The FC Dallas U-18 and U-16 Academy teams have qualified for the U.S. Soccer Develoment Academy Playoffs for the third straight year. The event will take place on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium for the second year in a row, with games being played next Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.
The FC Dallas U-18s enter the playoffs as the top seed from the Texas Division, having clinched the title weeks ago thanks to an impressive season that saw them go 24-4-3 for 75 points overall. They were drawn into Group 5 along with Sockers FC of Illinois, Real Salt Lake AZ of Arizona, and McLean Youth Soccer of Virginia.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 18, 2012
The U-16s qualified for this year's playoffs as the sixth seeded wildcard after finishing fourth in a competitive Texas Division. They were drawn into Group 1 and will face CASL Chelsea FC Academy of North Carolina, the New York Red Bulls and Georgia United.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 18, 2012
At the end of each season the top two teams from each of the Academy's 10 divisions qualify for the playoffs along with 12 wildcard teams. The wildcard teams are determined by a points per games played average. At the end of the season, 64 teams (32 from each age group) make the playoffs.
The 32 teams in each age group are ranked based on overall points per game and placed into four pods. Teams are then drawn at random from the four pods into eight groups comprised of four teams each.
Each team plays three games during the playoffs, facing their group opponents once apiece. Upon the conclusion of the playoffs the winner of each group will advance to Finals Week, which will take place from July 16-23 in Houston.
Visit FCDallas.com later this week for an in-depth break down of all six FC Dallas opponents and check in throughout next week for full coverage of FC Dallas in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.
Full match highlights from FCD's 3-2 loss at Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Ned Grabavoy early.
GOAL: Alvaro Saborio heads one in to give RSL the 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Rookie defender Matt Hedges scores his second goal in as many games.
GOAL: Saborio responds quickly to restore the home side's one-goal lead.
GOAL: Blas Perez sends in a shot that Kyle Reynish can't handle.
GOAL: Nat Borchers scores the stoppage time game-winner after some chaos in the FCD box.
Match Highlights from FCD's 2-1 road loss to the Chicago Fire.
GOAL: Rookie defender Matt Hedges scores the first goal of his MLS career.
GOAL: Sebastian Grazzini strikes from distance to tie the match for the Fire.
SAVE: Sean Johnson denies Blas Perez's attempt from the spot.
GOAL: Marco Pappa follows up Grazzini's PK shot to give Chicago the lead.
MISS: Daniel Hernandez goes just high on his long-range attempt.
Match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
GOAL: Blas Perez heads one home to give Dallas the early lead.
MISS: Perez heads his second chance just wide.
GOAL: Gabriel Gomez ties the match for Philly with a header of his own.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Michael Farfan the go-ahead goal.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
SAVE: Zach Loyd clears Mauro Rosales' attempt from the line.
SAVE: Bryan Meredith denies Scott Sealy the go-ahead goal.
GOAL: Fredy Montero scores to give Seattle the 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Montero bags a brace just two minutes later with this diving header.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.
RED CARD: Daniel Hernandez ejected after second yellow card.
RED CARD: Blas Perez sees straight red for challenge on Drew Moor.
GOAL: Jaime Castrillon gives the Rapids the 1-0 advantage.
GOAL: Martin Rivero doubles the advantage for the visiting side.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jeff Larentowicz on the free kick opportunity.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 home draw with Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Fabian Castillo gets in one-on-one with Nick Rimando.
CALLED BACK: Bobby Warshaw's goal negated by offsides call.
GOAL: Brek Shea gives FCD the lead after he buries the penalty kick.
SAVE: Chris Seitz denies Paulo Jr. to maintain the shutout.
GOAL: Emiliano Bonfigli ties the game for Real Salt Lake.
COUNTER: Seitz comes off his line to deny Alvaro Saborio a chance on goal.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-0 road loss to the Whitecaps.
GOAL: Camilo gives the home side the early advantage.
SHOT: Daniel Hernandez sends in a chance off a free kick.
SHOT: Bruno Guarda tests Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
SHOT: Brek Shea's chance is held by Cannon.
SAVE: Chris Seitz makes a big stop on Camilo to hold the 1-0 scoreline.
FC Dallas' Saturday night road matchup against the Vancouver Whitecaps will kick off at 9 p.m. CT, but the match will air on tape delay due to the postponement of Friday night's Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers baseball game. The estimated start time of the FC Dallas broadcast is 9:30 p.m. CT on TXA 21.
The Rangers game was cancelled Friday evening due to rain in the Detroit area. That game is now scheduled to be played and aired live on TXA 21 from approximately 6:00-9:00 p.m. CT, with the tape delay of the FC Dallas broadcast being aired in its entirety at the conclusion of the baseball game.
Full highlights from FCD's 2-1 comeback win over the Montreal Impact.
SAVE: Donovan Ricketts denies Blas Perez's header.
GOAL: Bernardo Corradi converts the penalty kick to give Montreal the 1-0 lead.
ATTACK: FC Dallas puts the pressure on Montreal.
GOAL: Perez ties the game for Dallas by heading home a rebound.
GOAL: Brek Shea scores his first of the season to give FCD the late 2-1 advantage.