A few weeks ago, World Cup '94 veteran Fernando Clavijo sat down with us for an FCDTV interview discussing his memories of the '94 World Cup during which he played three of four matches for the United States including the 1-0 round of 16 loss to Brazil. Clavijo's interview was a fascinating perspective on how someone who immigrated to the United States from Uruguay and ended up playing on the biggest stage with his adopted country. Enjoy:
The US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs began just outside Indianapolis today for the FC Dallas U-18 Academy, and Luchi Gonzalez's side started the week victorious with a 4-1 win over Charlotte Soccer Academy.
Jose Livano, Yannick Koffi, Antonio Aguilar and Oscar Romero scored in the win for FC Dallas. The win leaves FCD in good shape at the top of their group as the week continues. Dallas will face Portland Timbers FC tomorrow before their final group stage match against the Chicago Fire. Only the first place team in each group moves through to the final eight.
For Francisco Molina's U-16's who are the #4 national seed, playoffs week begins tomorrow afternoon against Shattuck Saint-Mary's at 4:30PM.
Win a trip to Las Vegas with Budweiser and FC Dallas to attend the Ultimate World Cup Final Watch Party
The World Cup is officially upon us and Budweiser wants to send you to the ULTIMATE 2014 FIFA World Cup Final viewing party in Las Vegas!
You can win a trip for two to the Ultimate World Cup Final VIP party on July 13 in Las Vegas including:
-Round-trip airfare July 12-14 to Las Vegas
-Two nights/Three days lodging at The Palms
-Free food and beverage
-Access to the Sunday, July 13th Ultimate World Cup Final viewing party at The Palms
Entry runs through Wednesday, June 25th and is only eligible for those within a 75-mile radius of Toyota Stadium.
Here's the details on how you can enter:
2. Tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself in your favorite World Cup national team gear using #BudWC14
3. Text BudWC14 to 444-222
One winner will be chosen by random drawing on or about June 26. The winner and a guest will win a trip out to Las Vegas from July 12 - July 14 for the big party with VIP access and much more!
The biggest World Cup event in Dallas since 1994 hits Klyde Warren Park this Sunday afternoon as FC Dallas, KWP & McDonald's are teaming up for the biggest FCD World Cup Tour stop yet to watch the United States take on Portugal. With a win or a draw, the United States is all but guaranteed to advance to the knockout round, so join us for what should be a crowd in the thousands much like what you see around the country and around the world at World Cup fan fests!
We've had a number of questions about this event, so here's some FAQ's that will hopefully help you before coming out on Sunday afternoon.
Can I bring food and drinks to Klyde Warren?
Coolers, food and non-alcoholic drinks are permitted and subject to search from park security. No alcohol or glass is permitted at the park. Alcoholic drinks and food will be available via portable bars, food trucks and various vendors.
Where can I park?
Where can I sit for the game?
The Ginsburg Family Great Lawn will be the site of the game with the screen in front of the Muse Family Performance Pavilion. The lawn closest to the stage will be a blanket seating area only and the lawn area across from Hart Boulevard will be open for lawn chairs and standing room. Please refer to the Klyde Warren map for more details.
How big is the screen?
The screen is an elevated 16 foot by 20 foot LED screen.
When should I arrive?
The LHK will get things going right around 4:00PM and the match kicks off at 5:00PM, but we encourage everyone to arrive early as thousands are expected to be in attendance at the biggest World Cup party in DFW!
How can we make this an event that unites the whole city?
Invite your friends via our Facebook event, talk it up, get all your friends who live down in that area to come out. Let's make this an unforgettable day!
For all other questions please visit the Klyde Warren website Q&A's.
Here's your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 win over San Antonio in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup action:
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup adventure gets started for FC Dallas tonight at Toyota Stadium against the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions and it's going to be a bit of an old school affair.
Tonight, we will not be streaming our LHUSOC match on FCDallas.com or even having the Toyota Stadium video boards active inside the stadium and here's why:
Substantial upgrades to the audio/visual setup were approved here at Toyota Stadium recently bringing in new HD cameras as well as upgrades to various other systems that will improve the gameday experience on our jumbotron as well as allowing the capability for future live streams in HD. However, these improvements take nearly a month to install.
When the 2014 schedule came out, there was a perfect gap of home games between June 7 and July 4 due to the World Cup, allowing for these upgrades to be installed right before our big Fourth of July home game against Philadelphia. When tonight's LHUSOC game was allocated to Toyota Stadium, that obviously presented a dilemma to either stall the upgrades until the end of the season, or go ahead and install them now and bite the bullet for this game against San Antonio.
While we apologize to those in DFW & San Antonio who will not be able to watch tonight's match, with eight MLS home games, our upcoming Aston Villa friendly, and hopefully additional LHUSOC/MLS Cup playoff games coming up in the second half of the season at Toyota Stadium, the decision was made to go ahead with these upgrades which render the video board and any live stream impossible for this evening's game.
We hope to see everyone out at Toyota Stadium tonight for the beginning of what will hopefully be an extended run in this year's edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Here's your match highlights from Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Portland:
2014 World Cup Group G
How they got here: Steamrolled their UEFA qualifying group winning 9 out of 10 games.
2010 World Cup: Fell 1-0 to Spain in the semifinals.
Best case: Germany has been to at least the semifinals in the last three World Cups and while this team is banged up, Germany goes into every World Cup looking to win it. In a bracket where they won't face a Brazil or Spain until at least the semifinals, Germany is really contending with Argentina for that semifinal spot. Given the South American location, you'd think the Germans would be happy with a semifinal appearance.
Worst case: Key injuries leave Marco Reus sidelined and other key German players hobbled heading into a tough group. As crazy as it sounds, it's not inconceivable that Germany slips up against Portugal, then draws the US and Ghana. It's a long shot, but not out of the question.
Player to watch: Winger Mesut Ozil comes into this tournament relatively healthy and coming off his big money move to Arsenal. Ozil is truly world class and with others hobbled around him will be relied on to create much of the German attack.
X Factor: Bayern Munich's diminutive winger Mario Gotze solidified his first team position as the season went on and he's coming into this tournament firing on all cylinders.
How they got here: Defeated Bob Bradley's Ghana side in the qualifying playoff.
2010 World Cup: Defeated the United States in the round of 16 and were extremely unlucky to fall to Ghana in the quarterfinals.
Best case: They enjoyed some good luck and punched above their weight in 2010, but if things come together they can advance from this group. They'll have to beat the USA in that first game to have any chance.
Worst case: With aging stars, Ghana is unable to repeat their heroics of 2010 falling to the United States in the first match and failing to recover with two more losses to Portugal and Germany.
Player to watch: Kevin Prince-Boateng, brother of Germany defender Derek Boateng, is one of the top attacking players on Ghana. He's a veteran of AC Milan, Tottenham and Schalke 04 among others.
X Factor: Michael Essien is an old 31 years old and can he reconjure his greatness for one more tournament. Their central midfield becomes a litle weak without him.
How they got here: Defeated Sweden in that epic playoff qualifying round
2010 World Cup: Fell to Spain in the round of 16
Best case: Ronaldo. Ronaldo. Ronaldo. The Real Madrid superstar goes into beast mode and takes Portugal onto his back leading them out of the group stage and past Belgium in the round of 16 into a quarterfinal match.
Worst case: Cristiano is hobbled by his muscle issue(unlikely) and Portugal struggles to find another offensive option crashing out at the group stage.
Player to watch: Look out for Portugal's big forward Eder. The 26-year-old has recently broken into the Portugal team and has a big body that could give the US defenders a lot of problems.
X Factor: Well this one is kind of easy. Portugal will go as far as Cristiano Ronaldo takes them, end of story.
How they got here: Won their CONCACAF qualifying group
2010 World Cup: Fell to Ghana in the round of 16 after winning their group.
Best case: The United States finally exorcises their Ghana demons and earns a point from either Portugal or Germany to advance second from the gorup with four points.
Worst case: The USA's tournament is practically over before it starts after a third-straight loss to Ghana. With two tough games after that, it's a very real possiblity that the old US & A could finish with 0 points.
Player to watch: Outside back Fabian Johnson has been arguably the USA's best player in the kickoff series games. The Borussia Moenchengladbach signing could prove to be an attacking force from the back for the United States making them much more dynamic.
X Factor: Jozy Altidore's two goals against Nigeria were perhaps the best development of the last month. If Altidore can find his goal-scoring touch, paired with Dempsey, Bradley and the other proven stars, the USA could advance from this group.
Germany 1st, Portugal 2nd, United States 3rd, Ghana 4th
Boy the USA really got a raw deal with this group and prior to Tuesday's Portugal thrashing of Ireland, I thought maybe the USA could pull off the upset, but this is just too much for them.
I feel like the United States will beat Ghana in their first match, but Portugal's draw with Germany in the first match paired with 4 points from Ghana/USA means we'll see Germany 5, Portugal 5, USA 4, Ghana 1.
What do you think?
2014 World Cup Group F
How they got here: Finished first in CONMEBOL qualifying
2010 World Cup: Beat 4-0 by Germany in the quarterfinals.
Best case: Argentina is one of the few teams that can say they have a real chance to win this tournament. Their trio of Messi, Di Maria and Aguero is better than any in the world and if the defense can hold up, they're going to cruise to at least the quarterfinals. They can't possibly meet Spain or Brazil until at least the semifinals, so the stage is set for Argentina...
Worst case: It would be shocking to see Argentina not at least advance to the quarterfinals. Perhaps the worst case is falling to a team like Germany or Belgium in the quarterfinals which, while possible, would be a huge disappointment for a team with championship aspirations.
Player to watch: Who else but Lionel Messi? He's the best player in the world and he's been in decent form with Argentina heading into this tournament. As unfair as it is, the 2014 World Cup will go a long way to determining whether we see Messi as the best of all-time.
X Factor: We know about Messi and Aguero, but if Angel Di Maria can play as well as he has been recently with Real Madrid, Argentina becomes almost unbeatable. Di Maria, now 26 years old and in his absolute prime, will be a huge piece of the Argentina offense.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
How they got here: Won their UEFA qualfiying group, beating Greece on goal differential.
2010 World Cup: DNP
Best case: Playing in their first World Cup, B&H leans on their stars, Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, and those two star forwards score the goals that get B&H through a relatively easy group. The USA must be wondering why they couldn't have been drawn here.
Worst case: With a no-name defense and a first-time World Cup squad, the stage is just a little bit too big and Nigeria is able to beat the Europeans, sending them out at the group stage.
Player to watch: We've seen him do the business with Manchester City winning two EPL titles and Dzeko can solidify his name among the best forwards in the world if he can lead Bosnia out of the group stage.
X Factor: Miralem Pjanic is the creative, attacking engine of this team and he will need to pull the strings to create the goals Bosnia needs.
How they got here: Finished first in AFC qualifying, ahead of South Korea
2010 World Cup: DNP
Best case: This Iran team is pretty much unknown with a squad that plays almost exclusively in Iran so it's incredibly tough to call. If they win a game, they'll be very pleased with themselves.
Worst case: Iran is simply overmatched against three solid teams with very different styles and they go out without a point from the group stage.
Player to watch: One of the few that plays in Europe, Ashkan Dejagah had an up and down season for Fulham, but is capable of scoring great goals and would be the one who likely scores if Iran could nip a 1-0 win.
X Factor: I'd be lying if I said there was a player other than Dejagah that I've ever seen play. The X Factor for Iran isn't simply one player, it's staying compact defensively against Nigeria and Bosnia.
How they got here: Defeated Ethiopia in their qualifying playoff.
2010 World Cup: Did not win a match, going 0-1-2. They haven't won a World Cup match since 2002.
Best case: Playing in a manageable group, the Super Eagles return to their former success advancing from the group stage for the first time since 1998.
Worst case: Nigeria is unable to cope with the European talent on Bosnia and they fall in that group-deciding match failing to advance from the group.
Player to watch: Ogenyi Onazi is the central midfield engine of both Nigeria and Lazio. At just 21 years old, Onazi is primed to move to a big European club with a solid World Cup.
X Factor: Peter Odemwingie has been a decent forward in the EPL since 2010 and while he's had an up and down career for Nigeria, he's likely their best forward option and will need to score some goals for the Super Eagles to advance.
Argentina 1st, Nigeria 2nd, Bosnia & Herzegovina 3rd, Iran 4th
This one is pretty straight forward for first place, but second is a toss-up between Nigeria and Bosnia & Herzegovina. They play second in the schedule and I think Nigeria playing Argentina 3rd could play into the Super Eagles' hands.
I like Nigeria to earn 5 points out of the group which will be enough to advance second.
What do you think about this group?
2014 World Cup Group E
How they got here: Finished fourth in CONMEBOL qualifying
2010 World Cup: DNP
Best case: Playing in South America, Ecuador punches above their weight a bit and finishes at the top of a group that's there for the taking. With a matchup against the weak second place team in group F, Ecuador makes it all the way to the quarterfinals.
Worst case: Ecuador is unable to take advantage of the South American conditions and fall to a pair of teams that, on paper, are probably better than Ecuador, sending the South American's out at the group stage.
Player to watch: Jefferson Montero is a dynamic attacking midfielder who has found lots of success in Liga MX for Morelia after washing out of Europe. He'll be a player Ecuador will be relying on for a lot of offense.
X Factor: Antonio Valencia is the one name on Ecuador that will be known by most soccer fans and he's got the ability to make Ecuador a very tough team to beat. It will be interesting to see where the versatile player lines up.
How they got here: Came from two goals down to defeat Ukraine in UEFA qualifying playoffs
2010 World Cup: Disastrously crashed out at the group stage failing to win a game.
Best case: France continues their yo-yo World Cup trend and dominates a group that, on paper, they're clearly the best team. The 1998 champions will miss Franck Ribery, but Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba pick up the slack for a France side that strolls to the quarterfinals.
Worst case: A younger French squad fails to gel together, Ribery is badly missed and the in-fighting once again plagues the French team who falls at the group stage for the second straight world cup.
Player to watch: With Franck Ribery out, a French winger named Antoine Griezmann could be set for a big tournament. Having played his whole career at Real Sociedad in Spain, the 23-year-old isn't terribly well known, but he's impressed in the Champions League and has scored three goals in France's World Cup warmup games.
X Factor: He's as streaky of a forward as you'll find, but Karim Benzema will have to be good for France to advance far in the tournament. If he can create his own chances and punish weaker defenses of Honduras and Ecuador, a guy like Benzema could be a dark horse for the golden boot.
How they got here: Finished third in CONCACAF qualifying.
2010 World Cup: Finished with one point in their group and did not score a goal.
Best case: For Honduras, they'll remember the lessons of 2010 and have a better World Cup. That doesn't mean they'll advance from the group, but perhaps they can score a couple goals.
Worst case: Another winless and goalless tournament is very possible for Los Catrachos.
Player to watch: A player that long-time MLS fans will be familiar with, former DC United Homegrown signing Andy Najar has done very well since moving to Anderlecht in Belgium. Still just 21, the winger has a chance to be Honduras' most famous and best player ever.
X Factor: Another former MLS'er, midfielder Roger Espinoza will be key to Honduras' hopes. Having played in the Premier League, Espinoza will not be out of his depth at the World Cup and could earn a move to a bigger team than Wigan with a nice tournament.
How they got here: Won their UEFA qualifying group.
2010 World Cup: Had a respectable 1-1-1 showing including a win over eventual champions Spain, but failed to advance from the group.
Best case: A young and dynamic team has one of their myriad of youthful attacking players step up to another level and Switzerland finds the goals to make them a formidable team in the tournament advancing from the group.
Worst case: Where do the goals come from? There are some very good players on the Switzerland team, but the lack of depth proves consequential and the Swiss simply can't find the goals to beat anyone in the group.
Player to watch: Tiny Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri could be set for a breakout tournament. He's been somewhat hidden by the mass of attacking talent at his Bavarian club side and the World Cup gives him the stage to shine.
X Factor: Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio can be among the best in the world when on the top of his game, but he's fallen off the map a little bit recently with Wolfsburg. Benaglio is a player that could earn Switzerland a result almost single-handedly.
France 1st, Ecuador 2nd, Switzerland 3rd, Honduras 4th
I really think France could be set for a surprisingly good tournament. Rumors have abounded that Ribery's absence may turn out to be a positive for Didier Deschamps' side and I like them to have a relatively easy group stage win.
After that, I'm going to take the South America factor for Ecuador to get them past Switzerland.
What do you think about this one?