FC Dallas’s U18/U19 academy team opened Gordon Jago SuperGroup play with a merciless drubbing of Everton’s academy team. Even without Bryan Reynolds, who is in residency with the US U17s in preparation for CONCACAF U17 World Cup qualifying, FCD’s academy team featured three players on pro contracts and at least six players who have participated in the US Youth National Teams.
In the first half, FCDY pressed mercilessly, and were rewarded with an opener in the 17th minute. Jesus Ferreira cut through three defenders in the box and unleashed a hard shot that the Everton keeper could only parry as far as Shaft Brewer, who easily tapped in to make it 1-0. Dallas continued to press, and Shaft turned provider in the 36th minute winning a ball deep in Everton’s half and setting up Paxton Pomykal for a clinical finish to increase the lead to two.
In the opening minutes of the 2nd half, last year’s SuperGroup champs Everton generated their best chance of the match to that point with a shot just wide of the top corner. This had the effect of immediately refocusing the gents from Frisco, and the buzzing attack returned as if it never left. A stinging shot from Jesus led to a corner which was taken short to Jesus who weaved through Everton’s defense and served up Brecc Evans to make it 3-0. Not long after that target striker, absolute menace, and future Yale Bulldog Aldo Quevedo pounced on a mistake at the back and slotted in the 4th from 17 yards out.
Around five minutes later, Ferreira finally got his. In an almost mirror image of the 1st goal, Brewer cut through the defense to challenge the keeper. This time the rebound fell to Ferreira, and he made no mistake in the 65th minute. After the 5th, FC Dallas made six substitutions over the course of about 10 minutes. Everton finally tested Mercedo in the 83rd minute, but he was up to the challenge with an impressive save from inside the six yard box. Everton managed one last chance that was slowed by Mercedo enough to be cleared off the line, and FCDY held on for the clean sheet and an auspicious opening to Dallas Cup.