Defending champion NYCFC reached the U.S. Soccer Development Academy final in the U-18/19 boys age group, setting up a matchup against FC Dallas when it beat Sockers FC, 2-0. Andres
, who is playing up two years, and Jonathan Jimenez
scored for NYCFC. They were among six holdovers who played in the 2018 final, where NYCFC beat a star-studded LA Galaxy team
, Alex Mendez
and Uly Llanez
) in a shootout.
FC Dallas moved into the final with a 2-0 win over Saint Louis FC thanks to a pair of goals by
Not with FC Dallas were MLS pros from the U/18-19 team: Edwin Cerrillo
, Bryan Reynolds
, Thomas Roberts
, Ricardo Pepi
For the first time since 2009, a non-MLS academy team will win the younger age group. Solar SC stunned the LA Galaxy, 3-2, in a thrilling match
that saw the Galaxy come back from two goals down to tie the score in the second half only to fall on Riley O'Donnell
's late goal.
The Galaxy featured U.S. U-17 national team
players Kobe Hernandez-Foster
, Adam Saldana
and Mauricio Cuevas
, but the game's star was Solar's Bailey Sparks
with a goal and an assist.
Solar SC will face
the Concorde Fire, which edged the DeAnza Force, 2-1. Both Concorde goals were scored by Colombian-born Miguel Ramirez
, who has scored 22 goals in 32 games.
Solar and Concorde
won't be the first champions from Dallas and Atlanta, respectively. FC Dallas was the U-15/16 champion in 2015 and 2016 and U-17/18 champion in 2012 and 2016 and Atlanta United won the U-15/16 age
group in 2017.
strikes again to go up 2-0 in
the first 12 minutes! pic.twitter.com/Vu9w1YflaW