Joey Cummings makes it 3-1 to FCDSO! pic.twitter.com/e4eoTYdHOa
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 28, 2015
Joey Cummings was not going to be denied.
The FC Dallas Special Olympian had not scored all season and was determined to get on the scoresheet. Like any goal poacher, he wasn’t happy about being subbed off early in the second half against LA Galaxy Special Olympics with his team up 2-1.
“Right before his last sub, he said ‘why are you taking me off I haven’t scored yet? I’ve played all season and haven’t scored,’” said coach Kyle Schroeder. “I told him to not worry and that we would get a chance to score and he did.”
With five minutes left and the Galaxy pushing for an equalizer, Cummings, who had subbed back in, was unmarked at the far post and finished a cross to open his account for the year and get that goal he’s been searching for. After the goal, Cummings did his trademark airplane celebration before giving fellow coach Craig Schroeder a bear hug.
“It was great. It was my first time to score a goal and I loved it,” said Cummings grinning from ear to ear. “My teammates helped me a lot. We work so hard.”
Cummings’ goal sealed a 3-1 win for his FC Dallas squad winning their 2015 season finale.
“I was amazed,” said Cummings about the win. “This is why I do this because I love it.”
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 28, 2015
The FC Dallas Special Olympics team supported by Globe Life ended their 2015 season with a win topping the LA Galaxy Special Olympics team 3-1 on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.
Doug Sullivan and Laurence Fairchild scored first half goals to give FC Dallas a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
A penalty kick goal pulled Los Angeles within a 2-1 score in the second half but Joey Cummings scored five minutes before the final whistle to earn a win for the FC Dallas Special Olympics team.
“So many special moments,” said coach Kyle Schroeder. “It was fantastic to come away with the win, we scored three terrific goals put in a solid team performance.”
September is Children's Cancer Awareness month as you'll see the players in tomorrow's match walking out with special t-shirts and we have a young woman battling cancer from our own FC Dallas family that we want to tell you about.
Ellie Slate, an absolutely soccer-mad player from the FC Dallas '04 Girls Premier team, is battling Accute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and she needs our help. MLS has send 50 limited-edition Children's Cancer Awareness scarves to be sold in the team store on Saturday night only and normally the funds would be donated to a cancer charity or hospital but with one of our own facing this awful disease, the FC Dallas Foundation will be sending all proceeds to Ellie's Gofundme account. Get your scarf tomorrow in the team store to help benefit Ellie as she battles leukemia.
If you can't make the game on Saturday but would like to donate, please follow the link below as one of our FC Dallas family battles cancer.
For the third straight year, Toyota Stadium will play host to a special doubleheader on Saturday night as directly following the FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy match, the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas team supported by Globe Life will host the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California team in a 50-minute match.
The game is part of a two-legged series between FCDSOTX and LASOSO as our FCD team will travel to California to face the Galaxy directly following the match at the StubHub Center on September 26th. Both weekend's will be special for both sides as the teams will go to the Texas Rangers game on Friday night together and partake in other fun activities while in California both squads will visit an Anaheim Ducks game and much more!
Additionally, Doug Sullivan from the FCDSOTX team will have the honor of scarfing the Lamar Hunt statue before Saturday's game at 7:30PM on the north concourse.
FC Dallas encourages all fans to stay after the MLS match to support both sides in what is always a fun and joyous night. Saturday's match will feature full introductions with animated player video and much more as well as many of our game presentation elements including FC Drum, Tex Hooper and more!
The games are about so much more than the score, however, as the competitors display their amazing teamwork, attitude and athleticism. It truly is a special night at Toyota Stadium and we encourage all our fans to stay afterward and cheer on both teams!
By Taylor Hester
Toyota Soccer Center is used to hosting prestigous youth tournaments, but this weekend is one for the adults as the sixth annual Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown hosted by FC Dallas kicks off in Frisco.
The 21-and-up tournament started in 2011 with just 22 teams and has since grown to 78 teams in 2015. It's open to USASA-registered adult soccer teams. Teams from all over the country and even outside the borders of the U.S. come to play.
"It's grown quite a bit over the years," Tournament Director Jesse McNeil said. "It's highly competitive. We've got teams that have played all over."
The tournament plays host to a vast diversity of players and teams. Former FC Dallas and Trinidad & Tobago forward Scott Sealy played last year. Former professionals, teams that have competed in the U.S. Open Cup, and other D-1 college players are entered to play this weekend.
McNeil says the complex combined with the $10,000 cash reward helps bring the competition out.
"With high-level players, they want to win when it comes down to it," McNeil said. "It can stop being a fun tournament and turn into a very serious competitive tournament. But that’s good. It’s good for us.”
Each team receives three games in pool play with a chance to advance to the playoffs and win big. Heading into its sixth year with their largest quantity of teams ever, the popularity of the tournament continues to grow.
"It’s something that’s important to them and we’re happy to host them," McNeil said.
By Jeremy Villanueva
The party don’t start ‘til FC Dallas walks in, and this summer has been a non-stop party.
FCD’s mobile sales team has hosted handfuls of pool parties across the DFW area this summer as a chance to have some fun and enjoy the sun while raising money for Kicks for Kids pres. by Raytheon.
“We work individually with different properties all throughout the DFW just to have them have two great events,” FCD Mobile Sales Manager Ryan Hurtado said. “One with a pool party where our sponsors and Budweiser provide some beer. We’ll bring some pizza, some great music and DJs, promo items, etc. You name it. [The other] the party itself, we’re raising money for our Kicks for Kids initiative for underprivileged youth to the game.”
Hurtado said not only will you expect the dance battles that’ll ensue when the DJ gets going, but also you’ll get a lively experience to soak up the hot temperature and have an excuse to jump in the pool and have a good time.
“I think one thing first and foremost is people were looking for a way to come out to an FC Dallas match,” Hurtado said. “The cool thing of having them come out and having their property buy them tickets to come out to a game is really exciting. Two, people are really excited about soccer right now so to have a face-to-face and meet people in the industry [is exciting].”
The apartments get good feedback and the apartments want to make these pool parties a year-to-year things as people are excited to have a good time at the party and make it to the game, according to Hurtado. Now in the program's third year, FCD mobile will host six pool parties this summer and has added both season ticket holders and big groups coming out to Toyota Stadium after making introductions at these parties.
“It’s been fun for us to give people their first taste and then have them keep coming back,” Hurtado said.
If you’re interested in getting FC Dallas for a pool party at your property, contact Hurtado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's another limited-edition scarf on sale now for FC Dallas fans, and this one benefits a great cause. All proceeds from the FC Dallas Foundation's "Give for 90" scarf will benefit the FC Dallas Special Olympics Team, supported by Globe Life, as they get set to face the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Team on August 15.
Fans can secure their scarf by donating $35 to the FC Dallas Foundation, and checking the "Give for 90 Scarf" box in the top section of the donation form. Purchased scarves can be picked up on August 15 during the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy doubleheader featuring the MLS and Special Olympics matchups for both teams. Season Ticket Holders can also pick their scarves up at the Meet the Team event on August 13.
The American Heart Association's annual Dallas Heart Walk is right around the corner, and we want you to join us on Team BR19!
The FC Dallas Foundation has once again organized a team to walk in memory of Bobby Rhine, former Dallas Burn and FCD player and broadcaster who passed away in September 2011 from a sudden heart attack. This year's walk is on Saturday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m. starting from Reunion Tower Field in Dallas.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Reunion Tower Field
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Deadline for registration: September 12th
Deadline for registration to receive a BR19 tee: August 26th
Rhine's former Dallas teammates and current MLS head coaches Oscar Pareja and Jason Kreis will both participate in the walk honoring their late friend just hours before FC Dallas and New York City FC square off at Toyota Stadium. Assistant coaches from both clubs will participate as well including NYCFC assistant Miles Joseph who was another close friend of Rhine's from their Dallas Burn days.
You too can join Team BR19 by clicking here to register. All participants who donate a minimum of $25 and are registered by August 26th will receive a Team BR19 t-shirt. Registration will be open until 8:30 a.m. on September 12 and donations will continue to be accepted well beyond the 2015 Heart Walk.
All donations benefit the American Heart Association.
For more info on the event, watch our FCDTV recap of last year's walk:
It’s derby week once again as FC Dallas returns home from a five-game road swing with the Houston Dynamo making their first MLS appearance at Toyota Stadium since March 17, 2013.
Not only is the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk a heated battle on the field, but through the Derby Donates initiative, it is now a way for both teams to come together and give back to their local communities. This week, there are three different ways that the FC Dallas Foundation and Dynamo Charities are getting involved.
First, through the “Every Save Makes a Difference” initiative and partnership between MLS WORKS, Allstate and Univision Deportes, for every save made in the Texas Derby, $500 will be donated to that team’s designated community organization. The FC Dallas Foundation has chosen Soccer Assist as the beneficiary for each save made, while Dynamo Charities has chosen Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley as theirs.
The second initiative is a friendly competition between each foundation. The losing team’s foundation will be donating $1,000 worth of soccer equipment to a charity in the wining team’s community. Should FC Dallas win, Dynamo Charities will donate equipment to America Scores Dallas. And should Houston win, the FC Dallas Foundation will donate to Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley.
Finally, FCD president Dan Hunt has personally challenged FC Dallas fans to show their support leading up to Friday’s match. For every tweet using #CrushTheOrange, Hunt will personally donate $1 to the FC Dallas Foundation, up to $1,000. We’ve made it easy for you to do so with the Tweet buttons!
No matter the result on the field, both teams will be contributing to the greater good of their local communities this rivalry week.
The Dallas hub of the non-profit organization Lionsraw is looking for teams and individual players to take part in the 24-Hour Soccer Marathon beginning at 11 p.m.on June 26th after FC Dallas' game against Houston and running non-stop until 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th.
This unique fundraising event works to raise funds benefitting both the Lionsraw organization and the FC Dallas Foundation. Lionsraw is a movement seeking to Create Chances for Change by harnessing the passion of football fans, enabling them to serve others at home and away.
The Lionsraw team is in need of 50 players that would like to take part in the soccer marathon for the entire 24-hour event. In addition, the organization is looking for 24 teams to each play an hour-long match against Lionsraw team.