The Development Academy showcase is currently running through its paces in Florida, which means a collection of the nation’s brightest young stars are currently throwing hands in front of sidelines choked with scouts.
One of the most anticipated of those games was the Red Bulls-FC Dallas U18 match on the opening Thursday of the event. The two are routinely the most talent-laden academies over the last three years, and FCD’s 2016 national title sweep proves they’re the kings of the castle for now. The game duly didn’t disappoint, the sides struggling to a 1-1 conclusion that fairly reflected the evenness of the talent levels.
The way they tied? That was a bit unique.
As you may have heard on this very website, Jesus Ferreira just signed as FCD’s 16th Homegrown (they signed their 17th not long thereafter with Paxton Pomykal’s signature). Ferreira was a coup for FCD, which might’ve landed its most talented HG ever in the process. Either way we’ll have to wait and see, but he’s easily the biggest talent in FCD’s academy at the moment.
FCD trailed the Red Bulls 1-0 with mere minutes to play when Ferreira, who’ll stick with the academy in the interim, stepped up to take a free kick. As the Red Bulls organized their wall, they failed to realize the play was live. Ferreira did not. He proceeded to dump in the easiest free kick of his life, an inert keeper simply watching it softly settle into the net at the near post.
What did Red Bulls U18 coach Jeff Zaun have to say after the game?
Indeed it does, Jeff. Indeed it does.