FCD Juniors win final match of Dallas Cup

FCD Juniors prevail 2-1 over LD Alajuelense

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Craig Marcho

It has been a tough few days for the FC Dallas U18 Academy
in the Super Group of the 2010 Dallas Cup. On Sunday, FCD lost 4-2 to Chelsea
FC and on Tuesday, a controversial penalty kick call in the second half helped
CF Monterrey of Mexico to a 2-1 win.

That meant FCD was headed into Wednesday’s match with LD Alajuelense
looking for their first win of this year’s Dallas Cup.

After
trailing 1-0 following a goal by Alajuelense’s Diego Calvo in the 65th
minute, FCD rebounded with a pair of unanswered goals to prevail 2-1 in their
last match of this year’s tournament.

“I
think it was a fair result. In the first half, it was difficult getting the
boys pumped up for this game,” FCD assistant coach Francisco Molina said. “But
we showed a lot of pride in the second half. We never went out of our system.
We kept playing our same style. There at the end, they ran out of gas and we
pushed them. I think we deserved to win.”

The
clubs played to a 0-0 tie in the first half, which featured even play from both
sides.

In
the first minute of the second frame, Alajuelense nearly drew first blood on a
great chance inside the FCD box. However, FCD’s Jael Barrera stepped in to save
the day and executed a perfect clearance off the end line to preserve the
scoreless affair.

About
three minutes into the second half, FCD goalkeeper Zachery Downes made a great
stop on Alajuelense’s Alejandro Aguilar to keep things scoreless. However, in
the 65th, Calvo made a run with possession in the middle of
the field and struck a great ball that Downes had little chance to stop. In
a flash, the Costa Rican club was ahead 1-0.

Less
than a minute later, FCD’s Ruben Luna nearly drew things level but his shot
caromed hard off the post. However, just one minute later teammate Damion
Rosales drew thing level for FCD. After one of his teammates was stopped cold
by Alajuelense goalkeeper Mauricio Vargas, the rebound fell to Rosales, who
quickly punched one into the back of the net.

Things
remained deadlocked at one goal apiece until the 86th minute when
FCD’s Uriel Soto drained a perfect shot from just outside the top of the arc.
His blast from distance landed in the right side of the net and FCD had their
first lead at 2-1.

However,
Alajuelense had one last shot at making this one end in a draw. Just one minute
after Soto’s goal to put FCD ahead, Luis Solano looked to draw things level
again with a bomb from about 30 yards out. Once again, Downes was on point and
in perfect position as he was able to knock Solano’s rocket over the crossbar
to set up a corner kick.

Even
though FCD’s run in the Dallas Cup is now concluded, Molina was happy with how
his team rallied after going a goal down in the second half.

“This
group has been together for two years now. They know how to play together,” the
FCD assistant coach said. “We played hard. We showed a lot of pride. We’re very
disappointed in the first two games and we didn’t want to go out like that.
These guys and myself have been waiting for over 10 years to play in the Super
Group and I think that showed on the field. We’ve been waiting forever to play
in this situation and we’re there. I guess they opened our eyes. I think we
needed to get scored on for us to react.”