This morning, HSG Chairman Clark Hunt had a lengthy chat with 1310 AM The Ticket's legendary host Norm Hitzges. Norm, who can be seen at many FC Dallas games, has commentated on soccer for decades including the Dallas Tornado and Dallas Sidekicks. Listen to the great interview:
This weekend is a rare first for FC Dallas as they'll make their inaugural trip to the city of Montreal for Saturday's match against the Impact. Montreal is the only team in MLS that FCD has never taken a road trip to, so we thought we'd educate you on the city at the heart of French-Canadian culture.
Montreal has been an incorporated city since 1832 and has been one of the economic centers of Canada since the mid-1800's. By 1930, the Montreal metropolitan area contained over 1,000,000 people and today the Montreal metropolita area population nears 4,000,000.
Montreal is renowned for its beautiful architecture and is one of just ten UNESCO Cities of Design in the world and the only one in North America.
Of course, one of the defining features of Montreal is the fact that most of the people speak French as their native language. Nearly 2/3rds of the population primarily speaks French and all it takes is a simple visit to the Impact's website to get a lesson in French.
From a business perspective, Montreal is a booming city and boasts one of the largest inland ports in the world and also remains the home of many of the top video game developers in the industry.
When it comes to sports in Montreal, the conversation starts with the Montreal Canadiens. One of the NHL's original six, the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup a record 24 times, though they resemble the Dallas Cowboys in that Montreal is mired in a 20-year Stanley Cup drought.
With the Montreal Expos having moved to Washington, the Canadiens and Impact are the only major North American league teams in the city while the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have won the Grey Cup eight times.
You can catch FCD's first ever trip to Montreal on Saturday at 6:00PM and we encourage you to head to The Pub in Frisco for our Party at the Pubs Watch Party Presented by Budweiser where we will be giving away Gold Cup semifinal tickets, Breakaway Music Festival tickets and much more FCD swag!
We're tracking towards one of, if not the biggest attendance year in FC Dallas Stadium history and the Dallas Morning News' Cheryl Hall talked to HSG's Clark and Dan Hunt about the success and vision of Lamar becoming a reality. It's a great read.
“My dad was always about the fans and the fan experience,” says Clark, 48, chairman of Hunt Sports Group LLC, which owns two Major League Soccer franchises: FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. “Dad’s dream is becoming a reality. The MLS is ready for prime time.”
Congratulations to Raul Fernandez who won his second MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week award for his big stop on Gyasi Zardes in the 61st minute of Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
"Superman" earned 42% of the vote and sits second in MLS with 69 saves in 17 games, just three behind San Jose's Jon Busch who has made 72 saves in 20 games.
Catch Raul in action this weekend as FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake in a Western Conference Top-Of-The-Table matchup. TICKETS
Come check out FC Dallas at two major Dallas events this weekend.
Taste of Dallas
Join FC Dallas on Friday, July 12 out at Fair Park where we will be set up at Taste of Dallas near the Taste Tavern area in the Automobile Building. The yearly event draws over 60 of Dallas' top restaurants and chefs. We'll have promotional items and ticket specials so join us from 4PM - 11PM on Friday night!
Too Hot to Handle 5K/15K
On Sunday, July 14, the FCD mobile team will be out at Norbuck Park at White Rock Lake for the Too Hot to Handle 5K/15K. The Sponsor Village in Norbuck Park will be packed with awesome sponsors, various snacks, live music, and a beer garden so look out for the FC Dallas tent!
MLS W.O.R.K.S has nominated a member of the community from each MLS city to be nominated for the Community MVP Grand Prize and we need your vote!
The FC Dallas nominee is Jacqueline Jenkins. Jacqueline is an advocate of soccer for young adults in need of stimulating, recreational-based activity. For the last eight years Jenkins has served as soccer coach for The Frisco Flyers, a Special Olympics team representing the Greater Dallas region. Coach Jenkins has a passion for the children and young adults on her team unlike any other. She offers her athletes structure, knowledge of the game and a true team experience. Jacqueline, a proponent of good sportsmanship, helps develop confidence and leadership skills.
Her desire to improve the lives of her athletes goes beyond simply coaching the game she loves. In order to provide a well-rounded experience for her team, Coach Jenkins plans annual outings to FC Dallas games and other destinations. Some of her players have even had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking the field at FC Dallas Stadium. Known to some of her players as Coach Jackie, Jenkins is always overjoyed by the looks on her athlete’s faces when they have the opportunity to do something as simple as touch the grass that professional soccer players compete on. Her most admirable quality is undoubtedly her passion to deliver soccer to so many and truly make a difference.
CLICK HERE to vote for Jacqueline! For voting, you will have a chance to receive a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City! Voting runs through this Friday and you can vote as many times as you want so get clicking!
Grand Prize details:
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for winner and one (1) guest to include:
- Accommodations for two (2) nights
- Roundtrip coach airfare
- Two (2) tickets to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park on July 31
- Recognition during 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
- One (1) 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Gift Bag
The Nominator of the Grand Prize winner and one (1) guest will also receieve a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for the nominator and one (1) guest to include the same elements outlined above for Grand Prize winner*.
*Nominator prize package does not include $10,000 donation.
Voting period is from Monday, July 1 at 11 a.m. ET to Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m. ET
FC Dallas slumped to their fourth loss of the season tonight in Los Angeles, falling 2-0 to the Galaxy at the StubHub Center. Here's the highlights from tonight's match:
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 0, LA Galaxy 2
BLOCK: DeLaGarza stops streaking Castillo
SAVE: Raul Fernandez stops shot from Mike Magee
SAVE: Raul Fernandez stops two shots & Benitez clears off the line
GOAL: Marcelo Sarvas puts the Galaxy in front with a diving header
GOAL: Hector Jimenez finishes off FCD with a shot from the top of the box
Every year since FC Dallas Stadium opened back in 2005, July 4th has been one of the dates you circle on the calendar as a big night for FC Dallas. FCD has played at home for all eight July 4th weekend games since moving to Frisco with a 4-1-2 on fireworks night and there are so many things happening in and around the stadium on Thursday that we thought it'd be helpful to put all the info in one spot, so here's your official FC Dallas July 4th celebration guide!
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, July 1) – North Texas residents can catch the biggest fireworks show in the area Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium following the team’s 8 p.m. match versus Chivas USA, presented by TXU Energy.
The first 5,000 people at FC Dallas Stadium will receive a rally towel from TXU Energy. There will also be a player autograph session (player to be determined) at 7:15 p.m., soccer tricks by the Futboleros and giveaways along the concourse, including drawstring backpacks.
U.S. Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath will serve as the pregame honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of a fallen soldier, which will be presented to the soldier’s family at halftime. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
Limited tickets are still available with prices starting at $19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625), or purchase online through TicketMaster.com. Fans can also book a ticket and a ride to and from the game on the FCD Express bus program for $25. Visit FCDallas.com/fcdexpress for more information.
Frisco Freedom Fest
Starting at 4 p.m. Frisco Freedom Fest will be taking over Frisco Square for the 11th-straight year. Click here for all the info around Frisco Freedom Fest.
Pre-game with TXU Energy
-First 5,000 fans receive FC Dallas rally towels courtesy of TXU Energy
-TBD FC Dallas player autograph signing at the TXU Energy tent at 7:15 p.m.
-Cash cube with FC Dallas Stadium cash courtesy of TXU Energy
-TXU Energy text to win light bulb guessing game promotion to win an FC Dallas VIP experience
-TXU employees and customers receive 25% off at the FC Dallas Team Store(employees show credentials, customers show mobile app)
-Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony with US Women's National Team star Tobin Heath
-Special The American Fallen Soldiers Project presentation
-20 minute fireworks show, one of the largest in North Texas
-Chance to win a $500 energy bill credit courtesy of TXU Energy
-DJ Sober in the WinStar River Club
Russell Moore was our grand prize "Get In and Win" season ticket holder winner, getting a free trip to every United States home World Cup Qualifier. Here is his blog from last month's big 1-0 win over Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City!
Our third trip took us to Salt Lake City, Utah where we got to see USA take on Honduras. Once again the USA fans were loud and proud!
Our seats were behind the goal which gave us and excellent view when USA scored the only goal of the game to take the win over Honduras. The game Was fantastic. Honduras had many of their fans at the Ggme this time which made the game more exciting.
Our great seats gave us a really good view of the players and the field. USA Soccer is so exciting to watch, you get a chance to see all the great players take part in supporting their country.
Salt Lake City is really nice, there are many things to do there, and it was great to enjoy the USMNT with all of the other USA fans.
Thank you again FC Dallas for this GREAT opportunity!.
Russell and Renee Moore
It's been a tough road for Richard Sanchez and Mexico in the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, but there was certainly a light at the end of the tunnel.
After losses to Greece and Paraguay left the Mexicans on the brink of elimination, they've clawed their way back to the knockout round by defeating Mali 4-1 today.
Sanchez, who has started all three games for Mexico, had another strong performance in goal and with the top four third-placed teams qualifying for the round of 16, the emphatic win has Mexico in on goal differential.
With three points and a +1 goal differential, Mexico is currently in second place out of the six third-placed teams and with only Uruguay and England able to top them, Mexico is guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage.
It's unknown who Mexico will play until tomorrow's final group stage games are played, but Mexico will play on either July 2 or July 3.
Congratulations to Richard and Mexico!