We caught up with defenders Matt Hedges & Stephen Keel as well as coach Oscar Pareja to talk Saturday's game with our weekly Quick Kicks:
It's the second home game of the season on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium and FC Dallas is taking on a suddenly potent Chivas USA squad. Scott Brown and I break down the goats in our Toyota Keys to the Match:
Here are the best pictures from FCD's 1-1 draw at Sporting KC on Saturday night
A little late on this news, but we're now less than a month away from Dallas Cup and the FC Dallas U18's are back in the Gordon Jago Super Group for 2014. Having been placed in a group with 2013 Super Group champions Fulham FC, Brazilian powerhouse Coritiba and 2013 non-Super Group champions IF Brommapojkarna from Sweden, they've certainly got a tough group that will be a great test for Luchi Gonzalez's men.
To add a little extra spice to things, FC Dallas will open the tournament stadium games at the historic Cotton Bowl as they'll battle Fulham FC at 12:30PM on Sunday, April 13 in the first Cotton Bowl game of the week.
FCD could potentially play more games at the Cotton Bowl depending on if their game gets flexed to the Wednesday night games or if they make the semifinals/finals of the tournament.
In all, there will be nearly a dozen FC Dallas affiliated teams in Dallas Cup XXXV with the full schedule coming out soon.
Gordon Jago Super Group:
Group A: FC Dallas(USA), Fulham FC(ENG), IF Brommapojkarna(SWE), Coritiba FC(BRA)
Group B: Anderlecht(BEL), Fluminense(BRA), CD Guadalajara(MEX), LA Galaxy(USA),
Group C: River Plate(ARG), Entracht Frankfurt(GER), UANL Tigres(MEX), US U-20 National Team(USA)
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Cotton Bowl Stadium Schedule
Sunday – April 13
12:30pm Fulham FC (ENG) vs. FC Dallas U18 Academy (USA)
3:00pm CD Guadalajara “Chivas” (MEX) vs. Fluminense (BRA)
5:00pm Welcome World Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm U20 National Team (USA) vs. River Plate (ARG)
Wednesday – April 16
5:00pm Gordon Jago Super Group games to be determined
7:30pm Gordon Jago Super Group games to be determined
Friday – April 18
5:00pm Super Group Semi-Final
7:30pm Super Group Semi-Final
Saturday – April 19
10:00am U13 Championship Match
12:30pm U14 Championship Match
3:00pm U15 Championship Match
5:30pm U16 Championship Match
Sunday – April 20
9:30am U17 Championship Match
12:30pm Super 17s Championship
3:00pm U19 Championship Match
6:00pm Gordon Jago Super Group Championship Match
Earlier this afternoon, Chris Seitz took to Twitter to ask you guys whether he should keep the beard or shave it?
Here at Toyota Stadium, we're partial to a little #FearTheBeard action, but what do you guys think?
Shave it? Keep it? Let us know in the poll!
P.S. In case you didn't know, Seitz has been pretty much awesome so far this season and currently sits tied for second in saves in MLS.
Today at Toyota Stadium, we had the chance for our media session with new forward David Texeira getting his headshot, signature move, name that tune & starting XI videos and graphics done.
We were all very impressed with Texeira(pronounced Tex-eh-ruh), who actually speaks very good English and will no-doubt become a fan favorite very quickly in Frisco.
You may see him very soon on the field as well with head coach Oscar Pareja hinting that he might make the trip to Sporting Kansas City this weekend.
It's just about time for our first Budweiser Party at the Pubs Watch Party of 2014! Join us this Saturday at Varsity Club Frisco a few miles west of the stadium on Main Street in Frisco as FC Dallas battles defending champions Sporting KC at 7:30PM.
Like last year, if you attend all eight of our Party at the Pubs in 2014, you'll be entered to win two 2015 Budweiser Beer Garden tickets and as with every watching party, we'll have lots of great FCD gear to give away.
Bring your friends, RSVP on Facebook and come out to the first watching party of 2014 on Saturday night in Frisco at Varsity Club!
While Chris Seitz's fantastic performance in net didn't earn him a save of the week or team of the week nomination, he rightly found his way onto the Castrol Index for week one as the highest ranked FC Dallas player.
Seitzy made six saves in Saturday's win, tied for the second-most in the league for week one, while earning his fifth MLS win in the past two seasons. Also appearing on the list are Mauro Diaz & Fabian Castillo.
|1||Joao Plata||Forward||Real Salt Lake||89||LA Galaxy||1,932|
|2||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,610|
|3||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||LA Galaxy||1,446|
|4||Gastón Fernández||Forward||Portland Timbers||90||Philadelphia Union||1,438|
|5||Andrew Wenger||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||FC Dallas||1,276|
|6||Bobby Burling||Defender||Chivas USA||90||Chicago Fire||1,243|
|7||Stefan Frei||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,203|
|8||Boniek García||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,137|
|9||Federico Higuaín||Midfielder||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,116|
|10||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||87||Portland Timbers||1,108|
|11||Chris Seitz||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||1,025|
|12||Jaime Penedo||Goalkeeper||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||1,008|
|13||Jairo Arrieta||Forward||Columbus Crew||87||D.C. United||1,007|
|14||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||996|
|15||Fabián Castillo||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||991|
|16||Thomas McNamara||Forward||Chivas USA||79||Chicago Fire||921|
|17||Dom Dwyer||Forward||Sporting Kansas City||90||Seattle Sounders||918|
|18||Agustín Pelletieri||Midfielder||Chivas USA||90||Chicago Fire||883|
|19||Mauro Díaz||Midfielder||FC Dallas||88||Montreal Impact||844|
|20||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||827|
MLSsoccer.com has released their MLS Team of the Week for week one and two FCD players, Fabian Castillo & Mauro Diaz, have made the starting XI after their fantastic offensive performances on Saturday night against Montreal.
Here's what they had to say:
MF: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – After David Ferreira’s departure, there is no doubt whose team this is as he was the driving force behind FC Dallas’ attack with creativity and precision. Produced one of the goals of the week with his free kick in the 47th minute.
FW: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – So dangerous down left side – he was at the forefront of every counter and the Impact had no answer for his speed.
Would you have included anyone else or did MLS get this one right?
Here's the best pictures from Saturday's big season-opening win over Montreal: