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FC Dallas Academy Falls to Pateadores in Development Academy Final

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It's been an amazing season for the FC Dallas Academy, advancing all the way to the national championship game, but it wouldn't have a storybook ending as two goals from Jose Villareal sunk Dallas to a 2-1 defeat. 

Pateadores would take advantage of a flat start from FC Dallas, scoring an early free kick goal that was beautifully bent around the wall by Villareal. Slowly through the first half, Dallas would find their feet, nearly equalizing on multiple occasions, but the California side took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Oscar Pareja rallied the troops in the second half and despite Daniel Garcia getting sent off for a second booking, Dallas would find an equalizer through Bryan Leyva. A fantastic chip from Michael Ambrose found Leyva unmarked on the far post and he would take down the ball, slotting home past an onrushing keeper.

Eventually Pateadores' man advantage would show and late in the second half Villareal would add his second, brilliantly taking a ball down at the top of the box, turning and slamming home a wonderful goal worthy of winning any championship. 

For Dallas, this is the end of the Academy road for stars like Victor Ulloa, Bryan Leyva and Moises Hernandez who have been with the Academy since the beginning and now fully turn their focus to breaking into the first team. Congratulations to the FCD Academy for a fantastic season and run to the championship game.