The FC Dallas Under-16 team defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy Under-16 team 2-0 in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 National Championship final on Saturday night in Carson, California, claiming back-to-back national championships in the age group.
Goals by Aldo Quevedo and Jesus Ferreira (son of former FC Dallas player David Ferreira) lifted FC Dallas to the title, which earned FC Dallas the distinction of becoming the first club in Development Academy history (since 2007) to win consecutive championships in the same age bracket.
Quevedo began the scoring for FC Dallas in the 18th minute, lobbing Los Angeles goalkeeper Alain Hernandez from well outside the penalty box.
The Dallas lead was doubled in the 53rd minute when Ferreira took advantage of strong play from Blake Willis to turn and fire inside the right post to make it 2-0.
Goalkeeper Carlos Avilez was busy throughout the night in the FC Dallas goal, with his workload increasing as the Galaxy searched for a way back into the match.
Los Angeles did have the ball in the back of the net on one occasion in the second half, but the assistant referee called Kevin Negrete offside after he had scored via a shot just inside the left post of Avilez’s goal.
The Galaxy were unable to generate a better chance in the game’s final moments, and FC Dallas was able to preserve the shutout to add polish to their historic victory.
The efforts of the Under-16 team, combined with the USSDA U-17/18 National Championship earned by the FC Dallas Under-18 team later on Saturday night, meant that FC Dallas also became the first team to win two USSDA National Championships in different age groups in the same day.