For the third straight year, Toyota Stadium will play host to a special doubleheader on Saturday night as directly following the FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy match, the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas team supported by Globe Life will host the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California team in a 50-minute match.
The game is part of a two-legged series between FCDSOTX and LASOSO as our FCD team will travel to California to face the Galaxy directly following the match at the StubHub Center on September 26th. Both weekend's will be special for both sides as the teams will go to the Texas Rangers game on Friday night together and partake in other fun activities while in California both squads will visit an Anaheim Ducks game and much more!
Additionally, Doug Sullivan from the FCDSOTX team will have the honor of scarfing the Lamar Hunt statue before Saturday's game at 7:30PM on the north concourse.
FC Dallas encourages all fans to stay after the MLS match to support both sides in what is always a fun and joyous night. Saturday's match will feature full introductions with animated player video and much more as well as many of our game presentation elements including FC Drum, Tex Hooper and more!
The games are about so much more than the score, however, as the competitors display their amazing teamwork, attitude and athleticism. It truly is a special night at Toyota Stadium and we encourage all our fans to stay afterward and cheer on both teams!
20-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has had a pretty good summer.
The Mexican youth international started two of three matches at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, earned plaudits for his performance in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown game and now he has earned his first professional start as well as his first professional win.
Gonzalez was loaned to the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds for Saturday's match vs Toronto FC II and in his first professional start, Jesse played all 90 minutes making two saves as the Riverhounds won 3-1 at TFCII. The lone goal was given up in the final moments of the match with the scoreline already 3-0 to the visitors.
The win was a crucial one for the Riverhounds who now sit in the final playoff spot in their conference three points ahead of Harrisburg City.
Starting at Sunday's game in Chicago, FC Dallas will wear special numbers throughout the month of August with fan-submitted pictures.
Back in February, registration was open for fans to submit their pictures to be on the back of the FC Dallas jerseys - and the jerseys of every MLS team - and now we've reached August where the team will wear these special numbers.
Beginning on Monday, August 3rd, you can stop by the FC Dallas team store to get your jersey with the special numbers and we've got a great deal going for you! When you purchase a new jersey, authentic or replica, our amazing team store will throw in the personalization with the special jersey numbers for free! If you want to get the numbers put on a jersey you already own, the charge is just $20. Supplies are limited so get yours now!
Be sure to look closely at the numbers during Sunday's game at Chicago as if you submitted a picture, your face will be on an FC Dallas jersey!
On Wednesday night in Commerce City, Colorado, the MLS All-Stars defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 behind a goal and an assist from All-Star Game MVP Kaka.
FCD's representative, Fabian Castillo, came on at halftime and dazzled the Colorado crowd with his trademark mazy runs and slick moves on the ball. Castillo carved out three or four really good opportunities for the All-Stars including one of his trademark jinks that sent summer transfer signing Kieran Trippier spinning.
Castillo was unable to find the back of the net but impressed throughout the evening earning plaudits from the commentators as well as on social media.
Fabian and FC Dallas are back in action on Sunday as they travel to Chicago to take on the Fire at 6:00PM on Fox Sports 1.
Winners of four straight games, FC Dallas takes the Toyota Stadium field for the last time until August 15th on Saturday night when they host Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers FC. Sitting at the top of MLS, Saturday's match has huge playoff implications on the line so don't miss this one. Here are the 10 things to know about Saturday's match.
1. Be sure to arrive early as we are handing out the third in our collectible mini-scarf series. This one, presented by Chase, has the "Unite for 90" tagline and you want to get there early to grab one of those at the gate.
3. Our graphic designer Olivia Brestal has crafted up another awesome match poster for this weekend's game honoring 2015 MLS All-Star Fabian Castillo. Cop one in the team store on Saturday night and maybe Fabian will autograph it for you sometime.
4. Saturday's match is on TXA21 with the All-Star team of Mark Followill and Brian Dunseth on the call! If you can't catch the broadcast, tune to 100.7FM for the English call with Steve Davis or the legend Carlos Alvarado on 1270AM with the Spanish radio call.
5. Things have gotten very heated(no pun intented) between FC Dallas and Portland over the last couple of years. Check out some of the controversies bubbling under the surface as we head into this match.
6. One huge thing to watch on Saturday night is birthday boy Kellyn Acosta. The man who turns 20 on Friday scored his first MLS goal last week and the way he pushes into the attack makes FC Dallas an even more dynamic team. We talk about it in our Keys to the Match driven by Toyota.
8. Saturday night is Season Ticket Holder kids' night at Toyota Stadium and in honor of that Houston Rogers of the Rogers' family will be the honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer at 7:30PM on the north concourse!
9. Check out our #FCDvPOR match preview infograph to get all caught up on Saturday's match.
10. There's still time to get your tickets for tonight's match HERE or you can call 1.888.FCD.GOAL and they'll get you set up with the best remaining seat in the house!
Chandler Parsons wasn’t the only Dallas sports figure trying to recruit someone to the metroplex the summer.
FC Dallas has added another key cog to their midfield in Argentine Ezequiel Cirigliano and his countryman, midfield maestro Mauro Diaz, played a big part in selling Cirigliano on what the Frisco club can offer the 23-year-old.
“They asked me to invite him here,” said Diaz through a translator. “I gave a great recommendation as this is a great place to live, a great team with great coaches and I’m very happy he’s coming.”
Diaz said he and Cirigliano have known each other since they were 13 years old and played together through the ranks at Argentine giants River Plate including one year together in the first team. Their career paths have been remarkably similar as well and Diaz thinks the 23-year-old can be another great addition to a team already competing for the top spot in MLS.
“I’m very happy, he’s a player that I’ve known since I was young. He’s a great player and someone who will bring a lot for FC Dallas,” said Diaz. “He’s a player who knows how to play well with the ball, loves to win and is going to bring a lot of quality.”
“Mauro was a big part of recruiting Ezequiel to MLS on the phone talking and texting him and he helped make this happen for the club,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “Mauro is not the kind of player who would just bring a buddy here, he wants to win and is so competitive. He was really high on the player too and was a huge help in the process so the club is very thankful for that.”
Of course there may have one ulterior motive to the recruiting efforts.
“It adds one more friend to drink mate with,” said Diaz, with a laugh.
Saturday's heart-stopping win over DC United means FC Dallas is back into a tie for first place at the top of the Major League Soccer standings and it also kept alive a few different streaks going into this Saturday's match vs Portland.
FCD has won four games in a row, which is the longest active streak in MLS and tied with Portland and Vancouver for the longest streak this season. Dallas can take over the longest streak in MLS this season with a win on Saturday. FC Dallas also carries the longest current unbeaten streak at five games in a row.
With his stoppage time goal, Fabian Castillo extended his consecutive games with a goal or assist streak to five in a row which is the longest active streak in MLS and tied for the second-longest this season with CJ Sapong. Only Clint Dempsey has a longer streak with eight.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was finally beaten on Saturday, but not before setting the longest shutout streak in MLS this season at 349 minutes.
The FC Dallas win was their 10th of the season which is tied for the most in MLS and extended their league-best record when scoring first to an amazing 9-0-2.
Despite the ultra-tight Western Conference standings, FCD has solidified their playoff standing and now sit nine points ahead of Real Salt Lake above the dreaded red line.
FC Dallas is now tied with D.C. United at the top of the MLS Standings and alone in first at the top of the Western Conference standings.
- Saturday's match against Portland becomes all the more crucial for Dallas as it's one of 11 remaining games against Western Conference opponents. FCD could extend the gap over the Timbers to six points with a game in hand if they can beat Caleb Porter's side on Saturday night.
The shutout streak is still intact and the FC Dallas U-16s are headed to the national championship.
Luchi Gonzalez's side defeated Philadelphia Union's U-16s 3-0 at the StubHub Center in California on Thursday night to clinch their spot in the national championship.
Adrian Ramos opened the scoring for the U-16s in the 15th minute with Toshiki Yasuda scoring just before halftime to send FCD into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Weston McKinnie iced the game late with a third goal to clinch the comprehensive win. The U-16s have yet to allow a goal in five Development Academy Playoff games.
The U-16s will face the New York Red Bulls U-16s on Saturday at 7:00PM central time playing for the club's first USSDA championship since the U-18s took home the title in 2012.
It has been over a year since Mauro Diaz had scored an MLS goal at Toyota Stadium, but he made this one worth the wait. The Argentine maestro pulled a page out of Ronaldinho's book sliding one under the wall and into the back of the next giving Dallas a lead they wouldn't look back from.
Mauro's goal has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week so give him your vote!
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It's the annual July 4th extravaganza at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night presented by TXU Energy! There's so much going on around Toyota Stadium on Saturday night so here are the 10 things to know about the showdown with New England:
1. Saturday's match and post-game fireworks show are presented by TXU Energy and you'll want to arrive early as the first 5,000 fans receive a pair of light-up bam bam sticks! Who doesn't love something that lights up?
2. For anyone who has been to an FC Dallas July 4th game, you know it gets a little emotional at halftime when the American Fallen Soldiers Project presents the family of a fallen soldier with a painted portrait of their loved one. Our honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer will be Phil Taylor from the AFSP, and you'll want to be by the Lamar Hunt Statue by 7:30 for that one.
3. If there's a little something off about our special match poster, it's because graphic designer Olivia Brestal has created a 3D poster for Saturday's match! Get yours in the team store which comes with a complementary pair of 3D glasses.
4. Meet defender Stephen Keel on the north concourse tomorrow near the TXU Energy oversized chair! Get your picture and autograph with the man himself.
5. Our opponent, New England, won the Eastern Conference last year but has been struggling recently. Get caught up with our Know Your Enemy feature.
6. Our merchandise special for Saturday's match is $5 off the Countrymen/USA flag tees so stop by the store and treat yo' self.
7. Tomorrow's match features the biggest July 4th fireworks show in town pres. by TXU Energy and that should be going off right around 15 minutes after the final whistle. It's going to be over the north end of the stadium so be sure to grab a good spot after FCD takes three points.
8. FC Dallas has been absolutely fantastic at home over the last year with a 13-2-2 record inside the friendly confines of Toyota Stadium in their last 17 games.
9. If you can't make the game, watch live on TXA21 with Mark Followill and Steve Jolley on the call. Remember you can also listen to tonight's game in English on 100.7FM The Word with Steve Davis and don't forget to tune into the post-game show on your drive home from Toyota Stadium. As always, our game is available in Spanish on 1270AM La Voz Del Pueblo with Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon.
10. Tickets are very limited for Saturday's match but you can get yours HERE or you can call 1.888.FCD.GOAL and they'll get you set up with the best remaining seat in the house!