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Friday Copa ESPN notes: U14s start hot

FC Dallas Youth begin with a bang

FC Dallas 98 Premier separated itself as one of the teams to beat in the U14 bracket of the 2012 Copa ESPN tournament Friday with an easy 4-0 win over Irving United 98B.

FCD scored two goals in each half of the opening match, highlighted by a Dylan Detrick header goal off the restart cross from Matthew Gonzalez.

FCD entered the tournament as the No. 3 team in North Texas according to gotsoccer.com and is defending the U14 championship won last year by FC Dallas 97 Blue.

FCD 98 Premier continues at 1 p.m. Saturday against Andromeda FC 99B.

Physical U14 battle ends in tie

No love was lost between Santos Laguna SC 98 and Guameru SC in the 8 p.m U14 game, ending in a 1-1 tie.

Santos’ Jose Vasquez netted the first goal of the game, picking up a rebound and dribbling it into the empty net.

As time ticked off the clock in the second half, Guameru’s Alfredo Rangel trapped a cross from Jonathan Mendez just inside the box, spun and found the back of the net, knotting the game at 1.

Several yellow cards and one red card later, the final whistle blew ending the game in a push.

FRIDAY’S STANDOUTS

Here are some of the highlights and top players of the day:

Moves like Messi -- An elusive forward for the U18 Texas FW 04 showed fancy footwork, stepping over the ball to get around one defender then weaving through two more to open up for a shot.

Best Celebration -- Santos Laguna SC 98’s Jose Vasquez put on a show after scoring his team’s only goal of the game, turning a cartwheel and a handspring in celebration, followed by a myriad of kisses blown to the crowd. The nimble moves made by Vasquez were especially impressive from a kid built more like a linebacker than a soccer player.

Top finish -- Barcelona SC 99’ Jesus Varela weaved through four Real GP 98B defenders from midfield into the box, scoring in the upper right hand corner for his squad. Barcelona won 1-0 in its opening game.

Man of the match -- The Powers Melchomire goalkeeper wowed fans watching the U16 game against Dallas Tigres Academy 97B by making four huge saves to secure the 0-0 tie. The top stop came off a fingertip save from a breakaway Tigres shot in the first half.

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