Houston Dynamo soccer players making their mark internationally during the FIFA break
Houston professional soccer has always featured some of the best players from around the globe. During the current FIFA break, it is no different. This month, Houston sends a dozen of its players from the Dynamo Academy to Dynamo Dos to the Houston Dynamo on the road to play for their national teams during the FIFA break.
Ten of the players are listed on the primary roster of Houston Dynamo FC. while two are Academy players.
El Salvador plucked four of Houston players led by Darwin Ceren. Ceren, a member of the first team Houston Dynamo, appeared over the weekend against Grenada. It was his record setting 86th appearance for La Selecta. El Salvador captured a 3-1 win
El Salvador's U-20 team is hosting a camp during the FIFA break. Forward Daniel Rios who holds a Dynamo Supplemental roster spot, Dynamo Academy 2 midfielder Cesar Cordova and Academy defender Erick Monge all received invites to the camp.
Dynamo rookie forward Thor Ulfarsson joined Iceland's U-21 team for the Euro 2023 qualifiers. The forward came on in the 66th minute during Iceland's opening 9-0 win over Liechtenstein on June 3rd.
Midfielders Brooklyn Raines and Juan Castilla joined the USYNT U-19 along with Mateo Pinilla. Raines in the starting lineup for their June 6th match with England. Next up Norway on June 9th.
On the senior side are some of the more well known names.
Midfielder Adalberto "Coco" Carrasquilla is playing in a pair of CONCACAF Nations League matches during the break. The 23 year old just recently purchased and signed to a long deal with the first team played the full 90 in the team's 2-0 win over nemesis Costa Rica. Next up will be a pair of games on March 9th and March 12th.
The one player Houston does not mind seeing rest while his team played a friendly against Japan was Sebastian Ferriera. Sebas did not play on the 4-1 loss at the Sapporo Dome in Kyodo, Japan. Next up for the Paraguayan forward is the South Korean side Taegeuk Warriors.
Puerto Rican native and Houston Dynamo Zarek Valentin have yet to take the pitch during the FIFA break. They do have two CONCACAF Nations League coming on June 9th against the Cayman Islands and then June 12th versus the British Virgin Isands.
Last but not least is Zimbabwean defender Teenage Hadebe was called into camp for Zimbabwe in spite of the fact that their qualifiers had been cancelled. Zimbabwe was suspended from the 2023 African Nations Cup qualifiers for political interference according to The Confederation of African Football.
The players are expected to return and be ready to resume MLS action on June 18th in Orlando before Houston returns home to face Chicago on June 25th.