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daniel robertson

01 May 2:56 pm

D Magazine has put out their annual 2013 Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice Poll and FC Dallas was nominated for three awards! 

For Best Athlete, Kenny Cooper is up against some stiff competition with names like Tony Romo, Dirk Nowitzki and Yu Darvish on the ballot.

First-place FC Dallas was also nominated for best local sports team and FC Dallas Stadium was nominated for best local sports venue.

Click here to vote FCD! 

 

 

30 April 6:00 pm

With his 47th minute goal as well as an amazing 14 clearances according to the OPTA Chalkboard, Matt Hedges earned a spot on the weekly Castrol Index, coming in at 20th overall. With George John out for the second half, Hedges had to come up huge on multiple occasions in Vancouver, leading the back line. 

Castrol Index Week 9 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 FC Dallas 2,088
2 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,546
3 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 Chicago Fire 1,461
4 Tim Cahill Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 Toronto FC 1,401
5 Chance Myers Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,393
6 Brian Rowe Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,371
7 Lee Nguyen Midfielder New England Revolution 88 Philadelphia Union 1,368
8 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,332
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,325
10 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Colorado Rapids 1,293
11 Chris Wondolowski Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 Chivas USA 1,245
12 Ryan Johnson Forward Portland Timbers 71 Sporting KC 1,232
13 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 Sporting KC 1,143
14 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 Houston Dynamo 1,097
15 Diego Fagundez Midfielder New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,071
16 Aurélien Collin Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,065
17 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,058
18 Dwayne De Rosario Midfielder D.C. United 90 Columbus Crew 1,002
19 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 983
20 Matt Hedges Defender FC Dallas 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 974

 

30 April 5:36 pm

After Saturday's draw in Vancouver, FC Dallas slid to the second spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings saying "On the face of it, a 2-2 draw on the road is a pretty good result. But it came at the price of two starters going off injured, a third going off under the influence of the red mist and a two-goal lead coughed up in the interim. Hey, at least they got the point." 

FCD also dropped to the #2 slot in the Soccer by Ives rankings, also noting that FCD struggled a bit when George John and Andrew Jacobson had to come out of the lineup. Dallas retained the top spot in the Soccer America power rankings staying above Los Angeles while the Sporting News rankings dropped FC Dallas to number two.  

 

30 April 10:05 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki and click here for day 1 & day 2 updates.

By Jesse Suarez

Day 3:

Sunday April 28th

Day three was a special day. We drove about one and half hours north to the city of Wagrowiec to play MKS Nielba Wagrowiec. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the city mayor and the entire MKS club!

The stadium was outstanding and the fans were excited to see the FC Dallas team. Autographs were signed by the players and coaching staff and the introduction to the game was full of excitement with local tv stations present. The boys were nervous and with a little bit of jet lag they didn't start the game well. However, we managed to get an early goal on a hand ball called in the box and Joel Aviles made the penalty kick.  

In the 16th minute, FC Dallas was awarded a corner kick and Weston McKennie scored an "Olimpico" goal straight from the corner. After the game, coach Molina and Weston did an interview with the Polish national press which was aired the next day. Immediately after, the team was greeted by the city mayor who invited us for lunch and then the team took pictures and exchanged gifts.

FC Dallas Pre Academy 97 -2 

MKS Nielba Wagrowiec 97 -0

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Teague 65), Joel Avilez, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez (Bernie ZuaZua 63), Alejandro Martinez,  Daniel Kiser (Duncan James 50), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie 

Goals: 

6'- Joel Avilés PK

16'- Weston McKennie corner kick

In the second game, the FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy traveled about one hour away to a city called Szamotuly. The club we played is called MSP Szamotuly who had a mixture of older players. A similar display of gratitude and greeting was displayed by the club. The boys managed to keep a 0 to 0 score at the end of the half. In the second half, MSP scored two early goals and the final score was 3-1 MSP with Sergio Lara scoring for our 96 team. 

MSP Szamotuly 94,95,96,97 - 3

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 1

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski, Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Eric Davies 54), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Livano Salas 54'), Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Bernie ZuaZua 59), Christian Ramirez (Richard Tapia 78) Jeff Withers (Sergio Lara 45)

Goals: 

0-1 50' min zandecki

0-2 53' min kitlinski

0-3 76' min lagodzinski 

1-3 89' min Sergio Lara

Day 4:

Sunday, April 29 

The boys had an easy day. We drove back to the training academy facilities of MKS Blekitni Wronki. We were treated by Lech Poznan coaching staff and players to a soccer tennis tournament and barbecue.

The boys had wonderful time meeting new friends.  Later in the day, we took a trip to the town square of Szamotuly, but unfortunately everything was closed. The tradition is to close at 6pm here in Poland. The boys still had a great time walking around, taking pictures and being asked for autographs by locals.

 

29 April 10:21 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki.

Day 1: 

Thursday April 25th

We left Dallas at 4:00PM and arrived at 7:00AM in Frankfurt, Germany. We had a layover for a few hours and then took a short flight to Munich, Germany then to Poznan, Poland. At the airport in Poznan, we were greeted by Derek Karasinski's friends and family who took us to the Olympic Hotel which was about one hour away. We had a short training session with the direction of  Francisco Molina working on functional defense, Raul Herrera working with the keepers and Jesse Suarez work on shooting drills with the midfielders and forwards. 

Day 2:

Friday April 26th

The players had a nice breakfast at the hotel and then had a stretching session for 25 minutes to get ready for their first game.  We played a club called MKS Blekitni Wronki in the facilities which they own at a town ten minutes away called Popowo. 

First game of the day: 

FC Dallas - 3 vs. MKS Blekitni Wronki 97 - 0

In the fifth minute, Erick Davies (our right fullback) ran down the right side of the field, made a diagonal pass across the goal and Alex Lim (our left fullback) shot from outside the 18 yard line placing the ball in the upper left corner. The second goal came in the 38th minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled pass the midfield and played the ball to Weston Mckennie who made a one time  pass to Richard Tapia. Tapia then made a diagonal run in front of the defense and found himself one against one with the keeper and sliped the ball down the left side of the keeper for a beautiful goal. In the second half in the 42nd minute, Bernie ZuaZua applied high pressure on the left fullback and won the ball from him, then bent a shot around the keeper for the goal.

Goals 
5' - Alex Lim (Eric Davies) 
38' - Richard Tapia (Jason Saco-Vertiz) 
42' - Bernie ZuaZua 

FCD XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Joel Avilez 41), Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez, Alejandro Martinez (Duncan James 53),  Richard Tapia (Daniel 41), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie ZuaZua (Teague Loughmen 53) 

Second game of the day: FC Dallas - 2 MKS Blekitni Wronki 96- 0

In the 20th minute, a cross from Martin Salas was dropped by the keeper in front of the goal and Brent Mandelkorn finished it into the net. In the 60th minute, Jeff Withers dribbled past two defenders then made a diagonal pass to Christan Ramirez who beat two  players and then shot the ball pass the keeper, hitting the upper bar and scoring.

20'- Brent Mandelkorn 
60'- Christian Ramirez (Jeff Withers) 

FCD XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski ( Eric Davies 60), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Joel Avilez 70), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn, Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Sebastian Gordillo 53), Christian Ramirez, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 53) 

 

26 April 4:09 pm

This weekend, FC Dallas players will be out in the community at Get Kidz Fit Fest 2013 and Dia Del Nino. 

You can catch Ugo Ihemelu, Victor Ulloa, Stephen Keel and Jonathan Top out at the sixth annual Get Kidz Fit Fest 2013 on Saturday afternoon from 12-4PM at Dallas Market Hall. Kids can experience an abundant variety of physical activities and interactive games, meet sports coaches and VIPs and dance to the high-energy performances at the Main Stage party. Admission and parking are free. 

Victor Ulloa will be out at the Latino Cultural Center Sunday from 12-4PM as the LCC is celebrating its third annual Día del Niño (Day of the Child). The daylong celebration will feature over a dozen activities focused on theater, dance and visual arts for the entire family. Activities will be held throughout the LCC, allowing families to drop-in on arts and crafts workshops, view theater performances, or listen to a storyteller in one of the galleries.

 

25 April 5:02 pm

This week we got a bonus double dose chatting with Dan Hunt on Facebook as well as an impromptu Twitter discussion looking at a number of topics including some nuggets about a possible future USL team, a marquee upcoming friendly and much more!

Click here to read the full Facebook recap. 

Click here to head over to Dan's Twitter page and be sure to follow him if you don't already!

24 April 3:57 pm

It truly is a full team effort for FC Dallas right now in their six-game unbeaten streak and two players have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. With a three-game home defensive scoreless streak going, George John earned a nod to the TOTW while team captain David Ferreira also earned TOTW honors. In addition, Schellas Hyndman, who set a franchise record on Saturday, found himself as coach of the week. Read below to see Nicholas Rosano's comments on each of the three honorees. 

DF: George John (FC Dallas) – While Dallas dominated the Whitecaps in their 2-0 home winover the weekend, they still needed that bit of defensive stability to keep things tight on their own end, and John did just that while even helping to set up Dallas' opener.

MF: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – At his irrepressible best in Dallas' win over Vancouver. You won't see his name on the scoresheet, but Ferreira pulled all the strings in midfield, made a number of key passes and was effective in his passing in Vancouver's half of the field.

Coach: Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas) – The transition to 4-2-3-1 has well and truly worked for Hyndman's team, and the weekend's 2-0 win over Vancouver was perhaps its best iteration so far. FCD nearly ran Vancouver off the field, and Hyndman deserves a good deal of credit for getting his team humming.

 

 

 

 

19 April 4:37 pm

Congratulations to goalkeeper Raul Fernandez who was voted MLSsoccer.com Latino de la Jornada for week 7. Raul won the weekly voting with a whopping 94% of the vote beating out Camilo, Jamison Olave and Olmes Garcia. Fernandez is the first FCD player to win the award this season. 

18 April 5:25 pm

On Thursday, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat discussing a number of topics in the FC Dallas world including EPL on NBC, the upcoming summer transfer window and FCD license plates.

Click here to read the full chat transcript.