Academy Update: Teams outscore opponents 25-1
Editors note: Beginning this week, we will also have a video Academy Update with highlights from select matches & interviews with players on the previous week's game.
FRISCO – The FC Dallas U-18s got back on the track this weekend, and the U-16s and three Pre Academy teams all remained undefeated while outscoring their opponents 25-1 on Sunday.
FC Dallas U-18s: 3
Sporting Kansas City: 1
The U-18s bounced back from a tough weekend in Colorado to hand the division-leading Sporting Kansas City U-18s their first loss of the season on Sunday. Dallas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to U.S. U-17 Residency product Fernando Laverde in the 11th minute. Homegrown midfielder and fellow Residency veteran Kellyn Acosta followed suit 11 minutes later to make it a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute. Laverde scored a second goal in the 58th minute to pad the lead to 3-0. Sporting KC's Erik Palmer-Brown pulled one back for the visitors in the 84th minute, but it was too little too late as FC Dallas came away with the 3-1 win over the previously perfect Kansas City.
The U-18s climbed to third place in the Frontier Division, behind Kansas City and Real Colorado, respectively.
FC Dallas U-16s: 6
Sporting Kansas City: 0
The U-16s improved their record to a perfect 6-0 over the weekend with a 6-0 win over Sporting Kansas City's U-16s, who were also unbeaten heading into the matchup. The match started out quietly, with the first goal coming near the end of the first half from Ryan Gaugham in the 39th minute. The FC Dallas lead doubled on the other side of halftime after Sebastian Gordillo scored in the 50th minute. After that, Santiago Agudelo scored goals in the 52nd, 67th, 69th and 77th minutes to bring his team-leading season total to eight goals on the year and give FCD the comfortable 6-0 win.
The U-16s remain in first place in the Frontier Division with a perfect record and a staggering goal-differential of +18 through six games.
FC Dallas U-15s: --
Classics Elite: --
The U-15s didn't play this weekend due to the Classics Elite U-15s forfeiting their match on Sunday. Last time the two teams met FC Dallas defeated Classics 9-0. The FCD U-15s remain unbeaten in 2012 and are still second in the Texas Pre Academy behind the Houston Dynamo.
FC Dallas U-14s: 9
Classics Elite: 0
The U-14s posted an impressive win over Classics Elite, defeating their San Antonio-based counterparts 9-0. Malik Key scored a hat trick in that match and Christian Nunez bagged a brace. Jose Barrera, Orlando Rodriguez, Duncan James and Damian Hernandez also scored a goal apiece to the dominant victory. The win nudged the U-14s up a spot to second in the Texas Pre Academy standings behind only the Texas Rush.
FC Dallas U-13s: 7
Classics Elite: 0
The U-13s also earned a lopsided shutout by beating Classics 7-0. Aksel Gerber scored a pair of goals in the game, while David Castillo, Aidan Tibbets, Simeon Salazar, Eric Secor and Bailey Craft each chipped in a goal in the rout. The U-13s remain atop the Texas Pre Academy with a perfect season through the first six games played.
Up Next: at Colorado Rapids
The Pre Academy teams will be idle for just over a month, but the Academy teams will be back on the pitch this weekend as they travel back to Colorado for the second time in two weeks to take on the Rapids.
Laverde, Fernando (2) – 11', 58'
Acosta, Kellyn – 22'
Gaugham, Ryan – 39'
Gordillo, Sebastian – 50'
Agudelo, Santiago (4) – 52', 67', 69', 77'
U-15 Pre Academy:
U-14 Pre Academy:
Key, Malik (3)
Nunez, Christian (2)
U-13 Pre Academy:
Gerber, Aksel (2)