FC Dallas U-15/16s defeat Real Salt Lake, advance to USSDA Semis
FRISCO (Via FC Dallas) – The FC Dallas U-16 Academy team punched its ticket to the USSDA National Semifinal with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.
Forward Jesus Ferreira scored all three goals for Dallas and wasted no time getting an early lead with a shot inside the far post in just the second minute, putting the U-16’s up 1-0. Several shots followed in the first half, including a shot from Aldo Quevedo in the 14th minute and one from Brandon Servania in the 32nd, but nothing else could find the back of the net in the opening half. Ferreira came back in the 53rd minute to score his second goal of the game and completed his hat trick just five minutes later after successfully finding a gap in Salt Lake’s defense.
Real Salt Lake got on the board in the 71st minute and came on strong in the final 10 minutes of the match looking to prolong their season, but FCD held on to the 3-1 scoreline to advance to the Semifinal round on Thursday, June 14 in Carson, Calif.
“We’ve been preparing for this moment for two weeks and we realized that we had a hard team in front of us. We lost to them and we didn’t like that feeling afterwards,” Ferreira said, referencing the U-16’s 3-2 loss to Salt Lake at the USSDA Winter Showcase in December. “We had our crowd here and our team had a good performance.”