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19 March 1:46 pm

All three FC Dallas players who scored in the club's weekend win over the Houston Dynamo broke into the Top 10 of the Weekly Castrol Index for Week 3. Center back George John claimed the highest spot among FC Dallas players at number five, just ahead of forward Kenny Cooper at number six. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson landed at number nine, rounding out the trio of Dallas goalscorers.

Castrol Index Week 3 Top 10 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Marco Di Vaio Forward Montreal Impact 90 Toronto FC 1,359
2 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 87 New England 1,341
3 Bill Hamid Goalkeeper D.C. United 90 NY Red Bulls 1,310
4 Graham Zusi Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 Chicago Fire 1,254
5 George John Defender FC Dallas 90 Houston Dynamo 1,199
6 Kenny Cooper Forward FC Dallas 90 Houston Dynamo 1,193
7 Gláuber Defender Columbus Crew 90 SJ Earthquakes 1,078
8 Luis Robles Goalkeeper NY Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,058
9 Andrew Jacobson Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Houston Dynamo 1,029
10 Thierry Henry Forward NY Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,028

See the full Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 rankings here.

19 March 9:06 am

MLSsoccer.com's Daniel Robertson put out an article yesterday about FC Dallas' effective use of set pieces against a Houston Dynamo team known to be lethal in dead ball situations. Below are a few notable quotes from the feature:

Schellas Hyndman on the win: To get two goals off of a team that is strong in the air and a good goalkeeper who has been to two straight MLS Cups, it’s great.

George John on his goal: Whether it goes off of your face, your head, shoulder, if it gets in the goal, it’s a goal, so I’m happy about that and happy with three points.

Andrew Jacobson on his goal: I kind of just followed George in so I wouldn’t get shoved and got a foot on it.

Read the entire article on MLSsoccer.com here.

15 March 4:40 pm

Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly chat with fans on the FC Dallas Facebook page on Thursday morning. During the chat, Hunt addressed a number of topics in response to fan questions; including the result against Chivas USA, the club's recent television deal, expectations for Kenny Cooper's first season back in an FC Dallas kit and more.

The chats are part of Hunt's recent initiative to be as interactive with FC Dallas fans as possible. The chats take place every Thursday, and you can see all of his answers from this week's chat on the FC Dallas Facebook page here.

A Dallas native, Hunt also wants to interact with FCD fans via his new Twitter account, @DanHuntFCD.

"I want the fans of this club to know how invested I am in the continued growth and success of FC Dallas, and the best way to make sure they know that is for me to talk with them directly," said Hunt. "Social media makes that communication extremely easy for me to let them know that we're all hoping and working for the same thing, and that is for FC Dallas to be a championship team."

02 March 11:51 pm

Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

GOAL: Jackson capitalizes on Ceus' error to give FCD the lead.

SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Pablo Mastroeni.

SAVE: Fernandez makes a one on one stop against rookie Deshorn Brown.

17 December 12:09 pm

This is the final week of the year for you to purchase your holiday gifts from the FC Dallas Team Shop. We're offering some great merchandise specials to help all you last-minute shoppers take care of all your gift-giving needs.

  • 50% off Toddler and Youth fleece warm-up sets: From now through Friday, December 21, get a special gift for that little FCD fan in your life with half-price fleece warm-up sets for kids while supplies last.
  • 50% off all jerseys, hats and t-shirts: On Thursday, December 20, finish your Christmas shopping and save some money by saving 50% on all jerseys, hats and t-shirts in the Team Shop while supplies last.

Be sure to stop by the FC Dallas Team Shop in the Northeast corner of FC Dallas Stadium this week and take advantage of the final sale of 2012.

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-12 pm

14 December 5:10 pm

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."

13 December 11:03 am

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.

REGISTER HERE

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. 

READ: Coaches praise club and complex at 2012 FC Dallas College Showcase

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.

Contacts: For more information, contact FC Dallas College Director Scott Dymond (469.365.0206) or Girls Director of Coaching Chris Ring (214.704.1063).

12 December 3:52 pm

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

11 December 10:59 am

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.

2012 in Review: FC Dallas

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.

2012 in Review: Q&A with FC Dallas TD Fernando Clavijo

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.

Opta Spotlight: If injuries abate, Dallas could be explosive

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.

Armchair Analyst: Ferreira's injury tells FCD's 2012 tale

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.

FC Dallas 2012 Goals

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.

26 November 2:34 pm

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.

Under-16 Division

Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*

Under-15 Division

Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy

Under-14 Division

Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy

Under-13 Division

Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC

Under-10 Division**

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