Dallas Cup XXXIV Championship "Boot and Ball" Trophies Awarded
It was a perfect Spring Day on March 31 for the final Dallas Cup XXXIV championship matches. Not only was the weather first class, the play on the field was exceptional, as Dallas fans were treated to some spectacular play and numerous world-class goals.
The Gordon Jago Super Group final pitted Fulham FC against the surprising and highly entertaining side from Japan, Kashiwa Reysol. To the delight of the crowd, Emerson Hyndman, grandson of FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman, started for Fulham and found his team up 1-0 at halftime, despite a missed penalty by teammate Cauley Woodrow.
But Woodrow was able to quickly redeem himself in the second half. It was his 47th and 62nd minute strikes which opened up a 3-0 lead, effectively putting the game out of reach for Kashiwa. The final score of 5-1 clearly indicated Fulham FC were deserving champions of the prestigious Gordon Jago Super Group.
The day started just as the early morning rains left the area with the U16 championship match between Santa Monica United, from Southern California, and CF Monterrey Rayados, of Mexico. The Mexican side jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second minute of the game and would never look back, building a 5-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Santa Monica woke up, outscoring Monterrey 3-1, but it was "too little, too late," and Monterrey took home the day's first Boot and Ball Championship trophy with a final score of 6-3.
Another California team went up against an International side for the U17 championship, as Santa Clara Sporting took on Aalborg BK from Denmark. Aalborg stuck first when Danish U17 international Jannik Pohl crushed a shot from 20 yards past the outreaching arms of Sporting goalkeeper Derek Wilcox in the 11th minute to give Aalborg an early lead. Santa Clara was able to pounce on an Aalborg mistake in the 24th minute when Javier Ceballos was able to poke the ball into the net as an Aalborg defender tried to corral the ball to his oncoming goalkeeper, Frederik Reimer. That tied the score at 1-1, but Pohl scored his second to break the tie in the 38th on a tap-in from Johan Ejising's cross.
Aalborg substitute Sebastian Andersen Aalborg quickly increased the lead with a fine strike in the 47th minute. Although the warming temperatures seemed to sap their strength in the second half, they kept SC Sporting out of the net and Pohl put the game away with his third of the day in the 81st minute for a 4-1 Aalborg victory and the U17 Dallas Cup Championship. The Houston Dynamo USSF U17/18 Academy was the lone Texas club to make it to a Dallas Cup final when they took on Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna for the U19 Championship. Several of the Dynamo players had tasted Dallas Cup victory before, having won the Dallas Cup U16 championship back in 2010.
Houston started off slowly and were a bit lucky to keep the game scoreless through the first part of the game. However, Dynamo homegrown signing Bryan Salazar produced a great individual effort to beat three defenders — including two dazzling step-overs in the box — before slotting the ball past the IF Bromma keeper for a 1-0 lead that Dynamo carried into the half. Dynamo goalkeeper Josh Blair was finally beaten by an IF Bromma forward who redirected a shot in the 50th minute in a goal box scramble. Despite some more individual efforts by Salazar, it was IF Bromma's speedy Heradi Rashidi who scored the game-winner in the 65th minute.
DALLAS CUP XXXIV CHAMPIONS
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