Late last month, the FC Dallas U-14 ECNL team traveled to San Diego, California to play some of the best competition in the nation and watch the Women’s College Cup Final Four. The FC Dallas ladies played the number one team in the country and two other top Southern California teams at the event.
"Through this outstanding level of competition, [the team] was able to gain some valuable experience that will be vital as they make a push to qualify for the national championships," said head coach Matt Grubb.
In order to do that, the FC Dallas U-14s must finish in the top two out of 10 teams in the ECNL Texas conference.
In addition to the intense competition and high-quality level of play, the team was also able to see the NCAA Division I College Cup semifinals and finals. They saw both semifinal matches between Stanford and North Carolina, and Penn State and Florida State, respectively on Friday, November 30.
"Both semifinal matches were decided in overtime on some spectacular goals," said Grubb. "They saw players like Christine Nairn, Maya Hayes, Crystal Dunn, Satara Murray, and our own [former FCDY players] Alina Garciamendez and Chioma Ubogagu as well as several others that have national team experience playing at a blistering pace and with the utmost creativity and flare."
In the final on Sunday, December 2, the girls watched UNC beat Penn State 4-1.
"This trip for the ladies will prove to be a great experience," said Grubb, "to help them raise their level of play and emulate some of the college greats in hopes of one day competing at the same level."
Registration is now open for the third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by AdvoCare, returning to the FC Dallas Stadium Complex March 9-10, 2013.
The adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare is limited to U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18/19 Boys and Girls Teams. Coaches representing NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs, as well as Junior Colleges will be in attendance. Each College/University coach who attends the event will be provided with a player resume book detailing each player’s academic and athletic data.
In 2012, 180 college coaches attended the College Showcase, and even more are expected to flock to Frisco in 2013.
Format and Cost: Each team will have the option to play two or three 80 minute matches. The cost for two matches is $650 and the cost for three matches is $850. The cost includes parking at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex. In order to comply with NCAA recruiting rules, points will be awarded for each game to determine a bracket winner, but no awards will be presented.
Team Requirements: Each U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 team is allowed a maximum of 22 players with five guest players per roster. However, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in each game. Each U-15 team is allowed a maximum of 18 players with five guest players per roster.
Hotels: Out of town teams are required to stay in an FC Dallas College Showcase designated hotel. The list of hotels can be seen here.
Other Important Information: Instructions for completing player profiles, schedules, field maps, hotel information, and all other pertinent information regarding the weekend’s events will be made available on the adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare web page here.
FC Dallas will travel to the Hilltop tonight for a scrimmage against SMU. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Westcott Field (No. 58 on the campus map below). Admission is free.
National Signing Day isn't just for high school football - it's fútbol, too. Five players in the FC Dallas Academy signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Congrats to them and their families on this big day.
Michael Ambrose, defender – University of Maryland
Ambrose has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He was one of eight MLS developmental players invited to play with U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup last summer and is currently serving as captain of the FCD U-18 Academy squad.
Mark Ashby, defender – Harvard University
Ashby has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He currently attends Denton Ryan High School where he participates in the Student Council and National Honor Society. Ashby has SAT/ACT scores of 2140/30. He was the District 4-A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman before joining the FC Dallas Academy.
Danny Garcia, midfielder – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Garcia has played with the FC Dallas Academy team since 2008. Garcia collected 16 goals in 14 appearances with the U-18s so far this season. He attends W.T. White High School where he has a 3.45 GPA. Garcia has also appeared in the MLS Reserve League with FC Dallas, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City last season.
Aaron Guillen, defender – Florida Gulf Coast University
Guillen is a left-footed defender who joined the FC Dallas Academy this past summer from affiliate club FC Dallas El Paso.
Nicholas Rochowski, defender – University of New Mexico
Rochowski is ranked among the ESPNHS Top 150 as well as the ESPN RISE Top Defenders for 2012 graduates. Part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2008, he maintains a 3.9 GPA at Flower Mound High School.