• Two Goals from Jose Villareal Lead Pateadores to Title
• Club Becomes First from Southern California to Win Academy Championship
• Jose Cervantes Makes Several Fine Saves in Winning Effort
MILWAUKEE (July 15, 2011) – Pateadores claimed the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 Finals Week championship with a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis., behind two goals from Jose Villareal. In their first appearance at a Finals Week, Pateadores become the first team from Southern California to win an Academy championship.
Both teams started the game with some nerves, but Pateadores quickly settled into a rhythm. In the ninth minute, a good buildup forced FC Dallas captain Jack Coleman to foul Irvin Parra-Anaya 25 yards from goal. On the ensuing free kick, Villareal took a left-footed shot that curled perfectly around the wall and beat FC Dallas goalkeeper Eduardo Cortez to the near post, giving Pateadores a 1-0 advantage.
With the goal scored, both teams found a good tempo as they tried to impose their own possession game. FC Dallas created their first dangerous chance in the 24th minute, Jose Perez chipping his entry ball into the box looking for Bryan Leyva, but goalkeeper Juan Cervantes was quick off his line to win the ball.
Another free kick opportunity nearly led to a second Pateadores goal in the 28th minute, Villareal connecting with a leaping header that barely missed the target. Still pressing in the 31st minute, Parra-Anaya sent in a free kick that was headed down at the far post just a smidge wide.
Seven minutes before halftime, FC Dallas took their first shot on goal as Danny Garcia cut the ball past his defender and forced a diving save from Cervantes.
In the second half, FC Dallas started to take control of the possession when head coach Oscar Pareja brought Michael Ambrose in at left back and David Robledo into right midfield.
In the 58th minute, Garcia was shown his second caution of the game, forcing FC Dallas to try to fight for an equalizer while down a man for more than 30 minutes.
The breakthrough came just four minutes later. A good passing sequence connected Ambrose with Ulloa in the attacking third. Ulloa dropped the ball back for Ambrose, who sent a cross to the far post. Leyva was able to bring the ball down and take a low shot that slipped in past Cervantes to level the score.
The goal reignited both teams as they looked for the go-ahead goal. Three minutes after the score, Jonathan Top brought down a ball in the box and hit a bouncing shot that required a good save from Cervantes. A minute later, Leyva forced another excellent from the Pateadores ‘keeper after carrying the ball into the box and hitting a shot to the near post.
In the 81st minute, Parra-Anaya played a ball forward for Villareal, who received the ball with his chest and turned on his defender while the ball was still bouncing. A slick move put the ball on his favored left foot, and he was able to rip a shot that landed inside the far post to give Pateadores a 2-1 lead that they clung to until the final whistle signaled that the championship title was heading to California.
- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -
Match: Pateadores vs. FC Dallas
Date: July 15, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-17/18 Championship
Venue: Marquette University (Valley Fields); Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 12 p.m. CT
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Pateadores 1 1 2
FC Dallas 0 1 1
PAT – Jose Villareal 9th minute
FCD – Bryan Leyva (Michael Ambrose) 62
PAT – Jose Villareal (Irvin Parra-Anaya) 81
PAT: 61-Juan Cervantes; 5-Victor Calderon, 15-Javan Torre, 21-Pedro Lugo, Jr., 36-Oscar Sorto; 3-Michael Bautista (28-Casey Macias, 80), 11-Jefrey Payeras, 9-Jose Rivera (capt.), 12-Jackson McCracken (2-Maxxwell Bauman, 63); 24-Jose Villareal (41-Roberto Escudero, 90), 10-Irvin Parra-Anaya
Subs not used: 8-Kevin Alva, 60-Bryan Hernandez, 20-Daniel Theobald
Head Coach: Todd Saldana
FCD: 22-Eduardo Cortes; 14-Kellyn Acosta, 15-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Jack Coleman (capt.), 30-Moises Hernandez (3-Michael Ambrose, 46); 10-Jose Perez (17-David Robledo, 46), 20-Victor Ulloa, 8-Flavio Guzman (6-Nicholas Rochowski, 90), 11-Danny Garcia, 40-Bryan Leyva; 9-Jonathan Top (18-Victor Pinal, 74)
Subs not used: 2-Mark Ashby, 39-Bobby Edet, 45-Fernando Laverde, 88-Bryan Landazury
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
Stats Summary: PAT / FCD
Shots: 7 / 5
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 7
Fouls: 5 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0
FCD – Danny Garcia (caution) 15th minute
PAT – Jose Villareal (caution) 32
FCD – Danny Garcia (caution) 58
FCD – Danny Garcia (sent off) 58
FCD – Boyd Okwuonu (caution) 71
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referee 1: Cedric Adams
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Katja Koroleva
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Jose Villareal (Pateadores)