Semifinalists determined for Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group
DALLAS, Texas (Via Dallas Cup) – The Gordon Jago Super Group teams battled it out at the Cotton Bowl and MoneyGram Park Wednesday in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup action to determine who would advance to the semifinal games at Toyota Stadium on Friday, April 14.
The first game of the day was a winner-take-all battle between Tigres and Toronto FC out at MoneyGram park. The Mexican side got off to a quick start with a 4th minute goal scored by Luis Bonilla. Toronto’s defense stiffened up the remainder of the first half as they were able to keep Tigres in check. But in the 63rd minute, Tigres’ Cruz Leal tacked on a second goal to help secure the 2-0 win and the Bracket C title.
Red Bull Brasil and Eintracht Frankfurt concluded Bracket C group play on Wednesday at the Cotton Bowl. Red Bull Brasil battled back to pull off a 2-1 comeback win.
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The second match featured England’s Everton and Mexico’s CF Monterrey at Cotton Bowl stadium. Monterrey struck first in the 30th minute. After briefly losing control of the ball, Daniel Lajud Martinez won the ball back, dribbled to the edge of the box, and hit a left footed bullet across the keeper into the corner of the net. Monterrey controlled the rest of the half as they went into the locker room with the 1-0 lead. In the 57th minute, Monterrey tacked on another goal. Everton’s Nathan Moore committed a hard, late foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick for Monterrey. Monterrey’s Jonathan Gonzalez stepped up to the spot and made no mistake about it as he guided the ball into the back of the net. Everton was unable to create any scoring opportunities in the last third of the game as the game ended 2-0 in favor of CF Monterrey. The three points in the table put the Mexican side at 7 points in Bracket B as they anxiously awaited the result of the FC Dallas game.
The aforementioned FC Dallas squared off against Israel’s Maccabi Haifa at MoneyGram Park. Both sides demonstrated some stout defense in the first half as they went into halftime locked at 0-0. In the second half, FC Dallas broke through and got a 60th minute goal from Mark Salas. The one goal was all the local academy side would need as they held on for a 1-0 win. FC Dallas allowed just one goal in group play ranking them as the best defensive side in the Gordon Jago Super Group.
FC Dallas was declared the winner of Bracket B due to goal differential, but CF Monterrey also punched their ticket to the semi-finals as the best second place finisher.
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In Bracket A, Coritiba and Manchester United squared off at the Cotton Bowl. Manchester United, who was in a must-win situation, allowed a goal from a set piece in the 17th minute by Coritiba’s Yuri Rocha. However, they bounced back with an equalizing goal in the 33rd minute when Mathew Olosunde cleaned up a rebound in the box to make the match 1-1. The second half saw few scoring opportunities as the physical play of both teams halted the flow of the attacking play. The match ended 1-1 and the one point in the standings was enough to give the Brazilian side the Bracket A title and a ticket to the semi-finals.
At MoneyGram Park, Mexico’s C.D. Guadalajara faced Real Salt Lake. With a win, Chivas would be through to the semi-finals, however, they were unable to scratch the board as the match ended 0-0.
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