[DALLAS CUP SPOTLIGHT] Five U.S. teams won titles at the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII. Local club Solar Chelsea is a long-time national powerhouse and a member of the Development Academy, but the other four champions -- the Fullerton Rangers White and United FC Gold from California, Sunrise Elite from Florida, and OBGC Rangers from Maryland -- are not part of U.S. Soccer's national league. For a look at the five U.S. champions ...
SOLAR CHELSEA. The Dallas club won its first time at the Dallas Cup since 2006 when it beat Southern California's Arsenal FC, 3-1, in the under-19 final. ODU-bound Ryan Condotta, William Webb and Northwestern recruit Cole Missimo scored for Solar Chelsea, which is third in the Development Academy's Under-17/18 Texas Division.
OBGC RANGERS. The Olney Boys & Girls Club got goals from Jony Karahbetyan, Karl Brown and Sean Cowdry to beat FC Golden State, 3-1, in the under-16 final. Cowdry also had the lone goal for the OBGC in its 1-0 win over FC Phoenix in the semifinals and scored in its 4-2 overtime win over FC Milan in the quarterfinals. The Maryland program dates back to 1975.
FULLERTON RANGERS.The Rangers, winners of the under-14 division at the Dallas Cup and then the U.S. Youth U-14 national championships, captured the U-15 division with a 2-1 win over Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt. Andres Lemus and Amirgy Pineda scored for Fullerton, which got an outstanding game in goal from Keith Murphy.
SUNRISE ELITE. The Florida club got an early goal from Emmanuel Perez and it held up for a 1-0 win over Arsenal FC. Sunrise is coached by Pitu Alvarez, who bounced around his native Argentina, Guatemala and Costa Rica as a player before settling in the United States.
UNITED FC GOLD.Hugo Espindola scored directly from a corner kick to give United FC a 1-0 win over Nomads Academy in a battle of Southern California teams for the U-13 crown. Based in San Juan Capistrano, United FC gave up just one goal in six games. The team is coached by Jamaican Bryan Wallace, a fixture on the Southern California youth scene for more than 15 years.