As FC Dallas finishes up final preparations for tomorrow's huge Western Conference showdown with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (TICKETS), both Raul Fernandez and Blas Perez are about to take part in crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that will play a massive part in deciding whether Peru and Panama make historic World Cup appearances. Let's take a look at the situations for both countries heading into tonight's matches:
Raul Fernandez & Peru
It's make or break time for Raul Fernandez and Peru tonight as the South American country looks to qualify for their first World Cup since 1982. La Blanquirroja sits seventh out of nine teams in CONMEBOL qualifying, but just two points behind Uruguay and Venezuela for the fifth-place playoff spot.
Tonight in Lima, Peru will host Uruguay in a match that could propel them into that final playoff spot with a win. Just four games remain in Peru's World Cup Qualifying schedule and if they win all four, they will finish in at least the fifth-place playoff spot. You can catch tonight's Peru vs Uruguay match live on BeIn Sport Espanol at 9:30PM. Seeing as how it's during the USA vs Costa Rica match, you may want to set your DVR.
Blas Perez & Panama
Tonight is equally huge for Blas Perez and Panama as La Marea Roja host lowly Jamaica. Panama currently sits in fifth place just one point behind Honduras for the fourth-place playoff spot and two points behind Mexico for the third-place automatic qualifying spot. With four games left and remaining matches at Honduras, at Mexico and against the United States, grabbing three points against the Reggae Boys tonight is an absolute must if Blas and Panama want to keep their dreams alive to qualify for a first World Cup. This match starts at 10PM and will not be available on TV.
The guys in our ticket sales department have put together an awesome and creative FCDeal for tickets to this Saturday's Western Conference showdown vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC pres. by Cancun!
Here's the details:
As the USMNT chases the 16 point mark in Costa Rica, FC Dallas is offering $16 tickets for the match on Saturday night v. Vancouver – up to a 50% discount…CLICK HERE TO SELECT YOUR SEAT (Promo Code: USA). Now just getting a huge discount on tickets would be nice, but we're offering three extra ways to win centered around Friday's huge USMNT World Cup Qualifier at Costa Rica.
1. IF the USMNT secures three points at Costa Rica, everyone who purchases on this link will receive a complimentary upgrade of a hot dog/soda or beer voucher (your choice) at no additional charge.
2. IF Clint Dempsey scores on Friday night, everyone who purchases on this link will receive a complimentary ticket to the FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders FC pres. by Degree Men match in the regular season finale on October 19th.
3. IF any other MLS player scores for the USMNT on Friday night (Matt Besler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, or Eddie Johnson), everyone who purchases on the link will receive a complimentary ticket to one of the following FC Dallas matches:
- FC Dallas v. Columbus pres. by Taco Bell on Sunday, September 29th @ 7:30 pm
- FC Dallas v. Chicago pres. by Beneful on Saturday, October 12th @ 7:30 pm
*Offer expires at kick of the USMNT match on Friday night (estimated for 9:00 pm central)
**Only tickets purchased on this link will qualify for the benefits listed above
It's almost that time again every year when EA Sports releases their next edition of the wildly popular "FIFA" series and we need to get Blas Perez on the MLS FIFA '14 Cover!
Major League Soccer, in conjunction with EA Sports FIFA '14, has nominated a player from each of the 19 MLS teams to be one of the final four that appears on the cover which will be released on the MLS Facebook page on Tuesday, September 24, the release date for FIFA '14.
There's plenty of incentive to vote as one lucky voter will win a VIP trip to two to MLS Cup 2013! There are no limits to how many times you can vote and enter the contest so Click here to vote Blas and get Super Raton on the MLS FIFA '14 cover!
Join the FCD mobile team and the FCD Girls this weekend as we appear throughout the area promoting the USMNT and FCD!
Friday, September 6 - USMNT Pub Blitz
Look out for the FCD Girls and mobile sales team at The Staggering Irishman in Dallas and The Londoner in Frisco from 8:45 - 10:45PM as the US Men's National Team battles Costa Rica in a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier. They'll have FCD swag to give away and ticket specials for Saturday night's game against Vancouver.
Saturday, September 7 - Dallas Heart Walk
Join Team BR19 as we participate in the Dallas Heart Walk on Saturday morning! We've already raised over $6,500 in memory of Bobby and we'd love to have all FC Dallas fans join us for the wonderful event! Click here for more details.
Sunday, September 8 - NTPSA Field of the Week
Look out for the FCD mobile sales team out at Five Star Complex in The Colony on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 7:00PM during the NTPSA games giving out FCD swag and promoting the next home game vs Columbus on September 29!
Tuesday, September 10 - Celebrity Bartending at The Irish Rover
Don't miss our second celebrity bartending event as goalkeeper Chris Seitz and defender Stephen Keel will be serving drinks at The Irish Rover in Frisco from 6:30 - 8:30PM during the massive USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifier! All donations will go to the FC Dallas Foundation and the last celebrity bartending event was a huge success so head to The Irish Rover to catch the huge match and order a drink from two of your favorite FC Dallas players!
(Photo Courtesy - Rosa Cavalcanti/FTL Strikers)
While FCD was off last weekend, it was another successful stretch for our loan players who saw times with their respective teams.
HIGHLIGHTS: Strikers 1, Railhawks 0
In Fort Lauderdale, goalkeeper Richard Sanchez had his second shutout in a row as the Strikers rolled to their third straight win dealing the first-place Carolina Railhawks their first loss of the season in a 1-0 result. Sanchez now has a 225 minute scoreless streak dating back to their 2-1 win over San Antonio on August 17. Forward Bradlee Baladez did not feature in Saturday's win over Carolina as he nurses a calf strain, but he is not expected to miss any more time.
The Strikers host San Antonio on Saturday with first place in their sights.
WATCH: Warshaw scores in Sweden
Over in Sweden, midfielder Bobby Warshaw has broken into the Angelholms starting XI and opened his account for the Swedish side in a 2-2 draw vs GIF Sundsvall on August 28. The Pennsylvania-native did well to take down a deep cross and snuck a shot between the legs of the opposing keeper to score his first goal in Sweden. Warshaw built on that performance playing 65 minutes in a 4-2 win over Varberg.
With eight games left in their season, Angelholms sit comfortably in seventh place, thirteen points behind GIF Sundsvall for the third playoff promotion spot in the Swedish Superettan but seven points above the relegation playoff zone.
In Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez was an unused substitute for Deportivo Saprissa in their 4-1 thrashing of lowly Uruguay. After five games, Saprissa sits in first place with 13 points, five points ahead of second-placed Puntarenas.
Tonight was another wild game at FC Dallas Stadium as FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes combined for four goals, three red cards and a great comeback from the home team. Here's all the action:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes
GOAL: Alan Gordon puts the away side on top early in the match
GOAL: Steven Beitashour doubles the 'Quakes advantage in the 16th minute with a well-placed volley
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FCD back within a goal just minutes later
GOAL: Michel slots home a PK for his second goal of the season to pull Dallas level
RED CARD: 'Quakes Justin Morrow shown the door for a hard tackle on Ramon Nunez
RED CARD: Victor Bernardez and Kenny Cooper tangle earning both red cards
It's been a good month for 18-year-old Homegrown defender Kellyn Acosta.
The Plano-native made his first MLS start against Los Angeles and has started the last three games in a row at right back for FCD despite turning 18 just last month. He took some time on Friday morning after training to chat with the fans on FCD's Facebook page ahead of tomorrow's big game against San Jose.
Click here to read the full transcript from Kellyn's chat. The questions range from where he would've gone to college to his keys for success to whether he is the son of Zeus. It's a good read.
With school back in session, the traditional summer camps have departed the numerous fields outside FC Dallas Stadium and the morning sounds of FC Dallas Academy training have once again taken over.
Head coaches Luchi Gonzalez(U-18), Josema Bazan(U-16) and Francisco Molina(U-14) have opened their pre-season camps this week in preparation for the 2013-2014 campaigns, but six of the players are enjoying a head start.
Wilfred Williams, Alex Radilla, Jordan Cano and Coy Craft from the under-18 squad and Martin Salas and Christian Ramirez from the under-16 squad recently returned from a five-day Under-18 Men's National Team combine at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.
"They’re very valuable," said Luchi Gonzalez. "I spoke to all the boys and it was a good experience for them. The level of competition was with some of the better players in the country. They also did some fitness, so it was a win win for us."
The six players selected from FC Dallas were the most of any team in the country and coach Gonzalez said there could have even been more worthy of selection. For the FCD players at the combine, the comfort of having familiar players around them certainly helped.
"It’s awesome because you had players from your team and they had players from their same club but not from their same team," said Craft. "So it was great for us."
For Martin Salas, a player who spent his first year with the U-16s last year and will be one of the leaders of the squad this year, he had to watch from the sidelines with a minor injury, but the experience was still beneficial.
"I was hurt, but watching from the side it was pretty intense," said Salas. "It was just seeing the guys play and it keeps me going because I don’t want to sit out any camps."
With both an under-18 and under-16 squad loaded with players competing for national team spots, don't be surprised to hear of more callups for FCD players in the near future as we head into the US Soccer Development Academy season starting in mid-September.
FC Dallas snapped their 11-game winless streak in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at StubHub Center scoring three times in the final 20 minutes to defeat Chivas USA 3-1. Here's all the highlights from the thrilling match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Chivas USA 1
SAVE: Dan Kennedy tips Blas Perez's curler around the post
SAVE: Fernandez brilliantly stops Carlos Alvarez's shot
GOAL: De La Fuente gives Chivas USA the lead just before halftime
GOAL: Blas Perez scores his team-leading ninth goal of the season to tie things up
GOAL: David Ferreira sneaks one past Dan Kennedy to give FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Ramon Nunez curls one in to seal the win and score his first FCD goal since 2007
EDIT: We have our two winners, competition is closed! Thanks for participating and we'll see you tomorrow!
It's time for another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
We have two pairs of tickets on the FCD Express to Saturday's game vs San Jose and two pairs of FC Dallas t-shirts to give away!
The first two entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets and t-shirts. Winners must be available to ride the FCD Express from one of the four stops. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first two with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to grab your tickets for Saturday's crucial Western Conference matchup.
- What was the score and who was the goalscorer(s) the last time FCD and San Jose met?
- What was Ramon Nunez's last club before joining FC Dallas?
- What is Zach Loyd's favorite restaurant?
- To which team did FC Dallas loan defensive midfielder Bobby Warshaw?
- At what two places does the FCD Express blue line stop?
- Name three musical acts playing at Breakaway Music Festival
- Which college is the FCD mobile team visiting on Sunday, August 25?
- Name three of FCD's Signature sponsors
- Who is FC Dallas playing in the last regular season home game of 2013?
- What college did FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman attend?