The polls are officially open for 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year voting as MLSsoccer.com unveiled groups A-D today. FC Dallas fans should have a special interest in the outcome of group D, which includes Mauro Diaz's sensational one-time volley strike against Vancouver Whitecaps FC from Week 28.
A great goal for sure, but Diaz's tally is up against stiff competition with candidates by Portland's Will Johnson, San Jose's Alan Gordon and Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio also occupying group D. Voting for groups A-D is open through 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31 - that's 1:59 am CT, Friday, November 1 - so vote early and vote often to push Mauro through to the next round!
WATCH: Group D
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.
GOAL: Walter Martinez gives the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead in the first half.
GOAL: Chris Wondolowski doubles the lead with a rocket from the right side of the box.
WATCH: MLS Original Ramiro Corrales subs off to a standing ovation in his final match.
GOAL: Stephen Keel scores his first of the season to cut the lead in half late.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Seattle Sounders FC 0
MISS: Lamar Neagle's bicycle attempt goes just wide.
GOAL: Matt Hedges gives FCD the go-ahead goal off Michel's free kick.
GOAL: Michel taps in the insurance goal after a frantic sequence in the box.
Limited tickets are still available for FC Dallas Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday, October 19. Fans with a ticket to Saturday's match are welcome to enjoy an EPL viewing party, a player autograph session, FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC presented by Degree Men and more!
VIEWING PARTY: The Toyota Stadium gates will open extra early on Saturday morning (11 a.m.) as FCD will be hosting a viewing party of Manchester City vs. West Ham United on a portable big screen on the North Concourse. That match is scheduled to kick of at 11:30 a.m. CT as NBC's lead-in to the broadcast of the FC Dallas game live from Toyota Stadium.
FREE FOOD: Attendees of Saturday morning's viewing party will be offered free CiCi's pizza (while supplies last) and can take advantage of some exclusive pre-game drink specials (cash only, good until 1 p.m.).
MERCH DEALS: The first 100 fans who make a purchase of $25 or more at the FC Dallas Team Shop will receive a free Fathead. Special gameday offers in the Team Shop also include $25 off jerseys and $5 off hats.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Fans are also encouraged to arrive early on Saturday morning to take part in an autograph session featuring select FC Dallas players on the North Concourse.
GIVEAWAYS: The first 5,000 people through the gates will receive FC Dallas Player Face Fans presented by Degree Men.
SKYDIVER: Just before kickoff, witness retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman as he parachutes into Toyota Stadium.
2013 HOME FINALE: Cheer on your FC Dallas in the final home game of 2013 against Clint Dempsey and Seattle Sounders FC presented by Degree Men in a match that will be nationally televised on NBC.
POST-GAME MATCH: All fans are encouraged to stay after FCD takes on the Sounders and cheer on your Special Olympics FC Dallas Team in a friendly game against FC Dallas Youth.
All you need in order to attend FC Dallas Fan Appreciation Day is a ticket to Saturday's game, so BUY YOURS NOW!
Don't miss out on the third annual Guns & Hoses of North Texas Football Championship when it comes to Toyota Stadium on Saturday, October 26. Police and firemen have been training all year to see who will come out on top in this full-fledged tackle football game. Tickets for the big game are available for $10 or VIP tickets can be purchased for $20, and kids four and under get in free.
All ticket revenue will be donated to the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas, which counts on the support of the community to continue to serve the families of police officers and firefighters lost in the line of duty.
Parking at Toyota Stadium will be free for the game and a family-friendly tailgate featuring live music, inflatable and food and drink will get the festivities started at 1 p.m. in the Gold Lot. Stadium gates open at 5 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Columbus Crew 4
GOAL: Federico Higuain scores the first goal of the match for the visitors in the ninth minute.
GOAL: Jairo Arrieta doubles the Crew lead on the assist from Dominic Oduro.
GOAL: Blas Perez cuts the deficit in half with the assist from Mauro Diaz.
GOAL: Oduro scores just before the break to restore the two-goal lead.
GOAL: Diaz pulls one back for FC Dallas after evading some Crew defenders in the box.
GOAL: Bernardo Anor puts the game out of reach with a strike in the 86th minute.
Full Match Highlights: Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 1.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Nathan Sturgis.
GOAL: David Ferreira finishes the cross from Jair Benitez to give FCD the lead.
GOAL: Vicente Sanchez strikes from inside the box to tie the match.
OWN GOAL: Sanchez's cross is deflected in for an FC Dallas own goal.
CHANCE: Benitez forces Clint Irwin into a tough save.
With the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC presented by Cancun, state of Quintana Roo coming up on Saturday, September 7 (7:30 pm), we want you to send us your best #Vancouvering photos and videos on Instagram! Just watch the #Vancouvering video (above) from earlier this year and send us your own version on Instagram. The most creative video and photo will each win one (1) Blas Perez-signed scarf, four (4) tickets to the match against Vancouver on September 7 and $25 FC Dallas Stadium cash.
Once you come up with an idea, just post your photo or video to Instagram using the hashtag #Vancouvering by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 5. We'll contact and announce the two winners at noon on Friday, September 6. You can submit as many ideas as you like and double your chances of winning by posting a photo AND a video.
Last week was a good one for the FC Dallas players out on loan. In the NASL, Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez both made starts on the road against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Baladez played 60 minutes at forward for the Strikers and scored the game-winning goal off a header in the 34th minute. Sanchez, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes in goal for Ft. Lauderdale and made several clutch saves to pick up the clean sheet in the 1-0 victory. The young 'keeper was named the NASL Player of the Week for his performance. Ft. Lauderdale is now 2-2-0 on the season. The FC Dallas Homegrown duo will have their next shot at action Friday night when the Strikers host the Carolina Railhawks.
Match Highlights: Atlanta 0, Ft. Lauderdale 1
In Costa Rica, after making 16 starts in 17 appearances for Deportivo Saprissa last season, defender Moises Hernandez has yet to make an appearance through the club's first four Primera Division matches this season. Saprissa is currently 3-1-0 with a match against Uruguay coming up this Sunday.
In Sweden, midfielder Bobby Warshaw made his debut for Ängelholms FF on Wednesday, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 Swedish Cup win over Skövde AIK. Warshaw also made the gameday roster for the club's league match against Jönköpings Södra, but was an unused sub in the 2-2 draw. Ängelholms FF is 7-7-6 this season with a league road match against GIF Sundsvall coming up on Wednesday night.
Full match highlights: Portland Timbers 2, FC Dallas 1.
SHOT: Jackson's shot blocked by Donovan Ricketts.
GOAL: Ryan Johnson heads in the corner kick to give Portland the lead.
GOAL: Mauro Diaz scores his first MLS goal on the feed from Fabian Castillo.
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe strikes again onthe feed from Valeri.