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17 June 4:28 pm

As two FC Dallas Academy alumni on the boys side get ready to represent their country at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, one of FCD's most talented young female players is just starting out her youth national team career. 

Midfielder Abby-Grace Cooper, a member of Matt Grubb's under-15 FC Dallas ECNL squad, recently wrapped up a week with head coach April Kater's US Under-14 Girls National Team. Cooper was called up for the eight-day camp, the first for this youngest group of youth national teamers, and she couldn't have been more excited to make the squad/

"I was surprised but in an excited way," said Cooper. "I have worked very hard and I think I deserved the chance. I just didn't expect it to be in the early part of the year."

Just at the start of her budding youth national team career, Cooper says these camps show her exactly the level she needs to attain to represent her country. 

"It raises my game, because it gives me a look into the top level of play in the country," said Cooper. "It gives me bench marks to work at and bring back to my club. I learned that if you have the skill that's great, but if you don't have the passion and drive you will not go very far. I do know that I have the passion and the desire to work hard toward the goal of the US National Team."

20 May 10:27 pm

 

Our very first Academy Day was held on Saturday morning at FC Dallas Stadium and the event was a big success! The under-18s battled to a 1-1 draw with Real Colorado while the under-16s cruised to a 3-0 victory. 

Here are some pictures from the matches taken by FC Dallas Graphic Design Coordinator Olivia Brestal. In case you were wondering, summer decided to come early on Saturday so most of the fans were taking shelter under the shade on the concourse and in our plaza terraces! 

13 May 5:42 pm

At halftime of Saturday's win over DC United, FC Dallas recognized the entire 2013 graduating senior class. While not every player will be moving on to play in college, we thank each and every member of the FC Dallas Academy family and wish them the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives! 

First Name             Last Name                Year                University

Kellyn  Acosta 2013 Signed a Pro contract with FC Dallas 
Andrew  Alies 2013 Hardin Simmons University
Reese  Barden 2013 West Texas A&M University
Kaitlin  Basham 2013 Texas A&M University 
Chelsea Billups 2013 Louisiana Tech University 
Heather  Cagle 2013 Schreiner University
Marco  Carrizales 2013 Southern Methodist University
Chelsey  Chandler 2013 Eastern New Mexico University
Kelly Chinloy 2013 Texas A&M University 
Casey Colbert 2013 University of Alabama
Abbey  Colbert 2013 University of Alabama
Dylan Cook 2013 Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy 
Connor  Cunningham 2013 Southwestern University 
Austin  Curnutt 2013 Oklahoma University 
Christian De Luna 2013 University of San Francisco
Bethany Deaton 2013 Baylor University 
Eric  Devey 2013 University of Alabama 
Morgan  Dizney 2013 University of Dayton 
Alex  Dominguez 2013 Liberty University
Jessica Dowse 2013 Stephen F. Austin
Brooke  Dusek 2013 McNeese State University
Bobby  Edet 2013 Furman University
Taylor Erwin 2013 University of Arkansas
Dillon  Farrell 2013 Ouachita Baptist University
Sarah Firstenberg 2013 University of North Carolina
Analiese  Florkowski 2013 Texas Women's University
Megan Foster 2013 Texas Tech University
Rachel  Gambell 2013 University of Arkansas
Taylor  Gambell 2013 University of Arkansas
Kris Garcia 2013 East Central College
Daylon Gordon 2013 Trinity University 
Andrew Greenleaf  2013 Johnson & Wales University in Providence
Emily      Griffin       2013 Louisiana Tech University                  
Miriah       Hadley  2013 Sam Houston St                
Cassidy Hansen 2013 University of Oklahoma
Kylee  Harper 2013 East Central University
Kennedi Henneberger 2013 Loyola University
Aaron Henry 2013 Hardin-Simmons University 
Juan  Herrera 2013 West Texas A&M University
Kailee Hervey 2013 Louisiana Tech University 
Lindsay Hidalgo 2013 LSU- Shreveport
Brooke  Hill 2013 Texas Women's University
Patrick      Hoover   2013 Austin College
Melanie Hummert 2013 Mississippi College
Melanie  Hummert 2013 Mississippi College
Alex Ikeda 2013 University of Texas 
Alec Jones 2013 University of Arizona
Vince Koch 2013 Colorado School of Mines
Caleb Latson 2013 St Edwards University
Fernando  Laverde 2013 University of Central Florida
Tahlor Lyman 2013 Oral Roberts University
Holly  Mallinson 2013 University of Louisiana - Monroe
Madison McAdams 2013 Texas Tech University
Carlos  Mitlich 2013 Tyler Junior College
Taylor Montoya 2013 Louisiana Tech University 
Sydney Newton 2013 Abilene Christian University
Matt  Ornstein 2013 St. Edwards University
Marco  Ortiz 2013 Furman University
Alyssa  Parkhill 2013 Midwestern State University
Barbara Pascale 2013 Ouachita Baptist University
Kaylin  Peery 2013 McNeese State University
Victor  Portillo 2013 Liberty University
Lauren Prater 2013 Texas State University
Lauren  Prater 2013 Texas State University
Emily  Preston 2013 University of North Texas
Troy  Reeves 2013 West Texas A&M University
Adrian Salazar 2013 East Central College
Raul  Saldana 2013 LeTourneau University
Mariah    Sanchez     2013 Southwest Assemblies of God        
Alexis  Santos 2013 University of the Incarnate Word
Randall Scott 2013 Ouachita Baptist University
Raul  Serrano 2013 Messiah College 
Sara  Shaw 2013 Texas A&M University 
Hannah Smith 2013 Fort Hays State University 
Ellen  Starnes  2013 Boston University
Tori  Stephens 2013 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Haiden Stiles 2013 St. Edwards University
Byron Stinson 2013 Central Christian College 
Megan Stokes 2013 University of the Incarnate Word
Karla Tapia  2013  Dallas Baptist University
Megan Tomlin 2013 St. Mary's University
Jacey Torres 2013 University of Texas at Austin
Georgia Turner 2013 Texas State University
Caleb Underwood 2013 Southern Methodist University
 Mary  Watson 2013 Florida Institute of Technology 
Kristal Williams 2013 St. Mary's University
Abdul Yassine 2013 Southern Methodist University
Sewell Yost 2013 Ouachita Baptist University

 

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.