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.