U-18s deliver another winning performance
FRISCO, Texas – The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team earned their second win in as many days of competition at Dallas Cup XXXII at Pizza Hut Park Monday evening. After beating FC Barcelona 3-1 in their first Super Group game on Sunday, the U-18's encore was a 3-0 win over Costa Rican club CS Cartagines to put themselves atop their bracket with one more group game to go.
The game didn’t start off quite as thrillingly as the match against Barcelona that saw the Dallas side go up 3-0 through 55 minutes of play. In fact, the first goal of this game wouldn’t be found until the 65 minute mark.
But there were a handful of quality scoring chances before that for either side. In the first half FCD had chances by both Michael Ambrose and Bryan Leyva deflected just wide of the goal by the ‘keeper for Cartagines.
For the second day in a row FC Dallas goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes put on a Man of the Match quality performance, making multiple big-time saves, including a critical stop in the 43rd minute of the game.
The Costa Rican attack developed a two-on-one just before the end of the half that saw a shot ripped towards the right side of the net. Manning the middle, Cortes dove to his left to make a highlight-reel save and keep the match scoreless through the first half.
Cartagines was threatening again 20 minutes into the second half when Jack Coleman gained possession of the ball about 20 yards away from his own end line and to the left of the FC Dallas box. Coleman let loose a clearance that was aided by Frisco’s seemingly ever-present winds from the south. The Costa Rican goalkeeper was caught off-guard and misjudged the bounce that carried the ball into the net to give FC Dallas the 1-0 lead.
It was all FC Dallas from that point forward, as Home Grown player Bryan Leyva would bury an insurance goal from the top of the box in the 78th minute off an assist from Victor Pinal. Pinal would put the proverbial nail in the coffin in stoppage time by finishing a pass from the previous day’s third goal-scorer, Daniel Garcia.
The victory put FC Dallas at the top of their bracket through the first two games and eliminated any chance of CS Cartagines advancing to the Super Group semifinals after back-to-back losses. The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team will next face the Japan U-18 National Team on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas will advance to the semifinals with a win or a draw against Japan.
DAL – Coleman 65’
DAL – Leyva 78’
DAL – Pinal 91’
FC Dallas – Cortes, Ambrose (Rochowski 82’), Hernandez (Ramirez 89’), Coleman, Okwuonu, Ulloa, Robledo (Guzman 75’), Garcia, Leyva (Hagan 87’), Perez (Gamino 70’), Top (Pinal 69’).
Other FC Dallas action at Dallas Cup XXXII:
The U-16 Academy also won their second game in as many days after defeating the Jacksonville Fury 3-1 Monday afternoon. The U-16s won off a brace from Zach Dunbar and a PK goal by Ricardo Mejia. Through two games the U-16s have scored nine goals, with Mejia, Dunbar, Erick Chapa and Will Coleman each having scored two apiece.
The 96 Boys Premier team also earned their second win by beating the Houston Dynamo 4-1, as did the 97s by beating Sparta Premier PR 1-0. The 94s bounced back from their Opening Day loss with a 2-1 victory over TSF Academy Galacticos, and the 95s fell to Cosmos Academy West 4-0.
All six of the FC Dallas Premier and Academy teams will wrap up group play this Wednesday before the first quarterfinal rounds of the 2011 Dallas Cup begin on Thursday, April 21.