FRISCO, Texas- FC Dallas have become known for the amount of homegrown players on their team. With multiple training fields and consistent investment in youth, there is a strong belief that these academies will lead to first team players. Judging by the recent results of the FC Dallas youth teams, this belief and investment is very justified.
The playoffs have started at the academy level, for the U-19, U-17. These are teams filled with players from the North Texas area who have grown up with FC Dallas as the closet team. They are willing to fight for the badge, and that has shown with a combined 6-0-0 record as they have defeated every team they faced. The U-15s finished their season this past weekend at a postseason showcase also finishing with a 3-0-0 record.
The U-19’s have moved into the knockout round with 3 convincing victories, each by at least 2 goals and with 3 or more goals scored in each match. They started with a 4-1 victory, and followed that up with 3-0 and 3-1 victories. Multiple players have been important for the FC Dallas attack, and with 5 different scorers. Beni Redzic and Jorge Almaguer have each scored 2, and the dangerous Johan Gomez had led the line with 3 goals and some wonderful play. They have also stayed compact in the back with goalkeeper Michael Collodi conceding less than a goal a game on average.
The U-17’s have been just as impressive, winning their games by a collective scorline of 12-1 and move forward with a perfect record as well as some stellar attacking play. After a 3-0 victory, FC Dallas fell behind to early goals in two consecutive games, but responded with a bevy of unanswered goals. Their mental strength was so impressive that when they equalized in the second game, the goal to take the lead was so fast that the scoreboard did not represent the tie scoreline. The attackers of the U-17 have been particularly impressive, with Michael Sosa leading the team with 5 goals and David Rodriguez just behind with 4 goals himself. Head coach Matias Asorey said "I'm so proud of the players. They overcame two early goals and responded with a lot unanswered goals.”
FC Dallas has dominated every age group and the U-15s have been no exception. Despite not qualifying for playoffs, the FC Dallas team shows no evidence of letting up in their last few matches. While there have been more substitutions in these games the players on the field have been just as impressive. Carlos Sanchez was the start of the first game with 2 goals in a 3-0 win. Other players have impressed as well, with Diego Henandez scoring in the second and third game while in each game there has been a different player scoring the eventual winning goal.
Oceanside California has been a happy hunting ground for FC Dallas so far, and on the evidence displayed so far, there is every belief that not much will change in the knockout rounds.