Rick Yeatts

Generation adidas Cup: U-17s edge Union, U-15s rout Crew

FRISCO, Texas -- The FC Dallas U-17s sit atop Group B in the Generation adidas Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Union 5-3 in penalty kicks Tuesday night at Pizza Hut Park.

The match started off with Philadelphia attacking early and often. The Union came close to tallying the game’s first goal in the eighth minute, but were called offside.

The game quickly became a physical battle, and Dallas struggled to get past Philadelphia’s midfield. Two of FCD’s main scoring chances originated with goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, who made his first appearance for Dallas since helping Mexico capture the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup earlier this month.

READ: Sanchez's blog from the U-17 World Cup in Mexico

Sanchez sent two goal kicks directly to a breaking Alfred Koroma, but the forward couldn’t capitalize on the chances.

The second half followed the script of the first, except it was Dallas who pressed the attack. But both teams refused to relent and each team’s attack was forced to battle its way up the pitch.

In the waning minutes of the half, FCD came close to scoring the game’s first goal.

In the 78th minute, Koroma managed to shake a Union defender long enough to send a blast from the top of the box toward Philadelphia goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who made a diving save. Moments later, in the 79th minute, defender Alessandro Mion missed netting the go-ahead goal by inches.

The Union made one last attempt before the half ended. In the 79th minute, Zach Pfeffer sent a blast over a leaping Sanchez, but the shot hit the crossbar and went out of play.

The score was tied 0-0 at the final whistle, sending the game to penalty kicks.

Dallas earned the right to shoot first, and forward Aaron Meyer netted the team’s first penalty kick. Sanchez then gave FCD the edge when he blocked Pfeffer’s attempt. Dallas went five for five in its attempts to top Philadelphia 5-3.

With the win, FCD took control of Group B over the Union, leading the group with five points. FCD’s next opponent will be the Seattle Sounders, who lost their first match in regulation to Philadelphia and fell in PKs to Sporting Kansas City in their second match. Dallas will face the Sounders Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. on Field 8 at Pizza Hut Park.

Scoring Summary:

Penalty Kicks:
FCD – Meyer – GOAL
PHI – Pfeffer – BLOCKED
FCD – Koroma – GOAL
PHI – Hambelton – GOAL
FCD – Laverde – GOAL
PHI – Wheaton – GOAL
FCD – Mion – GOAL
PHI – Alexander – GOAL
FCD – Acosta – GOAL

Misconduct Summary:
PHI – Kaschak 33’
PHI – Alexander 62’
FCD – Frankenfeld 63’
PHI – 74’

FC Dallas U-17 lineup: Sanchez, Frankenfeld, Ashby, Mion, Laverde, Acosta, Abdulranhman (De La Tejera Farias 41’), Parthain (Portillo 41’), Ortiz, Koroma, Edet (Meyer 58’)

FC Dallas U-15s 4, Columbus Crew U-15s 0

The FC Dallas U-15s opened their 2011 Generation adidas Cup campaign with a Pre Academy version of the Pioneer Cup as they defeated the Columbus Crew 4-0 Wednesday morning.

The match started out with FC Dallas controlling the possession and applying all the offensive pressure, but the home side failed to convert a handful of early scoring opportunities. FCD had three quality chances in the first half go just wide or high of the Columbus goal, and they mustered a couple of shots on target that were held by starting Crew goalkeeper Christian Grimme.

PHOTOS: U-15s 4, Columbus Crew 0

Columbus nearly found the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute when Crew winger Omar Mohamed broke through on the right side to get in one on one with the goalkeeper Sawyer Williams. Williams did well to come off his line to challenge Mohamed and block the winger’s shot to keep the match scoreless.

FC Dallas found the first goal a minute before the half when forward Sergio Lara buried a shot from the left side of the penalty area in the 39th minute. Dallas worked quickly to double their lead before the halftime whistle when Miguel Ojeda scored off a corner kick service in first half stoppage time.

The home side retained their form throughout the second half and doubled their lead with goals by forward Juan Amaro and Christian Ramirez in the 48th and 66th minute, respectively to win their opening match 4-0.

The next match for the FC Dallas U-15s will be at 8:30 Wednesday morning when they face Chivas USA, who defeated D.C. United 2-0 in their opening match. The winner of that game will take control of the top seed in Group A heading into the final group stage game this weekend.

Scoring Summary:
FCD – Lara 39’
FCD – Ojeda 40’+
FCD – Amaro 48’
FCD – Ramirez 66’

Misconduct Summary:
CLB – Townes 52’

FC Dallas U-15 lineup: Williams (Flores 63’), Korleski (Gaughan 59’), Murillo (Volkert 76’), Bradford (Martin 41’), Rodriguez, J. Salas (Salazar 63’), Ojeda, M. Salas, Lara(Mandelkorn 56’), Ramirez, Amaro