SUM U-17 Cup: Day 3 recap

Recaps and boxscores from the third day of SUM U-17 Cup action

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Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne / Houston Dynamo

The third night of group matches of the 2010 SUM U-17 Cup took place
Monday night at Centennial Park in Friendswood, Texas. The 16 teams
are competing in four groups of four, with the group winners advancing
to Tuesday's semifinals.

The weather and traffic delays on I-45 pushed the start time back for several of the matches, which were played with 35-minute halves after the first two nights of the tournament had 30-minute halves. Ties will
be broken by a shootout, with the winning team earning two points and
the losing team one point. Here are the results from the opening night:

Group A

Chicago Fire 2, Colorado Rapids 2 (Chicago won 5-3 on PKs)

In one of the best and most entertaining games of the day, Chicago rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Colorado in a shootout and earn second place in the group.

Colorado took a deserved lead in just the 11th minute. Forward James Rogers made a 30-yard run with the ball and fed Dillon Serna in the box, where his shot was deflected for a corner kick. The ball bobbed around at the back post before defender Jordan Spring rose highest to head the ball through a crowd of players on the goal line and into the net. The Rapids struck for a second goal when a well-weighted long ball from Ricardo Perez found Rogers behind the offside trap, and he used a cool, low finish to make it 2-0.

While Colorado missed several above-average chances to add to the lead, with Chicago goalkeeper Sam Euler playing his part, the Fire got back in the game late. Substitute Kellen Gulley notched two goals, the latter a penalty kick with just two minutes remaining, to force the tie.

The shootout was not without controversy. Chicago's Euler - a shootout hero in the Fire's USSF U-16 championship - dove to his left to save Serna's shot on the second penalty kick, but the linesman flagged he had moved early, and Serna converted the second attempt. Chicago's third shooter, A.J. Jeffries, followed with a shot to the lower left corner that slipped through a loose net but did count as a goal. Euler then dove to his right to save the next shot, and Chicago confidently converted its last two shots for a 5-3 margin and one extra point.

Chicago Fire (1-0-2) vs. Colorado Rapids (1-1-1)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group A
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary:
COL -- Jordan Spring 1 (unassisted) 11
COL -- James Rogers 3 (Ricardo Perez 1) 21
CHI -- Kellen Gulley 2 (unassisted) 55
CHI -- Kellen Gulley 3 (penalty kick) 68

Chicago Fire -- Sam Euler, David Caban, Filip Dyminski (A.J. Jeffries 29), Peter Beasley, Daniel Lojek, Jesus Medina (Luis Medina 36), Keaton Albert, Andrew Conner, Charlie Oliver (Joseph Laboy 50), Jabri Danzy (Kellen Gulley 36), Cody Wittowski (Manny Rios 36).

Colorado Rapids -- Alex Chapin (Andrew Epstein 55), Andrew Rodriguez, Jason Prichard, Christopher Gurule, Jordan Spring (Juan Carlos Regalado 70), Dillon Serna, Avery Ball, Kartsen Hanlin, Ricardo Perez (Isaac Martinez 53), Rojesh Shrestha (Santiago Velez 32), James Rogers. 

Penalty Shootout - Chicago 5, Colorado 3

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

D.C. United 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0

Likely needing a win to edge Chicago for the top spot in Group A, D.C. United earned its spot in the semifinals with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over San Jose. United, Colorado, and Chicago all had a
chance to advance to the semifinals heading into the final day of group play, but a
goal from Collin Martin sealed the win and a semifinal spot for
D.C.

Martin's goal, scored in the second half, was created off a passing
sequence out of the back, which involved Julian Griggs and led to a break down the left wing from
Marco Hurtado. After racing by a defender, Hurtado sent a left-footed
cross into the center that found Martin's feet. Martin settled nicely
and quickly blasted a low, right-footed shot past goalkeeper Jesus Guzman. Led by Nathaniel
Eggleston at center back, the D.C. defense held strong to preserve the shutout.

San Jose Earthquakes (0-3) vs. D.C. United (2-0-1)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group A
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary:
DC -- Collin Martin 1 (Marco Hurtado 1) 56

San Jose Earthquakes -- Jesus Guzman, Brian Visser, Travis Pillon, Hunter LeBlanc, Jorge Soto, Sam Engs, Juan Guerrero, Israel Ayala, Johnny Monterroso, Everardo Aguiar, Nicholas Lima.
Substitutes: Jose Gutierrez, Jose Lopez, Jesus Morales, Jose Navarro, Tyler Sylvia, William Velasco.

D.C. United -- Tyler Back (Dakota Niedermeier 36), Rafael Gafundo, Nathaniel Eggleston, Mahamamamoudou Kaba, Martin Lopez (Marco Hurtado 36), Collin Martin, Romain Gall (Cody Albrecht 36), Kainoa Bailey (Julian Griggs 24), Suliman Dainkeh, Patrick Foss (Dario Redondo 46), Kennedy O'Shea (Yaw Amankwa 36, Tyler Rudy 59).

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Group B

Columbus Crew 1, Seattle Sounders 0

In a winner-take-all match to determine the semifinalist from Group B, Columbus downed Seattle Tuesday night despite having less of the ball than their Pacific Northwest opponents.

The Crew took the lead five minutes after halftime when Will Trapp played the ball down the right, and Chris Davis broke in on goal and beat Seattle goalkeeper Rodney Greiling from a tight angle for his third goal of the tournament.

Seattle controlled the ball much of the second half, but Crew goalkeeper Nicholas Straight made a crucial diving save from a Seattle header in the 65th minute, and Columbus held on for the win and a spot in the semifinals.

Seattle Sounders (1-1-1) vs. Columbus Crew (2-0-1)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group B
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary: 
CLB -- Chris Davis 3 (Will Trapp 1) 40

Seattle Sounders -- Keenan Townsend (Rodney Greiling 36), Ian Lange, Michael Gallagher, Jacob Beck (Chris Miller 28, Tolossa Hassan 42), Stefan Bangsund (Jordan Schweitzer 30), Troy Peterson, Kurtis Pederson (Dominique Dismuke 57), DeAndre Yedin, Austin Sweeney (Aaron Kovar 28), Taylor Stapf (Ike Crook 46), Travis Strawn.

Columbus Crew -- Nicholas Straight, Will Trapp, Max Riehemann, Dominic Aracri, Mason Hodge, David Witcoff (Raymond Olavarria 21, Ben Crognale 53), Charles Reyman (William Bennick 36), Alex Ranalli, Zachary Mason (Tom Granot 36), Quinn Miller (Chris Davis 36), Alex Crognale (Rhodes Moore 32, Peter Suess 62).

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas 0

New program Philadelphia got the better of more established FC Dallas in what amounted to a placement game Monday to finish third in Group B. Philadelphia opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Jimmy McLaughlin dribbled into the penalty area and cut the ball back to Darius Madison, who finished to give the Union the lead.

Philadelphia had another good chance shortly before halftime when Madison crossed to Melvin Snoh, whose header just went wide. The best Dallas chance to tie the game came in the 65th minute, when Samuel Coleman controlled a long ball down the wing and got his shot past the goalkeeper but pulled it just wide. The Union held on for its first ever win.

Philadelphia Union (1-1-1) vs. FC Dallas (0-2-1)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group B
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary:
PHI -- Darius Madison 1 (Jimmy McLaughlin 1) 23

Philadelphia Union -- Jacob Schenk, Troy Barr (Connor Ryan 63), Benjamin Kennel, Joseph Raymond, Melvin Snoh, Darius Madison (Christian Kaschack 49), Chris Somerville (Colin O'Neil 55), Zack Shiposh (Ryan Dobbs 35), Jimmy McLaughlin (Zach Pfeiffer 55), Mike Gonzalez (Ryan Bertrado 49), Jonathan Wenser.

FC Dallas -- Eduardo Cortez (Caleb Underwood 60), Mark Ashby, Nicolas Rochowski (Christian Garcia 51), Marco Ortiz (Jairo Villalta 31), David Robledo, Flavio Guzman, Juan Toledo, Bobby Eddet (Ryan Ward 63), Erik Chapa (Emerson Hydman 60), Jacob Garza (Marco Carrizales 31), Samuel Coleman. 

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Group C

Houston Dynamo 1, Chivas USA 0

In an emotionally charged match that saw both teams finish with 10 men, Houston's difference maker - newcomer Tamay Sanchez - struck again to send the host Dynamo to Tuesday's semifinals.

After Chivas applied high pressure early in the match, the Dynamo settled down and created the better chances from the run of play, mostly through Sanchez. The decisive goal came four minutes into the second half, when substitute Alex Gonzalez played a long ball out of the back. Sanchez slipped past his defender to control the ball and break in alone on goal, then blasted a shot low and hard past Chivas goalkeeper Jake McGuire.

Later in the second half, each team saw a man sent off for a second yellow card, but the Dynamo held on through three minutes of stoppage time with the help of good ballhandling from goalkeeper Fernando Pina, and advanced to the semis.

Houston Dynamo (3-0) vs. Chivas USA (2-1)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group C
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary: 
HOU -- Tamay Sanchez 4 (Alex Gonzalez 1) 39

Houston Dynamo -- Fernando Pina, Jose Christian Gonzalez, Bradley Bourgeois, Juan Ramirez, Leo Ayala, Manuel Chavez (Isaiah Noreiga 36), Siegfried Casar, Sebastian Karpen (Luis Mendoza 63), Jordan Davies (Martin Fiemawhle 49, Diego Martinez Del Campo 70), Fortiune Wamutega (Alex Gonzalez 30, Jorge Andrade 68), Tamay Sanchez.

Chivas USA -- Jake McGuire, Kevin Lichtenwalter, Erick Corona, Alexis Flores, Marcial Cazares, Victor Vazquez, Max Rico Hurtado, Ivan Delgado, Sergio Cervantes (Jesus Jimenez 51), Steve Palacios (Jose Martinez 48), Pedro Velazquez (Kevin de la Torre 45).

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

New England Revolution 5, Toronto FC 2

New England broke out in a big way, pouring in four second-half goals from four different scorers to dominate Toronto FC by a 5-2 margin and finish in third place in Group C.

Tied 1-1 at the half, the Revolution got goals in the second from Peguy
Ngatcha, Cole Denormandie, Diego Fagundez, and Felix DeBonna, who also
scored the only first-half goal for the Revolution. While Toronto FC
scored its first goals of the tournament, they were not enough to stop a
spirited Revolution team in the second half.

Toronto's goals came
courtesy of Kaheem Christopher and Eric Ngo. Toronto finished group play 0-3 but will have a chance to regroup in consolation games Tuesday and Thursday.

Toronto FC (0-3) vs. New England Revolution (1-2)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group C
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary:
TFC -- Kaheem Christopher 1 (Sergio Camargo 1) 10
NE -- Felix DeBonna 2 (Domanik Machado 1) 23
NE -- Felix DeBonna 3 (unassisted) 42
NE -- Diego Fagundez 1 (unassisted) 48
NE -- Cole Denormandie 1 (unassisted) 65
NE -- Peguy Ngatcha 1 (unassisted) 67
TFC -- Eric Ngo 1 (unassisted) 70

Toronto FC -- Chad Bush, Eric Ngo, Andrew DeMarco, Ben Futoriansky (Bobby Frame 43, Marcus Alan Lees 53), Mackenzie Kim, Andrew Curci, Chris Mannella (Steven Reel 50), Praveen Balakumaran (Tristan Jackman 36), Sergio Camargo, Kaheem Christopher, Prasenna Kirupakaran (Cristian Zannetti 54).

New England Revolution -- Tyler Zon, Christian Sady (Peter Lee-Kramer 36), Sean MacDonald, Mitchell Taintor (Dan Chmura 62), Diego Fagundez (Dan Tchen 65), Domanik Machado (Freddy Ferre 64), Forrest Sisk (Peguy Natcha 55), Kelvin Castillo (Jannick Kabala 36), Felix DeBonna, Cole Denormandie, Derik Medeiros (Adrian Reifsnyder 31).

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Group D

Real Salt Lake 2, Kansas City Wizards 0

2008 SUM U-17 Cup champion Real Salt Lake advanced to the 2010 semifinals by winning Group D Tuesday, downing the Kansas City Wizards 2-0 to finish group play 2-0-1. RSL is now unbeaten in its last 12 SUM Cup games, finishing first in 2008 and third in 2009.

Controlling the game, RSL opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Richard Haddock broke in alone on Kansas City goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin and slotted the ball low inside the right-hand post.

Kansas City never seriously threatened to break through the Salt Lake backline, and RSL put the game away with a well-taken goal in the 49th minute, when Junior Jbopau crossed for Cole Nagy, who settled the ball on his chest, dribbled around Kempin, and slotted the ball home to wrap up Salt Lake's trip to the semis.

Kansas City Wizards (1-2) vs. Real Salt Lake (2-0-1)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group D
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary:
RSL -- Richard Haddock 1 (unassisted) 27
RSL -- Cole Nagy 1 (Junior Jbopau 1) 49

Kansas City Wizards -- Jonathan Kempin (Evan Wright 51), Andrew Brown (Austin Esparza 58), Eric DeJulio, Konner Knoll, David Leichty (Lucas Throckmorton 46), Marques Mayoras (Cameron Wallace 36), Jordan Rideout, Nicholas Row (Raymond Lee 36), Derek Schrick, Clay Stewart, Shane Woods (Nathan Opperman 36).

Real Salt Lake -- Carson Elliot (Tyler Wilson 58), Zander Rados (Lucas Cawley 58), Julio Alcaron, Nick Semintendi, Cole Nagy (Joseph Metzger 64), Tanner Clay, Phanuel Kavita, Maikon Orellana (Alejandro Espinoza 53), John Taylor (Junior Jbopau 28), Richard Haddock (Richard Velasco 28), Eric Christensen (Rayshawn Washington 51).

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

New York Red Bulls 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (New York won 4-1 on PKs)

New York locked up second place in Group D with a penalty shootout win over the Los Angeles Galaxy Tuesday after a tightly-contested game.

The Red Bulls broke a scoreless deadlock in the 56th minute when Galaxy goalkeeper Alexis Padilla could not hold a cross, and New York's Brandon Allen tapped it into an empty net as Los Angeles players asked for a handball call.

The Galaxy tied it just four minutes later when the always impressive Dyllan Stevens met a corner kick with a header at the near post. New York goalkeeper Max Brown got a hand to the shot, which trickled through the six-yard box. As a New York player went to clear it off the goal line, the Galaxy's Juan Chavez dove to block the clearance with his foot, deflecting the ball off the ground and into the roof of the net for an awkward but crucial goal.

Los Angeles had the best chance for a winner, as Dennis Flores ripped a blast off the crossbar from 25 yards in the final minute. Instead of a dramatic victory, the Galaxy found themselves in a shootout, where the Red Bulls clinically converted all four chances, and Brown made two saves to give the Red Bulls an extra point in the standings.

New York Red Bulls (1-1-1) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (0-1-2)
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group D
July 26, 2010 –- Centennial Park, Friendswood TX

Scoring Summary: 
NY -- Brandon Allen 1 (unassisted) 56
LA -- Juan Chavez 1 (unassisted) 60

New York Red Bulls -- Max Brown, Diego Ceron (Ivan Dorador 59), Bolu Akinyode (Adam Najem 22), Nino Colonnelli (Brandon Alvarado 27), Matthew Miazga (Ross Tetro 27), Oscar Gonzalez (Anthony Casagranda 69), Russell Canouse, Christian Johnson, Kyle Roach, Ethan Decker (Antonio Matarazzo 69), Brandon Allen.

Los Angeles Galaxy -- Alexis Padilla (Josh McNeely 56), Juan Chavez, Ludwing Vargas (Jake LaPorte 48), Justin Kim (Juan Mendoza 56), Nati Schnitman, Dennis Flores, Christian Ruelas, Justin Dhillon (Neil Ignacio 30), Josh Avila (Angel Ayala 33), Eric Gonzalez (Drew Murphy 59), Jack McBean (Dyllan Stevens 44).

Penalty Shootout - New York 4, Los Angeles 1

Matches played with 35-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial