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The opening games of the second round of Generation adidas Cup Central Region qualifying took place Friday at Houston Sports Park, with U-15 and U-17 teams taking to the field.


U-15: Columbus Crew SC 4, Toronto FC 0

Crew SC opened the day strong with four first-half goals against Toronto. TFC earned a penalty in the second period, but the Columbus goalkeeper was equal to it to keep his clean sheet.


U-17: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1

Chicago captain Diego Mendoza put the Fire on the board in the 24th minute by finishing a penalty kick earned by Andy Lomelli. Two minutes later, Chicago's Alex Monis scored a rebound opportunity to double the lead. Maouloune Goumballe put Columbus on the board in the 73rd minute, but Chicago held on for the victory.


U-15: Chicago Fire 7, Texas ODP 0

Erik Kocs-Washburn opened up the scoring for Chicago in the tenth minute. A minute later, Luca Iaccino capitalized on a defensive error to make it 2-0. Another goal in the 25th minute earned Iaccino a brace..


Forward Ernest Mensah recorded a hat trick with goals in the 29th, 41st and 67th minutes. After subbing in during the second half, Brian Gutierrez finished a low-driven pass from the right side to complete Chicago’s scoring.


U-17: Colorado Rapids 2, Houston Dynamo 0

Luke Mitchell gave Colorado the lead in the 20th minute, looping in a header off a free kick. The Dynamo pushed hard for an equalizer the rest of the way, but Jairo Barreras sealed the match in second half stoppage time as he scored on a counter attack.


U-17: Toronto FC 1, FC Dallas 0

In one of the tightest affairs of the day, second half substitute Jacen Russell-Rowe broke through the FC Dallas defense in the 54th minute and beat the ‘keeper to give Toronto FC a goal against the run of play. Dallas found themselves on the doorstep of an equalizer, but TFC held on to remain undefeated in qualifying.


U-15: Houston Dynamo 1, Colorado Rapids 1 (Dynamo win 4-2 on PKs)

The Dynamo took an early lead via a strike from 12 yards by Gerardo Martinez, but Colorado evened things up early in the second half as Mario Ramirez headed in a free kick. After regulation, goalkeeper Ismael Espinosa made two penalty kick saves to give Houston the win.


Central Region (U-17s)

Team
Pts
W
L
D (PK Wins)
GF
GA
GD
Toronto FC
12
4
0
0
8
2
+6
FC Dallas
9
3
1
0
8
2
+6
Chicago Fire
6
1
1
2 (1)
4
4
+0
Colorado Rapids
5
1
2
1 (1)
4
6
-2
Columbus Crew SC
3
1
3
0
6
9
-3
Houston Dynamo
1
0
3
1
1
8
-7

Saturday, February 17

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Time
Home Team
Away Team
Age
9:00 a.m.
Chicago Fire
Toronto FC
U-15
11:30 a.m.
Houston Dynamo
Columbus Crew SC
U-15
1:45 p.m.
Houston Dynamo
Columbus Crew SC
U-17
4:00 p.m.
Colorado Rapids
ODP Selection
U-15
6:15 p.m.
Colorado Rapids
Toronto FC
U-17
8:30 p.m.
FC Dallas
Chicago Fire
U-17

Monday, February 19

Time
Home Team
Away Team
Age
9:00 a.m.
Toronto FC
Dynamo Youth
U-15
9:00 a.m.
Columbus Crew SC
Toronto FC
U-17
11:00 a.m.
Columbus Crew SC
Colorado Rapids
U-15
11:00 a.m.
FC Dallas
Colorado Rapids
U-17
1:00 p.m.
Houston Dynamo
Chicago Fire
U-15
1:00 p.m.
Houston Dynamo
Chicago Fire
U-17

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