Jesus Ferreira GA Cup Houston

ACADEMY: FC Dallas Homegrowns Lead U-16s to Top Spot in Generation adidas Cup Qualifying

FRISCO – Two weekends ago, FC Dallas Homegrown Jesus Ferreira was taking Buenos Aires by storm – scoring an ankle-breaking goal against the reserves of Argentine-giants River Plate. This past weekend, he – along with fellow Homegrown Bryan Reynolds – was leading the FCD U-16s to the top spot in Generation adidas Cup qualifying.

“It's always good to be playing and getting back to see some of my old teammates and getting the chance to play with them again,” he said. “It feels good because you always have that chemistry together.”

Date Opponent Result
Oct. 7 Crew SC W, 4-1
Oct. 8 Houston Dynamo W, 7-0
Oct. 10 Sporting KC W, 7-4
Feb. 17 Chicago Fire W, 6-0
Feb. 18 Toronto FC W, 1-0
Feb. 20 Crew SC W, 5-3

Ferreira’s 10-goal weekend in the first three games of GA Cup qualifying last October was a cementing factor in signing his first professional contract.

This time around, he scored a modest three goals in three games, but helped FC Dallas finish as the only undefeated team in the MLS Academy teams’ six-game qualifying schedule.  

“It was great to see them come in and be excited and be passionate about being in this event and then being humble by working their butt off. It showed all around,” Academy Director Luchi Gonzalez said of the Homegrown duo. “They worked hard for the group and the group worked hard for them. They’re all in this together.”

FCD is looking to reach the tournament Final for the very first time in 2017 after back-to-back defeats in the Semifinal round the past two tournaments. The tournament pits the MLS Academy clubs against some of the best Academies from around the world and as the only MLS side to reach the Champions Division knockout stage in either year, simply being there is not enough – especially when the tournament is played at your home.

“FC Dallas - that's how we do it. We try to always get first. We already knew that we qualified [this weekend], but we were still trying to play for first place,” Ferreira said. “We were one step away from being in the Final in our stadium [last year], so it's a little motivation inside us that we have to come back stronger.”

The 2017 Generation adidas Cup will be held from April 9-16 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco. Stay tuned to for full coverage leading up to and during the tournament.