Two FC Dallas Youth teams qualified for the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Region III Championships that began in Greenville, South Carolina this past weekend. The 97 Boys Central team and the 98 Boys Premier team each qualified for the tournament by winning the U.S. Youth Soccer North Texas Soccer State Cup in the U-15 and U-14 age groups, respectively.
97 Boys Central: U-15 Bracket (coached by Francisco Arias)
The 97s had a rough start to the group stage after being shut out in their first two matches. However, the team did manage a big win over eventual group-winners and U-15 Region III champions SAA Real Madrid Miami in their third group stage match.
FC Dallas conceded the first two goals in the match, the second an own goal, to set the stage for an unlikely comeback. The team responded with four unanswered goals scored by Oscar Romero, Jeffrey Withers, Leonardo Franzank and Leonardo Luvizetto. But the win wasn't enough to undo the squad's first two losses as their run ended in the group stage.
98 Boys Premier: U-14 Bracket (coached by Gabby Gentile)
The 98s found more success in South Carolina though, as they've made it all the way to the semifinals of the tournament. FC Dallas opened up the tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over HSC Phantoms, State Cup Champions of Alabama.
FCD took the lead in the first half off a goal by Tony Perez, but the Texas side poured on the offense in the second half. Adan Garcia scored the 98s' second goal just minutes before Junior Chavez made it a 3-0 lead. The fourth goal came off a free kick that Sebastian Venegas sent around the wall from just outside the box and bent into the far post. Bernie ZuaZua wrapped up the scoring with a one-touch goal off a har pass from Matthew Gonzalez. Fino Garcia set up two of FCD's goals to help the team start the tournament on the right foot.
In their second match the Dallas side faced FC Alliance 98 Black from Tennesse. FCD found themselves trailing by a goal midway through the first half after Jacob Helterbridle headed in a long throw-in. But Adan Garcia responded with a valiant individual effort to beat the goalkeeper far post just minutes later to tie the match at 1-1. A scoreless second half saw the match end in a draw and FC Dallas end their second day in South Carolina with four points for second place in the group behind their next opponent, Florida's Pinecrest Premier.
Pinecrest won their first two matches, making the final matchup of the group stage a must-win for FC Dallas if they hoped to win the group. The 98s proved up to the task, as Fino Garcia gave the team an early 1-0 lead after putting away a rebound. Minutes later Chuy Armendariz beat the 'keeper to make it a 2-0 lead. Pinecrest's Tavish Rice cut the advantage in half as he put in a goal off a corner kick towards the end of the first half. FCD put the game away early in the second half though, as Sebastian Venegas scored his second of the tournament to give Dallas the 3-1 win to advance the team to the tournament quarterfinals.
FCD's quarterfinal match against Georgia's GSA 98 Phoenix Red was a dramatic one. The teams went scoreless through both halves of regulation, but towards the end of the second half one of GSA's players received a second yellow to put the Georgia side down to 10 players. The sides remained scoreless through the entire first overtime period until the last minute when Dallas was called for a handball in the box to award a penalty kick to GSA. However, FCD goalkeeper Zach Sodolak made a game-changing save on the spot kick to hold the clean sheet as the match headed into the final overtime period. Junior Chavez played the hero for FC Dallas in the second overtime, scoring two goals to keep the match from being decided in a penalty kick shootout.
The 2-0 win set up a Lone Star State semifinal showdown against South Texas State Cup Champions Texas Rush Premier on Wednesday afternoon for a shot at the Region III Championship match. FC Dallas wasted little time in their semifinal matchup, jumping out to a 1-0 lead over their Houston-based counterparts thanks to an eighth minute goal by Fino Garcia. Garcia scored a brace just 12 minutes later after Junior Chavez sent in a pass that split the Rush center backs. Bernie ZuaZua made it a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half off a feed from Sebastian Venegas, and 13 minutes later FC Dallas was awarded a penalty kick after Austin Day took a shot that hit the hand of a defender in the box. Adan Garcia buried the spot kick to seal the 4-0 shutout victory for FC Dallas.
On Thursday morning the 98 Boys Premier team faced Florida's Sunrise Elite with the Region III Championship and a berth in Nationals at stake. Sunrise entered the match having won all five of their previous matches while outscoring their opponents 10-2 at the tournament. In a tightly contested final, the lone goal of the match was scored by Sunrise Elite's Alexander Gomez to clinch the 1-0 victory for the Florida side and hand FC Dallas their only loss in the final match of the competition.
"We are very proud of the 97 Boys Central and 98 Boys Premier teams for winning the North Texas State Cup and advancing to the Region III 2012 Southern Regionals," said FC Dallas Youth Vice President Chris Hayden. " It is a great accomplishment to qualify for Regionals and to represent North Texas. It is also extremely important that our teams play an attractive style of soccer, which I know is stressed daily by coaches. These two teams have demonstrated their quality on and off the field all year long and did a great job representing FC Dallas on a big stage."
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.
Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) scores in 3' off left footed shot from the center of the box.
Jackson scores in 2nd half to level it 1-1.
Adam Moffat (Houston Dynamo) goal winds up being the winner for Houston.
GK Kevin Hartman with an incredible double save.
It's Texas Derby time!
Join your fellowFC Dallas fans this Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at The Rugby House Pub off Preston Rd. and 121 for our Crush the Orange Party at the Pubs watch party.
Defender Ugo Ihemelu will sign autographs from 6-6:30 p.m. and the first 100 fans will receive mini FC Dallas soccer balls.
Door prizes include an FC Dallas Fathead, an autographed FC Dallas ball, FC Dallas scarfs, match tickets and more! The FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper will also make an appearance and all Bud Light pints are $3!
NEW YORK – ¡MLS Futbolito!™, one of the nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiatives, celebrates its 10th anniversary with its 2012 tour, returning to soccer fields across the United States this summer, as thousands of soccer players of all ages will again lace up their cleats to participate in Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 tournament, hosted locally by MLS clubs. The national tour makes its stop in North Texas on July 28 at FC Dallas Stadium.
MLS Futbolito, one of the largest touring Hispanic events hosted by a U.S. professional sports league, is a series of all-day events targeting the League’s growing multicultural fan base and hosted by the local MLS clubs. Approximately 50,000 people, between participants ages 6 to 55 and spectators, attended MLS Futbolito 2011 across eight events from coast to coast.
“It is with great pride that Major League Soccer celebrates the 10th anniversary of ¡MLS Futbolito!™,” said Russell Sargeant, senior director of partnership marketing for MLS. “Hundreds of thousands of participants have enjoyed this grassroots initiative over the years. It has become an event for the whole family to attend. We would also like to thank all of our corporate partners who have contributed to making this program possible. Without their commitment and support, ¡MLS Futbolito!™ would not be the success that we see today.”
MLS Futbolito will continue to work with MLS W.O.R.K.S., the League’s community outreach initiative to support programs such as Active Bodies Active Minds, a soccer-center initiative that provides resources to motivate, reward and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.
Associate level partners for MLS Futbolito are adidas, Allstate, The Home Depot, Makita, Pepsi, Quaker, Volkswagen and Xbox.
For further information about MLS Futbolito, visit the event’s official site: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Below is the 2012 MLS Futbolito schedule, including park addresses, as well as the official competition format and registration information.
2012 MLS Futbolito Schedule
Sunday, June 17 – Houston (Hosted by Houston Dynamo)
HASP – Houston Amateur Sports Park
12131 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77045
Saturday, June 23 – Chicago (Hosted by Chicago Fire)
5501 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Sunday, July 8 – New England (Hosted by New England Revolution)
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
Saturday, July 14 – New York City (Hosted by New York Red Bulls)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
13140 Fowler Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Saturday, July 28 – Dallas (Hosted by FC Dallas)
Complex at FC Dallas Stadium
9200 World Cup Way
Frisco, TX 75034
Saturday, August 4 – Washington, D.C (Hosted by D.C. United)
18031 Central Park Cir.
Boyds, MD 20841
Sunday, August 12 – (Hosted by Philadelphia Union)
Science & Discovery High School
1100 W. 10th Street
Chester, PA 19013
Sunday, August 19 – Los Angeles (Hosted by Chivas USA)
7000 Park Lane
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Competition Format and Registration Information
The 4-v-4 tournament is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes) and each team will play in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to the single-elimination championship playoff.
Teams registered for the competition will be divided according to age groups and competitive levels with winners in each division receiving prizes. In addition to participating, each registered player will receive a ticket to an MLS match (in applicable markets), and the chance to win prizes from the sponsors. There will be $3,000 in cash prizes ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place) for adult premier.
More information on the competitions and events in both English and Spanish can be found on the official web site for Futbolito: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Teams can register for competitions, obtain all rules and regulations and learn about the competition dates and locations. Additionally, interested participants with questions can call toll-free at +1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those competing in the Adult Premier Division and $120 per team for all other participants.
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Last week in Open Cup
Charlotte defeated El Paso 0-1 on a 72nd minute goal in a second round US Open Cup match at El Paso. Charlotte’s Nate Thornton was credited with the goal initially, but post-game both teams agreed it was an own-goal caused by El Paso.
Player to watch – Darryl Roberts
He’s scored three goals in 2012 for Charlotte, good for fourth overall in USL PRO for goal totals this year. Roberts was selected by Toronto FC in the 2007 MLS Supplemental draft, but Roberts played overseas in Europe instead and never donned a jersey for the Reds.
USL PRO play
Charlotte is currently 2-7-2 in league play, good for ninth out of 11 teams. Charlotte lost its most recent match on Saturday 1-2 against Orlando City. Midfielder Christian Meza scored the lone goal of the match for Charlotte.
Open Cup history
Charlotte has never won back-to-back US Open Cup matches. It is 0-1 all-time against MLS teams, losing previously to Chivas USA.
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.