FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas’ academy made a loud statement on Sunday. The MLS academy thoroughly out-played and out-classed Spanish giants FC Barcelona’s Juvenil B squad en route to a 3-1 victory.
Home Grown player Jonathan Top was the catalyst of the attack picking up one goal and an assist on the afternoon. Jose Perez grabbed the second goal when he capitalized on a defensive error by the visitors. Daniel Garcia rounded out the scoring with the lone goal of the second half.
The first chance of the game came 15 minutes in as Roberto Alarcon broke down the left side of the field and sent a pass to Mamadou Sylla who was open 8 yards from goal. FC Dallas keeper Eduardo Cortes made a great save to keep Barcelona off the score sheet.
FC Dallas nearly grabbed the opener minutes later when Daniel Garcia went streaking down the left side, but a heavy touch allowed Barcelona keeper Pol Busquets to stop the chance.
The local team struck first when Top hammered home the opening goal past Busquets from 15 yards out. The movement started with a fluid counterattack that left Garcia wide-open 10 yards from goal. The winger hammered the shot off the crossbar and it rebounded back to Victor Ulloa who setup up Top.
Nine minutes later, Dallas found a second goal when Barcelona failed to deal with a long goal kick and Jose Perez streaked past the defense and slotted his shot around the keeper.
Three minutes before half, Barcelona nearly grabbed one back when Roger Canadell tried his luck from distance. Cortes made his second quality save of the game to keep the Spanish club off the scoreboard in the first stanza.
Barcelona brought on four subs at the start of the second half to help jump-start a comeback effort, but the Spanish club never gained control of the match and Dallas quickly put the final nail in the coffin.
Ten minutes after the break, FC Dallas added to their lead when Top slotted Garcia behind the defense. The 17-year-old slipped into the back of the net for the final tally of the day.
Barcelona grabbed their lone tally one minute before added time when substitute David Babunski buried a penalty kick to prevent the shutout.
Earlier in the day, Japan’s U-18 national team defeated Cartagines (Costa Rica) so FC Dallas is tied at the top of the table in Group B after the first day. Play continues tomorrow when Cartagines plays FC Dallas and Barcelona takes on Japan.
FC Dallas Lineup: Cortes, Ambrose, Coleman, Okwuono, Hernandez, Robledo (Gamino ’62), Perez, Garcia (Knowles Ramirez ’74), Ulloa, Leyva, Top (Pinal ’76)
Barcelona Lineup: Busquets, Escribano, Currais, Gabarron, Canadell (Mendes ’56), Alarcon (Moussima ’62), Martinez, Quintilla, Roige (Babunski ‘46), Ruano (Olivan ’46), Sylla (Ebwelle ’46)
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