FC Dallas U16s closed out their group stage campaign in this year’s Generation adidas Cup on Tuesday evening with an upset 1-0 win over Spanish giants Real Madrid. Both teams were already out of contention as far as progressing to the semifinals after losing to Ecuadorian outfit Independiente del Valle earlier in the competition.
The first half was a goalless affair with chances coming for both teams, the best of which came for Dallas through Edwin Cerrillo who put the ball just wide of the post with only the goalkeeper to beat after his initial effort from point blank range was saved.
In the second half, more chances came on both sides with Michael Collodi coming up with a crucial key save early on in the half before minutes later, Brayan Padilla, one of the biggest talents of this age group for FCD, coolly finished inside the box after his first shot was blocked to give Dallas the lead. And despite some late huffing and puffing from the Merengues’ youth, that was the way it stayed at the final whistle as FCD managed to hold on for a seismic victory over the mighty Real Madrid.
- Nathan Toledo who had a rock solid display at the heart of the defense and was even unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first half.
- Alan Velasco who broke up a lot of promising Madrid moves as the shield in front of the rearguard.
- Forward Adrian Munoz who was key in helping create several openings for himself and his teammates in the match.
Overall though, it was a solid team performance against an opponent that featured as many as eight 17-year olds in their starting lineup in comparison to just the two in FCD’s XI.
Unfortunately though, the win wasn’t enough to see Dallas move on to the semifinals with Independiente taking the top spot in the group. Dallas finished on the same amount of points in the end as the Ecuadorians with six and even had a better goal difference of +2 to their -1, but the head-to-head result is what the deciding factor was here and because of that loss last Friday.
FCD’s participation in the GA Cup isn’t over yet though, as every team in the tournament is obligated to play a total of five matches regardless of their group stage results. As a consequence of finishing second in the group, FCD will now compete for fifth place in the cup, beginning with a fixture against another Spanish opponent in Malaga on Thursday afternoon.
The game against Real Madrid is available to watch on a replay of the live stream on the Major League Soccer YouTube channel.