FC Dallas U-18s fall short of championship game

FCD Juniors were one win short of being in the Finals Week championship game


Photo Credit: 
Foster Snell

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week is almost
over.  The round of group play has drawn
to a close and all that remains to be seen are the four matches that will
determine the rankings of the eight clubs, ending with the championship game
Saturday night.

The FC Dallas U-18s finished third in their group with one
win, one loss and one draw.  On Saturday
afternoon they will play Baltimore Bays Chelsea to determine who will finish sixth
and fifth place in the playoffs.

FCD started the week off strong on Sunday with a 1-0 win
over Crossfire Premier – the team that would go on to win group one and will
compete in the championship game. 

That game was deadlocked at zero after the first half, but
the game-winning goal would come off the right foot of Bradlee Baladez in the
75th minute.  The goal was
assisted by David Robledo.  The FC Dallas
defense held the opposition to just one shot on goal in that game to help
capture the shutout.

On Tuesday FC Dallas settled for a 1-1 draw with the Derby
County Wolves – the team that won the U-15/16 Championship last year.

Once again, the game went into the half tied at zero.  The Wolves would strike early in the second
though, taking a 1-0 lead off a 30-yard free kick strike in the 48th
minute.  But the lead didn’t last long;
FCD captain Victor Ulloa was able to score just one minute later to give the
game its final score of 1-1. 

FC Dallas had the lead in group one heading into the final
round of group play.  Their last match
was against CASL Chelsea FC Academy – a team that Dallas
defeated 3-1 back in May at the Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Florida.

The scoring started in the first half with CASL getting a
goal from defender Glenn Scott in the 27th minute.  The goal was assisted by Charles Root and CASL
would carry the 1-0 lead into the second half. 
That would change in the 61st minute though, as FC Dallas
would tie the game off of a Ruben Luna penalty kick.

It took only four minutes for CASL to reclaim the one goal
lead when Matthew Wescoe netted a pass from John Patrick Rafferty to make the
score 2-1.  Dallas would once again tie the game with a
goal from Jose Perez in the 87th minute. 

After 90 minutes the match was still tied at two.  CASL was able to score the heartbreaking
game-winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to bump FC Dallas from first
place in the group to third.  The goal
was scored by Charles Root and assisted by Matthew Wescoe. 

The group play results have FC Dallas facing Baltimore Bays
Chelsea Saturday afternoon in the fifth place match.  Baltimore
finished their round of group play with one win and two losses. 

Stay tuned to FCDallas.com for updates and results for the
FC Dallas Juniors teams.