Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Supergroup Starts Taking Shape

Toronto FC v Eintracht Frankfurt (Photo: Dallas Cup)

One of the biggest youth soccer events in the world, the Dallas Cup and their key event had crucial matches on Tuesday as they completed the third day of play in the Gordon Jago Super Group.

A match had to be played over two days as their match got postponed due to weather on Monday. Chivas Guadalajara took on Cortiba who started the match quickly scoring just two minutes in through Henrique Vermudt before adding a second in the 16th from Yuri Rocha. Chivas pulled a goal back in the 25th minute through Bryan Haro to make it 2-1 at half-time.

The second half saw Cortiba start with two quick goals to shoot out to a 4-1 lead with Matheus da Cunha and Talysson Machado scoring the goals. Haro scored again in the 76th minute to give Chivas a glimmer of hope before Gonzalez Munoz really pushed Chivas in it in the 86th minute but with just four minutes they couldn’t get back. With the win Cortiba lead their group with four points and so will be looking for Manchester United to lose and Chivas to not win to seal a place in the semi-finals.

Another tight match occurred in Bracket B when CF Monterrey took on Maccabi Haifa with Monterrey having to wait until the very last minute to claim the 2-1 win. Juan Machado opened the scoring in just the 9th minute for Monterrey but the two sides fought hard the rest of the half and 1-0 remained the score going in to the break. Maccabi Haifa scored their first goal of the tournament in the second half as Shadi Masarwa leveled things and was pushing them to an unlikely draw until Machado scored in the 90th to get the 2-1 win. Monterrey still trails FC Dallas who lead the group but will still need a win to seal passage to the semi-finals or need Everton to win.

Needing a win to keep their hopes alive Eintracht Frankfurt started their match against Toronto FC well, opening the scoring in the 4th minute thanks to Mahato Takahashi. The Germans were the dominant side and early in the half earned a penalty which Nils Hedt hit but could only find the post. Toronto capitalized on that miss in the 64th minute when Shaan Hundal converted a cross with a powerful finish for a 1-1 draw, eliminating Eintracht Frankfurt.

The final match of the day was at MoneyGram Park as Tigres and Red Bull Brasil fought out a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match. The only goal in the first half came as a surprise as Red Bull Brasil took the lead in the 27th minute through Danilo Albuquerque giving Red Bull Brasil a 1-0 lead at the break.

In the second half Red Bull Brasil doubled their lead on the hour mark as Vitor Vieira scored a goal, putting Tigres in trouble. Tigres equalized in the 79th minute as Luis Bonilla was able to score a goal and pull his side back in it until a late equalizer from Juan Sanchez to seal a 2-2 draw and kept Tigres alive in the tournament. That makes the match between Tigres and Toronto FC a virtual semi-final as the winner will advance to the semi-finals.

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