CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Four players combined for four goals in the final match of group play in the Central Region of the 2013-14 Generation Adidas Cup, as Real Salt Lake U-17 captured first place following their shutout win over Houston Dynamo U-17 on Monday morning at the Grande Sports World.
RSL U-17 has now qualified for a national event where they and other Major League Soccer U-17 qualifying teams will compete alongside international teams in April 2014. In five GA Cup group matches, RSL U-17’s won four, lost one and outscored opponents 21-7.
The Claret-and-Cobalt jumped out to an impressive start and opened their goal tally in the 11th-minute when Evan Waldrep played to Aaron Herrera. Herrera charged up the field and connected with Sebastian Saucedo, who then cut into the box from the right-wing. He lifted his head and sent in a piercing cross that found Josh Doughty for an easy tap in.
Dynamo’s defense responded to the early deficit and held their own and managed to keep RSL from extending their lead before the half. The lone Dynamo chance in first half came on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 30th-minute. The shot took a nasty dive in the box before RSL goalkeeper Christian Herrera calmly punched out the threat.
RSL doubled their lead in the 50th-minute when Saucedo curled in a low free kick that hit the post and bounced in for his fourth goal in three matches. Doughty notched his fourth assist in three matches when he played to Kris “Haiti” Fourcand in the 72nd-minute. Fourcand then shifted to his right, dribbled into the box and scored RSL’s third goal.
Waldrep, who verbally committed to Creighton University in the previous week, had an impressive showing in all three matches at the GSW this weekend. He did not show up in the scoreboard in the final match, but RSL’s third goal had his fingerprints all over it. He cut through the Dynamo defense in the 74th-minute and when he maneuvered around a final defender the ball popped out to Tyler Feeley, who scored his first career goal.
RSL’s backline of: Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Miles Stray and Gavino Carranza along with central midfielder Danny Acosta held the Dynamo attack to a few shots and recorded their first shutout in GA Cup play.
-Real Salt Lake Academy Match Report-
Match:Real Salt Lake U-17 Academy team vs. Houston Dynamo U-17 Academy team
Date: February 17, 2014
Competition: 2013-14 Generation Adidas Cup
Venue: Grande Sports World
Kickoff: 1:00 AM MT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake U-17 1 3 4
Houston Dynamo U-17 0 0 0
RSL – Josh Doughty (assist: Sebastian Saucedo) – 11th minute
RSL – Sebastian Saucedo – 50th minute
RSL – Kris “Haiti” Fourcand (assist: Josh Doughty) – 72nd minute
RSL – Tyler Feeley – 74th minute
Real Salt Lake: Christian Herrera, Aaron Herrera, Miles Stray, Justed Glad, Gavino Carranza, Danny Acosta, Tate Schmitt (Kris “Haiti” Fourcand – 68), Diego “Diablo” Silva (D.J. Villegas- 57), Evan Waldrep (Fahot Yogol – 74), Sebastian Saucedo (Terrell Lowe – 74), Josh Doughty (Tyler Feeley – 72)