Dallas Soccer: Daniel Garcia

Jonathan Top joins US U-20 national team

May, 31, 2012
FC Dallas Homegrown player Jonathan Top is one of 20 members of the U.S. Under-20 National Team headed to Houston for a five-day training camp, followed by international games against Uruguay and Chile. The domestic training camp runs from May 30 to June 3 at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Then the U-20 MNT travels for two matches against Uruguay, on June 6 and June 8, followed by a June 12 game against Chile in Santiago. Accompanying Top on the trip is FC Dallas Academy U-18 midfielder Daniel Garcia and former FC Dallas Academy defender Boyd Okwuonu.

“FC Dallas is very proud to have three representatives on the U.S. Under-20 National Team,” said FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo. “All three players are hard-working, talented young men with bright futures ahead of them.”

A native of Fort Worth, Top became the fifth Homegrown player to sign with FC Dallas on Jan. 12, 2011. Top made eight appearances for the FC Dallas Reserves in 2011, logging a total of 374 minutes. The 19-year-old forward recently broke into the starting lineup for FC Dallas. He picked up his first career assist on a goal scored by Blas Perez against Real Salt Lake on May 26, 2012. Top made his first start and played the full 90 minutes in a U.S. Open Cup match on May 29.

Garcia netted two goals in just 80 minutes of action last season with the FC Dallas Reserves. He has one assist for the 3-1-1 FC Dallas Reserves this season in just 47 minutes of action. Garcia also leads the FC Dallas Academy U-18 team with 18 goals in 23 games. The team currently leads the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with a record of 22-4-3 (69 points). Garcia verbally committed to the University of North Carolina in November.

A teammate with both Top and Garcia on the FC Dallas Academy U-18 team in 2011, Okwuonu played in 21 matches for the 10-1-5 conference champions last season. He then spent the second half of 2011 playing his freshman season at UNC, which claimed its second national championship in December. Originally from Edmond, Okla., Okwuonu started and played every match for the Tar Heels last fall, earning more minutes than any other field player on the team.
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called in three FC Dallas Academy products for a training camp from April 9 to April 16 in Portland, Ore. Defender Boyd Okwuonu and forwards Jonathan Top (current FCD home grown player) and Daniel Garcia will train for a week, playing against the University of Portland and one other team during that span.

The U.S. will face the Pilots at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, April 12, at Merlo Field. The second game of the camp will take place on Sunday, April 15, against an opponent still to be determined.

Also of Texas interest is Mikey Lopez from Mission, Texas, who plays for North Carolina.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Tomas Gomez (Georgetown; Webster Groves, Mo.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA Academy; Pomona, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (9): Christian Dean (California; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Bryan Gallego (Akron; Kinnelon, N.J.), Jordan McCrary (North Carolina; Marietta, Ga.), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Jeffrey Payeras (LA Galaxy Academy; Hawthorne, Calif.), Derek Vogel (Pateadores; Long Beach, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Seth Casiple (California; Rocklin, Calif.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (D.C. United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Wil Trapp (Akron; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Ethan Decker (New York Red Bulls Academy; Manahawkin, N.J.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), James Rogers (New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas).

FC Dallas Academy star Daniel Garcia called into U20s

February, 19, 2012
FC Dallas Academy product Daniel Garcia has been called into the latest US U20 team. Garcia was among the 26 players Head Coach Tab Ramos named to the U.S. under-20 national team training camp Feb. 20-March 1 in Clermont, Fla.

As part of the camp, the U-20s will face the reserve teams from FC Dallas on Feb. 26 and Montreal Impact on Feb. 29 at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

Also of local interest are Alfred Koroma of Solar (who has played with FCD Academy on occasion) and Matt Dunn of FC Koeln (who used to be part of the FC Dallas system). Last but not least is former FC Dallas Academy product and current North Carolina defender Boyd Okwuonu.

U.S. U-20 Men's Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tomas Gomez (Georgetown Univ.; Webster Groves, Mo.), Jesus Guzman (Santos/MEX; San Jose, Calif.), Kamil Kaminski (Legia Warsaw/POL; Berlin, Conn.)

DEFENDERS (8): AJ Cochran (Univ. of Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK/NOR; Troy, Mich.), Christian Dean (Univ. of California; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Mobi Fehr (Unattached; Tokyo, Japan), Eric Miller (Creighton Univ.; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Tigres/MEX; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Univ. of North Carolina; Edmond, Okla.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman Univ.; Lawrenceville, Ga.).

MIDFIELDERS (10): Seth Casiple (Univ. of California; Rocklin, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos/MEX; Sacramento, Calif.), Matt Dunn (OFK/SER; Dallas, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Alejandro Guido (Unattached; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos/MEX; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Univ. of North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (D.C. United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Daniel Metzger (Univ. of Maryland; Staten Island, N.Y.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.)

FORWARDS (5): Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER; Fresno, Calif.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Sean Okoli (Wake Forest Univ.; Federal Way, Wash.), Andrew Oliver (Chicago Fire Academy; Indianapolis, Ind.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas).
FC Dallas Home Grown player Jonathan Top has been called in to represent the U.S. Under-19 National Team in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup in Stuttgart, Germany from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, U.S. Soccer announced today. In addition to Top, four additional FC Dallas Academy products to join U.S. U-20 team for camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup is an annual indoor soccer tournament featuring some of the top clubs from around the world. The U.S. has been drawn into Group A and will compete against club teams from Lechia Danzig (Poland), VfB Stuttgart (Germany) and FSV Mainz 05 (France). Group B includes Lazio (Italy), Celtic Glasgow (Scotland), SC Freiburg (Germany) and Hamburger SV (Germany).

Top, who signed as FC Dallas’ fifth Home Grown player on Jan. 12, 2011 was the leading scorer for the FC Dallas Under-18 Development Academy team in 2010. He made one appearance for the FC Dallas first team in 2011. In the annual home-and-away exhibition match, Top netted the fourth of six goals which led to an FC Dallas victory in the penalty-kick shootout. Top, who will turn 19 on Jan. 26, also saw 374 minutes of action with the FC Dallas Reserves.

In addition, FC Dallas Academy products Mike Ambrose, Boyd Okwuonu, Daniel Garcia and Flavio Guzman were called in to the first U.S. Under-20 National Team camp of 2012 by head coach Tab Ramos. The 36-player training camp will be held Jan. 2-9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Garcia and Ambrose saw time with the FC Dallas Reserves in 2011. Garcia had two goals in 80 minutes of action while Ambrose logged 242 minutes as a defender. Also a defender, Okwuonu won the ACC regular season title, the ACC tournament title and the NCAA Championship as a freshman with the University of North Carolina. He was named to the College Soccer News Freshman All-America Team. Guzman was the only player with the FC Dallas Under-18’s to start all 13 games this season. The midfielder netted three goals for the 11-0-2 squad.

Daniel Garcia named Developmental Academy Player of the Week

September, 30, 2011
FC Dallas Academy player Daniel Garcia was named the Developmental Academy Player of the Week for week three of the Academy season. Garcia is a midfielder for the undefeated FCD U18 Academy team. Garcia led the FCD's 18s last year with 15 goals while playing midfield.

Garcia was named Player of the Week for his game winning goal in the FCD 3-2 win over Andromeda FC and for appearing in three MLS reserve league games for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas Reserves lose to Chicago Fire 3-2

September, 20, 2011
The FC Dallas and Chicago Fire reserves might not play for the Brimstone Cup like the first teams from the two sides two, but these squads delivered an entertaining match on Tuesday morning at the Adidas field that ended 3-2 in favor of the Men in Red.

“I think it was a good exercise. For sure, the reserves bring a lot of benefits for the guys who aren’t playing currently, for the guys that are part of the academy, for the guys that we don’t know and want to see in action competing against MLS players who are active,” Dallas reserves coach Oscar Pareja said.

He added: “We take a lot of out of the game. The results always hurt because you want to compete and get a good result. But the boys did have a very good half. In the first 20 minutes, we were very sharp. At the end, we were struggling with some injuries and some things but I think they fought hard today.”

Chicago drew first blood in the 25th minute when Diego Chaves scored off a penalty kick, knocking it into the left side of the FCD net. The call came after Dallas right back Zach Loyd was whistled for taking down a Fire player inside the FCD area.

Even with the one-goal edge, the Fire kept pressing forward and Chaves added a second goal just two minutes later, knocking a shot off Dallas trialist Christian Ibeagha that ended up in the back of the net to give Chicago a 2-0 edge.

However, FCD answered just four minutes later when a goal by Bryan Leyva cut the Fire edge in half. After a throw-in on the far sideline by Dallas left back Moises Hernandez, Jair Benitez, who was starting at left mid, got the ball to Leyva who then knocked the ball by a Fire defender before regaining possession long enough to punch a nice shot into the right side of the net for a solid tally.

“I got the ball from Jair [Benitez], took a touch forward. I didn’t have an option really,” Leyva said of the goal. “I decided to go one-v-one, had passed it through the legs of the defender. I thought about the cross but didn’t see anyone open again and went for the shot, second post. Glad it went in.”

That’s how it was heading to the break with the visitors ahead 2-1.

FCD reserves coach Oscar Pareja made several changes to begin the second half, bringing on Bobby Warshaw for Loyd. Dallas academy player Daniel Garcia also came on for guest player Lance Dempsey and Andrew Wiedeman entered the match for Benitez.

Things were pretty quiet until the Fire went ahead 3-1 in the 69th minute after some solid give-and-go play between Kellen Gulley and Orr Barouch, who finished to give the visitors a two-goal edge for the second time in the game.

But once again, FCD answered. This time it was Garcia connecting on a header near the left post after a rock-solid cross from Wiedeman that came from the right flank.

Several minutes later, Chicago nearly went ahead 4-2 but Victor Ulloa made a solid save inside the box to deny the attempt and keep it a one-goal affair, but that’s how it finished, in a

3-2 final.

Once this one was in the books, Pareja was asked to name which players stood out for him in today’s match. He cited three specific examples.

“Well, three guys that are in different stages stood out. The first one was Bryan [Leyva]. I think he had a decent game and a good first half,” he said. “I’m very happy with the things that I saw. Of course, he needs to keep going but I thought he had a very good performance.

The next player he cited was center back Iheaga, a 6-foot-2 Houston native who started 61 games for Duke between 2007 and 2010. However, he was limited to just five starts as a senior due to a season-ending injury.

“Christian [Ibeagha] in the back, a guy who is a trailist, a kid that we didn’t know, this is his first time with us,” Pareja said. “It’s an exercise to expose him to different challenges and I think he did very well.”

And the final player on Papi’s radar was a guy he knows quite well.

“Danny Garcia, an academy player, came in and scored a goal,” Pareja said. “They all came in and did well.”

Plano native Corben Bone, a Wake Forest product, got in the game for the final 28 minutes for the visitors. Other names of note playing for the Fire include Baggio Husidic and goalkeeper Jon Conway.

The Dallas reserves return to the pitch in just five days time, hosting the Houston reserves on Sunday morning.

Box Score

Scoring Summary:

CHI - Diego Chaves (penalty kick) 25
CHI - Diego Chaves 27
DAL – Bryan Leyva (Jair Benitez) 31
CHI – Orr Barouch (Kellen Gulley) 69
DAL – Daniel Garcia (Andrew Wiedeman) 85

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Jair Benitez (caution; reckless foul) 18
DAL – Bobby Warshaw (caution; tactical foul) 68
CHI - Kwame Watson-Siriboe (caution; reckless foul) 73
CHI - Kellen Gulley (caution; reckless foul) 79
CHI - Kellen Gulley (caution; simulation) 89
CHI - Kellen Gulley (ejection; second caution) 89

FC Dallas Reserves – Chris Seitz (Josh Lambo 62), Zach Loyd (Bobby Warshaw 46), David Rodriguez, Christian Ibeaga, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa, Bryan Leyva, Lance Dempsey (*Daniel Garcia 53), Jair Benitez (Andrew Wiedeman 46), Maicon Santos (Ruben Luna 46), Jonathan Top.

Substitutes not used: *Kellyn Acosta, Richard Sanchez.

* = FC Dallas Academy player

Chicago Fire Reserves – Jon Conway, *Francisco Mendoza (Pari Pantazopolous 46), Yamith Cuesta, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Dan Gargan, Daniel Paladini, Orr Barouch, Baggio Husidic, Mike Videira (Corben Bone 62), Diego Chaves (Kellen Gulley 58), Cristian Nazarit (Victor Pineda 53).

Substitutes not used: Alec Duffy.

* = Chicago Fire Reserves guest player

Referee: Jared Peeler
Referee’s Assistants: Jack Damrill, Paul Nothuran
4th Official: Tom Harlett
Weather: Clear, 80 degrees
On the down side the FC Dallas reserves, fresh off a flight from Monterrey, Mexico, lost to the US U20s by a 3-0 score line on Thursday at Pizza Hut Park field 4. On the upside Fabian Castillo made his debut for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas included 5 Academy player in their side, who just got back from Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday: Michael Ambrose, Omar Jarun, Jack Coleman, Boyd Okwuonu, and Daniel Garcia. FC Dallas home grown talents Victor Ulloa, Bryan Leyva, and Jonathan Top all played 90 minutes.

The Brek Shea at center back experiment also continued for another 90 minutes. FCD's so far disappointing generation adidas players John Lambo, Andrew Wiedeman, and Peri Marosevic all started but made way for other players later in the game.

FC Dallas reserves coach Oscar Pareja on the debut of Fabian Castillo

I thought he looked good. We wanted to give him time today to observe the rhythm of the game and become more comfortable. It is obviously not an MLS game, but we wanted him to face some good competition and jell with his teammates. He came in and had some good moments, and that was enough. Schellas wanted to have a look at him and see him in the rhythm of the game. We saw good things. We’re pleased.

Scoring Summary:
U.S. U-20: Bobby Wood (Joe Gyau) 24
U.S. U-20: Sebastian Lletget 43
U.S. U-20: Kelyn Rowe 80

Misconduct Summary:
FCD: Brek Shea (caution) 74


FC Dallas – Josh Lambo (Chris Seitz 46), Michael Ambrose, Brek Shea, Omar Jarun, Jack Coleman, Victor Ulloa, Bruno Guarda (Bobby Warshaw 46), Bryan Leyva, Andrew Wiedeman (Boyd Okwuonu 65), Peri Marosevic (Fabian Castillo 46, Daniel Garcia 68), Jonathan Top.

U.S. Under-20 National Team - Zac MacMath (Cody Cropper 46), Zarek Valentin, Gale Agbossoumonde, Perry Kitchen, Greg Garza, Sebastian Lletget, Amobi Okugo, Kelyn Rowe, Joe Gyau, Bobby Wood, Conor Doyle.