It's been an up-and-down two weeks in Mexico City for the FC Dallas U-15s as they compete in the Liga BBVA Bancomer U-15 International tournament, but things finished on a high note Friday afternoon. Here's a recap of the last three games of the tournament, check out the first half recap here:
In a must-win game on Tuesday, FC Dallas took the lead in the first half through a header from Jesus Ferreira, but they were unable to hang on conceding a game-winner in the 59th minute to give the German side a win that effectively eliminated FCD from the tournament.
Chivas Guadalajara 7 FC Dallas 0
In the toughest loss of the tournament, FCD fell big to Chivas Guadalajara a day after the disappointing loss to Eintracht.
Jose Carlos Garcia scored twice and Kevin Kim scored the game-winning goal with ten minutes left as FC Dallas twice came from a goal down to beat Liga MX side Pachuca and end the tournament on a high note.
FC Dallas finishes the tournament with a 2-4-1 record that left them with 7 points, the second-most out of four international teams only behind Eintracht Frankfurt who will play Chivas Guadalajara in the championship match at Estadio Azteca on Saturday.
The FC Dallas U-15s have been enjoying an unforgettable time in Mexico City as one of two MLS representatives in the LIGA BBVA Bancomer U-15 International Tournament.
Through four games the team is 1-2-1 playing against the best Mexico and Germany have to offer. Here's a recap of all the action so far:
FC Dallas 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 0
The U-15s began the tournament last Thursday with a goalless draw against the German powerhouse. According to coach Jesse Suarez, FCD held the majority of possession in the match but just couldn't find the breakthrough goal in a back and forth affair.
FC Dallas 0 Club America 1
On Friday, in a match televised both in Mexico and the United States on Univision Deportes, the U-15s went toe-to-toe with the Liga MX giants falling to a goal scored just after halftime. FCD hit the post late in the match and saw numerous efforts turned away leading to a tough defeat.
FC Dallas 1 Atlas 4
Saturday's match against Atlas was a tough one for the U-15s who fell to three goals allowed in quick succession late in the first half.
FC Dallas 6 Chicago Fire 0
After Sunday's rest day in which the team visited the pyramids of Teotihuican, the U-15s came out flying on Monday morning defeating fellow MLS side Chicago Fire 6-0 behind a hat trick of goals from Jesus Ferreira. Marcos Puga, Adrian Morales and Kevin Kim also scored in the first victory for FCD of the week.
Three matches remain for FC Dallas against Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday, Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday & Pachuca on Friday. FC Dallas is currently second in their group two points behind Eintracht Frankfurt. The winner of their group will play in the championship match at Estadio Azteca on Saturday.
By Jeremy Villanueva & Taylor Hester
The FC Dallas Academy has proven its success in its young tenure by preparing its players for the next level whether it is professionally or college-level play. With the school year and NCAA season nearing, here's five former FCD Academy players to keep an eye on as they head into the college season:
Mark Ashby (Senior, Harvard) – The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year enters his senior year for Harvard. As a junior, Ashby co-captained the Crimson to a perfect 9-0-0 home record and tallied three goals. He was also named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Third Team All-Region. In his first two seasons with Harvard, Ashby started all but one game for the Crimson backline. He was a part FC Dallas’ 2011 USSDA National Championship finalist team.
Bobby Edet (Junior, Furman) - Edet impressed his freshman year at Furman with seven goals. After leading the team in scoring in 2013, the forward cooled down and only notched five goals in 2014. However, Edet led Furman to winning the Southern Conference Tournament last year. He provided the game-winning assist to clinch Furman's conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Furman eventually fell to Washington on penalties in the second round, ending the team’s Cinderella run. Edet enters his junior year this season and will look to build on his early success in college.
Kris Reaves (Sophomore, Wake Forest) – The six-foot, two-inch sophomore defender looks to pick up the 2015 season where he left off in 2014. Reaves started 19 games for Wake Forest in 2014 en route to earning a spot on the 2014 All-ACC Freshmen Team. He also added three assists on the year, including the game-winning assist in overtime against No. 9 Louisville on November 1, 2014. He was a member of the U-18 USMNT and has played with the FC Dallas reserves. Reaves has also trained with teams in England, Italy and Brazil.
Patrick Khouri (Redshirt Freshman, University of New Mexico) – After being called up to Jamaica’s U-23 Men’s National Team for the Caribbean Federation Union Olympic Qualifying Tournament this past July, Khouri heads into his redshirt freshman season looking to play a vital role in the University of New Mexico’s midfield. When he wasn’t on national team duty this summer, Khouri logged 269 minutes for Albuquerque Sol in the Premier Development League. His resume includes captaining the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Men’s National Team, and playing with CF Blanca Subur Academy in Barcelona, Spain in the spring of 2012 before joining FC Dallas Academy.
Aaron Guillen (Senior, Florida Gulf Coast) - A two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Teamer, Guillen heads into his senior year at FGCU as the defensive leader of the defending Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champions. A smooth and composed center back who won a PDL championship with the Austin Aztex in 2014, Guillen spent significant time training with the FC Dallas first team this summer and the El Paso native could be a name you hear as a possible Homegrown signing this winter. (By the way, keep an eye on his center back partner Kamar Mariott, another FCD alum)
Even after hoisting the U-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship, FC Dallas Academy had more awards to garner.
The Development Academy announced its end-of-year honors, and FCD picked up a handful of individual and team awards.
Winger Devin Vega was named the U-16 Central Conference Player of the Year after finishing the season with a team-leading 21 goals. His teammates Ben Hale (goalkeeper), Reginald Cannon (defender) and Weston McKinnie (forward) were named to the conference’s Starting XI as well.
The U-16s collectively won the best Style of Play for the Central Conference.
As a whole, FC Dallas won the Central Conference's Most Comprehensive Club.
The shutout streak is still intact and the FC Dallas U-16s are headed to the national championship.
Luchi Gonzalez's side defeated Philadelphia Union's U-16s 3-0 at the StubHub Center in California on Thursday night to clinch their spot in the national championship.
Adrian Ramos opened the scoring for the U-16s in the 15th minute with Toshiki Yasuda scoring just before halftime to send FCD into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Weston McKinnie iced the game late with a third goal to clinch the comprehensive win. The U-16s have yet to allow a goal in five Development Academy Playoff games.
The U-16s will face the New York Red Bulls U-16s on Saturday at 7:00PM central time playing for the club's first USSDA championship since the U-18s took home the title in 2012.
The FC Dallas U-16 Academy headed into Friday's showdown with the LA Galaxy Academy needing a draw or a win to advance through to the national quarterfinals of the 2014-2015 US Soccer Development Academy season.
They got exactly what they were looking for, defeating LA 2-0 to finish the playoffs group stage a perfect 3-0-0 without allowing a goal in any of the three matches.
On Friday, Gio Montesdeoca opened the scoring while Weston McKinnie added the second to give FCD a 2-0 halftime lead. After a weather delay, the U-16s finished the job to seal the 2-0 victory.
As one of the top four remaining seeds, Luchi Gonzalez's side will host a national quarterfinal at the Toyota Soccer Center against the New England Revolution on July 8th. Stay tuned for full details on when this match will kick off so you can come cheer on FCD as they look to advance to the national semifinals.
U-18s finish Playoffs Week strong
It was a heartbreaking week for the FC Dallas U-18 Academy dropping two close results in their first two matches, but they finished the year strong defeating the Concorde Fire 5-0 in their final match of the season.
Miguel Ojeda and Oscar Romero gave FCD a 2-0 halftime lead and Alex Radilla, Caleb Young and Christian Ramirez scored in the second half to finish the season on a happy note for Francisco Molina's side.
By Jeremy Villanueva
Two games into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs and FC Dallas U-16 Academy team is undefeated while the U-18s dropped a tough one Wednesday.
The U-16s continued on their winning strides in the group stage with another clean sheet as they defeated St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 1-0. The win pushes them to five goals for and none against after blanking SC United Battery 4-0 to begin the playoffs. A draw or win Friday over LA Galaxy would advance FC Dallas into the national quarterfinals.
In the featured U-17/18 match against Real Salt Lake shown live on www.ussoccer.com Wednesday, the U-18s had a 1-0 lead slip away eight minutes after striking first. Santiago Agudelo broke the draw with a score in the 49th minute, but RSL’s Damian German tied it after finishing a loose ball in the 57th minute. German added his second goal of the night in the 86th minute with a score from the penalty spot, and RSL put it away in the 90th with an insurance goal.
The group stage concludes for FCD on Friday with the U-15/16 team kicking off against LA Galaxy at 11:15 a.m. and the U-18s battling Concorde Fire at 9 a.m.
By Jeremy Villanueva
The FC Dallas Academy’s regular season might have wrapped up this past Monday, but that was only the beginning of the real fun.
The U-16 and U-18 academy teams found out their fate for the Development Academy playoffs yesterday, which begins June 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
After winning its conference with a 19-3-5 record and finishing fifth overall in U-16 Development Academy, FC Dallas was in Pot 1 of the draw and were drawn into Group B.
FCD-16s will face SC United Battery (17-10-9) on June 23 at 2:30 p.m., St. Louis Gallagher Missouri (13-6-8) on June 24 at 2:30 p.m. and LA Galaxy (22-7-10) on June 26 at 11:15 a.m.
The U-18s (15-6-6) were drawn into Group B of the U-17/U-18 Development Academy playoffs. FC Dallas opens with Chicago Magic PSG (14-6-7) on June 23 at 10 a.m. before taking on Real Salt Lake AZ (32-3-4) on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. and finishing with Concorde Fire (17-12-7) at 9 a.m. on June 26.
The group winners will advance to the Developmeny Academy Finals Week in July where FC Dallas has had a team in either the U-16 or U-18 division in five out of the last six seasons.
2015 FC Dallas Summer College Combine
June 6th-8th, 2015 | Toyota Soccer Center | Frisco, TX
The FC Dallas Summer College Combine is designed to allow women’s and men’s college coaches to conduct training sessions to improve the players' technical and tactical aspects of the game. Through these training sessions, condition matches and a college seminar, these college coaches will provide players with insight to the demands of the college game and the college recruiting process.
*Space is limited*
Dates: Saturday June 6th through Monday June 8th , 2015
Each age groups will have 2 sessions Saturday, 2 sessions Sunday plus a College Seminar and a session Monday Morning.
Location: Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center
Who: Elite players U15 and older
|College programs registered to attend|
|Men's programs||Women's programs|
|SMU||Texas Women's University|
|Trinity University||Texas Christian University|
|Valparaiso University||Oklahoma State University|
|Midwestern State University||University of Kentucky|
|Ouachita Baptist University||Stephen F. Austin University|
|University of Texas at Dallas||University of Tulsa|
|West Texas A&M University||Sam Houston State University|
|Luther College||Abilene Christian University|
|Southwestern Assembly of God||Texas Tech University|
|Dallas Baptist University||Hardin Simmons University|
|Grand Canyon University||Lamar University|
|Fort Hays State University||Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point|
|Houston Baptist University|
*Additional coaches will be added. List subject to change.
We just got done watching FC Dallas #CrushTheOrange at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston last Friday and while you'll have to wait until the end of June for another MLS Texas Derby, our FC Dallas Academy hosts the Dynamo this Sunday in the annual Academy Day at Toyota Stadium!
The U-18s kick things off at 2:00PM in what is not only the final home match for our graduating U-18 players, but it's an enormous match in the standings.
Just a few weeks ago, the U-18s were ten points behind Houston in the Frontier Division standings, but a 7-0-1 run in their last eight games coupled with the Dynamo slipping up last weekend means the U-18s are only five points behind Houston with five games left including two games in hand on their I-45 rivals.
As everyone knows, results are not the be all end all when it comes to developing players, but FCD has won the U-18 division nearly every season of existence including the last two years and we want to defend that title.
The U-16 match follows at 4:30PM and if you haven't seen these guys play, they're dang fun to watch. Wingers Devin Vega and Toshiki Yasuda have combined to score 34 goals in 20 games this season while the entire squad has logged an incredible 17-2-3 record this season. They can seal the U-16 Frontier Division with four games left in the season if they grab a win on Sunday.
Admission is completely free, there will be street tacos and drinks on sale and you have a great opportunity to see the future of FC Dallas on a special day for them as they close out their home schedule in the 2014-2015 season before the playoffs begin!
*NOTE* Please enter through the north gates on Sunday.