The five FC Dallas Academy teams continued their 2015-16 seasons over the weekend in Austin against Lonestar SC. The five teams from U-13 through U-18 went a combined 3-0-2 on their first road trip.
FC Dallas Academy teams remained undefeated on the season and have a combined 8-0-3 record to start the year.
FC Dallas: 0
Lonestar SC: 0
- The U-18s played to a scoreless draw to remain undefeated in the 2015-16 season with a 1-0-1 record.
FC Dallas: 3
Lonestar SC: 0
- The U-16s earned their first clean sheet of the season while pushing their record to 2-0-0 with six different players registering goals on the year.
FC Dallas: 3
Lonestar SC: 0
- The U-15s have put up consecutive 3-0 wins in their perfect start to the season.
FC Dallas: 6
Lonestar SC: 1
- The FCD U-14s are a perfect 3-0 on the young season, while outscoring their opponents a combined 15-1.
FC Dallas: 2
Lonestar SC: 2
- The U-13s earned a second-straight draw to start their season 0-0-2.
The U-17 World Cup in Chile is just a few weeks away and three FC Dallas players look to be in the sights of head coach Richie Williams as they have been called in for a final training camp in Mexico City.
Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas, the youngest player in MLS, has been a part of the team through qualifying and looks to be one of the cornerstones of the side.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy outside back Reggie Cannon was also called in to the squad and could provide a dynamic aspect to the team as an outside back who loves to get forward and push into the attack. Cannon is committed to UCLA and was a key part of last year's U-16 National Championship team.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy midfielder Weston McKinnie was the third player called in to the camp as someone who has come on very strong in the last six months. McKinnie, who spent lots of time with the U-17 residency in Bradenton when he was younger, was another key centerpiece of the U-16 National Championship team and scored a goal in the final. He has trained with the FCD first team on many occasions.
Here is the full release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Sept. 21, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has called 24 players for a training camp in Mexico City, where the team will play two preparation matches against Mexico in its final action ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The U-17’s will face off with Mexico on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 25.
The team is coming off of back-to-back trips to Europe. In August, the U-17 MNT participated in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic, going 1-1-2, drawing 1-1 with both Slovenia and Slovakia, and closing out with a 2-1 win against Ukraine. Earlier this month, the U-17’s took second at the 2015 Limoges Tournament in France, where they tied France 0-0, and defeated Australia 6-0.
The team is now less than a month away from the World Cup in Chile, where it has been drawn into Group A with Nigeria, Croatia and Chile. The USA kicks off the tournament’s opening match on Oct. 17 against Nigeria at 4 p.m. ET.
Twenty-two players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Reginald Cannon (FC Dallas Academy; Grapevine, Texas), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinzie Gaines (Lonestar S.C.; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls Academy; Garden City Park, N.Y.) Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Comos; Los Angeles, Calif.)
It's an international friendly week for FC Dallas and the metroplex is hosting their own high profile game on Tuesday as Argentina and Mexico face off at AT&T Stadium. Mexico has been in town since late last week after tying Trinidad & Tobago 3-3 on Friday night in Utah and they made a request from FC Dallas.
"Tuca" Ferretti and El Tri needed some extra training players, so some FCD youngsters were brought in to join the first team as they trained at MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas. Needless to say it was an experience that the boys won't forget, even if most of them have aspirations of suiting up for Mexico's rival US Men's National Team in the future.
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Over the weekend at the Toyota Soccer Center, the FC Dallas Academy teams opened the 2015-2016 season with five matches against local side Solar Chelsea. It was a successful weekend as FCD went 4-0-1, here's a recap of the action:
FC Dallas U-18s: 1
Solar Chelsea U-18s: 0
Eddie Munjoma slotted home a penalty kick to give FC Dallas U-18s three points in their first competitive match since winning the U-16 US Soccer Development Academy National Championship.
FC Dallas U-16s: 3
Solar Chelsea U-16s: 2
Paxton Pomykal, Luis Carillo and Daniel Evans tallied in the victory for the new FCD U-16 side opening the season in successful fashion after winning the U-15 national championship last season.
FC Dallas U-15s: 3
Solar Chelsea U-15s: 0
Adrian Morales opened the scoring off a corner kick from Roba Negeri while an individual effort from Imanol Almaguer earned FCD their second goal on an own goal. In his first match with FCD, Pablo Arias combined with Edwin Cerrillo to score the third goal while goalkeeper Sebastian Zavala recorded a clean sheet.
FC Dallas U-14s: 4
Solar Chelsea U-14s: 0
Bryan Reynolds scored twice for the U-14s while Johan Gomez and Luis Pacheco also found goals in the season-opening win for the U-14s.
FC Dallas U-13s: 1
Solar Chelsea U-13s: 1
Beni Redzic found the goal for the U-13s as they started the season with a draw.
It's been an up-and-down two weeks in Mexico City for the FC Dallas U-15s as they compete in the Liga BBVA Bancomer U-15 International tournament, but things finished on a high note Friday afternoon. Here's a recap of the last three games of the tournament, check out the first half recap here:
In a must-win game on Tuesday, FC Dallas took the lead in the first half through a header from Jesus Ferreira, but they were unable to hang on conceding a game-winner in the 59th minute to give the German side a win that effectively eliminated FCD from the tournament.
Chivas Guadalajara 7 FC Dallas 0
In the toughest loss of the tournament, FCD fell big to Chivas Guadalajara a day after the disappointing loss to Eintracht.
Jose Carlos Garcia scored twice and Kevin Kim scored the game-winning goal with ten minutes left as FC Dallas twice came from a goal down to beat Liga MX side Pachuca and end the tournament on a high note.
FC Dallas finishes the tournament with a 2-4-1 record that left them with 7 points, the second-most out of four international teams only behind Eintracht Frankfurt who will play Chivas Guadalajara in the championship match at Estadio Azteca on Saturday.
The FC Dallas U-15s have been enjoying an unforgettable time in Mexico City as one of two MLS representatives in the LIGA BBVA Bancomer U-15 International Tournament.
Through four games the team is 1-2-1 playing against the best Mexico and Germany have to offer. Here's a recap of all the action so far:
FC Dallas 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 0
The U-15s began the tournament last Thursday with a goalless draw against the German powerhouse. According to coach Jesse Suarez, FCD held the majority of possession in the match but just couldn't find the breakthrough goal in a back and forth affair.
FC Dallas 0 Club America 1
On Friday, in a match televised both in Mexico and the United States on Univision Deportes, the U-15s went toe-to-toe with the Liga MX giants falling to a goal scored just after halftime. FCD hit the post late in the match and saw numerous efforts turned away leading to a tough defeat.
FC Dallas 1 Atlas 4
Saturday's match against Atlas was a tough one for the U-15s who fell to three goals allowed in quick succession late in the first half.
FC Dallas 6 Chicago Fire 0
After Sunday's rest day in which the team visited the pyramids of Teotihuican, the U-15s came out flying on Monday morning defeating fellow MLS side Chicago Fire 6-0 behind a hat trick of goals from Jesus Ferreira. Marcos Puga, Adrian Morales and Kevin Kim also scored in the first victory for FCD of the week.
Three matches remain for FC Dallas against Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday, Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday & Pachuca on Friday. FC Dallas is currently second in their group two points behind Eintracht Frankfurt. The winner of their group will play in the championship match at Estadio Azteca on Saturday.
Both FC Dallas U-17 and U-18 boys premier teams earned draws in their opening games of the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday.
97 Boys Premier
A diving header in stoppage time helped the U-18s earn a point vs. Manhattan SC PSG 96 in Group B. After finding themselves down 2-0, the U-18s quickly responded with a Kevin Rodas goal to bring them within one. Matthew Rochowski managed to find the equalizer after putting one past the keeper on a diving header.
Next up for the U-18s is FC Golden State White tomorrow, and LVSA 97 Red on Thursday to round out Group B play. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals.
98 Boys Premier
The U-17s also earned a point today after tying Arlington Impact Red, 1-1. Gerber Chavez scord early for FCD in the 13th minute, but Arlington Impact found the equalizer in the 53rd minute.
FCD will play Sunrise Elite 97/98 tomorrow, and Chicago Magic PSG pre-academy on Thursday to finish group play. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals.
Even after hoisting the U-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship, FC Dallas Academy had more awards to garner.
The Development Academy announced its end-of-year honors, and FCD picked up a handful of individual and team awards.
Winger Devin Vega was named the U-16 Central Conference Player of the Year after finishing the season with a team-leading 21 goals. His teammates Ben Hale (goalkeeper), Reginald Cannon (defender) and Weston McKinnie (forward) were named to the conference’s Starting XI as well.
The U-16s collectively won the best Style of Play for the Central Conference.
As a whole, FC Dallas won the Central Conference's Most Comprehensive Club.
The shutout streak is still intact and the FC Dallas U-16s are headed to the national championship.
Luchi Gonzalez's side defeated Philadelphia Union's U-16s 3-0 at the StubHub Center in California on Thursday night to clinch their spot in the national championship.
Adrian Ramos opened the scoring for the U-16s in the 15th minute with Toshiki Yasuda scoring just before halftime to send FCD into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Weston McKinnie iced the game late with a third goal to clinch the comprehensive win. The U-16s have yet to allow a goal in five Development Academy Playoff games.
The U-16s will face the New York Red Bulls U-16s on Saturday at 7:00PM central time playing for the club's first USSDA championship since the U-18s took home the title in 2012.
By Taylor Hester
One FC Dallas team will never forget their trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Led by coach Jesse Suarez, the FC Dallas U-15 Pre-Academy team started off the National Premier League Finals hot, winning all three group stage games, outscoring opponents 15-1. Once they reached the knockout rounds, they didn't show any signs of cooling down, winning the semifinal and punching their ticket to the National Championship game.
On Thursday in the first game, Paxton Pomykal and Javier Barajas each scored a brace to lead the U-15s to a 4-0 victory over GPS from Massachusetts, the New England Premier League champions.
On Firday vs. Houston Express, the South Central Premier League champs, FCD won 6-1, with five different goalscorers. Pomykal and Barajas each notched another goal in the tournament, while Rene Arroyo, Jesus Ferreira, Aidan Tibbets, and an Express own goal round out the rest of the goals.
In the final group game on Saturday, FCD defeated the West Florida Flames from the Florida Premier League by a score of 5-0. Pomykal, Ferreira, and Tibbets each got their name on the scoresheet again, while Jomar Reyes scored twice.
In the semifinals on Sunday vs. SC Del Sol from Arizona, the Mountain Developmental League champs, FCD won 4-2 with two goals from Pomykal, and one a piece from Ferreira and Reyes.
Dominating from the beginning of the tournament, it was a shock when FCD found themselves down 2-0 to Chicago Sockers FC, the Midwest League champs, in the National Championship game. But, the U-15s came back in the final 10 minutes of the match, with a goal from Alonso Molina and a late equalizer from Ferreira, eventually defeating Sockers FC on penalty kicks with a game-winning PK from Simeon Salazar.
Finishing undefeated in the Texas Pre-Academy League and winning the NPL Finals, the FC Dallas U-15s can now call themselves National Premier League Champions after an unforgettable year.