After a week of play across the MetroPlex, both the Generation adidas Cup and Dallas Cup tournaments are over for another year. The two tournaments culminated in mostly positive and joyous outcomes for the FC Dallas Academy teams who continued their recent run of success across different age levels in these prestigious competitions. A review of how each of the teams fared below.
U12: Group stage exit
GS: Strikers FC BTB Soccer Academy (W 5-0)
GS: FC Dinastia (W 0-1)
GS: McAllen Rayados (L 1-0)
The U12s were the only FCD Academy team that failed to progress beyond the group phase of their respective age level. After winning their first two games with minimal fuss, they only needed a point from their group decider against McAllen to progress further, but fell to a 1-0 defeat which saw McAllen advance, surprisingly, at their expense.
GS: Kent Schools FA (W 3-0)
GS: Houston Dynamo Academy MX (D 0-0)
GS: World Class FC USSFDA (W 0-3)
QF ~ FC Golden State PDA 2003 (W 2-1)
SF ~ Rush Canada Soccer Academy (W 2-0)
F ~ Queretaro (L 3-2)
The first of three Academy teams to make it to a final this year. The U13s fell short against Mexican club side Queretaro despite holding a lead for lengthy periods of the final, as three second half goals proved to be their undoing.
GS: Ravens Wood School (W 17-0)
GS: FC Golden State PDA (W 0-2)
GS: ID Club Division (W 1-6)
QF ~ Solar USSF DA (W 1-6)
SF ~ Maebashi FC (L 2-1)
The U14s started their campaign off in some style, recording one of the largest ever wins in Dallas Cup history with a 17-0 decimation of Ravens Wood School before going on to win their next three games as well with ease, before hitting a brick wall as they fell short, unexpectedly, in the semifinals against Maebashi.
GS: Estudiantes CSC (W 5-0)
GS: TFA FCLA (W 2-4)
GS: Rio Rapids SC (W 0-4)
QF ~ West Side Alliance WSA (W 6-0)
SF ~ West Coast FC Armour (W 0-3)
F ~ FC Boulder (W 5-0)
The U15s dominated at their age level in the tournament this year, winning all six games with a goal difference of 27-2, including a 5-0 win over FC Boulder in the final. In doing so, they became the first ever FCD Academy team to win a Dallas Cup title on Saturday afternoon.
U16: 7th place (GA Cup)
Having made it to the semifinals of this competition a year ago, there were reasonable expectations on the U16 team going into the tournament again and they very nearly repeated the feat in a tough group. They missed out on top spot, though, due to their opening loss to Ecuadorian side Independiente despite recording wins over Real Salt Lake and mighty Real Madrid afterwards. They then went on to lose heavily to Malaga and finished off the campaign with a victory over LA Galaxy which ensured a 7th place finish.
GS: Everton (W 0-5)
GS: Monterrey (D 1-1)
GS: Maccabi Haifa (W 1-0)
SF ~ Coritiba (W 2-1)
F ~ Monterrey (W 2-1)
And last but certainly not least, the U18 team, spearheaded by Reggie Cannon, Paxton Pomykal, and Jesus Ferreira, managed to become the first MLS Academy team to win the Gordon Jago Super Group on Sunday evening.
They began the tournament with a stunning opening 5-0 victory over reigning champions Everton was followed by a draw with Monterrey before a win over Israeli outfit Maccabi Haifa proved to be enough to send FCD into the last four where they would face Brazilian club Coritiba.
There, they ended up winning the game late on with a delicate flick from Pomykal just moments after Coritiba leveled the game and this set up a group rematch against fellow final debutants Monterrey. Almost an identical scenario from the semifinal happened again in the championship game. Monterrey grabbed a late equalizer to cancel out Pomykal’s early strike. This time it Arturo Rodriguez proved to be the hero for FCD with a great long range goal in the final minute of regulation as the U18s held on for victory.
This group adds another title to their recent collection of successes, reassuring everyone that the future is bright in Frisco with ‘Busca la forma’ and a winning culture really becoming an embodiment of the modern FC Dallas philosophy.