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10 May 4:43 pm

We're rolling out full details on Monday, but wanted to let everyone know to save next Saturday morning for a special event we'll have going on at FC Dallas Stadium.

Our first-place and defending USSDA National Champion FC Dallas Academy is inviting everyone to Frisco for FC Dallas Academy Day on Saturday, May 18th. 

The Under-18s will play a crucial division match against Real Colorado starting at 10:00AM while the Under-16s will play at 12:30PM. 

Admission is free to the event and we will have many of the game elements you see during FC Dallas games including FC Drum and the FC Dallas Girls.

Stay tuned for more information coming next week! 

06 May 5:23 pm

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki - click here for day 1 & day 2 updates - click here for day 3 & day 4 updates - click here for day 5 & 6 updates

By Jesse Suarez

Day 9: 

Saturday, May 4

We started the day with a two and a half hour drive back to the training facilities of Wronki. The boys started very quickly out of the gate. Sebastian Gordillo struck a 25 yard shot in the upper 90 to make the game 1-0 in favor of FCD in just the first minute. Lech Poznan kept an aggressive attack throughout the first half and found the back of the net in the 39th minute when Gras Ernest scored. The second half became a counter attack battle and saw even possession from both teams, but neither team could find the final touch and the game ended at 1-1.

FC Dallas 96' Pre Academy-1

Lech Poznan - 1

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 56' ), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn,  Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Kody Korleski 60), Sebastian Gordillo, Christian Ramirez

Goals

FCD

1' Sebastián Gordillo

Lech

39' Gras Ernest

 

The 97's and Lech Poznan played hard to a 0-0 draw in the last game of the week

FC Dallas 97' Pre Academy - 0

Lech Poznan 97's(First place in Polish league) - 0

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irving Dominguez,  Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie Zuazua (Joel Avilez 35) (Duncan James 54),  Weston McKennie, Richard Tapia (Daniel Kiser 35) (Teague Loughmen 62),  Alejandro Martinez

Right after the game, we drove to the Lech Poznan professional game. This was a game in which Lech won 1-0. It was an amazing experience for both the players and staff. We saw their ultra fans at their best and the atmosphere couldn't have been better!

 

Day 10:

Sunday, May 5

We are now heading back to the States. We will start with a 2 hour drive to Poznan, followed by a 2 hour flight to Munich, Germany. We then had a 9 hour flight to Chicago. From Chicago, we finished our journey back home into Dallas!

On behalf of FC Dallas,  the players, parents, and coaching staff, we would like to thank the following people for their great hospitality and welcoming us to their beautiful country! Without them our visit would not have been the same!

 

Przemek Graczyk

Piotr Kocinski

Joanna Wrotek

Dawid Wrotek

Marek Bojarski

Ewa Bojarski

Filip Bojarski

Andrzej Gryciuk

Maryla Gryciuk

Kamil Gryciuk

Zbigniew Jakubczyk

Zygi "Bus Driver"

Zbigniew Witkowski

 

Thank you and WE will never forget you guys!

 

29 April 10:21 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki.

Day 1: 

Thursday April 25th

We left Dallas at 4:00PM and arrived at 7:00AM in Frankfurt, Germany. We had a layover for a few hours and then took a short flight to Munich, Germany then to Poznan, Poland. At the airport in Poznan, we were greeted by Derek Karasinski's friends and family who took us to the Olympic Hotel which was about one hour away. We had a short training session with the direction of  Francisco Molina working on functional defense, Raul Herrera working with the keepers and Jesse Suarez work on shooting drills with the midfielders and forwards. 

Day 2:

Friday April 26th

The players had a nice breakfast at the hotel and then had a stretching session for 25 minutes to get ready for their first game.  We played a club called MKS Blekitni Wronki in the facilities which they own at a town ten minutes away called Popowo. 

First game of the day: 

FC Dallas - 3 vs. MKS Blekitni Wronki 97 - 0

In the fifth minute, Erick Davies (our right fullback) ran down the right side of the field, made a diagonal pass across the goal and Alex Lim (our left fullback) shot from outside the 18 yard line placing the ball in the upper left corner. The second goal came in the 38th minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled pass the midfield and played the ball to Weston Mckennie who made a one time  pass to Richard Tapia. Tapia then made a diagonal run in front of the defense and found himself one against one with the keeper and sliped the ball down the left side of the keeper for a beautiful goal. In the second half in the 42nd minute, Bernie ZuaZua applied high pressure on the left fullback and won the ball from him, then bent a shot around the keeper for the goal.

Goals 
5' - Alex Lim (Eric Davies) 
38' - Richard Tapia (Jason Saco-Vertiz) 
42' - Bernie ZuaZua 

FCD XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Joel Avilez 41), Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez, Alejandro Martinez (Duncan James 53),  Richard Tapia (Daniel 41), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie ZuaZua (Teague Loughmen 53) 

Second game of the day: FC Dallas - 2 MKS Blekitni Wronki 96- 0

In the 20th minute, a cross from Martin Salas was dropped by the keeper in front of the goal and Brent Mandelkorn finished it into the net. In the 60th minute, Jeff Withers dribbled past two defenders then made a diagonal pass to Christan Ramirez who beat two  players and then shot the ball pass the keeper, hitting the upper bar and scoring.

20'- Brent Mandelkorn 
60'- Christian Ramirez (Jeff Withers) 

FCD XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski ( Eric Davies 60), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Joel Avilez 70), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn, Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Sebastian Gordillo 53), Christian Ramirez, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 53) 

 

22 March 6:43 pm

Once again, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat with FC Dallas fans on Thursday afternoon. Hunt answered well over a dozen questions in this week's edition of the chat, and topics ranged from the FC Dallas Academy, to this week's fashion shoot with the players in conjunction with Nieman Marcus, to potential improvements to FC Dallas Stadium and more.

You can see a full recap of this week's chat here, and be sure to join Dan for next week's chat on the FC Dallas Facebook page.

13 December 11:03 am

Registration is now open for the third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by AdvoCare, returning to the FC Dallas Stadium Complex March 9-10, 2013.

REGISTER HERE

The adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare is limited to U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18/19 Boys and Girls Teams. Coaches representing NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs, as well as Junior Colleges will be in attendance. Each College/University coach who attends the event will be provided with a player resume book detailing each player’s academic and athletic data. 

READ: Coaches praise club and complex at 2012 FC Dallas College Showcase

In 2012, 180 college coaches attended the College Showcase, and even more are expected to flock to Frisco in 2013.

Format and Cost: Each team will have the option to play two or three 80 minute matches. The cost for two matches is $650 and the cost for three matches is $850. The cost includes parking at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex.  In order to comply with NCAA recruiting rules, points will be awarded for each game to determine a bracket winner, but no awards will be presented.

Team Requirements: Each U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 team is allowed a maximum of 22 players with five guest players per roster.  However, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in each game. Each U-15  team is allowed a maximum of 18 players with five guest players per roster.

Hotels: Out of town teams are required to stay in an FC Dallas College Showcase designated hotel. The list of hotels can be seen here.

Other Important Information: Instructions for completing player profiles, schedules, field maps, hotel information, and all other pertinent information regarding the weekend’s events will be made available on the adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare web page here.

Contacts: For more information, contact FC Dallas College Director Scott Dymond (469.365.0206) or Girls Director of Coaching Chris Ring (214.704.1063).

02 August 4:33 pm

The FC Dallas U-14 Pre Academy team coached by Francisco Molina claimed the U.S. Club National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in Waukegan, Ill. on July 31.  A national tournament open to all of the regional premier league champions, FC Dallas U-14s advanced to the competition by winning the Texas Pre Academy League’s U-14 division with an undefeated record of 16-0-5.

The U-14s opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over South Carolina United Battery on Friday, July 27. Goals were scored by Weston McKennie, who scored 10 goals in the regular season, and leading scorer Christian Ramirez, who tallied 19 goals to lead the U-14s during the regular season.

The next day FC Dallas faced HBC Fusion of New York. Richard Tapia and Bernie ZuaZua scored in that game to give the U-14 side its second straight 2-0 win. The team's final group stage match was a must-win against the Chicago Fire. Ramirez came through in the match, putting away a cross from teammate Eric Davies to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win and a spot in the semifinals.

FCD met DMS of California in the semifinals on the morning of Monday, July 30. After 70 minutes of scoreless regulation time, the sides played two 10 minute overtime periods. The breakthrough came in the second overtime when Ramirez scored his third goal of the tournament off a ZuaZua corner kick to give FC Dallas a late 1-0 lead. Minutes later Delfino Garcia put a shot on goal that the DMS 'keeper deflected, but Tapia pounced on the rebound to put the game away with a 2-0 win.

FC Dallas faced the New York Red Bulls in the championship game on Tuesday, July 31. New York dominated large portions of the match, but the Dallas defense held strong to maintain a scoreless match through regulation. Early in the first overtime period, FC Dallas established possession and strung together a series of passes that ended with Jessi Najera playing a through ball to Tapia. Being chased by two Red Bulls defenders, Tapia didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a shot that beat the New York goalkeeper to give FCD the 1-0 lead in overtime. After some stellar defending in the dying minutes, FC Dallas won the match with yet another shutout to claim the championship.

After an undefeated season that started in Sptember of 2011, the U-14s won five games in five consecutive days without allowing a goal against and outscored their opponents 8-0 to win the national title.

Goalscorers:
Christian Ramirez - 3
Richard Tapia - 3
Bernie ZuaZua - 1
Weston McKennie - 1

19 June 11:39 am

The FC Dallas U-18 and U-16 Academy teams have qualified for the U.S. Soccer Develoment Academy Playoffs for the third straight year. The event will take place on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium for the second year in a row, with games being played next Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.

The FC Dallas U-18s enter the playoffs as the top seed from the Texas Division, having clinched the title weeks ago thanks to an impressive season that saw them go 24-4-3 for 75 points overall. They were drawn into Group 5 along with Sockers FC of Illinois, Real Salt Lake AZ of Arizona, and McLean Youth Soccer of Virginia.

The U-16s qualified for this year's playoffs as the sixth seeded wildcard after finishing fourth in a competitive Texas Division. They were drawn into Group 1 and will face CASL Chelsea FC Academy of North Carolina, the New York Red Bulls and Georgia United.

At the end of each season the top two teams from each of the Academy's 10 divisions qualify for the playoffs along with 12 wildcard teams. The wildcard teams are determined by a points per games played average. At the end of the season, 64 teams (32 from each age group) make the playoffs.

The 32 teams in each age group are ranked based on overall points per game and placed into four pods. Teams are then drawn at random from the four pods into eight groups comprised of four teams each.

Each team plays three games during the playoffs, facing their group opponents once apiece. Upon the conclusion of the playoffs the winner of each group will advance to Finals Week, which will take place from July 16-23 in Houston.

Visit FCDallas.com later this week for an in-depth break down of all six FC Dallas opponents and check in throughout next week for full coverage of FC Dallas in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.

14 February 6:24 pm

(Photo courtesy Rick Yeatts)

The U-18s celebrate Danny Garcia's goal against Barcelona at last year's Dallas Cup.

Dallas Cup has officially announced that the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team will be facing the Manchester United Reserves at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, April 1 in the third and final match of the traditional Sunday triple header on Opening Day of Dallas Cup XXXIII. Man U's Academy squad will be participating in the AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam Easter weekend, so Dallas soccer fans will be thrilled to hear that Manchester United Reserve coach Warren Joyce will be bringing a roster of age-eligible second-string professionals to Frisco.

"We're going to the Dallas Cup in the US," Joyce told Inside United. "There are a lot of good teams going and we felt it would be valuable experience for this group of boys."

“We are excited to participate again in this year’s Dallas Cup and playing in the Super Group will be a great opportunity to compete against some of the best teams from around the world," said Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Chris Hayden. "Opening up on April 1 against Manchester United, one of the world’s most storied and prestigious clubs, will be a great way to measure our players and team and we are looking forward to the competition.”

FC Dallas will once again be participating in Dallas Cup as members of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Last year they played Barcelona on the Stadium Field, and the year before that they faced off with Chelsea in the stadium.

"(It will be) a great opportunity for the young FC Dallas players to go up against such a famous club team and for the FC Dallas supporters and Dallas soccer fans to cheer them on in such a prestigious game," said Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago.

The other two opening day games feature 2011 English Premier Academy League Champions Everton FC facing 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semi-finalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC at 1:30 p.m. and French Academy League Champions Paris Saint-Germain vs. Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 at 3:30 p.m.

01 February 4:45 pm

National Signing Day isn't just for high school football - it's fútbol, too. Five players in the FC Dallas Academy signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Congrats to them and their families on this big day.

Michael Ambrose, defender – University of Maryland
Ambrose has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He was one of eight MLS developmental players invited to play with U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup last summer and is currently serving as captain of the FCD U-18 Academy squad.

Mark Ashby, defender – Harvard University
Ashby has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He currently attends Denton Ryan High School where he participates in the Student Council and National Honor Society. Ashby has SAT/ACT scores of 2140/30. He was the District 4-A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman before joining the FC Dallas Academy.

Danny Garcia, midfielder – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Garcia has played with the FC Dallas Academy team since 2008. Garcia collected 16 goals in 14 appearances with the U-18s so far this season. He attends W.T. White High School where he has a 3.45 GPA. Garcia has also appeared in the MLS Reserve League with FC Dallas, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City last season.

Aaron Guillen, defender – Florida Gulf Coast University
Guillen is a left-footed defender who joined the FC Dallas Academy this past summer from affiliate club FC Dallas El Paso.
 
Nicholas Rochowski, defender – University of New Mexico
Rochowski is ranked among the ESPNHS Top 150 as well as the ESPN RISE Top Defenders for 2012 graduates. Part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2008, he maintains a 3.9 GPA at Flower Mound High School.