Last week, we announced an exciting international match coming to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, June 30 as Mexico City rivals Club America and Cruz Azul will face off in a 2013 Liga MX Apertura pre-season friendly.
The "Clasico Joven" rivalry coming to Frisco was already sure to be friendly in name only, but the excitement of the match has been taken up a notch as the two sides came out victorious in their liguilla semifinals over the weekend, setting up a showdown in the 2013 Liga MX Clausura Final.
Christian Benitez scored three times in two semifinal matches against Monterrey sealing a 4-3 aggregate win over Los Rayados while Cruz Azul strolled to a 5-1 aggregate win over Santos Laguna.
Cruz Azul and Club America will contest their two-leg championship on Thursday and Sunday as La Maquina look for their tenth league championship and their first since 1997. For Las Aguilas of Club America, a win in this week's championship would represent their 11th overall and first since 2005.
You certainly don't want to miss the match coming to Frisco this summer, the first meeting between the two sides since this week's matches, a game that's sure to sell out.
Our very first Academy Day was held on Saturday morning at FC Dallas Stadium and the event was a big success! The under-18s battled to a 1-1 draw with Real Colorado while the under-16s cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Here are some pictures from the matches taken by FC Dallas Graphic Design Coordinator Olivia Brestal. In case you were wondering, summer decided to come early on Saturday so most of the fans were taking shelter under the shade on the concourse and in our plaza terraces!
Let's be honest, any time George John goes on a podcast or radio show, it's a must listen.
Anyone who caught his interview with BaD Radio on 1310 The Ticket knows that one.
With FCD heading to Seattle this weekend, George John appeared on Nos Audietis, a podcast that focuses on Seattle Sounders FC. It's a great listen that touches on a lot of topics.
Click here to listen, George comes in around 39:00.
After a weekend off, it was back to work for FC Dallas in week 11 of the MLS regular season with their first double match week of the season. Despite injuries to George John, Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira as well as the suspension of Jackson for Wednesday's game against Portland, FC Dallas racked up four points from the two home games with a 1-1 draw against the Timbers and a 2-1 victory over DC United. Due to those positive results, FC Dallas remains at the top of pretty much every MLS Power Rankings list as they head into another tough game at Seattle this Saturday night.
MLSsoccer.com retained FC Dallas as #1 overall with this comment.
Got four points from two games in four days with essentially one half from David Ferreira. Also did their work without George John and Andrew Jacobson, and missed Jackson for a bit as well. Finding a way to get results in those circumstances means it's official: Dallas are really good.
ESPN FC has FC Dallas ranked #1 and had this to say:
Perhaps FCD has more depth than previously thought. Minus Andrew Jacobson and George John, Dallas grabbed a point against Portland thanks to a contentious penalty, then disposed of D.C. United 2-1. Michel continued his stellar midfield play.
The Sporting News/Goal.com power rankings by Kyle McCarthy also has FCD at the top:
FCD just keeps churning out results week after week. The midweek draw against Portland – even with the aid of an iffy penalty decision – stands out as a particularly important result
Soccer By Ives' power rankings have FC Dallas #1 overall:
Still in the top spot, but the Hoops are showing signs of vulnerability. Playing without George John was tough enough, but if they miss David Ferreira for any length of time, FC Dallas could see their lead atop the West disappear. Rookie London Woodberry did well in place of John, while Blas Perez looked good when deputized into a playmaking role. If John and Ferreira aren’t back for Seattle, Dallas could be in for a long day.
Avi Creditor of SI.com put FCD #1:
Dallas continues to roll, turning to seldom-used players to get by struggling D.C. on Saturday night and extend its unbeaten streak to nine. There is cause for concern regarding midfield fulcrum David Ferreira, though. He was forced to leave the club's midweek bout against Portland with a leg injury and missed the weekend match as a result. His health is key for Dallas' long-term aspirations.
Soccer America has Schellas Hyndman's men at the top spot as well:
FC Dallas is 6-0-1 at home and unbeaten in nine matches (7-0-2) after tying Portland and beating D.C. United. Je-Vaughn Watson got the winner against D.C. by guiding a Michel corner kick into the net via his stomach. FCD has outscored opponents 12-4 at home this season; now comes a good road test Saturday at Seattle.
Finally, Yahoo Sports has FC Dallas #1
Dallas didn't wait long to climb back to the top of MLS power rankings. They are the undisputed best team in the league.
At halftime of Saturday's win over DC United, FC Dallas recognized the entire 2013 graduating senior class. While not every player will be moving on to play in college, we thank each and every member of the FC Dallas Academy family and wish them the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives!
First Name Last Name Year University
|Kellyn||Acosta||2013||Signed a Pro contract with FC Dallas|
|Andrew||Alies||2013||Hardin Simmons University|
|Reese||Barden||2013||West Texas A&M University|
|Kaitlin||Basham||2013||Texas A&M University|
|Chelsea||Billups||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Marco||Carrizales||2013||Southern Methodist University|
|Chelsey||Chandler||2013||Eastern New Mexico University|
|Kelly||Chinloy||2013||Texas A&M University|
|Casey||Colbert||2013||University of Alabama|
|Abbey||Colbert||2013||University of Alabama|
|Dylan||Cook||2013||Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy|
|Christian||De Luna||2013||University of San Francisco|
|Eric||Devey||2013||University of Alabama|
|Morgan||Dizney||2013||University of Dayton|
|Jessica||Dowse||2013||Stephen F. Austin|
|Brooke||Dusek||2013||McNeese State University|
|Taylor||Erwin||2013||University of Arkansas|
|Dillon||Farrell||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Sarah||Firstenberg||2013||University of North Carolina|
|Analiese||Florkowski||2013||Texas Women's University|
|Megan||Foster||2013||Texas Tech University|
|Rachel||Gambell||2013||University of Arkansas|
|Taylor||Gambell||2013||University of Arkansas|
|Kris||Garcia||2013||East Central College|
|Andrew||Greenleaf||2013||Johnson & Wales University in Providence|
|Emily||Griffin||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Miriah||Hadley||2013||Sam Houston St|
|Cassidy||Hansen||2013||University of Oklahoma|
|Kylee||Harper||2013||East Central University|
|Juan||Herrera||2013||West Texas A&M University|
|Kailee||Hervey||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Brooke||Hill||2013||Texas Women's University|
|Alex||Ikeda||2013||University of Texas|
|Alec||Jones||2013||University of Arizona|
|Vince||Koch||2013||Colorado School of Mines|
|Caleb||Latson||2013||St Edwards University|
|Fernando||Laverde||2013||University of Central Florida|
|Tahlor||Lyman||2013||Oral Roberts University|
|Holly||Mallinson||2013||University of Louisiana - Monroe|
|Madison||McAdams||2013||Texas Tech University|
|Carlos||Mitlich||2013||Tyler Junior College|
|Taylor||Montoya||2013||Louisiana Tech University|
|Sydney||Newton||2013||Abilene Christian University|
|Matt||Ornstein||2013||St. Edwards University|
|Alyssa||Parkhill||2013||Midwestern State University|
|Barbara||Pascale||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Kaylin||Peery||2013||McNeese State University|
|Lauren||Prater||2013||Texas State University|
|Lauren||Prater||2013||Texas State University|
|Emily||Preston||2013||University of North Texas|
|Troy||Reeves||2013||West Texas A&M University|
|Adrian||Salazar||2013||East Central College|
|Mariah||Sanchez||2013||Southwest Assemblies of God|
|Alexis||Santos||2013||University of the Incarnate Word|
|Randall||Scott||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Sara||Shaw||2013||Texas A&M University|
|Hannah||Smith||2013||Fort Hays State University|
|Tori||Stephens||2013||Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi|
|Haiden||Stiles||2013||St. Edwards University|
|Byron||Stinson||2013||Central Christian College|
|Megan||Stokes||2013||University of the Incarnate Word|
|Karla||Tapia||2013||Dallas Baptist University|
|Megan||Tomlin||2013||St. Mary's University|
|Jacey||Torres||2013||University of Texas at Austin|
|Georgia||Turner||2013||Texas State University|
|Caleb||Underwood||2013||Southern Methodist University|
|Mary||Watson||2013||Florida Institute of Technology|
|Kristal||Williams||2013||St. Mary's University|
|Abdul||Yassine||2013||Southern Methodist University|
|Sewell||Yost||2013||Ouachita Baptist University|
Join Ugo Ihemelu and Jonathan Top out at Albertsons Market in McKinney this Thursday, May 16 from 4-6 p.m. as we kick off the Albertsons Gear Up Project!
We will be giving away tickets to the May 25 game vs the San Jose Earthquakes and have the soccer cage kick (above) there for the kids to enjoy.
Also, you can donate new or used soccer balls, shinguards or cleats and you will receive a coupon for 10% off in the FC Dallas Team Store.
Join us on Thursday, May 16 as we kick off the Albertsons Gear Up Project at Albertsons Market in McKinney!
FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a late 2-1 victory over DC United. The win moves FC Dallas to 6-0-1 at home and puts Schellas Hyndman's club seven points clear of second place in the Western Conference.
Here's the full match highlights from Saturday night's win:
GOAL: Jackson gave FC Dallas an early 1-0 lead with an 11th minute goal off a nice feed from Eric Hassli
SAVE: Dwayne De Rosario nearly pulled DC United level in the 30th minute, but Chris Seitz came up huge with a big stop
GOAL: United finally tied things up in the 44th minute as De Rosario finished an indirect free kick, the first goal allowed by FCD in the first half this season
OVER THE BAR: Eric Hassli nearly gave FC Dallas a second half lead in the 61st minute but put his header over the bar
GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson got on the end of a Michel corner kick to put FC Dallas up for good, sealing a vital three points.
We're rolling out full details on Monday, but wanted to let everyone know to save next Saturday morning for a special event we'll have going on at FC Dallas Stadium.
Our first-place and defending USSDA National Champion FC Dallas Academy is inviting everyone to Frisco for FC Dallas Academy Day on Saturday, May 18th.
The Under-18s will play a crucial division match against Real Colorado starting at 10:00AM while the Under-16s will play at 12:30PM.
Admission is free to the event and we will have many of the game elements you see during FC Dallas games including FC Drum and the FC Dallas Girls.
Stay tuned for more information coming next week!
Calling all ballers!
The Dallas Beer Guardians want to invite you to participate in their 2nd annual 3v3 soccer tournament.
This day-long event will take place on May 11 to coincide with FC Dallas's home match against DC United. DBG is partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to set up a donor drive for registration. All funds collected for this tournament will go directly to Delete Blood Cancer!
This year's tournament will include:
- Up to 40 team slots (32 men's and 8 women's)
- Teams made up of 3-4 players (we are allowing each team to have a sub this year)
- Matches with 4-minute halves that will be played with a Group Stage, followed by the Knockout rounds
- Signed FC Dallas jerseys to the winners of the men's and women's divisions
- A raffle with grand prize of Chris Seitz's game-worn jersey from Saturday's DC United game
Once you have finalized your 3-4 person roster, email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Team name
- Individual player names with contact phone number for each
* The Delete Blood Cancer donation tent will open promptly at 9:45am on May 11 to collect donations, so be sure to get there early if you plan on donating.