CARSON, Calif. (July 17, 2009) – Attacking PDA with confidence, Chicago Magic AS Monaco won the third place match 2-1 with goals from Tyler Engel and Aaron Horton. Despite a late strike by PDA’s Brandon Allen, the Magic held on for the win to leave Los Angeles with bronze medals in hand.
While the score line is close, much of the game was not, as the Magic held possession for many minutes at a time. They got their first shot on goal in the 17th minute, as Horton dribbled up the middle from midfield. Choosing to ignore teammates on the wing, the forward touched to the right as he approached the box and shot for the far post, but PDA ‘keeper Nicholas Cerrone caught it with a diving save.
They almost got on the board nine minutes later, but an open header from Arturo Garza was caught by Cerrone. Again in the 37th minute, Cerrone saved his team by blocking a shot by a wide open Engel off a centered ball from the right side.
The first good chance for PDA came in the 40th minute with a through ball to Robert Barrera. Running towards goal, the striker took a strong shot towards the back post, but a quick reaction by Magic goalkeeper Jovani Castanon got his left foot out to kick away the attempt.
One minute later, in first-half stoppage time, Chicago got their first goal from a penalty kick. A tackle on Horton as he ran towards the endline drew the foul, and Engel stepped up to bury it in the right side. It was an unfortunate turn of events for PDA’s Cerrone, who had been the hero of the game for keeping it scoreless until that point.
The Magic’s momentum carried on into the second half, and they doubled their lead in only the 48th minute on a beautifully built up goal. Starting from midfield, Olivery Mayer passed to Horton in the center. Touching once, Horton kept it moving around to Garza on the left, and then cut inside for the return pass. Collecting behind the defense, Horton looked up and slid the ball right past Cerrone for the 2-0 lead.
In the 69th minute, PDA tried to manufacture a goal by taking a quick free kick before the Magic could set up their wall, but despite confusing the defense, the attempt still hit a defender.
In the dying minutes of the match, PDA threw all they had up front, and halved the lead with a header from Brandon Allen in the 79th minute. Despite the disappointment of losing the shutout, Chicago kept their cool and kept possession for the final two minutes of stoppage time to earn third place for the U-15/16 2008-09 Development Academy season.
Match: U-15/16 Chicago Magic AS Monaco vs. PDA
Date: July 17, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week; Third Place Game
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
MAG 1 1 2
PDA 0 1 1
MAG – Tyler Engel (penalty) 41st +
MAG – Aaron Horton 48
PDA – Brandon Allen 79
MAG: 1-Jovani Castanon (0-Jacob Ginsburg, 75); 3-David Abidor (23-Jimmy Ramirez, 41),18-Billy McGuinness, 5-Mitch Albrecht, 15-Brian Lunar; 10-Milan Gacanovic (7-Jacob Bushue, 13), 20-Gabriel Virdaru (17-Oliver Mayer, 25), 9-Tyler Engel (4-Miguel Acosta, 71), 8-David Caban, 11-Arturo Garza (21-Cody Wilkins, 78); 12-Aaron Horton (13-Noel Alvarez, 65)
PDA: 2-Nicholas Cerrone; 10-Matthew Wiitse, 6-Matthias Sheeleigh, 29-David Westlake (14-Joseph Mineo, 53), 3-Will Joels (7-Kyle Roach, 62); 9-Kyle Feather (13-Tommy Uttaro, 41), 28-Daniel Metzger, 27-Johan Hernandez (22-Derek Luke, 65), 19-Scott Thomsen; 20-Nathan Bruccoleri (11-Brandon Allen, 41), 23-Robert Barrera (5-Shaquille Hamilton, 59)
Stats Summary: MAG / PDA
Shots: 19 / 10
Shots on Goal: 9 / 5
Saves: 4 / 7
Corner Kicks: 0 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0
MAG – Mitch Albrecht (caution) 35th minute
MAG – Cody Wilkins (caution) 80+