The 'TSS' includes a practice jersey and a written analysis of technical abilities and improvements to each player
- Sessions will take place at the state of the art artificial fields of the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility to provide the highest quality of our training sessions

Max of 10 players per group so quality of development of each players is insured. Please contact Marco Pruis for any additional questions at m.pruis@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888.

Sign up here!

Training days:

Friday, October 17th

Session 1

Friday, October 24th

Session 2

Friday, October 31st

Session 3

Friday, November 7th

Session 4

Friday, November 14th

Session 5

Friday, November 21st

Session 6

Friday, December 5th

Session 7

Friday, December 12th

Session 8

* a minimal of 8 players is required to start the ‘TSS’.

** Private group session of 8 players or more is available upon request, day and time will be decided together.

Posted by Marco Pruis September 24, 2014 Categories: Camps Club News Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 9/20 and 9/21 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue
Player of the week: Sophia Saludares 

The first game of the U8’s was a great success! Both teams in this game were equal to each other.  It was for the first time that they played on a big sized field. They not only had to focus on their soccer skills but also on their positions on the field. The U8's played 4 x 10 minutes where they tried to score a lot of goals. 

In the first 20 minutes both teams scored many goals. In the last 20 minutes both teams were eager to win. Eventually the blue team won with 8-5. Great job on the field guys! #GOLIONS

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Blue – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White
Player of the week: CJ

Since the 2014/2015 season the Houston Dutch Lions FC is pleased to field 3 U10 teams. Two of these teams, our U10 Blue and U10 White team, played against each other. The boys and girls in these two teams showed improvement over the first few weeks of the season in controlling the ball, passing and cutting. The next step for the boys and girls is to know how to use the width and length of the bigger sized field. Compared to playing with the U8's the field size has increased, also added is offside. With lots of additional rules the kids will learn to take the next step into their development. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer U10 3-3
Player of the week: Jacob Paggioli

The first game of the Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 ended with a tie. From the beginning it already was an exiting game. Both teams put a lot of energy in the game. With some good passes the Lions were able to create good chances.

There were many attacks in the game and both teams defended very well. Jackson and Maddox were the goalkeepers today and both had some great saves.

Tylor defended the first half with Maddox and the second half with Jackson. At the midfield we played with Jacob, Jackson and Bas. The striker was Griffin. They all did a great job! The goals were scored by Jacob (2) and Bas (1).

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – Texans U16 (0-2) 2-4
Player of the week: Juan Gomez

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 lost their second game of the Season against the Texans U16. In the first part of the game the Lions played well. Collin scored the first goal of the game but unfortunately the referee saw a handball and decided not to allow the goal for the Lions. After that moment the Texans got stronger and scored two goals. The Lions tried to fight hard to get back in the game. 

In the second half the Lions were stronger in the duels and showed once again great mentality. Unfortunately the Texans were able to score again. The Lions didn’t give up easily, which resulted in two more goals from the Lions scored by Collin and Martin.

The two goals for the Lions weren’t enough to get back in the game but the guys can be proud on their work effort on the field. As a coach I can only compliment the spirit that the guys showed during the practices and games! We will grow as a team and eventually we will get the results.

Houston Dutch Lions FC – Fury Black (Memorial Cup)
Player of the week:  Alberto Huerta

The HFA played their first game for the Memorial cup with a kick off at 11.00am. The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC played against Fury Black. This team is playing in the same League as the Houston Dutch Lions FC. We had to deal with some injuries this week. Therefore we had to start with one man down but our team was convinced to win this game.

The Lions played offensively in the first half and were looking for the first goal. Although we had one man down, we created more chances. Unfortunately the chances couldn’t be converted into goals. The squad worked very hard for every yard but the score at half time stayed 0-0.

Starting off the second half, the Lions kept organized with a man down. The Lions actually played the ball with pace towards each other. With a good pace in the game the Lions came in some scoring opportunities but had a difficult time finishing their chances. A nice attack over the ground ended up to Jon Mough. He had a nice chip over the goalkeeper but the Referee called offside.  Overall the Lions deserved the win.  But there is a rule in soccer that you have to score a goal in order to win the game.

The Lions tied the game after 90 minutes. Because there had to be a winner, penalty kicks were going to decide which team would advance in the Cup. The penalty kick takers for the Lions were Jon Mough, Ciao lira, Brian Gastaldi and Cameron Free. All of them scored and because the opponent missed two penalty kicks, the Lions pulled out the victory. The Lions deserved the win with hard work and determination even though they played the entire game with one man down. The Lions played well and did a good job. Next week the Houston Dutch Lions FC are playing against Barnestoneworth United FC with a 9.00am Kick off.

Phrase of the week:
Alone you will run faster, 
Together we all run longer.

GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – Exiles (Memorial Cup)
Player of the Day: Jon Ethridge

An exciting Memorial Cup game for the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange squad, opponent for today is playing one Division lower but has gathered more points than us thus far.

The first 15 minutes turned out to be crucial for the HDL FC Orange squad. In two occasions a forward from Exiles was send, on the edge of offside, towards goalkeeper Luis. Both times the forwards found the net bringing the Exiles an early lead of 2-0. After these, unnecessary goals, the HDL FC Orange squad started to play soccer and created some good opportunities. In the 40th minute a nice pass towards Gerson Hernandez was promoted into a goal and with his first goal of the season Gerson brought the score back to 2-1.

In the 2nd half the Lions had the better field play and created many changes. Triangles were created and solutions were found, the boys started to play much more as a team. The mature playing Exiles had luck and experience on their side as they kept the Lions from scoring in the 2nd half. Therefore the Exiles advance to the next round of the Memorial Cup, and the Lions can continue to focus on the league.

Compliments to the guys for their attitude on the pitch, unfortunately they could not win this game. With more determination in shooting the Lions can bring home the 3 points next Sunday.

Posted by Marco Pruis September 23, 2014 Categories: Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 9/13 and 9/14 

Houston Express U11 – Houston Dutch Lions FC U11
Player of the week: Julian Vega

U11 continues to play good soccer!

After last week’s draw, our U11 knew that they had to win this game in order to fight for a place at the top of the league’s table.

In the beginning of the game, the two teams played equally. The Houston Dutch Lions FC began reckless in the game, the players were not in position and the passing was not good. Despite that, both teams did not create many chances.

After a few minutes, the Dutch Lions FC began to control the game. The Lions created a few small chances by Ty, Julian and Sebastian. Finally, after those few chances Julian scored the first goal with a great solo. He passed two men and also passed the goalkeeper easily (0-1).

It looked like after the goal, the Lions gained the confidence they needed. Because after Julian's goal it became a one-way traffic to the Houston Express goal. With some great passing plays, the Lions really knew how to entertain their supporters. But just as last week, the Lions did not reward themselves for their great passing play.

It was a shot by Marcos from a far distance that looked easy for the opponent’s goalkeeper, but rolled over the goal line by a mistake from their goal keeper. Finally the well deserved 0-2 with a little bit of luck. After the second goal, the defenders of the Houston Dutch Lions FC were sometimes too busy attacking. This caused a few sharp counters for Houston Express. Luckily goalkeeper Joey knew what to do with those shots, where he still kept his goal clean. Right before half time Sebastian made a great run. He passed one man in the 18 yard box and wanted to shoot, but got tackled. The referee gave our U11 a well deserved penalty. Sebastian took the penalty; he stayed very calm and scored in the right corner of the goal (0-3). The whistle blew, half time score: 0-3.

After half time started the same as in the beginning of the first half, there was a real chaos on the field. Players did not take their position and possession was given away easy. Houston Express got chance after chance with luckily no goals for them yet. After another attack for Houston Express, Julian defended the opponent’s striker whereas the striker dove to the ground that resulted in a penalty. The opponent took the penalty very well and aimed high in the right corner, therefore no chance for our goalkeeper Joey (1-3). After this goal the opponent continued on creating chances. The Houston Express almost scored their second goal of the game by just missing the target.

It did not take long before the Lions were attacking again. It was Nick with a nice solo along the side- line and passed three men and shot on target, great goal by Nick, 1-4. This goal became a wake-up call for our Lions. From that moment on we were the only team attacking again. It did not take long before Nick also scored his second goal of the game. It was another great solo by dribbling around a few players where his shot was touched by an opponent and went into the goal (1-5).

After the 1-5, the Lions got chance after chance and Julian scored twice with two great solos and he completed his hattrick (1-7). Also Sebastian made his second goal of the game by good combination play. Sebastian got the ball and scored (1-8). Final score: 1-8 win! 
Houston Dutch Lions FC Logo

This great result and the great game play from previous matches makes sure the Lions will be confident for their next game against SC FC. Go Lions!
 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – AH FC White U12 5-1 (3-0)
Player of the week: Luke Paggioli 

Saturday September 13th, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 played their second game of the league against AH FC White. After the great start from last week, the Lions were motivated to win their second game. 

Line up HDL FC U12's: Logan, Luke, Timothy, Mathew, Christian, Diego, Michelle, William, Daniel, Ethan and Jose

With Logan in the goal, Ethan, Luke and Jose as defenders, Christian midfield and the attackers Timothy, Diego, Mathew the Lions started the first half. From the beginning the Lions were pressuring the opponent and showed some good combinations. The opponents didn’t have a good answer to that. Christian Keller scored two penalty’s (two times a handball) and the AH FC White made an own goal from a corner of the Lions. With this comfortable lead the Lions reached half time.

In the second half, the Lions continued where they ended with in the first half. Daniel, Michelle, William and Christian pressuring the defense of the opponents and brought them into trouble. Luke, Logan and Mathew were good organized in our defense. With two more goals from Daniel and one goal from AH FC White, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 won again with a great team performance and a big score.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 - Kingwood Alliance FC U16
Player of the Week: Colin Spaulding

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16’s played their very first match at Lindsay Lions Park against Kingwood Alliance U16’s. Our U16’s had to face a big challenge before the game already starting out the match with one man down. 

In the first 10 minutes, the Lions struggled with getting a grip on the game. The opponents were very dangerous with their fast forwards receiving many through passes from their midfield. After some one vs. one situations with our goalie, Kingwood Alliance FC were able to put the ball in the back of the net after 7 minutes in the game. After this goal the Lions woke up and started to play well together with some good combinations. The Lions were able to play on the half of their opponents, which resulted in a goal from Collin with a long distance shot over the goalkeeper. After 25 minutes the score was 1-1. The Lions were not able to celebrate for long. Another strong attack from the forwards of Alliance FC came from the left side, found their way through our defense and hit target, 2-1 in favor of the opponents. Not much long after their goal, Alliance FC scored again from a corner kick where the Lions were not able to get the ball out of their box. After the 3-1, Collin found some space where he decided to shoot again from long distance. Unfortunately he saw his accurate shot hitting the crossbar. The Lions were pressing forward to look for more opportunities but the counter attack of Alliance FC became fatal. Another breakthrough resulted a one on one situation against our goalkeeper where the forward of Alliance FC didn’t fail to score. Half time score: 4-1.

Coming into the second half, the Lions were determined to give everything they have stepping on the field with a great mentality.  The Lions dominated and pressured forward. The Lions impressed their fans and the coaches from being one man down but showing great character on the field.  The opponents were struggling where our U16’s fought hard for every ball and created some good chances trying to close the gap on the scoreboard. Unfortunately the luck wasn’t on the Lions side today.  Alliance FC took advantage of their substitutions and were able to score again from a corner kick to put the 5-1 on the scoreboard. In the 74th minute another through pass from the midfield situated another one on one against our goalie scoring their 6th goal of the game. However, the Lions didn’t give up that easy. They kept playing strong and showed very good combinations on the midfield. Unfortunately the Lions gave up another goal in the last minute of the game by an unnecessary penalty kick. Final result: 7-1.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16's

The HDL FC coaches were very proud of the team that showed outstanding mentality on the field. Being one man down is a big mental breakdown for each player, but they did not show that on the field. The Lions were determined and showed tremendous effort where each player gave more than 100%. Although it was the first game of the season, the players found each other very well already. The second half they showed a lot of improvement in comparison with the first half. As the season will continue, this team can improve a lot by playing together as a team, with the same mentality and effort we can look forward for some very good results coming up in the next games.

Houston Dutch Lions FC – Enchanted Rock
Player of the week: Austin Crafts

The Houston Dutch Lions FC played their second game on Sunday September 14th. The Lions had a 9.00am kick off against Enchanted Rock. The weather was for both teams an advantage. The little bit of rain made the field better to play on.   

The Houston Dutch Lions FC wanted to continue the winning mood. The team all agreed that they wanted to win the game with playing good soccer. The Lions started the game offensive and therefore were looking for the first goal. The opponent was waiting for the Lions to make mistakes. Even though our defense had everything under control, we still had to do some hard work. There was a lot of movement in our offense. Therefore, the opponent didn’t know what to do with it and we scored the first goal within the first 30 minutes.  Austin was send away and placed the ball next to the goalie in the back of the net. The Lions gained more and more confidence and it was waiting on scoring their second goal. The defense of Enchanted Rock had a difficult day. Austin made a great run, found his teamates Caio and Jon easily with good combination play. He came 1 vs. 1 in front of the goalkeeper and scored with a great chip the 2-0.

The second half in comparison to the first half was an entire different level. The lions tried to keep the ball in the team. But every time when Enchanted Rock had the ball, they had some great offensive opportunities. The game was open and there was more space for the opponents to attack. Despite there was more space the Lions also created some good chances. But you have to score the goals if you want to make a difference. The Lions were not able to score where Enchanted Rock scored two goals both from a corner kick. Although the Lions were the better team, the game ended in 2-2. We deserved to win, but Enchanted Rock found a way to get back in the game.   

Let this be a lesson for the Houston Dutch Lions FC. You do not always win if you are the better team. Play soccer with your head. Be smart and stick with our game, not theirs. 

This upcoming Sunday the Houston Dutch Lions FC are playing for the HFA Memorial Cup.  The Lions willl face Fury Black At Bear Creek Park. Kick off time at 11.00am. The League games continue on Sunday 28th against Barnstoneworth United FC with a 9.00am kick off at Bear Creek Park. 

Phrase of the week: “If you are able to dominate a game, you’re doing well! If you are able to win a game you will become champions.” GO LIONS!

Saengerbund Kickers - Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange 0-0 (0-0)
Player of the week: Luis Lopez

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange played 0-0 against the Saengerbund Kickers. In the first half, the Orange team had the better field play but had difficulties to create changes. The biggest chance was a present from the goalkeeper of the Kickers. The goalkeeper was hesitating too long and Gerson Hernandez stole the ball from the goalie, but unfortunately he missed for open goal. Gerson showed a good mentally and kept on working. That’s the great thing about this team. Everybody is positive and wants to work hard to get better every game in order to improve as a player. That is the spirit you need as a team!

In the second half, the Orange team started out good, however, after 20 minutes the Kickers where getting stronger. They created a few big chances but every time our goalkeeper Luis Lopez was in their way with some great saves! Just before the final whistle, the Kickers were looking to score, but the referee already whistled for a foul. And so the Lions conquer their first point of the season.

This Sunday at 1:00pm the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange plays against Exiles for the HFA Memorial Cup at Bear Creek park. The Lions are determined for the first win of the season!

Posted by Marco Pruis September 15, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 9/6 and 9/7 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 -  Liverpool U11
Player of the week: Marcos Sanchez

U11 Dominated and deserved more!

Due to the rain before the game, the temperatures wasn’t too hot and therefore perfect weather conditions for Coach Christiaan Wind to make his debut as the head coach of the U11’s. After a short explanation about our vision, game tactics and the formation, the Houston Dutch Lions FC were ready to start their game against Liverpool.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC had a great start of the game. Our Lions had the most ball possession, created a few great chances and the passing among the team mates was very good.. Despite all the good things, the opponent’s first chance of the game was converted into a goal, 0-1. The opponent came one vs. one with Joey, our goalkeeper, and scored. Despite the setback, the Houston Dutch Lions FC kept going on creating chances, keeping ball possession and kept going on with their great passing game.

After another few chances, our Houston Dutch Lions FC got a free-kick. It was a dangerous free-kick from Drake that passed the wrong side of the post. Not long after this free-kick, the Houston Dutch Lions FC got another free-kick. It was Sebastian that took the free-kick and this time his shot went barely over the goal.

Not long after that, Nick took a great solo by passing three men and also the goalkeeper. With Nick's goal, right before half-time, we tied the game (1-1). 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12's

During the break, the coaches told the U11’s that if they kept playing like this they would definitely win the game and score at least 3 goals in the second half.  Again, after a short explanation about how off-side works, the Dutch Lions FC were ready to start the second half.

Defender Marcos took lead in this game by playing very solid by controlling our defense. The Houston Dutch Lions FC began well in the second half. They kept ball possession again, but did not create chances yet. After 4 minutes in the second half, the game was temporarily stopped because of a thunderstorm.

Due to the thunderstorm, every player gathered together to take shelter. After 10 minutes, assistant coach Maarten van der Wal asked information to the management of the park. They told Maarten that the game got suspended. Final score: 1-1.

Despite the result, there is a lot of confidence for the next game this Saturday against Houston Express.

See you all at practice this week.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – TUFC Leones U12
Player of the Week: Christian Keller

The first game of the 2014 fall season resulted in a victory for the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s. With a 10:00am kick off at Katy Park, all players and parents were up early. After an open first half, both teams created small chances but couldn’t find the net, yet… After a long kick from the TUFC goalkeeper, the ball bounced further and came right in front of a TUFC forward. His shot ended up in the goal and brought the 0-1 on the scoreboard. Houston Dutch Lions FC U12

In the second half the Houston Dutch Lions FC were eager to win this game. Due to another miscommunication from the Lions, the TUFC scored their second goal. The Lions kept on creating chances with good field play. Our fans, wearing their orange jersey had to wait till the 39th minute before they could cheer. A beautiful individual move by Christian created his own chance and knew how to finish it. Just 4 minutes later Christian found a way to score again, bringing the score to 2-2! And that was not were it stopped for Christian… Another great individual move in the 47th minute made his hattrick complete, scoring 3 goals in 8 minutes!!!

In the 51tst minute, by a good combination between Christian and Diego Gorjon through the center of the field, Diego finished the goal as he brought the score  2-4 for the Lions!

And just 2 minute after the 2-4 the Lions scored another goal bringing the score to 2-5. This time Luke Paggioli made a beautiful run as a right back, his cross found Ethan Wessner at the second post who scored the Lions their 5th goal!

Next week the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s face AH FC at Meyer Park, game kicks off at 2:30pm.

 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 -  South Belt Select          
Player of the week: Luis Machado

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 team had his home opener on Sunday September 7th. The squad played at El Franco Lee Park against South Belt Select. 

Even though the game stared 5 minutes later, the Lions were focused and ready for the game. The Lions started with ten players on the field instead of eleven. That difference was clearly visible in the 1st half. The defense tried to play ball possession starting from the back. It was hard to keep the ball in the team but sometimes the lions came trough and created chances. South Belt Select played most of the time at our half of the field. That resulted in 4 goals down in the first half.

Playing with one man down, the Lions agreed to play as a team in the second half. All players were eager for the second half.  The lions played better soccer and actually played the ball around the field. Also everyone tried to defend when we didn’t have the ball.

The lions wanted to score at least one goal, and so we did. A free kick was given for our lions at 22 yards to the goal. Luis was determined to take the responsibility of the free-kick and with great confidence. He kicked the ball in the goal in the left corner. Great free kick from Louis Machado! 

The Lions ended up playing the rest of the game without Juan due to an ankle injury. South Belt Select scored 3 more goals and the final score was 1-7.

Again, it was hard to play with 1 or 2 men down, but we did a very good job! We all worked hard on the field and all of you made the coach proud! Next week we are playing against Eclipse White at Lindsay Lions Park at 8:00am. If we play with the same team spirit we can get a good result! Thanks for the support last Saturday and see you next week! GO LIONS! 

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange - United Wednesdays 0-4 (0-2)
Player of the week: Ryan Dobbs

With an average age of 20 years we can conclude that the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange has a young squad. The technical staff consists of Head Coach Maarten van der Wal and Coach Michiel van de Heijning.

The main goal this year is: to improve our players to a higher level of technical, tactical, physical and mental game of soccer. With the right team spirit week in week out we will get there step by step and the results will come.

Last Sunday, the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange had the home opener vs. United Wednesdays. After 90 minutes HDL FC Orange lost with 0-4 of United Wednesdays. The HDL FC Orange lost against a team with more physical power who waited for our mistakes.

In the entire match it was the Orange team that had most ball possession and tried to create changes with attacking soccer. The Lions had a hard time finding the right solutions to create changes, but kept on trying. In the first half, Ryan Dobbs gave a beautiful pass between the defenders to put Gerson Hernandez in front of the goalkeeper. In the second half, Gerson sends Joel Bonilla away 1 on1 against the goal keeper. Unfortunately the chances didn’t convert in goals. The opponent waited for the mistakes and came out very quick. Luis saved a couple of times, however the opponent was able to score 4 times.

In the end you can say that the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange gave a 100% and the spirit you guy’s show is great! For the younger guys it’s a big difference to play against adults. But our guys will get stronger by the week when you play against them. Let’s keep on working and there will be improvement for sure! HFA logo

Houston Dutch Lions FC -  Foreign Legion FC 3-0
Player of the week: Kevin Solorzano

The Houston Dutch Lions FC won their home opener against Foreign Legion.

The first squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC played their first game on Sunday September 8th. With a 9:00am kick off at Bear Creek Park all players were eager to start the season.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC started out nervous in the first 10 minutes. The lions tried to create chances, but it was hard to reach our strikers.  The lions had almost 90% ball possession in the first half. When Foreign Legion FC took over the ball they were very dangerous with their counter attacks. Our defense worked hard to take over the ball from the attackers of Foreign Legion FC. Our goalie had some great saves to keep the goal clean in the first half. The halftime score was 0-0.

It was obvious that the squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC was the better team. But the opponent created more chances. And that was one thing what needed to improve.

In the second half, the Lions started out again with great ball possession and attacking play. The Lions had to make sure that they could find the opportunities in the back of the opponent. In the 52th minute of the game, Cameron reached Jose Hernandez with a nice long ball over the defense. Jose Hernandez didn’t hesitate and after his control he scored the ball in the left corner of the goal. This goal gave the team confidence and created a lot more chances.  But you cannot win the game with only creating chances. The Lions had some problems with finishing. However in the 72th minute, it was Hector that scored the 2-0.

A great attack for the Lions followed. The ball came from the defense from Cameron to the midfield. Jesus received the ball and passed the ball to the side were Kevin was waiting for the ball. Kevin had a one vs. one situation and won. He was able to give a cross ball in front of the goal. Hector was standing on the right spot and shot the ball in the left corner of the goal. The game was not over yet, because the opponent was dangerous at times with their striker. Sometimes he created some good opportunities, however our goalie Dennis was always the winner. Foreign Legion was getting tired in the last minutes of the game. The Houston Dutch Lions FC were looking for the third goal and in the 88th minute Kevin took a shot on goal that resulted in 3-0, final score.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC played well and finished the game with a good result. The Lions are happy with this result and hope they can make more good results in the future.  Our next game is also at Bear Creek Park with a 9:00am kick off against Enchanted Rock.

GO LIONS!

Posted by Marco Pruis September 08, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Mens League Teams Youth Academy

Rosters Youth Academy and schedule this weekend 

With the Youth Academy teams playing in the EDDOA starting this Saturday, we would like to inform our members the rosters as well as Coaches information. If you cannot make it out to a practice or game, please contact your Coach. 

Our Development teams start this weekend with 4 vs 4 games at our Facility. The U5/U6 start at 9:00am and we kindly ask players to be present 20 minutes before kick off. Our U7 through U10 players also play 4 vs 4 at our Facility. These games start at 10:00am where we also ask players to be present 20 minutes before kick off.Houston Dutch Lions FC Youth Academy

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11
1. Nicholas
2. Addie
3. Andrew
4. William
5. Joseph
6. Maximilian (Julian)
7. Sebastian
8. Drake
9. Marcos
10. Ty

Coach: Christiaan Wind c.wind@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12
1. Michelle
2. Jose
3. Diego
4. Dayton
5. Christian
6. Luke
7. Logan
8. Mathew
9. Timothy
10. Ethan

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

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14
1. Alvaro
2. Jacob
3. Mark
4. John
5. Jonathan
6. Juan
7. Christopher K.
8. Thomas
9. Logan
10. Alexander
11. Luiscarlo
12. Garrett
13. Christopher V.
14. Grant

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

Houston Dutch Lions FC U15/U16
1. Andre
2. Zachary
3. Martin
4. Mitchell
5. Tyler
6. Colin
7. Leonardo
8. Colby
9. Ryan
10. Patrick
11. Danny
12. Carter
13. Juan

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

Select teams game schedule for this weekend
9/6, Lindsay Lions Park #18B: Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 - Liverpool at 4:00pm (please be present at 3:15pm)
9/6, Katy Park #21: Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 - TUFC Leones at 10:00am (please be present at 9:15am)
9/6, El Franco Lee Park #6: Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 - South Belt Select at 12:00pm (please be present at 11:00am)
9/7, Lindsay Lions Park #20: Houston Dutch Lions FC U15/U16 - KW Alliance at 2:00pm (please be present at 1:00pm)

If there are any further questions, please contact our Youth Academy Manager Michiel van de Heijning at m.vandeheijning@hdlfc.com or 713-498-4407.

Posted by Marco Pruis September 02, 2014 Categories: Club News Game Schedule Teams Youth Academy
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