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U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Gets Ready for Dallas Cup Final

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will try to become the first American team to win the U-19 Super Group when it takes on Tigres (of Mexico) in the final of the Dallas Cup on Sunday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at Lake Highlands Stadium. Since the conception of the U-19 Super Group in 1990 (Dallas Cup XI) no team from the U.S. has been able to win the group. Only teams from England (two times), Mexico, Brazil (five), Argentina, Spain, Russia and Bolivia have taken home the championship trophy. "We are excited about getting the chance to make history," head coach John Ellinger said. "Tigres is a dangerous team and we will have our hands full on Sunday. To win the championship, we will have to play well and our kids are ready for the challenge."

U-19 Super Group Playoff Results and Schedule

Friday, April 18
Tigres 1 CD Guadalajara 0
USA 1 Newcastle United FC 0

Third Place Match
Saturday, April 19
Newcastle United FC vs. CD Guadalajara 7:30 p.m. CT Lake Highlands Stadium

Sunday, April 20
USA vs. Tigres 7 p.m. CT Lake Highlands Stadium

Tigres went undefeated in Bracket B of the U-19 Super Group, going 2-0-1, giving them seven points to win the bracket. In their first two games, Tigres overwhelmed Solar SC (of Dallas) 4-1 and the Woodbridge Strikers (of Canada) 5-1. In Tigres final bracket game against Sport Lisboa e Benfica, they battled to a 1-1 tie and advanced to the semifinals. Facing CD Guadalajara in the early semifinal last night, Tigres held the "Chivas" high speed attackers at bay and scored in the first half to move on to the final.

U.S. central defender Jonathan Spector will have to sit for the final after getting ejected in Friday’s semifinal game against Newcastle United FC. Spector received his first caution after a rough challenge with a Newcastle forward. Moments before, the Newcastle forward knocked Spector in the face, creating a deep cut above his right eye. Despite the three centimeter long cut Spector received, no foul was called on the Newcastle player. Spector got his second yellow, and subsequent ejection, after pulling down the same Newcastle forward as he got behind the U.S. defense just before halftime. After the game, Spector went to the hospital and doctors used Dermabond, a topical skin adhesive, instead of stitches to close the wound.

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team went through their final training session at Southern Methodist University this morning. After about 20-minutes of warming up and stretching, the players divided up into two groups of nine and each played a game of 7v2 keep away. Later, eight of the players played a short field game of 4v4, with regulation-sized goals. The keepers, Phil Marfuggi and Quentin Westberg, got a workout as the field players got numerous shots from close range.

The U.S. Under-16 Men’s National Team battled Southern Methodist University to a 0-0 tie today at Westcott Field on the SMU campus. U.S. keepers Stephen Sandbo and Robert Goldsberry combined efforts for the shutout. The game was set-up after the U.S. didn’t qualify for the quarterfinals of the Dallas Cup, despite going undefeated with a record of 2-0-1.

U.S. forward Freddy Adu hand is probably hurting after signing his autograph for hundreds of fans over the past week at the Dallas Cup. After Friday nights semifinal game against Newcastle, Adu was swarmed by fans who wanted to get his signature or a picture with the 13-year-old. Adu has been more than accommodating to the fans – most of which are twice as old as him – taking time after games before getting on the team van to go back to the hotel.