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Dynamo Travel Soccer

Travel Soccer is for players who desire—and are ready for—a more competitive level than our Recreational League. Dynamo Travel Teams generally practice twice a week and play games on Sundays against teams from other clubs in PA West's East Distrcit. Home games are played at Schenley Oval or other local fields. Away games typically require driving 30-45 minutes to play other community teams from the area.

Formal Tryouts for the 2024-2025 Season have finished. We had over 375 players register and join the process over two weeks at the oval. Thank you to everyone, especially the volunteers at check-in and on the pitch. 

If your player participated in tryouts - an email was sent June 7 with information on the process. Please be patient as we work on forming teams and rosters. All participating players will receive an email with either an invitation to join a team, an option to join the waitlist, or a decline. 

If your player missed tryouts or you have moved to the area over the summer, please complete this form. We will be in touch regarding roster space availability and evaluation options. 

Dynamo philosophy and tryout realities

Dynamo is an organization where we want to accommodate as many players as possible where a travel-level competitive atmosphere is the right fit. So, we do our best to place any players who try out to a team as long as those players have the requisite interest and openness to skill development. However, the reality is that we have limits on roster sizes, coaching staff, and field space. In some cases, players who try out will not be assigned to a team.

Dynamo organization and commission

Dynamo is an all-volunteer organization. We have day jobs that pay the bills.

Forming teams is a multiple constrained puzzle with players, coaches, ages, roster sizes, and communication with existing players and coaches (all of whom will be on vacation at different times) and so yes, it will take us a few weeks in June to form the teams for the coming fall. 

If you like this kind of task, or have any other abilities that would help in running a youth sports organization, and want to help us out, please volunteer. We have several tasks that are stand alone / once or twice a year activities that don't involve answering email daily: team formation (summer), uniform order/distribution (summer), team equipment organization (summer, early spring), field equipment organization (summer, early spring), website updates (no html experience needed). Send an email to [email protected], and thank you!

Basic Info about Dynamo Travel

  • Players are expected to want to play soccer. That may seem obvious, but practices and games don't work if players aren't committed to attending. If you want your child simply to be active and be part of a team, the recreational Dynamo teams may be more appropriate.
  • Players should have some competitive spirit, but recognize that winning isn't everything. Players who want a more focused development should investigate the club level programs in the area. We do some dual rostering with those programs as permitted. 
  • Teams play in the PA West Soccer organization and specifically in District 1/East
  • Teams form in June/July and play both a Fall and Spring season. Players are expected to commit to both seasons. 
  • Teams start at U9. 
  • Teams for high school age players U15 through U19 may only be available for Spring season pending interest. 
  • Some roster space may be available on teams for the Spring season. 
  • Teams are single gendered, but some crossover is permitted. 
  • Coaches are volunteers, usually parents of a player. In some cases, coaches are local college students or adults who just love soccer. Please volunteer to be a coach. 
  • Coaches are required by PA West rules to have full clearances and jump through some other hoops to show you are a good person.
  • Practices are twice a week at Schenley Oval, usually from 6:30p-8:00p, and for older age teams from 8:00p-9:30p.
  • Practices start in late August for the Fall season and in late March for the Spring season. 
  • Practice can be on grass or on turf. 
  • Practice happens in all kinds of weather because games happen in all kinds of weather.
  • Games are on Sundays, anytime between 11:30a and 8:00p. Younger age teams tend to play on the earlier side. 
  • Games run from September through end of October or the first week of November for the Fall season. Games run from April through early June for the Spring season. 
  • Home games are typically played at Schenley Oval, on grass for younger age teams and on turf for older age teams. 
  • Away games are played in the greater Southwest PA area. See the bottom of the District 1/East page for teams in our district. These locations can be an hour or so drive away from Pittsburgh. 
  • No games on major Sunday holidays. Mother's Day in Spring is not considered a major holiday. The author of this content has had her Mother's Day dinner at 7:30p at the Somerset Diner, because that is what we do for our kids. They did have good pie. 
  • Program organization is all volunteer. Please volunteer to help as a player parent. 
  • Program questions can be directed to [email protected]. Program organization is all volunteer. Please be patient for a response.



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