Wednesday was the final group stage day at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV and always brings some exciting do-or-die games as teams look to advance to the knockout round. FC Dallas went 9-4-1 on Wednesday with seven of our 15 teams advancing to the Dallas Cup knockout round including four in the U-17 division.
Here's a roundup of the action:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy finished Dallas Cup week in strong fashion, defeating IF Brommapojkarna of Sweden 2-0 to finish their group in third place. Sebastian Gordillo and Santi Agudelo scored in the win. READ A FULL RECAP HERE.
The FC Dallas 96B Premier team defeated IMG Academy 2-0 in a must-win match to advance to the quarterfinals. The Premier team won all three of their group stage games and will play Dallas Texans' USSDA Academy team in the quarterfinals on Friday at 11:00AM at Richland College.
FC Dallas Youth 96B fell 2-0 to Andromeda on Wednesday afternoon to end their Dallas Cup.
FC Dallas El Paso 96/97 bounced back from their opening day loss to win on Tuesday and Wednesday, earning progression to the quarterfinals. They defeated Andromeda's USSDA Academy 2-1 yesterday to earn 1st place on goal differential.
FCD's 97B Premier team defeated IMG Academy U16B 2-0 to win their third-straight group stage game and advance to the quarterfinals.
FCD 97B Blue defeated Dallas Texans 97 Red to secure passage to the quarterfinals. They won all three of their group stage games.
FCD 97B Gold became the fourth FC Dallas U-17 division team to advance to the quarterfinals after beating Chargers SC 3-1 on Wednesday. They won all three of their group stage games by a combined score of 15-1.
The FCD U-15 Academy fell 2-1 to Columbia United to end their Dallas Cup group stage with one win from three games.
The FCD 98B Premier team secured passage to the quarterfinals with a 9-0 win over Cicero Mayas. Keegan McCombie and Matthew Gonzalez each scored twice in the win while Delfino Garcia, Austin Van Wagoner, Sebastian Venegas and Jesus Armendariz also scored in the win.
The U-14 USSDA Academy fell 1-0 to Futbolito Bimbo Soccer Tuzos on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup. They won one out of three games.
FC Dallas 99B Premier side fell to the Colorado Rapids U-14 side 2-0 in a must-win match on Wednesday. They finish the tournament with two out of three wins.
FCD 00B Premier drew 2-2 with Coral Gables Soccer on Wednesday, but will not advance to the knockout round despite earning seven points from their group stage games.
FCD's 00B East team defeated BSM Gottschee 3-0 on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup on a positive note with six points from the group.
The FCD U-13 Academy team defeated FC Bravo 3-0 to earn a spot in Thursday's quarterfinal.
FC Dallas once against found plenty of success on day two of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV. With all 15 FCD-affiliated teams in action, there were plenty of games and the FCD Academy went 9-5-1 on the day. Here's a rundown of the results and standings:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy fell out of semifinal contention with a 3-1 loss to Brazilian side Coritiba FC. Jordan Cano scored for FCD in defeat. Click here for a full match recap.
The FC Dallas 96B Premier team defeated Toronto Lynx 2-0 to move to a perfect 2-0-0 in their group. They'll advance to the quarterfinals with at least a draw against IMG Academy on Wednesday.
FC Dallas Youth 96 began the Dallas Cup on Monday with a 0-0 draw against PLFL Select from England.
FC Dallas El Paso 96/97 began the Dallas Cup with a 2-1 loss to FC Astoria Walldorf.
FCD's 97B Premier team defeated Juventus SC Elite from Canada 2-1 yesterday, moving to 2-0-0 in their group. They'll advance to the knockout round with at least a draw on Wednesday against IMG Academy.
FCD 97B Blue defeated TSF Academy 2-0 to move to 2-0-0 on the week. They'll win their group if they can at least draw Dallas Texans tomorrow.
FCD 97B Gold followed up yesterday's big win with a 1-0 win over Rio Rapids to move to 2-0-0 on the week. They're also guaranteed a spot in the semifinals with at least a draw on Wednesday.
The FCD U-15 Academy lost 2-1 to Monarcas Academy Warriors of Canada to move to 1-1 on the week. They will need to win tomorrow and hope for a Monarcas loss to advance from the group.
The FCD 98B Premier team defeated Futbolito Tuzos 3-0 to move to 2-0-0 on the week. Adan Garcia scored twice in the win while Keegan McCombie scored the third. They are guaranteed qualification to the knockout round with at least a draw tomorrow.
The U-14 USSDA Academy bounced back from yesterday's loss to defeat Delfines SD of Mexico 2-0
Clem Oancea's 99B Premier side defeated Prepa Tec of Mexico 1-0 to move to 2-0-0 on the week. They will need to defeat the Colorado Rapids Academy tomorrow to advance to the knockout round.
FCD 00B Premier continued their strong Dallas Cup with a 2-1 win over Angeles Soccer Elite to move to 2-0-0 on the week. Guy Esquivel and Nick Garcia scored for FCD in the win.
Darrin Hedges' 00B East team lost 2-1 to Arkansas Comets to move to 1-1-0 on the week.
The FCD U-13 Academy team defeated Vardar South 2-1 and will qualify for the knockout round with a win on Wednesday.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV got off to a soggy start on Sunday morning as rain affected and delayed some morning games, but that didn't stop FC Dallas from scoring an impressive run of results, going 9-2-1 on the opening day of the tournament. Here's how the FCD teams fared from U-19 to U-13:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy group got off to a tough start against defending champions Fulham FC, falling 4-0 to the Premier Academy League champions. Click here for a full match recap.
Scott Dymond's 96B Premier team defeated Fussballschule Millerntor of Germany 3-1 with James Olmos scoring twice and Stian Sandbekkhaug scoring a third in the victory.
FCD's 97B Premier team scored a strong 3-2 win over Toronto Lynx with Ivan Ulloa scoring twice in the victory and Kamar Marriott adding the third goal in the win.
FCD 97B Blue defeated Mana U17 from Mexico 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
FCD 97B Gold scored the biggest win of the day beating Gold Coast Knights from Australia by a stunning 11-0 scoreline.
The FCD U-15 Academy defeated Academia Venezolana from Venezuela 2-1 at MoneyGram Soccer Park.
The FCD 98B Premier team defeated West Toronto United by a 4-1 scoreline. Gerber Chavez opened the scoring off an assist from Adan Garcia. Chuy Armendariz scored the second goal while Keegan McCombie also scored for FCD in the win.
In the only other FCD loss of the day, the U-14 USSDA Academy team fell to a strong Eintracht Frankfurt U-15 side 4-0.
Clem Oancea's 99B Premier side defeated FC Astoria Walldorf of Germany 2-0
FCD 00B Premier started the Dallas Cup strong with a 2-0 win against Ravens Wood School from England.
Darrin Hedges' 00B East team defeated Scuola Calcio from Puerto Rico 5-1. Kent Malloy opened the scoring for FCD while Eddie Sanchez added a second-half hat trick. Connor Jones closed out the scoring while Miguel Rosales had three assists for FC Dallas in the win.
The FCD U-13 Academy team tied Pinguinos of Mexico 1-1 in the only draw of the day.
A little late on this news, but we're now less than a month away from Dallas Cup and the FC Dallas U18's are back in the Gordon Jago Super Group for 2014. Having been placed in a group with 2013 Super Group champions Fulham FC, Brazilian powerhouse Coritiba and 2013 non-Super Group champions IF Brommapojkarna from Sweden, they've certainly got a tough group that will be a great test for Luchi Gonzalez's men.
To add a little extra spice to things, FC Dallas will open the tournament stadium games at the historic Cotton Bowl as they'll battle Fulham FC at 12:30PM on Sunday, April 13 in the first Cotton Bowl game of the week.
FCD could potentially play more games at the Cotton Bowl depending on if their game gets flexed to the Wednesday night games or if they make the semifinals/finals of the tournament.
In all, there will be nearly a dozen FC Dallas affiliated teams in Dallas Cup XXXV with the full schedule coming out soon.
Gordon Jago Super Group:
Group A: FC Dallas(USA), Fulham FC(ENG), IF Brommapojkarna(SWE), Coritiba FC(BRA)
Group B: Anderlecht(BEL), Fluminense(BRA), CD Guadalajara(MEX), LA Galaxy(USA),
Group C: River Plate(ARG), Entracht Frankfurt(GER), UANL Tigres(MEX), US U-20 National Team(USA)
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Cotton Bowl Stadium Schedule
Sunday – April 13
12:30pm Fulham FC (ENG) vs. FC Dallas U18 Academy (USA)
3:00pm CD Guadalajara “Chivas” (MEX) vs. Fluminense (BRA)
5:00pm Welcome World Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm U20 National Team (USA) vs. River Plate (ARG)
Wednesday – April 16
5:00pm Gordon Jago Super Group games to be determined
7:30pm Gordon Jago Super Group games to be determined
Friday – April 18
5:00pm Super Group Semi-Final
7:30pm Super Group Semi-Final
Saturday – April 19
10:00am U13 Championship Match
12:30pm U14 Championship Match
3:00pm U15 Championship Match
5:30pm U16 Championship Match
Sunday – April 20
9:30am U17 Championship Match
12:30pm Super 17s Championship
3:00pm U19 Championship Match
6:00pm Gordon Jago Super Group Championship Match
As you can see, we have a new look to the blog section of the FC Dallas website that we're launching in conjunction with #DigitalTuesday called Red Alert.
Anyone who knew me before I joined FC Dallas, knows that I got my start in the writing world by starting "Big D Soccer" a blog dedicated to FCD and ever since I became a full time contributor to the website I've been wanting to have a dedicated blog on FCDallas.com where the voice can be a little more casual. A place for the hardcore fan.
As happens in just about every line of work, it took a little while to get everything together, but today myself and FCDallas.com Managing Editor Scott Brown are extremely excited to launch Red Alert.
So how is this going to be different than what we have now? Expect a lot more updates from us, but in smaller bits. We're going to have links, analysis, pictures, polls, lots of social interaction and since it's called the Red Alert, you'll never miss a piece of FC Dallas content as I'll post links to every piece of FCDallas.com content on the Red Alert. Think of this as your FCD news stream keeping you updated on everything happening within the club.
I'm excited to see what this will turn into so thanks for reading and be sure to bookmark the Red Alert!
Day three of Copa Chivas 2014 turned out to be a wild one for the U-18s as they faced off against hosts Chivas Guadalajara in the third out of five group stage matches.
Having won one and lost one, the match would be crucial to FCD's hopes of advancing to the semifinals and after a wild game, FCD fell 5-4 to Chivas Guadalajara.
Chivas jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just five minutes played, but Dallas fought back. Goals from Diego De La Tejera and Alex Radilla pulled FCD level before halftime and midway through the second half, Santiago Agudelo scored a header to give FCD a shock lead. Chivas tied the game 3-3 before De La Tejera scored to once again give FCD the lead at 4-3. With time ticking down, Chivas found two goals in the last five minutes to earn a crazy win leaving FCD with three points from three games.
Friday is an off day for FCD in Guadalajara before facing Atlas and Vitoria to end the group stage this weekend. Dallas will need to win both matches to have a shot at making it to the semifinals.
The FCD U-18s bounced back from their day one loss to Monterrey, defeating J. League side Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 in their second game of the 2014 Copa Chivas.
FCD fell behind early in the match to a Marinos goal, but Miguel Ojeda pulled FCD level just before halftime. In the second half, FCD pushed for the win and found it through two goals from big forward Santiago Agudelo.
After two rounds of play, FCD sits third in their six-team group with tied with Monterrey on three points. Atlas leads the group with six points while Vitoria sits in second with four. FCD has another tough match today as they'll face off with hosts Chivas Guadalajara at noon.
After today, they'll have a much-needed rest day before rounding out the group stage with games against the two teams above them as they look to finish in one of the top two spots and advance to the semifinals.
FC Dallas kicked off their participation in the 2014 Copa Chivas on Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Mexican First Division side CF Monterrey.
For those who speak Spanish, the Chivas website has a lengthy writeup of the game in which FCD conceded in the 22nd minute to a Monterrey set piece. Head coach Luchi Gonzalez told the Chivas website that the scoreline was not necessarily indicative of the game and that the team just needs to have a little more concentration at some moments.
FCD continues group stage play today at noon against Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in a game they need a result from to stay in contention for the semifinals.
(Photo courtesy of Chivas)
Fresh off scoring four goals in a 4-4 draw with New England Revolution at December's US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, U-18 forward Coy Craft has been called up to US U-18 National Team camp ahead of an upcoming tournament in the Canary Islands. Craft leads the U-18s with eight goals in ten games despite being the youngest player on the roster. Here's the full release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez called 24 players for a week-long training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., to prepare for the upcoming Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands.
The training camp runs from Jan. 4-11 and precedes the tournament in Spain, which is scheduled to be played Feb. 4-7.
Twenty-one of the 24 players currently play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams while the remaining three also play for domestic-based clubs. Nine MLS Academies are represented, with Real Salt Lake AZ leading the way with three players receiving call-ups.
Five players – Mukwelle Akale, JT Marcinkowski, Erik Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding and Ben Swanson – saw playing time for the U.S. U-18 MNT that took second place at the Limoges Tournament in France in October. Palmer-Brown started all three matches at the tournament and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 U.S. win over the Czech Republic, while Akale and Marcinkowski earned starts in two games.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Orlando, Fla.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Gerves Fagan (Sereno SC; Peoria, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.), Kendall Stork (Chicago Magic PSG; Barrington, Ill.)
Last night in Stockholm, Cristiano Ronaldo captivated the soccer world with a heart-stopping hat trick, single-handedly punching Portugal's ticket to World Cup 2014 in Brazil in a 3-2 win over Sweden. While Frisco, Texas is about as far from a UEFA World Cup Qualifier as you can get, one member of the FC Dallas staff shared the field with Ronaldo long before the Portugese attacker was considered the best player in the world.
"I was doing pre-season with the Columbus Crew. I had just been traded from San Jose and I was with them for three months in pre-season," said under-18 head coach Luchi Gonzalez. "We were in Portugal for two weeks and played some exhibitions, one of which was against Sporting Lisbon in their training facility. I remember there was some hype about it, a young Portugese player who as the next big thing, Cristiano Ronaldo."
Ronaldo spent most of his formative years at the Portugese giants from Lisbon who have developed some of the biggest stars in world soccer.
"I see him warming up on their side. He’s 18 and I’m 22 and he’s got the orange [Nike] Vapors and you could tell he was very technical," said 33-year-old Gonzalez, who played for three different MLS clubs in his career. "We played the game, I don’t remember the exact score, it might have been 1-1."
Ronaldo's meteoric rise to stardom had began just months earlier as Ronaldo debuted with the Sporting first team in late 2002. In early August 2003, Ronaldo made his debut for Portugal and just over a week later would be sold to Manchester United for a reported 15 million Euro.
"I remember him taking people on the wing. I think [Columbus Crew defender] Duncan [Oughton] cracked him a few times, because he was a handful, but you could tell there was something there that was special. He did a lot of the stepovers then. He just had a change of speed, a good cross, it was clear that he was a different level and he was young and fearless. Literally a month later, I read that he got sold to Manchester United and I saw his debut and sure enough it was him and he was a beast. Still a skinny frame and nowhere near the machine he is now, but it was pretty cool."
The rest is history.