The FC Dallas Academy is unquestionably among the top in American soccer having signed more Homegrown players than any other team and played more Homegrown minutes than any other team in 2014, but one thing the Academy hasn't produced is a full first team international player. That could all change this week as Moises Hernandez has been called in to the Guatemala National Team squad for friendlies against Canada and El Salvador.
It's another milestone that is huge for both Hernandez and his club, FC Dallas.
"It’s another big step for him and a step that I hope he can take the best way possible to get more mature," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "To understand the responsibilities with his club, himself, his family and now with his country."
Hernandez has taken a winding road to breaking through with the FCD first team having had loan stints in both Guatemala and Costa Rica, but over the last 12 months the 23-year-old has blossomed into a key player for Pareja's side playing every minute of the first three games of 2015 for a Dallas side that is 3-0-0 with just one goal allowed.
"I think the club should be very proud to have a product of the academy exposed to the national team level and not just the USA but abroad," said Pareja. "That pride should be carried by the whole club."
Hernandez and Guatemala will play Canada in Fort Lauderdale at 3:30PM on Friday before playing El Salvador at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on March 31.
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Kyle Bekker - Canada
Kyle Bekker and the Canadian National Team will be the aforementioned Guatemala National Team on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderale and then will play Puerto Rico on March 30th at 5:30 in Puerto Rico.
Atiba Harris - St. Kitts & Nevis
Amazingly, Harris is a part of some of the first games in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying this week as St. Kitts & Nevis battle against the Turks & Caicos Islands in the first round of qualifying.
St. Kitts & Nevis rolled in the first leg on Tuesday scoring a 6-2 win in Basseterre. Atiba scored the first goal of the match in the 18th minute and his side will contest the second leg on March 26th. The winner of the two-leg series will face El Salvador in another two-leg series this summer.
Blas Perez - Panama
Blas Perez and Panama face Trinidad & Tobago on March 27th in the Carribean island before battling CONCACAF rival Costa Rica in Panama City on March 31.
Je-Vaughn Watson - Jamaica
Je-Vaughn Watson and Jamaica begin final preparations for the 2015 Copa America with a pair of friendlies in Montego Bay vs Venezuela and Cuba. The Reggae Boyz will battle Venezuela on Friday night and then face Cuba on Monday, both at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
By Demetrio Teniente
FC Dallas Academy is in the home stretch of the 2014-15 season and finished the weekend with a handful of wins. Here is a quick round-up of the results.
FC Dallas U-18: 5
San Antonio: 0
Make it four straight for the U-18s as a 5-0 win over San Antonio caps off a perfect March for FC Dallas. Christian Ramirez got thing going with a goal in the second minute. Irvin Dominguez, Oscar Romero, Jose Ruiz, and Martin Salas rounded off the scoring.
FC Dallas U-16: 9
San Antonio: 0
Afetr defeating San Antonio 9-0, the U-16s have now won eight straight. Devin Vega opened scoring in the sixth minute, and then notched the second goal of the match in the 27th. Toshiki Yasuda scored the next two goals making it 4-0 in the 37th minute. Giovanni Montesdecoda, Juan Ramirez, and Weston McKennie each found the back of the net to put FCD up 7-0. Duncan James’ two goals rounded out the scoring.
FC Dallas U-15: 2
Dallas Texans: 0
Paxton Pomykal & Alonso Molina each found the back of the net in the win. (Result from Wednesday)
FC Dallas U-13: 3
Dallas Texans: 1
Nathan Toledo, Bryan Reynolds, Luis Pacheco each scored a goal. (Result from Wednesday)
FC Dallas U-15: 5
San Antonio: 1
Carlos Garcia and Javier Barajas each scored twice while Paxton Pomykal added another (his second of the week).
FC Dallas U-14: 5
San Antonio: 1
Jesus Ferreira added two goals and David Ortiz, Jalen James, Imanol Almaguer each added one in the blow-out win.
FC Dallas U-13: 6
San Antonio: 1
Luis Hernandez, Malik Henry-Scott, Johan Gomez, Benny Redzic, Nathan Hayes, Dante Sealy each tallied a goal in the U-13s 10th win of the season.
The FC Dallas ECNL Program will have a fun and unique pair of games next week as they'll scrimmage the Japan U-15 Girls National Team at the Toyota Soccer Center.
Admission is free and you'll have two chances to catch games.
FC Dallas ECNL vs Japan U-15 WNT - Tuesday, March 24 7:00PM Field 14
FC Dallas ECNL vs Japan U-15 WNT - Wednesday, March 25 7:00PM Field 14
On the opening weekend of the FC Dallas Major League Soccer season, the FC Dallas Academy had a double-match weekend hosting teams from Colorado on Saturday and Sunday at the Toyota Soccer Center. Here's a round-up of the results:
Fresh off spending most of the preseason training with the FCD first team, Aaron Meyer scored the 90th-minute game-winner as the U-18s scored a big win over Real Colorado. Sadaq Mohamud & Gonzalo Marquez also scored in the win.
The FCD U-18s exploded to their biggest win of the season on Sunday defeating Colorado Rush 7-0. Alex Radilla & Caleb Young both scored a pair of goals in the win while Aaron Meyer, Ryan Barlow & Santiago Agudelo scored the other three.
With the wins, the U-18s move back into contention for first place in the Central Conference Frontier Division, eight points behind the Houston Dynamo with a game in hand and 11 games remaining overall.
On Saturday, the U-16s won their sixth straight game with a 3-1 win over Real Colorado behind goals from Eddie Munjoma, Weston McKinnie and an own goal. Real Colorado was previously unbeaten in their last six and sits in third place overall in the division.
Devin Vega, who appeared with the first team in the friendly against San Antonio, tallied a hat trick in the win while Weston McKinnie added two more goals and Toshiki Yasuda rounded out the scoring.
The U-16s move to an astonishing 13-1-2 with the pair of victories, eight points above second-place Dallas Texans who they have three games in hand on.
Texans SC: 0
The FCD U-15s moved to 11-0-1 on the season with a 4-0 win over Texans SC. Javier Barajas, Mandel Stewart, Julian Jaquez & Paxton Pomykal scored the goals in the win.
Solar SC U-14: 0
Adriel Serrano scored both goals for the U-14s who won their fourth game in a row.
Texans SC: 0
Johan Gomez scored twice and Kevin Bonilla scored the other goal in the win.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup has announced four more teams for the prestigious Gordon Jago Super Group at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI and for the fifth time in six years, the FC Dallas U-18 Academy has been invited to the Super Group.
The FC Dallas U-18s, who just returned from the Copa Chivas where they went 0-1-2 in a group against Chivas Guadalajara & Atlas of Liga MX plus Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds, are currently 7-4-2 in the US Soccer Development Academy U-18 Frontier Division. Many U-18 players have been training with the FC Dallas first team through their MLS preseason schedule, and will head into Dallas Cup XXXVI with plenty of previous experience in the tournament.
"I think it’s good for the U-18’s," said head coach Francisco Molina. "It gives them something to look forward to. Right now in the standings we’re not doing great, there’s no excuses, but it’s an extra motivation for the boys to know that they’re going to be in the Super Group and represent the club and the Academy well."
Last year, FCD won one of three Gordon Jago Super Group matches in a tough group with Fulham FC, Coritiba and Brommapojkarna, and has achieved the semifinals of the Super Group once in four previous appearances.
"They are probably a half a step ahead of us just because of the culture," said Molina about playing international opponents. "We’re working very hard to get there, but they’re still a half a step ahead but I think the boys will be motivated and well prepared to represent the club."
FC Dallas joins Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy as MLS academies in the Super Group with international sides Everton FC(England), Valencia CF(Spain), Corinthians(Brazil), Coritiba(Brazil), Tigres(Mexico) and River Plate(Argentina) all confirmed as Gordon Jago Super Group participants.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI begins on March 29th and runs through April 5th. Stay tuned to FCDallas.com for full coverage of the annual international tournament.
The FC Dallas U-16s traveled to Houston last weekend for the final round of qualifying in the 2014-2015 Generation adidas Cup with matches against the Colorado Rapids, Chicago Fire and Sporting KC to decide who would advance to the International Division Championship bracket of the annual tournament.
FC Dallas won all three matches, defeating the Colorado Rapids 3-1 behind goals from Gio Montesdeoca, Eddie Munjoma, Weston McKinnie and an own goal.
They followed that up with a 1-0 win over Chicago Fire on Saturday through a Brandon Terwege goal that clinched qualification into the International Division and then defeated Sporting KC 1-0 through another Montesdeoca on Monday in very difficult weather conditions to clinch the #1 seed in the group.
Since the GA Cup is a U-17 tournament, the FC Dallas team is a combination of U-16 & U-18 players, and they went 4-0-1 in qualifying matches allowing just two goals in the five games. They will play for the GA Cup Championship right here at the Toyota Soccer Center in early April.
FC Dallas U-15's & U-13's sweep Houston Dynamo
The FCD U-15 & U-13 teams were also in Houston this weekend for TPAL league play against the Dynamo.
The U-15s moved to an astounding 10-0-1 in league play defeating Houston 4-0 behind goals from Jommar Reyes, Carlitos Garcia, Paxton Pomykal and Mandel Steward.
The U-13s also defeated the Dynamo 3-2 with goals coming from Luis Pacheco, Roel Pena and Dante Sealy. The U-13s are 7-1-3 on the year and lead their division by five points.
Both teams will host Texas Rush at the Toyota Soccer Center this Saturday at 12PM and 2PM.
The FC Dallas U-18 Academy is down in Guadalajara this week playing in the prestigious Copa Chivas against some of the best teams from Mexico and around the world. FC Dallas has been placed in a group with Chivas Guadalajara and Atlas from Liga MX as well as Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan and Atletico Paranaese from Brazil and matches are 70 minutes long.
The FCD travel roster is a mix of U-18 and U-16 players with many of them having experience from last year's tournament. Here is the full roster:
Santiago Agudelo, Joel Avilez, Ryan Barlow, Reggie Cannon, Eric Davies, Irvin Domingues, Charlie Furrer, Matt Karasinski, Alejandro Martinez, Weston McKinnie, Giovanni Montesdeoca, Eddie Munjoma, Phillip Ponder, Christian Ramirez, Oscar Romero, Jose Livano Salas, Martin Salas, Devin Vega
FCD U-18s draw first match vs Urawa Red Diamonds
In the first match, the U-18s took on Urawa Red Diamonds of the J. League playing to an exciting 2-2 draw. Santiago Agudelo opened the scoring for FC Dallas with a close-range effort in the 21st minute.
FCD would take a 2-0 lead into halftime as Eric Davies scored off a corner kick to double the lead.
The Japanese side finally broke through in the 62nd minute as Mizuki Arai scored his first goal and then in the 68th minute Urawa was awarded a penalty kick that they scored to tie the match.
FC Dallas lineup: 22 Charlie Furrer, 2 Eric Davies, 3 Phillip Ponder, 4 Ryan Barlow, 12 Óscar Romero, 44 Devin Vega, 13 Irving Dominguez, 15 José Salas, 21 Martín Salas, 30 Santiago Agudelo, 9 Christian Ramírez.
FCD U-18s play to a scoreless draw with Liga MX's Atlas
The second match saw FCD take on at Atlas side that won their first two matches and FCD played them to a 0-0 draw in a rainy Guadalajara.
Giovanni Montesdeoca had the best chance of the match for FCD in the first half and the valuable point keeps FCD alive in their quest to make the quarterfinals.
FC Dallas lineup: 22 Charlie Furrer, 2 Eric Davies, 3 Phillip Ponder, 4 Ryan Barlow, 12 Óscar Romero, 33Reggie Cannon, 17 Alejandro Martínez, 15 José Salas, 21 Martín Salas, 23 Joel Avilez, 42 Giovani Montesdeoca.
Through two matches, FCD sits in fourth with 2 points with Atletico Paranaense and Chivas Guadalajara a point ahead of them.
The top two teams from each group plus the two highest ranked third place teams will make the quarterfinals.
FC Dallas plays Chivas Guadalajara at noon on Monday in a match that will be streamed live (WATCH HERE). A win for FCD would put them in with a great chance at advancing to the quarterfinals.
The CONCACF U-20s are in full swing down in Jamaica and FC Dallas players have played a big part in the tournament as Mexico and the USA look to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Let's take a look at how both of our FC Dallas professional players have done as well as a quick look at an Academy player making headlines.
Jesse Gonzalez and Mexico U-20s perfect through three games
It's been a fantastic tournament for Jesse Gonzalez and the Mexico U-20s who look set to cruise to one of the two automatic qualifying spots.
Mexico is a perfect 3-0-0 in the tournament with an astounding +13 goal differential. FC Dallas Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has played every minute of all three games in goal for Mexico allowing just one goal for El Tri.
The Mexican U-20s won their first match against Cuba by an astounding 9-1 scoreline, following that up with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Canada. In their third match of the tournament, Mexico impressively dispatched of Honduras by a 3-0 score to solidify their spot at the top of the group.
Judging by the highlights, Gonzalez hasn't had a ton of work in his two shutouts, though stiff tests await in El Salvador and a potential U-20 Championship game. Mexico can clinch the top spot in the group and a place in the 2015 U-20 World Cup with a win over El Salvador on Monday.
Up and down for Kellyn Acosta & USA U-20s
Team captain Kellyn Acosta and the US Soccer U-20s have had an up and down tournament so far in Jamaica going 1-1-1 and finding themselves in third place in the group with two matches left.
In their first match against Guatemala, the United States led 1-0 late in the match before FCD Academy player Andy Ruiz scored surely the goal of his life on a 20-yard volley to send the game to a 1-1 tie.
The next match was a crucial game against a very good Panama side that the United States surprisingly dropped 1-0 leaving them in a tough position near the bottom of the group.
USA bounced back with a huge 8-0 win over lowly Aruba that shot the US back up to third in the group standings. Kellyn Acosta started and played the first two matches for the US U-20s as captain.
The United States certainly has their work cut out for them in the next week with games against hosts Jamaica on Sunday and Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday. The US needs to finish at least third to qualify for the one-game knockout round with the winner advancing to the U-20 World Cup.
FCD Academy's Ruiz leads surprising Guatemala U-20s
RUIZ Golazo vs US
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the CONCACAF U-20s has been Guatemala and FCD Academy midfielder Andy Ruiz scored the goal everyone was talking about in the 1-1 draw against the United States.
Guatemala has followed that up with wins over Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica giving them a great shot to either win the group or finishing second.
Ruiz has played every minute of the three matches scoring the goal against the United States.
Guatemala has games against Aruba and group-leading Panama left with two wins securing them the top spot in the group and a berth in the 2015 U-20 World Cup.
The FC Dallas U-14s continued their journey in Bolivia at the Tahuichi Mundialito, defeating Olimpia of Paraguay on penalty kicks to advance to the final stage of the prestigious tournament.
The back-and-forth game saw Jesus Ferreira open the scoring in the 20th minute, but Olimpia hit back for two goals before halftime to take a 2-1 lead.
Brayan Padilla scored an incredible curling goal to tie the score and with 12 minutes left, Bryan Reynolds put FC Dallas in from 3-2.
Olimpia would score the game-tying goal with just five minutes left and the two sides went to penalty kicks which FC Dallas won 4-3 to advance to the final round.
In the final round, four teams play a round robin series of matches to determine the champion. FC Dallas, the Colombian national team, Cerro Porteno and Tahuichi will face off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the top team winning the championship.
The FC Dallas U-14s are currently in Bolivia playing in the annual Tahuichi Mundialito representing Texas and the USA.
In their first match on Sunday, Chris Hayden's team played against Tahuichi, the host club, in front of more than 20,000 people after the opening ceremonies at the Estadio Ramon Tahuichi Aguilera.
According to Hayden, the team played mostly defensively through the first 20 minutes but settled down and nearly took the lead late in the half when Jesus Ferreira hit the post. FCD conceded two goals in quick succession right before halftime.
In the second half, they conceded once more to fall to a 3-0 defeat.
The U-14s bounced back on day two with a 3-0 win over Brazilian side Corumbaense.
Carlos Garcia opened the scoring in the first half before Adrian Morales and Garcia scored to seal the 3-0 win in the second half.
1-1-0 in the tournament, FCD closes out the group stage against Amador Plaza from Panama today. They'll play one more match after that to determine final seeding.