Syracuse, SMU & St. Edward's among places our class of 2017 is heading to continue their soccer careers (pictured - Aiden McCormick)
5/18/17 - Congrats to the following DJCT players on signing to play collegiate soccer! The club is very proud of your accomplishments and wish you success at the next level!
Manny Nunez – Syracuse University (NY)
Tony Pedrozo – St. Edward’s University (TX)
Alexis Aldama – Mount Ida College (MA)
DJ Small – Paris Junior College (TX)
Jose Villareal – Western Texas College
Luke Thompson – SMU (TX)
Aiden McCormick – Winthrop University (SC)
Bio information on each player:
Manny Nunez-Ferrer – Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY
Manny is a long-time member of the Dynamo family having played with DJCT for 5 years. As a captain of the 99s and now the 98s he has been an impact player for DJCT since the beginning.
According to Syracuse head coach Ian McIntire "Manny is a talented, technical player who has excelled within our ID program in recent years," McIntyre said. "He possesses the ability to control a game from a deeper midfielder position, but also has a knack for creating and scoring goals when he moves forward into more advanced positions."
Tony Pedrozo – St. Edward’s University – Austin, TX
Tony has been with Dynamo since the seventh grade and can play a number of positions in the midfield and in back. He has most recently been playing holding midfield for Dynamo but the St. Edward’s coaches see Tony as an outside back.
Coach Mike Smith from Dynamo says “Tony has been that steady, solid, technical player that is willing to play a holding role for us. He’ll enjoy playing in a more creative and attacking role for St. Ed’s and I think will be a great fit there.”
Alexis Aldama – Mount Ida College – Newton, MA
Alexis plays outside back for the 99 boys and has been an integral part of the back line that helped the 99 boys reach state cup finals this year. A converted midfielder/winger Aldama is a solid defender who is very dangerous going forward.
“Alexis is probably one of the most improved players in our club over the last couple of years” according to coach Mike Smith. “He went from being a part-time starter on our second team to being a full-time starter with the top 99s in a very short timeframe.”
D J Small – Paris Junior College – Paris, TX
D J Small is a winger/forward and has been with the dynamo for several years. A real threat on attack he can play either wide or at center forward. PJC is a program on the rise having almost closed the gap with national powerhouse San Jacinto College this past year.
According to coach Mike “D J is a winger with pace, skill and a great work ethic. He’s a good finisher and is great in the air as well. He’ll be an impact player for PJC from the beginning.”
Jose Juan Villareal – Western Texas College – Snyder, TX
Jose is a relative newcomer to Dynamo Juniors only having moved to Austin within the last year. He quickly fit in with the 98 boys.
“Jose is a tenacious defender with good speed and solid skills. He is creative going forward and really tough to beat 1 v 1” according to coach Mike. “Western Texas is lucky to get a play like Jose.”
Luke Thompson – Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX
Luke Thompson played with Dynamo Juniors 98 boys from 8 years of age through his junior year in high school and committed to the Mustangs during his junior year in high school. At SMU he’ll be joining a perennial Division 1 national power.
“Luke is a great example of what a college looks for in a player. He’s got pace, skill, strength and a terrific drive to compete” says coach Mike. “we expect big things from Luke and the rest of this graduating class.”
Aiden McCormick – Winthrop University – Rock Hill, SC
Another long-time member of Dynamo Juniors, Aiden and his family moved to North Caroline prior to his senior year. In part as a result of participating with Dynamo Juniors in the CASL Showcase in Raleigh, NC during Aiden’s junior year, Aiden has had a number of opportunities in the Carolinas.
Coach Mike says of Aiden “he started with us as a field player when he was 8 or 9 years old but over time changed over to being a keeper. He’ll be great at the college level. He’s got good hands, quickness, size and a sense for the game that keepers who never played much on the field sometimes lack.”
Tony Pedrozo - St. Edward's University
Manny Nunez - Syracuse University
Alexis Aldama – Mount Ida College (MA)