Manchester City Wins The Prospects Cup
Manchester City has won the inaugural Prospects Cup title after defeating domestic champions Weston FC 3-0 on the fifth and final day of the tournament in Kissimmee, Florida.
The early stretches of the match were dominated by both goalkeepers, with City’s Solomon honor and Weston’s Diego Kochen trading saves. At that point, it was anyone’s game.
The English side drew first blood seconds before the 12 minute mark thanks to a true captain’s goal. Defender Lakyle Samuel rose the highest on a corner kick to head his team into the lead.
They doubled their lead less than two minutes later when Justin Oboavwoduo found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The forward did not blink, calmly slotting the shot into the bottom corner of the net.
City thought they would add to their lead 10 minutes into the second half, when Weston FC handed them a penalty, but Kochen came up with the save to keep his team in the match.
That save would not be enough, however, as the Citizens would add a third goal in the closing minutes of the match. Tournament MVP Joel Ndala burst down the right flank and crossed the ball to Obavwoduo, who fired the shot home from near the penalty spot. That tally gave him six goals in six matches, making him the tournament’s top goal scorer.
"We're very, very happy and congratulations to Weston, as well, who provided such a great test for us in the Final," said Man City coach Darren Hughes. "We're very happy, not just with the Final and the result, the amount of learning that's gone on. What a great experience for these boys. Top job."
"Yeah, I'm really happy. I'm happy for the team," added Samuel. "I'm happy for Weston for getting to the Final as well."
Despite the loss, Kochen shared similar sentiments. “I feel like today was a really good game. It was a great opportunity that we get to play against one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said. “It was a really good opportunity for the team and a really great game.”
In the early game, Fluminense clinched third place with a 3-0 win over FC Dallas. The scoreline flatters the Brazilian side, though; the game was 1-0 until the final minutes. Matheus Pedro Barreto opened the scoring in the 18th minute latching onto a loose ball in the area and slotting it past Dallas goalie Julian Eyestone.
In the second half, FC Dallas poured on pressure but couldn’t break through the Fluminense defense. With the domestic side pushing forward chasing the game, Gustavo de Oliveira added two insurance goals.