Late last week when the new TV deal with Time Warner Cable was announced, I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin Hartman for the first time in quite a while. Kevin is a guy who commands respect and certainly gives it back when it's earned and I couldn't be more excited to have him as a part of the FC Dallas broadcast team.
While I was a member of the independent press, Kevin was, without a doubt, a go-to-guy after countless practices and games as someone who would always tell it like it is in an eloquent, clever and experienced way. There's not a doubt in my mind that his style will carry to the booth seamlessly. 2014 is going to be a great year both on the field and in the booth.
P.S. I'll always take any opportunity to post what might be the best picture in FC Dallas history.
ESPNFC's Taylor Twellman & Alexi Lalas, AKA Big Head Red Head, are doing a series of MLS team previews which I highly recommend. Today they're breaking down FC Dallas. You've got to love Alexi's prediction of "I predict FC Dallas will win a playoff game before the Dallas Cowboys."
Whew, #DigitalTuesday was a busy one!
In our second day of FCD Week, we chatted with FCD President Dan Hunt, forward Blas Perez, goalkeeper Chris Seitz, head coach Oscar Pareja & Technical Director Fernando Clavijo. Let's recap the day!
Our favorite Facebook chatter FCD President Dan Hunt, kicked off the day joining the fans for one of his famous Facebook chats!
After a little break, FC Dallas forward Blas Perez took over our Twitter to answer questions on a wide range of topics in just 140 characters!
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 4, 2014
Up next, Chris Seitz hopped on Reddit for an AMA (Ask me anything) with the ever-growing Reddit.com/r/MLS community.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 4, 2014
After a break for MLS Commissioner Don Garber's YouTube Q&A , we were joined by FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja for an engaging chat with the fans on our brand new Red Alert blog!
And finally, late in the afternoon, technical director Fernando Clavijo took some time out of his busy schedule to answer your Twitter questions live on YouTube!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the awesome chats! Less than four days left until opening day!
Thank you for joining us for #DigitalTuesday! Leave your question now and join us at 3PM as FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja joins us on FCDallas.com.
As you can see, we have a new look to the blog section of the FC Dallas website that we're launching in conjunction with #DigitalTuesday called Red Alert.
Anyone who knew me before I joined FC Dallas, knows that I got my start in the writing world by starting "Big D Soccer" a blog dedicated to FCD and ever since I became a full time contributor to the website I've been wanting to have a dedicated blog on FCDallas.com where the voice can be a little more casual. A place for the hardcore fan.
As happens in just about every line of work, it took a little while to get everything together, but today myself and FCDallas.com Managing Editor Scott Brown are extremely excited to launch Red Alert.
So how is this going to be different than what we have now? Expect a lot more updates from us, but in smaller bits. We're going to have links, analysis, pictures, polls, lots of social interaction and since it's called the Red Alert, you'll never miss a piece of FC Dallas content as I'll post links to every piece of FCDallas.com content on the Red Alert. Think of this as your FCD news stream keeping you updated on everything happening within the club.
I'm excited to see what this will turn into so thanks for reading and be sure to bookmark the Red Alert!
With the starters from yesterday’s 5-1 win over South Florida given the day off, the rest of the team was matched up against the U-18 side from the IMG Academy for a last-minute scrimmage on Thursday morning.
Two goals from Danny Garcia plus strikes from Jonathan Top, Cobi Span and academy standout Coy Craft sealed a 5-0 win for FC Dallas.
-Thursday saw the preseason debuts of Hendry Thomas, who played the second half, as well as Peter Luccin who saw action in the final 10 minutes of the game.
-We’re told Danny Garcia’s second goal was quite the stunner. “A left-footed, first-touch strike that gave the 'keeper no chance on its way to the far side-netting.”
-Also, Garcia played 80 minutes in central midfield, a position that’s been hinted at by both Pareja and Clavijo as one that Garcia could find success in.
-FCD is back in action on Saturday when they take on the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 6:00PM Central time in Bradenton.
Danny Garcia 2
Cobi Span 12
Jonathan Top 58
Danny Garcia 80
Coy Craft 85
First half lineup: Sanchez, Michel, Trialist, Ulloa, Meyer(A), Hollingshead, Span, Garcia, Akindele, Trialist, Top
Second half lineup: Sanchez, Michel, Trialist, Ulloa, Meyer(A), Hollingshead, Craft(A), Thomas, Garcia, Akindele, Top
After a week and a half of fitness drills, FCD finally hit the field for a game on Tuesday and it seems as if the guys were raring to go. While a tenatively scheduled game against their host club fell through, FCD was still able to play an intrasquad scrimmage at the nearly 50,000-seat Zayed Sports City Stadium with the blue team winning 3-2.
According to our trusty reporter on the ground in Abu Dhabi, the red squad took the lead as Blas Perez scored a PK before Peter Luccin tied things up with a long range shot. Cobi Span gave the blue team the lead after rounding the 'keeper on a through ball from Danny Garcia before Kellyn Acosta tied the game with what was described as an "unbelievable" goal from 25-30 yards out into the upper 90.
The game-winner came from new signing Ryan Hollingshead, who volleyed home a cross from Danny Garcia to finish the scoring.
While we have not confirmed this report, Swedish club BK Häcken says there will be friendlies against FC Dallas both on Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10.
Here's a photo gallery of pictures from yesterday's scrimmage: