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CASL Chelsea FC Overcomes FC Dallas 3-2

CARSON, Calif. (July 15) — A slow first half gave way to four goals in the second as CASL Chelsea FC Academy outdueled FC Dallas to earn a 3-2 win on the final day of group play at Finals Week. Glenn Scott, Matthew Wescoe and Charles Root all tallied for CASL while Ruben Luna and Jose Perez kept FC Dallas in the fight until the very end. Despite their best efforts, CASL finishes second in Group 1 behind Crossfire Premier due to goal differential. They’ll face Real So Cal in the third place match Saturday night, while FC Dallas falls from top of the group at the start of the day to the 5th place match also on Saturday.

FC Dallas took the field looking to continue their success with heavy possession and passing, patiently waiting for holes to open up in the CASL midfield. But the North Carolina club came out aggressively, using their strikers and midfielders to pressure the Dallas midfield all night in hopes of keeping them out of the attacking third. The first chance of the game came through an uncharacteristic long ball for the Texas squad, as forward Ruben Luna ran under a lofted ball straight down the middle into the goal box. After collecting the ball more with his head and back than any of his feet, Luna struck off an acrobatic shot while off balance that went over the goal.

Not restrained to fast counterattacks, CASL Chelsea FC Academy had several spots of possession in the first 30 minutes and displayed their own form of patience to not try and force anything into the box. It paid off in the 27th minute, as they got on the scoreboard with a wonder strike off the foot of Glenn Scott.

After earning a free kick just outside the 18 yard box to the left, Charles Root faked the shot and laid it off to his right, just at the top of the key. With a full bodied strike, the defender drilled the ball into the upper right corner of the goal to tally his first goal of Finals Week.

CASL held on to that lead into halftime, as FC Dallas adjusted to being behind for only the second time this week—their first lasting only a couple of minutes before they tied the match. Hard work by Luna up top drew them level in the 61st minute, as the big striker was tackled in the box and given a penalty kick by referee Sorin Stoica. Davis Griffen chose to move in the right direction, but Luna’s shot had too much pace and went in over the diving goalkeeper for a 1-1 game.

Four minutes later, CASL reclaimed their lead with simple passing in the attacking third. Beating the Dallas defense with a diagonal run, Matthew Wescoe received a quick pass from John Patrick Rafferty to get behind the line and slotted past goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra to make the score 2-1.

Knowing a win would guarantee them a place in the 1st place match, FC Dallas picked up their pace, looking to not only pull it back to even but go ahead with just over 20 minutes remaining. They accomplished the first part in the 87th minute finally, after a cross from David Robledo was headed out by CASL to Jose Perez at the top of the box. What appeared to be a simple shot to stop was let in by a CASL defender seemingly screening Griffen before avoiding the ball, allowing Dallas to have a fighting chance at claiming first place in the group.

CASL had a chance of their own to take the top spot on the final day of group play as well, needing a favorable result in the other game as well as their own victory. With word coming down that they would need not only a win but an insurance goal as well, CASL eagerly pressed to get back on top. A red card shown to Taylor Watt in the 75th minute certainly made things difficult, but the ten-man squad rebounded from Dallas’ tying goal and finally reclaimed the lead in the 5th minute of second half stoppage time. With the whole team up, CASL gained possession in the final third and Wescoe found himself with space just outside the top of the box. When his shot was blocked by a defender, the striker latched onto his own rebound and passed the ball to a streaking Root coming in from the left side of the box. Slipping the ball behind the Dallas back line, Root coolly finished in the right side netting to make the score 3-2.

But as the other report came back and it became clear CASL needed one more goal, time ran out and gave first place in Group 1 to Crossfire Premier, who will face Vardar under the lights Saturday night. FC Dallas finishes up group play in third place and will meet Baltimore Bays Chelsea at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 for 5th place. CASL Chelsea earned second in the group by virtue of their final win, and will place Real So Cal with third place on the line at 5 pm on Saturday. 

                                        Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-17/18 vs. FC Dallas U-17/18
Date: July 15, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local time

Scoring Summary:                  1     2     F
CASL Chelsea FC Academy         1     2     3
FC Dallas                                  0     2     2

CASL – Glenn Scott (Charles Root)                         27th minute
FCD – Ruben Luna (penalty kick)                            61
CASL – Matthew Wescoe (John Patrick Rafferty)       65
FCD – Jose Perez                                                  87
CASL – Charles Root (Matthew Wescoe)                 90+5

CASL: 31-Davis Griffin; 14-Michael Forsyth, 11-Robert Liberatore, 3-Glenn Scott, 4-Eric Steber; 10-Charles Root, 2-John Patrick Rafferty, 6-Jared Girard (capt.), 7-Alexander Givens (16-Nader Jaibat, 84), 5-John Pace (17-Harrison Delbridge, 46); 8-Matthew Wescoe (19-Taylor Wyatt, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Ethan Hall, 12-Ryan Metts, 13-Matthew Boyd, 15-Andrew Joyce, 18-Kyle Peterson, 20-James Williams, 21-Kenneth Meyer, 22-Matthew Frongello,
Head Coach: Rusty Scarborough

FCD: 1-Jaime Ibarra; 27-Michael Ambrose, 2-Daniel Premenko, 14-Jacob Gerondale, 3-Moises Hernandez (19-Uriel Soto, 78); 7-Victor Ulloa (capt.), 23-Marlon Duran, 12-Damian Rosales (11-Steven Adams, 58), 20-Bradlee Baladez (8-Christopher Figueroa, 36, 17-David Robledo, 60), 10-Jose Perez, 9-Ruben Luna (5-Jacob Gerondale, 90+3)
Subs not used: 0-Eduardo Cortes; 4-Giovanni Gomez, 6-Jael Barrera, 16-Julian Torres, 18-Alex Frankenfeld, 24-Samuel Coleman, 30-Zachary Downes,
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja

Stats Summary: CASL / FCD
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 11
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
FCD – Michael Ambrose         (caution)     14th minute
CASL – Eric Steber                (caution)     50
CASL – Taylor Wyatt             (sent off)     75

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referee 1: Dean Fairweather
Assistant Referee 2: Baboucarr Jallow
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos