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Late Dallas Texans Goal Earns Draw with Seattle Sounders FC

MILWAUKEE (July 10, 2011) -- A Dallas Texans goal five minutes from the end of regulation neutralized a one-goal lead as they drew 1-1 with Finals Week newcomers Seattle Sounders FC in the opening match of the U-15/16 Division at Development Academy Finals week. Jesse Klug opened the scoring for Seattle in the sixth minute and the advantage lasted nearly the entire match, but Vernon Bailey had the answer in the 75th on a hot afternoon at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Seattle will next face Real So Cal on July 12 in the night-cap at Marquette University, while Dallas Texans meet Los Angeles Galaxy at 5:30 p.m. CT at Quad Park.

“I thought it was a good game,” said Sounders FC head coach Richard McCormick. “It was a well fought game by both teams. It’s frustrating not to come away with the three points we felt like we had through the whole game, but that’s soccer.”

Both teams came out with the intent of keeping the ball on the floor and playing fluidly through midfield, which made for some high tempo action in the first half. Playing in their first Finals Week, the Sounders got off to a dream start when Jordan Schweitzer lobbed a pass over two charging defenders into the path of Klug, who skillfully volleyed the ball out of the air and caught Texans ‘keeper Kevin Wright by surprise.

Two minutes later, Seattle netminder Keenan Townsend got into the act after a long ball from the Texans defense drifted into the area. Geoffrey Hill skimmed a header that would have tucked in just under the crossbar if not for the leaping save from Townsend.

Dallas picked up the pace and nearly found success with another ball over the top, this time finding Reis Woolley. He took a controlling touch and then ripped a low drive that struck the outside of the side panel. Woolley, Sylvester Contreras and Andre Reyes combined nicely throughout the half, the Seattle backline bending at times but never breaking.

While the Texans continued to try and take the initiative in the second half, the Sounders had the first real good look at goal. In the 56th minute, Miles Rodriguez-Nilson found himself in space and drilled a low hopper that forced a diving save from Wright. With 15 minutes remaining Dallas took it up a notch, but once again Rodriguez-Nilson nearly doubled the lead. Controlling the ball about 50 yards from goal, he alertly spotted the ‘keeper off his line and launched an audacious strike. Wright was fairly beaten, but the crossbar did the work for him and the 1-0 lead remained intact.

Dallas finally saw their efforts rewarded in the 75th minute in a play that began with a free kick 40 yards from goal. Reyes curled a delivery into the box that substitute forward Christian Soldat directed towards Bailey, who deftly flicked a shot to the near post.

“Andre served a good ball in,” said Bailey, who played in his first match of a Finals Week. “Christian got a little touch on it and it came right to my feet, and I just flicked it in the goal. I was excited for me and the team.”

- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -

Match: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Dallas Texans
Date: July 10, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-15/16 - Group 1
Venue: Marquette University – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Weather: 86 degrees, hot

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Seattle Sounders FC   1 0 1
Dallas Texans            0 1 1

SOU – Jesse Klug (Jordan Schweitzer)    6th minute
DAL – Vernon Bailey (Christian Soldat)   75

SOU: 00-Keenan Townsend; 16-Jeffrey Collings, 6-Michael Gallagher, 18-Ian Lange, 14-Jacob Beck; 17-Stefan Bangsund (7-Michael Steele, 48), 4-Jordan Schweitzer, 15-Austin Sweeney, 19-Jordan Thompson (23-Miles Rodriguez-Nilson, 49); 12-Jesse Klug, 13-Ike Crook
Subs not used: 1-Trevor Larson, 5-Jalen Markey, 22-James Nosack, 11-Odason Pelogi, 21-Chad Radolovich
Head Coach: Richard McCormick

DAL: 87-Kevin Wright; 40-Ryan Ward (29-Jonathan Kotowski, 52), 27-Vernon Bailey, 31-Brandon Aubrey, 25-Garrett Yancey; 35-Geoffrey Hill (28-Jose Balderas, 80), 32-James Hickey, 44-Alec Petit (43-Christian Soldat, 47), 38-Andre Reyes; 7-Reis Woolley (41-Jason Machado, 64), 42-Sylvester Contreras (37-Jack Blanton, 67)
Subs not used: 1-Collin Hall
Head coach: David Hudgell

Stats Summary: SOU / DAL
Shots: 6 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 6
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
SOU: Austin Sweeney (caution)      80+1

Referee: Kara Honthumb
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Klinger
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Herrera
Fourth Official: Yevgeniy Mednikov Man of the Match: Michael Gallagher (Seattle Sounders FC)