I'm sure many of you remember our Raul Fernandez H&R Block promotion from earlier in the season in which fans would have a chance to win a trip for four to Houston to watch the Texas Derby and meet Raul Fernandez. FC Dallas fan Rob Goldblatt won the honor and on Saturday night, he and his family took in the dominating 4-1 win over our rivals to the south. Here's what Rob had to say about the experience:
It was a great time in Houston as my wife, two sons and I enjoyed watching FC Dallas take it to the Dynamo 4-1 last Saturday. We were met by [Partnership Marketing Coordinator] Annika with FC Dallas and escorted to the field where we watched the team go through their pregame warmup.We also got to meet Fernando Clavijo on the sideline before the game. This was our first FCD away game and we were very excited to be part of the crowd.The atmosphere was buzzing as the crowd was looking forward to a Dynamo victory.
We were a smattering of red in a sea of orange at their stadium so we obviously stood out in the sellout crowd. We got all kinds of looks - surprise,hate even laughter - as we made our way to our seats as the kick off was ready to take place. The Dynamo fans around us were very vocal but still mostly friendly as the first half ended 1-1.
In the second half, the four of us kept jumping out of our seats as we scored goal after goal after goal! If no one thought there were any FCD fans at the game before, they certainly knew we were there then. Needless to say, the Dynamo supporters were deathly silent. It was great day to be an FC Dallas supporter!
Our brand new ShopFCDallas.com Scarf of the Month program has been an overwhelming success with quick sellouts of both March and April's editions.
However, after Saturday's historic win in Houston, we knew we'd have to create a second run of our popular "Come and Take It" scarf, but with a little twist.
Pre-order your "FC Dallas 4, Houston Dynamo 1 "Come and Take It" April Scarf of the Month today! Since the scarves are being special ordered, it will be at least six weeks before they arrive in Frisco and this one-time VERY limited edition order will not be made again. Our first run sold out in less than 24 hours so don't waste any time in pre-ordering yours today because when they're gone, they're gone.
April's exclusive scarf is a nod to Texas history and the Texas Derby (presented by Novo Nordisk).One side of the scarf features the "Come and Take It" slogan that was used during the Texas Revolution of 1835 and is used today to dare the Dynamo to try and reclaim El Capitan which comes together when the scarf is draped around the neck of an FC Dallas fan. On the other side is the "FC Dallas 4 Houston Dynamo 1" scoreline from Saturday's game.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-sale and scarves will not be available for in-store pickup/shipping for six-eight weeks.
Chris Seitz has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week for his 82nd minute penalty kick save on Oscar Boniek Garcia.
Seitz's save was the cherry on top of the 4-1 Texas Derby win and Chris has been huge for FC Dallas all year. Seitz is now 10-3-3 in MLS/USOC dating back to the start of 2013 with a very respectable 1.25 goals against average.
Show your love for his early-season form and vote Seitzy for Save of the Week!
WATCH: SOTW Week 5
It's no secret that the Houston Dynamo dominated the early years of the Texas Derby with a team that won MLS Cup in both 2006 and 2007, but Saturday's emphatic 4-1 FC Dallas win was the exclamation point on tides within the state that have been shifting in recent years. Here are a few interesting stats behind FCD's win on Saturday night:
- Saturday's 4-1 FC Dallas victory was the largest for FCD in the regular season Texas Derby history(Houston defeated FCD by three goals in 2007) while the four goals scored is the most FCD has put past the Dynamo in a match.
- Saturday was the first time FCD has beaten Houston in back-to-back games in MLS play.
- The 4-1 win was FCD's first at BBVA Compass Stadium and marked the first time a Western Conference team has won at the Houston stadium.
- FC Dallas is 5-2-2 against their Texas rivals in MLS/USOC since 2009.
- Je-Vaughn Watson became the fourth player in series history to score twice in one Texas Derby game along with Kenny Cooper, Dwayne De Rosario and Cam Weaver.
- Mauro Diaz became the first FC Dallas player to score two assists in one Texas Derby match. Only Brad Davis has achieved the same feat for Houston.
Recently on one weekday morning, Bubble Soccer USA and FOX4 stopped by Toyota Stadium with the invitation for anyone in the office who was free to come down and play some bubble soccer(tough life, I know). I couldn't pass up the opportunity and we played about an hour of the new craze.
I will echo the comments in the video that it is one of the toughest workouts out there. While getting hit surprisingly doesn't hurt at all, you will wake up the next morning very sore as you work pretty much every muscle in your body trying to play soccer while holding up a relatively heavy balloon while constantly watching your periphery to make sure you don't get destroyed.
I highly recommend bubble soccer to anyone who has a chance to play. Here's Richard Ray's report:
Here's all the highlights from FCD's huge 4-1 Texas Derby win over Houston:
It's time to start getting serious about Saturday's game in Houston. We get things started by breaking down the Toyota Keys to the Match for Saturday's Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk:
We're just two days away from the 2014 installment of the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk and for today's #ThrowbackThursday, let's take a look back at some of our old #CrushTheOrange videos(You can watch this year's two #CrushTheOrange videos on our YouTube page):
4-4-2 Orange Obliteration System feat. Stephen Keel & George John
FC Dallas wants El Capitan back
The voting is in and Mauro Diaz has run away with the first Etihad Airlines MLS Player of the Month award.
Having earned over 60% of the vote, "El Magico" is the first FC Dallas player to win POTM since Kevin Hartman in July 2011 and he becomes the sixth player in franchise history to win the award.
Diaz has been truly incredible in the month of March playing 346 of a possible 360 minutes while scoring two spectacular goals and adding an assist(that doesn't count his other assist to Je-Vaughn Watson in the Chivas USA game). Since coming into the league late last year, Diaz has played 14 games with five goals and three assists to his name, averaging a goal or assist every 96 minutes. Those are some truly stunning numbers and even more amazing when you consider he's just 23 years old.
The Argentine is quickly becoming one of the biggest stars in DFW sports and if you don't have season tickets you really need to check out our Mauro Diaz "10 for 10" pack.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Conan O' Brien has been filming his shows all week from the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas in conjunction with the Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this weekend. The shows have been hilarious, as usual, and on Tuesday, Conan performed his Wikipedia Dallas song which has some amazing facts you may not have known about Houston in there as well.
Given the game coming up this weekend, we thought it would be applicable to post here. Stay tuned for the whole thing as the last line is a doozy.