Veteran Dallas Morning News writer Rick Gosselin featured rookie midfielder Ryan Hollingshead (right) in his column this week. Gosselin wrote about Hollingshead's decision to postpone starting his professional career in favor of spending a year helping his brother start a new church in Sacramento.
“When I said I was going to go help start that church and forgo that year of soccer,” Hollingshead said, “I did not expect to come back [to soccer]. Not because I didn’t want to or that the desire wasn’t there. More because I thought that was my chance — either you come and play now or it’s off the table.
“I wanted to play. But I wanted to plant this church first. That’s what God was calling us to do. Once they left the offer on the table, I took it.”
Read the full article HERE.
UPDATE (April 3, 11:30am): April's Scarf of the Month has officially sold out. Be sure to keep an eye out for next month's limited-edition scarf!
It's a new month, and with the turn of the calendar comes the next scarf in the FC Dallas Scarf of the Month line.
April's exclusive scarf is a nod to Texas history and the Texas Derby (presented by Novo Nordisk). With the match against the Houston Dynamo coming up this weekend, one side of the scarf features the "Come and Take It" slogan that was used during the Texas Revolution of 1835 and is used today to dare the Dynamo to try and reclaim El Capitan. On either side of the slogan is half a cannon, which comes together when the scarf is draped around the neck of an FC Dallas fan.
The reverse side of the black-and-white scarf features an FC Dallas wordmark with a star on either side.
For the first-time ever we're offering a FREE in-store pick-up option on ShopFCDallas.com. Fans can buy online and pick up their scarves from Toyota Stadium without shipping delays keeping this rivalry-themed scarf from reaching you before the Texas Derby on Saturday night.
If you're an FC Dallas fan traveling to BBVA Compass Stadium for the match this weekend, you'll definitely want to pick one up as it can double as a respiratory mask while you're in Houston. Last month's scarf sold out extremely fast, so order yours NOW!
*Please note: Scarf has not been medically-approved as a respiratory mask. But it will help keep the stank out of your lungs.
FC Dallas' next opponent has had a solid start to the 2014 season after a disappointing 2013. Chivas USA opened their campaign with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Fire in week one and managed a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in week two despite losing midfielder Agustin Pelletieri to a red card in the 13th minute.
It's a small sample size, but Chivas USA's encouraging peformances thus far have prompted MLSsoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe to break down whether or not the Goats are the real deal?
What do you think of Wiebe's analysis?
Full match higlights: FC Dallas 3, Montreal Impact 2
FC Dallas has partnered with the popular transportation service Uber to help fans get to and from two of the biggest events of FCD Week safely and in style. Uber will be providing a special offer to FC Dallas fans looking for a ride to Cocktails & Cleats (7-10 p.m.) in downtown Dallas this Thursday and to Toyota Stadium this Saturday when FC Dallas kicks off the 2014 season against the Montreal Impact, presented by AdvoCare (7:30p.m. kickoff).
First-time Uber users who enter the promo code FCDALLAS will receive their first ride FREE, up to $30 off. Just sign up for an Uber account here, and the code will automatically apply to your first ride!
Feast your eyes on the first-ever FC Dallas Scarf of the Month. Pretty sweet, huh?
The Scarf of the Month line is a brand-new merchandise series for 2014, which will feature a unique, limited-edition scarf that will be released on the first of each month throughout the regular season. That's eight one-of-a-kind scarves you'll have a chance to own. But when we say "limited-edition," we do mean limited, so be sure to get yours early before they sell out.
March's scarf (right) has been dubbed "This is Our House." It was inspired by the super-secret, all-new 2014 FC Dallas Home Jersey, presented by AdvoCare, (which will FINALLY be unveiled in a few days at Cocktails & Cleats) and by the "This is Our House" chants that can be heard from our Supporters at every FCD match at Toyota Stadium.
*FACT : In the time it took you to read this blog post, 12 of these scarves have been sold. Avoid sadness and BUY NOW!
We're one week out from Cocktails & Cleats, and even though we're not allowed to show you the all-new 2014 Home Jersey presented by AdvoCare until next Thursday's season kickoff event in downtown Dallas, we are allowed to show you the 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey. As you can see in the picture above, it's pretty sharp.
It looks especially intimidating if you can manage to have smoke rising off your body like Raul. But even if you can't make the smoke thing happen, you can at least get the new jersey if you want to look a little bit more like Fernandez. The 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey is on sale now at ShopFCDallas.com in both short sleeve (right) and long sleeve styles.
We know this isn't quite the new look you're all waiting to see, but we figured this could hold you over until the big unveil next Thursday night. We'll see you then.