Late last month, the FC Dallas U-14 ECNL team traveled to San Diego, California to play some of the best competition in the nation and watch the Women’s College Cup Final Four. The FC Dallas ladies played the number one team in the country and two other top Southern California teams at the event.
"Through this outstanding level of competition, [the team] was able to gain some valuable experience that will be vital as they make a push to qualify for the national championships," said head coach Matt Grubb.
In order to do that, the FC Dallas U-14s must finish in the top two out of 10 teams in the ECNL Texas conference.
In addition to the intense competition and high-quality level of play, the team was also able to see the NCAA Division I College Cup semifinals and finals. They saw both semifinal matches between Stanford and North Carolina, and Penn State and Florida State, respectively on Friday, November 30.
"Both semifinal matches were decided in overtime on some spectacular goals," said Grubb. "They saw players like Christine Nairn, Maya Hayes, Crystal Dunn, Satara Murray, and our own [former FCDY players] Alina Garciamendez and Chioma Ubogagu as well as several others that have national team experience playing at a blistering pace and with the utmost creativity and flare."
In the final on Sunday, December 2, the girls watched UNC beat Penn State 4-1.
"This trip for the ladies will prove to be a great experience," said Grubb, "to help them raise their level of play and emulate some of the college greats in hopes of one day competing at the same level."
Registration is now open for the third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by AdvoCare, returning to the FC Dallas Stadium Complex March 9-10, 2013.
The adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare is limited to U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18/19 Boys and Girls Teams. Coaches representing NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs, as well as Junior Colleges will be in attendance. Each College/University coach who attends the event will be provided with a player resume book detailing each player’s academic and athletic data.
In 2012, 180 college coaches attended the College Showcase, and even more are expected to flock to Frisco in 2013.
Format and Cost: Each team will have the option to play two or three 80 minute matches. The cost for two matches is $650 and the cost for three matches is $850. The cost includes parking at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex. In order to comply with NCAA recruiting rules, points will be awarded for each game to determine a bracket winner, but no awards will be presented.
Team Requirements: Each U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 team is allowed a maximum of 22 players with five guest players per roster. However, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in each game. Each U-15 team is allowed a maximum of 18 players with five guest players per roster.
Hotels: Out of town teams are required to stay in an FC Dallas College Showcase designated hotel. The list of hotels can be seen here.
Other Important Information: Instructions for completing player profiles, schedules, field maps, hotel information, and all other pertinent information regarding the weekend’s events will be made available on the adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare web page here.
The FC Dallas Team Shop - located in the Northeast corner of FC Dallas Stadium - is running some great merchandise specials this week.
- 50% off Caps: From now until Friday, December 14 all caps in the Team Shop are half price while supplies last - including the one modeled by goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.
- 50% off Jerseys: Thursday, December 13 is Jersey Thursday, when all 2012 FC Dallas Jerseys - as modeled by defender Zach Loyd (above, right) - will be on sale for 50% off.
- FREE Jersey Tee with purchases of at least $75: On Friday, December 14 any purchase of $75 or more will come with a FREE FC Dallas Jersey Tee (while supplies last) as modeled by our very own Tex Hooper (above, left).
Be sure to stop by the FC Dallas Team Shop this week and take advantage of these great offers for the holiday season.
Special Holiday Team Shop hours (now thru Dec. 21, 2012):
Monday-Wednesday: 10 am-4 pm
Thursday: 10 am-7 pm OPEN LATE
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Our friends at MLSsoccer.com are in the middle of their annual Year in Review series, which reflects on the highs and lows of the previous season team-by-team. Yesterday the series turned its attention to FC Dallas. Here's what they had to say.
FC Dallas beat writer Daniel Robertson (@DRobertsonFCD) examines the club's season and awards superlatives like Best Moment, Best Goal, Best Save and more. Robertson also suggests some offseason needs that FC Dallas needs to fill to return to the playoffs in 2013.
This time around Robertson sits down with Technical Director Fernando Clavijo to discuss what kind of impact the U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer hopes to have on the team in his first offseason with the club.
MLSsoccer.com New Media Editor Andrew Wiebe (@AndrewWiebe_MLS) shines the Opta Spotlight on FCD's 2012 campaign to see how much of an effect injuries really had on the team's performance and just how dangerous the club could be in 2013 if the right players stay healthy.
MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle (@MLS_Analyst), a.k.a. the Armchair Analyst, pretty much sums this one up in the title as he looks at the impact 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira made on the team once he returned in the middle of the 2012 season.
The folks at MLSsoccer.com also did a nice job on the video below, which takes you through every goal scored by FC Dallas in 2012 in chronological order.
FC Dallas hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black
*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: David Ferreira sets up Jackson for the opening goal of the game in the 73rd minute.
GOAL: Ferreira gets his second assist as he feeds Fabian Castillo on the wing for the 2-0 lead.
GOAL: Second half substitute Laurent Courtois pulls one back for Chivas USA in the 90th minute.
GOAL: Juan Agudelo ties the match in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs and Outside The Lines recently spent some time with FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz to chronicle the 'keeper's decision to donate bone marrow. Seitz registered to become a donor with a bone marrow center called DKMS four years ago when he was with Real Salt Lake. When he received an email from the organization letting him know that they'd found a match in August, Seitz made a difficult decision to help save a total stranger.
Read the amazing story HERE.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: Blas Perez puts away a rebound off Dan Kennedy to put FCD up 1-0.
SAVE: Hernan Pertuz clears Miller Bolanos' header off the line to preserve the lead.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jorge Villafana the equalizing goal.
SAVE: Hartman pushes Juan Pablo Angel's chance over the crossbar.
GOAL: Villafana ties the game for Chivas USA in the second half.
SAVE: Hartman's kick save denies Juan Agudelo's attempt at the go-ahead goal.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: David Ferreira's penalty kick is saved by Brad Knighton.
POST: Ferreira hits one off the crossbar on the feed from Brek Shea.
OFFSIDE: Blas Perez's late goal is called back offside.
GOAL: Julian de Guzman scores the last-second match-winner to secure the three points.
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).
Tickets are going fast, so get yours now for the most important match of the year at FC Dallas Stadium.