FC Dallas is in the midst of their second five-game MLS unbeaten streak of the season that's seen Oscar Pareja's men rise back up into a tie for second place in the Western Conference and the accolades are rolling in for FCD this week.
After his second MLS goal and first game-winner, Colombian winger Andres Escobar earned the top spot on the MLS Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, who had his first MLS shutout of the season, came in at 6th on the top 20 while the other goalscorer, Tesho Akindele, earned the #20 spot on the list.
The MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings were very kind to FC Dallas who rose five spots from #10 to #5 on the list.
In addition, Escobar earned his first nod to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. We'd like to think a couple other guys would be eligible for the list as well, but it's great to also see Moises Hernandez earn a spot on the ToTW bench.
They had this to say about Escobar's weekend: "Nearly unplayable, racing up and down the wings and wreaking havoc as Dallas was able to oust the Revolution 2-0."
It's a busy week at Toyota Stadium as we prepare for Wednesday's match between FC Dallas and English Premier League side Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram and Tuesday is one of the biggest days annually at Toyota Stadium as we host our Season Ticket Holder Meet The Team day. Here's all the info on tomorrow's big event:
*NOTE* If you are not a season ticket holder, you can still gain access to Meet The Team day by calling 888-FCD-GOAL and getting your 2015 season tickets.
6:00 - West gate opens for STH's only
6:15 - Free dinner available for STH's in the El Jimador Cantina(Northwest terrace)
6:30 - Special Fan Q&A session in the WinStar River Club with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert & players Shay Given, Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, Fabian Delph & Gary Gardner. (Open to STH's only)
6:30 - East gate opens for non-STH's with a ticket to Wednesday's match for Aston Villa open training session. (You must have a ticket to Wednesday's international friendly for access to Tuesday's open training session)
7:00 - Aston Villa open training session begins
7:15 - FC Dallas players out to locations for Meet The Team day.
After a tough start to the season, Andres Escobar is red hot with four goals and an assist in his last eight games in MLS/USOC and he scored his first game-winning goal on Saturday night in the 2-0 win over New England. According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Escobar led all players with four key passes on Saturday night and his 92 actions were third highest on the team.
Andres' 29th minute goal was #10 on ESPNFC's goals of the weekend and it has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week, so show your appreciation for his game on Saturday by voting for him early and often this week!
WATCH: GOTW Week 19
FCDTV brings you The Final Word after tonight's 2-0 win over New England:
Hear from Oscar Pareja, Moises Hernandez & Zach Loyd ahead of Saturday's game vs New England:
Here are your Keys to the Match pres. by Toyota for Saturday's match against New England:
It's a big week coming up at Toyota Stadium with two home games in the next five days, and to kick things off, we're hosting the very popular "Hardline" from 1310AM The Ticket on Friday afternoon at Toyota Stadium!
Corby Davidson and Mike Rhyner will be broadcasting live from 3-7PM in the Winstar River Club at Toyota Stadium on Friday and all FCD fans are encouraged to come out at enjoy a happy hour with the Hardline.
The bar will be open and we hear that Stephen Keel will assist the guys in a special PK shootout in the 5:00PM hour so stop by after work and spend Friday happy hour with us and The Hardline!
Saturday's game against New England is presented by Albertsons Market and they want you to come out to meet defender Stephen Keel and goalkeeper Chris Seitz Thursday, July 17th at Albertsons in McKinney at 6800 Virginia Parkway from 4:30 - 6:00PM!
Get your autograph and photo with fan favorite Stephen Keel and 2012 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year Chris Seitz! In addition, bring new or gently used soccer cleats, shin guards and balls to donate! Every person who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a signed Stephen Keel FC Dallas jersey!
Three FC Dallas Academy players have been called in to U.S. Soccer camps ahead of international youth tournaments for the United States. Defender/midfielder Shaquell Moore will join Tab Ramos' U-20 squad in Carson, CA as they play in the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament against youth national teams from Australia, Bermuda and Chile.
In addition, Alejandro Zendejas and Weston McKinnie from the FC Dallas U-16s recently joined a 38-player U-17 National Team camp that will be used to select the players going to the Nordic Open Cup and Copa de Mexico in late July.
U.S. UNDER-20 MNT HEAD COACH TAB RAMOS CALLS 20 PLAYERS FOR 2014 NTC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
U-20 MNT to Play Australia, Bermuda and Chile in Carson, California;
Final Pair of Tournament Games to be Broadcast on ussoccer.com
CHICAGO (July 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament that will take place at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, from July 14-18.
The U-20 MNT will gather for training camp in Carson beginning July 10 before playing its first games of the NTC Invitational against Chile on July 14 and Bermuda on July 16 with both matches scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. PT. The U.S. concludes tournament play against Australia on July 18, a match that will be broadcast on ussoccer.com at 7 p.m. PT. The day’s other match between Bermuda and Chile will also be broadcast on ussoccer.com beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
The U.S. roster for the tournament is made up of a solid group of players with extensive experience in the U.S. Youth National Team Program as 11 players have reached a minimum of 10 YNT call-ups already in their young international careers. Six of those 11, including Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana) and Zack Steffen (Maryland) all have over 20 career YNT events under their belts, with Requejo Jr. leading the way with 33 to his name.
Dating back to last November’s international training camp in Verona, Italy, when this current iteration of the U-20 MNT was assembled, seven players have been included in a roster-high four U-20 MNT events: goalkeeper Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), defenders Donovan, Moore and Requejo Jr., midfielder Marco Delgado (Chivas USA) and forwards Pfeffer and Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC). Steffen, who was part of Ramos’ squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, is also be making his fourth appearance on a U.S. U-20 roster.
The roster blends a good mix of foreign- and domestic-based talents with eight players plying their trade outside the U.S., including Club Tijuana trio Fernando Arce – receiving his first call-up to a U.S. YNT event – Paul Arriola and Requejo Jr., who represent the most players named to the squad from one club.
Arriola, Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Moore, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., and Steffen are among 12 players on the roster who helped the team to a second-place finish in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2014 Dallas Cup earlier this year in its last international competition.
After the conclusion of the NTC Invitational, Ramos and his staff will look to assemble the team again in early September for an international training camp.
U.S. U-20 MNT NTC Invitational Tournament and Broadcast Schedule:
Date Teams Time [PT] Location Broadcast
July 14 AUS v BER 1 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
USA v CHI 4 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
July 16 AUS v CHI 1 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
USA v BER 4 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
July 18 BER v CHI 4 p.m. StubHub Center ussoccer.com
USA v AUS 7 p.m. StubHub Center ussoccer.com
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)
The US Youth Soccer Region III Championships took place at the end of June in Baton Rouge, LA and FC Dallas Premier had a strong presence.
Seven FC Dallas teams advanced to the regional championships, four teams to the quarterfinals, three in the semifinals and one champion as the '97 Premier Boys took home the Region III Championship.
The big winners of the week were FC Dallas '97 Premier who won all five games in Baton Rouge including shutouts in the semifinals and finals to advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland. Sergio Lara and Reece Shattle led the way for Scott Dymond and Hank Wendorf's team scoring three goals each.
'97 Premier will start their quest for the US Youth Soccer National Championship on Tuesday, July 22 against LVSA in Germantown, MD. Click here for the full schedule.
FC Dallas '96 Premier had a fantastic playoff week making it all the way to the U-18 championship match in Baton Rouge.
'96 Premier won their first five matches of the week before falling 1-0 in the final to GSA Premier of Georgia. Morgan Dizney scored twice for FCD in the week.
FC Dallas '98 Premier advanced all the way to the semifinals in Baton Rouge falling 4-2 to eventual champions Sunrise Elite from Florida. Keegan McCombie led the way with three goals in the week while Gerber Chavez scored twice, both game-winning goals.
The semifinal appearance wrapped up a fantastic season for the U-16 side that won the Classic League and North Texas State Cup for the third straight year, were Dallas Cup finalists and also placed third at the Disney College Showcase tournament. In addition, '98 Premier won the U-16 Region III Fair Play Award.
FC Dallas '00 Premier advanced to Region III playoffs winning one out of three group stage games in Baton Rouge.