Finals Week: Game One
Katie Edgar

Finals Week: U-18s earn win, draw in first two games

Match One: FC Dallas 1, Baltimore Bays Chelsea 0

The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team won their first game of USSDA Finals Week in Milwaukee, Wis. off an early goal by Home Grown forward Jonathan Top to edge Baltimore Bays Chelsea 1-0.

FC Dallas controlled the possession early on and were rewarded for their work in the 11th minute. Midfielder Danny Garcia received a throw-in on the right flank and sailed a cross into the box. His pass found Top at the near post and the young professional beat goalkeeper Andrew Harris to give the Dallas side the 1-0 lead.

Garcia and Top connected again to nearly double the lead for FCD in the 28th minute, but Top’s second shot on goal was held by Harris.

Baltimore established consistent pressure through the end of the first half, but Dallas goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes came up with three big saves to maintain his clean sheet. Cortes was aided by the defensive work and timely clearances of center back Boyd Okwuonu to take the advantage into the break.

READ: Okwuonu blogs after the first two days of Final Week

The second half was slowed down by yellow cards and Baltimore manufactured three more quality chances to tie the game, but Cortes proved up to the task each time to post a shutout.

Man of the Match: Jonathan Top

Scoring Summary:

FCD – Top 11’

Misconduct Summary:

BBC – Gamble (caution) 33’
BBC – Greensfelder (caution) 57’
FCD – Top (caution) 58’
BBC – McHugh (caution) 60’
BBC – Moses (caution) 79’

FC Dallas Starting Lineup
Cortes, Acosta, Okwuonu, Coleman, Hernandez, Ulloa, Robledo, Guzman, Leyva (Laverde 87’), Top (Perez 76’), Garcia (Ambrose 82’)

Baltimore Bays Chelsea Starting Lineup
Harris, Wulff, Calahan, Shinsky, Harris, Greensfelder (Vosrick 63’), McHugh, Moses, Glos (Hernandez 22’, DeGraffenreidt 83’), Gamble, Somerville

Match Two: FC Dallas 2, CASL Chelsea FC 2

In their second match of Finals Week, the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team earned a 2-2 draw with North Carolina’s CASL Chelsea FC. After going down a goal in the first half, Dallas took the lead off goals by midfielders Daniel Garcia and Victor Ulloa before CASL managed to tie the match in the 88th minute.

CASL was the first team to break through in an evenly matched first half when FCD goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes fouled Chelsea midfielder Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler in the box to concede a penalty kick. Forward Monbo Bokar converted the kick to give his team the lead in the 22nd minute.

FC Dallas waited until the third minute of first half stoppage time to tie the game when Daniel Garcia fired a shot from the top corner of the box that beat CASL goalkeeper Paul West.

The game remained tied for much of the second half until the 80th minute. Home Grown midfielder Victor Ulloa fired a shot on goal that was saved by a diving West. FCD defender Michael Ambrose collected the rebound and returned it to Ulloa who converted his second attempt to break the tie.

CASL equalized eight minutes later when Bokar received the ball off a throw in and fired a shot to the far post to level the score at 2-2 with two minutes remaining. FC Dallas produced two last-gasp efforts to regain the lead in stoppage time, but were denied by the crossbar and a CASL defender’s goal line clearance.

The draw puts the teams in the top half of Group Two with CASL earning the top spot based on goals scored after winning their first game 3-0 compared to FCD’s 1-0 victory on day one.

FC Dallas will next face Florida’s Weston FC in their final group stage match on Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. CT. Led by 2011 Coach of the Year Marcelo Neveleff, Weston FC have been outscored 5-0 by opponents through the first two games of Finals Week.

Man of the Match: Victor Ulloa

Scoring Summary:

CASL – Bokar (penalty) 22’
FCD – Garcia 45’+
FCD – Ulloa 80’
CASL – Bokar 88’

Misconduct Summary:

CASL – Paye (Yellow Card) 16’
FCD – Acosta (Yellow Card) 32’
FCD – Coleman (caution) 65’

FC Dallas Starting Lineup
Cortes, Hernandez, Coleman, Okwuonu, Acosta, Ulloa, Leyva, Guzman, Garcia (Ambrose 63’), Top (Pinal 63’), Perez (Robledo 72’)

CASL Chelsea FC Starting Lineup
West, Pace (Paussa 70’), Liberatore, McAnallen, Steber, Morales, Paye, Ray (Roque 63’), Vandermaas-Peeler, del Rosaria (Oliver 52’), Bokar