Fresh off their strong performance at the Region III Championships, FC Dallas 97 Premier is enjoying a fantastic week at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland.
FCD 97 Premier have gone 2-0-1 in their three group stage matches to advance to the national semifinals on Saturday where they'll play Cincinnati United Premier from Ohio.
In their first match of the week, Kamar Marriott and Sergio Lara scored for FCD in a 2-2 draw with LVSA. They then defeated Smithtown Arsenal 2-0 on Wednesday behind goals from Lara and Sergio Benitez. Lara scored in his third straight game on Thursday in a 3-1 win over Fullerton Rangers that sealed the group stage victory.
FCD 97 Premier will play in their semifinal match on Saturday at 9:00AM vs Cincinnati United Premier from Ohio and the game will be streamed live. CLICK HERE for more info on the US Youth Soccer national championships.
On Saturday, you can watch the national semifinal live right here.
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 loss to English Premier League side Aston Villa at Toyota Stadium:
Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match for tonight's international friendly vs Aston Villa with summer intern Taryn Bray stepping in for on vacation Scott Brown!
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!