FRISCO, Texas -- Despite a presence of eight international clubs dotting the 28-team U15 bracket, it will be an all-Dallas final Saturday in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup.
FC Dallas Premier will face Solar SC at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pizza Hut Park.
Both Dallas teams won semifinal matches by one goal Friday, but in very different fashion. FC Dallas squeezed past FC Golden State of Pasadena, Calif., 1-0. Solar SC outscored German entry Eintracht Frankfurt, 5-4.
With overtime drawing to a close and a shootout looming, Joel Mendoza made Solar Chelsea USSF U17/18 Academy of Dallas a winner in a U19 quarterfinal.
Mendoza put a strong right foot into an 18-yard shot for the deciding goal in a 2-1 win over Lewisham College from London.
The goal, Mendoza's fourth of the tournament, came with five minutes remaining in overtime.
"I didn't want to go to a shootout," Mendoza said.
The excellent run by FC Dallas USSF U17/U18 Academy ended in a 5-0 loss to Tigres of Monterrey, Mexico, in a Gordon Jago Super Group semifinal Friday night.
Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, a 2-0 winner over Arsenal of England, will face Tigres for the Super Group championship at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Dallas entry Solar Chelsea USSF Academy U15/16 went into the semifinal round as the only U17 team not to allow a goal in three preliminary matches.
So it was somewhat of a shock to Solar's system when Liga Deportiva Alajuelense struck for an early goal in Friday's semifinal.
Before halftime, the Costa Rican side struck for a second goal and finished a 3-1 victor.
"It is frustrating, but something like this can help us going forward," midfielder Hayden Partain said.
The only Solar goal was an 8-yard header supplied by Partain, a sophomore at Frisco Wakeland.
Solar had the benefit of a strong wind in the second half and wasn't lacking for chances.
"We could all tell in warm-ups that mentally, we weren't there. I think the lesson we learn from this is to bring respect to every match you play," he said.