FC Dallas traveled north to Kansas City this weekend as a U-17 squad mixing the two oldest Academy teams began their Generation adidas Cup qualifying circuit in style with three wins from three matches setting themselves up in great shape to once again qualify for the Championship Division.
In the first match on Friday, FC Dallas defeated the Columbus Crew 4-0 behind goals from Alberto Carrillo, Cole Guindon, Alonso Molina and Paxton Pomykal.
FCD followed that up on Saturday with a 4-1 win over the hosts Sporting Kansas City. Jommar Reyes opened the scoring for FC dallas but Sporting KC equalized mid-way through the second half.
Luchi Gonzalez's side re-took the lead in the 56th minute through Daniel Evans while Jesus Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal added insurance goals late to seal the 4-1 win.
In Monday's finale, FC Dallas scored another emphatic 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire to finish the weekend 3-0-0 with a +10 goal differential.
The FC Dallas Academy teams continue US Soccer Development Academy season play on Sunday as they host Solar Chelsea in league play.
For most MLS teams, just two matches remain in the season as we count down to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, but for FC Dallas, Wednesday presents a fantastic opportunity as they play their crucial game in hand on most of the rest of the Western Conference against Vancouver.
Let's take a look at the Western Conference playoff picture ahead of Wednesday's massive match.
As you can see, FC Dallas is sitting in pretty position at the top of the table tied with Los Angeles and that crucial game in hand on Wednesday. Here is what each scenario on Wednesday would mean for FCD:
For FCD, a win at home on Wednesday would put Oscar Pareja's club on 54 points with 16 wins which would guarantee finishing above every Western Conference team except for Los Angeles, and Sporting KC meaning a win on Wednesday would guarantee at least a top 3 seed and a home playoff game.
It would also put FCD in a commanding position for a top two seed which would be assured if FCD wins and Sporting KC fails to win at San Jose on Friday. That's because Sporting KC plays the LA Galaxy on the final match of the season so one team or the other could reach above 54 points and 16 wins, but not both of them.
Basically, if FCD wins on Wednesday, the only way they finish outside the top two and miss out on the wild card round bye is if they lose their last two games, SKC finishes win, win, draw and LA finishes win, draw. A win would also push FCD within three points of securing the #1 seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs.
If FCD draws Vancouver on Wednesday, Oscar Pareja's side will still need to win one more game to assure a top two seed. A point on Wednesday, would push FC Dallas to 52 points but still within six points of the four teams below them meaning the possiblity of dropping in the standings is still there should Dallas slip up in their final two matches.
The point would be crucial in keeping Vancouver below Dallas so it's certainly nothing to sniff at considering it leaves FCD within just one win of securing that crucial top two seed, but as you can see the difference between a win and a draw is massive for Dallas.
Should FCD lose to the Whitecaps on Wednesday, it suddenly makes Saturday's match at RSL a massive one.
While Dallas would still control their destiny in the Western Conference, a loss would vault the Whitecaps to the top of the Western Conference standings two points above Dallas, though FCD would still have a game in hand on the Whitecaps meaning if Dallas could win their final two matches and get to 47 points, the #1 seed would still be assured for the club.
However, as mentioned, a tricky trip to RSL who pretty much have to win on Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive awaits Dallas on Saturday and while a win or draw means you still have your home game on the final day of the season against San Jose to fall back on, a loss would send FCD to Utah needing a result to avoid a precarious Decision Day match.
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!