Dallas Soccer: Eintracht Frankfurt
"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.
The action gets started at 1:30 p.m. as 2011 English Premier Academy League champions Everton FC faces 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semifinalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC.
The second game features French Academy League champions Paris Saint-Germain against Mexico's U-20 national squad at 3:30 p.m. The 33rd Annual Welcome World Opening Ceremonies featuring all teams from all age groups will start at 6 p.m. setting the stage for a blockbuster final game.
2011 FA Youth Cup Champions and English powerhouse Manchester United will battle FC Dallas, the 2011 US Soccer Development Academy runners up and No. 1 rated club in the country, according to the recent U.S. Soccer evaluations.
The traditional Wednesday night matchups on April 4 will feature last year’s co-champions, Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, against Mexico's U-20 at 6:30 p.m.. FC Dallas sister club UANL Tigres of Mexico goes up against Manchester United at 8:30 p.m.
Championship weekend will kick off on Friday, April 6 with the Gordon Jago Super Group semifinals taking place at 6 and 8 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday will see the championship games of all age groups taking place on the stadium field.
Tickets for all stadium games are on sale now! Adult Value Pack $55.00 ($75.00 Value), Youth Value Pack $20.00 ($25.00 Value). Opening Day - Adult Tickets are $15 each and Opening Day –Youth Tickets are $5 each. Games will be played all week, free of charge, at FC Dallas Stadium complex and Richland College complex, but entry into all stadium games requires a ticket. Get the latest information about Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII, teams, schedules and more at www.dallascup.com.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII April 1-8th, FC Dallas Stadium Super Group games are as follows:
Five Days at the Stadium-14 Great Games
Sunday - April 1st
1:30PM Everton vs. Cortiba FC
3:30PM Paris St. German vs. Mexico U20s
7:30PM Manchester United FC vs. FC Dallas Academy
Wednesday – April 4th
6:30PM Mexico U20s VS. Eintracht Frankfurt
8:30PM Manchester United FC vs. Tigres
Feature Games at FC Dallas Stadium-Friday, 6 April
6:00pm Super Group Semi Final
8:00pm Super Group Semi Final
Feature Games at FC Dallas Stadium-Saturday, 7 April
12:00pm Under 13 Championship Match
2:00pm Under 14 Championship Match
4:00pm Under 15 Championship Match
Feature Games at FC Dallas Stadium-Sunday, 8 April
10:00am Under 16 Championship Match
12:30pm Under 17 Championship Match
3:00pm Under 19 Championship Match
6:00pm Super Group Championship Match
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States, celebrating its 33rd year in 2012. Dallas Cup contains seven age groups from U13 to U19 level and entertains on average more than 160,000 spectators during the week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has played host to teams and referees from over 45 states, 100 countries and 6 continents. Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII kicks off at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, April 1st, 2012 with the championship games taking place April 7 and 8.
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