Super Group Semifinals set at Dallas Cup XXXVIII

Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:27 AM by Shane Barrow

The semifinals are all set in Super Group play at Dallas Cup XXXVIII.  Wednesday marked the final matchday of the bracket games.  All three groups were up for grabs on the fnal day with teams battling it out for a berth in the Friday semifinals in Frisco.  

Bracket A -
Cortiba 5, Chivas 4, Manchester United 4, Real Salt Lake 2

Coritiba and Manchester United squared off at the Cotton Bowl. Manchester United, who was in a must-win situation, allowed a goal from a set piece in the 17th minute by Coritiba’s Yuri Rocha. However, they bounced back with an equalizing goal in the 33rd minute when Mathew Olosunde cleaned up a rebound in the box to make the match 1-1. The second half saw few scoring opportunities as the physical play of both teams halted the flow of the attacking play. The match ended 1-1 and the one point in the standings was enough to give the Brazilian side the Bracket A title and a ticket to the semi-finals.

At MoneyGram Park, Mexico’s Chivas faced Real Salt Lake. Chivas, who looked like world-beaters on opening night, would be through to the semi-finals with a win. However, they were unable to find the net as the match ended 0-0 sending both squads out of the tournament.

Bracket B -
FC Dallas 7, CF Monterrey 7, Everton FC 3, Maccabi Haifa 0

The second match featured England’s Everton and Mexico’s CF Monterrey at Cotton Bowl stadium. Monterrey struck first in the 30th minute. After briefly losing control of the ball, Daniel Lajud Martinez won the ball back, dribbled to the edge of the box, and hit a left footed bullet across the keeper into the corner of the net. Monterrey controlled the rest of the half as they went into the locker room with the 1-0 lead. In the 57th minute, Monterrey tacked on another goal. Everton’s Nathan Moore committed a hard, late foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick for Monterrey. Monterrey’s Jonathan Gonzalez stepped up to the spot and made no mistake about it as he guided the ball into the back of the net. Everton was unable to create any scoring opportunities in the last third of the game as the game ended 2-0 in favor of CF Monterrey. The three points in the table put the Mexican side at 7 points in Bracket B as they anxiously awaited the result of the FC Dallas game.

FC Dallas squared off against Israel’s Maccabi Haifa at MoneyGram Park. Both sides demonstrated some stout defense in the first half as they went into halftime locked at 0-0. In the second half, FC Dallas broke through and got a 60th minute goal from Mark Salas. The one goal was all the local academy side would need as they held on for a 1-0 win. FC Dallas allowed just one goal in group play ranking them as the best defensive side in the Gordon Jago Super Group.  With the results both FC Dallas and CF Monterrey booked their tickets into the semifinal round.

Bracket C --
Tigres 7, Red Bull Brasil 4, Toronto FC 4, Eintracht Frankfurt 1

The first game of the day was a winner-take-all battle between Tigres and Toronto FC out at MoneyGram park. The Mexican side got off to a quick start with a 4th minute goal scored by Luis Bonilla. Toronto’s defense stiffened up the remainder of the first half as they were able to keep Tigres in check. But in the 63rd minute, Tigres’ Cruz Leal tacked on a second goal to help secure the 2-0 win and the Bracket C title. Red Bull Brasil and Eintracht Frankfurt concluded Bracket C group play on Wednesday at the Cotton Bowl with the Brazilians rallying to pull off a 2-1 consolation win.