Sunday marked the opening of Super Group play at Dallas Cup XXXVII. Once again it was a loaded field of twelve teams all ready to fight it out for the coveted Boot and Ball trophy. The marquee match of the day pitted coach Tab Ramos and his US Under 20 National Team against a very talented CF Monterrey side from Mexico. A huge crowd was on hand to watch after the opening ceremonies had concluded.
CF Monterrey opened on the front foot as the Americans worked to get their feet underneath them. It was obvious the US players had only been together a short time while the Mexico squad was tried and tested. It didn’t take long though for the athleticism and talent of the American stars would begin to push their influence on the match.
The first chance for either side came in the 10th minute when American striker Jeremy Ebobisse fired just over the crossbar. The signal had been sent. This would be an American night as strikers Sebastian Elney and Ebobisse would be quite active.
In the 31st minute the US broke through as Brooks Lennon cut inside on the dribble from the left wing. He lifted his head and split open the Monterrey defense with a perfect ball that sprung Jeremy Ebobisse in on goal. He easily rounded the CFM keeper and slotted home with his left foot for the lead It should have been 2-0 on 42 minutes when the Mexican keeper dropped a long corner kick in traffic inside his six yard box. The muff fell perfectly for Eryk Williamson on the back post but his volley went inches over the crossbar of the empty net sending the game to the break 1-0 to the USA.
The team from south of the border regrouped at halftime and emerged with a new vigor. CF Monterrey had their best chance of the game soon after the restart when Angel Sandoval headed a looping ball that bounced off the top of the crossbar and over. That would be about it for CF Monterrey from there as the American center back pairing of Miles Robinson and Andrew Lombard were simply dominant along with holding midfielder Danny Acosta.
The US Under 20s Should have put the game away in the 77th minute as a quick attack after a Monterrey turnover left Ebobisse 1v1 with the keeper. His shot curled just wide of the post and the match stated 1-0. The Americans missed a couple of nice chances in stoppage time and the match ended 1-0 to the USA.
A very nice win against a CF Monterrey side that I thought was better than either Tigres or Everton who we saw in the previous match. Both teams are right back in action on Monday as the US Under 20s face Fulham at 4:00 on Richland College field 8 while CF Monterrey plays German club TSG Hoffenheim. Fulham and Hoffenheim played to an entertaining 3-3 draw Sunday in their opening game.