Neither rain nor sleet nor snow could stop the FC Dallas Academy in Colorado this weekend.
There was plenty on the line for both the U-18s and the U-16s and they came away with 12 points from four matches.
The red-hot U-18s took back first place in the USSDA Frontier Division with just three matches left, defeating Real Colorado 4-0 on Saturday and Colorado Rush 3-1 on Sunday morning. These were not any normal matches, however, as more than four inches of snow fell in Denver over the weekend creating some challenging conditions that they rose above.
"I'm very proud of the group and proud of the boys," said U-18 head coach Francisco Molina. "They were prepared under the conditions that we played in, snow, wind and ice. We took over the games and I'm very proud of the way the boys played. They finished off the game well, showed great fitness and everyone did a great job."
Six points from two matches, coupled with a Houston Dynamo U-18 loss, mean that the U-18s are now above Houston on PPG in the standings with three games left. Irvin Dominguez, Gustavo Lopez, Devin Vega and Toshiki Yasuda scored in a 4-0 win over Real Colorado while Lopez, Yasuda and Weston McKinnie scored in the second game.
The two wins showed the depth FCD has in their academy with multiple starters missing on international duty for the first match and then returning for Sunday's game.
"Our goal is to get the top seed for the playoffs so we can do well," said goalkeeper Ben Hale. "So now we've got to stay focused, keep on grinding and hopefully we can finish on top."
FCD plays Houston on the final day of the regular season, but will host Texas Rush, another team within striking distance of first place, on Sunday May 15th in their next match with just three games remaining this season.
"[It was snowing] Before, during, after and after and after," said Molina. "I want to recognize both clubs, especially Real Colorado because they did a great job at cleaning up the field and made the games happen. I take my hat off to both clubs."
U-16s clinch division with wins, eye #1 overall seed
The FC Dallas U-16s also earned six points from the weekend in Colorado to clinch the Frontier Division. They defeated Real Colorado 3-1 and Colorado Rush 3-0 to move to 20-2-0 on the year. They need just a couple more results to clinch the #1 overall seed in the USSDA Playoffs coming to the Toyota Soccer Center in late June.