New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas U-17/18s Settle for 1-1 Draw in Hard-Fought Game

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2016) - The second featured game of the 2016 Development Academy Winter Showcase lived up to its promise of a hard-fought battle amongst the nation's elite, as FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls U-17/18 sides played to a 1-1 draw at Premier Sports Campus on Thursday afternoon.

In the first half, offensive action was seldom. The first real chance came in the 33rd minute when FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal fed a streaking Shaft Brewer, but he failed to sneak his low drive past Red Bulls' goalkeeper Sam Ilin, whose brilliant save pushed the ball past the right post. New York capitalized on their first opportunity six minutes later when Omir Fernandez left-footed a deflected clearance to the upper left corner of the net.

The momentum stayed with New York until FC Dallas' equalizer came in the 88th minute. A free kick was awarded to Dallas from 25 yards out. As the Red Bulls goalkeeper began to direct his players in setting up a wall, FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira cleverly saw that the center referee had granted his side the ability to take their free kick. The newly-signed FC Dallas first teamer hit a quick free kick into the empty net, causing a stunned Red Bulls side to stand by in disbelief at the late goal.

Emotions were mixed from both sides of the field after the game, to say the least.

"Stuff happens," Red Bulls head coach Jeff Zaun said. "FC Dallas is a good team and probably deserved the tie anyways. They were putting the pressure on us and we needed to be more composed."

"With the momentum shifted to them, we were going against the current in the second half," FC Dallas head coach Francisco Molina said post-game. "But I think in 80 percent of the game, we were the ones who pushed it… And then we scored because of a player who was thinking ahead. I think we deserved the tie and I am happy with the effort of the players."

FC Dallas will face Atlanta United FC on Friday at 4:15 p.m. ET, while New York Red Bulls take on Dallas Texans at 3:15 p.m. ET.