FCDTV went behind the scenes recently with the U-18 Academy team as they faced two-time defending EPL Academy champions Fulham FC in the opening game of Dallas Cup XXXV. Enjoy our mini-documentary:
Sunday's game against New York Red Bulls is tracking to be another huge crowd at Toyota Stadium and we want to invite everyone to come out early for our Cinco de Mayo party in the El Jimador Cantina.
We're opening gates 30 minutes earlier than normal at noon and welcoming everyone to come grab lunch in the northwest terrace at Toyota Stadium where we'll be offering $1 tacos, $4 beers and $4 special mixed drinks to get everyone ready for our huge match against Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the Red Bulls.
One of the most popular new additions to Toyota Stadium in 2014, The LHK, will be DJ'ing while FCD players will hold autograph signings as well. Autograph schedule:
12:30 - 1:00: George John & Peter Luccin
1:00 - 1:30: Zach Loyd & Michel
Additionally, we have a very special Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer this week as SMU basketball Head Coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Brown will have the honors this Sunday.
We'll see everyone early on Sunday at Toyota Stadium as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the El Jimador Cantina before FC Dallas takes on the New York Red Bulls in their only visit to Frisco this year.
Saturday's 4-1 loss to DC United isn't one that FC Dallas fans will want to replay too many times, but there was one moment of brilliance from Mauro Diaz and FC Dallas. Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez and Mauro combined to score of the best team goals of the season so far in MLS and that goal has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. For Mauro, this is his third nomination of the season on his third goal of the year.
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The second annual FC Dallas Academy Day returns to Toyota Stadium on Saturday, May 3 as our first-place US Soccer Development Academy teams take on local side Dallas Texans.
Come watch the future of FC Dallas play on the stadium field in our annual celebration of the FC Dallas Academy with a tripleheader of matches.
Festivities kick off with the U-14s playing at 10:00AM, U-18s at 12:30PM and U-16s at 3:00PM. In addition, the FC Dallas first team will be practicing at the Toyota Soccer Center in the morning(time TBA) so you’ll have the opportunity to watch the pros train before Sunday’s big game against New York, then come watch the Academy in a crucial tripleheader of matches.
We will have street tacos on sale all afternoon while Tex Hooper and FC Drum powered by TXU Energy will be at Toyota Stadium from 11:30 – 1:30. The FC Dallas Team Store will also be open from 10:00AM to 2:00PM with all your FCD gear including our brand new LH Lifestyle line.
Did we mention admission and parking are both completely free?
We’ll see you out at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, May 3 for our second annual FC Dallas Academy Day!
It's time to turn our attention to Saturday's game against DC United and we break down what FCD needs to do for three more points in this week's Toyota Keys to the Match:
Matt Hedges is having his best season yet in 2014, earning a new contract extension and drawing calls for USMNT inclusion. He had another fantastic game on Saturday against TFC turning into an offensive juggernaut with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory.
For his efforts, he's earned a spot in the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 7. Hedges completed 42 of 48 passes on Saturday, had four interceptions and five recoveries according to the OPTA Chalkboard. Hedges has started 62 of the last 64 FCD games dating back to mid-2012 with eight goals scored in that time. He already has two goals scored in the first seven games of 2014 and needs just one more to tie his single-season high.
Here's Oscar Pareja's post game press conference after Saturday's big win over Toronto FC:
We discuss what FCD needs to do to get back on track against Toronto FC in this week's Toyota Keys to the Match:
Wednesday was the final group stage day at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV and always brings some exciting do-or-die games as teams look to advance to the knockout round. FC Dallas went 9-4-1 on Wednesday with seven of our 15 teams advancing to the Dallas Cup knockout round including four in the U-17 division.
Here's a roundup of the action:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy finished Dallas Cup week in strong fashion, defeating IF Brommapojkarna of Sweden 2-0 to finish their group in third place. Sebastian Gordillo and Santi Agudelo scored in the win. READ A FULL RECAP HERE.
The FC Dallas 96B Premier team defeated IMG Academy 2-0 in a must-win match to advance to the quarterfinals. The Premier team won all three of their group stage games and will play Dallas Texans' USSDA Academy team in the quarterfinals on Friday at 11:00AM at Richland College.
FC Dallas Youth 96B fell 2-0 to Andromeda on Wednesday afternoon to end their Dallas Cup.
FC Dallas El Paso 96/97 bounced back from their opening day loss to win on Tuesday and Wednesday, earning progression to the quarterfinals. They defeated Andromeda's USSDA Academy 2-1 yesterday to earn 1st place on goal differential.
FCD's 97B Premier team defeated IMG Academy U16B 2-0 to win their third-straight group stage game and advance to the quarterfinals.
FCD 97B Blue defeated Dallas Texans 97 Red to secure passage to the quarterfinals. They won all three of their group stage games.
FCD 97B Gold became the fourth FC Dallas U-17 division team to advance to the quarterfinals after beating Chargers SC 3-1 on Wednesday. They won all three of their group stage games by a combined score of 15-1.
The FCD U-15 Academy fell 2-1 to Columbia United to end their Dallas Cup group stage with one win from three games.
The FCD 98B Premier team secured passage to the quarterfinals with a 9-0 win over Cicero Mayas. Keegan McCombie and Matthew Gonzalez each scored twice in the win while Delfino Garcia, Austin Van Wagoner, Sebastian Venegas and Jesus Armendariz also scored in the win.
The U-14 USSDA Academy fell 1-0 to Futbolito Bimbo Soccer Tuzos on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup. They won one out of three games.
FC Dallas 99B Premier side fell to the Colorado Rapids U-14 side 2-0 in a must-win match on Wednesday. They finish the tournament with two out of three wins.
FCD 00B Premier drew 2-2 with Coral Gables Soccer on Wednesday, but will not advance to the knockout round despite earning seven points from their group stage games.
FCD's 00B East team defeated BSM Gottschee 3-0 on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup on a positive note with six points from the group.
The FCD U-13 Academy team defeated FC Bravo 3-0 to earn a spot in Thursday's quarterfinal.