After FC Dallas' 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids ealier this month, the FC Dallas Special Olympics team played the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics squad in the second match of a doubleheader that evening.
The event was a resounding success, and one part of what made it all possible was the volunteerism of a handful of FC Dallas Youth players. With 10 players on the roster, the Special Olympics team needed a few volunteers in order to accomodate an 11v11 full-field game.
They got the extra players they needed in FC Dallas U-18 ECNL players Jordan Mulnix, Makenna Johnson and Ashley Bishop and ECNL U-23 forward Hannah Higgins [above, bottom row, left four].
"It was an incredible atmosphere," said Higgins, a recent University of Texas graduate who has played for FCD's U-23 team for the past three summers. "I know the [Special Olympics players] were super excited to get out there and play."
Higgins' younger brother is a Special Olympics athlete and her father is president of the Flower Mound Special Olympics. She said as soon as the opportunity came up she knew she wanted to help any way she could.
"I definitely try to give back to Special Olympics," she said. "Whenever I can I try to go out and help coach my brother’s Special Olympics team or just volunteer, whether it’s hanging out with the kids or coming to cheer them on."
That kind of volunteerism is something encouraged through the PRACTICE program, which is a character-building initiative FC Dallas Youth uses to reinforce traits such as Compassion, Respect and Integrity in players both on and off the pitch.
"It was a really fulfilling experience for me," said High School senior Ashley Bishop, a midfielder for the U-18 ECNL team. "[The Special Olympics players] were so pumped to play in the stadium. They were super excited and I think they all had a lot of fun. It was a really good experience for everyone."
With the support from FC Dallas Youth, the front office and the thousands of fans who cheered the team on throughout the match, the Special Olympics athletes got the memorable night they deserved.
"To have the opportunity to play on a professional field in front of professional athletes; I think they felt like superstars that night. For all of us that volunteered, that’s what we wanted; we wanted them to feel like superstars."
Scott and Daniel break down this weekend's Western Conference matchup against the San Jose Earthquakes.
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Check out all the goals and saves from FCD's HUGE 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids!
Rookie forward Tesho Akindele scored his fourth goal of the season and goalkeeper Raul Fernandez made four saves to earn the shutout. Here are your full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over Chivas USA!
You see that date in the top left corner of this blog post? It's the first day of August, guys. And that means it's time for a brand spankin' new Scarf of the Month!
We decided to mix things up this month by going with blue as the predominant color on August's scarf. "Dallas 'Til I Die" is sewn on one side between two FCD shields while the other side reads "FC Dallas" between two #DTID hashtags.
It's simple, yet exquisite. And this month we're sweetening the deal with free shipping on orders of $50 or more (limited-time only). So get yours today!
Here are your match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over the New England Revolution Saturday night:
Here are your match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 Fourth of July win over the Philadelphia Union:
The USMNT survived the World Cup's Group of Death.
They've got a do-or-die match against Belgium this afternoon in the final game of the Round of 16. They played an absolutely thrilling match against Belgium in the Round of 16 that saw goalkeeper and American Hero Tim Howard play out of his ever-loving mind and make a World Cup-record 16 saves in one match. And to top it all off, the Fourth of July is this Friday.
What better time than now to release our patriotic-as-hell July Scarf of the Month?
The scarf features a stars and stripes pattern on one side, with "ONE NATION" emblazoned on the reverse side between two FC Dallas shields.
I would write more, but let's be honest, this baby's gonna sell itself and I've got some games to watch.
UPDATE (11:45 p.m.): Major League Soccer has confirmed that the previously postponed MLS match between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas is now rescheduled for Sunday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. CT at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Saturday night's match between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas has been postponed due to extenuating circumstances. The match was scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 28, but was delayed for more than an hour due to severe weather in the vicinity of Crew Stadium. The postponement was announced at 8:12 p.m. CT.
From the Columbus Crew's official statement:
Prior to the Major League Soccer match between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas on Saturday, June 28, first responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest. Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. No other information surrounding the incident is known at this time.
Details of the rescheduled match will be announced as soon as they are made available.