The United States Under-20 National Team continued their quest in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup today earning a point against European powerhouse France in a 1-1 draw at the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Instanbul.
Heading into the match, the US needed a point to keep any realistic hopes of a spot in the knockout round alive and things were looking bleak for the United States when France forward Yaya Sanogo smashed home a controversial 48th minute penalty kick.
It looked like the United States' bad luck would continue when Luis Gil had a penalty kick saved with about 20 minutes to play, but second-half substitute Daniel Cuevas eventually finished a free kick in the 85th minute to steal a priceless point for the US.
Given that the four highest-placed third place teams in the group stage will advance to the round of 16, today's point means a win over Ghana on Thursday would almost certainly put the United States into the knockout stage.
From an FC Dallas perspective, Danny Garcia, a starter in the first match, did not feature in today's as he was out with an unspecified injury suffered in Friday's game against Spain. Kellyn Acosta has appeared on the bench for both matches, but has yet to play.
The United States will look to advance to the round of 16 in an all-important game against Ghana on Thursday, June 27 at 12:45PM on ESPNU.
This week on FCDallas.com you're going to be getting a healthy dose of what we call the USSDA Playoffs, so I thought it'd be effective to give everyone a primer on the event that will be filling up the FC Dallas Complex fields for the next five days.
The US Soccer Development Academy is the national league that consists of an under-18 and under-16 league including all the MLS academies as dozens of others, with 80 teams in total. The top 32 teams out of those 80 have qualified for the playoffs which take on the form of eight groups with four teams in each group drawn by national seeding(I.E. seeds 1-8, 8-16,17-24, 25-32). The winners of each group move on to the Development Academy Finals Week played in Houston in mid-July.
In all, a staggering 125 games will be played at the stadium complex in the next five days as every playoff game plus a number of showcase games featuring non-playoff teams will be played. The games start at 5PM on Monday and will be in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while morning games will be played on Thursday and Friday.
For FC Dallas, this week is a huge one as both the U-18 and U-16 teams have real chances to advance to Finals Week. The U-18's just missed out on a top seed finishing 10th overall and their draw includes the Columbus Crew, Concorde Fire and Albertson SC. The U-16's finished as the #2 overall national seed and will play Sockers FC, FC Delco and Real Salt Lake-AZ during playoffs week.
Admission is completely free to every game and even if you can only make it out for an hour, you really should come up to the complex at some point this week to see the USSDA playoff juggernaut in action while cheering on the future FC Dallas first team stars.
FC Dallas extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a dramatic late 2-2 tie. Here's all the best moments from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 2 Sporting KC 2
POST: Kenny Cooper's header beats Jimmy Nielsen but not the post
POST: FCD hits the post again on a David Ferreira free kick
GOAL: Sporting Kansas City takes the lead before the half on a Kamara penalty kick
GOAL: Sporting KC doubles their lead on a Je-Vaughn Watson own goal
RED CARD: CJ Sapong is sent off for kicking the ball at a fallen Andrew Jacobson
GOAL: Andrew Jacobson gives FCD hope, cutting the lead in half on a nice header
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman buries a 90th minute header to blow the lid off FC Dallas Stadium
Attention all FC Dallas fans! We're doing great in 2013 MLS All-Star voting so far with Raul Fernandez 3rd among all goalkeepers, but it's time to ramp things up!
Today, June 20, at 11:00AM MLS All-Star Twitter voting gets underway! Here's the details:
- Voting is open until from 12pm ET Thursday, June 20 to 11:59pm ET Friday, June 21, 2013. A short window, so make sure you get as many tweets in as you can.
An eligible vote consists of the hashtag #MLSAllStar
- AND the player's full name (first and last required) with or without a space (Example: Raul Fernandez, or RaulFernandez);
- OR their twitter @handle (Example: @RaulFernandezV1).
- A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet.
- A user may only vote for players on the All-Star ballot (click here to see the full ballot).
- There is no limit to the number of tweets a user may submit for any one player. Go nuts.
- Each Twitter vote counts equal to one text vote, or one online vote.
So you've got 140 characters to vote for all six of the nominated players. Unfortunately, however much a few of our players may have been snubbed from the ballot(we won't name names), a vote for them isn't valid so focus your tweets on the six players that count!
Tweet suggestion: #MLSAllStar #VoteFCD #DTID @RaulFernandezV1 Jackson DavidFerreira Michel KennyCooper @Superraton7
Get to voting! #DTID
As two FC Dallas Academy alumni on the boys side get ready to represent their country at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, one of FCD's most talented young female players is just starting out her youth national team career.
Midfielder Abby-Grace Cooper, a member of Matt Grubb's under-15 FC Dallas ECNL squad, recently wrapped up a week with head coach April Kater's US Under-14 Girls National Team. Cooper was called up for the eight-day camp, the first for this youngest group of youth national teamers, and she couldn't have been more excited to make the squad/
"I was surprised but in an excited way," said Cooper. "I have worked very hard and I think I deserved the chance. I just didn't expect it to be in the early part of the year."
Just at the start of her budding youth national team career, Cooper says these camps show her exactly the level she needs to attain to represent her country.
"It raises my game, because it gives me a look into the top level of play in the country," said Cooper. "It gives me bench marks to work at and bring back to my club. I learned that if you have the skill that's great, but if you don't have the passion and drive you will not go very far. I do know that I have the passion and the desire to work hard toward the goal of the US National Team."
PORTLAND, Oregon (Friday, June 14) – FC Dallas has sent a fourth round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft to the Columbus Crew in exchange for an additional international roster spot for the remainder of the 2013 season, FC Dallas announced today.
The international roster slot will return to Columbus on January 1, 2014. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, further details of the trade were not disclosed.
Following the trade, FC Dallas now has nine international slots in 2013 – eight of which are currently filled by players under contract: Fabian Castillo (Colombia), Raul Fernandez (Peru), Jackson (Brazil), Eric Hassli (France), Peter Luccin (France), Michel (Brazil), Blas Perez (Panama) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamacia).
Following a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Fourth Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, FC Dallas (8-2-4, 28 points) faces the Portland Timbers tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT live on ESPN.
It was such a big success the last time we did it, we thought we'd do it again!
We have five pairs of tickets to Wednesday's Texas Derby Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match vs Houston Dynamo just burning a hole in our pocket. We're going to be giving them away through another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
The first five entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets to Wednesday's match. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first five with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to get your tickets now and avoid the box office lines on Wednesday!
EDIT: We've found our winners and will be contacting them shortly! See you at the stadium on Wednesday!
- Which FC Dallas player celebrated a birthday on Sunday, June 9?
- What FC Dallas player got called up to the US Under-20 World Cup roster?
- When is the next FC Dallas Reserve League game and who do they play?
- What channel is Saturday’s FC Dallas at Portland Timbers match on?
- Who currently leads FC Dallas in shots on goal?
- What are George John’s two favorite TV shows?
- Who scored the goals for FC Dallas in March’s FCD win over Houston?
- What are the two possible teams FC Dallas will face in the LHUSOC quarterfinals if they beat Houston on Wednesday?
- Which three FC Dallas players were born in Colombia?
- What college did FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck attend?
Good luck and #DTID!
MLS Futbolito presented by Volkswagen, the official 4v4 tournament of Major League Soccer, is celebrating its 11th year in 2013 and will be returning to Frisco at the FC Dallas Soccer Complex on July 13!
Teams are allowed to have up to seven players(four field players and three substitutes) so round up some of your closest friends and get a team together to play in MLS Futbolito!
Visit www.mlsfutbolito.com for more information and to register your team(cash prizes for Premier Adult Division)!
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez only had two shots on goal against Colorado on Saturday night, but he certainly made them count.
The Panamanian sent both shots past Clint Irwin for his second two-goal game in an FC Dallas jersey earning FC Dallas a point away to the Rapids. .
Blas' second goal, a real top-shelf effort from 25 yards, has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, so get out there and vote early and often for Blas!
FC Dallas ended their three-match week unbeaten with a 2-2 draw in Colorado. Blas Perez scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season to twice pull FC Dallas from a goal down in the second half earning a positive point that FCD will take into their 10-day break. Here's all the highlights from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas and Colorado play to a wild 2-2 draw
GOAL: Atiba Harris opens the scoring in the 56th minute off a Marvell Wynne throw in
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FC Dallas level in the 61st minute finishing a loose ball in the box
GOAL: Former FCD man Atiba Harris again finds the goal for Colorado sneaking behind the FCD back line
GOAL: Blas Perez again knots things up with this fifth goal of the season, a real cracker from outside the box