It was a largely successful Day Two across the FC Dallas organization, posting a 13-2-2 record as most teams began their Dallas Cup accounts, but two of the non-wins were in crucial matches for FCD Academy teams.
U-19s Drop Points Late, Likely Eliminated from Advancing
By Carter Baum
DALLAS - For a long stretch of the U-19s' second Super Group match, it appeared as though the team had overcome a Cotton Bowl defeat on Sunday and was set to take a big step in their hopes of advancing to the semifinals. But in the 91st minute, heartbreak struck as the 19s allowed Queretaro to equalize after a defensive miscommunication to take a 1-1 draw, almost assuredly eliminating their advancing hopes.
It wasn't the only stoppage-time goal of the match, as Joel Bustamante brought down a cross off his chest and finished a shot low into the corner three minutes after the 45th.
Dallas will close out its Super Group slate with a meeting against Red Bull Brasil on Wednesday, with the Brazilians dropping a 4-1 result against Villarreal on an adjacent field. Red Bull and Queretaro meet on Tuesday and with a win from the Mexican side, Dallas would officially be eliminated from contention before they next take the field.
U-17s Finish Second, Set for Quarterfinals Tuesday
By Garrett Melcer
FRISCO—FC Dallas U-17s fell 2-1 to West Ham United in their final Group Stage match on Monday afternoon at Toyota Soccer Center.
Despite having already qualified for the Quarterfinals courtesy of two wins on Sunday, head coach Matias Asorey decided to field his strongest lineup featuring three North Texas SC players—David Rodriguez, Ricardo Pepi and Dante Sealy.
FC Dallas conceded early to a West Ham counterattack and struggled to get back in the game in the first half. Although having the majority of the ball, the U-17s failed to create many scoring opportunities in the first 25 minutes—partly due to the windy conditions
“I think it was tough, the first half we played against the wind and we still had the ball and we still attacked,” said head coach Matias Asorey. “Maybe in the second half we should have taken more advantage of the wind, but we’re used to it so it’s not an excuse or necessarily that big of an advantage for us.”
The second half played out in much the same way as the first. FCD continued to see more of the possession but were once again hit on a counterattack that led to West Ham doubling their lead. The game devolved into a physical battle which saw two West Ham players receiving red cards. Ricardo Pepi scored what turned out to be a consolation goal from the penalty spot with the very last kick of the game.
FINAL: Pepi adds a PK with the final kick of the match, but the FCD U-17s fall to @WestHamUtd 2-1 and finish second in #GACup Group A.— FC Dallas Youth (@FCDallasYouth) April 15, 2019
They’ll know a time and opponent for tomorrow’s quarterfinal match at the conclusion of today’s matches. pic.twitter.com/YOP1Q0w4u9
“The other team was efficient,” Asorey said. “With very little they got two goals, and we had most of the possession and most of the ball. If you’re going to lose a game, it’s now. It’s a good moment for our guys to reflect and get it out of the way and hopefully be ready for what starts tomorrow.”
The FCD U-17s will face Group B winner Dinamo Zagreb in the quarterfinal round tomorrow at 7:30 PM on Field 8 at Toyota Soccer Center.
U-14s Dominate in Super-14s Opener, Take 10-0 Win
By Carter Baum
DALLAS - It was a house divided as the U-14s opened their Univision Deportes Super-14s play Monday evening against South African club Ikapa United.
Throughout Dallas Cup, the families throughout the U-14 team are hosting kids from Ikapa United during their stay. The hosts struck early and often in a 10-0 trouncing of their invited guests. Jordan Jones led the way with a hat trick and Diego Hernandez had a brace as seven different U-14s found the scoresheet in the win.
"I think within the tournament, the three points is key and the amount of goals will come into play if we go into a tiebreaker, so it's just one game at a time but we're happy with the win," head coach Scott James said after the match, noting it was a likely mismatch for the opposition from the start. "I think a lot of them were younger from a maturation standpoint, but they showed a lot of grit and a lot of fight, so hopefully they get some results."
The 14s face stiffer competition in the remainder of their group stage, starting with SVSA DA on Tuesday morning before facing Tigres UNAL on Wednesday morning.
Full Scores - Monday, April 15
|U-19 Academy||Queretaro||D, 1-1|
|U-17 Academy||West Ham United||L, 2-1|
|U-15 Academy||Boston Bolts 04||W, 4-0|
|U-14 Academy||Ikapa United||W, 10-0|
|U-13 Academy||FC Golden State||W, 2-1|
|FCDY 00B Premier||BYSC Corona United||L, 1-0|
|FCDY 00 Boys||---||--|
|FCDY 01B Premier||Almaden FC Mercury||W, 3-1|
|FCDY 01B Central||Tigres Academy California||W, 4-0|
|FCDY 02B Premier||Albion SC||W, 5-0|
|FCDY 03B Premier||Diablos FC||W, 3-0|
|FCDY 04B Premier||Angeles Soccer Elite||W, 2-0|
|FCDY 05B Premier||Santa Clara Sporting||W, 3-1|
|FCDY 05B North Blue||TSC Hurricane 05||W, 4-0|
|FCDY 06B Premier||Pumas USA Kickers||W, 1-0|
|FCDY 06B Central Red||Westside Timbers SC||W, 3-0|
|FCDY 07B Premier||---||--|
|FCD Mexico 03||CSBRS Braden River SC||D, 1-1|
|FCD El Paso Del Norte 03||Central California Aztecs||W, 2-1|
|FCD Mexico 07||---||--|