FC Dallas midfielder Michel is nominated for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for his olimpico againts Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night and rookie defender London Woodberry is up for MLS Save of the Week for his goal-line clearance of a Lamar Neagle header just two minutes earlier.
You can see all the nominees for Goal of the Week and Save of the Week in the videos below and vote for your FC Dallas nominees in the polls to the right.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 4-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC.
GOAL: Eddie Johnson splits the defense to give Seattle the early 1-0 lead.
SAVE: Raul Fernandes comes up big one on one vs. Brad Evans.
GOAL: Lamar Neagle rounds a challenging Fernandez to double the Seattle lead.
GOAL: Kenny Cooper heads home Michel's free kick to pull FC Dallas within one.
SAVE: London Woodberry steps in for Fernandez to keep FCD within a goal.
OLIMPICO: Michel bends one in off the corner kick to equalize for Dallas.
GOAL: Seattle responds quickly as Johnson scores his second of the match.
RED CARD: Blas Perez is issued a delayed booking to put FCD down to 10 men.
GOAL: Obafemi Martins ices the game with a finish in the 83rd minute.
FC Dallas Youth was well-represented at the 2013 North Texas State Cup that took place over Mother's Day weekend. FCDY had 11 teams advance to the semifinals of the tournament, seven teams make it to the championship match, and four teams win State Championships. Below is a list of all the FC Dallas Youth teams that advanced to the knockout rounds and how they finished in the tournament:
|02 Girls Premier||Matt Grubb||U-11 Girls||Championship|
|01 Boys Premier||Jose Pino||U-12 Boys||Championship|
|01 Boys||Gabby Gentile||U-12 Boys||Semifinalist|
|00 Girls||Ben Waldrum||U-13 Girls||Semifinalist|
|00 Boys East||Darrin Hedges||U-13 Boys||Finalist|
|99 Girls South Blue||Luis ZuaZua||U-14 Girls||Finalist|
|99 Boys||Guillermo Lopez||U-14 Boys||Finalist|
|98 Boys Premier||Gabby Gentile||U-15 Boys||Championship|
|97 Boys Central||Francisco Arias||U-16 Boys||Championship|
|96 Boys Premier||Scott Dymond||U-17 Boys||Semifinalist|
|95 Boys Premier||Scott Dymond||U-18 Boys||Semifinalist|
Congratulations go out to all FC Dallas Youth teams that qualified for the 2013 North Texas State Cup and good luck to the teams that advanced to the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma.
The FC Dallas Foundation is proud to partner with America SCORES Dallas to present the 2013 Corporate Cup at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, June 23. The event offers companies the opportunity to form teams and play where the pros play at FC Dallas Stadium in a tournament that will benefit America SCORES Dallas, "the only youth development program that addresses high obesity and illiteracy rates in Dallas while cultivating the next generation of leaders in urban elementary schools."
For more information on the tournament, see the flyer below or visit the America SCORES Dallas website. If your company would like to have fun while supporting a great cause, register for the tournament here.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' wild 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez comes up big on Darren Mattocks' wide open shot.
OWN GOAL: Michel's corner kick results in a Vancouver own goal for the early 1-0 FC Dallas lead.
GOAL: Matt Hedges finishes the set piece opportunity early in the second to give FCD a 2-0 lead.
POST: Mattocks comes inches away from putting Whitecaps FC on the board.
GOAL: 18-year-old Kekuta Manneh breaks through for Vancouver late in the second half.
GOAL: Brazilian playmaker Camilo equalizes with 15 minutes remaining.
RED CARD: Brazilian midfielder Jackson sees a straight red late in the game.
SAVE: Blas Perez shows great ball control, but Joe Cannon comes up big to keep the match tied late.
For once, there's no argument when it comes to where FC Dallas should stand in the MLS Power Rankings; pundits across the board have ranked FCD number one. The folks at MLSsoccer.com ranked Dallas number one for the first time this season, citing the play of goalkeeper Rauls Fernandez and playmaker David Ferreira as reasons for FCD's rise.
Avi Creditor at SportsIllustrated.com and Ives Galarcep with Soccer By Ives both kept FC Dallas on top of their rankings, with both noting the contributions of a healthy David Ferreira to FCD's success. The rankings on ESPNFC.com and Goal.com both pointed out that Dallas' win was a special milestone for head coach Schellas Hyndman while keeping the club ranked number one. And Yahoo! Sports and the Bleacher Report also both named FC Dallas as the top team in Major League Soccer after week eight.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.
Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers
|1||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||2,056|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||76||D.C. United||1,583|
|3||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,521|
|4||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||89||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,451|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,381|
|6||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Colorado Rapids||1,351|
|7||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,329|
|8||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Chicago Fire||1,319|
|9||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,293|
|10||Marcelo Sarvas||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,258|
|11||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,183|
|12||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||86||Columbus Crew||1,147|
|13||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,142|
|14||Jeff Larentowicz||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,134|
|15||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,114|
|16||Jonny Steele||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||1,094|
|17||Lionard Pajoy||Forward||D.C. United||90||Philadelphia Union||1,091|
|18||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,063|
|19||Austin Berry||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,059|
|20||Justin Braun||Forward||Toronto FC||90||Houston Dynamo||1,010|
You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: Blas Perez tests Joe Cannon early.
GOAL: David Ferreira's corner kick goes in off Brad Rusin's back.
GOAL-LINE CLEARANCE: George John hustles back to clear Matt Watson's shot off the line.
GOAL: Perez beats Cannon with a header off Kenny Cooper's deflected shot.
George John may have scored the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy, but center back partner Matt Hedges' defensive performance Saturday earned him Team of the Week honors for Week 7. Hedges had a game-high nine clearances and posted a succesful pass rate of 94% (identical to John's), completing 30 of 32 passes. Hedges was also named one of MLSsoccer.com's top three Men of the Match in the post-game recap.
DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – George John may have gotten the goal and the glory in FCD’s 1-0 win over the Galaxy, but Hedges was the best defender on the field, making plenty of timely interventions to keep LA off the board.
See the full Team of the Week here.
It might not seem like a big deal to most people, but getting to participate in team warm-ups is a big step for FC Dallas rookie Walker Zimmerman. The young centerback was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) by Dallas in last January's MLS SuperDraft, but due to a prior groin injury has yet to practice with the squad.
Zimmerman was considered by many to be a risky pick by FCD because his injury prohibited him from participating in the Combine leading up to the SuperDraft. Head coach Schellas Hyndman said his staff scouted the defender during his college career at Furman well enough to know that he was worth the risk.
"We’d seen him play in college and we knew he was with the Under-20 National Team, so we got a lot of reports on him," Hyndman told FCDallas.com after training Wednesday. "The things we really liked about him were his athleticism, his courage and his character. He’s a lot like George [John] and Matt [Hedges], a similar type of player."
Ever since FC Dallas picked him in the first round, Zimmerman has been working tirelessly to return to the field and show the club that it's faith was not misplaced.
"We know it’s frustrating for him and he wants to be able to help the team," said Hyndman. "He works awfully hard and follows his recovery plan religiously and now we’re starting to see a little life in his legs because he’s really excited to join us in training."
Now that he's started participating in warm-ups, Zimmerman's next milestone will be to take part in a full training session. The recovery process may sound tedious, but Hyndman said it's the best way for players to avoid a more severe injury in the long run.
"Sometimes you’re so anxious to get players back onto the field that you can push them too quick," said the gaffer. "Then when they’re in a game situation, their adrenaline’s going high and they want to help the team, but if something goes wrong then they’re set further back again with another injury.
"We want to make sure he’s capable of the demands of the training session, which will then verify to us that he’s capable of the demands of the game."