DALLAS - The FC Dallas U-18s opened the Gordon Jago Super Group with a 0-0 draw against Brazilian powerhouse SC Corithians Paulista at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI.
Having won their last four games in USSDA play, the U-18s come into the tournament in solid form and went toe-to-toe with the Brazilians throughout the match.
Corinthians held the majority of possession through the first half with FC Dallas making forays with quick counter attack. Homegrown signing Alejandro Zendejas started just a day after appearing on the bench for the FCD MLS match against Seattle and was very active down the right wing.
After getting to halftime with the score tied 0-0, the U-18s gained lots of confidence as the second half went on and nearly won the match through a Christian Ramirez chance that was saved well.
The draw keeps FCD very much alive in Gordon Jago Super Group play and they will play CF Monterrey of Liga MX on Monday afternoon at 4:00PM at Richland College.
"I thought that the boys left it all out on the field. We've been talking to the boys about how they have to drain themselves physically and leave it all out on the field," U-18 head coach Francisco Molina said after the match. "It's a very important tournament hosted by our club and I told them that we are backed up by the ownership, front office, first team, and to leave it out there with personality and character. I thought we probably deserved to win but that's part of soccer...I'm very proud of the boys but this is just the start. We can't relax and we have to put three games together in order to advance."