Dallas Soccer: 2012 Dallas Cup

Brazil's Coritiba FC wins Dallas Cup championship

April, 8, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- When the final whistle blew, Thiago Primão looked like he had just won the World Cup. The Coritiba FC captain was dancing, signing autographs for kids and singing to Brazilian fans in the crowd.

The defender who's not even old enough to enjoy a champagne celebration went wild after he and his team downed the U19 team of the world's most famous football club, Manchester United.

"It's a really good experience for us. We've been working together for [many years]," Primão said through an interpreter. "It's a great accomplishment to win against Manchester United, one of the greatest teams in the world."

Coritiba survived a shorthanded comeback attempt to win the Gordon Jago Super Group Dallas Cup championship 2-1 over United.

The Brazilians came out very aggressive against the Red Devils. It paid off in the ninth minute when João Amaral's cross landed in front of Alex Santos, who fired a strike into the bottom-left corner to take an early lead.

They almost added another goal in the 24th minute when Willian Rodrigues put one in the back of the net off a rebound, but he was offside.

Coritiba continued their attack after halftime, but United was able to keep the Brazilians from scoring until the 64th minute when Michele Fornaiser was shown a red card for getting his second yellow of the match after a tackle.

Two minutes later, a give-and-go with Alex Santos gave José Vivian a one-on-one from the left side of the box with United keeper Samuel Johnstone, and he was able to bury the ball on the bottom-right corner of the goal to go up 2-0.

In the 73rd minute, United's Ryan Tunnicliffe was also shown a red after an argument with a referee.

Despite being down two players and two goals, United wasn't leaving without a fight. Michael Keane scored on a header from a Jesse Lingard corner kick in the 75th minute to make it a 2-1 game and give the Red Devils hope.

"We knew how good Manchester United is," Primão said. "We tried to stay calm and control the game, but we made that one mistake and they scored. We got a little nervous, but we managed to control it."

In the 79th minute, United nearly equalized, but couldn't score on a free kick and a corner kick.

In the 82nd minute, Samuel Johnstone saved a a wide open shot from Willian Henrique, but it turned out not to matter.

United had a few other opportunities, but the tired Reds couldn't overcome the faster Coritiba.

Brazilian sides are now 6-0 in the Dallas Cup Super Group final in the last 10 years.


Yellow cards: Manchester United 2 (Michele Fornasier, 42nd, 64th) – Coritiba FC 2 (José Vivian, 67th; Thiago Primão, 85th)

Red cards: Manchester United 2 (Michele Fornasier, 64th; Ryan Tunnicliffe, 73rd) – Coritiba FC 0

Dallas' Solar Chelsea wins U19 title

April, 8, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- With the swagger of a professional, Solar Chelsea keeper Oshik Shames said his team's 3-1 win over Arsenal FC USSF U17/18 Academy was the one of the easiest of the Dallas Cup.

Good thing for his team, it came in the U19 championship game.

"In some games I had pretty much nothing to do," Shames said of his team's defense. "The defense really stepped up their game and helped me a lot."

Ryan Condotta put Solar Chelsea on the board in the 21st minute when his right-footed strike landed in the bottom-left corner just past the reach of the keeper.

William Webb padded the lead in the 31st minute when his strike from a few yards off a rebound hit a defender just behind the goal line.

Misael Osorio brought Arsenal right back into the match after the half when his 25-yard strike flew past the keeper in the 42nd minute.

Things got heated after the goal when Shames got into a shoving match with a few Arsenal players, but referees broke things up quickly.

"In a game like this, of course tempers are going to be a little high," Shames said. "When I picked [the ball] up after they scored, I was getting charged by the whole team. The referee stepped in and did his job. I appreciate that."

Solar Chelsea responded in the 50th minute when Cole Missimo found himself one-on-one with the keeper and buried the ball in the bottom-right corner to go up 3-1.

The Solar Chelsea attack was working all-tournament long. They outscored opponents 22-4 in six Dallas Cup games.

Solar Chelsea was the only Dallas team to win a championship this year.

"We were just glad we could come in and represent for our city," Shames said.

The game was shortened to 80 minutes due to a rain delay early in the day.

U17: Rot Weiss Essen holds on to edge Tigres

After an hour-long rain delay, Rot Weiss Essen held off the speedy Tigres attack and captain Nakowitsch Kai scored to win the U17 championship.

"Mexico has very good youth teams," Kai said of Tigres through a translator, "but speed isn't everything in soccer."

Tigres was aggressive in the first half but couldn't capitalize against the physical German side.

In the 46th minute, Rot Weiss Essen keeper Azmir Alisic prevented Tigres' best opportunity for a goal with a string of back-to-back saves.

Rot Weiss Essen got another break when Eder Ruiz's 54th-minute strike hit off the left post for Tigres.

The biggest break came in the 57th minute when Kai's left-footed strike flew past the reach of the keeper to open scoring.

"The ball just came in. It was a weird feeling, but I just shot it and was happy to score," Kai said.

Two minutes later, Alisic had another great save to keep the Mexican side from equalizing.

Tigres continued to be aggressive, but the Rot Weiss Essen defense held on just enough to keep Tigres from scoring.

The game was shortened to 80 minutes due to a rain delay early in the day.

U16: Early goal lifts OBGC over FC Golden State

A stoppage time goal put the nail in the coffin for OBGC as the Rangers beat FC Golden State 3-1 in the U16 Dallas Cup championship.

OBGC head coach Matt Pilkington said it was a huge sigh of relief.

"That's the winning goal right there," Pilkington said. "Stoppage time's always a little bit nervous. We had to change our style and we struggled to do that."

They kicked off the morning early by scoring in the 2nd minute. Jony Karahbetyan shook his defender and chipped the ball into near-post with the keeper diving away.

FC Golden State didn't let the early goal get to them. Juan Estrada took a wide open strike off a rebound from inside the box and put it just past the keeper in the 16th minute.

OBGC went back on top in the 59th minute when Karl Brown scored off a rebound that left him one-on-one with the keeper. Brown faked near-post then put the ball to the top-right corner to go up 2-1.

FC Golden State was aggressive late and nearly equalized in the 79th minute when Daniel Hernandez's header went just wide right from 10 yards.

Sean Cowdry put the game away in stoppage time when a deflected ball landed in front of the striker with a wide-open goal.

Fullerton takes U15 Dallas Cup championship

April, 7, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Andres Lemus scored early and Fullerton keeper Keith Murphy was stellar in beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the U15 Dallas Cup championship Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.

"It's an amazing feeling for all of us, back in Fullerton -- we did it for our home," Murphy said.

Fullerton was aggressive in the midfield early, and it paid off.

Lemus headed in a goal off a rebound in the 17th minute to put Fullerton up 1-0.

Murphy may have been the man of the match, though. The youngster made a save from the left side off a breakaway in the 29th minute, and when the rebound went straight back to an Eintracht player with a wide open shot from just a few yards, Murphy dove back to the right to make another brilliant save.

It wasn't his first big performance here, either. He helped the club win last year's championship as part of the U14 squad.

"This environment, it gets me going," Murphy said. "I get pumped up and ready to play."

He made another save off a Janis Häuser hard strike in the 38th minute to keep the slate clean at half.

Just after halftime, Fullerton's Amirgy Pineda padded the lead with a bent strike to the upper-right corner of the goal from a free kick just outside the box in the 41st minute.

In the 50th minute, Murphy added to his impressive day with a charging kick save on an open breakaway.

The Fullerton defense kept the slate clean until the 78th minute when Leon Montalvo finally got one past Murphy with a header off a corner kick, but it was too late.

The quick back line of Fullerton kept the aggressive German side from equalizing.

"Right after the win, [the late goal] didn't really matter to me," Murphy said. "I would have taken it back if I could, but there wasn't much I could do about it."

American sides won all three championship games Saturday.

U14: Early goal leads Sunrise Elite to Dallas Cup championship

Sunrise Elite had plenty of scoring opportunities but only needed one to take home the U14 Dallas Cup championship Saturday.

Emmanuel Perez kicked off scoring in the 10th minute for Sunrise Elite. Perez ripped a free kick from just outside the box that soared over the keeper to take a 1-0 lead.

Head coach Pitu Alvarez said Perez was the guy he had in mind the whole time.

"I just told him to take a hard shot toward the front of the goal, and it worked out," Alvarez said.

It was Alvarez's first Dallas Cup championship.

Arsenal FC never really threatened, but clamped down on defense to keep the match close.

U13: United FC Gold edges defending champion Nomads Academy

Hugo Espindola doesn't even have his learner's permit to drive, and he has already made history for his club.

Espindola's 28th-minute goal was the difference as the Gold squad won the first Dallas Cup championship in United FC history Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium. In fact, this is the first time a United FC team made it out of group stage.

The young footballer bent a corner kick right between the posts amid a scramble for the only goal in United FC Gold's 1-0 win over Nomads Academy.

"It was so sick," Espindola said as his team celebrated. "I feel great to score it right now -- that it was the game-winning goal. I feel so proud of my team."

The San Juan Capistrano, California club's defense was stellar throughout the match. Actually, it was nearly perfect the whole tournament. They outscored their opponents 15-1 in the Dallas Cup, surrendering their only goal in a 3-1 semifinal win over England's Alexandra Crewe.

Head coach Bryan Wallace said it's not any one part of the team, but the whole team's defense that lifted them to the championship.

"It allows us to win the ball closer up to the opponent's goal, and a shorter distance to score a goal." Wallace said.

Nomads Academy had their best chance when Ernesto Espinaza took a penalty kick in the 21st minute. His strike beat the keeper, but hit the left post.

United's Keane twins down FC Dallas Academy

April, 1, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Call it one of those twin connections. Manchester United twin brothers Will and Michael Keane both scored for the Red Devils to down FC Dallas Academy 2-0 in their Dallas Cup opener Sunday evening.

Despite Michael being a defender, it was the third time this year the two have scored in the same game. The twins agreed that when it comes to the team, they don't really care who scores.

"We're just always looking for a win. It doesn't really matter who scores if the team plays well and we win," Michael said.

Will Keane, one of United's top young strikers, opened up scoring in the 10th minute with a wide-open goal from 12 yards.

Ryan Tunnicliffe almost added the second goal for United late in the first half, but his strike with FC Dallas keeper Richard Sanchez out of position went just wide left.

FC Dallas also had a few opportunities late in the first half, but keeper Samuel Johnstone and the United defense sent FC Dallas into the locker room down 1-0 at the half.

Keane's twin brother Michael added a header off a corner kick in the 52nd minute to cushion the lead for the Red Devils.

Danny Garcia almost shortened the gap in the 61st minute, but his strike from 10 yards with an open net went just wide right.

He had another another hard shot on goal in the 75th minute, but it was saved by Johnstone.

The Red Devils had a couple more opportunities late to add a third goal but couldn't capitalize. With goal differential as a factor in the same group as Tigres, who beat FC Dallas 5-0 in last year's Dallas Cup, United needs all the goals they can get.

"We're always looking to keep a clean sheet and score as many goals as we can," Will said. "We don't want to score a few goals and wrap up a game. We want to score more and more."

United brought just 13 players to Dallas, which may be a factor for a team that has to play just 15 hours after their win over FC Dallas.

"You could see after the game we did a lot of cool-downs," Will said. "After that we start preparing for the next game."

The Red Devils take on Santa Clara Sporting, a late entry, at 2 p.m. Monday on Field 7.

FC Dallas Academy plays Tigres at 4 p.m. Monday at Richland College Field 10.


Yellow cards: FC Dallas 1 (Danny Garcia, 22nd) - Manchester United 1 (Ryan Tunnicliffe, 78th)

2012 Dallas Cup Day One Scores:

Dallas Texan USSF U17/18 Academy - 3
Eintracht Frankfurt - 1

Club Bolivar - 1
Kashiwa Reysol - 1

Everton FC - 1
Coritiba FC - 0

Selección Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain - 1

Manchester United - 2
FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy - 0

Mexico U-20 beats Paris Saint-Germain

April, 1, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- The Mexican U-20 national team held on to an early lead to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in their Dallas Cup opener Sunday afternoon.

Raul Lopez scored in the 14th minute to build momentum for Mexico.

A through pass in the 36th minute landed in front of Guillermo Madrigal, who hit a wide open shot in the box to put El Tri up 2-0.

Lylian Gockaba Gockard shortened the gap with a goal in the 57th minute to bring PSG back into the match.

PSG had several counter opportunities against the aggressive Mexican squad, including two shots on goal in stoppage time, but couldn't equalize late.

El Tri takes on Dallas Texan USSF 17/18 Academy at 6 p.m. Monday on Field 6.

PSG plays Eintracht Frankfurt at 2 p.m. Monday on Field 6.

Everton edges Coritiba to open Dallas Cup

April, 1, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Ross Barkley proved why he deserves a shot on Everton FC's first team.

The midfielder's header three minutes in proved to be the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Coritiba FC to open the Dallas Cup on Sunday afternoon at FC Dallas Stadium.

Barkley debuted with the first team in August, but the youngster is spending time with the academy for the international tournament.

Coritiba had plenty of chances late in the match but couldn't equalize.

Everton plays Japan's Kashiwa Reysol at noon Monday on Field 6.

Coritiba takes on Club Bolivar of Bolivia at the same time on Field 7.

Teams visit hospitals, schools before Dallas Cup

March, 29, 2012
Academy and youth players spend countless hours learning the art of soccer. But before they hit the pitch for the 2012 Dallas Cup, footballers from international teams around the globe will get to teach a little.

Players from Manchester United U-19, the Mexican U-20 National Team, Bolivia's Club Bolivar and China's Beijing Sangao FC will visit local hospitals and schools to talk to kids about their experiences and show off some of their skills April 3.

Manchester United will visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and the Mexican U-20 squad will stop at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas playroom to teach a few soccer lessons before visiting patients.

Club Bolivar and Beijing Sangao FC will spend time at Frisco High School and Liberty High School to talk with students their age about their experiences travelling and playing soccer.

The Super Group, the highest division, kicks off with Everton FC and Coritiba FC on Sunday at 1 p.m.



Manchester United FC: The Reds' reserves come to Dallas for the first time since 2006. They currently lead the Barclays Premier Reserve League in England.

Club Sport Cartagines: C.S. Cartagines looks to reverse its luck after going winless in three games at last year's Dallas Cup.

Tigres: The 2011 Dallas Cup co-champions return from Mexico looking for an outright victory after bad weather forced a draw with Eintracht Frankfurt last year.

FC Dallas USSF U17/18 Academy: The FC Dallas Academy lands in the same bracket as the Tigres team that beat them 5-0 in a semifinal last season. Eduardo Cortes returns between the posts looking to avenge the loss. They are dominating the Texas Division with a 15-1-1 record.


Paris St. Germain F.C.: PSG showed they have plenty of talent in their development system when they became the first squad to win the U-19 and U-17 French championship in the same year in 2011.

Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20: El Tri's U-20 side showed a lot of promise when they finished third in the FIFA U-20 World Cup last year.

Eintracht Frankfurt: The reigning Dallas Cup co-champions from Germany are also looking for an outright championship after last year's draw.

Dallas Texan USSF U17/18 Academy: The only local squad to win the super group since the format started in 1990, the Dallas Texan currently sit fourth in the Texas division.


Everton Football Club: The English Premier Academy League champions come to Dallas for the first time since 1999 looking to show up their fellow Englishmen at Manchester United. Many of the two squads' players saw each other Tuesday when United downed the Blue Boys, 4-1.

Coritiba FC: The boys from Brazil are looking to continue the country's history of Dallas Cup championships. Since the Super Group began in 1990, Brazilian outfits have won 10 of the 22 championships.

Club Bolivar: Coming to Dallas for the second straight year, Club Bolivar trained in Miami briefly before showing up in Dallas. They bring promising young forward Miguel Suárez, who arrived late after spending time with the first team.

Kashiwa Reysol: Japan's best club team sends their academy to Dallas to try to become the first Japanese team to reach the semifinals in the Super Group.