U.S. Soccer released the roster of women's players that will arrive in Frisco in just a few days for a weeks worth of training. Coach Pia Sundhage named 28 players to the training roster who hope to play in the Feb. 11 game vs. New Zealand at 3 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium. Of the 28 players, 17 will be named to the game day roster.
U.S. Soccer said more than 14,000 tickets have already been sold for the game. For ticket information, click here.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Jill Loyden, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch, Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach
Newly signed player Carlos Rodriguez trained with FC Dallas for the first time today in Mexico. This photo comes from our own Jason Minnick, who is with the team during their trip. FCD had one training session this morning and face Playa del Carmen tonight in a scrimmage.
Ranking the MLS squads before a game has been played will surely rile up fans. But that didn't stop MLSSoccer.com from rolling out preseason Power Rankings today.
FC Dallas is No. 11 according to the pot-stirrers who compile the rankings and had this to say:
"Blas Pérez will score goals and, by June at the latest, be the most hated striker in MLS for his diving and histrionics. But will David Ferreira and Daniel Hernandez be healthy? Is Brek Shea’s head already overseas? And how will they replace Marvin Chávez, Jackson and possibly George John?"
It's not too often a soccer game breaks out at the American Airlines Center. But the way Mavs coach Rick Carlisle got ejected during last night's Mavs/Thunder game sure made it look like he's kicked a soccer ball or two. He's just a little bit late to be an FCD trialist for this season, though.
FC Dallas players arrived at their hotel last night in Cancun and Blas Pérez decided he wanted a group picture with some teammates. Notice newly signed Carlos Rodriguez to Blas' left. The lounge chair Blas is in certainly looks comfortable...
National Signing Day isn't just for high school football - it's fútbol, too. Five players in the FC Dallas Academy signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Congrats to them and their families on this big day.
Michael Ambrose, defender – University of Maryland
Ambrose has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He was one of eight MLS developmental players invited to play with U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup last summer and is currently serving as captain of the FCD U-18 Academy squad.
Mark Ashby, defender – Harvard University
Ashby has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He currently attends Denton Ryan High School where he participates in the Student Council and National Honor Society. Ashby has SAT/ACT scores of 2140/30. He was the District 4-A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman before joining the FC Dallas Academy.
Danny Garcia, midfielder – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Garcia has played with the FC Dallas Academy team since 2008. Garcia collected 16 goals in 14 appearances with the U-18s so far this season. He attends W.T. White High School where he has a 3.45 GPA. Garcia has also appeared in the MLS Reserve League with FC Dallas, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City last season.
Aaron Guillen, defender – Florida Gulf Coast University
Guillen is a left-footed defender who joined the FC Dallas Academy this past summer from affiliate club FC Dallas El Paso.
Nicholas Rochowski, defender – University of New Mexico
Rochowski is ranked among the ESPNHS Top 150 as well as the ESPN RISE Top Defenders for 2012 graduates. Part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2008, he maintains a 3.9 GPA at Flower Mound High School.
Sad news for our friends at Women's Professional Soccer. The WPS announced today it's suspending operations for 2012.
The news comes just days after the U.S. Women's National Team earned a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
We're also less than two weeks away from the USWNT making an appearance at FC Dallas Stadium against New Zealand on Sat. Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.
Here's some details from MLSSoccer.com:
WPS issued a statement on Monday afternoon announcing that the league’s board of governors voted to suspend operations in 2012 “to permit the league to focus on the resolution of certain pending legal issues and the challenges that now face the league as a result of its ongoing dispute with a former owner.”
Although not mentioned by name in the press release, that former owner is magicJack’s Dan Borislow, who has been engaged in a legal battle with WPS after the league terminated his Florida-based franchise last year in the midst of a publicly contentious relationship.
Earlier this month, a judge ruled in favor of Borislow in stating that WPS did not follow procedure in eliminating the club. The court case is ongoing with further hearings set to be held.
"We have diverted so many resources into litigation,'' WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan told The Associated Press. "This is something that needs to be resolved before we can move forward with play.''
FC Dallas got the preseason started with a scrimmage on a chilly Saturday morning. Here's a quick video of the goals scored: