By Jeremy Villanueva & Taylor Hester
The FC Dallas Academy has proven its success in its young tenure by preparing its players for the next level whether it is professionally or college-level play. With the school year and NCAA season nearing, here's five former FCD Academy players to keep an eye on as they head into the college season:
Mark Ashby (Senior, Harvard) – The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year enters his senior year for Harvard. As a junior, Ashby co-captained the Crimson to a perfect 9-0-0 home record and tallied three goals. He was also named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Third Team All-Region. In his first two seasons with Harvard, Ashby started all but one game for the Crimson backline. He was a part FC Dallas’ 2011 USSDA National Championship finalist team.
Bobby Edet (Junior, Furman) - Edet impressed his freshman year at Furman with seven goals. After leading the team in scoring in 2013, the forward cooled down and only notched five goals in 2014. However, Edet led Furman to winning the Southern Conference Tournament last year. He provided the game-winning assist to clinch Furman's conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Furman eventually fell to Washington on penalties in the second round, ending the team’s Cinderella run. Edet enters his junior year this season and will look to build on his early success in college.
Kris Reaves (Sophomore, Wake Forest) – The six-foot, two-inch sophomore defender looks to pick up the 2015 season where he left off in 2014. Reaves started 19 games for Wake Forest in 2014 en route to earning a spot on the 2014 All-ACC Freshmen Team. He also added three assists on the year, including the game-winning assist in overtime against No. 9 Louisville on November 1, 2014. He was a member of the U-18 USMNT and has played with the FC Dallas reserves. Reaves has also trained with teams in England, Italy and Brazil.
Patrick Khouri (Redshirt Freshman, University of New Mexico) – After being called up to Jamaica’s U-23 Men’s National Team for the Caribbean Federation Union Olympic Qualifying Tournament this past July, Khouri heads into his redshirt freshman season looking to play a vital role in the University of New Mexico’s midfield. When he wasn’t on national team duty this summer, Khouri logged 269 minutes for Albuquerque Sol in the Premier Development League. His resume includes captaining the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Men’s National Team, and playing with CF Blanca Subur Academy in Barcelona, Spain in the spring of 2012 before joining FC Dallas Academy.
Aaron Guillen (Senior, Florida Gulf Coast) - A two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Teamer, Guillen heads into his senior year at FGCU as the defensive leader of the defending Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champions. A smooth and composed center back who won a PDL championship with the Austin Aztex in 2014, Guillen spent significant time training with the FC Dallas first team this summer and the El Paso native could be a name you hear as a possible Homegrown signing this winter. (By the way, keep an eye on his center back partner Kamar Mariott, another FCD alum)
2015 FC Dallas Summer College Combine
June 6th-8th, 2015 | Toyota Soccer Center | Frisco, TX
The FC Dallas Summer College Combine is designed to allow women’s and men’s college coaches to conduct training sessions to improve the players' technical and tactical aspects of the game. Through these training sessions, condition matches and a college seminar, these college coaches will provide players with insight to the demands of the college game and the college recruiting process.
*Space is limited*
Dates: Saturday June 6th through Monday June 8th , 2015
Each age groups will have 2 sessions Saturday, 2 sessions Sunday plus a College Seminar and a session Monday Morning.
Location: Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center
Who: Elite players U15 and older
|College programs registered to attend|
|Men's programs||Women's programs|
|SMU||Texas Women's University|
|Trinity University||Texas Christian University|
|Valparaiso University||Oklahoma State University|
|Midwestern State University||University of Kentucky|
|Ouachita Baptist University||Stephen F. Austin University|
|University of Texas at Dallas||University of Tulsa|
|West Texas A&M University||Sam Houston State University|
|Luther College||Abilene Christian University|
|Southwestern Assembly of God||Texas Tech University|
|Dallas Baptist University||Hardin Simmons University|
|Grand Canyon University||Lamar University|
|Fort Hays State University||Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point|
|Houston Baptist University|
*Additional coaches will be added. List subject to change.
The AdvoCare Winter College Combine is designed to allow women’s and men’s college coaches to conduct training sessions to improve the players' technical and tactical aspects of the game. Through these training sessions, condition matches and a college seminar, these college coaches will provide players with insight to the demands of the college game and the college recruiting process.
*Space is limited to 60 boys and 60 girls per day.
**An AdvoCare Winter College Combine adidas t-shirt and lunch for each participant are included in the registration fee.
Dates: Saturday Dec. 21, 2013 and Sunday Dec. 22, 2013
Cost: $125 per day (Attendance for BOTH days is available at a reduced cost of $225)
Location: Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center
Boys Daily Schedule
9am-11am: Training session with college coaches
11am-12pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
12pm-1pm: College Seminar
1pm-3pm: 11v11 Games
Girls Daily Schedule
11am-1pm: Training session with college coaches
1pm-2pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
2pm-3pm: College Seminar
3pm-5pm: 11v11 Games
|College programs registered to attend|
|Men's programs||Women's programs|
|Midwestern State University (NCAA DII)||Notre Dame (NCAA DI)|
|Valparaiso University (NCAA DI)||Mississippi State (NCAA DI)|
|Delta State University (NCAA DII)||Texas Christian University (NCAA DI)|
|Rogers State University (NCAA DII)||Texas A&M Corpus Christi (NCAA DI)|
|Trinity University (NCAA DIII)||Southern Methodist University (NCAA DI)|
|University of Texas at Dallas (NCAA DIII)||Sam Houston State University|
|Austin College (NCAA DIII)||Oklahoma State University|
|Cloud County Community College||Texas Women's University (NCAA DII)|
|Western College (NJCAA I)||Ouachita Baptist University (NCAA DII)|
|Ouachita Baptist University (NCAA DII)||Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NCAA DI)|
|Southern Methodist University (NCAA DI)||Abiliene Christian University (NCAA DI)|
We're just a couple weeks away from the start of the NCAA season and the newly-formed American Athletic Conference has announced that their 2013 Men's Soccer Conference Championship will be played at Toyota Stadium on November 15 and 17.
Consisting of SMU, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Temple, Central Florida, UConn & South Florida, the American Athletic Conference boasts some NCAA soccer powerhouses and this tournament will be the first time Toyota Stadium has hosted a major NCAA post-season soccer event since the 2008 NCAA College Cup. The semifinals will be held on Friday, November 15 with the championship game held on Sunday, November 17.
"As an SMU alumnus, I'm especially excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship to Toyota Stadium," said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt told the AAC website. "We have more than 4,500 players in our youth system, ages 7 and up, while more than 80 earned college soccer scholarships or Financial Aid this past year alone. Our Development Academy consistently ranks among the best in North America, while our professional team has spent the majority of the 2013 season at the top of the table in MLS. We are committed to growing soccer in North Texas and look forward to showcasing yet another level of elite play at our stadium."
- Purchase tickets to the semifinal matches on Friday, November 15 here.
- Purchase tickets to the championship game on Sunday, November 17 here.
- Secure a two-day pass to see all three matches here.
Late last month, the FC Dallas U-14 ECNL team traveled to San Diego, California to play some of the best competition in the nation and watch the Women’s College Cup Final Four. The FC Dallas ladies played the number one team in the country and two other top Southern California teams at the event.
"Through this outstanding level of competition, [the team] was able to gain some valuable experience that will be vital as they make a push to qualify for the national championships," said head coach Matt Grubb.
In order to do that, the FC Dallas U-14s must finish in the top two out of 10 teams in the ECNL Texas conference.
In addition to the intense competition and high-quality level of play, the team was also able to see the NCAA Division I College Cup semifinals and finals. They saw both semifinal matches between Stanford and North Carolina, and Penn State and Florida State, respectively on Friday, November 30.
"Both semifinal matches were decided in overtime on some spectacular goals," said Grubb. "They saw players like Christine Nairn, Maya Hayes, Crystal Dunn, Satara Murray, and our own [former FCDY players] Alina Garciamendez and Chioma Ubogagu as well as several others that have national team experience playing at a blistering pace and with the utmost creativity and flare."
In the final on Sunday, December 2, the girls watched UNC beat Penn State 4-1.
"This trip for the ladies will prove to be a great experience," said Grubb, "to help them raise their level of play and emulate some of the college greats in hopes of one day competing at the same level."
Registration is now open for the third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by AdvoCare, returning to the FC Dallas Stadium Complex March 9-10, 2013.
The adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare is limited to U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18/19 Boys and Girls Teams. Coaches representing NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs, as well as Junior Colleges will be in attendance. Each College/University coach who attends the event will be provided with a player resume book detailing each player’s academic and athletic data.
In 2012, 180 college coaches attended the College Showcase, and even more are expected to flock to Frisco in 2013.
Format and Cost: Each team will have the option to play two or three 80 minute matches. The cost for two matches is $650 and the cost for three matches is $850. The cost includes parking at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex. In order to comply with NCAA recruiting rules, points will be awarded for each game to determine a bracket winner, but no awards will be presented.
Team Requirements: Each U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 team is allowed a maximum of 22 players with five guest players per roster. However, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in each game. Each U-15 team is allowed a maximum of 18 players with five guest players per roster.
Hotels: Out of town teams are required to stay in an FC Dallas College Showcase designated hotel. The list of hotels can be seen here.
Other Important Information: Instructions for completing player profiles, schedules, field maps, hotel information, and all other pertinent information regarding the weekend’s events will be made available on the adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare web page here.
FC Dallas will travel to the Hilltop tonight for a scrimmage against SMU. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Westcott Field (No. 58 on the campus map below). Admission is free.
National Signing Day isn't just for high school football - it's fútbol, too. Five players in the FC Dallas Academy signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Congrats to them and their families on this big day.
Michael Ambrose, defender – University of Maryland
Ambrose has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He was one of eight MLS developmental players invited to play with U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup last summer and is currently serving as captain of the FCD U-18 Academy squad.
Mark Ashby, defender – Harvard University
Ashby has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He currently attends Denton Ryan High School where he participates in the Student Council and National Honor Society. Ashby has SAT/ACT scores of 2140/30. He was the District 4-A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman before joining the FC Dallas Academy.
Danny Garcia, midfielder – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Garcia has played with the FC Dallas Academy team since 2008. Garcia collected 16 goals in 14 appearances with the U-18s so far this season. He attends W.T. White High School where he has a 3.45 GPA. Garcia has also appeared in the MLS Reserve League with FC Dallas, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City last season.
Aaron Guillen, defender – Florida Gulf Coast University
Guillen is a left-footed defender who joined the FC Dallas Academy this past summer from affiliate club FC Dallas El Paso.
Nicholas Rochowski, defender – University of New Mexico
Rochowski is ranked among the ESPNHS Top 150 as well as the ESPN RISE Top Defenders for 2012 graduates. Part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2008, he maintains a 3.9 GPA at Flower Mound High School.