Dallas Cup champions crowned
By Jimmy LaRoue
Seven champions were crowned at the just-concluded Dallas Cup, with Coritiba FC of Brazil defeating Manchester United of England 2-1 in the final of the Gordon Jago Super Group.
Manchester United finished 3-0-0 atop Bracket A, scoring eight goals while surrendering just two in defeating FC Dallas U-17/18 Academy (2-0), Santa Clara Sporting (5-2) and Tigres (1-0), while Coritiba, on goal difference, advanced out of Bracket C in first place, finishing 2-1-0. Coritiba fell to top English side Everton 1-0 in its opening game before rallying for wins against Club Bolivar of Bolivia (7-0) and Kashiwa Reysol of Japan (4-1).
Against Club Bolivar, Coritiba got two-goal performances from both Alex Santos and Jose Vivian, while getting single goals from Rodrigo Moris, Denner Nascimento and Willian Rocha. And, after falling behind 1-0 against Kashiwa Reysol, the club from southern Brazil got goals from Joao Amaral, Thiago Primao, Vivian and Willian Henrique to secure the win.
In the semifinals, Manchester United defeated Everton 2-0, while Coritiba held off Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 behind goals from Filipe Silva and Amaral.
In the final, Santos and Vivian put Coritiba ahead 2-0 with 7th and 66th-minute goals, respectively, before Michael Keane cut the lead in half in the 72nd minute. However, that would be the last goal in the match, and Coritiba held on for the win.
Solar Chelsea U17/18 Academy (Tx.) held off Arsenal FC U17/18 Academy (Calif.) 3-1 to win the U-19 Dallas Cup title. Condotta Ryan opened the scoring for Solar Chelsea in the 21st minute, with William Webb adding to the lead with a goal 10 minutes later. Arsenal FC struck back before halftime from Misael Osorio in the 42nd minute, but Colton Missimo picked up another goal for Solar Chelsea to provide the final margin.
Solar Chelsea rolled through Bracket F with three wins, outscoring its opponents 13-1 in the process. The Dallas-based side opened with a 6-0 win over Charming Club of Mexico, getting a hat trick from Eric Dinka and goals from Chandler Crosswalt, Hayden Partain and Condotta Ryan. Solar Chelsea followed that up with a 4-1 win over Central California Blues. Samuel Hayward got a brace in the win, and Jesse Miralrio and Ryan picking up single goals. In the final bracket match, Solar Chelsea shut out Bantu Rovers FC of Zimbabwe, with goals from Ryan, Hayward and Emmanuel Yacho.
In the quarterfinals, Solar Chelsea defeated Pateadores 5-2 behind goals from Adam Bonville, Dinka, Zachary Mathers and Missimo.
Solar Chelsea narrowly defeated Club Deportivo Escuela de Futbol Carlos of Colombia 1-0, in the semifinals, getting the lone goal from Ryan, setting up a Development Academy showdown in the final, which Solar Chelsea won.
Germany’s Rot Weiss Essen defeated Tigres of Mexico 1-0 to take the U-17 Dallas Cup title, getting its only goal from Nakowitsch Kai in the 59th minute.
Rot Weiss Essen finished its bracket 2-1-0, opening with a 3-0 win over Dallas Texans Red behind a brace from Oguz Ayan and a goal from Dietrich Liskunov. The German side lost its second match 3-2 to United FC Black (Calif.). Ayan and Maksymillian Illas scored Rot Weiss Essen’s two goals.
In the final bracket match, Ayan and Oliver Steurer scored for Rot Weiss Essen, with Steurer’s goal coming in the 89th minute for the matchwinner in a 2-1 win over IMG SA U-15/16 Academy (Fla.), pushing the Germans into the quarterfinals as the bracket winners.
Rot Weiss Essen needed penalties to advance to the semifinals after playing FC Dallas U-15/16 Academy to a 2-2 draw through regulation and overtime. The German side got a brace from Kai, while FC Dallas got goals from Victor Portillo and Abdulrahman Yassine, all in the first half.
Ayan and Maurice Adorf picked up goals for Rot Weiss Essen in its 3-0 win over Chicago Magic U-15/16 Academy to advance to the final.
Tigres advanced to the final on the strength of a 3-0-0 record in Bracket A, outscoring opponents 15-1 in the process and defeating Albion White 4-1 in the quarterfinals and Solar Chelsea U-15/16 Academy 4-0 in the semis.
OBGC Rangers (Md.) ran through bracket play undefeated and went on to take the U-16 title at the Dallas Cup after a 3-1 win in the final against FC Golden State.
Jony Karahbetyan scored for OBGC Rangers in the second minute, but FC Golden State tied the match before halftime. Karl Brown then extended the lead for OBGC Rangers and just before the final whistle, Sean Cowdrey tallied another goal for Rangers to provide the final margin.
Cowdrey had a hat trick in Rangers’ 4-1 opening group stage win over Dallas Texans Pre-Academy, with Jeremy Ebobisse scoring the fourth goal. Goalkeeper Mac Burke, on his birthday, saved a penalty to earn “Save of the Day” honors by the Dallas Cup.
In the second group stage match against Santa Clara Sporting, Rangers had to rally for the 2-1 win. Right winger Sam Schmidt tapped in the match-winner after a long dribble run through the Sporting defense by Karl Brown, who played a long ball to the back post that Schmidt latched onto.
In the final group stage game, OBGC Rangers dominated in a 9-0 win over Colegio Americano de Guatemala.
Rangers, twice trailing in the match, needed extra time in the quarterfinals to beat Milan FC of California 4-2. Jorge Quintanilla put Rangers ahead in the extra time, and they tacked on an extra goal.
Cowdrey came up big once again in the semifinal, converting a second-half penalty kick against FC Phoenix Academy (Ariz.) to put Rangers into the final, where Rangers finished off their string of wins with a Dallas Cup title.
Fullerton Rangers White (Calif.) defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the final of the U-15 Dallas Cup draw, defeating a German side who dominated Bracket A play in outscoring its opponents 31-1, which included a 16-0 win against Dallas Tigres Academy Gold and 10-1 over IMG Soccer Academy.
Fullerton got goals from Andres Lemus and Amirgy Pineda, while Enis Bunjaki scored for Eintract Frankfurt in the loss.
Fullerton advanced out of its bracket with wins over San Nicolas of Mexico (4-1), Mineros de Guyana of Venezuela (4-0) and Lonestar FC U-14 Pre-Academy (Tx.) (2-0). In the quarterfinals, Fullerton defeated Juventus Forza of Italy 2-1 behind goals from Pineda and Dylan Smith. Ronaldo Pineda and Smith scored for Fullerton in a 2-0 semifinal win over Tigres of Mexico.
After dominating bracket play, Eintracht Frankfurt got a 5-0 win in the quarterfinals over San Nicolas and a 3-1 semifinal win over Milan FC Rossoneri.
Sunrise Elite defeated Arsenal FC Academy (Calif.) 1-0 behind a goal from Emmanuel Perez to win the U-14 title at the Dallas Cup.
Sunrise finished undefeated in its bracket, outscoring its opponents 12-3, while Arsenal FC did not give up a single goal in bracket play while scoring eight goals. Arsenal FC shut out L.A. Galaxy Academy 1-0 in the quarterfinals, setting up a showdown against Chicago Magic PSC Academy, who also rolled through its group 3-0-0 and also hadn’t given up a goal until the two teams’ semifinal matchup. Arsenal, however, prevailed 3-2 in the semis, setting up the showdown with Sunrise Elite.
Sunrise got a hat trick from Zachary Emerson in a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Houstonians SC, then Cristian Rivera and Emerson got first half goals in a 2-1 win over Club Universidad Nacional to reach the final.
United FC Gold defeated a fellow California side, Nomads Academy, 1-0 to take the U-13 Dallas Cup crown.
United FC went through their bracket 3-0-0 and outscored opponents 9-0 in group play, giving up just one goal over the course of the tournament. They defeated Chicago Magic PSG Academy 2-0 in the quarterfinals and English squad Crewe Alexandra 3-1 in the semis to reach the final.
Nomads got to the final after finishing 3-0-0 in its bracket and outscoring its opponents 10-3 in the first three games. Nomads then got past two more southern California-based sides with a 3-2 win over Aztecs FC Premier in the quarterfinals and a 2-1 win over Pateadores to reach the final.
The 2012 champions and finalists for each age group are as follows:
Gordon Jago Super Group: Coritiba FC over Manchester United FC, 2-1 [ +Link to results ]
U19: Solar Chelsea U17/18 USSF Academy over Arsenal FC USSF U17/18 Academy, 3-1 [ +Link to results ]
U17: Rot Weiss Essen over Tigres, 1-0 [ +Link to results ]
U16: OBGC Rangers over FC Golden State, 3-1 [ +Link to results ]
U15: Fullerton Rangers White over Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-1 [ +Link to results ]
U14: Sunrise Elite over Arsenal FC US Academy, 1-0 [ +Link to results ]
U13: United FC Gold over Nomads Academy, 1-0 [ +Link to results ]