FC Dallas U-17/18 Holds Off Late Charge from Seattle Sounders; Academy Playoffs Group C Wide Open

WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 25, 2017) - After going up 3-0, FC Dallas U-17/18 held off a late second half charge from Seattle Sounders to capture their first win of the 2017 Academy Playoffs and keep themselves in contention after losing to Beachside Soccer Club two days prior. The 3-2 win, along with a favorable New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over Beachside Soccer Club earlier in the day, means that all four teams enter Monday's final day of Group C play with three points. Based on the Development Academy's tie breaker protocol, FC Dallas currently sits atop the group.

GROUP C STANDINGS

Team Games Wins Losses Ties Pts GF GA
FC Dallas U-17/18 2 1 1 0 3 3 3
Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18 2 1 1 0 3 3 3
New York Red Bulls U-17/18 2 1 1 0 3 1 1
Beachside Soccer Club U-17/18 2 1 1 0 3 1 1

MONDAY GROUP C SCHEDULE

Seattle Sounders FC (H) v. Beachside Soccer Club (A) | 5:30 p.m. ET | Field 30
FC Dallas (H) v. New York Red Bulls (A) | 5:30 p.m. ET | Field 28

In their quest to win back-to-back titles, FC Dallas dealt the first blow of the game in the 8th minute, ending Seattle Sounders' clean sheet streak spanning over their last 324-minutes across four games. Aldo Quevedo started the attack with an excellent display of body control, threading the ball to Arturo Rodriguez, who sent a dangerous chip between the last defender and goalkeeper. Charging through to meet the pass was Daniel Evans, who lobbed a deft touch over the last line of defense and keeper, who was unable to recover in time. The clever touch lit the ignition for FC Dallas, giving the side an early 1-0 lead.

Twenty-nine minutes later, the Texas side padded their lead with another goal, this time coming from Brandon Servania. Arturo Rodriguez, once again putting his prowess in display, unlocked the back line with another gorgeous pass to create another chance for Dallas. As the service was laid forward, the running Servania simply picked up his head and smashed it in first time.

After the second half kicked off, FC Dallas continued to press forward and create opportunities to put the game away. In the 61st minute, they were finally able to capitalize on one of those opportunities. Attacking along the right side, Quevedo made a cut to the middle, penetrating the top of the box to draw the defense in, and then slotted a square ball through two defenders to link with Evans, who, with time and space from the far side, found the side netting of the opposite post. The brace marked Evans 5th goal of the U-17/18 Academy season.

Down but not out, Seattle stuck to their game plan and became the aggressor in the remaining 30 minutes of the second half.

In the 64th minute, while on the attack, Sounders forward Greg Sutton raced to a ball played into the left side of the box. Beating the Dallas goalkeeper to the ball, Sutton was able to draw a penalty kick opportunity, setting up Shandon Hopeau. Calm and collected, Hopeau would earn his 9th goal of the season, finessing the chance to the right while sending the diving keeper to the opposite side.

With just 15 minutes remaining in the contest, Seattle dug their way back into the game with a well-deserved goal. Traveling down the heart of the Dallas defense, Seattle used a one-touch combination play to set up Sutton, who slotted his brace beyond the on-coming keeper.

Despite tensions remaining high in the final 15 minutes of play, Seattle was unable to get the goal they wanted to put themselves solely atop Group C.

"You've got to hand it to Seattle," FC Dallas U-17/18 head coach Francisco Molina said. "They were down 3-0 and they bounced back. But it's part of the game. I'm very proud of the boys after losing the first game, coming back and winning against a very good team."