All championship matches were aired live on ESPN3 from Toyota Stadium
DALLAS, Texas (Saturday, April 3) – Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the United States, played its first four boys championship matches today at Toyota Stadium. Aired live on ESPN3, champions of the boys Under 13 through Under 16 age brackets were decided with four teams hoisting “Boot and Ball” championship trophies.
The Under 13 championship kicked off the day from Toyota Stadium with a matchup between SoCal Elite FC and Houston Dynamo Academy. Dynamo’s Gael Gonzalez scored the opening goal of the match in the 28th minute, drilling the ball into the left side of the net. In the 46th minute, Salem Shariff cushioned the lead for the Dynamo side with a beautiful left-footed strike into the top netting on the goal. Late into the second half, Rocco Alvarado collected a rebound inside the six-yard box and guided in the third goal of the match in the 68th minute. The game ended with a score of 3-0 and Houston Dynamo was crowned the 2021 Under 13 Dallas Cup champion. The Under 14 final kicked off next with San Diego Surf SC squaring off against Dallas Rebels. San Diego Surf got on the board first in the 27th minute when Max Lora Araux side-stepped a couple of Rebel defenders outside the box and delivered a gorgeous strike into the left side of the net. In the 43rd minute, Maxim Scordo added a goal of his own, tucking the ball past the keeper to make the score 2-0. Before the final whistle blew, Colton Beuck tacked on a third goal, helping secure San Diego Surf SC a 3-0 win and the Under 14 Dallas Cup title.
The Under 15 final between FC Dallas U15 Academy and San Diego Surf SC ECNL kicked off at 1:30pm from Toyota Stadium. The local side scored the first goal of the game in the 10th minute when a driven corner kick into the box found the head of Kristian Kelley, putting FC Dallas ahead 1-0. On the stroke of halftime, Kristian Kelley cleaned up a rebound for his second goal of the game to put FC Dallas ahead 2-0 at the break. After Miguel Padilla scored a third goal in the 56th minute, Kristian Kelley once again found the back of the net, securing his hat-trick in the 62nd minute to put FC Dallas ahead 4-0. FC Dallas held on to the big lead and hoisted the Under 15 “Boot and Ball” championship trophy, the club’s fifth piece of Dallas Cup hardware in the past five years.
The last championship match of the day was the Under 16 final between Dallas Texans ECNL and California’s Olympiacos FC Academy. In what was a defensive struggle, the first breakthrough in the match did not happen until the 60th minute. Following some good build up play, the ball found Dallas Texans’ Guy Michaeli who was able to score the lone goal of the game. The match ended 1-0 with Dallas Texans ECNL claiming the 2021 Dallas Cup Under 16 title.