While yesterday may not have been the best for the FC Dallas first team, there's some great news coming out of Dallas Cup as the FC Dallas Academy defeated Barcelona 3-1. Playing a first XI with four of the homegrown kids(Ulloa, Top, Leyva and Hernandez), the bigger FCD side did a good job of absorbing the early Barca pressure and hit quickly on the counter attack. You can read my recap of the Sunday tripleheader here
-What a huge day for the FC Dallas Academy Whether or not the Barcelona team was a couple of years younger, this FCD team was pretty much in control for the whole time. You can really tell the professional class coming out in the homegrowns and players like Michael Ambrose and Jack Coleman who have also had time with the first team in reserve matches. The future is bright folks, very bright.
-The best game I've seen Jonathan Top play This was probably around the fifth time overall that I've seen Top in action and this was by far his best performance. He held the ball up well, made smart decisions almost every time and got good shots off when he was given the chance. Top finished with a goal and an assist to round off the impressive performance. I chatted with him for a minute after the game and he said this Barcelona team was comparable to the one they played last year in Holland, but FCD just played brilliantly.
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-Leyva also fantastic You would expect Brian Leyva to play up to expectations in a game like this and he certainly did. He was at the heart of two goals for FCD and earned oohs and aahs from the crowd on multiple occasions. You always have to be careful to project young attacking talent because we've seen what can happen when expectations fail to meet results, but between Leyva, Top, Daniel Garcia and Jose Perez there is a great chance to get another attacking contributor to the FC Dallas first team from the Academy.
-Don't discount Barcelona This group is a long ways from over with FCD having an extremely tough game left against the Japan U18 on Wednesday. Barcelona finally got their motor going with about ten minutes left in the game pulling one goal back and having another one called back because of a very close offside call. FCD absolutely has to win their game against CS Cartagines today if they want to make a historic run to the title.
-Remaining games Barcelona plays Japan(and their hundreds of vocal fans) today at 2PM on PHP Field 6 while FCD plays Cartagines at 6PM on Field 8. Monday of Dallas Cup week is very cool in that you can see all the big teams on the outer fields and get right up close with some of the stars of tomorrow
Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News recaps the FCD win