FRISCO, Texas - In the opening match of the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the FC Dallas under-18's were unable to recover from a first half goal by Columbus' Noah Hutchins and fell to the Crew 1-0.
FCD started the match brightly with Bobby Edet leading the way up front, but an early chance went just wide and, playing against the wind, Luchi Gonzalez's men were unable to muster up much else in attack. The Crew hit Dallas on the break mid-way through the first half and a deep cross flashed across the box to Hutchins. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was able to get a hand on the low, hard shot, but was unable to keep it out of the net and the Crew took a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Dallas pushed hard for the equalizer with Gonzalez bringing on Diego de la Tejera to inject some punch into the FCD attack. The hard-working Crew side kept Dallas at bay, however, and despite holding the majority of possession, Dallas couldn't convert that into meaningful scoring chances.
FCD mustered one final attack late in the second half and a cross from Kris Reaves found Yomeri Reyes, but his hard shot was right at the Crew goalkeeper who did well to hold the shot. A couple late set pieces went begging for Dallas and FCD dropped a disappointing 1-0 result to Columbus.
Dallas must regroup quickly as they'll face the Concorde Fire tomorrow night at 9:30PM on FC Dallas Complex Field 5. FCD is still alive to finish top of their group, but they must win their final two games and hope for some help elsewhere. The under-16's begin their quest for Finals Week tomorrow night against Sockers FC at 7:15PM on Field 11.
The United States Under-20 National Team continued their quest in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup today earning a point against European powerhouse France in a 1-1 draw at the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Instanbul.
Heading into the match, the US needed a point to keep any realistic hopes of a spot in the knockout round alive and things were looking bleak for the United States when France forward Yaya Sanogo smashed home a controversial 48th minute penalty kick.
It looked like the United States' bad luck would continue when Luis Gil had a penalty kick saved with about 20 minutes to play, but second-half substitute Daniel Cuevas eventually finished a free kick in the 85th minute to steal a priceless point for the US.
Given that the four highest-placed third place teams in the group stage will advance to the round of 16, today's point means a win over Ghana on Thursday would almost certainly put the United States into the knockout stage.
From an FC Dallas perspective, Danny Garcia, a starter in the first match, did not feature in today's as he was out with an unspecified injury suffered in Friday's game against Spain. Kellyn Acosta has appeared on the bench for both matches, but has yet to play.
The United States will look to advance to the round of 16 in an all-important game against Ghana on Thursday, June 27 at 12:45PM on ESPNU.
FC Dallas Youth was well-represented at the 2013 North Texas State Cup that took place over Mother's Day weekend. FCDY had 11 teams advance to the semifinals of the tournament, seven teams make it to the championship match, and four teams win State Championships. Below is a list of all the FC Dallas Youth teams that advanced to the knockout rounds and how they finished in the tournament:
|02 Girls Premier||Matt Grubb||U-11 Girls||Championship|
|01 Boys Premier||Jose Pino||U-12 Boys||Championship|
|01 Boys||Gabby Gentile||U-12 Boys||Semifinalist|
|00 Girls||Ben Waldrum||U-13 Girls||Semifinalist|
|00 Boys East||Darrin Hedges||U-13 Boys||Finalist|
|99 Girls South Blue||Luis ZuaZua||U-14 Girls||Finalist|
|99 Boys||Guillermo Lopez||U-14 Boys||Finalist|
|98 Boys Premier||Gabby Gentile||U-15 Boys||Championship|
|97 Boys Central||Francisco Arias||U-16 Boys||Championship|
|96 Boys Premier||Scott Dymond||U-17 Boys||Semifinalist|
|95 Boys Premier||Scott Dymond||U-18 Boys||Semifinalist|
Congratulations go out to all FC Dallas Youth teams that qualified for the 2013 North Texas State Cup and good luck to the teams that advanced to the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma.
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 hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black
*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification
The FC Dallas U-18 team was honored at halftime of Saturday's sold-out match against the LA Galaxy for winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship. They beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 to become the first MLS side to win a title at the U-17/18 level.
Photos by Rick Yeatts
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."
Two FC Dallas Academy products - Boyd Okwuonu and Danny Garcia - along with FCD player Jonathan Top spent last week at the US U-20 camp. The two academy products discussed their experience with Top Drawer Soccer.
Defender Boyd Okwuonu, who has played with the U.S. U17 and U18 teams, enjoys the formation.
“It’s more aggressive, we’re more attacking,” he said of the 4-3-3. “We have a different mentality in this formation, we’re going out there taking risks, going forward.”
With the qualifying process just under a year away, there’s still a chance for players to impress. But according to forward Danny Garcia, there was still a sense of urgency heightened the intensity of the camp, as it’s play well or go home.
“There is a difference because everyone has to put everything in it,” he said. “It’s all or nothing in the camp because either you do great and get called back, or do poor and don’t get called back.”
For Garcia, who has scored 17 goals in 19 games for FC Dallas U18s in the Development Academy, the camp was another opportunity to measure up against some of the best talents the U.S. player pool has to offer.
“It’s given me a chance to see how I’m doing, how my level is, how skillful I am compared to the other players in the Academy, in college or even in Europe,” he said.
(Photo courtesy Rick Yeatts)
The U-18s celebrate Danny Garcia's goal against Barcelona at last year's Dallas Cup.
Dallas Cup has officially announced that the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team will be facing the Manchester United Reserves at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, April 1 in the third and final match of the traditional Sunday triple header on Opening Day of Dallas Cup XXXIII. Man U's Academy squad will be participating in the AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam Easter weekend, so Dallas soccer fans will be thrilled to hear that Manchester United Reserve coach Warren Joyce will be bringing a roster of age-eligible second-string professionals to Frisco.
"We're going to the Dallas Cup in the US," Joyce told Inside United. "There are a lot of good teams going and we felt it would be valuable experience for this group of boys."
“We are excited to participate again in this year’s Dallas Cup and playing in the Super Group will be a great opportunity to compete against some of the best teams from around the world," said Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Chris Hayden. "Opening up on April 1 against Manchester United, one of the world’s most storied and prestigious clubs, will be a great way to measure our players and team and we are looking forward to the competition.”
FC Dallas will once again be participating in Dallas Cup as members of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Last year they played Barcelona on the Stadium Field, and the year before that they faced off with Chelsea in the stadium.
"(It will be) a great opportunity for the young FC Dallas players to go up against such a famous club team and for the FC Dallas supporters and Dallas soccer fans to cheer them on in such a prestigious game," said Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago.
The other two opening day games feature 2011 English Premier Academy League Champions Everton FC facing 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semi-finalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC at 1:30 p.m. and French Academy League Champions Paris Saint-Germain vs. Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 at 3:30 p.m.