FC Dallas players Daniel Hernandez, Kevin Hartman, Matt Hedges and Jonathan Top along with FC Dallas president Doug Quinn officially unveiled new FCD-themed reading rooms Tuesday at the McMillan Center in West Dallas.
The FC Dallas Foundation and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, teamed up with West Dallas Community Centers to beautify two reading rooms inside the McMillan Center.
Players read books donated by the National Education Association (NEA), on behalf of Read Across America Day (March 2), and signed autographs. It was a great way for FC Dallas to give back and to help kick off the 2012 MLS season.
FC Dallas players will be featured in NBC promotions leading up to First Kick this Sunday. David Ferreira, Blas Perez, Ugo Ihemelu and Brek Shea went in front of the camera while the team was in Orlando.
Blas Perez on the pitch.
Ugo action shot.
Brek gets ready for filming.
Ferreira strikes a pose.
Blas is ready.
FC Dallas star Brek Shea is the cover boy for the latest Eastbay catalog. He's featured on Eastbay's website with photos, video and a story worth checking out. Here's an excerpt:
It wasn't long before soccer became the perfect stage for Brek's creative play. He watched as many soccer games as possible, not for a specific team or player, but to soak in as much as he could. Apparently he's a quick learner because Brek made the country's U-17 team after his freshman year of high school. He was drafted by FC Dallas in 2008 and has been playing there ever since. "Just being a pro at that age was the coolest thing for me."
Brek has more than a few goals under his belt, but it's the nature of his contributions that are drawing more attention than his numbers. He's creative and smooth, with a hint of drama. He's great at getting a perfect touch on the ball. He's got the speed and the stride to dribble through defenders with some of the best in the business. His on-field play is unexpected, sometimes unrefined and nothing short of artistry.
But if that inventiveness ended when he walked off the pitch, what fun would that be? So Brek keeps it flowing. When Eastbay walked into Brek's home, we were instantly met with a scene that tells us Brek is creating more than he has room for. From wall to wall, he has hung his original art. Some pieces are leaning up against the wall because they don't have a place yet. His outdoor studio has canvas piled upon canvas, just waiting for the next wave of inspiration.
NBC Sports Group announced on Monday that Kyle Martino will join play-by-play voice Arlo White as the lead analyst for the network’s coverage of Major League Soccer.
White and Martino will make their debut on Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network when FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Stadium. The network will broadcast 41 games during the 2012 season, including three on NBC, followed by five MLS Playoff matches.
“I am very excited to be joining a company with such a rich sports history,” Martino said in a statement. “To be a part of that tradition by covering Major League Soccer is a tremendous honor. I look forward to being a part of the NBC Sports Group team.”
Martino will not call the game in a conventional sense. Instead, he will occupy a role “Between the Benches” during matches with White remaining in the broadcast booth. From this vantage point, Martino is expected to provide unique field level insight in addition to game analysis. NBC currently employs a similar technique during their hockey coverage, using an “Inside the Glass” analyst.
MLSSoccer.com's Simon Borg graded all the MLS squads who participated in last week's Disney Pro Soccer Classic. Here's what he said about FCD:
FC DALLAS (2-1-1, 6 GF / 4 GA): David Ferreira continues to be the story this preseason. After 90 surprising minutes against BK Häcken, there was the setback of missing the final two matches of the tournament due to a sore Achilles.
They became the FC Dallas of old with Ferreira in the lineup, but the new guys ain’t too shabby. Hernán Pertúz is a rock in the back, Blas Pérez is FCD’s best forward of the Schellas Hyndman era and Carlos Rodríguez adds quality on the left.
But the most intriguing aspect of the tournament for FCD is Brek Shea’s move to forward against Houston. It should have longer legs than the left back experiment of last year.
MLS First Kick presented by Dick's Sporting Goods is fast approaching - just a little more than one week away.
FC Dallas fans will notice some changes which will get them into FC Dallas Stadium early and have a good time.
New for all 2012 FC Dallas Games is Lamar’s Tailgate Party.
It starts 90 minutes before first kick (so 12:30 p.m. for March 11) on the North Concourse and features BBQ, street tacos and other food. Even better - different food and drink specials prior to every game.
The fun continues on the Budweiser Beer Garden with live music, pool ball (think soccer and billiards mixed together on a giant pool table), Bud promo girls, prizes, and more food and drink specials extended through the whole game.
The culmination of the tailgate party is the return of the scarfing ceremony of the Lamar Hunt statue. Each game will have a special guest doing the scarfing.
Game starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are going fast and are on sale at fcdallas.com and will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
For the New York Red Bulls game there will be vuvuzelas to the first 5,000 fans.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening of the FCD pop-up shop inside Trinity Hall. Those who came out enjoyed themselves and getting to check out the new FC Dallas gear. The pop-up shop is open Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Mexican National Team will host five-time World Cup champion Brazil in the final match of their 2012 U.S. Tour, it was announced today by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), together with Soccer United Marketing (SUM).
Presented by Degree Men, the match will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m. CT, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. All remaining tour matches, in New York on May 27, Chicago on May 31 and Arlington, will be played during FIFA dates, making the top players available for all participating squads.
An exclusive Visa pre-sale for this game will begin Friday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. CT online via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. CT online at Ticketmaster, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Cowboys Stadium box office located at Entry A on the northeast side of the stadium. The Cowboys Stadium box office operating hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards.
The upcoming match between Mexico and Brazil will mark their 37th encounter between the two clubs, with a 21-6-9 record in favor of the South American nation. The last meeting between the two was a 2-1 Brazil win on October 11, 2011 in Mexico. The game will be televised live on Univision and on radio on Futbol de Primera in the United States.
Big day for the national team as the U.S. defeated Italy 1-0 for its first-ever victory over Azzurri. The important details from MLSSoccer.com:
The pivotal moment came in the 55th minute when Fabian Johnson whipped in a teasing ball that Jozy Altidore laid off superbly for the on-rushing Dempsey, who drilled his shot hard and low past the despairing dive of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
The win marks the first time the US have defeated Italy in 11 attempts since the nations first met 82 years ago. It also marks the first time Italy have lost in Genoa since 1924.
Facing the three-time World Cup champions was clearly the biggest test yet for US manager Jurgen Klinsmann, and his side passed with flying colors, earning a fourth straight victory. The USMNT's record under Klinsmann is now 5-4-1.
FC Dallas' Brek Shea started the match for the USMNT. It was his 10th appearance for Klinsmann and the only player to play in all matches for the manager. Shea was subbed out in the 73rd minute.
Join us for a party to celebrate the release of the FC Dallas 2012 kit. The FCD pop-up shop will be located inside Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station in Dallas and will be the first place for you to see and purchase both home and away jerseys.
This event is a celebration for the fans and includes free food and drinks for those in attendance. Thursday will also feature the live-streaming of FCD's match vs. Toronto.
Trinity Hall pop-up shop hours are: Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday: 5-10 p.m. and Sat: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘12 home jersey
‘12 road jersey
FCD t-shirts and hats