Dallas Soccer: Super Group

Dallas Cup Super Group crowns co-champs

April, 24, 2011
FRISCO, Texas -- For the first time in its 32-year history, the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup crowned co-champions in the Gordon Jago Super Group.

The title match featuring Tigres of Monterrey, Mexico, and Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany was cancelled in the 66th minute by a thunderstorm Sunday night at Pizza Hut Park.

The match was tied 1-1 when the teams were pulled off the field at 7:27 p.m.

After a wait of an hour and 15 minutes with persistent lightning, it was announced the two sides would be declared co-champions.

Moises Orozco nodded in the Tigres goal from short range in the final minute of the first half, set up by the cross from Jose Campoy.

Dustin Ernst equalized on a penalty kick just before play was halted.

In other title matches Sunday:

U19: No Dallas Cup age group champion celebrated with the gusto of U19 winner Knowsley Youth.

The club, from suburban Liverpool, England, wanted to soak up its 4-2 victory over Ajax Gunners from Ajax, Canada, for as long as possible before leaving the field.

Knowsley, a fixture in the Dallas Cup every year since 1991, was rewarded for its persistence with its first title.

Adam Black, Paul Mooney and Steve Tames scored goals for Knowsley, which also benefited from an own goal.

Sebastian Arangio and Zachary Mbolekwa scored for Ajax.

U17: Weariness, and a bench shortened by injury, caught up with Santa Clara Sporting in a 2-0 loss to Tigres from Monterrey, Mexico, in the U17 final.

“We didn’t have any more legs,’’ said Sporting defender Andre Alvarez. “We tried. We played our hearts out, but it just wasn’t there.’’

Tigres needed just three minutes to go in front. Isaac Martinez tucked a 16-yard strike in the upper-left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

About 10 minutes before intermission, Tigres struck for a second time when Uvaldo Luna found himself unmarked 10 yards in front of the goal.

U16: The U16 final matched two teams from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Estudiantes Tecos edged CD Guadalajara Chivas on Daniel Arambul’s overtime goal, 3-2.

Tecos was a perfect 6-0 on the way to its title, having knocked off defending U16 champion Houston Dynamo USSF Academy, 4-2, in a quarterfinal and squeezing past San Jose, Calif., entry MTH PAC Tigres, 3-2, in a semifinal.

FC Dallas surprises FC Barcelona in Dallas Cup

April, 17, 2011
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.