We've got some huge games coming to Toyota Stadium over the next week and not the least of which is our big Special Olympics match coming directly after Saturday's MLS match between FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids.
It's the second year of FCD Special Olympics team play and our players have been training hard over the last three months for this match! They've all signed contracts as official FC Dallas players and will look to build on last year's 2-2 draw at Colorado. There are currently six MLS franchises with Special Olympics teams: Portland, Seattle, Real Salt Lake, LA, Colorado and FCD.
We need all our #DTID fans to stay after Saturday's MLS match to cheer on our Special Olympics team. The match will kickoff right around 10:00PM directly after the MLS game and will feature two 20-minute halves. Our game presentation will be exactly like any FC Dallas game with intros, fireworks, drumline and Hooper.
In addition, we're going to have a special social media contest. Tweet or Instagram a picture of you watching the FCDSO match using #SODoubleHeader and we will pick two winners at random to win two tickets to Tuesday's LHUSOC semifinal vs Philadelphia plus a new FC Dallas scarf.
These amazing people and athletes are a huge part of our club here at FC Dallas and we will support them on Saturday just like we will cheer on Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo and the rest of FC Dallas in Saturday's huge Western Conference match vs Colorado pres. by Raytheon!
You see that date in the top left corner of this blog post? It's the first day of August, guys. And that means it's time for a brand spankin' new Scarf of the Month!
We decided to mix things up this month by going with blue as the predominant color on August's scarf. "Dallas 'Til I Die" is sewn on one side between two FCD shields while the other side reads "FC Dallas" between two #DTID hashtags.
It's simple, yet exquisite. And this month we're sweetening the deal with free shipping on orders of $50 or more (limited-time only). So get yours today!
Welcome to the 6th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal" . This week I caught up with French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin.
Peter was born in Marseille, France and began playing soccer at a young age in the AS Cannes' youth system. He first started his pro career with Bordeaux for a year and then played for Marseille for two years before playing for another French team, Paris Saint-Germain for another two years. He went on loan in 2002 to Celta which eventually became permanent. A few years later he transferred to another La Liga club, Atletico Madrid where he played for them for three years. He eventually signed with Zaragoza and stayed there for another three years before signing with FC Lusanne-Sport in the Swiss Super League. In 2012, Luccin signed with FC Dallas. Luccin played internationally for the French U-20 National team in 1997 and was the youngest member of the eventual quarter-finalists during the FIFA World Youth Championship.
- What’s your favorite soccer memory from your career?
Peter: In 1998, the final game of UEFA Cup(now Europa League) when I played with Marseille
- You’ve played on a large number of teams and different countries…what’s been your favorite experience so far?
Peter: My favorite experience is probably the same game, it was a big moment for Marseille.
- You played for France in the FIFA world youth championship when you were 18, what was that like?
Peter: It’s a very good and interesting thing to represent my country so it was amazing to play against the best players of the world so it was a good experience and good memory.
- What’s your favorite part about being here in America?
Peter: A lot of things, I love the people because the people here have a very good education and for me it’s very important for my kids that’s why I’m here too so it’s a good thing for my family.
- What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Do they enjoy soccer at all?
Peter: We learn English together, it’s a very important language and we like to learn the culture. My son plays for FC Dallas youth so all my family here is very happy.
- What type of music do you listen to before game to get pumped up?
Peter: Rap music, but I try now to have a selection because rap music has so many bad words but I like the beat but sometimes it’s too hard for me to listen
- Who's been your favorite teammate you've had?
Peter: Jair Benitez. He’s a very good guy, he has a good education but he is very important for the group because everytime he’s smiling and joking with everyone so he’s the best teammate I’ve had.
- You drive a big truck…tell me about that
Peter: I got this truck from Eric Hassli [fomer FCD player] and I needed a car. I love the truck but my wife is the one who loves the truck the most.
- What’s your favorite you’ve scored?
Peter: With Atletico Madrid in 2004 against Barcelona, it was a big shot from far out and it was a very important game for us and I scored this goal and we won the game
- Have you picked up a Texan habit yet?
Peter: Not really because we like to stay with our culture, but I haven’t picked up any habits...yet.
Welcome to the 5th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with Urguayan striker David Texeira.
David was born in Salto, Uruguay and lived there for almost his entire childhood. In 2010 when he was 18, he made his professional debut with a top club in Uruguay, Defensor Sporting. A year later he was transferred to FC Groningen, a team in Holland. In 2011, Texeira played in the U-20 World Cup with the Uruguay National Team. FC Dallas acquired David earlier this year. He has started in four games so far this season and has scored one goal for the team.
- What's your favorite soccer memory?
David: I think when I started to play in the first divison when I was 18 years old.
- You played in the Netherlands for a few years...what was your favorite part about being over there besides playing soccer?
David: It was also the life, living in Europe is totally different. Holland is a nice country with nice people and a different culture so it was nice to be over there and meet new people and see new cities. It was great.
- What's your favorite type of music?
David: Latino music of course, we like reggaeton but when I was in Europe I was used to listening to techno because that's what they listen to in Holland. There's a type of South American music called cumbia that I listen to a lot.
- What was it like growing up in Uruguay?
David: It was good, I was with my family and my friends and they've always supported me in soccer since I was 4 years old so it's been a long time.
- Is there anything you like to spend your money on?
David: Not really. I try to save it because this can be a short career so you have to be smart about it.
- What's your favorite part about being here in America so far?
David: I like being in America and as I told you before, it's nice to have a change and see new things and meet new people.
- Do you have a routine before each game?
David: Not really, I just try to relax and save energy and look ahead.
- What's your favorite goal you've ever scored?
David: It was in Europe, it was a side volley goal and I had a hat trick during the game too so I remember that day.
Raul Fernandez had a pretty awesome game on Sunday in FCD's 2-2 draw at Vancovuer. His seven saves were tied with Kevin Hartman for the most in an FCD game since Dario Sala had 8 in late 2010.
While we're sure Raul will have an MLS Save of the Week nomination coming up, we thought it'd be fun to do our own version of Save of the Week where you vote for your favorite Raul save from Sunday's draw.
Watch the video and vote for your favorite!
WATCH: SOTW Raul
Before Wednesday's big game between FCD and Aston Villa, FC Dallas supporters faced off against Aston Villa supporters in a friendly soccer game in the blistering heat out on the Toyota Soccer Center complex. The supporters from both sides came out in full force as there were at least 20 players on each side. Aston Villa drew fans from all over the country, even some from their home country of England. One supporter, Paul Limpitlaw, is originally from Birmingham, England where the club is located, he now lives in Dallas and is very happy that the club is here to visit.
"These are great facilities here at FC Dallas and when I found out Aston Villa was coming to Dallas it was a dream come true for me because I travel over there to watch the games so this is brilliant for them to be here," Limpitlaw said.
The international supporters team had a special and talented player on their side, Lee Hendrie (pictured above in the middle), who used to play for Aston Villa and even had a few caps for the English National Team but is now retired. Hendrie is traveling with the team as a team ambassador and he had nothing but great things to say about the support here in Dallas.
"It's fantastic for the fans to get involved and all the guys are brilliant and the support has been fantastic so I've enjoyed it," said Hendrie.
One FC Dallas supporter, Jay Neal a Dallas Beer Guardian thought their team did a good job shutting the ex-player down and keeping him to only a few goals. He was pleased with the way the game turned out and how much fun everyone had.
"It was a blast, especially with an international team like this and everybody comes out and shakes hands at the end and had a good time," Neal said.
The game ended in a 7 to 7 tie so it was an entertaining match not only to watch but for the players to play in as well.
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.
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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.
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!
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!