Dallas Soccer: Mike Ambrose

FC Dallas Reserves got a boost from newly signed striker Luis Perea. The 25-year-old Colombian netted a goal and an assist in just one half of play as FC Dallas Reserves defeated Real Salt Lake Reserves 3-1 at FC Dallas Stadium Tuesday night.

A tale of two halves, Real Salt Lake Reserves controlled possession early on and took a 1-0 lead in just the ninth minute. Cody Arnoux set up the goal when he split FC Dallas’ center backs with a well-placed through ball. Emiliano Bonfigli timed his run perfectly, beating goalkeeper Chris Seitz to the ball and knocking a low shot into the far corner of the net for the goal.

Perea came on for Ruben Luna at halftime, but it was another strong combination from FC Dallas’ stable of Homegrown players that brought the match level in the 60th minute. The play began with a nice cross from Top from the right flank to Leyva on the left side. Leyva brought down the cross and faked a shot in the same motion before knocking a hard shot, low into the back of the net.

FC Dallas Academy product Mike Ambrose came on for Alex Lee in the 83rd minute. Less than a minute later, Ambrose made his mark on the match. The attacking-minded right back got the ball on the flank and chipped a dangerous ball into the area. Perea put himself in a good position to make a play on the ball and capitalized with a one-timer to the near post to make the score 2-1 in the 84th minute.

FC Dallas closed out the scoring in the 87th minute on a goal by Top. The play was set up by Perea, who controlled the ball in a crowd near midfield before sending a long ball in on the ground for Top. The 19-year-old forward collected the ball in space at the top right corner of the area before hitting a hard shot, low to the back post. The shot just caught the side netting inside the post to give FC Dallas Reserves the 3-1 victory.

Scoring Summary:

RSL – Emiliano Bonfigli (Cody Arnoux) 9
DAL – Bryan Leyva (Jonathan Top) 60
DAL – Luis Perea (Mike Ambrose) 84
DAL – Jonathan Top (Perea) 87

Disciplinary Summary:


FC Dallas Reserves – Chris Seitz, Alex Lee (*Mike Ambrose 83), George John, Matt Hedges, Moises Hernandez, Bobby Warshaw, Victor Ulloa (Bruno Guarda 55), Bryan Leyva, Andrew Wiedeman (*Danny Garcia 90), Jonathan Top, Ruben Luna (Luis Perea 45).

Subs not used: *Eduardo Cortez, *Mark Ashby, *Kellyn Acosta.

Real Salt Lake Reserves – Kyle Reynish, Nat Borchers (**Carlos Salcedo), Leone Cruz, Terukazu Tanaka, Diogo de Almeida, Yordany Alvarez, Enzo Martinez (**Jordan Allen 66), Jonny Steele, Nico Muniz (^Lucas Acosta 45), Cody Arnoux, Emiliano Bonfigli.

Subs not used: Lalo Fernandez, **Eti Tavares.

*FC Dallas Academy player

^Guest trialist

**RSL-Arizona Academy player
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.