CARSON, Calif. (July 13, 2010) – Derby County Wolves U-17/18 and FC Dallas U-17/18 drew 1-1 after two second half goals in their second group matches at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., for the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week.
The result left Derby County with just one point after two games and eliminates them from contention of making the championship match on Saturday, July 17 after winning the title last year in the U-15/16 age division. FC Dallas, however, is now in pole position in the group on four points. Rivals CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-17/18 and Crossfire Premier U-17/18 both sit on three points after their match later in the afternoon.
Nate Hicklin put Derby County in front just three minutes into the second half with a well taken free kick strike. Wolves, however, would see Dallas restore parity on their first attack after the kick off to knot the score at 1-1 behind a Victor Ulloa goal.
The match was played at a high level with both teams committed to quality play, passing on the ground with good movement off the ball. Derby County once again exhibited great patience with the ball in possession and Dallas’ quick passing game created an attractive contest to watch.
Derby County created the first opportunity of the match when Jordan Green surged down the right side and hit a rolling shot towards the far post that forward Reed Losee ran onto at the back post. His side footed effort was saved by ‘keeper Eduardo Cortes and cleared for a corner.
Midway through the half, both teams had found a rhythm and the game was being played a quick, skillful pace. Each continued to search and probe the other’s defense with Dallas creating a chance through the midfield to spring Bradlee Baladez for a shot on 27 minutes. Derby County answered in the 30th minute with foray down the left after switching the attack across midfield from the right. The half ended with both sides continuing to trade punches but the defenses were playing as well as their attacking counterparts and the cagey first half ended 0-0
It only took 3 minutes for Derby County to find the breakthrough on the foot of Hinkley in the second half. After a careless foul in midfield from FC Dallas, the Wolves central midfielder stepped up to take the free kick from 30 yards. His brilliant strike cleared the wall and dipped under the crossbar leaving Cortes helpless on his line and vaulting Derby County back into the Group 1 mix.
The Derby County lead would prove to be short lived however as Dallas hit back directly from the ensuing kick off. Left back Moises Hernandez, a constant threat down the flank, got forward into the attacking third to hit a low cross that was cut out by the defense but directly to the supporting Ulloa at the top of the box. His first time effort eluded several defenders and the goalkeeper on the way to the back of the net to knot the contest at 1-1.
After the quick strike goals, the game opened up, ebbing and flowing from one end to the other. Derby County maintained momentum despite giving up the equalizer so quickly and pushed the pace of the match knowing that only a win would keep them in the race for qualifying for the championship match.
The match began to turn again with 20 minutes left to play as the high tempo began to take its toll on the sharpness of passing and runs off the ball. Derby County had to throw numbers forward in the attack to search for a winner, while Dallas was dangerous on the counter, releasing players down the flank. Derby managed three corner kicks in the closing stages but failed to convert them into dangerous scoring opportunities.
As the moments began to wane, Derby was desperately searching for another goal but left their defense exposed as Dallas had two opportunities to score after springing players high the their offensive half. Neither team was able to find a second goal, however, as the scoreline remained at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Derby County will take the field next against Crossfire Premier on Field 2 on July 15, while FC Dallas takes on CASL Chelsea FC Academy on Field 3. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. ET.
Development Academy Finals Week Match Report
Match: Derby County Wolves U-17/18 vs. FC Dallas U-17/18
Date: July 13, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
DCW 0 1 1
FCD 0 1 1
DCW – Nathan Hicklin 48th minute
FCD – Victor Ulloa 49
DCW: 1-Andrew Grinwis; 3-Adam Bedell (13-Stefan Grigorakis, 56), 21-Nicholas Prys, 8-Ryan Keener, 12-Sean Magee (11-Eric Weberman, 75); 4-Nathan Hicklin (28-Dzenan Catic, 84), 23-Tyler Jordan, 7-Joshua Barens, 9-Cody Henderson (5-, 81); 20-Jad El-Zein (22-TJ VanSlooten, 56), 32-Reed Loosee
Subs not used: 0-Tom Duquette, 2-Joshua Gatt, 6-Kelby Spake, 14-Zachary Cooney, 16-Aaron Hebden, 17-Sasa Miskovic, 18-Nicholas Lewin, 19-Mitchal Rosendall,
Head Coach: David Hicklin
FCD: 0-Eduardo Cortes; 27-Michael Ambrose, 2-Daniel Premenko, 24-Samuel Coleman, 3-Moises Hernandez; 12-Damian Rosales (11-Steven Adams, 46), 7-Victor Ulloa, 23-Marlon Duran, 10-Jose Perez (8-Christopher Figueroa, 77); 20-Bradlee Baladez (17-David Robledo, 65), 9-Ruben Luna
Subs not used: 1-Jaime Ibarra, 4-Giovanni Gomez, 6-Jael Barrera, 14-Jacob Gerondale, 16-Julian Torres, 18-Alex Frankenfeld, 19-Uriel Soto, 30-Zachary Downes,
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
Stats Summary: DCW / FCD
Shots: 8 / 6
Shots on Goal: 1 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 0 / 1
DCW – Nathan Hicklin (caution) 6th minute
DCW – Sean Magee (caution) 15
FCD – Ruben Luna (caution) 88
FCD – Christopher Figueroa (caution) 90+2
Referee: Joshua Brooks
Assistant Referee 1: Israel Fernandez
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ciancaglini
Fourth Official: Christina Ibanez