With a mission of providing youth in the Gorge with competitive soccer opportunities, Hood River Dynamos teams are transitioning from summer to fall schedules with eight teams on its roster.
The five boys teams and three girls teams range in age from U11 to U15 and play against other competitive club programs in leagues and tournaments around Oregon and southwest Washington.
Highlighting recent action were notable performances from several Dynamos teams. The U15 boys took first in two tournaments; the Mt. Hood Challenge last weekend and the Clash at the Boarder in July. The U13 girls team advanced it to the semifinals of the recent Chinook Cup and the U15 girls team won silver at the Mt. Hood Challenge. Also at the Chinook Cup, the U11 boys team played into the semifinal round before losing to the eventual champions.
Earning top honors this year for the club, the boys U13 team earned a place in the Northwest Champions League tournament, which is set to start next week. The tournament is comprised of top teams from across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, all of which qualified by top finishes during premier league play last fall.
“It’s quite an accomplishment to have a club this size have a team reach that level,” said Kelly Running, Dynamos vice president. “We are the only small-town team that qualified in our division. The boys have worked hard all summer, practicing four to six hours a week since May for the tournament and upcoming fall season.”
To help fund the team’s travels, the team is holding a fundraiser dribble-a-thon on Aug. 28. The boys are gathering pledges for the event and ask anyone interested in donating to contact Running (503-887-3346). The boys will play a total of eight games in two legs (Aug. 24-26 in Hillsboro and Oct. 6-7 in Redmond, Wash.) in an effort to advance to the next level of play.
As an organization, Running said Hood River Dynamos is doing well but is looking at some changes on the horizon.
“We’re really trying to hold true to our mission, which is to provide competitive soccer opportunities and prepare youth for high school and collegiate soccer,” Running said. “There are a lot of changes going on in youth soccer in Oregon and we’re looking at an interesting chapter for Dynamos.
“We’re working to create a new vision for the future of the Dynamos program and our players. We have to be realistic to be true to our mission, and that means changing as programs change around us.”
n Dynamos is always looking for talented youth interested in committing to competitive soccer. If interested, contact Running (503-887-3346) for more information.