FC Dallas face a must-win match this Saturday, Sept. 15 when Vancouver Whitecaps FC come to Frisco for the final meeting of the season between the two clubs.
The match kicks at 7:30 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium and will air at approximately 11 p.m. on TXA21. To watch the match live and be a part of the excitement BUY TICKETS NOW: FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Stadium
Vancouver currently occupies the final Western Conference berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Four points behind the 'Caps in the standings sits FC Dallas, meaning a win on Saturday would leave the Texas side just one point shy of the final playoff berth. On the other hand, if Whitecaps FC should pick up a win at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday the Canadian teams' lead on FCD would expand to seven points, which would all but eliminate Dallas from playoff contention. With so much on the line, Saturday's game is unquestionably the most important match of FC Dallas' 2012 season to date.
Saturday's match is just as important to Vancouver. Losers of four straight matches dating back to a 2-0 loss at the hands of FC Dallas on Aug. 15, Whitecaps FC desperately needs to win this match in order to distance itself from FCD in the standings. And having scored just once in those last four matches, the Vancouver offense will be looking to right the ship in Frisco on Saturday night.
The match is presented by Guerrero as well as associate sponsors Novo Nordisk and Cash America. The festivities will start as soon as the gates open at 6 p.m., as Hispanic Heritage month will be celebrated at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday night. As always, fans are encouraged to enjoy BBQ, street tacos and live music as part of Lamar's Tailgate on the North Concourse - which will feature a live mariachi band - or visit the Budweiser Beer Garden for foosball, pool ball and great food and drink specials. The pregame festivities will conclude with the ceremonial scarfing of the Lamar Hunt statue, which will be performed by former U.S. Men's National Team captain and National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa (check out Balboa's "Best MLS Goal of all time" at the end of this highlight reel).
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Full Match Highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 road loss to the LA Galaxy.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman snatches David Beckham's free kick attempt.
SAVE: Hartman holds on to Mike Magee's headed chance on goal.
SAVE: Hartman denies Marcelo Sarvas' shot from inside the box.
GOAL: Juninho scores on the setup from Jose Villarreal for the second half lead.
GOAL: Todd Dunivant ices the game on the feed from Michael Stephens.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman keeps Fabian Espindola off the scoresheet.
SAVE: Hartman denies Espindola again to maintain the clean sheet.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo scores his third goal in as many games off the give and go with David Ferreira.
GOAL: Alvaro Saborio heads one in off a corner kick to level the match for Real Salt Lake.
GOAL: Ferreira scores the stoppage time game-winner off the feed from Brek Shea.
FC Dallas hosted the third annual Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. With $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, 54 teams registered for this year's edition of the tournament. FC Dallas would like to thank all the teams that came out last weekend for making it a great event and congratulate the following champions and runners-up in each division:
Midfielder David Ferreira recently did an interview with Spanish media outlet MARCA.com in which the former MLS MVP discussed his highly-anticipated return from injury last month and what FC Dallas needs to do to finish the season strong.
Ferreira also discusses the impact of Colombian players in Major League Soccer, the latest Colombian national team selection and the recent rise of countryman Radamel Falcao.
Click here to read the full interview in Spanish on MARCA.com.
Below are a few translated excerpts from Ferreira's interview:
On his feeling since returning in early July...
"I feel good. I’m getting better little by little and I’m trying to get back to a higher level where I will be able to help the team return to our objective of making the playoffs."
On turning the season around for FC Dallas...
"It’s really a matter of developing a good soccer team. We have gotten better the last couple of games but we know that we can’t afford to lose more points at home. That is the objective."
On Colombian players in MLS...
"I believe it’s important. The Colombian players that have passed through the league have left a name. Because of this, MLS teams have collected many Colombian players. We hope that more will come."
The FC Dallas U-14 Pre Academy team coached by Francisco Molina claimed the U.S. Club National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in Waukegan, Ill. on July 31. A national tournament open to all of the regional premier league champions, FC Dallas U-14s advanced to the competition by winning the Texas Pre Academy League’s U-14 division with an undefeated record of 16-0-5.
The U-14s opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over South Carolina United Battery on Friday, July 27. Goals were scored by Weston McKennie, who scored 10 goals in the regular season, and leading scorer Christian Ramirez, who tallied 19 goals to lead the U-14s during the regular season.
The next day FC Dallas faced HBC Fusion of New York. Richard Tapia and Bernie ZuaZua scored in that game to give the U-14 side its second straight 2-0 win. The team's final group stage match was a must-win against the Chicago Fire. Ramirez came through in the match, putting away a cross from teammate Eric Davies to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win and a spot in the semifinals.
FCD met DMS of California in the semifinals on the morning of Monday, July 30. After 70 minutes of scoreless regulation time, the sides played two 10 minute overtime periods. The breakthrough came in the second overtime when Ramirez scored his third goal of the tournament off a ZuaZua corner kick to give FC Dallas a late 1-0 lead. Minutes later Delfino Garcia put a shot on goal that the DMS 'keeper deflected, but Tapia pounced on the rebound to put the game away with a 2-0 win.
FC Dallas faced the New York Red Bulls in the championship game on Tuesday, July 31. New York dominated large portions of the match, but the Dallas defense held strong to maintain a scoreless match through regulation. Early in the first overtime period, FC Dallas established possession and strung together a series of passes that ended with Jessi Najera playing a through ball to Tapia. Being chased by two Red Bulls defenders, Tapia didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a shot that beat the New York goalkeeper to give FCD the 1-0 lead in overtime. After some stellar defending in the dying minutes, FC Dallas won the match with yet another shutout to claim the championship.
After an undefeated season that started in Sptember of 2011, the U-14s won five games in five consecutive days without allowing a goal against and outscored their opponents 8-0 to win the national title.
Christian Ramirez - 3
Richard Tapia - 3
Bernie ZuaZua - 1
Weston McKennie - 1
The Complex at FC Dallas Stadium hosted the firs-ever FC Dallas MoneyGram Nations Cup last month, and the tournament had a great turn out. The tournament was played in a round robin format consisting of 16 select teams representing their respective countries and/or continental regions. Identifying soccer as the common language among all nationalities, FC Dallas in conjunction with DFW International created this World Cup-style tournament to provide the international community in DFW a chance to play and celebrate the Beautiful Game. Take a look at pictures from this year's tournament below.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Rapids defender Luis Zapata.
SAVE: Brek Shea's shot caught and held by Matt Pickens.
GOAL: Omar Cummings scores on the pass from Conor Casey.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo sends in a cross that's headed home by Carlos Rodriguez.
GOAL: Rodriguez returns the favor by setting up Castillo's game-winner with some help from David Ferreira.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
BLOCK: Jason Hernandez blocks Fabian Castillo's shot on goal.
CLEARANCE: Hernan Pertuz clears Chris Wondolowski's chip off the line.
CLEARANCE: Carlos Rodriguez clears Ramiro Corrales' attempt off the line.
TACKLE: Pertuz makes goal-saving tackle on Alan Gordon.
RED CARD: Corrales sees a second yellow and is ejected from the match.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Wondolowski.
SAVE: Matt Hedges and Hartman combine to deny Shea Salinas.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC.
GOAL: Zach Loyd puts in a diving header to give FC Dallas the 1-0 lead.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Ryan Johnson the game-tying goal.
GOAL: Danny Koevermans scores in his fifth straight match to tie it up for Toronto.
SAVE: Hartman makes a late save on Koevermans to preserve the draw.