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FC Dallas in Poland: Day 5 & Day 6

03 May 10:21 am

FC Dallas in Poland: Day 5 & Day 6

By Daniel Robertson

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki - click here for day 1 & day 2 updates - click here for day 3 & day 4 updates

By Jesse Suarez

Day 5:

Tuesday April 30

Day five was a day to go shopping and sight-seeing. We started the day with a light training session working on stretching, technical skills and a possession game. Our goalkeepers were trained by a special guest coach Mr. Maciek Kowal.

Thereafter, we headed to Poznan to visit the Plaza of Stary Rynek, which is a place where the Polish people shop, dance and eat. We took pictures, purchased items for the families and spent hours enjoying the scenery. We also visited the soccer stadium  Lech Poznan Stadion Na Ulicy Bulgarskiej, that hosted the UEFA cup and Europa League games where the Lech Poznan pro team plays. We were hosted by the Sporting Director of Lech Poznan, Mr. Piotr Barlog.  Back at the hotel, the boys watched the semifinals of the champions league between Real Madrid vs. Borrusia Dortmund, then had to pack because we were leaving the next day.

Day 6:

Wednesday May 1 

The boys were all packed by 8:00 am and left for Poznan by 9:00am for our first game.  They were well rested and it showed in our performance against Warta Poznan 96-97's.

The first goal came at the 18 minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled past the back line and took a shot to the far post which was blocked by the keeper. The ball was left in front of the net and Teague Loughmen scored. The second goal came in the second half when Alejandro Martinez slipped a pass by the defense and Richard Tapia ran on to it to score the goal. 

FC Dallas 97 Pre academy - 2 

Warta Poznan 96/97's - 0

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Bernie ZuaZua (Irving Dominguez 52) ,  Alejandro Martinez,  Duncan James (Daniel Kiser 47), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie, Teague Loughmen (Richard Tapia 47)

Goals: 

Teague 18' (Jason Saso-Vertiz) 

Richard 68' (Alejandro Martinez) 

The second game our 96 team played vs Warta Poznan 95-96' and they won 3 to 1. In the first half, Brent Mandelkorn took a right footed shot past the keeper outside the 18 yard line to score a beautiful goal. The second goal was scored by Sergio Lara who intercepted a back pass to the keeper and scored.  Warta got a free kick goal right after which Krystian Lukaszyk scored. The third goal came after a great challange by Jeff Whiters who won the ball against their defense and Christian Ramirez first-timed a shot from about 25 yards and scored.

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 3 

Warta Poznan 95/96's - 1 

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Kody Korleski (Livano Salas 56) , Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Irving Dominguez 75),  Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Jeff Withers 69), Christian Ramirez (Bernie ZuaZua 75), Sergio Lara

Goals: 

FCD

Brent 39' (Unassisted) 

Sergio 48' (Unassisted) 

Christian 71' (Jeff Whiters) 

Warta Poznan 

Krystian lukaszyk- 50'

After the game we drove two hours away to the city of Slesin where we will be staying the rest of our trip. Once we arrived at Wityng Hotel, coach Molina had a recovery session next to the beautiful lake. Now the boys are watching Barcelona against Bayern Munich.

Dobranoc (Good night in Polish),

Jesse Suarez