FC Dallas played their first official friendly of the 2014 preseason on Friday morning, defeating Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Hacken 3-0 in Abu Dhabi.
FCD got the scoring going early in the match as Fabian Castillo turned on the afterburners to glide past the Hacken defense before slotting home far post to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.
After a big save from Richard Sanchez, FCD doubled the lead through Blas Perez. A cross was sent in to the Panamanian with his defender having fallen down. Blas easily curled one in to the far post to give FC Dallas the 2-0 lead they would hold at the halftime interval.
The second half saw both sides make wholesale changes and FCD capped a fantastic opening match with a late goal as Danny Garcia's wonderful through ball found Ryan Hollingshead making a streaking run into the box. The California-native rounded the keeper and finished from close range to round out the scoring.
"It was a great exercise against a good team. It was very competitive and gave us different challenges," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "At this stage of the preseason, it has a great value to come and get 90 minutes for a team like ours that is in preseason mode. I thought we took the best out of the game and that makes me happy."
FC Dallas is set to play BK Hacken again on Monday in another preseason match. Follow @FCDallas on Twitter for news on whether that one will be streamed or not.
Starting XI: Sanchez, Michel, Hernandez, Hedges, Acosta, Moffat, Jacobson(C), Diaz, Watson, Castillo, Perez
Second-half Subs: Seitz, Walker, Warshaw, Ulloa, Luccin, Hollingshead, Span, Akindele, Garcia
After a week and a half of fitness drills, FCD finally hit the field for a game on Tuesday and it seems as if the guys were raring to go. While a tenatively scheduled game against their host club fell through, FCD was still able to play an intrasquad scrimmage at the nearly 50,000-seat Zayed Sports City Stadium with the blue team winning 3-2.
According to our trusty reporter on the ground in Abu Dhabi, the red squad took the lead as Blas Perez scored a PK before Peter Luccin tied things up with a long range shot. Cobi Span gave the blue team the lead after rounding the 'keeper on a through ball from Danny Garcia before Kellyn Acosta tied the game with what was described as an "unbelievable" goal from 25-30 yards out into the upper 90.
The game-winner came from new signing Ryan Hollingshead, who volleyed home a cross from Danny Garcia to finish the scoring.
While we have not confirmed this report, Swedish club BK Häcken says there will be friendlies against FC Dallas both on Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10.
Here's a photo gallery of pictures from yesterday's scrimmage:
We have more pictures from UAE! Here's day three of the preseason trip:
FC Dallas has arrived in United Arab Emirates after the overseas flight and some pictures have begun coming in via Instagram!
Day three of Copa Chivas 2014 turned out to be a wild one for the U-18s as they faced off against hosts Chivas Guadalajara in the third out of five group stage matches.
Having won one and lost one, the match would be crucial to FCD's hopes of advancing to the semifinals and after a wild game, FCD fell 5-4 to Chivas Guadalajara.
Chivas jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just five minutes played, but Dallas fought back. Goals from Diego De La Tejera and Alex Radilla pulled FCD level before halftime and midway through the second half, Santiago Agudelo scored a header to give FCD a shock lead. Chivas tied the game 3-3 before De La Tejera scored to once again give FCD the lead at 4-3. With time ticking down, Chivas found two goals in the last five minutes to earn a crazy win leaving FCD with three points from three games.
Friday is an off day for FCD in Guadalajara before facing Atlas and Vitoria to end the group stage this weekend. Dallas will need to win both matches to have a shot at making it to the semifinals.
The FCD U-18s bounced back from their day one loss to Monterrey, defeating J. League side Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 in their second game of the 2014 Copa Chivas.
FCD fell behind early in the match to a Marinos goal, but Miguel Ojeda pulled FCD level just before halftime. In the second half, FCD pushed for the win and found it through two goals from big forward Santiago Agudelo.
After two rounds of play, FCD sits third in their six-team group with tied with Monterrey on three points. Atlas leads the group with six points while Vitoria sits in second with four. FCD has another tough match today as they'll face off with hosts Chivas Guadalajara at noon.
After today, they'll have a much-needed rest day before rounding out the group stage with games against the two teams above them as they look to finish in one of the top two spots and advance to the semifinals.
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FC Dallas kicked off their participation in the 2014 Copa Chivas on Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Mexican First Division side CF Monterrey.
For those who speak Spanish, the Chivas website has a lengthy writeup of the game in which FCD conceded in the 22nd minute to a Monterrey set piece. Head coach Luchi Gonzalez told the Chivas website that the scoreline was not necessarily indicative of the game and that the team just needs to have a little more concentration at some moments.
FCD continues group stage play today at noon against Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in a game they need a result from to stay in contention for the semifinals.
(Photo courtesy of Chivas)
You can mark down Saturday, January 25, 2014 as the first official practice of the Oscar Pareja era in at Toyota Stadium. Here are the best pictures from #DayOne:
It was a real treat yesterday to come along as the FC Dallas Foundation dedicated their second field, this time in West Dallas. Here are the best pictures from the ceremony and soccer clinic: