FC Dallas forward Blas Perez only had two shots on goal against Colorado on Saturday night, but he certainly made them count.
The Panamanian sent both shots past Clint Irwin for his second two-goal game in an FC Dallas jersey earning FC Dallas a point away to the Rapids. .
Blas' second goal, a real top-shelf effort from 25 yards, has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, so get out there and vote early and often for Blas!
FC Dallas ended their three-match week unbeaten with a 2-2 draw in Colorado. Blas Perez scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season to twice pull FC Dallas from a goal down in the second half earning a positive point that FCD will take into their 10-day break. Here's all the highlights from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas and Colorado play to a wild 2-2 draw
GOAL: Atiba Harris opens the scoring in the 56th minute off a Marvell Wynne throw in
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FC Dallas level in the 61st minute finishing a loose ball in the box
GOAL: Former FCD man Atiba Harris again finds the goal for Colorado sneaking behind the FCD back line
GOAL: Blas Perez again knots things up with this fifth goal of the season, a real cracker from outside the box
If you happened to look at Twitter on Sunday night(and follow anyone related to North American soccer), you knew something crazy was happening down in Mexico City.
After a 1-0 Cruz Azul victory in the first leg of the Liga MX championship, Club America was still in decent position as they hosted the second leg of the final at the famous Estadio Azteca. Things didn't go well early for Las Aguilas as a red card and a goal from Colombian forward Teo Gutierrez had Cruz Azul up a man and two goals on aggregate.
However, with just minutes left in the game, America staged a furious comeback. Aquivaldo Mosquera's header gave them hope and then, miraculously, goalkeeper Moises Munoz scored on a diving header with literally the last touch of the game to send things to extra time.
With all the momentum, Club America cruised to victory in the penalties for an historic 11th Liga MX title, now tied with Chivas de Guadalajara for most all-time.
Now here's the really exciting part.
The next time these two "Clasico Joven" rivals meet is at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, June 30th at 2PM. Given Sunday's legendary game, this re-match is sure to sell out so don't wait and grab the best seats in the house now!
FC Dallas tied a franchise-record tonight moving their home unbeaten streak to 12 games with a gritty 1-0 win over San Jose. The win kept FC Dallas five points clear of second place in the Western Conference.
HIGHLIGHTS: FCD tops San Jose 1-0
GOAL: Ferreira's fourth assist of the season feeds Fabian Castillo for the game-winning goal
WOODWORK: Victor Bernardez hits the crossbar off a rebound
SHOT: Jackson twists and turns a pair of defenders before just missing on a hard shot
SAVE: Busch denies Castillo his second goal of the match
SAVE: Fernandez denies Salinas' shot
SAVE: Fernandez acrobatically denies Wondolowski from close range
Saturday's match against San Jose is a huge one for FC Dallas as the club looks to extend its lead at the top of the MLS Western Conference and we're encouraging fans to arrive early and stay late this Saturday as we'll have plenty going on around FCD Stadium!
A-Affordable pre-game tailgate party, noisemaker giveaway and autograph signing - This week's match sponsor, A-Affordable Low Cost Auto Insurance, will be tailgating with the FC Dallas supporters on the east side of the stadium parking lot, providing CiCi's Pizza to FCD fans from 3:30-5:30PM. Additionally, an FC Dallas player will be on the north concourse signing autographs from 6:00-7:15PM. A-Affordable will also be sponsoring noisemakers that will be given to the first 6,000 fans entering FC Dallas Stadium.
March to Lamar - After the tailgate, be sure to join the supporters groups in the March to Lamar from the East Gate for the Lamar Hunt scarfing ceremony.
Carla Overbeck scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue - FC Dallas is proud to welcome two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winner, Richardson, Texas native and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Carla Overbeck to scarf the Lamar Hunt Statue roughly 40 minutes before kickoff.
Kelsey Mathews Band acoustic set - Join us in the River Club by WinStar World Casino after the game as Kelsey Mathews Band will be performing an acoustic set starting roughly ten minutes after the final whistle.
Attention social media fanatics!
Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes to see how everything comes together on an FC Dallas gameday?
We’re giving two winners a chance to get closer to the action than ever before with an FC Dallas social media fan experience for Saturday night’s game against San Jose!
Two (2) people will win an FC Dallas social media fan experience for you and a friend.
The awesome package includes:
-Pre-game(roughly 90 minutes before kickoff) meet and greet with FC Dallas TV broadcaster Mark Followill
-Pre-game buffet dinner in the WinStar River Club
-A shared field-side table for Saturday, May 25th game against San Jose
-Your phone pictures taken throughout the night will be posted on FC Dallas’ Twitter and Instagram pages
-A rare chance to watch Schellas Hyndman’s post-game press conference
Fans who have purchased tickets for Saturday’s game through the link below using the password: “FCD” will be automatically entered to win.
We will put the name on each ticket order into a drawing (only one entry per name, all participants must be 16 or older) and select two winners for Saturday night’s game against San Jose. Winners will be drawn at 12:00PM on Friday and contacted shortly after.
Not only are you entered for a chance to win this awesome experience, but you’re getting tickets to see first-place FC Dallas at discounted prices!
Good luck and #DTID!
Last week, we announced an exciting international match coming to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, June 30 as Mexico City rivals Club America and Cruz Azul will face off in a 2013 Liga MX Apertura pre-season friendly.
The "Clasico Joven" rivalry coming to Frisco was already sure to be friendly in name only, but the excitement of the match has been taken up a notch as the two sides came out victorious in their liguilla semifinals over the weekend, setting up a showdown in the 2013 Liga MX Clausura Final.
Christian Benitez scored three times in two semifinal matches against Monterrey sealing a 4-3 aggregate win over Los Rayados while Cruz Azul strolled to a 5-1 aggregate win over Santos Laguna.
Cruz Azul and Club America will contest their two-leg championship on Thursday and Sunday as La Maquina look for their tenth league championship and their first since 1997. For Las Aguilas of Club America, a win in this week's championship would represent their 11th overall and first since 2005.
You certainly don't want to miss the match coming to Frisco this summer, the first meeting between the two sides since this week's matches, a game that's sure to sell out.
Our very first Academy Day was held on Saturday morning at FC Dallas Stadium and the event was a big success! The under-18s battled to a 1-1 draw with Real Colorado while the under-16s cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Here are some pictures from the matches taken by FC Dallas Graphic Design Coordinator Olivia Brestal. In case you were wondering, summer decided to come early on Saturday so most of the fans were taking shelter under the shade on the concourse and in our plaza terraces!
Let's be honest, any time George John goes on a podcast or radio show, it's a must listen.
Anyone who caught his interview with BaD Radio on 1310 The Ticket knows that one.
With FCD heading to Seattle this weekend, George John appeared on Nos Audietis, a podcast that focuses on Seattle Sounders FC. It's a great listen that touches on a lot of topics.
Click here to listen, George comes in around 39:00.
After a weekend off, it was back to work for FC Dallas in week 11 of the MLS regular season with their first double match week of the season. Despite injuries to George John, Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira as well as the suspension of Jackson for Wednesday's game against Portland, FC Dallas racked up four points from the two home games with a 1-1 draw against the Timbers and a 2-1 victory over DC United. Due to those positive results, FC Dallas remains at the top of pretty much every MLS Power Rankings list as they head into another tough game at Seattle this Saturday night.
MLSsoccer.com retained FC Dallas as #1 overall with this comment.
Got four points from two games in four days with essentially one half from David Ferreira. Also did their work without George John and Andrew Jacobson, and missed Jackson for a bit as well. Finding a way to get results in those circumstances means it's official: Dallas are really good.
ESPN FC has FC Dallas ranked #1 and had this to say:
Perhaps FCD has more depth than previously thought. Minus Andrew Jacobson and George John, Dallas grabbed a point against Portland thanks to a contentious penalty, then disposed of D.C. United 2-1. Michel continued his stellar midfield play.
The Sporting News/Goal.com power rankings by Kyle McCarthy also has FCD at the top:
FCD just keeps churning out results week after week. The midweek draw against Portland – even with the aid of an iffy penalty decision – stands out as a particularly important result
Soccer By Ives' power rankings have FC Dallas #1 overall:
Still in the top spot, but the Hoops are showing signs of vulnerability. Playing without George John was tough enough, but if they miss David Ferreira for any length of time, FC Dallas could see their lead atop the West disappear. Rookie London Woodberry did well in place of John, while Blas Perez looked good when deputized into a playmaking role. If John and Ferreira aren’t back for Seattle, Dallas could be in for a long day.
Avi Creditor of SI.com put FCD #1:
Dallas continues to roll, turning to seldom-used players to get by struggling D.C. on Saturday night and extend its unbeaten streak to nine. There is cause for concern regarding midfield fulcrum David Ferreira, though. He was forced to leave the club's midweek bout against Portland with a leg injury and missed the weekend match as a result. His health is key for Dallas' long-term aspirations.
Soccer America has Schellas Hyndman's men at the top spot as well:
FC Dallas is 6-0-1 at home and unbeaten in nine matches (7-0-2) after tying Portland and beating D.C. United. Je-Vaughn Watson got the winner against D.C. by guiding a Michel corner kick into the net via his stomach. FCD has outscored opponents 12-4 at home this season; now comes a good road test Saturday at Seattle.
Finally, Yahoo Sports has FC Dallas #1
Dallas didn't wait long to climb back to the top of MLS power rankings. They are the undisputed best team in the league.