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.
Just eight games remain in the MLS regular season and only four more home games! FC Dallas hosts NYCFC on Saturday night presented by Raytheon as the club looks to move within a point of the top spot in MLS with a win. Here are the ten things to know before you head to Toyota Stadium.
1. Saturday's match is presented by Raytheon and they're teaming up with DFW USO for Military Appreciation Night. Be sure to stop by their area in the northwest concourse to show your appreciation to our troops!
2. Join us on Saturday morning before the match as Team BR19 will be walking together in the Dallas Heart Walk. Both head coaches Oscar Pareja and Jason Kreis are planned to join us and at the game on Saturday night Bevan Rhine, wife of Bobby, will be our honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer at 7:00PM so be sure to join us for that!
3. Throughout the month, MLS is making note of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we want to let you know about a member of our FC Dallas Family who is fighting. Ellie Slate of the FC Dallas '04 Girls Premier team is staying incredibly brave in her fight against Leukemia and 50 special limited edition scarves will be on sale in the team store on Saturday with all proceeds benefitting her Gofundme account. See how you can help here.
5. Did you know the FC Dallas and NYCFC rosters represent 18 different countries from four continents? Check out more great numbers like that one in our by the numbers feature.
6. This is the only home matchday in September and your best chance to snag our September Scarf of the Month dedicated to the great Bobby Rhine. A portion of the proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
7. It's actually going to feel like fall outside at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night! Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 70s and pretty much perfect. You might even want to bring a light jacket. Seriously.
8. How will the FC Dallas defense deal with NYC's three UEFA Champions League winners and how has the move to a 4-4-2 benefitted FCD? We talk about it in the Keys to the Match driven by Toyota.
9. It's a bit of a unique TV situation on Saturday night as our match will be shown live on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 323 with Bob Sturm and Steve Jolley on the call while the match will also be shown on tape delay on TXA 21 directly following the Texas Rangers game. Don't forget you can also listen live in the stadium on 100.7FM in English and 1270AM in Spanish. Don't forget to tune into the post-game show on the way home!
10. Some tickets are still available for #FCDvNYC and you can get those here! Just four home games remain as we make our playoff push.
It's an international friendly week for FC Dallas and the metroplex is hosting their own high profile game on Tuesday as Argentina and Mexico face off at AT&T Stadium. Mexico has been in town since late last week after tying Trinidad & Tobago 3-3 on Friday night in Utah and they made a request from FC Dallas.
"Tuca" Ferretti and El Tri needed some extra training players, so some FCD youngsters were brought in to join the first team as they trained at MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas. Needless to say it was an experience that the boys won't forget, even if most of them have aspirations of suiting up for Mexico's rival US Men's National Team in the future.
— FEMEXFUT (@FMF) September 6, 2015
September 2015 marks four years since long-time FC Dallas player and broadcaster Bobby Rhine tragically passed away of a heart attack at the age of just 35 years old.
Bobby played more than 200 times for the club and sits in the top five in games played, minutes played, assists and shots.
We remember Bobby each year through Team BR19 at the Dallas Heart Walk coming up this weekend and our September 2015 Scarf of the Month is dedicated to man whose name is synonymous with the franchise.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association and the scarf is available now and only in the FC Dallas Team Store open from 10-4 Monday through Thursday, 10-3 on Friday and open at gates on gamedays.
Over the weekend at the Toyota Soccer Center, the FC Dallas Academy teams opened the 2015-2016 season with five matches against local side Solar Chelsea. It was a successful weekend as FCD went 4-0-1, here's a recap of the action:
FC Dallas U-18s: 1
Solar Chelsea U-18s: 0
Eddie Munjoma slotted home a penalty kick to give FC Dallas U-18s three points in their first competitive match since winning the U-16 US Soccer Development Academy National Championship.
FC Dallas U-16s: 3
Solar Chelsea U-16s: 2
Paxton Pomykal, Luis Carillo and Daniel Evans tallied in the victory for the new FCD U-16 side opening the season in successful fashion after winning the U-15 national championship last season.
FC Dallas U-15s: 3
Solar Chelsea U-15s: 0
Adrian Morales opened the scoring off a corner kick from Roba Negeri while an individual effort from Imanol Almaguer earned FCD their second goal on an own goal. In his first match with FCD, Pablo Arias combined with Edwin Cerrillo to score the third goal while goalkeeper Sebastian Zavala recorded a clean sheet.
FC Dallas U-14s: 4
Solar Chelsea U-14s: 0
Bryan Reynolds scored twice for the U-14s while Johan Gomez and Luis Pacheco also found goals in the season-opening win for the U-14s.
FC Dallas U-13s: 1
Solar Chelsea U-13s: 1
Beni Redzic found the goal for the U-13s as they started the season with a draw.
For 28 days of August, the hottest month of the year was incredibly unkind to FC Dallas who had amassed no points from three matches against Chicago, Los Angeles and Vancouver despite playing well enough to earn at least a point in two of them. Perhaps the soccer gods were saving all the good luck for the last weekend of the month.
Week 26 of the MLS regular season was one of the most positive for FCD as not only did Oscar Pareja's side secure a vital three points against a Western Conference rival nipping at their heels, but the Frisco side also saw results around the Western Conference go their way vaulting Dallas from fifth to third at the end of the weekend. It was a weekend that saw Dallas gain three points on each of the four teams above them in the standings entering the weekend.
Over in Colorado, the Rapids won their third game in a row coming from behind to beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1. The loss for SKC coupled with the Dallas win sees FCD leapfrog them in the standings now a point above their midwest foes with equal games played.
FCD also jumped above the Portland Timbers in the standings as they were unlucky to lose 2-1 at Seattle. The Timbers outshot and generally outplayed their opponents but fell in a match that sees FCD move to a point ahead of the Cascadia side while also holding two vital games in hand.
At the top of the West, both teams fell to defeat as Los Angeles dropped a 1-0 result away to San Jose while Vancouver lost 2-0 to Houston while losing two players to red cards. FCD sits four points behind Vancouver and five points behind LA at the top, but has two games in hand on the Whitecaps and three games in hand on LA.
Things simply could not be any tighter at the top of the Western Conference with .04 PPG separating Dallas, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Sporting KC. FCD is the only one of these four teams playing this weekend as Dallas travels to Columbus for a match on Sunday afternoon.
Have you ever wanted to get your very own FC Dallas game-worn jersey? How about one of the limited edition Fan Appreciation jerseys with the special numbers worn only in August of this season?
FC Dallas vs RSL is your chance with our FC Dallas Foundation Jersey Off Their Backs Auction. Here's how it works:
- Text fcdallas to 52182 and follow the promts to register. Then you will be directed to a website where you can bid on the auction for each player. You do not have to be present to be the winning bidder or place a bid.
- After entering your credit card info, place your bids. You will receive a text when you have been outbid.
- The auction ends at the end of halftime and winners will be notified early in the second half.
- If you are the lucky winner and at the game, go to the FC Dallas Foundation table on the northwest concourse at the 80th minute. You plus a guest will greet the player as he leaves the match to get your signed(and probably a little sweaty) jersey! If you are not at Toyota Stadium you will be contacted with details on how to receive your jersey.
All proceeds go to the FC Dallas Foundation so get to bidding tomorrow night and get a one-of-a-kind jersey from your favorite player!
The marathon is becoming a sprint. Just ten games remain in the 2015 MLS Regular Season and that means every single game carries massive importance.
For FC Dallas, things are pretty simple. Despite a three-game losing streak, Oscar Pareja's side is still in very solid shape to make the playoffs and even slide into a high seed given the fact that they have games in hand on nearly every team above them.
Prior to last Saturday's loss to Los Angeles, FCD had gained a full three points in six out of seven home games and with five left in the season, a tally of between 10 and 15 points is certainly attainable. That has to start with three points against RSL and a win against Jeff Cassar's side would effectively put them in the rear view for FCD. There's no doubt Dallas aims to finish in one of the top two seeds to avoid the wild card round game, and three points in this one leaves Dallas within striking distance.
For Real Salt Lake, the situation is quite a bit more urgent. A huge 2-0 win against Seattle breathed some life into an RSL team headed for 2015 oblivion, but it won't mean a whole lot if they can't follow that up with a win on Saturday. They have just eight games left in the season and with a win could even pull even for the last playoff spot while a loss could leave them as many as six points below the red line with just seven games left. Additionally, losing to Dallas would leave them nine points behind FCD with two more games played, effectively ruining any chances of catching their Western Conference rivals.
Last season after a goalless draw early in the year, FCD and RSL played two contentious, controversial and memorable matches with FCD topping RSL 2-1 in Frisco after Blas Perez was controversially sent off in the first half of the match. The red card seemed to only enliven the Toyota Stadium crowd and the victory was one of the most memorable of the year as Dallas marched to a 2014 playoff appearance. The return leg at Rio Tinto Stadium saw Alvaro Saborio score a game-winning goal just seconds after coming into the game.
What will happen in 2015? You'd better make your plans to join us at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night. Just ten games are left in the run to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
It's been an up-and-down two weeks in Mexico City for the FC Dallas U-15s as they compete in the Liga BBVA Bancomer U-15 International tournament, but things finished on a high note Friday afternoon. Here's a recap of the last three games of the tournament, check out the first half recap here:
In a must-win game on Tuesday, FC Dallas took the lead in the first half through a header from Jesus Ferreira, but they were unable to hang on conceding a game-winner in the 59th minute to give the German side a win that effectively eliminated FCD from the tournament.
Chivas Guadalajara 7 FC Dallas 0
In the toughest loss of the tournament, FCD fell big to Chivas Guadalajara a day after the disappointing loss to Eintracht.
Jose Carlos Garcia scored twice and Kevin Kim scored the game-winning goal with ten minutes left as FC Dallas twice came from a goal down to beat Liga MX side Pachuca and end the tournament on a high note.
FC Dallas finishes the tournament with a 2-4-1 record that left them with 7 points, the second-most out of four international teams only behind Eintracht Frankfurt who will play Chivas Guadalajara in the championship match at Estadio Azteca on Saturday.