Playoffs Day Five
Paul Bottoni

Recap: FCD U-16s 0, Sockers FC 1

FRISCO, Texas – The FC Dallas U-16s lost to Sockers FC of Chicago 1-0 in the team’s third and final USSDA Playoff match Tuesday at Field 13 of Pizza Hut Park. Both teams entered the game winless in group play.

FC Dallas forward Erick Chapa started for the first time of the Playoffs and pressured the SFC defense in the first half. FCD had a number of scoring opportunities against Sockers, whom only allowed 14 regular-season goals in 23 matches, but couldn’t turn chances into goals.

Sockers FC took the lead in the 24th minute when midfielder Michael Chang sent the ball past FCD goalkeeper Jose Gonzalez low to the near post.

Leading FC Dallas goal-scorers Bobby Edet and Victor Portillo came off the bench to start the second half. Like Chapa, Edet created a number of chances to knot the score. In the 52nd minute, Edet slipped past the Sockers defense into the box and sent a shot towards the goal, but hit the near post.

Dallas continued to pressure, but couldn’t get the ball past the Sockers FC goalkeeper and Chang’s goal stood as the game-winner.

PHOTOS: FC Dallas U-16s 0, Sockers FC 1

The FC Dallas U-16s lost 2-1 to CASL Chelsea FC of North Carolina in the Academy Playoffs opener. Dallas next faced top group seed St. Louis Scott Gallagher of Missouri in the second group play match. FC Dallas held a 2-0 lead on St. Louis, but lost 3-2 after giving up two goals in the second half and another in stoppage time.

Group-winner CASL Chelsea FC will move on to the USSDA Finals Week held in Milwaukee, Wisc., July 9-15.

READ: U-18s clinch spot at Finals Week with 3-1 win

Scoring Summary:

SFC – Chang 24’

Misconduct Summary:

FCD – Cano (Caution 38’)
FCD – Ashby (Caution 67’)

FC Dallas U-16 Starting Lineup: Gonzalez, Toledo, Ashby, Frankenfeld, Laverde, Mejia, Coleman (Villalta), Cano, Dunbar (Portillo 41’), Rodriguez (Herrera 27’), Chapa (Edet 41’)