Academy Update: Teams return from U.S.S.D.A. Winter Showcase
FRISCO – The FC Dallas Academy teams returned from Florida last week after competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase from November 30 through December 4. The sides produced just a single win out of six matches collectively as the U-18s went 1-1-1 and the U-16s went 0-2-1. The Pre Academy teams also returned to action last weekend, but failed to score a goal as the sides posted two scoreless ties and a 1-0 loss.
The U-18s suffered some unfortunate luck to come away with a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on the first day of the Showcase. Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta gave FCD a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, but New York benefitted from an own goal in the second half to end the match in a tie.
The next day the U-18s took on D.C. United with several starters missing to take part in the Academy Select Game taking place on the same day. FCD suffered a 1-0 loss on the day, with United's Kennedy O'Shea scoring the lone goal in the 62nd minute.
The U-18s final match took place on Monday, December 3 against Columbus Crew Soccer Academy Wolves. After a scoreless first half, forward Bobby Edet gave FCD the lead in the 56th minute and midfielder Abdul Yassine scored the insurance goal in the 79th to seal the 2-0 victory.
The FC Dallas U-18s remain in second place in the Frontier Division with a record of 6-3-1.
After starting the season with seven straight wins, the U-16s mirrored the results of the U-18s in many ways at the Winter Showcase, but for the lack of offense. The side also tied New York's U-16s in its first game, but in a match that ended 0-0.
The U-16s also lost to D.C. United in their second match, with D.C.'s Joshua Bender scoring the game-winner in the 31st minute. Also like the U-18s, the side was missing several starters to the Academy Select Game that same day.
And the result from the match between the FC Dallas U-16s and the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy Wolves also ended 2-0, but in favor of Columbus. Crew midfielder Ken Krolicki opened the scoring in the 12th minute and defender Jimmy Fiscus secured the second goal in the 49th.
The results dropped the U-16s to second in the Frontier Division with a record of 7-2-1.
FC Dallas U-15s: 0
Texas Rush: 0
The U-15s returned after a month off and played Texas Rush to a scoreless draw. The stalemate kept FC Dallas undefeated with a record of 4-0-2.
FC Dallas U-14s: 0
Texas Rush: 1
The U-14s suffered their first loss of the season as they fell to Texas Rush 1-0. The FC Dallas U-14s record dropped to 4-1-2.
FC Dallas U-13s: 0
Texas Rush: 0
The U-13s also ended in a 0-0 tie with Texas Rush. The side remains undefeated with a record of 6-0-1.
Up Next: vs. Texans SC Houston
All five teams will host Texans SC Houston at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex this weekend in their final matches of 2012. The Academy teams will play on Saturday, December 15 and the Pre Academy teams will play on Sunday, December 16.
Acosta, Kellyn vs. New York – 17'
None vs. D.C. United
Edet, Bobby vs. Columbus – 56'
Yassine, Abdul vs. Columbus – 79'
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U-14 Pre Academy:
U-13 Pre Academy: