Dallas Soccer: 2011 Dallas Cup

Dallas Cup U15 final has local flavor

April, 22, 2011
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.

Dallas Cup semifinals and finals results

April, 22, 2011
The Dallas Cup winds down this weekend, capped by Sunday's Super Group championship between Eintracht Frankfurt and Tigres. A trio of champions was crowned Saturday at Pizza Hut Park. For complete Cup results, click here:

  • Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Arsenal 0
  • Tigres 5, FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy 0
  • Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Tigres 1 (co-champions; weather ended game in 66th minute)
  • Ajax Gunners 3, Davis Legacy 0
  • Knowsley Youth 8, Santos FC (USA) 3
  • CZ-Elite 6, Dallas Texans Red 0
  • Solar Chelsea USSF U17/18 2, Lewisham College 1
  • Ajax Gunners 1, Solar Chelsea USSF U17/18 0
  • Knowsley Youth 2, CZ-Elite 1
  • Knowsley Youth 4, Ajax Gunners 2
  • Brasilis FC 1, CFI Guadalajara 0
  • Tigres 1, Prepa Tech FB 0
  • Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 3, Solar Chelsea USSF U16/16 Academy 1
  • Santa Clara Sporting 4, West Side Metro Premier 0
  • Santa Clara Sporting 1, Brasilis FC 0
  • Tigres 2, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 1
  • Tigres 2, Santa Clara Sporting 0
  • MTH PAC Tigres 3, FCB Escola Monterrey 1
  • CD Guadalajara Chivas 5, Cosmos Academy West 4
  • PTSC Timber Wolves 4, Real Salt Lake-AZ USSF U15/16 Academy 3
  • Estudiantes Tecos 4, Houston Dynamo USSF Academy 2
  • Estudiantes Tecos 3, MTH PAC Tigres 2
  • CD Guadalajara Chivas 6, PTSC Timber Wolves 1
  • Estudiantes Tecos 3, CD Guadalajara Chivas 2
  • Solar SC 5, Eintracht Frankfurt 4
  • FC Dallas Premier 1, FC Golden State 0
  • FC Dallas Premier 2, Solar SC 0
  • FC Dallas Premier 3, Oklahoma FC 0
  • Fullerton Rangers 3, Andromeda SC White 0
  • Fullerton Rangers 1, FC Dallas Premier O PK
  • Houstonians FC Red 2, Seleccion RCL Soccer 1
  • Nomads Academy 3, Solar SC 0
  • Nomads Academy 5, Houstonians FC Red 2

Dallas Cup: Dallas U15 teams advance

April, 21, 2011
FRISCO, Texas -- A pair of Dallas clubs, Solar SC and FC Dallas Premier, won Dr Pepper Dallas Cup U15 quarterfinal matches Thursday at Pizza Hut Park.

If not for some brilliant saves from Even Estrada, Solar SC might have been blown out by California entry Milan FC.

Milan did manage to beat Estrada for an early goal, but after that the 15-year-old from Mesquite played “one of the best games I’ve ever played in my life.’’

Solar rewarded its keeper with a pair of goals in a 2-1 victory,

“All I can say is I’m glad Even is on our team,’’ said Omar Banales, who scored the only goal of the second half. “He was on his game today.

Estrada’s saves ran the gamut, from leaps to tip a high shot over the bar to sprawling on the ground for a save with his right boot (his personal favorite.)

Yannick Koffi equalized, setting the stage for Balanes’ winner driven home from eight yards.

“Alan Winn put the ball across the box with a lot of bend and I had started on a dead run from midfield and met the ball in the right spot,’’ said Banales, a freshman at Harmony Science Academy in Dallas.

Solar advances to face German club Eintracht Frankfurt in a semifinal at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

FC Dallas Premier will face FC Golden State of Pasadena, Calif, in a semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

A clean sheet for FC Dallas against talented Florida invader West Pines United FC Premier Black registers as a successful day for defensive midfielder Luis Hernandez.

“With players West Pines has -- like Kevin Paz -- if you don’t mark him for a second, he can make you pay,’’ said Hernandez, the team captain. “They have three guys that are capable of playing on the national team, but we’ve played them three times and beaten them every time.’’

Hernandez, a freshman at W.T. White, said the team is being driven by the chance of making it to the U15 final in Pizza Hut Park.

Ilya Dmitriakov tucked a 17-yard shot into the upper right corner for the only goal of the match. He is the son of Anatoliy Dmitriakov, who came to the U.S. from Russia in 1994 to play soccer for the Houston Force.

“Ilya had no choice, he had to play soccer,’’ his dad said with a smile.

Match Photos: Arsenal vs. Dallas Texans

April, 20, 2011
The following photos are from the Dallas Cup 2011 match between Arsenal and local club Dallas Texans.

Match Photos: Barcelona vs. FC Dallas

April, 20, 2011
The following photos are from the hallmark FC Dallas win over 3-1 win over Barcelona in the 2011 Dallas Cup. Jonathan Top, Jose Perez, and Daniel Garcia scored for FCD.

Dallas Cup: Super Group schedule

April, 19, 2011
There were no Super Group games Tuesday, but here are Wednesday's games from the top group at the Dallas Cup. All Super Group games are at Pizza Hut Park (for complete results and schedules of all the groups, click here):

Bracket A

  • Chorrillo FC 4, Dallas Texans USSF U17/18 Academy 4
  • Arsenal FC 3, Club Bolivar 1
  • Bracket B
  • FC Barcelona 4, Club Sport Cartagines 2
  • FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy 2, Japan U18 National Team 1
  • Bracket C
  • Real Salt Lake-AZ USSF U17/18 Academy 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
  • Tigres 1, SC Corinthians Paulista 0
  • Bracket D
  • Houston Dynamo USSF Academy 2, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 1
  • Coritiba FC 2, Eintracht Frankfurt 2
  • Dallas Cup: Super Group results

    April, 18, 2011
    AM CT
    Here are the Sunday and Monday results from the top group at the Dallas Cup. All Super Group games are at Pizza Hut Park (for complete results and schedules of all the groups, click here):

    Bracket A
    • Club Bolivar 2, Chorrillo FC 1
    • Arsenal FC 5, Dallas Texans USSF U17/18 Academy 1
    • Arsenal FC 6, Chorrillo FC 0
    • Dallas Texans 1, Club Bolivar 0
    Bracket B
    • Japan U18 National Team 3, Club Sport Cartagines 1
    • FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy 3, FC Club Barcelona 1
    • Barcelona 2, Japan U18 1
    • FC Dallas 3, Cartagines 0
    Bracket C
    • Vancouver Whitecaps 3, SC Corinthians Paulista 2
    • Tigres 3, REal Salt Lake-AZ USSF U17/18 Academy 1
    • Corinthians Paulista 4, Real Salt Lake-AZ 1
    • Tigres 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
    Bracket D
    • Coritiba FC 2, Houston Dynamo USSF Academy 0
    • Eintracht Frankfurt 4, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 0
    • Coritiba 1, Alajuelense 0
    • Eintracht Frankfurt 3, Houston Dynamo 0

    FC Dallas surprises FC Barcelona in Dallas Cup

    April, 17, 2011
    PM CT
    FRISCO, Texas -- The 32nd edition of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is off to a flying start, and not just because of 25 mph winds sweeping across Pizza Hut Soccer Complex on Sunday.

    The real blow for area soccer on opening day of the eight-day, 180-team international tournament was struck by FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy, which shocked FC Barcelona, 3-1, in the event’s top division, the Gordon Jago Super Group.

    “Everybody knows Barcelona,’’ said FC Dallas’ Daniel Garcia. “Nobody knows anything about us.’’

    Garcia’s goal, 10 minutes into the second half, built on a 2-0 halftime advantage.

    FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja used the underdog role as a motivator before the match.

    “I told them our name is not as big as Barcelona, but it still must be settled on the field,’’ Pareja said.

    FC Dallas employed a counterattacking strategy, conceding the fact that Barcelona would control the ball.

    “When we got the ball, we hurt them,’’ said Pareja.

    Said Garcia: “It is a great feeling to win and get a goal. American soccer is building and we are proof that our teams can play with the best all over the world.’’

    Jonathan Top and Jose Perez scored in the opening half.

    Barcelona averted a shutout on a penalty in the closing moments.

    Arsenal FC 5, Dallas Texans USSF U17/18 Academy 1: In the final match of day one, it appeared the Texans might build on FC Dallas’ upset when Eduardo Aranda delivered a goal in the 12th minute of the match against the visitors from London, England.

    From that point, the Gunners lived up to their nickname, helped by the Texans playing a man down after 47th minute red card.

    The tournament staged its opening ceremony between the two Super Group matches.

    Monday’s matches begin at 10 a.m. at both sites, Pizza Hut Complex and Richland College. The final matches of the day are scheduled for 6 p.m.

    Dallas Cup turns international focus to area

    April, 16, 2011
    PM CT
    DALLAS -- The names roll off the tongue of even a casual soccer fan: David Beckham, Wayne Rooney Landon Donovan, and, wait ... Hakeem Olajuwan?

    All, even the former NBA star Olajuwan, are past participants in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup.

    Part of the reason that the focus of international youth soccer will again turn to Dallas, as it does every spring, for the 32nd edition of the eight-day tournament which kicks off Sunday.

    This year, 17 nations and one U.S. territory are represented among the 180 entrants in seven age divisions.

    Frisco's Pizza Hut Park is tournament headquarters and the main playing site. The complex at Richland College in North Dallas will also be used.

    While bragging rights across international lines are important, the tournament's expressed mission is to promote the well being of young people through athletic competition, cultural appreciation and educational opportunities.

    Much of the focus each season centers on the Gordon Jago Super Group -- newly named after the longtime Dallas Sidekicks coach -- because it has the most international flavor. This year is no exception with 13 of the 16 entrants coming from beyond the U.S. border.

    Two of the three American teams in the Super Group are from Dallas: FC Dallas USSF U17 Academy and Dallas Texans USSF U17 Academy.

    The Texans are one of only three U.S. teams to capture a Super Group title (2006) and the only U.S. Super Group champion in the last 24 years.

    When the 16-team bracket was divided into groups of four, the Texans landed in Group A along with Arsenal (England), Club Bolivar (Bolivia) and Chorrillo (Panama).

    FC Dallas is in Group B along with Barcelona (Spain), Club Sport Cartagines (Costa Rica) and the Japanese U18 National Team (Japan).

    Six Dallas teams will vie with 18 other entrants in the U19 bracket. The Dallas entrants include DFW Tornados White, Andromeda SC, Dallas Texans Red West, Andromeda USSF Under 17/18 Academy, Solar Chelsea USSF Under 17/18 Academy and Dallas Texans Red.

    The 32-team U17 bracket is dotted with seven Dallas entrants: FC Dallas Premier, TFC, Dallas Texans Red, FC Dallas USSF U15/16 Academy, Dallas Texans USSF U15/16, Solar Chelsea U15/16 Academy and Andromeda USSF U15/16 Academy.

    Four Dallas sides are entered in the 24-team U16 bracket: FC Premier, FC Dallas Premier, Solar SC and Solar SC Red.

    In the 28-team U15 division, Dallas enters five sides: Dallas Texans Red South, Dallas Texans Red, Andromeda SC Red, Solar SC and FC Dallas Premier.

    The 32-team U/14 division includes four Dallas clubs: Andromeda SC White, Dallas Texans Red, FC Dallas Premier and Solar SC Red.

    The youngest division, the 24-team U13, has four sides from Dallas: Andromeda FC, Dallas Tigres Gold, Solar SC Red and Solar SC.

    Opening Day this year gets a tweak with approximately 130 teams playing their first match on Sunday. That's about 70 more than in the past.

    The opening round robin is scheduled for a Wednesday completion. For those teams that do not advance to the elimination stage, "friendly games" will be organized in the latter part of the week, giving teams the opportunity to play five matches (weather permitting and field availability) while in Dallas.

    During the preliminary stage of the tournament matches will not have overtime periods. Matches will be counted as three points for win, one point for tie and zero for loss.

    In the elimination stage, if the score is tied at the end of regulation time, extra time of two 10 minute periods will be played in all age groups. If a winner is not decided after this extra time, kicks from the penalty mark as per FIFA laws will decide the match.

    Group winners in the Super Group advance to the semifinals.

    In other divisions, the first place team in each bracket, and if applicable, the wild card with the most points advance to the quarterfinals.

    Preliminary games begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

    Opening ceremonies are scheduled for later that day at 6.

    Championship matches in the three youngest divisions will be played on April 23. Title matches in the four older divisions are slated for the following day.

    Dallas Texans prepare for the Dallas Cup

    April, 16, 2011
    AM CT
    Other than the FC Dallas Academy, which we praise in this space all the time for being so ground breaking in the MLS structure, there is another top tier youth club of excellence here in North Texas: The Dallas Texans. (Actaully there are several excellent clubs, Solar SC, who has partnered with Chealsea, to name one)

    The Texans are partnered with Manchester United and Nike, and are also the current host club for the Dallas Cup.

    They are also the only US based club to win the Dallas Cup SuperGroup with their incredible side a few years back that featured current MLS players Omar Gonzalez (LA), Andre Akpan (Col), and Stephen McCarty (NE). Not to mention their best player at the time, Jonathan Villanueva, who had such amazing potential and is now with the Richmond Kickers after playing for Virginia in College and flirting with MLS' Generation adidas program. (anyone know where Bill Dworsky and David Murphy landed?)

    That Dallas Texans Red 88, with 3 National Championships to go with the DC Super Group win, was arguably the best youth side in US history.

    Being part of the Nike family, Dallas Texans are getting the superstar treatment and being featured in the same promos as Arsenal, Corinthians, and Barcelona. In this particular video they get to step into the spotlight all alone as they prepare for Dallas Cup.

    I also found this little nugget surfing their site this morning looking for info, Dallas Texans have started a resident Academy.