We've been tracking it here on Big D Soccer since the start of the tournament and our local homegrown goalkeeper Richard Sanchez and Mexico are headed to the final of the U17 World Cup! In a game that can only be described as epic, Mexico defeated Germany 3-2 through an 89th minute bicycle kick goal and equalized on a rare olimpico(goal straight from a corner that touches no one and goes in).
What an amazing accomplishment and what great experience for the young Sanchez as they will face Uruguay in the U17 World Cup Final on Sunday afternoon from the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. I know a lot of you are anti-Mexico, but if there is one time you'll root for El Tri make it this one. I've watched this team through most of the tournament and they're about as fun to watch as it gets.
Meanwhile, our U18 Academy begins their quest for a national championship tomorrow.
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US Soccer Development Academy Finals Week commences on Saturday for FC Dallas. The finals week is set up with two groups of four teams, the eight winners of their groups from the playoffs in Frisco a couple of weekends ago, and the winners of each group will face off in the championship match.
Dallas opens group play on Saturday against Baltimore Bays Chelsea then faces CASL Chelsea FC on Monday before rounding out group play against Weston FC on Wednesday. It's tough to know anything about these teams and how the would match up to FCD as none of them have played a Texas team this season. CASL should be the toughest opponent having gone 19-3-3 this season. If FCD can qualify for the championship game, it will be shown live on ESPNU next Friday.
Good luck to all of our Homegrown and Academy players as they bring FC Dallas more prestige across the region.