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13 March 5:29 pm

It's time to start looking ahead to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night and we talked to Moises Hernandez, Chris Seitz & Oscar Pareja about the upcoming game this weekend:

13 March 1:49 pm

It is time to take a look around the sports world and see what the national writers are saying about your Hoops after their season-opening victory vs. Montreal Impact on March 8th.

MLSSoccer.com rose FC Dallas three spots higher in their rankings to #12 saying "After one week, Mauro Díaz looks like he's legit. And we love the fact that they'll have Blas Pérez for the entire season. But that defense..."

ESPNFC.com also moved FCD three spots up to #10 after their win with a very similar comment, "Mauro Diaz looked every bit the worthy heir to David Ferreira, winning a penalty and scoring on a gorgeous free kick in a 3-2 win over Montreal. The defense still needs work, but Oscar Pareja at least celebrated his return to Dallas with a win."

NBC: Pro Soccer Talk didn't release rankings last week, but they opening FC Dallas at #15 overall, the lowest of any of the major outlets(booo). "Three points on opening night provided a great start to the Óscar Pareja era, but the absence of Marco Di Vaio, a questionable penalty, and the overall quality of their opponent leaves questions unanswered."

Sports Illustrated: Planet Futbol has FC Dallas at #10 overall saying that "Óscar Pareja’s return to Texas was victorious, albeit by a one-goal margin against a weak Montreal Impact. Blas Pérez had a solid showing, as did Mauro Díaz in central midfield. Díaz’s dive to earn a penalty was all that separated the teams in the end, but winning in MLS is often about a moment of fortune."

Soccer By Ives had some nice words to say about FCD, though they didn't rise from their preseason ranking of #12. "Mauro Diaz might just be the next big thing in MLS. And new coach Oscar Pareja had FC Dallas looking like a side that has been given a new lease on life after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Montreal."

12 March 11:36 am

While Chris Seitz's fantastic performance in net didn't earn him a save of the week or team of the week nomination, he rightly found his way onto the Castrol Index for week one as the highest ranked FC Dallas player.

Seitzy made six saves in Saturday's win, tied for the second-most in the league for week one, while earning his fifth MLS win in the past two seasons. Also appearing on the list are Mauro Diaz & Fabian Castillo.

Click here for a full explanation on how the Castrol Index is tabulated.

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Joao Plata Forward Real Salt Lake 89 LA Galaxy 1,932
2 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 1,610
3 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 LA Galaxy 1,446
4 Gastón Fernández Forward Portland Timbers 90 Philadelphia Union 1,438
5 Andrew Wenger Forward Montreal Impact 90 FC Dallas 1,276
6 Bobby Burling Defender Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 1,243
7 Stefan Frei Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 Sporting Kansas City 1,203
8 Boniek García Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 1,137
9 Federico Higuaín Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,116
10 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 87 Portland Timbers 1,108
11 Chris Seitz Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 Montreal Impact 1,025
12 Jaime Penedo Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,008
13 Jairo Arrieta Forward Columbus Crew 87 D.C. United 1,007
14 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 996
15 Fabián Castillo Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Montreal Impact 991
16 Thomas McNamara Forward Chivas USA 79 Chicago Fire 921
17 Dom Dwyer Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 Seattle Sounders 918
18 Agustín Pelletieri Midfielder Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 883
19 Mauro Díaz Midfielder FC Dallas 88 Montreal Impact 844
20 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 827

 

12 March 11:17 am

MLSsoccer.com has released their MLS Team of the Week for week one and two FCD players, Fabian Castillo & Mauro Diaz, have made the starting XI after their fantastic offensive performances on Saturday night against Montreal.

Here's what they had to say:

MF: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – After David Ferreira’s departure, there is no doubt whose team this is as he was the driving force behind FC Dallas’ attack with creativity and precision. Produced one of the goals of the week with his free kick in the 47th minute.

FW: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – So dangerous down left side – he was at the forefront of every counter and the Impact had no answer for his speed.

Would you have included anyone else or did MLS get this one right?

 

 

10 March 5:49 pm

I always enjoy taking in the Reserve League matches and while timing one on the morning after we put our clocks ahead maybe made things a little sleepy, it was a fun morning at the Toyota Soccer Center as FC Dallas downed a very strong Montreal Impact side 2-0.

Without a doubt, the biggest positive of the match for me was seeing Stephen Keel back out on the field playing 90 minutes. The defender had a fantastic game and capped things off with a goal as well. I talked to him after the match for FCDallas.com in an article that also includes highlights from Sunday's match.

READ: Stephen Keel Impresses in Reserve League Win over Montreal.

10 March 10:53 am

It's that time of year again!

Mauro Diaz's fantastic 46th-minute free kick is a nominee for Week 1 AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. Mauro's game-winning goal was his second of his young career and his fourth career FC Dallas goal in just 511 minutes. In addition, Mauro's free kick was the first direct free kick scored by FC Dallas since Jair Benitez's identical goal against Colorado on August 11, 2012.

Vote Mauro!


WATCH: GOTW Week 1

 


 

08 March 2:28 pm

The countdown is at 0 days! We've finally reached the big season opener at Toyota Stadium vs. Montreal Impact pres. by AdvoCare! Since there are just so many things going on in and around Toyota Stadium, we thought we'd compile a list of ten things you need to know both about tonight's game and the goings on around the stadium.

1. Get there early for our Lamar Hunt scarfing ceremony! Former FC Dallas goalkeeper and new member of the Time Warner Cable Sports broadcast team, Kevin Hartman, will be our honorary scarfer tonight and the ceremony is set for 7:00PM sharp so get there early for the best spot! 

2. We've got your pre-game meal covered! Grab a friend and stop by brand new MLS partner Chipotle who are offering BOGO at all DFW locations today only for anyone wearing FC Dallas gear! 

3. If you don't feel like driving to the game tonight, we've got two different options for you! Take the FCD Express from one of four spots around Dallas County and you can grab a ticket + ride for $25 or a round trip ride for only $10. Also, Uber has partnered with FCD for this game to offer a FREE $30 credit for all first-time customers. 

4. If you do drive to the game and you're lucky enough to have a Toyota, our stadium partners Toyota are offering FREE upgraded parking for all Toyota drivers in the Camry Gold lot, adjacent to the Dr. Pink field directly NW of the stadium. Parking, as always, is free for all attendees in our other lots around Toyota Stadium! 

5. On the field, FC Dallas will be looking to win on opening night for the third straight year. Star forward Blas Perez is back for his third season with the club and is targeting big things in 2014 with no major international duty scheduled. 

6. For our opponents, Montreal, some undisciplined actions in their 2013 playoff loss to Houston will result in some missing pieces for tonight's match. Star forward Marco Di Vaio, scorer of 20 goals last season, will be out on suspension and we discussed what that means in our Toyota Keys to the Match.

7. This season, our popular drumline, FC Drum, returns and they're doubled in size! Along with FC Drum, we're introducing a new group of DJs to Lamar's Tailgate in 2014, The LHK, as heard on 106.1 KISS FM. The LHK & FC Drum have worked together on a DJ/Drum mashup right after the scarfing ceremony on the north concourse that you're not going to want to miss! 

8. Our brand new 2014 home jersey presented by AdvoCare will be on display in our newly-renovated team store in the northeast corner of the stadium and new to Toyota Stadium in 2014 is a completely new, second team store on the south end of the stadium. It's going to be a little bit chilly tonight so be sure to buy our 2014 March Scarf of the Month. Supplies are VERY limited! 

9. Speaking of weather, our friends over at CBS 11 tell us that while it might be a little bit chilly, any rain in the forecast will be gone well before game time! You wouldn't miss out on the home opener because it's a little cold would you? That would be a very Houston thing to do. 

10. We are Red for 90. We'll see you tonight! There are a few tickets left if you still need some.  

07 March 5:31 pm

We're excited to show you a new feature coming to FCDallas.com & Toyota Stadium pre-game each week, our Keys to the Match driven by Toyota.

Each week, Scott Brown and I will break down the biggest keys to each match and we started this week with Montreal. We talk about the impact(no pun intended) of Di Vaio's absence, the importance of defensive cohesion and jumping on Montreal early.