The accolades keep rolling in for FC Dallas this week on the back of their 5-0 win in San Jose. FC Dallas had two players and their head coach named to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week, while three FCD players also appeared on the Week 23 Castrol Index Top 20.
On the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week, we saw Fabian Castillo, Tesho Akindele and Oscar Pareja make the weekly best XI. Here's what they had to say:
F: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – Two great solo goals, an assist, and easily the best player on the pitch. Virtually unplayable at times against the Earthquakes.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) – In what was supposed to be a must-win for San Jose, Pareja and FCD turned the game at Buck Shaw into a laugher.
On the weekly Castrol Index, rookie Tesho Akindele finished in the top spot overall after scoring a hat trick against San Jose. Fabian Castillo finished fifth on the list while goalkeeper Raul Fernandez who earned a shutout in the win finished 10th.
Fabian Castillo was absolutely unstoppable on Saturday night in San Jose notching two goals and an assist in the 5-0 rout of the Earthquakes. Castillo has a goal or an assist in his last 10 MLS/LHUSOC matches and has a career-high eight goal in MLS this season. Castillo's first goal in San Jose, an unbelievable mazy run that beat practically the entire 'Quakes back line, has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. This is his third nomination this season.
WATCH: GOTW Week 23
Saturday's 5-0 win at San Jose was pretty epic. Not only did Tesho Akindele make his claim for MLS Rookie of the Year, but Fabian Castillo showed everyone that he's perhaps the hottest attacking player in the league right now. Here's some of the numbers behind FCD's historic win:
-Tesho scored the first rookie hat trick in franchise history and fifth MLS hat trick overall in franchise history [Jeff Cunningham, Bobby Rhine, Jason Kreis & Dante Washington].
-Saturday was the seventh rookie hat trick in MLS history [Brian Maisonneuve, Pat Noonan, Will Bruin, Zack Schilawski, Kekuta Manneh, Harrison Shipp].
-In the match, Tesho broke Aleksey Korol’s franchise rookie record of five goals in a season set back in 2000
-Tesho has scored six goals in his last six games, beating the FCD franchise rookie record for scoring in just his last six games.
-Tesho leads all MLS rookies in goals, one ahead of Harrison Shipp.
-Fabian Castillo has a goal or an assist in ten straight MLS & LHUSOC matches dating back to May 31st. FCD is 7-1-2 in that stretch of games.
-Fabian Castillo currently leads FC Dallas in MLS scoring with eight goals and all competitions with 12 goals.
-Fabian’s two goals on Saturday take him to eight for the season, a new single-season career high for him.
-In this 10-game stretch, Fabian has nine goals and six assists.
-Saturday's win over San Jose coupled with our 1-0 win at Chivas USA on August 3rd mark the first back-to-back road wins since 8/15/12 at Vancouver & 8/18/12 at RSL.
-With 1-0 and 5-0 wins in our last two road matches, FCD marks their first back-to-back road shutout wins in nearly ten years dating back to 5/28/05 at DC & 6/4/05 at RSL
-Saturday’s 5-0 win was the largest road win by margin of victory in FC Dallas franchise history.
-Saturday’s 5-0 win was San Jose’s worst loss by margin of victory in their 519-game franchise history.
-Saturday marked the 10th time FCD has scored at least five goals in franchise history.
-Saturday was the fourth time in franchise history FCD has won by at least a five-goal margin.
-Saturday was the fifth time in franchise history FCD has scored at least five goals on the road.
Five goals. All of them for the good guys. Here's your match highlights:
Newest FC Dallas Homegrown signing Coy Craft has been called up to the U-18 MNT for a tournament in the Czech Republic starting today. Here are the details:
CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named his 20-man roster that will make the trip to the Czech Republic for the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek from Aug. 14-24.
The roster includes players from 10 states. California has the most representatives with six on the squad. Cameron Carter-Vickers, a member of Tottenham, is the only player currently living and playing abroad. Haji Wright is the sole member born in 1998, as the remaining 19 were all born in 1997.
Four players on the roster recently played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 final. Jorge Ruiz and Malcolm Jones were part of 2014 national champion LA Galaxy. Justen Glad and Sabastian Saucedo led their Real Salt Lake AZ squad to a runner-up finish. Of the 20 players, 19 have ties to the Development Academy.
The U.S. U-18s last saw action at the Lisbon International Tournament and had a foreign training camp in Portugal from May 31-June 11. The U.S. went 0-2-1 over three games, tying Norway on June 6 and falling to Portugal 2-0 on June 8 and Sweden 1-0 on June 10.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham; Westcliff on Sea, Essex), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Mukwelle Akale (Unattached; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Sean Wilson (Philadelphia Union; West Chester, Pa.), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Here are your match photos from Tuesday's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinal courtesy of Olivia Brestal, Erik Davila & USA Today Sports Images:
It's about that time again. The college soccer season starts this weekend with exhibition matches before things truly get ramped up across the nation and here at FCDallas.com we'll do our best to keep you up to date on everything our FCD Academy alumni are doing in the college game.
One of the brightest stars for FC Dallas is Boyd "OC" Okwuono, a senior defender at North Carolina. The Edmond, OK native who was a part of the FCD U-18 team that went to the USSDA national championship in 2011, has had an illustrious college career earning ACC Defender of the Year in 2013, two-time All-ACC honors and a national championship in 2011 playing next to a defender FCD fans might be familiar with named Matt Hedges.
In this, his senior season, OC has been named to the pre-season watch list for college soccer's version of the Heisman, the MAC Hermann Trophy. Certainly one to watch for FCD fans as a possible Homegrown signing after his senior season is done at UNC, Okwuono and the Tar Heels begin 2014 season play on Friday, August 29th as they'll host California and UCLA over the first weekend of the season.
TONIGHT at Toyota Stadium it's the semifinals of the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup as FC Dallas hosts Philadelphia for the second time in a month with a chance to host the LHUSOC Final on the line for the winner. Both teams have defeated three teams to get to this point so let's take a look back and see how each team arrived at tonight's big game in Frisco.
WATCH: FCD 2, Scorpions 0
It took FC Dallas quite a bit of effort to shake off the plucky side that currently sits in first place in the NASL, but Oscar Pareja's men wore down the Scorpions after a scoreless first half and eventually found a pair of goals through the Colombian connection of Fabian Castillo and Andres Escobar.
This win was Dallas' first ever against San Antonio and helped set up a Texas Derby in the fifth round of the tournament.
The scoreline is impressive, but the Union nearly crashed out at the first stage of their Open Cup journey.
An 89th minute goal from Maurice Edue saved Philadelphia embarassment and they went on to score twice in 30 minutes of extra time to beat their USL Pro affiliate.
Andrew Wenger scored in the 110th and 117th minutes to seal the victory setting up another home match against the NASL's New York Cosmos.
In another epic edition of the Texas Derby, FC Dallas prevailed for the fourth straight time and second straight in the LHUSOC with a 3-2 win after extra time.
A see-saw battle typical of FCD vs Houston matchups saw Dallas take the lead at BBVA Compass Stadium in the 35th minute through Fabian Castillo's slalomed effort. The Dynamo tied the game up before halftime, but Andres Escobar restored FCD's lead in the 59th minute with a screamer of a strike. Omar Cummings once against tied up the game just three minutes later and we headed for extra time.
Tesho Akindele wrote another chapter to his wonderful rookie season with a 98th minute game-winner and FCD moved on to the quarterfinals.
Once again, the Union needed extra time to see off their lower-league opponent, beating the NASL's New York Cosmos 2-1 in a wild match at PPL Park. Both sides tallied in a two-minute span in the second half sending the match to extra time where things really got nutty.
Sebastien Le Toux scored a game-winner in the 114th minute from the penalty spot, but that's only half the story. The 30 minutes of extra time saw five red cards and two yellow cards dished out in a wild match that saw Philadelphia move on to the quarterfinals where they were set to host the New England Revolution.
WATCH: FCD 5, Carolina 2
While lower league sides look easy on paper, this matchup against Carolina was anything but as FC Dallas would travel to a Railhawks team that had not lost at home in 24 games. Carolina came out and took the lead early in the match, but Blas Perez fired back for two goals and Fabian Castillo added a third to send a wild game to halftime with FCD leading 3-2.
Dallas took control in the second half and found goals from Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez to complete his hat trick and send FCD to tonight's semifinal matchup, the eighth LHUSOC semifinal in team history.
The Union scored a relatively straight-forward 2-0 win over the Revolution with goals in either half from Conor Casey and Sebastien Le Toux. The crazy part of this game surrounded an hour-long weather delay that saw a dust storm invade PPL Park.
It's been a very good month for Matt Hedges and the FC Dallas defense.
Led by the towering center back, the Dallas D has allowed just one non-PK goal in their last four matches. Hedges led all players with 12 clearances on Saturday night, had his goal-saving clearance off the line and added a poacher's goal of his own to complete his night.
For Brazilian midfielder Michel, it was a man-of-the-match offensive performance with a goal and two psuedo-assists on crosses that led to goals. Those won't show up in the stat sheet, but Michel had a direct hand in all three FC Dallas goals.
Both players have earned spots on the MLSsoccer.com Week 22 Team of the Week for their efforts. Congratulations to both! Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say:
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – He was the rock of the Dallas defense and even got into the offensive action, tapping in the opener from close range. Hedges also had a goal-line clearance as FCD beat Colorado 3-1.
M: Michel (FC Dallas) – The Brazilian was instrumental in all of Dallas' goals: He provided the cross from wide that led to Hedges' tap in, converted the PK himself and sent in the cross that led to the third.