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22 July 11:31 am

The English Premier League's Aston Villa arrived in Frisco on Saturday morning to mark the beginning of their 2014 Texas Tour. The team attended the FCD vs. New England match in Frisco Saturday night to try and get a little scouting in before they face off against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.

Aston Villa trained for the first time in Frisco on Sunday for only a light training session and later that night former Aston Villa player who traveled with the team, Lee Hendrie, made a visit to the authentic Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Dallas. He gave the restaurant a jersey and team pennant.

Monday saw a more intense, fast paced training session inside the stadium in order to get them ready for the heat they will face in their two upcoming games in Texas. After training, Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, an avid Aston Villa fan, gave the team a visit on location in Frisco.

Today, the team took a tour of the Cowboys stadium ahead of tonight's open training session at Toyota Stadium in preparation for the 8pm kickoff Wednesday night.

 

If you don't have tickets for Wednesday's match yet, click here to secure yours.

21 July 4:33 pm

It's a busy week at Toyota Stadium as we prepare for Wednesday's match between FC Dallas and English Premier League side Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram and Tuesday is one of the biggest days annually at Toyota Stadium as we host our Season Ticket Holder Meet The Team day. Here's all the info on tomorrow's big event:

*NOTE* If you are not a season ticket holder, you can still gain access to Meet The Team day by calling 888-FCD-GOAL and getting your 2015 season tickets.

6:00 - West gate opens for STH's only

6:15 - Free dinner available for STH's in the El Jimador Cantina(Northwest terrace)

6:30 - Special Fan Q&A session in the WinStar River Club with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert & players Shay Given, Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, Fabian Delph & Gary Gardner. (Open to STH's only)

6:30 - East gate opens for non-STH's with a ticket to Wednesday's match for Aston Villa open training session. (You must have a ticket to Wednesday's international friendly for access to Tuesday's open training session)

7:00 - Aston Villa open training session begins

7:15 - FC Dallas players out to locations for Meet The Team day.

 

17 July 9:07 pm

It's a big week coming up at Toyota Stadium with two home games in the next five days, and to kick things off, we're hosting the very popular "Hardline" from 1310AM The Ticket on Friday afternoon at Toyota Stadium!

Corby Davidson and Mike Rhyner will be broadcasting live from 3-7PM in the Winstar River Club at Toyota Stadium on Friday and all FCD fans are encouraged to come out at enjoy a happy hour with the Hardline. 

The bar will be open and we hear that Stephen Keel will assist the guys in a special PK shootout in the 5:00PM hour so stop by after work and spend Friday happy hour with us and The Hardline! 

 

16 July 6:12 pm

Saturday's game against New England is presented by Albertsons Market and they want you to come out to meet defender Stephen Keel and goalkeeper Chris Seitz Thursday, July 17th at Albertsons in McKinney at 6800 Virginia Parkway from 4:30 - 6:00PM!

Get your autograph and photo with fan favorite Stephen Keel and 2012 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year Chris Seitz! In addition, bring new or gently used soccer cleats, shin guards and balls to donate! Every person who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a signed Stephen Keel FC Dallas jersey!

16 July 2:28 pm

With Mauro back, Blas firing in hat tricks, FC Dallas on a seven-game unbeaten streak, a trip to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semi-finals coming up and with the weather getting "colder" these last few days, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in July here in Texas! Because it's such a wonderful time, we wanted to celebrate by giving away THREE pairs of tickets to Saturday's game vs New England pres. by Albertsons Market.

Here's how you can win:

All you have to do is post a picture on Twitter or Instagram of yourself supporting FC Dallas with the hashtag #FCDXmasInJuly. We'll randomly select the three photos by Friday at noon to each win a pair of tickets to this Saturday's match at Toyota Stadium against the New England Revolution at 8:00PM pres. by Albertsons Market.

Get your FCD gear on and Tweet/Instagram your pictures out to show your #FCDXmasInJuly support and we'll see you at Toyota Stadium on Saturday!

04 July 11:17 am

FC Dallas is back at Toyota Stadium tonight and it's one of the biggest games of the season as we host our annual July 4th match, this time against Eastern Conference foe Philadelphia Union. Here are the ten things you need to know before heading to Toyota Stadium tonight:

1. Tonight's match is presented by TXU Energy and the first 5,000 fans inside Toyota Stadium will receive light up banger sticks courtesy of TXU Energy so arrive early! 

2. Don't miss Walker Zimmerman signing autographs at 6:45 in the TXU tent on the north concourse.

3. The Lamar Hunt Statue ceremonial scarfer tonight will be Phil Taylor. The Frisco native founded The American Fallen Soldiers Project in 2007 and has painted 130 portraits that have been presented to the families of America's fallen military across the Uniteed States. This is the 6th year we've partnered with The American Fallen Soldiers Project.

4. Tonight's match is the first of four straight 8:00PM summer kickoff times at Toyota Stadium.

5. You're definitely not going to want to leave after the match tonight as the biggest post-game fireworks show in north Texas will fire off just minutes after the final whistle.

6. On the field, FCD faces a tough battle against a Philadelphia team that, like Dallas, is unbeaten in their last five competitive matches. Philly has scored nine goals in their last three MLS matches and here's your weekly Know Your Enemy piece.

7. While parking is always free for everyone at Toyota Stadium, our Toyota drivers out there can enjoy FREE upgraded parking in the Camry Gold Lot tonight. The Camry Gold Lot is directly NW of the stadium adjacent to the Dr. Pink field.

8. Tonight's weather forecast is looking very good for a July night with a high of 92 and a low of 72. The temperature should be in the upper 80's by kickoff.

9. Kickoff is set for 8:00PM with the match broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports HD 148 as well as in english on 100.7FM and spanish on 1270AM. 

10. Tickets are nearly sold out for tonight's match with only scattered singles remaining, but we are offering $19 standing room only tickets that allow access to the Budweiser Beer Garden as well as some of the best views in the stadium at the top of sections.

30 June 3:16 pm

Win or go home.

Your United States World Cup team has reached the knockout round and battles Belgium on Thursday afternoon at 3:00PM in Brazil & our FCD World Cup Tour pres. by McDonalds is set for the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center. If you were at either of our downtown Dallas watch parties, you know how special they've been and if you missed it, well just watch this.

Here's your FAQ's for Tuesday's watch party:

When should I arrive?

The match kicks off at 3:00AM, but the plaza was packed an hour before kickoff. Arrival by 1:30-2:00PM should get you a good spot. Should. We had close to 5,000 show up for Thursday's watch party and we expect that many to be here for this knockout round match.

How should I get there?

There is parking available in the Audi Garage on the east side of AAC for $5. We also encourage all attendees to take Dart Light Rail to Victory Station for Thursday's event.

Can I bring food and drinks to AT&T Plaza?

You are permitted to bring a small, sack-sized cooler with non-alcoholic drinks. Beer will be available for purchase outside in the plaza as well as food, soda and water both from outdoor vendors and concession stands inside the AAC.

Can I bring folding chairs?

Yes, folding chairs are permitted into the AT&T Plaza and were all over the plaza last Thursday. The screens are elevated high enough that you will easily be able to see whether you are sitting or standing.

Will all three screens be on?

Yes! We're going to have the USA-Belgium match on the big screen attached to the front of the AAC as well as the two large screens on the sides. Can't wait.

How can we make this an event that unites the whole city?

Invite your friends via our Facebook event, talk it up, get all your friends who live down in that area to come out. Every media outlet in town should be there so let's show DFW that Dallas is a soccer city!

 

24 June 4:30 pm

This is it. Your United States World Cup team battles Germany on Thursday morning at 11:00AM in Brazil & our FCD World Cup Tour pres. by McDonalds is set for the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center. If you were at Klyde Warren Park for our USA-Portugal watch party, you know what a special event it was and if you missed it, well just watch this.

Here's your FAQ's for Thursday morning's watch party:

When should I arrive?

The match kicks off at 11:00AM, but Klyde Warren was packed 90 minutes before kickoff. Arrival by 9:00AM should get you a good spot. Should. We had close to 5,000 show up for Sunday's watch party and we expect that many to be here for this final group stage match.

How should I get there?

There is parking available in the Audi Garage on the east side of AAC for $5. We also encourage all attendees to take Dart Light Rail to Victory Station for Thursday's event.

Can I bring food and drinks to AT&T Plaza?

You are permitted to bring a small, sack-sized cooler with non-alcoholic drinks. Beer will be available for purchase outside in the plaza as well as food, soda and water both from outdoor vendors and concession stands inside the AAC.

Can I bring folding chairs?

Yes, folding chairs are permitted into the AT&T Plaza.

Will the Portugal-Ghana game be on?

Yes! We're going to have the USA-Germany match on the big screen attached to the front of the AAC and Portugal-Ghana will be on one of the massive screens on the side of the AT&T Plaza. This is seriously going to be awesome.

What happens if the weather is bad?

We've been getting some much-needed rain around DFW over these last few days which has been great, but it's also made predicting the weather almost impossible. If inclement weather is imminent for Thursday's watch party, it will be moved inside the American Airlines Center...which actually would be pretty cool.

How can we make this an event that unites the whole city?

Invite your friends via our Facebook event, talk it up, get all your friends who live down in that area to come out. Every media outlet in town should be there so let's show DFW that Dallas is a soccer city!

 

20 June 3:55 pm

The World Cup is officially upon us and Budweiser wants to send you to the ULTIMATE 2014 FIFA World Cup Final viewing party in Las Vegas!

You can win a trip for two to the Ultimate World Cup Final VIP party on July 13 in Las Vegas including:

-Round-trip airfare July 12-14 to Las Vegas

-Two nights/Three days lodging at The Palms

-Free food and beverage

-Access to the Sunday, July 13th Ultimate World Cup Final viewing party at The Palms

Entry runs through Wednesday, June 25th and is only eligible for those within a 75-mile radius of Toyota Stadium.

Here's the details on how you can enter:

1. Fill out our online form here.

2. Tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself in your favorite World Cup national team gear using #BudWC14

3. Text BudWC14 to 444-222

One winner will be chosen by random drawing on or about June 26. The winner and a guest will win a trip out to Las Vegas from July 12 - July 14 for the big party with VIP access and much more!

CLICK HERE FOR FULL OFFICIAL RULES.

 

 

20 June 2:23 pm

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with midfielder Andrew Jacobson.

Andrew was born in Palo Alto, California. He attended UC-Berkeley from 2003 to 2006 where he was named to the All Pac-10 team three times. Jacobson was the 24th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and DC United's first pick. Instead of playing in the MLS, he chose to sign a contract with Lorient of France's Ligue 1. Jacobson returned to the MLS in 2009 to DC United. He was then selected by the Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft in November of the same year. Finally, he was treaded to FC Dallas in February of 2011. Jacobson started in 27 games last season and registered a career high in goals at three before being named captain of FC Dallas before the 2014 season. 

- What's your earliest soccer memory?

Andrew: Playing for the Lightning Lizards when I was four years old. There were 14 or 15 kids just running around chasing a ball.

- You played a little bit in France, what was the best thing about the country and what was the worst?

Andrew: The weather was definitely the worst and the best was the food. I haven't been back, but I would, just not to Lorient again.

- Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions before every game?

Andrew: I eat the same meal before every game (rice, chicken and spinach), I go to bed at the same time, same schedule.

- What's one thing you'll splurge your money on?

Andrew: Vacations. I go to Hawaii every year, it's my favorite place to go to

- Favorite sports players in general of all time?

Andrew: Chipper Jones

- Favorite movie?

Andrew: What I liked growing up was Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

- Most embarassing moment on the field?

Andrew: I try to black those out so there are none that I can think of

- Favorite world cup memory?

Andrew: Watching Zidane play when France won the 1998 World Cup

- Who do you think is the best player that's playing the world cup right now?

Andrew: Definitely Messi

- Favorite concert you've ever been too?

Andrew: Probably Jack Johnson and Ben Harper in Berkeley