DR PEPPER DALLAS CUP XXXVI CHAMPIONS CROWNED

Coritiba takes the elite Gordon Jago Super Group championship back to Brazil for the second time in four years. FC Dallas wins Under-17 Age Group

The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, concluded today as Coritiba, from Brazil, defeated Monterrey, of Mexico, in the Gordon Jago Super Group Final, 3-1. The contest was the final game of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI’s “Championship Weekend,” in which eight teams, representing four countries, were awarded Dallas Cup’s iconic “Boot and Ball” championship trophy.

Gordon Jago Super Group
In an exciting game worthy of deciding the Gordon Jago Super Group Final, both Coritiba and Monterrey showed fantastic on-the-ball skill, which produced numerous scoring chances and great goals. Coritiba struck first in the eighth minute, when forward Thiago Lopes received a cross in the penalty area. Instead of trying to get off a difficult shot, Lopes placed a beautiful ball into the path of an onrushing Evandro da Silva, who blasted his shot past the Monterrey goalkeeper.

Monterrey responded in the 26th minute, when Erick Amaro beat the Coritiba goalkeeper to the ball on a corner kick and flicked the ball into the net to tie the score.

Coritiba quickly responded when Lopes and da Silva teamed up again, this time on a free kick which da Silva headed home for the 2-1 lead.

Both teams continued to dazzle the boisterous crowd with entertaining soccer.  In the 68th minute, Coritiba midfielder Vitor Vieira played a quick give-and-go with a teammate to give himself space in Monterrey’s half of the field.  While his long-distance shot was not strong, it was perfectly placed, and rolled in just inside the near post.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, Coritiba lost a player to yellow card accumulation, and defended with 10 men for the remaining portion of the game. Monterrey had several excellent chances, but was unable to score again, giving Coritiba its second Gordon Jago Super Group championship in four years. The win is the 12th Super Group championship by a Brazilian club since the elite division was founded in 1990.

Under 19
Jaguares de Chiapas denied FC Dallas their second Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI Championship of the day, in heart-breaking fashion.

FC Dallas 97B Premier struck first in the 13th minute, when FC Dallas’ Christopher Villalobos was able to connect on a sharp cross into the goal box and flick it past the goalkeeper.

Jaguares controlled the pace of the game for long stretches, but FC Dallas still created several chances on the counter- attack, and was unlucky on several occasions not to increase their lead. The missed opportunities came back to haunt them in the 77th minute, when Jaguares’ Ricardo Gonzalez headed home a cross to tie the game at 1-1.  FC Dallas had a chance to re-take the lead one minute later when a shot beat the keeper, but it hit the inside of the far post and bounced back harmlessly into the field of play.

The game seemed destined to go to a deserving overtime when, in the fifth minute of added-time, and on the last meaningful kick of the game, Daniel Lopez made a long run from midfield and uncorked a blistering left-footed shot that flew past the FC Dallas keeper and into the side netting for the winning goal. The 2-1 victory gave Jaguares their first Dallas Cup championship and denied FC Dallas Premier Head Coach Scott Dymond his second championship of the day.

Super 17s
The Super 17s championship game featured two Mexican rivals, Monterrey Rayados and Santos Laguna. Monterrey came into the match having won the most Dallas Cup championships, with 15, while Santos were seeking their first.

Santos kept the ball for long periods of play in the scoreless first half, creating several quality chances. Monterrey used quick counter-attacks to provide their offense for most of the game. 

In the 76th minute, Santos’ Jesus Ocejo Zazueta rose above his defender to head home the game’s only goal and give Santos their first “Boot and Ball” trophy.

Under 17
The Under 17 Championship was a fitting pairing, in that the two most successful clubs in this year’s tournament met for the right to hoist the “Boot and Ball” trophy. FC Dallas sent three teams to the finals Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI, while FC Golden State sent two. 

A vocal crowd rose early for the game that kicked off at 10 a.m. The crowd exchanged chants as FC Dallas Premier fans shouted “F-C-DAL-LAS,” and Golden State Platinum supporters chimed in with “Ole!” for each pass in extended possessions. It was FC Dallas that rewarded its fans in the 28th minute, when Gerver Chavez connected on a lofted ball over the top of Golden State’s back line, slotting the ball calmly past the onrushing keeper for the first goal of the game.

Golden State thought they had tied the score when a shot beat the FC Dallas keeper, but bounced down off the crossbar and harmlessly away from goal. Just a minute later, Golden State was reduced to 10 men when a player received his second yellow of the game.

With time running out, another Golden State player was ejected for a violent conduct foul. FC Dallas’ Martin Gonzalez then sealed the win a minute later with a 89th-minute strike.

The victory gave FC Dallas their third Dallas Cup Championship, the second one claimed by head coach Scott Dymond.