Dallas' Solar Chelsea wins U19 title

FRISCO, Texas -- With the swagger of a professional, Solar Chelsea keeper Oshik Shames said his team's 3-1 win over Arsenal FC USSF U17/18 Academy was the one of the easiest of the Dallas Cup.

Good thing for his team, it came in the U19 championship game.

"In some games I had pretty much nothing to do," Shames said of his team's defense. "The defense really stepped up their game and helped me a lot."

Ryan Condotta put Solar Chelsea on the board in the 21st minute when his right-footed strike landed in the bottom-left corner just past the reach of the keeper.

William Webb padded the lead in the 31st minute when his strike from a few yards off a rebound hit a defender just behind the goal line.

Misael Osorio brought Arsenal right back into the match after the half when his 25-yard strike flew past the keeper in the 42nd minute.

Things got heated after the goal when Shames got into a shoving match with a few Arsenal players, but referees broke things up quickly.

"In a game like this, of course tempers are going to be a little high," Shames said. "When I picked [the ball] up after they scored, I was getting charged by the whole team. The referee stepped in and did his job. I appreciate that."

Solar Chelsea responded in the 50th minute when Cole Missimo found himself one-on-one with the keeper and buried the ball in the bottom-right corner to go up 3-1.

The Solar Chelsea attack was working all-tournament long. They outscored opponents 22-4 in six Dallas Cup games.

Solar Chelsea was the only Dallas team to win a championship this year.

"We were just glad we could come in and represent for our city," Shames said.

The game was shortened to 80 minutes due to a rain delay early in the day.

U17: Rot Weiss Essen holds on to edge Tigres

After an hour-long rain delay, Rot Weiss Essen held off the speedy Tigres attack and captain Nakowitsch Kai scored to win the U17 championship.

"Mexico has very good youth teams," Kai said of Tigres through a translator, "but speed isn't everything in soccer."

Tigres was aggressive in the first half but couldn't capitalize against the physical German side.

In the 46th minute, Rot Weiss Essen keeper Azmir Alisic prevented Tigres' best opportunity for a goal with a string of back-to-back saves.

Rot Weiss Essen got another break when Eder Ruiz's 54th-minute strike hit off the left post for Tigres.

The biggest break came in the 57th minute when Kai's left-footed strike flew past the reach of the keeper to open scoring.

"The ball just came in. It was a weird feeling, but I just shot it and was happy to score," Kai said.

Two minutes later, Alisic had another great save to keep the Mexican side from equalizing.

Tigres continued to be aggressive, but the Rot Weiss Essen defense held on just enough to keep Tigres from scoring.

The game was shortened to 80 minutes due to a rain delay early in the day.

U16: Early goal lifts OBGC over FC Golden State

A stoppage time goal put the nail in the coffin for OBGC as the Rangers beat FC Golden State 3-1 in the U16 Dallas Cup championship.

OBGC head coach Matt Pilkington said it was a huge sigh of relief.

"That's the winning goal right there," Pilkington said. "Stoppage time's always a little bit nervous. We had to change our style and we struggled to do that."

They kicked off the morning early by scoring in the 2nd minute. Jony Karahbetyan shook his defender and chipped the ball into near-post with the keeper diving away.

FC Golden State didn't let the early goal get to them. Juan Estrada took a wide open strike off a rebound from inside the box and put it just past the keeper in the 16th minute.

OBGC went back on top in the 59th minute when Karl Brown scored off a rebound that left him one-on-one with the keeper. Brown faked near-post then put the ball to the top-right corner to go up 2-1.

FC Golden State was aggressive late and nearly equalized in the 79th minute when Daniel Hernandez's header went just wide right from 10 yards.

Sean Cowdry put the game away in stoppage time when a deflected ball landed in front of the striker with a wide-open goal.