On Wednesday night in Commerce City, Colorado, the MLS All-Stars defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 behind a goal and an assist from All-Star Game MVP Kaka.
FCD's representative, Fabian Castillo, came on at halftime and dazzled the Colorado crowd with his trademark mazy runs and slick moves on the ball. Castillo carved out three or four really good opportunities for the All-Stars including one of his trademark jinks that sent summer transfer signing Kieran Trippier spinning.
Castillo was unable to find the back of the net but impressed throughout the evening earning plaudits from the commentators as well as on social media.
Fabian and FC Dallas are back in action on Sunday as they travel to Chicago to take on the Fire at 6:00PM on Fox Sports 1.
Winners of four straight games, FC Dallas takes the Toyota Stadium field for the last time until August 15th on Saturday night when they host Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers FC. Sitting at the top of MLS, Saturday's match has huge playoff implications on the line so don't miss this one. Here are the 10 things to know about Saturday's match.
1. Be sure to arrive early as we are handing out the third in our collectible mini-scarf series. This one, presented by Chase, has the "Unite for 90" tagline and you want to get there early to grab one of those at the gate.
3. Our graphic designer Olivia Brestal has crafted up another awesome match poster for this weekend's game honoring 2015 MLS All-Star Fabian Castillo. Cop one in the team store on Saturday night and maybe Fabian will autograph it for you sometime.
4. Saturday's match is on TXA21 with the All-Star team of Mark Followill and Brian Dunseth on the call! If you can't catch the broadcast, tune to 100.7FM for the English call with Steve Davis or the legend Carlos Alvarado on 1270AM with the Spanish radio call.
5. Things have gotten very heated(no pun intented) between FC Dallas and Portland over the last couple of years. Check out some of the controversies bubbling under the surface as we head into this match.
6. One huge thing to watch on Saturday night is birthday boy Kellyn Acosta. The man who turns 20 on Friday scored his first MLS goal last week and the way he pushes into the attack makes FC Dallas an even more dynamic team. We talk about it in our Keys to the Match driven by Toyota.
8. Saturday night is Season Ticket Holder kids' night at Toyota Stadium and in honor of that Houston Rogers of the Rogers' family will be the honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer at 7:30PM on the north concourse!
9. Check out our #FCDvPOR match preview infograph to get all caught up on Saturday's match.
10. There's still time to get your tickets for tonight's match HERE or you can call 1.888.FCD.GOAL and they'll get you set up with the best remaining seat in the house!
Chandler Parsons wasn’t the only Dallas sports figure trying to recruit someone to the metroplex the summer.
FC Dallas has added another key cog to their midfield in Argentine Ezequiel Cirigliano and his countryman, midfield maestro Mauro Diaz, played a big part in selling Cirigliano on what the Frisco club can offer the 23-year-old.
“They asked me to invite him here,” said Diaz through a translator. “I gave a great recommendation as this is a great place to live, a great team with great coaches and I’m very happy he’s coming.”
Diaz said he and Cirigliano have known each other since they were 13 years old and played together through the ranks at Argentine giants River Plate including one year together in the first team. Their career paths have been remarkably similar as well and Diaz thinks the 23-year-old can be another great addition to a team already competing for the top spot in MLS.
“I’m very happy, he’s a player that I’ve known since I was young. He’s a great player and someone who will bring a lot for FC Dallas,” said Diaz. “He’s a player who knows how to play well with the ball, loves to win and is going to bring a lot of quality.”
“Mauro was a big part of recruiting Ezequiel to MLS on the phone talking and texting him and he helped make this happen for the club,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “Mauro is not the kind of player who would just bring a buddy here, he wants to win and is so competitive. He was really high on the player too and was a huge help in the process so the club is very thankful for that.”
Of course there may have one ulterior motive to the recruiting efforts.
“It adds one more friend to drink mate with,” said Diaz, with a laugh.
Saturday's heart-stopping win over DC United means FC Dallas is back into a tie for first place at the top of the Major League Soccer standings and it also kept alive a few different streaks going into this Saturday's match vs Portland.
FCD has won four games in a row, which is the longest active streak in MLS and tied with Portland and Vancouver for the longest streak this season. Dallas can take over the longest streak in MLS this season with a win on Saturday. FC Dallas also carries the longest current unbeaten streak at five games in a row.
With his stoppage time goal, Fabian Castillo extended his consecutive games with a goal or assist streak to five in a row which is the longest active streak in MLS and tied for the second-longest this season with CJ Sapong. Only Clint Dempsey has a longer streak with eight.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was finally beaten on Saturday, but not before setting the longest shutout streak in MLS this season at 349 minutes.
The FC Dallas win was their 10th of the season which is tied for the most in MLS and extended their league-best record when scoring first to an amazing 9-0-2.
Despite the ultra-tight Western Conference standings, FCD has solidified their playoff standing and now sit nine points ahead of Real Salt Lake above the dreaded red line.
FC Dallas is now tied with D.C. United at the top of the MLS Standings and alone in first at the top of the Western Conference standings.
- Saturday's match against Portland becomes all the more crucial for Dallas as it's one of 11 remaining games against Western Conference opponents. FCD could extend the gap over the Timbers to six points with a game in hand if they can beat Caleb Porter's side on Saturday night.
The shutout streak is still intact and the FC Dallas U-16s are headed to the national championship.
Luchi Gonzalez's side defeated Philadelphia Union's U-16s 3-0 at the StubHub Center in California on Thursday night to clinch their spot in the national championship.
Adrian Ramos opened the scoring for the U-16s in the 15th minute with Toshiki Yasuda scoring just before halftime to send FCD into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Weston McKinnie iced the game late with a third goal to clinch the comprehensive win. The U-16s have yet to allow a goal in five Development Academy Playoff games.
The U-16s will face the New York Red Bulls U-16s on Saturday at 7:00PM central time playing for the club's first USSDA championship since the U-18s took home the title in 2012.
It has been over a year since Mauro Diaz had scored an MLS goal at Toyota Stadium, but he made this one worth the wait. The Argentine maestro pulled a page out of Ronaldinho's book sliding one under the wall and into the back of the next giving Dallas a lead they wouldn't look back from.
Mauro's goal has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week so give him your vote!
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It's the annual July 4th extravaganza at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night presented by TXU Energy! There's so much going on around Toyota Stadium on Saturday night so here are the 10 things to know about the showdown with New England:
1. Saturday's match and post-game fireworks show are presented by TXU Energy and you'll want to arrive early as the first 5,000 fans receive a pair of light-up bam bam sticks! Who doesn't love something that lights up?
2. For anyone who has been to an FC Dallas July 4th game, you know it gets a little emotional at halftime when the American Fallen Soldiers Project presents the family of a fallen soldier with a painted portrait of their loved one. Our honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer will be Phil Taylor from the AFSP, and you'll want to be by the Lamar Hunt Statue by 7:30 for that one.
3. If there's a little something off about our special match poster, it's because graphic designer Olivia Brestal has created a 3D poster for Saturday's match! Get yours in the team store which comes with a complementary pair of 3D glasses.
4. Meet defender Stephen Keel on the north concourse tomorrow near the TXU Energy oversized chair! Get your picture and autograph with the man himself.
5. Our opponent, New England, won the Eastern Conference last year but has been struggling recently. Get caught up with our Know Your Enemy feature.
6. Our merchandise special for Saturday's match is $5 off the Countrymen/USA flag tees so stop by the store and treat yo' self.
7. Tomorrow's match features the biggest July 4th fireworks show in town pres. by TXU Energy and that should be going off right around 15 minutes after the final whistle. It's going to be over the north end of the stadium so be sure to grab a good spot after FCD takes three points.
8. FC Dallas has been absolutely fantastic at home over the last year with a 13-2-2 record inside the friendly confines of Toyota Stadium in their last 17 games.
9. If you can't make the game, watch live on TXA21 with Mark Followill and Steve Jolley on the call. Remember you can also listen to tonight's game in English on 100.7FM The Word with Steve Davis and don't forget to tune into the post-game show on your drive home from Toyota Stadium. As always, our game is available in Spanish on 1270AM La Voz Del Pueblo with Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon.
10. Tickets are very limited for Saturday's match but you can get yours HERE or you can call 1.888.FCD.GOAL and they'll get you set up with the best remaining seat in the house!
It's nearly time for the huge July 4th match against New England. Carter and Daniel break down the game in Keys to the Match driven by Toyota
The FC Dallas design team of Erik Davila & Olivia Brestal has done a fantastic job this year with their match posters and scarves of the month, but this might take the cake.
If the official match poster for Saturday's July 4th extravaganza vs New England looks a little bit off to you, there's a good reason. This week's match poster is a special 3D version bringing Zach Loyd to life(though don't worry, you can also see him on the Toyota Stadium field Saturday night as well).
The poster is available in the FCD Team Store on gameday and, of course, for every poster you purchase for $5, you'll get a pair of 3D glasses to enjoy it in all its glory. Quantities are very limited so be sure to arrive early and get yours before they sell out!
The FC Dallas U-16 Academy headed into Friday's showdown with the LA Galaxy Academy needing a draw or a win to advance through to the national quarterfinals of the 2014-2015 US Soccer Development Academy season.
They got exactly what they were looking for, defeating LA 2-0 to finish the playoffs group stage a perfect 3-0-0 without allowing a goal in any of the three matches.
On Friday, Gio Montesdeoca opened the scoring while Weston McKinnie added the second to give FCD a 2-0 halftime lead. After a weather delay, the U-16s finished the job to seal the 2-0 victory.
As one of the top four remaining seeds, Luchi Gonzalez's side will host a national quarterfinal at the Toyota Soccer Center against the New England Revolution on July 8th. Stay tuned for full details on when this match will kick off so you can come cheer on FCD as they look to advance to the national semifinals.
U-18s finish Playoffs Week strong
It was a heartbreaking week for the FC Dallas U-18 Academy dropping two close results in their first two matches, but they finished the year strong defeating the Concorde Fire 5-0 in their final match of the season.
Miguel Ojeda and Oscar Romero gave FCD a 2-0 halftime lead and Alex Radilla, Caleb Young and Christian Ramirez scored in the second half to finish the season on a happy note for Francisco Molina's side.