FRISCO, Texas- FC Dallas U-19 Boys defeated St. Louis FC U-19 2-0 to move on to the final in the warm Southern California sun. The victory marked the fifth consecutive win for FC Dallas, who remain a perfect five for five in playoffs.
The first half was a back and forth affair, with neither team able to establish a clear foothold. St. Louis FC struggled to maintain possession and establish a rhythm due to constant pressing from FC Dallas and a tenacious defensive that was willing to snap into tackles. FC Dallas’s first attack was led by Johan Gomez who had a few half chances but was unable to find real space to punish St. Louis FC.
The game opened up in the second half, and both teams started to have chances. The deadlock was broken by midfielder Tanner Tessmann in the 51st minute when he cut inside onto his left and placed his shot in the far corner leaving St. Louis FC’s goalkeeper with no chance. St. Louis responded well to going behind, and FC Dallas had to ride their luck and continue to stay strong in defense.
FC Dallas remained dangerous on the counter and in the 80th minute won a penalty. Tanner Tessmann stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to give FC Dallas a 2-0 lead and put one foot in the final. While St. Louis FC tried to stage a late rally and had a few chances to steal a goal and set the stage for a dramatic finale, they could not find the right pass in the final third and FC Dallas was able to see out their victory.
FC Dallas are now onto the final and will play the winner of the late game between Sockers FC U-19 and NYCFC U-19, one game away from hosting the trophy. The final will take place on Wednesday, July 10th in California.