By Beth Anne Carroll & Daniel Robertson
Under-18s fall just short in comeback attempt, finish USSDA Playoffs 1-1-1
FRISCO, Texas - The FC Dallas under-18s needed to win by two goals to advance to finals week, but the home team only managed a 1-1 draw against Albertson SC.
The game was mainly a defensive battle, with both teams struggling to score for most of the match. Both teams had plenty of opportunities, but a combination of defense in front of the goal and strong performances from both goalkeepers made it a low-scoring affair.
Albertson had a couple of opportunities in the first, but two went wide and Dallas keeper Caleb Underwood saved another two. FCD also missed a chance in the closing minutes of the half when a shot hit the post, sending the game into halftime scoreless.
Needing to win by two goals to advance, FCD was forced to push forward leaving them exposed at the back. Albertson finally opened the scoring on a counterattack, giving them a 1-0 advantage with 30 minutes left in the game.
FC Dallas never quit and finally got a goal of their own, but with just seconds left in the match it wasn't enough and the 1-1 draw means the under-18s won't be advancing to Finals Week for a fourth straight year as they finished 1-1-1 in the group.
Under-16's lead group with one game remaining
As FC Dallas battled the Portland Timbers inside the stadium last night, the under-16s continued their solid playoffs run beating FC Delco 4-0 in their second USSDA playoff game.
Santiago Agudelo was the star again for FC Dallas scoring goals in the 15th and 28th minute to put FCD out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Coy Craft and Christian Ramirez added goals in the second half to give FCD the emphatic 4-0 win.
That win, coupled with RSL-AZ's 0-0 draw with Sockers FC, means that FC Dallas under-16s can advance to Finals Week for the first time since 2009 with a win or a draw against RSL-AZ on Friday. That game will be played at 11:00AM on field 7.
By Beth Anne Carroll & Daniel Robertson
Agudelo Double Propels Under-16s to 4-2 Win Over Sockers FC
FRISCO, Texas -- The FC Dallas under-16's kicked off group play in the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy playoffs with a bang, recording a 4-2 win over Chicago's Sockers FC.
Neither team was able to get much going in the opening minutes of the game. Each team had a few shots on goal, including a freekick for FC Dallas, but were unable to finish. Santi Agudelo finally opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a header to put FC Dallas up 1-0.
The Sockers wouldn't give up that easily, though. The visitors had multiple shots on goal in the closing minutes, as well as missed chances on a freekick and a corner kick within a couple minutes of each other. The Sockers managed to find the back of the net late in the half, but the goal was called back due to offsides, giving FC Dallas the one-goal advantage going into halftime.
The second half got off to a much quicker start than the first, with FC Dallas getting their second goal of the game just minutes into the half through a Miguel Ojeda strike. This time the Sockers had an answer, scoring a minute later to bring the score to 2-1. The Sockers had several more chances to tie the game, but could never quite finish, thanks in large part to a series of fantastic saves by FC Dallas keeper Estevan Vasquez.
After the score remained the same for most of the second half, Santi Agudelo got his second goal of the night, firing into an open night after drawing the keeper out of the goal. Agudelo's score put the home team up by two late in the game, but FC Dallas weren't finished yet. Alex Radilla added to the scoring with a shot across the goal to put the score at 4-1. A last minute penalty kick for Sockers FC cut the lead to two, but it was all FC Dallas with a final score of 4-2, leaving them with a great start to the playoffs week.
The U16s will have a quick turnaround with a game tomorrow night at 9:00 PM against FC Delco on Field 8.
U-18's take back control of their destiny with 3-0 win
FRISCO, Texas - After yesterday's 1-0 loss to Columbus, FC Dallas needed a better performance on Tuesday plus some help from elsewhere to remain alive in the USSDA Playoffs.
They got both.
While Dallas struggled to find the net yesterday, it took them just 30 minutes to take the lead a night later. Diego de la Tejera found some space 25 yards from goal and let fly, curling an incredible strike around the keeper and into the upper 90 to put FCD in front. Ten minutes later, Luchi Gonzalez's men doubled the lead as Marco Carrizales scored a similar goal to Tejera's strike smacking one low and hard past the keeper from 20 yards out to give Dallas a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Dallas, knowing goal differential could play a huge part in who advances to Finals Week, pressed hard for a third goal and found it in the 68th minute as Yomeri Reyes rose to head home a corner from Carrizales. FCD pushed for a fourth, but couldn't find it, though they'll surely be thrilled with the 3-0 victory over Concorde Fire.
That win, coupled with Albertson SC's 4-1 victory over Columbus Crew, means FCD, on three points with a +2 goal differential, can advance to Finals Week if they can manage a two-goal victory over Albertson SC on Thursday morning. While it's certainly a tall task, after Monday's loss it's one they'll gladly accept.
FC Dallas will look to advance to yet another Finals Week on Thursday against Albertson SC at 9:00 AM on Field 11.
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.
This week on FCDallas.com you're going to be getting a healthy dose of what we call the USSDA Playoffs, so I thought it'd be effective to give everyone a primer on the event that will be filling up the FC Dallas Complex fields for the next five days.
The US Soccer Development Academy is the national league that consists of an under-18 and under-16 league including all the MLS academies as dozens of others, with 80 teams in total. The top 32 teams out of those 80 have qualified for the playoffs which take on the form of eight groups with four teams in each group drawn by national seeding(I.E. seeds 1-8, 8-16,17-24, 25-32). The winners of each group move on to the Development Academy Finals Week played in Houston in mid-July.
In all, a staggering 125 games will be played at the stadium complex in the next five days as every playoff game plus a number of showcase games featuring non-playoff teams will be played. The games start at 5PM on Monday and will be in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while morning games will be played on Thursday and Friday.
For FC Dallas, this week is a huge one as both the U-18 and U-16 teams have real chances to advance to Finals Week. The U-18's just missed out on a top seed finishing 10th overall and their draw includes the Columbus Crew, Concorde Fire and Albertson SC. The U-16's finished as the #2 overall national seed and will play Sockers FC, FC Delco and Real Salt Lake-AZ during playoffs week.
Admission is completely free to every game and even if you can only make it out for an hour, you really should come up to the complex at some point this week to see the USSDA playoff juggernaut in action while cheering on the future FC Dallas first team stars.
As two FC Dallas Academy alumni on the boys side get ready to represent their country at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, one of FCD's most talented young female players is just starting out her youth national team career.
Midfielder Abby-Grace Cooper, a member of Matt Grubb's under-15 FC Dallas ECNL squad, recently wrapped up a week with head coach April Kater's US Under-14 Girls National Team. Cooper was called up for the eight-day camp, the first for this youngest group of youth national teamers, and she couldn't have been more excited to make the squad/
"I was surprised but in an excited way," said Cooper. "I have worked very hard and I think I deserved the chance. I just didn't expect it to be in the early part of the year."
Just at the start of her budding youth national team career, Cooper says these camps show her exactly the level she needs to attain to represent her country.
"It raises my game, because it gives me a look into the top level of play in the country," said Cooper. "It gives me bench marks to work at and bring back to my club. I learned that if you have the skill that's great, but if you don't have the passion and drive you will not go very far. I do know that I have the passion and the desire to work hard toward the goal of the US National Team."
Our very first Academy Day was held on Saturday morning at FC Dallas Stadium and the event was a big success! The under-18s battled to a 1-1 draw with Real Colorado while the under-16s cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Here are some pictures from the matches taken by FC Dallas Graphic Design Coordinator Olivia Brestal. In case you were wondering, summer decided to come early on Saturday so most of the fans were taking shelter under the shade on the concourse and in our plaza terraces!
At halftime of Saturday's win over DC United, FC Dallas recognized the entire 2013 graduating senior class. While not every player will be moving on to play in college, we thank each and every member of the FC Dallas Academy family and wish them the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives!
First Name Last Name Year University
|Kellyn||Acosta||2013||Signed a Pro contract with FC Dallas|
|Andrew||Alies||2013||Hardin Simmons University|
|Reese||Barden||2013||West Texas A&M University|
|Kaitlin||Basham||2013||Texas A&M University|
|Chelsea||Billups||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Marco||Carrizales||2013||Southern Methodist University|
|Chelsey||Chandler||2013||Eastern New Mexico University|
|Kelly||Chinloy||2013||Texas A&M University|
|Casey||Colbert||2013||University of Alabama|
|Abbey||Colbert||2013||University of Alabama|
|Dylan||Cook||2013||Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy|
|Christian||De Luna||2013||University of San Francisco|
|Eric||Devey||2013||University of Alabama|
|Morgan||Dizney||2013||University of Dayton|
|Jessica||Dowse||2013||Stephen F. Austin|
|Brooke||Dusek||2013||McNeese State University|
|Taylor||Erwin||2013||University of Arkansas|
|Dillon||Farrell||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Sarah||Firstenberg||2013||University of North Carolina|
|Analiese||Florkowski||2013||Texas Women's University|
|Megan||Foster||2013||Texas Tech University|
|Rachel||Gambell||2013||University of Arkansas|
|Taylor||Gambell||2013||University of Arkansas|
|Kris||Garcia||2013||East Central College|
|Andrew||Greenleaf||2013||Johnson & Wales University in Providence|
|Emily||Griffin||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Miriah||Hadley||2013||Sam Houston St|
|Cassidy||Hansen||2013||University of Oklahoma|
|Kylee||Harper||2013||East Central University|
|Juan||Herrera||2013||West Texas A&M University|
|Kailee||Hervey||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Brooke||Hill||2013||Texas Women's University|
|Alex||Ikeda||2013||University of Texas|
|Alec||Jones||2013||University of Arizona|
|Vince||Koch||2013||Colorado School of Mines|
|Caleb||Latson||2013||St Edwards University|
|Fernando||Laverde||2013||University of Central Florida|
|Tahlor||Lyman||2013||Oral Roberts University|
|Holly||Mallinson||2013||University of Louisiana - Monroe|
|Madison||McAdams||2013||Texas Tech University|
|Carlos||Mitlich||2013||Tyler Junior College|
|Taylor||Montoya||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Sydney||Newton||2013||Abilene Christian University|
|Matt||Ornstein||2013||St. Edwards University|
|Alyssa||Parkhill||2013||Midwestern State University|
|Barbara||Pascale||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Kaylin||Peery||2013||McNeese State University|
|Lauren||Prater||2013||Texas State University|
|Lauren||Prater||2013||Texas State University|
|Emily||Preston||2013||University of North Texas|
|Troy||Reeves||2013||West Texas A&M University|
|Adrian||Salazar||2013||East Central College|
|Mariah||Sanchez||2013||Southwest Assemblies of God|
|Alexis||Santos||2013||University of the Incarnate Word|
|Randall||Scott||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Sara||Shaw||2013||Texas A&M University|
|Hannah||Smith||2013||Fort Hays State University|
|Tori||Stephens||2013||Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi|
|Haiden||Stiles||2013||St. Edwards University|
|Byron||Stinson||2013||Central Christian College|
|Megan||Stokes||2013||University of the Incarnate Word|
|Karla||Tapia||2013||Dallas Baptist University|
|Megan||Tomlin||2013||St. Mary's University|
|Jacey||Torres||2013||University of Texas at Austin|
|Georgia||Turner||2013||Texas State University|
|Caleb||Underwood||2013||Southern Methodist University|
|Mary||Watson||2013||Florida Institute of Technology|
|Kristal||Williams||2013||St. Mary's University|
|Abdul||Yassine||2013||Southern Methodist University|
|Sewell||Yost||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
We're rolling out full details on Monday, but wanted to let everyone know to save next Saturday morning for a special event we'll have going on at FC Dallas Stadium.
Our first-place and defending USSDA National Champion FC Dallas Academy is inviting everyone to Frisco for FC Dallas Academy Day on Saturday, May 18th.
The Under-18s will play a crucial division match against Real Colorado starting at 10:00AM while the Under-16s will play at 12:30PM.
Admission is free to the event and we will have many of the game elements you see during FC Dallas games including FC Drum and the FC Dallas Girls.
Stay tuned for more information coming next week!
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!
By Jesse Suarez
Saturday, May 4
We started the day with a two and a half hour drive back to the training facilities of Wronki. The boys started very quickly out of the gate. Sebastian Gordillo struck a 25 yard shot in the upper 90 to make the game 1-0 in favor of FCD in just the first minute. Lech Poznan kept an aggressive attack throughout the first half and found the back of the net in the 39th minute when Gras Ernest scored. The second half became a counter attack battle and saw even possession from both teams, but neither team could find the final touch and the game ended at 1-1.
FC Dallas 96' Pre Academy-1
Lech Poznan - 1
FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 56' ), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn, Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Kody Korleski 60), Sebastian Gordillo, Christian Ramirez
1' Sebastián Gordillo
39' Gras Ernest
The 97's and Lech Poznan played hard to a 0-0 draw in the last game of the week
FC Dallas 97' Pre Academy - 0
Lech Poznan 97's(First place in Polish league) - 0
FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irving Dominguez, Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie Zuazua (Joel Avilez 35) (Duncan James 54), Weston McKennie, Richard Tapia (Daniel Kiser 35) (Teague Loughmen 62), Alejandro Martinez
Right after the game, we drove to the Lech Poznan professional game. This was a game in which Lech won 1-0. It was an amazing experience for both the players and staff. We saw their ultra fans at their best and the atmosphere couldn't have been better!
Sunday, May 5
We are now heading back to the States. We will start with a 2 hour drive to Poznan, followed by a 2 hour flight to Munich, Germany. We then had a 9 hour flight to Chicago. From Chicago, we finished our journey back home into Dallas!
On behalf of FC Dallas, the players, parents, and coaching staff, we would like to thank the following people for their great hospitality and welcoming us to their beautiful country! Without them our visit would not have been the same!
Zygi "Bus Driver"
Thank you and WE will never forget you guys!