David Texeira returned to the FCD lineup in a big way on Sunday scoring two beautiful goals as Dallas defeated Houston for the fifth straight time in MLS play.
Texeira became the sixth FCD player to score at least five goals this season and his beautiful go-ahead effort in the 49th minute is nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for week 31!
It's that time of year again for the State Fair of Texas! This Saturday is the second weekend the fair is open and with our game on Sunday, it's the perfect day to go as you can meet FC Dallas players and win tickets to the big Texas Derby on Sunday!
From 1:30 to 3:00 on Saturday, our team will be out and about hiding Oscar Pareja bobbleheads and FC Dallas tickets around the fairgrounds. The first one to find the bobblehead at each spot will win two tickets to Sunday's game and their very own Oscar Pareja bobblehead! Be sure to follow us @FCDallas on Twitter & Instagram and "FCDOfficial" on Snapchat for clues on where we will be so you can be the first one to snag the tickets!
From 3:00PM to 4:30, Homegrown players Danny Garcia, Moises Hernandez and Victor Ulloa will be signing autographs and taking pictures at the big outdoor Toyota area near the car show while Tex Hooper, the FCD Girls and FC Drum will also be keeping the crowd hyped for Sunday's big Texas Derby.
Be sure to wear your FCD gear to the fair on Saturday, follow us on social media for how to win tickets and get your autographs from three of our Homegrown players!
FC Dallas is excited to have a brand new partner in DraftKings and they're coming in strong offering one FC Dallas fan an opportunity to be GM for a Day during the Wednesday, October 14th match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC!
Follow this link to sign up for Saturday's contest which is free for first-time deposits.
Whoever takes first place will win the grand prize which includes a pre-game meet and greet with Technical Director Fernando Clavijo, VIP field access before the game, dinner in the WinStar River Club, four primo seats and access to the post-game press conference! The experience even includes $1,000 travel budget and one-night hotel accomodations if you're coming from outside the metroplex.
There are six games on Saturday to pick from as part of the contest so brush up on your knowledge, pick your best team and if you finish in first place you'll have the chance to be GM for a Day at our next home match!
We're heading into the last month of the 2015 MLS regular season and just five games remain in the run to the MLS Cup Playoffs. Let's take a look at the standings before we get into how FC Dallas can clinch a playoff spot this weekend
Despite Sunday's loss to Los Angeles, FC Dallas still controls their own destiny in the Western Conference and actually still leads in PPG by the slightest of margins. Looking at the bottom of the standings, San Jose and Houston are the only teams left with a realistic chance of working their way into the top six and those are the two teams to watch this weekend to see if FCD can clinch.
FC Dallas can clinch a 2015 MLS Cup Playoff spot this weekend with a win over Houston and a draw or loss by San Jose at home against Vancouver. Here's how:
Currently, the Earthquakes can reach a maximum of 52 points while Houston can get to 50 points. Should San Jose draw or lose this weekend, they can reach a maxiumum of 50 points with a maxiumum of 14 wins(the first tiebreaker) while if FC Dallas defeats Houston, Oscar Pareja's side will reach 50 points with 15 wins and Houston will be left with a maxiumum point total of 47 points eliminating any chance of either team catching Dallas thus clinching a top-six position. Additionally, should Portland defeat SKC and FC Dallas defeat Houston, the Dynamo's playoff chances would effectively be eliminated as well.
Should FC Dallas clinch this weekend, we can start looking at scenarios for FCD to get those all-important top four and top two seeds in the West.
Joey Cummings makes it 3-1 to FCDSO! pic.twitter.com/e4eoTYdHOa
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 28, 2015
Joey Cummings was not going to be denied.
The FC Dallas Special Olympian had not scored all season and was determined to get on the scoresheet. Like any goal poacher, he wasn’t happy about being subbed off early in the second half against LA Galaxy Special Olympics with his team up 2-1.
“Right before his last sub, he said ‘why are you taking me off I haven’t scored yet? I’ve played all season and haven’t scored,’” said coach Kyle Schroeder. “I told him to not worry and that we would get a chance to score and he did.”
With five minutes left and the Galaxy pushing for an equalizer, Cummings, who had subbed back in, was unmarked at the far post and finished a cross to open his account for the year and get that goal he’s been searching for. After the goal, Cummings did his trademark airplane celebration before giving fellow coach Craig Schroeder a bear hug.
“It was great. It was my first time to score a goal and I loved it,” said Cummings grinning from ear to ear. “My teammates helped me a lot. We work so hard.”
Cummings’ goal sealed a 3-1 win for his FC Dallas squad winning their 2015 season finale.
“I was amazed,” said Cummings about the win. “This is why I do this because I love it.”
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 28, 2015
The FC Dallas Special Olympics team supported by Globe Life ended their 2015 season with a win topping the LA Galaxy Special Olympics team 3-1 on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.
Doug Sullivan and Laurence Fairchild scored first half goals to give FC Dallas a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
A penalty kick goal pulled Los Angeles within a 2-1 score in the second half but Joey Cummings scored five minutes before the final whistle to earn a win for the FC Dallas Special Olympics team.
“So many special moments,” said coach Kyle Schroeder. “It was fantastic to come away with the win, we scored three terrific goals put in a solid team performance.”
It's getting down to the nitty gritty in MLS with one calendar month left in the season. This weekend all 20 MLS teams are in action and that means it's a great chance to lock in your DraftKings team! Follow this link to sign up and use these tips below for picking your team this weekend.
FC Dallas picks -
Fabian Castillo - He's only tallied once in his last seven games and it's time for Fabian Castillo to break back out. The Colombian has a penchant for the big stage and this one with all eyes watching on national TV could be somewhat of a coming out party for the Colombian.
Victor Ulloa - The Homegrown player scored his first career MLS goal last weekend and as Sunday's game should open up on the offensive end, Ulloa is in great shape to at least pick up an assist on Sunday.
MLS picks -
Kei Kamara - The dude is just a straight up beast and about as reliable playing at home as it gets. He's almost sure to get on the scoresheet against Portland
Obafemi Martins - Seattle is the hottest team in MLS and against a Sporting KC team that will leak goals from time to time he's a great bet to find at least one and probably more goals.
Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez made some absolutely massive saves in Friday's match against Sporting Kansas City setting a new 2015 high of six saves and while probably three of them could easily win this week's award, his first-half save denying SKC right before the halftime whistle has been nominated for Save of the Week.
Give Jesse your vote!
The U-17 World Cup in Chile is just a few weeks away and three FC Dallas players look to be in the sights of head coach Richie Williams as they have been called in for a final training camp in Mexico City.
Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas, the youngest player in MLS, has been a part of the team through qualifying and looks to be one of the cornerstones of the side.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy outside back Reggie Cannon was also called in to the squad and could provide a dynamic aspect to the team as an outside back who loves to get forward and push into the attack. Cannon is committed to UCLA and was a key part of last year's U-16 National Championship team.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy midfielder Weston McKinnie was the third player called in to the camp as someone who has come on very strong in the last six months. McKinnie, who spent lots of time with the U-17 residency in Bradenton when he was younger, was another key centerpiece of the U-16 National Championship team and scored a goal in the final. He has trained with the FCD first team on many occasions.
Here is the full release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Sept. 21, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has called 24 players for a training camp in Mexico City, where the team will play two preparation matches against Mexico in its final action ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The U-17’s will face off with Mexico on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 25.
The team is coming off of back-to-back trips to Europe. In August, the U-17 MNT participated in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic, going 1-1-2, drawing 1-1 with both Slovenia and Slovakia, and closing out with a 2-1 win against Ukraine. Earlier this month, the U-17’s took second at the 2015 Limoges Tournament in France, where they tied France 0-0, and defeated Australia 6-0.
The team is now less than a month away from the World Cup in Chile, where it has been drawn into Group A with Nigeria, Croatia and Chile. The USA kicks off the tournament’s opening match on Oct. 17 against Nigeria at 4 p.m. ET.
Twenty-two players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Reginald Cannon (FC Dallas Academy; Grapevine, Texas), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinzie Gaines (Lonestar S.C.; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls Academy; Garden City Park, N.Y.) Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Comos; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Draft Kings is a brand new partner of FC Dallas and we're excited to bring you our Draft Kings Picks of the Week every week leading up to the end of the MLS season. If you haven't played one-day fantasy MLS with Draft Kings, you're definitely missing out as it's one of the most fun ways to enjoy every MLS weekend.
If you haven't signed up for Draft Kings yet, use this link to sign up and receive free entry into an MLS tournament this weekend. Here are some picks to help you decide your team.
FC Dallas picks:
Michael Barrios - The Colombian speedster comes in at only $5,500 and he has five goals since July 4th. Against an SKC team that FC Dallas will look to counterattack against, Barrios could definitely find the back of the net this Friday.
Je-Vaughn Watson - At only $3,400, Je-Vaughn is a sleeper pick to get a goal or an assist this weekend. Back to his customary right back position, Watson should be bombing up and down the field on Friday night and could find the scoresheet.
Christian Techera - The Uruguayan has been very impressive in recent weeks for Vancouver Whitecaps and at $6,600 he's not going to break the bank as you build your team. The Whitecaps play Seattle this weekend who just lost center back Ramon Torres to injury for the rest of the season.
Laurent Ciman - The Montreal center back has been extremely impressive in MLS this season, his first since moving over from Belgium. At $4,500, he's a little bit pricey for a center back but against a New England team playing their second game in four days, look for the Impact to potentially get a shutout at home and earn some points for your squad.