FRISCO, Texas — Defending Generation adidas Cup champions D.C. United qualified for the semifinals of the 2011 edition by virtue of a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
DC, who won on the ensuing penalty kicks, denied Houston a first-place finishing in Group A with the win, as the Dynamo drew Columbus by a 0-0 score and the Texas club won on penalties. US Under-17 goalkeeper Fernando Piña was a stalwart in goal for Houston in the penalty kicks, but the result still leaves them second in the group and out of the running for the championship.
Facing DC in the semifinals are FC Dallas, hosts of this year’s tournament. FCD finished the unbeaten in Group B after winning 3-1 against Seattle Sounders.
The other group winners were Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy. Chivas defeated New England 2-0, winning their third group game — the only U-17 side in Frisco to win all three group games — and take top spot in Group C.
The Galaxy topped Group D by goal differential, winning 2-0 over Real Salt Lake, earning the semifinal berth through virtue of outscoring the New York Red Bulls, who beat Chicago 2-0 and finished equal on points with LA.
More U-17 scores:
Colorado 1, Toronto 1 (TOR win on PKs)
Philadelphia 2, Sporting KC 0