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FC Dallas Wins Group 2 and Advances to U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2011 Under-17/18 Championship Game

FC Dallas Defeats Weston FC 4-1 to Take Group 2;
Will Face Pateadores in the Championship on July 15

MILWAUKEE (July 13, 2011) – FC Dallas advanced to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2011 Under-17/18 Championship Game by defeating Weston FC 4-1 in their last group match and taking Group 2 with seven points. FC Dallas will face Pateadores in the final on Friday, July 15, at 12 p.m. CT, live on ESPNU and

FC Dallas remained strong throughout the entire game, scoring two goals on each side of the half, with the final goal coming in second half stoppage time. Weston FC netted their lone goal in the 64th minute but could not rally to score again.

In only the second minute of the game FC Dallas pressed the Weston defense and pounced on chances early, looking to have scored a goal that was whistled for offside. Weston FC rallied back and earned a corner the next minute, but it was easily cleared by the Dallas defenders.

The beginning of the first half saw the two sides fairly evenly matched, with both teams creating scoring opportunities but unable to capitalize. In the 12th minute, an FC Dallas foul gave Weston a free kick from about 30 yards out, and Felipe Noguerol directed a shot that flew just wide of the goal. In the 24th minute, FC Dallas midfielder Jose Perez took the ball down the left side and hit a powerful cross to the other side, which landed at the feet of Jonathan Top. Top tried to send the ball to the opposite corner but Weston goalkeeper Carlos Catano was able to spread out for the save.

FC Dallas opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Bryan Leyva sent a perfectly timed ball to Danny Garcia, who scored from the left side, lifting the ball to the upper right corner past Catano.

In the 33rd minute, Weston FC tried to respond when Noguerol collected the ball and dribbled through the Dallas defense to take a shot that landed directly in goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes’ hands.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team defender Kellyn Acosta took the ball for FC Dallas into the corner and sent a long cross into the penalty box. In the midst of traffic, Top was able to get height over the Weston defenders and head the ball into the net for FC Dallas’ second goal.

FC Dallas remained focused in the second half even though they were up by two goals and added to their lead just two minutes into the half. Leyva dazzled the Weston defense and released a shot that bounced off the crossbar. He collected his own rebound and sent the ball whizzing past Catano who was unable to make the second save for their third straight goal.

Weston FC scored their lone goal in the 64th minute when Alex Valle took control of the ball and dribbled through an unsuspecting Dallas defense and into the box. He released the ball with a powerful shot that landed in the back left corner of the goal behind Cortes.

In the waning minutes of the game, both teams were pushing hard to collect another goal. Valle almost netted Weston’s second straight when he shot the ball from the top of the box and saw it fly over the crossbar.

Dallas would finish the match with a goal in the final minute stoppage time. Flavio Guzman was determined to net a goal and kept pressuring the Weston defense. Moments before the final whistle, Victor Pinal placed the ball at Guzman’s feet who unleashed a shot past Castano to net FC Dallas’ fourth goal.

- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -

Match: FC Dallas vs. Weston FC
Date: July 13, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-17/18 - Group 2
Venue: Marquette High School (Quad Park); Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. CT
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:                1 2 F
FC Dallas                                2 2 4
Weston FC                              0 1 1

FCD – Danny Garcia (Bryan Leyva)     28th minute
FCD – Jonathan Top (Kellyn Acosta)  44
FCD – Bryan Leyva                              46
WES – Alex Valle                                 63
FCD – Flavio Guzman (Victor Pinal)    90+1

FCD: 22-Eduardo Cortes; 14-Kellyn Acosta, 15-Boyd Okwuonu, 5-Jack Coleman, 30-Moises Hernandez (3-Michael Ambrose, 75); 10-Jose Perez, 20-Victor Ulloa, 8-Flavio Guzman, 11-Danny Garcia, 40-Bryan Leyva (17-David Robledo, 66); 9-Jonathan Top (18-Victor Pinal, 75)
Subs not used: 2-Mark Ashby, 6-Nicholas Rochowski, 39-Bobby Edet, 45-Fernando Laverde, 88-Bryan Landazury
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja

WES: 16-Carlos Catano; 2-Colby Abrahamoff (25-Oliver Katz, 36), 4-Stevie Montano, 19-Jason deFaria, 6-Jason Wellington (12-Alex Valle, 62); 11-Tomas Granitto (7-Matthew Muralles, 52), 23-Nicolas Perea, 9-Verneri Valimaa, 17-Brian James; 10-Felipe Noguerol, 14-Xavier Silva (56-Alexander Marotta, 60)
Subs not used: 18-Juan Diego Cano, 46-Giordano Martin
Not eligible: 20-Simon Rojas
Head Coach: Marcelo Neveleff

Stats Summary: FCD / WES
Shots: 4 / 4  
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6 
Saves: 5 / 3 
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3 
Fouls: 4 / 10
Offside: 4 / 0  

Misconduct Summary:
WES – Verneri Valimaa (caution)         35th minute
FCD – Bryan Leyva (caution)               45+1
WES – Jason Wellington (caution)        51
WES – Matthew Muralles (caution)       57
WES – Alex Valle (caution)                  76
WES – Stevie Montano (caution)          79

Referee: Josh Wilkens
Assistant Referee 1: Desmond Miller
Assistant Referee 2: Aaron Hernandez
Fourth Official: Greg Dopka Man of the Match: Victor Ulloa