FC Dallas had three players named to MLSsoccer.com's 2014 24 Under 24, presented by adidas. The annual list highlights the top 24 players in Major League Soccer under the age of 24 as voted on by a panel of various members of the soccer media.
Fabian Castillo checks in at No. 3 on the list this season in the midst of a career year for the young Colombian. Castillo has accrued nine goals and four assists so far in 2014, including an 11-game point streak across all competitions over the summer. The 22-year-old forward has appeared on the list for four seasons running.
Mauro Diaz makes his 24 Under 24 debut at No. 6 in just his first full year in MLS. The Argentine playmaker has three goals and three assists in what's been an injury-shortened 2014 season. All three of those assists and two of the goals came in the month of March when Diaz was voted Etihad Airways Player of the Month.
The final Dallas player to make the cut in 2014 is rookie Tesho Akindele. The first year forward came in at No. 23 after breaking the FC Dallas franchise record for goals by a rookie with seven scored on the year (so far). The Colorado School of Mines product has also contributed three assists this season and is widely considered a leading contender for 2014 Rookie of the Year.
What do you think of FCD's three representatives on this year's 24 Under 24? Should any other Dallas players have made the cut? Let us know in the comments section below.
FC Dallas extended its home winning streak to seven games Wednesday night with a 3-1 win over the league-leading Seattle Sounders FC. FCD jumped into the lead early thanks to an eighth minute goal by David Texeira. Check out the first half highlights below, which include a couple saves by Raul Fernandez to keep the score 1-0 at the break:
Seattle brought in Lamar Neagle off the bench in the 54th minute, and the super sub equalized for the Sounders with a golazo from outside the box just four minutes later. But Dallas stifled hope of a Seattle comeback in the 78th minute when Texeira struck again off a second assist from Andres Escobar and Blas Perez iced the game in the 88th minute with his fourth goal in three matches. Check out those highlights below:
FC Dallas suffered a narrow road loss to the LA Galaxy Saturday night. Check out the highlights below, including Blas Perez's third goal in two games and five saves by Raul Fernandez:
Everything's comin' up Dallas this week in MLS; after FCD beat Vancouver 2-1 this weekend, the team moved up in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings and Blas Perez was named Player of the Week and nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week.
And now Perez, Homegrown midfielder Victor Ulloa and centerback Matt Hedges have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. Here's what the staff at the league site had to say about the FCD trio:
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – The Dallas central defense was physical, sharp and organized all evening in their 2-1 win over Vancouver, and Hedges was a main reason why.
M: Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas) – The kid is legit. He was very effective in the center of the park against Vancouver and deserves more hype than he's gotten so far.
F: Blas Pérez (FC Dallas) – Relatively few theatrics and measured efficiency from the Canalero, which worked well given his recent efforts – two games in a week – with Panama. Crazy golazo to boot.
In case you haven't heard Blas Perez is coming off a pretty good week. Not only did the Panamanian forward score twice in the Copa Centroamericana while on international duty, but he also bagged a brace for FC Dallas in a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday to earn an MLS Player of the Week award.
Super Raton has a chance to win another award based on his stellar week as his first goal against Vancouver is nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. You can watch the video above to check out the "competition" if you want, but you might as well save yourself the time and just vote for Blas now.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week — including an archive of all of this season's nominees and winners — click here.
FC Dallas earned a critical 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Toyota Stadium Saturday night. The first half highlights include a RIDICULOUS goal by Panamanian forward Blas Perez who just rejoined the club from national team duty. Seriously though, check out that goal:
Vancouver leveled the match in the second half when forward Erik Hurtado blasted a shot past Raul Fernandez on the counter attack. But Super Raton had the last word, tucking home a rebound off a free kick to earn himself a brace and three more points for FC Dallas:
Scott and Daniel preview FCD's huge Western Conference battle this Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC:
All the best action from FC Dallas' narrow 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium:
Head coach Oscar Pareja and rookie forward Tesho Akindele talk about FCD's upcoming match against Real Salt Lake.
It's been three years since Bobby Rhine passed away. It doesn't feel like it could've possibly been that long ago.
Bobby (below right, celebrating a goal scored by now-head coach Oscar Pareja in Pareja's final professional match) was one of the genuinely nicest people I've ever known. I was lucky enough to work with him on a daily basis for a little over a year. Even when I was an intern brand new to the world of Major League Soccer, Bobby went out of his way to make me feel welcome at FC Dallas. He had a unique ability to lighten the mood and make you feel like he was one of your oldest friends.
Bobby was also a better ambassador for the Beautiful Game than FCD could've asked for, and he set the bar for what a club icon should be.
He was drafted by the Dallas Burn sixth overall in the 1999 MLS College Draft. From that point on, Bobby made Dallas his home.
He spent his entire 10-year playing career in a Burn/FC Dallas jersey (212 games played, 23 goals and 34 assists). Bobby met his wife here and started a family here. And after he hung up his boots in 2008, he became the voice of the club as he transitioned into a broadcasting career.
It's impossible to put into words what Bobby meant to those who knew him, but I highly recommend Nick Firchau's in-depth article from a year ago.
FC Dallas carries on Bobby's memory in a number of ways; the "Forever Our Voice" banner that hangs from the Toyota Stadium press box, an annual youth soccer tournament that bears his name, and for the third year in a row, FC Dallas staff, ownership, fans and partners will come together for the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Dallas.
You can sign up to join team BR19 here, and walk with us as we pay respect to the man who will be Forever Our Voice.