FC Dallas’s (FCD) top Academy side beat FC Monterrey 2-1 last night to win the prestigious Gordon Jago U-19 Super Group at the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup in Frisco. As in the semifinal win over Coritiba, the main damage was done by two players on loan from the FC Dallas first team, Paxton Pomykal and Jesus Ferreira.
In a repeat of the semifinal win, FCD gave up a late goal to tie up the match and then scored minutes later for the victory. Pomykal opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. After Monterrey went level in the 81st minute, Arturo Rodriquez scored from long distance in the 89th to allow FCD to be the first MLS Academy team to win the Dallas Cup. Though not scoring on the night, Ferreira was a driving force all over the field throughout the match.
The impact of the loaned first team players was obvious. Ferreira scored four goals and Pomykal three in the tournament.
After the game, Pomykal expressed how important this tournament championship was to him in an article by Arman Kafai in the Dallas Morning-News:
“It’s a good feeling [to win the tournament]. Playing in the Dallas Cup growing up all the way from the first age group and never winning and to win the hardest one, it’s kinda surreal but it’s also a mission accomplished for me as I’ve always wanted to win this tournament.”
One more feather in the cap for the most successful MLS Academy program.
YOUR SUPER GROUP DALLAS CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!! 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/yUbhwOE10E
— FC Dallas Youth (@FCDallasYouth) April 17, 2017
Generation Adidas Cup:
The final matches of this U-17 tournament, hosted by MLS in Frisco, were also played this past weekend. In the 7th place game of the Championship Division FC Dallas Academy beat the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy 2-0…both goals scored by Brayan Padilla. In the 5th place game of the Premier Bracket, Chivas Guadalajara defeated Houston Dynamo Academy 2-1.