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Player Success

The Factory Culture

Coach Talbot has over 30 years of coaching and training experience.  He learned and worked with some of  pioneers of soccer in the US.   Coach Talbot's methodology has not changed.  His goal is to  develop the whole player.  Players represent our brand and know that we are founded on Respect, Commitment, Trust, Integrity and Discipline.  We hold them to our high standards set to reflect our culture. 

Players have fun.  There is a time for work and a time for play. In a perfect environment, players can be doing both.  Our training sessions are very active and intense, but players come off smiling after they put in a good shift. Our teams become family. Our families support each other and help bring the team together. We understand the need to organize events and activities that include the whole team – the players and their families. It is important, and it is part of our vision.

Playing at the Next Level - College

We believe that if a player wants to play collegiately and is willing to put in the work academically and on the field, there is a program that fits his future plans.

Our results bear this out.  90% of our graduating seniors that played in the first graduating class of our Factory program committed to continuing their academic and soccer careers in college.   We recognize that Houston FC is not solely responsible for that success rate.  We started play in 2017 and only formally introduced our Factory program in the fall of 2018, though many of our players have been teammates and had been coached by Coach Talbot for many years prior.  The fact remains that we put our players in the right situations for coaches to see them at their best.  Players are able to impress coaches because they are better prepared than players in any other program.

Alonso Aguilar - East Texas Baptist University (TX)
Nick Fetzer - University of Wisconsin (WI)
Mylo Flores - University of St. Thomas (TX)
Sam Miller - Furman University (SC)
Max Mouer - Haverford College (PA)
John Riley Neal - Belmont Abbey College (NC)
Alejandro Snyder-Perez - Colorado School of Mines (CO)
Pruitt Spritzer - Willamette University (OR)
Also committed while playing gap year with Houston FC:
Jodabeni Dondeli - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
Felipe Mira-Hurtado - Western Texas College (TX)
Danny Reyes - University of St. Mary (KS)

Chance Arney - University of Texas Permian Basin (TX)
Duncan Green - Colgate University (NY)
Kobe Perlaza - Marshall University (WV)
Also committed while playing gap year with Houston FC:
Chris Gooding - West Texas A&M University (TX)

Hayden Fetzer - Trinity University (TX)
Eugene Heger - Washington University in St Louis (MO)
Christopher Rives - Sewanee, The University of the South (TN)

The average amount of high school soccer players that go on to play collegiately is less than 5%.  While we shouldn't expect the number of placements to near 100%, like it did in 2019, we know we will be exponentially higher than average.   What we can help players to understand is how much work it takes to prepare to play at the next level and once there, how much work it takes to be successful there.  For some, that recognition before committing saves years of frustration.  Since our training and competitive environment replicate the play collegiately, some of our players realize that college soccer may not be for them.  That is ok!  For those that push through, the journey continues and we are proud of their success.


Playing at the next level - Professional

David Brown - Mosta FC (Maltese Premier League)

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