DALLAS -- Homegrown stiker Jonathan Top scored the lone goal for the FC Dallas U-18 Academy squad in Monday's 1-0 win over Tigres of Mexico, the same club that beat FCD 5-0 to eliminate the U-18s in last year's Dr Pepper Dallas Cup semifinals.
Top's goal came late in the first half after a buildup by FC Dallas ended with midfielder Flavio Guzman sending a cross into the box. Top's goal would prove to be the game-winner in a tightly contested match.
Prior to Top's tally, the majority of the first half was back-and-forth in the midfield, but despite the mostly even possession, FCD did produce more scoring chances in the first half.
The second half saw Tigres put more pressure on the Dallas defense, but Homegrown goalkeeper Richard Sanchez was up for every challenge that came his way as he maintained the clean sheet.
The win kept the U-18s hope of advancing out of the group stage alive. Manchester United also won on Monday, beating Santa Clara Sporting 5-2. With an FCD win and a United loss on Wednesday, Dallas could win their group or advance via the wild card. FC Dallas will face Santa Clara Sporting at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex Wednesday afternoon.
Other FC Dallas action at Dallas Cup XXXIII
The U-16 Academy side won for the second day in a row, putting together another come-from-behind win to beat TSF Diablos of New Jersey 2-1 on Monday. After going down a goal in the first half, FC Dallas got second half goals from Abdul Yassine and Diego de la Tejera to pull out the victory. The U-16s will face New Mexico Rush Nike on Wednesday afternoon for the chance to win their group and advance to the U-17 quarterfinals.
Also competing in the U-17 bracket, the 95 Premier team dropped a 1-0 result against Chicago Magic Academy on Monday. They'll need a win against California's CZ Elite FC if they hope to advance to the quarterfinals. The FC Dallas U-14 Pre Academy earned a comeback 1-1 draw against the Chicago Magic, and they stand a chance of winning their group when they face Milan FC Rossoneri on Wednesday.
In the U-14 bracket, the 98 Premier team picked up a big 9-0 win with Adan Garcia and Bernie Zuazua each scoring a brace and Austin Day, Fino Garcia, Jessi Najera and Antonio Perez each scoring. They'll play the LA Galaxy Academy on Wednesday for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.
Lastly, the 99 Central team dropped a 4-2 result to FC Golden State, eliminating their chance of advancement. They'll face the Braden River Rage in their last match of the tournament on Wednesday.