FRISCO, Texas -- The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team won their final group stage game of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII thanks to a brace scored by Homegrown striker Jonathan Top and a third stoppage time goal by Academy forward Bobby Edet against Santa Clara Sporting of California.
Santa Clara put the pressure on FC Dallas in the early going, earning three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes of the match. But all the chances were ushered out by the Dallas defense to maintain the clean sheet.
FCD broke through on the score sheet after earning a free kick just outside of the Sporting box. Midfielder David Robledo stood over the ball, but only as a distraction as captain Mikey Ambrose came from the left side to pass the ball to Top on the right, who blasted the ball into the back of the net for his second goal in as many games for the Academy squad.
Much of the remainder of the game was a back-and-forth affair, with each side testing the other's goalkeeper, but neither scoring until the 73rd minute when Top scored a brace against the run of play.
It was all FC Dallas from that point on, with Edet's goal coming just before the final whistle to earn the 3-0 result.
FC Dallas still stands a chance of advancing out of the group stage, but will have to wait and see how the remaining Gordon Jago Super Group games shake out.
Other FC Dallas action at Dallas Cup XXXIII
The U-16 Academy team won their third straight match of the tournament, beating NM Rush Nike 4-1 to advance to the U-17 quarterfinals. They'll face Germany's Rot Weiss Essen, who won Group B on goal differential over Dallas Texans Red with a record of 2-0-1.
The 95 Premier team lost their final match to CZ Elite FC 2-1 and have been eliminated from the tournament with a record of 1-0-2. Also eliminated with a loss today was the U-14 Pre Academy team, after dropping a 2-1 result to Milan FC Rossoneri of California to finish with a record of 1-1-1.
The 98 Premier team also lost by a 2-1 score on Wednesday to the LA Galaxy Academy to be eliminated from the tournament with a record of 2-0-1. And lastly, the 99 Central team won their final match against the Braden River Rage by a score of 4-2, but the win wasn't enough to overturn the team's first two losses, as they had already been eliminated from contention.