FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman is seeing the world thanks to two FC Dallas supporters.
Well, the Hartman bobblehead, that is.
And the veteran goalkeeper is more than happy to log on to Facebook each day and find out what his recently released bobblehead has been up to.
“I feel like Flat Stanley,” Hartman said. “It’s been great. I haven’t really had the opportunity to travel to England, which is really weird for someone who’s played professional soccer for 16 years.”
Among the destinations bobblehead Kevin Hartman has visited include Wimbledon, London’s Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Supporters Jon and Brenda Beard are making sure the bobblehead hits all the hot spots.
“It’s cool,” Hartman said. “I’m living vicariously through my bobblehead.”
The FC Dallas U-18 team was honored at halftime of Saturday's sold-out match against the LA Galaxy for winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship. They beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 to become the first MLS side to win a title at the U-17/18 level.
Photos by Rick Yeatts
FRISCO – A future MLS star could take the field on Saturday when 4v4 tournament Futbolito takes place at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
If that thought seems ridiculous, talk to FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar.
He was on a team that won Futbolito nearly a decade ago in Houston.
Villar visited Houston to see his girlfriend at the time and went to a local park to workout and stay in game shape. He had just finished a season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds shortly after graduating from Penn State.
He wound up meeting some local soccer players who were playing a pick-up game in the park.
“I played a little bit with them, they said I could do this Futbolito thing and split the money with them,” Villar said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing anything’.”
Villar and his three impromptu teammates played in 7 matches in one day, winning each one – including the title match.
“We had no subs, it was just four of us,” Villar said. “It was competitive, little short games. Short-sided, small goals.”
Villar remembers the prize money being $500-$700 per person. It wound up being incredibly important cash on hand for him.
He had been waiting for a call from an overseas team to come over and play. A week after winning Futbolito, he got the call.
The money he won was used to buy a one-way plane ticket to Germany.
“It was funny, it was a time in my life where I was almost going away from soccer for good. Not that because of winning I stayed [with soccer]. But I played, took the cash and went to Germany,” Villar said.
Join fellow FC Dallas fans this Saturday for the Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser at The Fan Sports Lounge in downtown Dallas next to the American Airlines Center.
Event begins at 7 p.m. with the match against the Colorado Rapids kicking off at 8 p.m. on TXA21.
The first 100 fans through the door will receive Party at the Pubs Tour shirts.
Door prizes include an autographed, game-worn item from Kevin Hartman’s 400th match; autographed posters from Zach Loyd, Brek Shea and Kevin Hartman; tickets to upcoming July home matches and more.
Also, Tex Hooper, the FC Dallas Girls, and the Budweiser Promo Girls will be on-hand to interact with fans.
For driving instructions, click here for a map.
For fans who want to use light rail, you can travel to the DART Victory Station and make the short walk over.
FRISCO – Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant will be the honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt statue for FC Dallas’ next home match on Saturday, July 7.
The ceremony, where a notable figure hangs an FC Dallas scarf around the statue of past FC Dallas owner Lamar Hunt, will take place approximately 30 minutes before first kick of FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes.
The Cowboys wide receiver has developed a friendship with FC Dallas’ Brek Shea and an interest in soccer.
Shea and Bryant recently played in the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game and exchanged jerseys last season. Bryant and FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman were teammates at the Heroes game.
Lamar’s Tailgate starts 90 minutes before first kick (so 6:30 p.m. for July 7) on the North Concourse and features BBQ, street tacos and other food.
The culmination of the tailgate party is the scarfing ceremony of the Lamar Hunt statue. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki and U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann have been previous scarfers this season at an FC Dallas match.
What FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said Tuesday morning is music to the ears of FCD fans.
Barring any last minute changes or evaluations, players David Ferreira and Ricardo Villar should be in an FC Dallas uniform tomorrow night vs. Toronto FC.
“They’re back. They’ll be part of the 18,” Hyndman said after training Tuesday morning.
Hyndman wouldn’t elaborate on playing time for the two players, but he did offer thoughts on what he would look for from the pair.
For Ferreira, the 2010 MLS MVP who has had a long road back to the pitch, it’s about getting back into the flow of the game.
“Being away from the game as long as he has, it’s that sharpness and getting hit and getting knocked down and getting back up with that confidence,” Hyndman said.
For Villar, who last saw action against New England in the fifth match of the 2012 season, Hyndman is more measured.
“We’re hoping he can handle the demands of the game,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas players Brek Shea and Kevin Hartman played in Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game this past Saturday. After playing with their fellow celebrities and sports star-teammates, they took some pictures with them for FCDallas.com.
Brek & Kevin with Donald Faison (Scrubs).
Kevin with Josh Henderson (John Ross Ewing on TNT's Dallas).
Kevin with Charles Barkley.
Kevin with Terrell Owens.
Kevin with Dominque Jones (Dallas Mavericks).
After a month of nail-biting international matches, the European Championships conclude this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. when Italy faces Spain in Kiev, Ukraine.
While we're all sad to see the tournament end, Sunday's match will be entertaining on many notes.
The FC Dallas Girls will be stopping by The Londoner Uptown, Trinity Hall Irish Pub, and The Londoner Addison to chat with fans, take photos, and more importantly hand out free MLS-branded pint glasses, FC Dallas sunglasses, and more!
Be sure and take in the big match from any one of our pub partners and perhaps you'll have the opportunity to mingle with the FC Dallas Girls.
Wednesday was a big day for FC Dallas with the unveiling of AdvoCare as the new jersey sponsor. Enjoy pictures from the press conference Wednesday morning.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was the honorary scarfer for Saturday's match vs Chivas USA. The big German was a big hit during the ceremony and post-match, when he took the field for nearly an hour to play goalkeeper and take some penalty kicks.