You know the season is here when Drew Epperley's "Know Your Enemy" pieces are back on Friday before matchdays. Today, Drew takes a look at the Montreal Impact who have a new coach in Frank Klopas and a new, but familiar name in Heath Pearce.
Late last week when the new TV deal with Time Warner Cable was announced, I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin Hartman for the first time in quite a while. Kevin is a guy who commands respect and certainly gives it back when it's earned and I couldn't be more excited to have him as a part of the FC Dallas broadcast team.
While I was a member of the independent press, Kevin was, without a doubt, a go-to-guy after countless practices and games as someone who would always tell it like it is in an eloquent, clever and experienced way. There's not a doubt in my mind that his style will carry to the booth seamlessly. 2014 is going to be a great year both on the field and in the booth.
P.S. I'll always take any opportunity to post what might be the best picture in FC Dallas history.
ESPNFC's Taylor Twellman & Alexi Lalas, AKA Big Head Red Head, are doing a series of MLS team previews which I highly recommend. Today they're breaking down FC Dallas. You've got to love Alexi's prediction of "I predict FC Dallas will win a playoff game before the Dallas Cowboys."
Last night at the city council meeting at Frisco City Hall, Mayor Maher Maso welcomed VP of Ticket Sales Kris Katseanas and FCD defender Walker Zimmerman to the proceedings as he officially declared every Friday before FC Dallas weekend home games as Red Friday Frisco.
Head to www.redfridayfrisco.com to see what it's all about and watch the video below to let Kris explain things.
We've got some great news for all FCD fans who frequent Toyota Stadium. The ever-popular Cane's Challenge is returning for 2014!
Every time FC Dallas scores in a home game at Toyota Stadium in 2014, take your game ticket to any DFW area Raising Cane's to score a buy one get one free combo through close of business the day after game day.
FCD goals = Free chicken fingers!
Whew, #DigitalTuesday was a busy one!
In our second day of FCD Week, we chatted with FCD President Dan Hunt, forward Blas Perez, goalkeeper Chris Seitz, head coach Oscar Pareja & Technical Director Fernando Clavijo. Let's recap the day!
Our favorite Facebook chatter FCD President Dan Hunt, kicked off the day joining the fans for one of his famous Facebook chats!
After a little break, FC Dallas forward Blas Perez took over our Twitter to answer questions on a wide range of topics in just 140 characters!
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 4, 2014
Up next, Chris Seitz hopped on Reddit for an AMA (Ask me anything) with the ever-growing Reddit.com/r/MLS community.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 4, 2014
After a break for MLS Commissioner Don Garber's YouTube Q&A , we were joined by FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja for an engaging chat with the fans on our brand new Red Alert blog!
And finally, late in the afternoon, technical director Fernando Clavijo took some time out of his busy schedule to answer your Twitter questions live on YouTube!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the awesome chats! Less than four days left until opening day!
On day two of FCD Week, we will hold #DigitalTuesday, an all-day celebration of everything FC Dallas digital.
Throughout the day, we’ll be holding live chats with FC Dallas players and staff on a variety of digital channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and FCDallas.com. In addition, we’ll be releasing FCD themed backgrounds for your desktop/Facebook/Phone/Twitter backgrounds as well as running flash deals on social media for merchandise & tickets.
All Day – Giveaways & merchandise/ticket deals on social media
After practice (approx. 12PM) – Blas Perez Twitter Takeover
1:00PM – Chris Seitz Reddit AMA
2:00PM - MLS Commissioner Don Garber live Q&A
3:00PM – Oscar Pareja FCDallas.com live chat
4:00PM – Fernando Clavijo live streaming YouTube Q&A
As you can see, we have a new look to the blog section of the FC Dallas website that we're launching in conjunction with #DigitalTuesday called Red Alert.
Anyone who knew me before I joined FC Dallas, knows that I got my start in the writing world by starting "Big D Soccer" a blog dedicated to FCD and ever since I became a full time contributor to the website I've been wanting to have a dedicated blog on FCDallas.com where the voice can be a little more casual. A place for the hardcore fan.
As happens in just about every line of work, it took a little while to get everything together, but today myself and FCDallas.com Managing Editor Scott Brown are extremely excited to launch Red Alert.
So how is this going to be different than what we have now? Expect a lot more updates from us, but in smaller bits. We're going to have links, analysis, pictures, polls, lots of social interaction and since it's called the Red Alert, you'll never miss a piece of FC Dallas content as I'll post links to every piece of FCDallas.com content on the Red Alert. Think of this as your FCD news stream keeping you updated on everything happening within the club.
I'm excited to see what this will turn into so thanks for reading and be sure to bookmark the Red Alert!
It's #FCDWeek and the countdown to opening day is down to just 5 days left!
You'll see FCD out in the community all week and be sure to tune in as goalkeeper Chris Seitz will be on TXA21's The Fan Sports Show TONIGHT, March 3rd at 7:20PM.
But that's not all, two of our biggest fans are Chris Jagger and producer Josh Hart of The Jagger Mafia on from 6-10AM on 102.1 The EDGE. Tomorrow, March 4, Stephen Keel and Andrew Jacobson will join the Jagger Mafia at 7:45AM, a definite must-listen for anyone on their way to work.
Along with the new and exciting young players added to the roster in 2014, FCD is adding a number of new and fun features to our game presentation at Toyota Stadium this season and one of those will be well-known local DJ's The LHK.
Some of the best-known DJ's in DFW, The LHK's "Club Kiss" sets can be heard nightly on 106.1 KISS FM as well as their three-hour show on Saturday nights. At every home game in 2014, DJ's Spin, IvyTron and Inzo's creative and interactive sets will be a staple of Lamar's Tailgate starting 90 minutes before kickoff when the gates open at Toyota Stadium. The LHK will also be DJ'ing our Friday night happy hour at Burger Girl Grill as part of FCD Week.
The LHK are huge FC Dallas fans so don't miss their big opening night set when all three members of The LHK will be at Lamar's Tailgate!