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Shinde Out of Texas Cup Final

Pratik Shinde will miss out on the TPSL’s showcase game tomorrow as an injury will keep him from playing in the Admiral Texas Cup Final. Shinde suffered a groin strain in training last night and will miss the match.

“He is devastated,” Houston Hurricanes FC head coach Brendan Keyes stated. “I feel so bad for him as he just earned his starting position back by playing some really good football.”

Jorge Vela will also miss the game with a pulled hamstring.

“That’s football, but you do feel for both players,” Keyes concluded.

The Hurricanes will play the Houston Dutch Lions Saturday November 30th in the Admiral Texas Cup Final. The match kicks off at 7:45 pm at the HDLFC Soccer Complex, 14562 Interstate 45 South, Conroe, TX 77384.

The Texas Cup Final is Here!

After a 4-1 victory over Houston Regals SCA in the semi-finals, the Houston Dutch Lions FC will host and play against the Hurricanes FC in the Texas Cup Final.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC proudly host the Texas Cup Final. They have many plans for the event, including bands and music, providing fans with entertainment on and off the field.   A postgame ceremony, led by TPSL President Brendan Keyes, will honor the cup winner and runner-up.

The Hurricanes FC are a well-known soccer team from South Houston and will prove to be a formidable opponent for the Orange Machine known as HDL.

“In the league game against the Houston Hurricanes FC we won 5-1,” Houston Dutch Lions head coach Marco Pruis stated. “We had a decent game and created lots of chances.  We need to be on top of them and stay very organized. If we can keep that up, we definitely have a chance to win the game. Our biggest advantage will be our home field.  We need to be 100% to bring the Houston Dutch Lions FC their first, of hopefully many, trophies!”

Match Details:

Houston Hurricanes @ Houston Dutch Lions FC

Saturday November 30th, at 7.45 pm

Tailgating starts at 6 pm.

Match Address:

Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Complex

14562 Interstate 45 South

Conroe, Texas 77384

After the game, players, staff and fans will go to Tailgators Pub & Grill at 242  for the post-game festivities.

TPSL Preview – Houston Dutch Lions FC

We are excited about partnering with the TPSL this season. It’s going to be a great season with lots of important matchups and quality players.  Here’s a sneak peak from the Houston Dutch Lions:

1. What are your goals for the TPSL season?

The Houston Dutch Lions FC’s main objective for this inaugural TPSL season is to develop the young, talented players selected for our squad. With this we are looking to not only develop their technical skills, but their tactical and mental game as well.  We feel our squad is full of talent and the TPSL is the ideal league for them to showcase their abilities.  We view the TPSL as a platform where players can make mistakes and learn from them.  One of the key factors that made the Houston Dutch Lions FC decide to join the TPSL was the fact that it is a league were players can play year-round, but still fits into our USL PDL schedule.  The TPSL is an ideal place for us to improve and develop players for our other squads as well.  We expect a tough season where all the teams will play good soccer and force us to play quality soccer for the whole 90 minutes.

2. What players are key to your success this season?

The Houston Dutch Lions FC TPSL roster has a number of players with USL PDL, USL Super 20, NPSL, and college experience who all look to make an impact this season.  Defender Juan Lozoya previously played two seasons for the Houston Leones (USL PDL), two seasons for the Laredo Heat (USL PDL), and one for the Houston Dutch Lions FC (USL PDL).  Lozoya is one of the most experienced players on the squad.  Midfielder/forward Jonathan Sanchez, 20 years old, played on the club’s USL PDL team in the summer of 2013 and found his way into the goal column.  Another young player from Dickinson, TX, Jose Alvarez is a player to keep an eye out for.  Alvarez started 2012 with the club’s Houston Football Association (HFA) team and worked himself onto the 2013 USL PDL team.  Luke Keogh, a St Gregory’s University alumni, is also one of the older and more experienced players. With 4 years playing soccer in college, the 22 year old native of Ireland will be one of the key players in the club’s TPSL team.

3. What can you tell us about your coaching and front office staff?

The club is very pleased to announce the coaches for the upcoming TPSL season. Marco Pruis has been selected as the team’s head coach with Davy Zwaard and Jan Hereijgers being chosen to take on the role of assistant coaches. Pruis was the assistant coach for the Dutch Lions USL PDL squad this past summer and is also the club’s Technical Director. Zwaard coached the Lions USL Super 20 over the summer and is also the club’s Director of Coaching. Hereijgers is the club’s Youth Academy Director and spent the summer coaching the Lions PDL Reserve squad. Team operations will be handled by the club’s Operation Manager, Bryan Payne, who is also the Team Manager for the club’s USL PDL team.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC front office has been successfully managing the club for just over a year. The president of Houston Dutch Lions FC is Martin Kroeze. Robbert Kroeze is the team’s Vice President and CFO with Dennis Kroeze filling the roles of both Business Director and CEO.

4. What can you tell us about your home facility?

The opening of the TPSL season coincides with a very special time for the Houston Dutch Lions. The first week of October is scheduled to see the grand opening of the club’s own soccer complex. The completion of Phase I of our new complex is the realization of our goal of being the only non-MLS soccer club/ youth academy in Houston with its own training facilities. Our new complex will be where our TPSL squad will train and play all of its home games. The initial phase will feature two full-size turf fields featuring the highest quality, soccer- specific turf shipped in from The Netherlands. Before the start of the second half of the season we hope to see the completion of a club house and offices on the property as well. The Houston Dutch Lions FC looks forward to welcoming all the other teams in the league, as well as their fans, to our new home. The field is located in Conroe, TX.

5. What can you share about your club as a whole?

The Houston Dutch Lions FC strives to be the premier club in the greater Houston area providing entertaining soccer to all our fans.  In addition to our youth academy and amateur adult training, we look to serve as a resource within the local community and develop strong local partnerships.  The HDLFC is a partner of the Dutch Lions Capitol group and we have entered our third year serving the Houston area.  In the summer of 2012 the club welcomed in a new owner and front office staff.  With the new group, the club changed its title from Texas Dutch Lions to Houston Dutch Lions FC in early 2013.  The club has seen tremendous growth in the past year with the expansion of its youth academy, a second season in the USL PDL, a second successful season in the USL Super 20, several seasons in the Houston Football Association and of course joining the Texas Premier Soccer League.  We feel our continued involvement in all of these high quality leagues and the construction of our new complex show our club’s commitment to excellence.  The Houston Dutch Lions FC intends to ensure a long-term presence in the Greater Houston community while continuing to provide professional, high-level soccer training.

ISN Stars of Coaching Presented by Korrio – June/July 2013

“It’s been a honor to play for a coach like Brendan Keyes. He helped me achieve my dreams and always supported me.”

Photo Courtesy of Brendan Keyes

Those words came from Indian football phenom Pratik Shinde, who became the youngest Indian footballer in history to play abroad when he signed with the NPSL’s Galveston Pirate in 2012.

“I would say Coach Keyes truly loves the game,” Shinde added. “He has been a great player in the past and continues his legacy through coaching and creating great players. He has an ability to unify his team and make them committed to the game. He inspires them to get the most out of their performance.”

The most telling comment from the Indian youth star was when he called Keyes “a man with a beautiful heart.”

It shows you the impact that Brendan Keyes has made on the beautiful game over the years. His impact is not just here or in his home country of Ireland, but all the way across the world in an emerging market like India.

Bringing the talented Shinde to the States was big news in India and rightfully so.  The youngster was first scouted by Keyes at the Gothia Cup in Sweden, one of the largest youth tournaments in the world.  Keyes was impressed and the rest is history.

“America is a land of opportunities,” Shinde added. “I’ve learned to work hard, be a better person, and not to quit on my dreams.”

Helping players reach their dreams has been a lifelong mission for Keyes.  Why? Because people helped him achieve his dreams.  Keyes is simply returning the favor. He helps players on and off the field, opening his home and his wallet to help them achieve their dreams.  He helped raise thousands of dollars to bring Shinde to America so that he could continue his education in America and follow his dreams in American soccer.

Keyes himself went from a top youth player at Ireland’s Home Farm FC to a pro in America with the Houston Hurricanes (USL) and Houston Force (APSL).  He is simply passing the torch to a new generation, sharing his own success and his achievements with young players across the world.

Keyes has done a bit of everything to grow the beautiful game.  The biggest is his soccer camps, which have been a hit all across the country.  Keyes couldn’t recall an exact number of camps he was involved with, but admitted it was in the hundreds.

He is also credited with training, coaching, and developing hundreds of players that have made it to the collegiate and professional levels.

Keyes has even brought storied franchises in Texas back to life, including the Galveston Pirate and the Houston Hurricanes.  The Pirate, founded in 1916, was a huge success, winning the NPSL’s South Central Conference in 2012. It was their first season in the NPSL.

Photo Courtesy of Brendan Keyes

The Hurricanes, which saw success in both the NASL and USL, were a big hit in the NPSL this season.  Bringing back the Hurricanes name was something true to Keyes’ heart.  He brought back the legendary Texas club in a big way, bringing on major sponsors like MundoFOX and Admiral.

Now Keyes has turned his attention to creating a new league for young players to develop and grow their game. The Texas Premier Soccer League (TPSL) is one of the newest affiliates of U.S. Club Soccer and already has some incredible members like the Houston Dutch Lions and BCS Bearkatz FC.

Yet another trendsetting move from Keyes, who has made a career of setting trends.  We don’t expect this to change anytime soon and it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear another big announcement involving Keyes.

Growing the beautiful game here and abroad… that is the name of the game for Brendan Keyes.

Korrio understands it is your passion for coaching kids that drives you. We also know that the less time you spend dealing with administrative, communication and automation hassles, and the more time you spend on the field, the happier you’ll be. And because you play a crucial role in our children’s lives, we want you spending as much time as possible coaching our kids. Korrio offers a modern approach to coaching by allowing new ways to communicate and develop a community on and off the field. Congratulations to the ISN Star of Coaching this month.