CoachesMemo Feb 1 19 Puma Cup Logo
FEBRUARY 9 & 10, 2019 

The Dynamos are proud of our players who are participating on their respective high school teams. It is another important step in their development, both as citizens and athletes. Here is a list as initially reported of players taking part in high school programs. If there are names of players missing from this list, please forward the player’s name and high school to jwalker332@aol.com and it will appear in the next issue of the Coaches Memo:
Ethan Anderson Bridgeland varsity
Cameron Bale Bridgeland junior varsity
Emma Bar Tomball Memorial varsity
Elizabeth Basta Langham Creek junior varsity
Morgan Beene Cy-Ranch varsity
Maison Bell, Cy-Ranch varsity
Olivia Bowen Tomball Memorial varsity
Ayden Bridges Cy-Creek varsity
Marco Calderon Cy-Creek
Sydney Cannon, Cy-Woods varsity
Adrean Cantebury, Bridgeland junior varsity
Jorge Cantu Bridgeland junior varsity A
Emily Cotton Cy-Woods junior varsity
Andres Corrales Bridgeland varsity
Joey Correa Cy-Woods junior varsity A
Ava Courtney Bridgeland junior varsity
Faith Cullison Cypress Christian varsity
Meredith Curtis Bridgeland varsity
Luke Delancey Bridgeland junior varsity A
Kaileigh Duncan, Bridgeland varsity
Zach Ellis Bridgeland junior varsity A
Ray Escobar Cy-Fair junior varsity A
Aidan Gaudet Cy- Woods junior varsity A
Hope Griffin Bridgeland varsity
Jayden Goytia Tomball junior varsity A
Elisa Grillo Bridgeland junior varsity
Cassidy Graham Bridgeland junior varsity
Dylan Hall Cy-Fair junior varsity
Noah Herrera Bridgeland junior varsity
Isobel Herrod Klein Oak varsity
Helaena Hy Cy-Ranch varsity
Makinley Jackson Cy-Falls varsity
Madison Kanelos Bridgeland varsity
Carson Kapp Cy-Ranch junior varsity
Joshua Kawich Klein Cain varsity
Jack Kelsey Cy-Ranch junior varsity
Hannah Kissamis Concordia varsity
Thomas Le Bridgeland junior varsity A
Meagan Livingston Cy-Woods junior varsity
Ivan Lizcano Tomball Memorial junior varsity A
Andrea Mason Bridgeland junior varsity
Kelly Mauldin Bridgeland varsity
Haley McBride, Cy-Fair varsity
Kyle Messer Bridgeland junior varsity A
Jared Meyer Cy-Ranch junior varsity
Preston Morgan Cy-Fair varsity
Jack Newton Cy-Ranch junior varsity B
Samantha Nichols Cy-Woods junior varsity
Christian Ornelas Bridgeland varsity
Joshua Perez Cy-Ranch junior varsity
Sophie Pettus Klein Oak varsity
Belle Pham Cy-Woods junior varsity
Yancy Quijano Cy-Creek
Olivia Rhodes Bridgeland varsity
Vance Richmond Bridgeland junior varsity B
Ryan Riddle Bridgeland varsity
Alex Riley Cy-Woods junior varsity
Taylan Rogers Cy-Falls varsity
Jengo Russell Bridgeland junior varsity
Reese Schmadeke Cy-Woods varsity
Emma Shaw Langham Creek varsity
Gareth Shaw Langham Creek varsity
Maddy Shel Tomball Memorial junior varsity
Oscar Silva Bridgeland junior varsity A
Caleb Sligh Tomball Memorial junior varsity A
Rachel Smith Cypress Christian varsity
Grace Tarantino Cy-Woods junior varsity
Ryan Taylor Bridgeland junior varsity B
Aidan Thomas Tomball Memorial junior varsity
Mya Trager Bridgeland varsity
Isaiah Ulloa Cy-Lakes varsity
Andres Valbuena Cy-Ranch JVA
Ryleigh Wallace Tomball Memorial varsity
Emma Whitley Cy-Woods junior varsity
Shelby Wiley Tomball varsity
Emily Wilson Bridgeland varsity
Morgan Zachos Cy-Woods varsity
Amber Zlatich Bridgeland junior varsity

CoachesMemo Feb 1 19 Ayden Bridges
Dynamos' Ayden Bridges (right) and her Cy-Creek High School teammate Haley Benson are interviewed by Dave Fanucchi of TSRN Sports (Texas Sports Network) after the pair starred in a stunning 1-0 upset over highly-rated Stratford last week.

U. S. National Team
What exactly will be Gregg Berhalter’s “style of play and the culture” for the U.S. men's national team? First, a look at his recent past. The Columbus Crew made the Major League Soccer playoffs every season with the exception of 2016 and reached the MLS Cup Final in 2015, losing to the Portland Timbers. All this success despite a small budget and a team dealing with a possible move to Austin, Texas. We learned that he likes to use the 4-2-3-1–the preferred formation in MLS over the past few years–to great effect. When the Crew possessed the ball, fullbacks pushed forward and center backs veered wide. Wil Trapp as the maestro in midfield often sprayed passes down the middle to lone striker Gyasi Zardes. Other times, the fullbacks supplied balls to the middle and in the penalty box. That movement of the wings kept other teams on their heels. Maximizing possession and building up plays tired opponents. While passing accuracy and possession are not qualities often associated with MLS sides, Berhalter effectively used both to win games. These tactics are highly desirable on the national team level. Trapp and Zardes also got plenty of minutes under U.S. caretaker manager Dave Sarachan last year. That could set the stage for Berhalter this year when limited to MLS-based players. At the same time, Berhalter also offers dynamism. Even with the Crew, he wasn't married to any particular style. In Columbus, he used Trapp to drop between the center backs, although the lone striker has been a staple of his lineups. Aside from MLS, Berhalter’s tactics have a Dutch influence. Berhalter played in the Netherlands for six seasons, but he spent more time in Germany. It’s knowledge from his seven years in the first and second divisions that will help him connect with the many Americans now playing in the German topflight. --From reports by Clemente Lisi, USsoccerplayers.com

New trainer Edgar Diaz is delighted with his new position as a member of the Dynamos staff, specializing with goalkeepers. Edgar was introduced to the ball early having as a role model his father who has been an award-winning player and coach. Currently working with the Keeper Club Seniors, Edgar says: "Having played goalkeeper my entire competitive career--club, high school varsity and Lone Star College--I take great pride in helping future keepers hone and master their craft.". .The Dynamos aren’t necessarily supportive of gambling, but the staff is carefully watching the bet between trainer Dave Hill and his dad, Roger, who doesn’t believe his son can reduce to 226 pounds by the time he, Roger, visits from England on March 1. They have a $50 bet. . .The Houston Dynamo has signed veteran Honduran center back Maynor Figueroa, who has been the captain of the Honduran national team and has had a lengthy career in England where he played for Wigan Athletic and Hull City, also has played for Dallas FC in Major League Soccer. . .Tickets go on sale Feb. 8 for the U. S.-Chile match on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Though both teams failed to qualify for the 2018, both are touted with high prospects for 2022.

“Make each day your masterpiece.”—Coach John Wooden

Amanda Duffy has been named President of the National Women’s Soccer League. In her new role Duffy will continue to oversee all aspects of the league’s day-to-day operations and will work closely with the league’s owners on the strategic direction and objectives for NWSL as it continues to build. “Amanda has been instrumental in operating the league as Managing Director,” said North Carolina Courage Owner and Executive Committee Chair Steve Malik. “She’s an extremely talented professional and we feel that she will continue to foster the league’s growth. As we look to the future, her experience and talents are a great fit for taking the league to the next level.” This figures to be a crucial season for the NWSL with the World Cup sure to bring additional exposure and the expiration of the three-year agreement to broadcast matches on Lifetime. Recent challenges include the conditions at Sky Blue and the lack of diversity in recent coaching hires around the league. Said Duffy: “The NWSL has made significant strides over the past six seasons thanks to the world-class talent of our players, the vision of our owners and the commitment by everyone associated with the league to make NWSL the global destination for the very best in women’s professional soccer.” The league’s seventh season is scheduled to kick off the weekend of April 13-14. Duffy said the league will expand for the 2020 season.

Fifty-two years ago—Jan. 15, 1967, in Los Angeles--I attended the first Super Bowl (then called the NFL-AFL World Championship Game) as a member of the press corps, reporting for the Baltimore Evening Sun. Two years later, 50 years ago, Jan. 12, 1969, in Miami, as publicity director of the Baltimore Colts, I watched again from the press box at Super Bowl III. The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first one. In the other one, the Colts, at game time an 18-point favorite, lost 16-7 to the New York Jets, a shock from which I’ve barely recovered. Lots of memories, but other than snippets of action, I haven’t watched an entire Super Bowl game since.--Jim Walker

You know the one about a silent coach being a wise one? Coach Cy Fair counters that a coach without words may be one without thoughts! Your temper, counsels Coach Flo, is the only thing you can’t get rid of by losing it.