The US Youth Soccer Region III Championships took place at the end of June in Baton Rouge, LA and FC Dallas Premier had a strong presence.
Seven FC Dallas teams advanced to the regional championships, four teams to the quarterfinals, three in the semifinals and one champion as the '97 Premier Boys took home the Region III Championship.
The big winners of the week were FC Dallas '97 Premier who won all five games in Baton Rouge including shutouts in the semifinals and finals to advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland. Sergio Lara and Reece Shattle led the way for Scott Dymond and Hank Wendorf's team scoring three goals each.
'97 Premier will start their quest for the US Youth Soccer National Championship on Tuesday, July 22 against LVSA in Germantown, MD. Click here for the full schedule.
FC Dallas '96 Premier had a fantastic playoff week making it all the way to the U-18 championship match in Baton Rouge.
'96 Premier won their first five matches of the week before falling 1-0 in the final to GSA Premier of Georgia. Morgan Dizney scored twice for FCD in the week.
FC Dallas '98 Premier advanced all the way to the semifinals in Baton Rouge falling 4-2 to eventual champions Sunrise Elite from Florida. Keegan McCombie led the way with three goals in the week while Gerber Chavez scored twice, both game-winning goals.
The semifinal appearance wrapped up a fantastic season for the U-16 side that won the Classic League and North Texas State Cup for the third straight year, were Dallas Cup finalists and also placed third at the Disney College Showcase tournament. In addition, '98 Premier won the U-16 Region III Fair Play Award.
FC Dallas '00 Premier advanced to Region III playoffs winning one out of three group stage games in Baton Rouge.
FC Dallas rookie Tesho Akindele wowed Friday's sellout crowd at Toyota Stadium with a beautiful volleyed goals in the 26th minute of FCD's 2-1 win over Philadelphia and his goal has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Akindele has scored twice in his last three competitive matches and said after Friday's match: "As a striker, you've got to believe in yourself."
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Hear what FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja had to say after tonight's 2-1 win over Philadelphia:
Hear from Oscar Pareja & Matt Hedges ahead of tonight's match against Philadelphia
FC Dallas is back at Toyota Stadium tonight and it's one of the biggest games of the season as we host our annual July 4th match, this time against Eastern Conference foe Philadelphia Union. Here are the ten things you need to know before heading to Toyota Stadium tonight:
1. Tonight's match is presented by TXU Energy and the first 5,000 fans inside Toyota Stadium will receive light up banger sticks courtesy of TXU Energy so arrive early!
2. Don't miss Walker Zimmerman signing autographs at 6:45 in the TXU tent on the north concourse.
3. The Lamar Hunt Statue ceremonial scarfer tonight will be Phil Taylor. The Frisco native founded The American Fallen Soldiers Project in 2007 and has painted 130 portraits that have been presented to the families of America's fallen military across the Uniteed States. This is the 6th year we've partnered with The American Fallen Soldiers Project.
4. Tonight's match is the first of four straight 8:00PM summer kickoff times at Toyota Stadium.
5. You're definitely not going to want to leave after the match tonight as the biggest post-game fireworks show in north Texas will fire off just minutes after the final whistle.
6. On the field, FCD faces a tough battle against a Philadelphia team that, like Dallas, is unbeaten in their last five competitive matches. Philly has scored nine goals in their last three MLS matches and here's your weekly Know Your Enemy piece.
7. While parking is always free for everyone at Toyota Stadium, our Toyota drivers out there can enjoy FREE upgraded parking in the Camry Gold Lot tonight. The Camry Gold Lot is directly NW of the stadium adjacent to the Dr. Pink field.
8. Tonight's weather forecast is looking very good for a July night with a high of 92 and a low of 72. The temperature should be in the upper 80's by kickoff.
9. Kickoff is set for 8:00PM with the match broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports HD 148 as well as in english on 100.7FM and spanish on 1270AM.
10. Tickets are nearly sold out for tonight's match with only scattered singles remaining, but we are offering $19 standing room only tickets that allow access to the Budweiser Beer Garden as well as some of the best views in the stadium at the top of sections.
FC Dallas is back at home for the first MLS game at Toyota Stadium in almost a month! Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
Win or go home.
Your United States World Cup team has reached the knockout round and battles Belgium on Thursday afternoon at 3:00PM in Brazil & our FCD World Cup Tour pres. by McDonalds is set for the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center. If you were at either of our downtown Dallas watch parties, you know how special they've been and if you missed it, well just watch this.
Here's your FAQ's for Tuesday's watch party:
When should I arrive?
The match kicks off at 3:00AM, but the plaza was packed an hour before kickoff. Arrival by 1:30-2:00PM should get you a good spot. Should. We had close to 5,000 show up for Thursday's watch party and we expect that many to be here for this knockout round match.
How should I get there?
There is parking available in the Audi Garage on the east side of AAC for $5. We also encourage all attendees to take Dart Light Rail to Victory Station for Thursday's event.
Can I bring food and drinks to AT&T Plaza?
You are permitted to bring a small, sack-sized cooler with non-alcoholic drinks. Beer will be available for purchase outside in the plaza as well as food, soda and water both from outdoor vendors and concession stands inside the AAC.
Can I bring folding chairs?
Yes, folding chairs are permitted into the AT&T Plaza and were all over the plaza last Thursday. The screens are elevated high enough that you will easily be able to see whether you are sitting or standing.
Will all three screens be on?
Yes! We're going to have the USA-Belgium match on the big screen attached to the front of the AAC as well as the two large screens on the sides. Can't wait.
How can we make this an event that unites the whole city?
Invite your friends via our Facebook event, talk it up, get all your friends who live down in that area to come out. Every media outlet in town should be there so let's show DFW that Dallas is a soccer city!
Here's all the action from Sunday's goalless draw with Columbus:
Under-18s defeat Chicago Fire 1-0 in do-or-die USSDA Playoff, advance to quarterfinals
FC Dallas was 2-0-0 heading into Thursday's final USSDA Playoff Week match against the Chicago Fire, and needed a win to advance to the national quarterfinals.
That's exactly what they got with Tony Aguilar scoring his second goal of playoff week in the 40th minute sending Dallas to a 1-0 win over the Fire.
The FCD backline of Cesar Murillo, Jordan Cano, Shaquell Moore and Kris Reaves held their second straight shutout of the week and U-16 goalkeeper Charlie Furrer, playing up with the U-18s for the first time, led Dallas to a 3-0-0 record in playoffs week.
With passage secured, Luchi Gonzalez's side will host Colorado Rush in Frisco on Monday, July 7th in the national quarterfinals. Stay tuned for info on when and where the match will take place.
Under-16s complete USSDA Playoffs undefeated, but fail to advance
The FC Dallas U-16s also enjoyed a strong USSDA Playoffs week going undefeated with a 1-0-2 record.
Heading into Thursday's playoff finale, FCD needed a win over Orlando City and either a draw or loss by San Jose to advance. Dallas was only able to manage a 1-1 draw with Orlando City, meaning a trip to the quarterfinals is not on the schedule for the U16s this year, but a strong squad showed they will be a team to be reckoned with over the next couple seasons as many of the players move up to the U-18 level.
In all, FC Dallas went 4-0-2 at USSDA Playoffs week, finishing undefeated.
Own Goal propels FCD U-18's to 1-0 win over Portland Timbers
The Under-18's continued their strong run through playoffs week with their second win in two days, defeating the Portland Timbers 1-0 by way of a 76th minute own goal. The FC Dallas defense led by Jordan Cano, Cesar Murillo, Shaquell Moore and Kris Reaves have allowed just one goal so far in two matches with U-16 goalkeeper Charlier Furrer moving up to play for the U-18s in these playoffs.
Despite having six points and a +4 goal differential, FC Dallas will need to beat the Chicago Fire on Thursday morning to advance to the final eight with the Fire holding a superior six points and +5 goal difference.
U-16s come from behind to defeat Shattuck-Saint Mary's in playoff opener
Ranked #4 nationally, the FC Dallas U-16s got off to the best possible start in Tuesday's USSDA Playoff opener scoring in the first minute against Shattuck-Saint Mary's. However, they would concede two goals in the first half to take a 2-1 deficit to halftime.
In the second half, Luiz ZuaZua scored in the 56th minute to tie the match and Mario Ramirez Sansabas won it for FCD right at the death in the 80th minute to secure a priceless victory.
The U-16s continue playoffs week on Wednesday at 4:00PM against the San Jose Earthquakes.