The youth soccer scene was alive and well in Dallas over the weekend as the 35th annual Dallas Cup tournament kicked off on Sunday.
U19 Gordon Jago Super Group
FC Dallas Academy 0 - 4 Fulham FC
The FC Dallas U18 academy team had a tough outing in their first Dallas Cup match as they faced the defending Dallas Cup Super Group champions Fulham FC. The EPL academy side raced out to a large early lead on the young Hoops thanks to a hat trick by Fulham forward Moussa Dembele. The 17-year old Dembele started for the Fulham senior side just two weeks ago.
Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez started in goal for the Academy side but had a tough day. He helped cause a penalty kick late in the first half as he took down Emerson Hyndman, grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman.
Luchi Gonzalez's U-18 FC Dallas side continues Dr Pepper Dallas Cup play on Monday afternoon against Brazilians Coritiba FC at 6:00PM at Richland College and admission is free.
US U 20 3 - 2 River Plate
Kellyn Acosta captained the U20 side to their first win of the tournament. Acosta helped set up the game-winner in the 78th minute as he drew a penalty kick. Ben Spencer scored two goals, including the penalty drawn by Acosta to help seal the win.
The U.S. U-20 Men's National Team hopes to be the first US team to win the Super Group in the last eight years. The U.S. U-20 MNT is back in action against German club Eintracht Frankfurt at 4 p.m. Monday at Richland College.
North Texas sides do well in first day
Teams from the North Texas area had a really strong showing in the first day of the Dallas Cup. Out of the 35 teams competing in this year's tournament, 18 posted wins on Sunday with the day's record ending with a positive 18-11-6.