There was heartbreak for the U.S. under-20 national team, eliminated from the Dallas Cup when it conceded a last-second goal and had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Germany's Hoffenheim. But the FC
Dallas U-18s advanced to the Super Group semifinals in spectacular fashion, as did the FC Dallas U-16s at the nearby Generation adidas Cup.
New Mexico's Aaron Herrera
and the Seattle Sounders' Victor Mansaray
scored for the USA, which finished with a 1-1-1 record. It beat Monterrey, 1-0, and lost to Fulham, 2-1, and would have won its
group with a win over Hoffenheim.
The FC Dallas U-18s advanced to the semifinals when Devan Vega
's stoppage-time volley gave it a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. Vega, who had spent
MLS preseason with the FC Dallas senior team, pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted it into the left corner of the goal.
Friday’s Super Group semifinals
will feature Brazil's Fluminense against Fulham followed by Everton against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
Real Salt Lake, the third American team in the Super Group, won its
first two games but was eliminated when it fell to Everton, 3-1.
And at the nearby Generation adidas Cup, the FC Dallas U-16s beat the Mexican under-17 national team, 1-0, to reach the
semifinals. Jesus Ferreira
, son of former FC Dallas star David Ferreira
, had the winning goal for FC Dallas in the 46th minute.
FC Dallas returns to semifinals
for the second year in a row when it plays Universidad de Chile Thursday at Toyota Stadium. It is the only MLS team to advance as River Plate of Argentina faces Villarreal of Spain in the other
Dallas Cup U-19 Super Group
March 23 in Dallas
USA 3 Hoffenheim 3. Goals: Herrera (Ebobisse) 37,
Ebobisse (Lindley) 54, Mansaray 83; Wahling (Cevik) 13, Beck (Wahling) 57, Belkahia (Lorenz) 90+4.
USA -- Klinsmann; Herrera, Redding, Trusty, 3- Borges; Lindley, Acosta
(Yueill, 62); Lennon, Saucedo (Sabbi, 56), Williamson (Mansaray, 70); Ebobisse (Nelson, 82).
Hoffenheim -- Bieber; Konigsmann (Pander, 54), Belkahia, Kapp (Lorenz, 62), Teufel
(Politakis, 13); Geiger, Buhler, Beck; Wahling, Kwarteng, Cevik. Referee: Anna Mare Keighley