DALLAS - Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV rolled on Monday afternoon at a windy and chilly Richland College and the FC Dallas U-18s fell out of championship contention despite a spirited second half performance, falling to a 3-1 loss to Brazilian side Coritiba FC.
On Sunday, FCD was matched against 2013 Super Group champions Fulham FC and on Monday it was 2012 Super Group champions Coritiba FC across the field from Luchi Gonzalez's side.
Playing against the whipping wind in the first half, FCD was hit on the counterattack and fell behind in the 9th minute. Directly from a dangerous FCD free kick, the Brazilians quickly cleared the ball and were off to the races. Within seconds, the ball was in the back of the net and Coritiba took a 1-0 lead.
Coritiba doubled their lead in the 27th minute as a shot hit low to the far post beat Jesse Gonzalez in goal putting Dallas in a tough position as they needed a win to keep their hopes of advancing in the tournament alive. The Brazilians scored once again in the 34th minute as a fantastic cross was finished to put FCD into a three-goal deficit heading into halftime.
It would have been easy for the U-18s to fold, but they fought back with a strong second half. Whereas their efforts against Fulham FC didn't produce a goal, FC Dallas was rewarded for their hard work in the 52nd minute as an Aaron Meyer corner was flicked at the near post by Diego de la Tejera to Jordan Cano who headed home at the far post to cut the score to 3-1.
FCD nearly found another just minutes later as Antonio Aguilar was played through on goal, but his shot was stopped by the onrushing Coritiba goalkeeper to preserve the two-goal lead that the Brazilians wouldn't relenquish.
Qualification to the semifinals is now out of reach for the U-18's, but they will have an opportunity to win their third and final Dallas Cup Super Group game on Wednesday against Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna at 12:00 on Richland College Field #10.