S.CLARA SPORTING WINS U15 Beats L.A. FC Chelsea 2-0
Santa Clara's Julio Morales put tremendous pressure on the Los Angeles FC Chelsea goal all during the game Saturday. Morales scored the winning goal in a 2-0 win for the U15 DCXXX title.
Photo by Meg Stephens
FRISCO, TX—Los Angeles FC Chelsea and Santa Clara Sporting, both U15 teams from California, could have settled their differences for a lot less than it cost them Saturday afternoon.
After a week –plus in Dallas, a 3,000-mile round trip and exhaustive schedule, the teams that reside less than 400 miles apart met at Pizza Hut Park. But instead of calling it an all California championship, Santa Clara got to claim a coveted Dallas cup championship with a 2-0 victory and take home a trophy with a golden cowboy boot with soccer cleats and soccer ball.
Better yet, they got the experience of playing and beating some of the best teams in the nation and internationally, plus experience a tournament soccer environment like no other in the U.S.
Santa Clara’s Julio Morales got the game winner early in the first half and continued to be a constant threat with his rangy athleticism that could turn a careless missed pass or mishandled ball into a goal. In the second half, Morales carried the ball nearly to the goalmouth before the Chelsea goalie smothered it off his feet.
Santa Clara teammate Guillermo Talancon supplied the insurance second goal in the 62nd minute, taking a deep pass from the midfield, cutting inside the penalty box and beating the goalie 1-v-1. Morales nearly got a second personal goal just a few minutes later on great individual effort, winning the ball under pressure and kicking a pass to himself. He just couldn’t connect the dots at the end, sending the ball just wide left.
Even behind 2-0, Chelsea wouldn’t let the game go, and had at least two more good looks on free kicks in the 75th and 79th minutes.
In semifinal matches Friday, Chelsea edged Universidad Nacional Pumas 1-0 to reach the title game and Santa Clara Sporting blanked CF Monterrey 2-0