Houston hosted the regional qualification for the Generation Adidas Cup with the finals taking place on Monday at Houston Sports Park. FC Dallas finished as the winners of the region and so move on to the national finals later in the year.
In the first match of the final day saw Toronto FC seal their place as the runners up in the region. It took penalties, with Toronto managing to save Houston’s last two penalties to seal second place. An own goal gave Toronto the opening goal in the first half, and that was seemingly enough until Heriberto Soto received a throw-in and shoot past the keeper to send the match to penalties.
Sporting Kansas City needed a win to have any chance of nudging in to the national championship. They defeated Chicago Fire 1-0 as Sean Karani scored in the 27th minute with a shot off the post. Kansas City had to finish the match with 9 players when three players were sent off in the final 15 minutes, but Chicago could not take advantage.
The final match of the day was the best of the tournament as FC Dallas won an eight goal thriller against Columbus Crew. FC Dallas managed a 5-3 win over the Crew to claim the region win and finish the regional qualifying undefeated.
It was the first hast where most of the goals happened, with Colin Brios opening the scoring in the 15th minute as he headed past the keeper. That lead only lasted for two minutes as Adrian Morales caught out the keeper. It was 2-1 to the Crew in the 28th minute as Biros sent in a ball for a wide open Derik Broche. But again two minutes later Morales buried the chance to make it 2-2 before Jesus Ferreira made it 3-2 to Dallas at half-time.
The second half was all FC Dallas, as they cruised to the win, and advance to the national finals taking place in April.