FC Dallas Claims Dallas Cup Title

FC Dallas players celebrate with the Dallas Cup trophy (Photo: Dallas Cup)

The Dallas Cup has been played and completed with FC Dallas claiming a memorable victory at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.

The Gordon Jago Supergroup final was a virtual Under 20 CONCACAF Champions League final as the American Champion FC Dallas took on the leading Mexican team CF Monterrey. The crowd packed in to the stadium as a Dallas Cup record crowd of 8,747 made their way to Frisco for the match.

FC Dallas opened the scoring in the 23rd minute to the delight of the crowd as Jesus Ferreira was able to find a wide open Paxton Pomykal. From the edge of the box he looked at the positioning of the goalkeeper and hit a powerful shot just out of the reach of the keeper to give FC Dallas the lead.

It was a physical match for the final 20 minutes of the half as the sides flew into the challenges, leading to five yellow cards by half-time. All those fouls suited FC Dallas as they comfortably head to the break 1-0 up.

Both sides came out from the break determined to get the second goal of the match as Dallas looked to get a cushion and Monterrey looked for an equalizer. But both sides struggled to break through with strong defensive work holding out in an end-to-end match.

With eight minutes left in the match the second goal finally came and it set up a thrilling finish as Monterrey had an equalizer. A free-kick found the woodwork and Dallas failed to clear, which allowed Erick Amaro to get a deflection on it, sending it into the back of the net.

That goal seemingly had the match heading to extra time but with one minute to play that all changed. Arturo Rodriguez weaved all over getting through the Monterrey defense and looked up from 30 yards taking a powerful shot which left the keeper with no chance and gave FC Dallas the Dallas Cup title.

Dallas Cup Supergroup Semi Finals set

The four semi-finalists (Photo: Dallas Cup)

The final day of the group stages for the Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group was a cracker as the semi-finals line up was determined after Thursday’s matches.

The first match was effectively a quarter-final as Tigres took on Toronto FC at MoneyGram Park with the winner advancing to the semi-final. Things started well for the Mexican side as Luis Bonilla opened the scoring just four minutes in to the match. Toronto improved defensively but eventually Tigres was able to make their possession tell as Cruz Leal buried a chance in the 63rd minute to give Tigres the win.

The other match was a battle to avoid coming last as Red Bull Brasil took on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Cotton Bowl. The Germans took the lead but Red Bull Brasil fought back well and manage a 2-1 win to finish the group in second place, jumping above Toronto FC.

The second group to play in the day saw a thrilling finish to Bracket B as the top two teams finished tied on seven points. The main match saw Everton taking on CF Monterrey with both teams needing a win to have any hope of advancing to the next stage.

On the half hour mark Monterrey hit the lead after Daniel Lajud Martinez did well to keep hold of possession and hit a powerful strike across the goalkeeper and in to the back of the net. A penalty allowed Monterrey to double their lead after a foul from Nathan Moore, which allowed Jonathan Gonzalez to step up and bury the chance to make it 2-0 and boost their chances of advancing as Everton failed to get a goal back.

The match at MoneyGram Park saw FC Dallas take on Maccabi Haifa in a tight match, which was defensive for much of the match, the two teams heading to the half scoreless. On the hour mark FC Dallas finally broke through as Mark Salas buried the goal and saw them win through. Thanks to the 1-0 win FC Dallas advanced to the semi-finals, on goal difference, but they will be joined by CF Monterrey who advance as the best runner up.

The final matches of the day came in Bracket A with the main match seeing Cortiba and Manchester United battling in a match Manchester United had to win to advance. Things did not start well for the Red Devils as they gave away a free-kick goal in the 17th minute scored by Yuri Rocha. In the 33rd minute Mathew Olosunde was able to clean up a rebound to make it 1-1 going in to the half.

In the second half it was scoreless as the two teams physicality kept it tight and limited the scoring chances, making the match a 1-1 draw. That saw Cortiba anxiously watching for the result from MoneyGram Park where Chivas Guadalajara fought out a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake meaning Cortiba advanced to the semi-finals.

San Antonio FC Advance to Quarter Finals at Dallas Cup

The Dallas Cup squad (Photo: San Antonio FC Pro Academy)

For the first time a San Antonio development academy team has entered the Dallas Cup as San Antonio FC’s pro academy went to the tournament which got under way on Monday. The side has had a perfect week so far as they managed two wins in their first two matches.

Their first match was against the Mexican team Club Mana 04 in an entertaining match which they won 3-2. San Antonio won it late on taking away a win in a match they were the better side on but a fast finishing Club Mana nearly took things away from them, all the scoring came in the final 40 minutes of the match. The star for San Antonio FC was Abraham Lincon who scored a brace.

Following up that win in their first match San Antonio FC looked to take that momentum and managed a big win over Celtic Academy Harps (CA) on Tuesday. It was an even stronger performance as they managed a 2-0 win, playing especially well defensively.

With those results, coupled with the other results in their group, San Antonio FC is all but guaranteed a place in the next round as they sit as the only team in their group with a perfect 2-0 record. All San Antonio FC will need in their third match of the tournament is a draw and they will top the group.

On Wednesday San Antonio FC easily won through to the quarter-finals as they managed a big 5-0 win over FC Dallas’ Youth 04B Premier side. That pushed San Antonio FC to the playoffs where they’ll play yet another FC Dallas side.

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.

Two San Antonio Girls Varsity Teams Fall Just Before State Tournament

Steele players react after their loss (Photo: Robin Jerstad)

Two San Antonio girls varsity teams have fallen just short of qualifying for the state tournament as they fell in their regional finals on Saturday. Steele fell to Austin Vandegrift and Alamo Heights fell to Boerne Champion in the two matches.

Steele took on Vandegrift at Blossom Athletic Center and lost just their second match of the year as they fell 2-0 in the match.  Vandegrift came in to the match as favorites having made the 6A state final last year and cruising through the tournament so far.

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Three San Antonio Teams Advance in Boys Varsity Playoffs

Luis Garcia shoots for Clark against Jay (Photo: San Antonio Express News/Tom Reel)

Three San Antonio teams have advanced to the final 16 in the boys’ varsity playoffs with Alamo Heights, Johnson, and Clark all recording wins on Tuesday night.

Alamo Heights left the home fans upset in Kerrville as they managed a 3-0 win over Tivy at Atler Stadium. A strong second half proved the difference as they extended their 1-0 lead at half-time to completely get away from the hosts and advance.

There was only one goal in the first half as junior midfielder Carson Shults was able to cross the ball in to the box and found senior forward Travis Baer who finished the opportunity. The hosts, Tivy, attacked through the half but could not break down the Alamo Heights defense keeping it 1-0 at half-time.

After half-time Alamo Heights’ Morgan Smith began to shine as he laid off two assists for the goals that would seal the win. The first was to junior forward Jonathan Rocha, giving Alamo Heights breathing space before the third goal of the day sealed things with Tyler Bronson burying it to send Alamo Heights through.

In San Antonio Johnson managed to please the home crowd as they managed a 3-1 win over Lake Travis at Blossom Athletic Center. The win makes it the best season in Johnson history as they advance past the third round for the first time ever.

Senior midfielder Jacob Hallenberger got things going for the Jaguars as he managed to make enough space to score the goal in the first half. That goal would hold through to half-time as the Jaguars held out Lake Travis well to have a 1-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw things continue for the Jaguars and the doubled their lead as senior midfielder Seth Holzmann set up senior midfielder Diego Bonito for the second. Moments later it was three as Hallenberger found Holzman, who continued his good senior season with a goal. Lake Travis would eventually pull a goal back but it was too little too late as the Jaguars advanced.

Farris Stadium saw an all San Antonio affair as Clark was able to manage a big 4-0 win over Jay to advance to the sweet 16. It sees the side go one step further than last season, after a phenomenal season fell disappointingly short.

The opening goal came from a corner as the ball was swung in and found JonConnor Rule who was able to head it home. Just five minutes after the opener Luis Garcia stood over the ball and sent home a powerful free-kick from 20 yards. With time running out in the first half Clark was able to make it 3-0 as Pete Garcia managed an impressive goal to all but seal the match.

On the hour mark Clark sealed the four goal win as Daniel Rodriguez hit a stunning volley that left the keeper with no chance. In the final half hour the Clark defense sealed the win as they held out the Jay attack, which kept coming but couldn’t break through.

Reagan Cruise in Girls Varsity Playoff

San Antonio FC has sealed their first ever derby win, getting a perfect start to their season as they managed a 1-0 win over RGV FC Toros on Sunday Evening. Forward Billy Forbes was the hero in his first match for the club as he scored the only goal of the match.

There was a perfect return to San Antonio soccer for Forbes as he scored his first competitive goal for the club. The goal came after San Antonio FC forward Cesar Elizondo was able to cut the ball back for Forbes who was left wide open by the RGV FC defense allowing him to score a perfectly placed goal in the 15th minute.

After an even start San Antonio FC looked to get control of the match after the first five minutes putting plenty of pressure on the RGV FC defense which finally told with the 15th minute goal.

There was an horrific miss for RGV FC in the 30th minute after a big error from San Antonio FC defender Cyprian Hedrick allowed RGV FC forward Ruben Luna to steal possession and run clean through on goal. Luna ran in and cut the ball back for fellow RGV FC forward Kyle Murphy, with the goal at his mercy Murphy somehow sent the ball well wide of goal when it seemed harder to miss. That would turn out to be Hedrick’s last involvement as he was substituted following an apparent injury in that play.

Late in the first half San Antonio FC were forced to defend more and more but they were able to effectively back the box, which kept RGV FC from having the space. As the ball approached their box San Antonio would narrow their defense, keeping RGV FC from having space, which they needed to play their style of soccer, choking the Toros and keeping San Antonio in front at half-time.

San Antonio FC goalkeeper Matt Cardone showed his value in the 53rd minute when he atoned for his poor clearance. His ball found RGV FC midfielder Eric Bird who ran at goal and was pushed wider by San Antonio defender Sebastien Ibeagha which forced the shot from Bird at a tighter angle allowing Cardone to make a strong save, smothering the rebound.

RGV FC was denied by the post in the 58th minute and again it was Murphy who was left frustrated on the finish. After the ball bounced around in the box it fell out to Murphy whose effort was much better than his first attempt but still let San Antonio off the hook as it only found the post.

In the 73rd minute RGV FC had shouts for a penalty after Luna went down in the box after a challenge from Cardone. The shouts were waved away as the referee pointed for a corner which replays suggested was the correct decision with Cardone getting a strong palm on the ball, a vital save in sealing the win.

Three San Antonio Boys Teams Advance in Bidistrict Playoffs

Four San Antonio boys’ varsity teams faced playoffs on Thursday with a successful day as three of the four, Johnson, Clark and Southside advanced while Harlandale was easily defeated.

In the Class 5A Bidistrict playoffs Southside did just enough to advance to the next round of playoas they managed a 1-0 win over Corpus Christi King. A goal in the first half was enough to send the San Antonio school past their Corpus Christi rivals.

The hero was junior forward John Lopez who made a strong run to get on the end of the ball and send it home in the first half. Senior defender Gilbert Casillas had the assist a vital contribution to continue his varsity soccer career, as that early lead would hold to send Southside through.

At Texas Lutheran Johnson won through to the next round of the Class 6A bidistrict playoffs after a 4-1 win over Austin Vandegrift. Senior forward Seth Holzmann was the hero for Johnson as he scored a hat-trick in the dominant win.

Holzmann scored two first half goals and one in the second half to lead Johnson through to the next round of the playoffs. Senior midfielder Jacob Hallenberger managed to put the icing on the cake late in the match with a goal of his own to seal the 4-1 win.

A San Antonio team will be guaranteed to advance beyond the next stage of the 6A playoffs as Clark also advanced managing a 4-1 win over Canyon. A strong second half sent Clark past Canyon as they scored three of their goals in the second half with sophomore forward Eduardo Ramirez getting two of them and being the star of the match.

The scoring was opened in the first half by senior midfielder Andree Hernandez who was able to put away a ball from junior midfielder Daniel Rodriguez. That was enough for Clark to take the lead at half-time and in the second half Rodriguez was at it again as he set up sophomore midfielder Angel Caballero for the second goal, putting Clark in charge of the match.

From there Ramirez scored his brace with both goals being set up by senior midfielder Luis Carlos Garcia to send Clark through to the next round. There was a consolation goal for Canyon as junior forward Hector Rios Mauldin was able to put away a ball from fellow forward, sophomore Luis Florian but it was not enough as Clark strolled through to the next round.

There was one negative result for San Antonio teams as Harlandale were outplayed in the Class 5A playoff. They fell to a 6-0 defeat to Flour Bluff of Corpus Christi ending their season in frustrating fashion.

Rattlers end Regular Season with Crushing win Over MacArthur

Reagan closed out their girls’ soccer regular season in the best possible way as they demolished MacArthur 7-0 at Blossom on Tuesday afternoon.

Impressively all seven goals in the match came from different players, with no player scoring multiple goals. That augers well for the Rattlers heading in to the postseason play with a deep pool of players capable of scoring goals. Junior midfielder Sarah Puga was involved in three goals, providing two assists and scoring one herself.

It took just two minutes for the Rattlers to open the scoring, in a sign of what was about to happen for MacArthur. Sophomore midfielder Rachel Hilliard was able to get on the end of a chance and bury it getting Reagan off to a flying start.

After that goal MacArthur’s defense settles, at least a little but in the eighth minute they were able to double their lead. This time it came through senior forward Taylor Olson who was able to continue her good season, using her speed to get on the end of it and make it 2-0.

11 minutes later and the onslaught continued as the Rattlers continued attacking with senior forward Lauren Anderson scoring another goal for Reagan. It took just five minutes before Reagan made it four as Angela Baltimore was able to score her goal.

That was the middle of an onslaught as just four minutes later Reagan had another goal as senior forward Jala Tousant was able to bury her chance. Just two minutes later they made it 6-0 as a corner found sophomore defender Eden Jones who used her height to bury the chance.

With a phenomenal six goal lead at half-time the second half saw less intensity as Reagan let off the gas a little but still controlled proceedings. Late in the match Reagan made it seven as the corner was swung in by Puga, who managed to score directly from the corner wrapping up the 7-0 win.

Churchill Keep Postseason Hopes Alive With win Over MacArthur

Churchill celebrate after the match (Photo: Alison Beron Frey)

There was yet another thrilling San Antonio varsity soccer match on Monday as Churchill managed a big 4-3 win over MacArthur in boys soccer on Monday afternoon at Commlander Stadium.

The result was crucial win for Churchill as they need to win out to seal a place in the playoffs and the 65th minute goal from senior midfielder Anthony Caraballo was vital in that effort, proving the winner. Churchill just managed to hold on as they were reduced to ten men just three minutes later.

The Chargers were the stronger side in the opening stages and it was that strong start that would push them on to the win. Four minutes in to the match Churchill opened the scoring as senior forward Tristan Pettit was able to open the scoring after a simple finish. Just two minutes later the impressive freshman Skyler Frey continued his good start to his varsity career with a second goal, from the spot, which would prove vital for the match, and for the season.

With a two goal deficit MacArthur was forced to respond and pulled a goal back in the middle of the first half. Junior midfielder Norberto Lira was able to get on the end of a ball from sophomore midfielder William Vidal to pull MacArthur back in to the match.

The comeback continued as the Brahmas drew level less than ten minutes after the first goal went in. This time Lira turned provider as he was able to set up senior forward Gabriel Quinones for the equalizer.

But Churchill charged right back in to the lead with just six minutes to play in the half going to the sheds on top. Sophomore forward Dorian Eguez set up junior forward Karl Pitkin to score their third and put the Chargers back on front at half-time.

The second half was tight, with the two sides unable to break through for much of the half until the 65th minute. The goal came through a stunning strike from Carabello who was able to launch a powerful free-kick from 55 yards and hit the back of the net.

12 minutes from time Churchill were reduced to ten men, which opened the door for MacArthur, but they were left with little time. With just over three minutes to play Lira was able to set up sophomore midfielder Samuel Villegas to score but the final three minutes saw Churchill hold out well and manage a vital win.