The CONCACF U-20s are in full swing down in Jamaica and FC Dallas players have played a big part in the tournament as Mexico and the USA look to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Let's take a look at how both of our FC Dallas professional players have done as well as a quick look at an Academy player making headlines.
Jesse Gonzalez and Mexico U-20s perfect through three games
It's been a fantastic tournament for Jesse Gonzalez and the Mexico U-20s who look set to cruise to one of the two automatic qualifying spots.
Mexico is a perfect 3-0-0 in the tournament with an astounding +13 goal differential. FC Dallas Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has played every minute of all three games in goal for Mexico allowing just one goal for El Tri.
The Mexican U-20s won their first match against Cuba by an astounding 9-1 scoreline, following that up with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Canada. In their third match of the tournament, Mexico impressively dispatched of Honduras by a 3-0 score to solidify their spot at the top of the group.
Judging by the highlights, Gonzalez hasn't had a ton of work in his two shutouts, though stiff tests await in El Salvador and a potential U-20 Championship game. Mexico can clinch the top spot in the group and a place in the 2015 U-20 World Cup with a win over El Salvador on Monday.
Up and down for Kellyn Acosta & USA U-20s
Team captain Kellyn Acosta and the US Soccer U-20s have had an up and down tournament so far in Jamaica going 1-1-1 and finding themselves in third place in the group with two matches left.
In their first match against Guatemala, the United States led 1-0 late in the match before FCD Academy player Andy Ruiz scored surely the goal of his life on a 20-yard volley to send the game to a 1-1 tie.
The next match was a crucial game against a very good Panama side that the United States surprisingly dropped 1-0 leaving them in a tough position near the bottom of the group.
USA bounced back with a huge 8-0 win over lowly Aruba that shot the US back up to third in the group standings. Kellyn Acosta started and played the first two matches for the US U-20s as captain.
The United States certainly has their work cut out for them in the next week with games against hosts Jamaica on Sunday and Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday. The US needs to finish at least third to qualify for the one-game knockout round with the winner advancing to the U-20 World Cup.
FCD Academy's Ruiz leads surprising Guatemala U-20s
RUIZ Golazo vs US
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the CONCACAF U-20s has been Guatemala and FCD Academy midfielder Andy Ruiz scored the goal everyone was talking about in the 1-1 draw against the United States.
Guatemala has followed that up with wins over Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica giving them a great shot to either win the group or finishing second.
Ruiz has played every minute of the three matches scoring the goal against the United States.
Guatemala has games against Aruba and group-leading Panama left with two wins securing them the top spot in the group and a berth in the 2015 U-20 World Cup.
The FC Dallas U-14s are currently in Bolivia playing in the annual Tahuichi Mundialito representing Texas and the USA.
In their first match on Sunday, Chris Hayden's team played against Tahuichi, the host club, in front of more than 20,000 people after the opening ceremonies at the Estadio Ramon Tahuichi Aguilera.
According to Hayden, the team played mostly defensively through the first 20 minutes but settled down and nearly took the lead late in the half when Jesus Ferreira hit the post. FCD conceded two goals in quick succession right before halftime.
In the second half, they conceded once more to fall to a 3-0 defeat.
The U-14s bounced back on day two with a 3-0 win over Brazilian side Corumbaense.
Carlos Garcia opened the scoring in the first half before Adrian Morales and Garcia scored to seal the 3-0 win in the second half.
1-1-0 in the tournament, FCD closes out the group stage against Amador Plaza from Panama today. They'll play one more match after that to determine final seeding.
It's almost time for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships as the North American soccer scene starts to awake from the holiday slumber and FC Dallas Homegrowns will once again play a big part in the tournament which serves as qualifiying for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The Mexico roster was released just a few days ago and for the second-straight cycle, an FC Dallas Homegrown goalkeeper will be between the pipes for El Tri.
Jesse Gonzalez has been called up for the Mexico U-20s as one of two goalkeepers for a Mexico team that will face Cuba, Canada, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti from January 10th through 22nd with the top team from each group advancing to the U20 World Cup and the next four teams playing in playoff matches to also earn spots in the tournament.
The Unites States U-20 CONCACAF Championship team is set to be announced on Monday with Kellyn Acosta expected to be one of the midfield captains for Tab Ramos' squad.
The opening weekend of the 2014-2015 US Youth Soccer National League took place in Wilson, NC last weekend and the FC Dallas Premier U17 & U18 teams went undefeated in eight combined games. The teams will meet again in Florida in late December as they look to book a ticket to the National Championships in Tulsa in 2015. Here's a recap of the action:
FC Dallas 97 U18 Premier boys go 4-0 at National League play behind five goals from Sergio Lara
97 Premier defeated Fullerton Rangers 2-1 with Sergio Lara and Jose Benitez scoring in their first match. They followed that up with a 2-0 win over Albion SC White behind two more goals from Lara.
In their third match, 97 Premier defeated Chicago Fire Raiders Elite 4-1 with Lara scoring two more goals and Reece Schattle and Matt Rochowski scoring the other two goals.
They wrapped the perfect week up with a 3-0 win over Classics Eagles behind goals from Schattle, Rochowski and Alan Salazar.
FC Dallas 98 U17 Premier boys to 1-0-3 at National League opening week
FC Dallas 98 Premier openeed the week with a1-1 draw against SC del Sol 98 with Gerber Chavez scoring the goal for FCD. Next up was a 3-3 draw against Fullerton Rangers White behind two goals from Luis ZuaZua and a strike from Matthew Gonzalez.
In their third match, FCD 98 Premier tied Baltimore Celtic behind a strike from Gonzalez.
Finally, the 98s scored their first win of the week on the last day beating the Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy 6-0 with a hat trick from Adan Garcia and goals from Chavez, Gonzalez and Keegan McCombie.
Just one more camp stands between Tab Ramos' US U-20 National Team and CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying set to begin on January 9th in Jamaica.
Kellyn Acosta has once again been called in to camp in Honduras which will be the final tune-up before things get really serious. Here's the release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Dec. 12, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a roster for the USA’s final foreign training camp of the year from Dec. 15-22 in Honduras.
Nineteen players are headed to the camp, which will feature matches against the Honduras U-20s on Dec. 18 and 21 at Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula. The Dec. 18 game kicks off at 4 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET) and the Dec. 21 match at 2 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET).
This is the U-20 MNT’s final foreign training camp of the year before turning its focus on the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship starting Jan. 9 in Jamaica.
The USA roster for Honduras features nine of the 10 players who took part in the U-20 MNT’s recent domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.
The group also includes midfielders Russell Canouse and Romain Gall, who are the only two players to feature in all seven of the U-20 MNT’s international matches this year. Canouse leads the team with six starts and Gall is tied for third on the U-20s with two goals, both of which came during the USA’s 4-3 victory against Russia’s U-21 national team on Nov. 12 in Marbella, Spain.
The goalkeeping tandem of Santiago Castaño and Zack Steffen has accounted for six of the USA’s seven starts this year. Steffen, who officially signed with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on Friday, has posted shutouts in both of his matches – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia en route to the NTC Invitational title – and Castaño had a clean sheet during the USA’s 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 15.
The USA roster includes 18 players with ties to the Development Academy.
The U-20 MNT is 4-1-2 in international competition and 10-2-2 overall in 2014.
Following the Honduras camp, the U-20s will hold a pre-World Cup qualifying camp in Florida before departing for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA opens Group A play at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship against Guatemala on Jan. 9 at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica (5:30 p.m. ET kickoff).
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.),Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)
The FC Dallas Academy wrapped up their 2014 schedule with the USSDA Winter Showcase held in Florida over Thanksgiving weekend. We talked to our coaches and players about how the weekend went as the Academy went up against some of the best in MLS.
FCD U-18: 2
RSL U-18: 3
Christian Ramirez and Phillip Ponder scored for the U-18s in the opening-game loss to Real Salt Lake who currently sit atop the Southwest Division with a record of 11-1-3.
FCD U-18: 2
Seattle Sounders U-18: 0
Oscar Romero & Gonzalo Marquez tallied goals in the win for FC Dallas against a Sounders side that's in second place in their division.
FCD U-18: 2
De Anza Force U-18: 2
Aaron Meyer scored both goals for the U-18s in their final game of the Showcase against a De Anza Force team that is mid-table in the Northwest Division.
FCD U-16: 1
New England Revolution U-16: 1
Giovanni Montesdeoca found the back of the net for the FCD U-16s who earned a point against a Revolution team sitting in second place in the Northeast Division.
FCD U-16: 0
Orlando City SC U-16: 1
FCD dropped a 1-0 result to first-place Orlando City conceding a late goal in their first loss of the season.
FCD U-16: 2
The U-16s ended the Showcase on a strong note with Devin Vega scoring his team-leading 8th and 9th goals of the season to earn the U-16s three points.
FCD U-15: 2
San Antonio Scorpions U-15: 1
Jommar Reyes and Carlos Garcia scored for the U-15s in a win at San Antonio on December 7th to move to 7-0-0 on the year with 28 goals scored and 4 allowed
The annual Nike Friendlies were held over the last week in Florida as part of the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase with the US U-17 National Team facing England, Australia & Brazil over a week-long stretch.
Recent FC Dallas Homegrown signing Alejandro Zendejas played a huge part in the Nike Friendlies so let's take a look at his performances:
US U-17s defeat England U-17s 3-1
WATCH: USA 3 ENG 1
In the opening match, the US steamrolled England jumping out to a 2-0 halftime lead before winning 3-1. FCD midfielder Alejandro Zendejas scored the opening goal of the match on a really nice volley in the 11th minute before assisting on the third goal of the match in the 48th minute scored by Christian Pulisic.
Zendejas went 83 minutes in the match playing in an attacking two-way midfielder role for the U-17s.
U-17s come from behind to beat Australia 2-1
In the second match of the week playing a largely changed lineup, the U-17s fell behind early to Australia, but found a 15th-minute equalizer to send the match tied 1-1 at halftime.
Zendejas did not start the match, but subbed in at halftime for the U-17s who found a 69th-minute game-winner from Luca de la Torre to go 2-0 on the week at the Nike Friendlies.
U-17s fall 4-1 to Brazil in final match of Nike Friendlies
The United States needed just a draw against the Brazil U-17s to secure the Nike Friendlies trophy, but fell 4-1 to the South Americans in the final match of the week.
Richie Williams' team conceded an early goal to Evander before Christian Pulisic equalized in the 22nd minute. Another Brazil goal in the 42nd minute would send the hosts into halftime with a 2-1 lead. Two more goals in the second half sealed the emphatic win for Brazil.
Zendejas was once again in the starting lineup for this one playing all 90 minutes for the United States to finish the Nike Friendlies with nearly 2 1/2 full matches played out of the three.
Four teams qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI by winning the fourth annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram over the Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament consisted of six age divisions, U-11 through U-16, with winners of the four oldest divisions booking a spot in next year's prestigious Dallas Cup.
One FC Dallas Youth representative, our El Paso 98/99 affiliate team, qualified with a 1-0 win in the U-16 championship game over Dallas Texans 99 Boys Red.
In the U-15 division, IFC Houston Mana 00 beat FCDY 00 Boys Premier 4-0 in the final match.
Mexican powerhouse Tigres had two teams qualify for Dallas Cup through this year's tournament, beating FC Dallas 01 NPL 1-0 in the U-14 division and shutting out Solar Chelsea 02 Boys Red in the U-13 bracket.
In the two youngest divisions, the FC Dallas 03 Boys Premier team won the U-12 bracket after topping the U-12 Elite team from FCD's Monterrey affiliate, 4-1, and FC Premier 04 beat FC Dallas Youth 04 Boys Blue 2-1 in the U-11 championship.
Full tournament results and final standings from the Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram can be found HERE.
The FC Dallas U-18 and U-16 teams played their last competitive fixtures of 2014 before the Winter Showcase over the last couple weekends at the Toyota Soccer Center while the U-15s and U-13s continued their strong starts to the season, here's a recap of recent results:
November 15 vs Andromeda
Andromeda U-18: 0
FC Dallas U-18s bounced back from their loss to Dallas Texans with a big win over Andromeda on Saturday afternoon. Francisco Molina's team have five different goal scorers in the win with Santiago Agudelo, Weston McKinnie and Sadaq Mohamud scoring in the first half while Oscar Romero and Aaron Meyer scored in the second half.
FCD U-18 heads into the Winter Showcase at the end of November with a 6-2-0 record scoring 25 goals and allowing 12.
Andromeda U-16: 1
The FCD U-16s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win over Andromeda. Connor Presley scored just before halftime to equalize the match 1-1 at halftime. Wingers Devin Vega and Toshiki Yasuda found goals in the second half to move the FCD U-16s to 7-0-1 on the season.
Andromeda: U-15: 1
Javier Barajas & Paxton Pomykal scored for the FCD U-15s who are an incredible 6-0-0 with 30 goals scored and just 3 allowed this season. Prior to this match, Andromeda U-15s were 4-0-1 so this was certainly a solid win for the U-15s.
Andromeda U-14: 0
The FCD U-14s scored their biggest win of the season defeating Andromeda 7-0. Bryan Reynolds and Adriel Serrano scored twice while Eric Romero, Dylan Kline and Imanol Almaguer also found goals in the win.
Andromeda U-13: 0
The FCD U-13's scored a 1-0 win to move to 2-2-1 on the season.
November 9 vs Dallas Texans
Dallas Texans U-18: 3
The FCD U-18s suffered a tough defeat to Dallas Texans last week dropping a 3-2 result after leading 2-0 at halftime. Oscar Romero and Antonio Aguilar gave FCD a 2-0 halftime lead, but three goals in a 20-minute span in the second half earned Texans a huge win.
Dallas Texans U-16: 0
The FCD U-16s drew their first game of the season against Texans holding the majority of possession, but unable to find a breakthrough goal. This was their third shutout in a row.
Dallas Texans U-15: 1
Jommar Reyes, Simeon Salazar, Carlos Molina 2, Javier Barajas 3. Javier Barajas scored a hat trick in the win while Carlos Molina added two and Jommar Reyes and Simeon Salazar had the other strikes.
Dallas Texans U-14: 3
Jose Carlos Garcia scored in the U-14 defeat.
Dallas Texans U-13: 1
The FCD U-13's scored a 3-1 win to move to 1-2-1 on the season.
2014 AdvoCare Winter College Combine
UPDATE (12/19/14): Both combines are full and registration is now closed
UPDATE (12/4/14): Girls combine is now full, few spots remaining for Boys Combine
The AdvoCare Winter College Combine is designed to allow women’s and men’s college coaches to conduct training sessions to improve the players' technical and tactical aspects of the game. Through these training sessions, condition matches and a college seminar, these college coaches will provide players with insight to the demands of the college game and the college recruiting process.
*Space is limited to the first 60 boys and first 60 girls.
**An AdvoCare Winter College Combine adidas gift and Saturday lunch for each participant are included in the registration fee.
Dates: Saturday Dec. 20, 2013 and Sunday Dec. 21, 2014
Location: Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center
Who: Elite players U15 and older
Boys Saturday Schedule
9am-11am: Training session with college coaches
11am-12pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
12pm-1pm: College Seminar
1pm-3pm: 11v11 Games
Boys Sunday Schedule
9am-11am: Training session with college coaches
Girls Saturday Schedule
11am-1pm: Training session with college coaches
1pm-2pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
2pm-3pm: College Seminar
3pm-5pm: 11v11 Games
Girls Sunday Schedule
11am-1pm: Training session with college coaches
**The AdvoCare College Combine is open to all players regardless of club affiliation due to NCAA Rules.
|College programs registered to attend|
|Men's programs||Women's programs|
|SMU||Texas Women's University|
|Trinity University||Northwestern State University|
|Valparaiso University||University of Arkansas|
|Midwestern State University||University of Kentucky|
|University of Incarnate Word||Mississippi State University|
|University of Texas at Dallas||Stephen F. Austin University|
|Austin College||Oklahoma State University|
|Dallas Baptist University||University of Tulsa|
|University of Memphis||Hardin Simmons University|
|University of Dallas||Sam Houston State University|
|Northeastern State University||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Ouachita Baptist University|
*Additional coaches will be added. List subject to change.