Generation Adidas Semi-Final Recap: FC Dallas lose 3-0

Scott Brown

The FC Dallas U-16 Academy side loses the semi-final of the Generation Adidas cup 3-0 to the Real Salt Lake Academy side.

The FC Dallas U-16 academy side were unable to fend off a strong Real Salt Lake team who were very dominant on the day. Here's a little recap on how the game went:

First Half:

It was RSL who were the stronger of the two teams in the first quarter of the game, as they notched 9 shots in those 17 and a half minutes (teams play two 35 minute halves due to the condensed schedule of the tournament.)  However, they were not able to get any great chances due to a strong FCD back line and a couple easy saves from FCD keeper Furrer.

The RSL side kept most of the possession through the half playing just like the first team with their tiki-taka style and seemed the more dangerous of the two sides, but FCD looked to find holes in the defense on counters.

The best chance of the first thirty minutes came when Tate Schmitt of Real Salt Lake took a one touch volley off a chipped ball but Ponder for FCD made a goal line clearance which then struck RSL's Silva and went in the goal, but was correctly called back for a hand ball on Silva.

Another strong chance came when RSL's Saucedo took a dipping shot that went just over the crossbar from 20 yards out. Right after this, Saucedo gets the ball 45 yards from goal and takes an audacious shot that falls just under the cross-bar and scores a stunner. Amazing shot that is surely one of the best goals ever seen at Toyota Stadium.

That was it for the first half as RSL leads 1-0 at halftime but they are outshooting FCD 12-1.

Second Half:

5 minutes into the second half, RSL double their lead as Saucedo plays a cross in off a free kick and the keeper bobbles it onto Doughty's feet who easily knocks it into the goal. Big mistake from the FCD keeper who will surely be disappointed not to hold onto that ball.

Just four minutes later Doughty notched his second goal of the match as he receives a pass from Saucedo and dribbles past the keeper and slots it into the goal making it 3-0.

It has been all RSL in the first 45 minutes of the match as Dallas have not moved the ball up the pitch on many occasions and have not created any dangerous shots when in their attacking third.

FCD made four subs by this point to try and use fresh legs to make a late push with 25 minutes left in the match. The team looked fatigued in the back with this being their fourth match in 5 days and struggled to step the back line up quickly enough to press RSL on several occasions and RSL's tiki-taka style doesn't make this any easier on them.

FCD had their best chance of the game when David whipped in a low cross that nearly found the feet of Duncan James who could have easily placed it into the back of the net if not for a great last second tackle from RSL.

Immediately after RSL had a counter attack where Ovaje plays a ball into Doughty who crosses it into Saucedo who could have made it 4-0 but Furrer made a strong save to keep the game somewhat in reach.

Duncan James leaves the pitch for FCD after only 10 minutes of play after suffering two injuries in this short time on the field; hoping for a quick recovery for him.

That was about it for the match as FCD started to get forward a bit more as RSL relieved pressure, but The Hoops were still unable to find a consolation goal as RSL showed their class by closing out a very dominant game (in which they won 3-0) in style.

RSL advance to the Generation Adidas final to play Stoke City on Sunday in Toyota Stadium at 11AM, while FCD will host Flamengo in the 3rd place match.

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