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Baltimore Bays Finish Season With 1-0 Victory Against FC Dallas

CARSON, Calif. (July 17) — Despite lacking in minutes of possession, Baltimore overwhelmed Dallas in all other statistical categories to earn a 1-0 win and take 5th place on the 2009-2010 Development Academy season. A scoreless draw was broken in the 77th minute when Jeremy Kirkwood capitalized on a mistake by Dallas goalkeeper Zachary Downes, and the Bays held on to earn their second win of Finals Week.

“We had a little bit of a disappointing week after getting off to a good start, but our club plays with pride,” said Baltimore head coach Steve Nichols. “I think today they wanted it a little bit more than the other team.”

The hot afternoon created a slow start for both teams, compounded by Dallas’ possession-based playing style. Baltimore chose to use heavy pressure on their opponents, intending to force mistakes and earn chances through effort and hustle. Seemingly uninterested in playing for 5th place, Dallas soon had trouble passing the ball out of their back as smoothly as they usually do.

In the 13th and 14th minutes, Baltimore’s pressure earned them three successive corners, but all attempts at service fell short of any real danger to Dallas. In the 16th however, a turnover by Dallas resulted in Baltimore’s Brian Graham getting the ball along the left side in the attacking half. Seeing Moses Makinde running into the box from the right, Graham split two defenders to sneak a ball into his path. Makinde took a touch and wisely chose to lay it off to his right upon drawing a defender, finding Peter Caringi who’s first touch blast was headed for the roof of the net before Downes tipped it over the bar for yet another corner.

The 33rd minute brought yet another mistake for Dallas, as a throw in deep in their half was intercepted along the right side by Diego McQuestion. Racing towards the box, McQuestion was stripped of the ball but not controlled by the defense, and the loose ball bounced to Mamadou Kansaye who fired low and to the left from the top of the box. Reacting well, Downes got down quick to stop and hold the ball with his right hand.

It wasn’t until the 45th minute that Dallas had their best chance of the game, and it came via the long ball. Sending a long pass from his right back position, Giovanni Gomez found Damian Rosales along the right sideline. After a Baltimore defender mistimed his header, Rosales was free to walk in with a 2v1 accompanied by Jonathan Top. Rosales passed to Top, who stopped and fired from the penalty spot but hit the crossbar just above the left corner.

Halftime brought several substitutes for both teams, but the second half began much as the first half ended, with spells of Dallas possession broken by Baltimore’s quick counterattacks that resulted in far more opportunities. On their 10th corner of the match, Baltimore finally got the bounce they deserved.

What seemed a routine inswinger from Geaton Caltabiano was headed right for the hands of Downes inside his six yard box, but Downes was unable to hold onto the cross. The rebound fell to the feet of Kirkwood, who smashed home the ball to score one of the easiest of his career in the 77th minute.

“We worked for a corner and put it in really tight. I was making a run in, the goalie couldn’t handle it and it fell down and I was right there,” said Kirkwood.

“We always want to win, we don’t want to leave on a loss. Even though it’s for 5th place, we came out and fought hard and were able to get it.”

Again displaying their pride and competitive desire, Baltimore continued to pressure Dallas to earn the win. While still able to hold possession, Dallas never really pressured the Baltimore goal in the final ten minutes and will leave Finals Week in 6th place on the season.

                                        Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: FC Dallas U-17/18 vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18
Date: July 17, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local time

Scoring Summary:         1     2     F
FC Dallas                          0     0     0
Baltimore Bays Chelsea      0     1     1

BBC – Jeremy Kirkwood                     77th minute

FCD: 30-Zachary Downes; 4-Giovanni Gomez (27-Michael Ambrose, 46), 14-Samuel Coleman, 5-Jacob Gerondale (2-Daniel Premenko, 46), 3-Moises Hernandez (13-Julian Torres, 77); 7-Victor Ulloa (capt.), 23-Marlon Duran, 12-Damian Rosales, 19-Uriel Soto (20-Bradlee Baladez, 24), 8-Christopher Figueroa (10-Jose Perez, 56); 17-Jonathan Top
Subs not used: 0-Eduardo Cortes, 1-Jaime Ibarra; 6-Jael Barrera, 9-Ruben Luna, 11-Steven Adams, 16-Julian Torres, 18-Alex Frankenfeld
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja

BBC: 14-Tim Peitsch (24-Robert Benzig, 46); 1-Joseph Meyer (11-Michael Molloy, 85), 15-Oumar Ballo, 12-Joseph Cahalan, 16-Jackson Weiner; 23-Jeremy Kirkwood, 18-Mamadou Kansaye (capt.), 4-Diego McQuestion (10-Geaton Caltabiano, 43), 9-Moses Makinde (17-Marquez Fernandez, 46, 20-Alexander Bullington, 74), 7-Peter Caringi (5-Jonathan Guzman, 67), 8-Brian Graham (3-Eli Dennis, 56)
Subs not used: 6-Michael Raley, 19-Mikias Teketele, 25-Matthew Tyrie
Head Coach: Steve Nichols

Stats Summary: FCD / BBC
Shots: 3 / 15
Shots on Goal: 0 / 7
Saves: 6 / 0
Corner Kicks: 0 / 11
Fouls: 12 / 4
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BBC – Jeremy Kirkwood         (caution)     19th minute
FCD – Jonathan Top              (caution)     73

Referee: Eric Weisbrod
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Thornberry
Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Reed Christy