To the surprise of no one who's followed this tournament it was Ben Fisk ruthlessly first-timing home from eight yards out. It was a true striker's goal, and a deserved one too as Fisk started the play, carrying the ball through midfield before spraying it wide to Clarke and cutting in for his seventh goal of Finals Week.
Seven minutes later FC Dallas's Danny Garcia lay on the ground with Robert Sibiga's whistle ringing in his ears. Garcia had earned a penalty after a one-on-one with Vancouver keeper Callum Irving. Breaking the rule of don't-take-a-PK-if-you-just-got-fouled Garcia took the spot kick and Irving batted his shot away only for Garcia to finish off the rebound.
Moments ahead of the break Clarke rounded Nicholas Rochowski as the FC Dallas man attempted to shield the ball out for a throw. Clarke slid a tempting ball into the six-yard box. No Whitecaps attacked the cross, but Flavio Guzman's attempted clearance instead skipped past his own keeper for the 2-1.
Nine out of the 14 players used by FC Dallas coach Chris Hayden in the final against Vancouver also unsuccessfully contested the championship match against Pateadores last season. But none of those players can claim as direct of an effect on this year's final as Jose de la Tejera. Though he was the team's leading scorer through the academy season with 14 goals in 26 games he played just the second half against Vancouver. Just over 20 minutes into his night he equalized.
Capitalizing on a defensive error de la Tejera swung in from the left flank and curled his shot past Irving. Dallas continued to pin the Whitecaps to their defensive third with poised possession play and near-constant movement. Vancouver already looked dead when Garcia received a short corner - yeah, yeah - on the right side. He cut onto his left foot and swung in a dipping cross to an open de la Tejera on top of the six for a well-earned game-winner.
2011-12 USSDA Finals Week Rankings U-16: 1. New York Red Bulls 2. St. Louis Scott Gallagher 3. Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 4. Chicago Fire 5. Pateadores 6. PA Classics 7. D.C. United 8. Charlotte Soccer Academy
U-18: 1. FC Dallas 2. Vancouver Whitecaps 3. North Carolina Fusion 4. Solar Chelsea FC 5. Baltimore Bays Chelsea 6. Colorado Rapids 7. De Anza Force 8. Chivas USA
- Jacob Klinger