FC Dallas’s oldest academy group completed their undefeated run at Dallas Cup 38 with a 1-1 victory over Liga MX Monterrey’s academy team to win the Gordon Jago Super Group title.
The recipe for the entire tournament has been high pressure, and the championship game was no different. Early chances from Jesus Ferreira and Aldo Quevedo forcing desperate defending early from los Rayados.
In the 24th minute, Ferreira found Paxton Pomykal at the top of the box, and Paxton made no mistake with a cool right-footed finish beating the Monterrey keeper to his right.
Action was sparse after that in the first half and early in the 2nd, although the field did start to tilt in Monterrey’s direction as Dallas stayed deep and tried to counter through Aldo Quevedo alone up top. Twenty minutes into the 2nd half, a substitution and a tactical switch that saw Ferreira push further up field lead to a change in game flow. Ferreira created some havoc with some pressure, turning over a Rayado defender and forcing a save with his left in the 68th minute. In the 74th he danced his way through the defense and gift-wrapped a second for the hosts had anyone been making a back post run.
In the 82nd minute FC Dallas would rue not scoring the second. A foul on the right led to a Monterrey free kick which hit the crossbar. In the ensuing chaos, Monterrey was able to bundle in the equalizer. Dallas responded immediately with increased offensive pressure with Ferreira nearly finding Brecc Evans off a corner.
The pressure continued, but FC Dallas regained the lead against the run of play. Arturo Rodriguez, who replaced Shaft Brewer in the 59th minute, collected a turnover in his own half and made a Maradona-esque run through the defense before unleashing a rocket from 30 yards out beating the Rayado keper for Goal of the Tournament.
Much like their semifinal victory against Coritiba, Monterrey was left with little time to respond, and the hosts were able to see out the 4 minutes of injury time to preserve the lead and the victory. In doing so, FC Dallas earns their first championship in the prestigious Dallas Cup Super Group.
This completes a unique trifecta of hardware for this group with the core of this team having won the U16 and U18 USSDA championship in the two years previous. With the Dallas Cup victory, the 98s staked their claim as one of the most dominant youth teams in American soccer history.