Soon-to-be rivals lead FC Dallas to the top

Michael Ambrose anchors a FC Dallas defense that has allowed only 10 goals in 14 matches. Rick Yeattes

University of North Carolina-bound striker Daniel Garcia is clearly the go-to player and leads FC Dallas with an average of slightly more than a goal per match. His University of Maryland-bound teammate Michael Ambrose, meanwhile, anchors a defense that averages giving up less than a goal per outing.

Soon, these teammates will turn adversaries.

"We talk about that all the time, actually," Garcia said. "We're actually looking forward to it."

But with their potential faceoff further down the road, the duo will continue to focus on the dominance of their current team in U.S. Soccer Development Academy action, where FC Dallas is 10-1-1 in the Texas Division of the Central Conference and 12-1-2 overall.

Led by Garcia, with 16 goals, and fellow strikers Bobby Edet and Jonathan Top with five goals each, FC Dallas has outscored its Texas Division opposition 34-6 with nine shutouts and has an overall scoring advantage of 40-10 in 14 matches.

Ambrose anchors a defense comprised of keepers Eduardo Cortes and Caleb Underwood, who are fronted by defenders Aaron Guillen, Mark Ashby, Alex Frankenfeld, Nicholas Rochowski, Fernando Laverde and Richard Sanchez.

"Attacking-wise, we love to keep the ball, we love to touch the ball, and we like to play simple," Ambrose said. "We like to hide it on one side, switch it to the other side and then attack from that side. Our possession, touch on the ball and our technique surprises the teams that we play."

FC Dallas central midfielders David Robledo and Marco Ortiz have scored three and one goal, respectively. In addition, Flavio Guzman (two goals), Marco Carrizales (one goal) and Kellyn Acosta "are all players who are in the defensive midfield position to help us develop an attacking tempo, and they help us maintain long periods of possession," said coach Chris Hayden.

Last Weekend's Matches


South Conference Atlantic Division

Charlotte Soccer Academy 1, Virginia Rush 0: Khalil Abderahman converted in the 61st minute to lift Charlotte SA (2-0, 3-3-1) over the first-place Virginia Rush (4-1-1, 7-7-3) on Sunday.

North Meck 4, Richmond Strikers 0: North Meck (1-0-1, 1-3-3) received second-half goals from Chukwuka Anyafo, Scout Monteith, Zhuvonte Wilson and Austin Stamey to break a scoreless tie against the Strikers (0-5-1, 3-13-1) on Saturday.

Charlotte Soccer Academy 3, Richmond Kickers 0: Tomas Hlliard Arce, Khalil Abderahman and Hans Honer scored in the 17th, 42nd and 43rd minutes to lift the Charlotte SA over the Kickers on Saturday.

Virginia Rush 1, North Meck 1: Michael Abraham scored in the second minute for the Rush, but Zhuvonte Wilson tied the game in the 39th for North Meck.

Central Conference, Texas Division

Solar Chelsea 1, Lonestar 0: A goal in the 13th minute by Toryima Asom lifted the second-place Solar Chelsea (5-2-5, 7-4-6) over fifth-place Lonestar (5-4-2, 8-5-3) on Saturday.

FC Dallas 2, Classics Elite 2: Fourth-place FC Dallas (4-3-5, 5-4-6) had an early two-goal lead on scores by Alberto Galvan and Juan Amaro in the eighth and 47th minutes, but Classics Elite (0-8-2, 1-12-2) -- who are in last place in the nine-team division -- knotted the game on second-half scores from Jose Jaramillo and Mithcell Hopkins in the 53rd and 64th.

West Conference So Cal Division

Chivas USA 1, Real So Cal 1: Jorge Ruiz gave fourth-place Chivas USA (3-2-1, 6-5-2) an early lead in the 21st minute, but Kevin Cervantes tied the game in the 76th for seventh-place Real So Cal (1-3-1, 6-6-1) in the nine-team group on Saturday.

West Conference Northwest Division

Cal Odyssey 1, California Development Academy 1: Dalton Pando converted in the 20th-minute for the eighth-place California Development Academy (1-4-1, 5-9-2) and Alexis Jasso scored in the 79th for the sixth-place Cal Odyssey (2-3-1, 4-9-1) on Saturday.


South Carolina United Battery 2, CASL Chelsea FC 0: South Conference Southeast Division leader South Carolina United Battery (9-1-2, 15-3-3) received goals from Daniel Zaremba and Michele Bottari in the eighth and 75th minute of Sunday's shutout. CASL falls to 3-1-3 overall.


South Conference Atlantic Division

North Meck 4, Virginia Rush 0: Erick Suarez, Andre Diouf, Jason Andrejchak and Mason McCarter accounted for the scoring of two goals per half as the North Meck (2-1-1, 7-2-4) blanked the last-place Rush (0-6-0, 1-13-3) on Saturday.

Central Conference Texas Division

Solar Chelsea 3, Lonestar 1: Goals by Zachary Mathers, Samuel Hayward and Alfred Koroma in the 60th, 67th and 87th minutes lifted the second-place Solar Chelsea (6-4-2, 10-4-3) in a come-from-behind victory over the fourth-place Lonestar (5-5-1, 10-5-1). The Lonestar led, 1-0, on a score by Kekuta Manneh in the 56th.

West Conference So Cal Division

Chivas USA 1, Real So Cal 0: Mark Verso's overtime goal in the 84th minute lifted division-leading Chivas (4-1-1, 9-3-1) over sixth-place So Cal (1-2-2, 4-5-4) in the nine-team division.


CASL 1, South Carolina United Battery 0: An overtime goal by McAmos Paye in the 92nd minute lifted CASL (0-0, 5-1-1) of the South Conference Atlantic Division over the Battery of the South Conference Southeast Division.