Prior to Saturday's friendly, Stoke City and FC Dallas held a joint press conference to preview tomorrow's game and introduce FCD's newest signing, Mauro Diaz. Here's the audio from Friday's event:
Stoke City Press Conference
Mauro Diaz Press Conference
Head coach Richie Wiliams has called in a 44-player training camp in preparation for the Copa de Mexico de Naciones beginning on August 7 in Mexico City. Three FC Dallas players, Weston McKinnie, Alejandro Zendejas and Eric Torres will represent FCD at the camp, tied with LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls for the most of any team.
CHICAGO (July 24, 2013) – Members of the U-15 Boys’ National Team will convene at the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. for the last training camp before players born in 1998 are eligible for the U-17 age group.
The squad will take part in Copa de Mexico de Naciones beginning on Aug. 7 and running through Aug. 19 in Mexico City.
The camp is headed by U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Richie Williams.
Williams will also use the camp to scout the next crop of players vying for a spot on the U-17 roster for the next FIFA U-17 World Cup cycle.
Of the 44 players in attendance, 27 are currently members of Development Academy teams.
GOALKEEPERS (4): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va. ), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy; Altadena, Calif.), Andrew Romig (Richmond Kickers; Midlothian, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (16): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (Philadelphia Union Academy; Allentown, Pa.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Reginald Cannon (Solar Chelsea SC; Grapevine, Texas.), Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dietrich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Vernon Fernandez (De Anza Force; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Edwin Lara (Alliance Soccer Club; San Leandro, Calif.), Cristian Martinez (NJSA 04 Academy; Mine Hill, N.J.), Tommy McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Kyle Perno (Albertson; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Christian Albelo (Hoffenheim; Heidelberg, Germany), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Alexis Donicio (Sacramento United; Sacramento, Calif.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Hipsen Garcia (Met Oval; Corona, N.Y.), Ethan Lotenero (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Emmanuel Perez (Sunrise Elite; Boynton Beach, Fla.), Alexander Soto (TSF; Palisades Park, N.J.), Devon Vega (Classics Elite; San Antonio, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (12): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (Georgia United; Atlanta, Ga.), David Loera (Orlando City Lions; Orlando, Fla.), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Fernando Soria (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sean Teixiera (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.), Eric Torres (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas), DJ Williams (Solar Chelsea SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
In front of an enormous crowd of 81,410 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, FC Dallas forward Blas Perez scored in the first half as Panama defeated Mexico 2-1 in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals. This all-important win sends Panama to their second Gold Cup Final where they'll face the United States who cruised to a 3-1 victory thanks to a pair of goals from Landon Donovan, the hottest player in US Soccer.
In the opening match, the United States had little trouble jumping out to a two-goal lead at halftime. Landon Donovan was again the dangerman with a brilliant assist on Eddie Johnson's well taken 11th minute goal before scoring a fantastic goal of his own in the 27th minute.
After Honduras' Nery Medina raised the blood pressure with a 52nd minute goal, Donovan wasted no time in scoring his fifth goal of the tournament just a minute later to put the Catrachos comeback bid to rest in another scintillating performance from Jurgen Klinsmann's men.
In the nightcap, it was Blas Perez on his homecoming to DFW getting things started with a 13th minute goal slammed past Mexico goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco. El Tri set the highly partisan crowd on fire when Luis Montes headed home Marco Fabian's brilliant cross in the 26th minute to send the game into halftime tied 1-1.
In the second half, Roman Torres headed home a corner from Gabriel Torres to put Panama up 2-1, a lead they wouldn't relenquish. Perez and Panama will face the United States in the final at 3PM on Sunday afternoon, their second-ever Gold Cup final and second against the United States, a game the Americans won on penalty kicks.
FC Dallas welcomes Stoke City to FCD Stadium on Saturday in the first-ever game between FC Dallas and an EPL side in Frisco. Their trip to north Texas is sandwiched between games in Houston and Philadelphia. New Stoke manager Mark Hughes has released his travel roster for their week-long USA tour:
Stoke City FC Travel Roster
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen, Jack Butland
Defenders: Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shotton, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa, Jordan Keane
Midfielders: Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Florent Cuvelier, Glenn Whelan, Steven N’Zonzi, Matthew Etherington, Michael Kightly, Jamie Ness, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea*
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones*
*denotes will join club when international duties (CONCACAF Gold Cup) are complete
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Montreal Impact 0, FC Dallas 0
SAVE: Hassli's spin and shot tipped wide by Troy Perkins
CROSSBAR: Mapp's rocket beats Fernandez, but not the crossbar
SAVE: Beautiful flowing move frees Watson, but his header is straight at Perkins
SAVE: Fernandez gets big to acrobatically deny Mapp
SAVE: Fernandez denies Mapp's chip as time ticks down
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