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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! 
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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.


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

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
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