By Jeremy Villanueva
Two games into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs and FC Dallas U-16 Academy team is undefeated while the U-18s dropped a tough one Wednesday.
The U-16s continued on their winning strides in the group stage with another clean sheet as they defeated St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri 1-0. The win pushes them to five goals for and none against after blanking SC United Battery 4-0 to begin the playoffs. A draw or win Friday over LA Galaxy would advance FC Dallas into the national quarterfinals.
In the featured U-17/18 match against Real Salt Lake shown live on www.ussoccer.com Wednesday, the U-18s had a 1-0 lead slip away eight minutes after striking first. Santiago Agudelo broke the draw with a score in the 49th minute, but RSL’s Damian German tied it after finishing a loose ball in the 57th minute. German added his second goal of the night in the 86th minute with a score from the penalty spot, and RSL put it away in the 90th with an insurance goal.
The group stage concludes for FCD on Friday with the U-15/16 team kicking off against LA Galaxy at 11:15 a.m. and the U-18s battling Concorde Fire at 9 a.m.
By Taylor Hester
As FC Dallas gears up to take on the Houston Dynamo, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
1 - For every Tweet using #CrushTheOrange, Dan Hunt will personally donate $1 to the FC Dallas Foundation
5 - FCD finally returns home after a five-game road swing
14 - In their last 16 home games, FC Dallas is unbeaten in 14, winning 12 matches
6 - Houston Dynamo extended their road winless streak to six last weekend, losing 2-0 to the Portland Timbers
4 - FCD has won four of the last five matches agaisnt Houston in MLS play, and two straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches
7 - Houston's Will Bruin is tied for third-most goals in MLS with seven
51 - Houston is last in MLS in terms of Shots on Goal with 51
831 - Friday marks 831 days since the last time FC Dallas hosted the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk in MLS play
0 - Zero is the amount of times the Dynamo have fired El Capitan from 2013-15
250 - Wastewater from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex flows downstream 250 miles in the Trinity River and into Lake Livingston where Houston gets most of its water
It didn’t take long for Otis Earle to make an immediate impact for Arizona United SC after being loaned to the team last Thursday.
In fact, it only took 63 minutes Saturday in his first game with FCD’s USL affiliate to help give Arizona United a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders 2. Earle played a cross back post that found Long Tan’s head to complete a four-minute comeback to win the game. He finished the game playing all 90 minutes.
“It was really nice to play in a full game,” Earle told ODFCNews.com. “It was just nice to get my legs out there, to be with the team and play 90 minutes of a competitive game. And obviously getting the three points was the icing on the cake.”
The assist came after FCD’s other loanee, Danny Garcia, went with the short corner to Jonathan Top who then struck a shot that deflected off a Sounder defender into the net to tie it 1-1 in the 59th minute. Garcia’s performance earned him Man of the Match.
The FCD loanees now look to their Saturday match against Real Monarchs SLC at 7:30 p.m. in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Arizona United SC overcame an early deficit and defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 2, 2-1. Jonathan Top scored the opening goal and Long Tan scored the match winner moments later. Up next for Arizona United SC is Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket start at just $15 and are available at: http://bit.ly/1Izn92V
Posted by Arizona United Soccer Club on Sunday, June 21, 2015
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.
A sleepy first half turned into an exciting second half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as FC Dallas and Colorado shared the points in the final game of a five-match road trip for FCD. Here are your highlights:
By Taylor Hester
The season is over, but the real fun for the FC Dallas Academy teams is just beginning.
The U-16s and U-18s begin play Tuesday at the Development Academy playoffs in Indianapolis, Indiana.
U-16's drawn with LA Galaxy, two others
After winning its conference with a 19-3-5 record and finishing fifth overall in U-16 Development Academy, FC Dallas was in Pot 1 of the draw and were drawn into Group B.
FCD-16s will face South Carolina United Battery (17-10-9) on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., St. Louis Gallagher Missouri (13-6-8) on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and LA Galaxy (22-7-10) on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
SC United Battery finished fifth in the East Conference. Led by leading goalscorer Conor Sloan (16), the Battery attack will be tough to stop.
St. Louis Gallagher MIssouri placed third in the Central Conference and are currently on an 11-game unbeaten run.
LA Galaxy finished first in the West Conference, scoring 85 goals. Ethan Zubak led the team with 26 goals.
U-18s in same group as high-flying RSL Academy
The U-18s (15-6-6) were drawn into Group B of the U-17/U-18 Development Academy playoffs.
FC Dallas opens with Chicago Magic PSG (14-6-7) on Tuesday at 10 a.m. before taking on Real Salt Lake AZ (32-3-4) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and finishing with Concorde Fire (17-12-7) at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Chicago Magic PSG finished third in the Central Conference, but lead the the conference in goals scored with 71 in 27 games.
Real Salt Lake AZ finished at the top of the West Conference with 100 points. RSL scored 161 goals and only conceded 33. They are currently on a 17-game unbeaten run, winning 16 of those 17 matches.
U-14's begin National Showcase on Friday
The FCD U-14s will also be in action in the National Showcase played in Indianapolis. Play begins tomorrow against Central California Aztecs at 10:00 a.m., continues Saturday against Players Development Academy at 10:00 a.m., and finishes Monday at 11:15 a.m. against Chicago Fire.
As FC Dallas travels to Colorado to take on the Rapids, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
5 - This is the last game of a five-game road swing for FC Dallas before returning home to face Houston Dynamo on June 26
1 - Colorado has only won one game at home this season, but have only conceded nine goals
64 - FCD has played Colorado 64 times, winning 31 matches and tying 12
283 - Dallas hasn't scored in the last 283 minutes of league play
13 - Fabian Castillo has been clinical in 13 games played against Colorado, scoring four goals and assisting on five others
3 - Only three active players (Drew Moor - COL, Atiba Harris - DAL, Zach Loyd - DAL) remain on either side from the MLS Cup Final match-up in 2010, which Colorado took over Dallas, 2-1
3.27 - Mauro Diaz ranks first in fouls suffered per match this season with 3.27
45 - Since Oscar Pareja was named head coach of FC Dallas, the club has only lost four games in matches that Mauro Diaz has played at least 45 minutes (13-4-6)
25 - FC Dallas (24.12) and Colorado Rapids (24.9) are two of only four teams in MLS with an average roster age under 25
0 - FCD has never lost in their new secondary kits and will be wearing them against Colorado
FC Dallas will face Sporting Kansas City on July 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Sporting Park in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.
FCD advanced to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over Sporting KC’s USL affiliate, Oklahoma City Energy FC on Tuesday at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Sporting earned a 1-0 victory over Saint Louis FC (USL) on Tuesday.
Dallas and Kansas City franchises have met once before in Open Cup play with the then-Kansas City Wizards earning a 4-0 win in a 2004 quarterfinal match-up on the way to the team’s first U.S. Open Cup championship.
The winner of the FC Dallas-Sporting KC match will host the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Colorado Rapids Round of 16 match-up.
2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Round of 16 June 30-July 1
Quarterfinals July 21-22
Semifinals August 11-12
Final Sept. 29 or 30
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been held annually since 1914 and is open to all amateur/professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The 2015 edition is headlined by the largest field in the modern era (1995-present) with 89 teams in contention when the first round began.
This year’s winner will earn a $250,000 grand prize and will qualify for the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
The FC Dallas trio of World Cup qualifiers all wrapped up the second leg of their national team duties this week. Tesho Akindele, Moises Hernandez and Atiba Harris all played major roles with their respective national teams.
Akindele and the Canadian team defeated Dominica 4-0 on Tuesday night with the FC Dallas forward scoring his first goal on the international stage and setting up Tosaint Ricketts with a point-blank finish. Team Canada advanced to the next stage of qualifying with an aggregate score of 6-0 in the two-leg series over Dominica.
Hernandez and Guatemala played a winner-take-all match against Bermuda on Monday. The FCD defender sent a high-arcing pass into the box to set up the lone goal of the match – sending Guatemala to the next round on a 1-0 aggregate score.
Harris and the St. Kitts & Nevis team dropped the second leg of their qualifier against El Salvador, 4-1 – losing the aggregate score 6-3 in the two legs. Harris – the captain of his squad – tried to mount a comeback, scoring in the 69th minute with St. Kitts & Nevis down 3-0, but the smallest sovereign state in the Americas failed to advance to the next round of qualifying.
The draw for the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will be held on July 25, with the field now narrowed to ten teams.
Today and tomorrow are decisive ones across the CONCACAF region as the World Cup Qualifier second legs are played for many nations on the quest to Russia 2018. As we have previously mentioned, the FC Dallas trio of Tesho Akindele, Atiba Harris and Moises Hernandez are representing their nations in this pair of matches. Let's take a look at how they did in their first legs and what's ahead over the next 24 hours.
-Tesho Akindele played 74 minutes in his international debut for Canada as the Maple Leafs defeated Dominica 2-0 in the first leg. They host Dominica at BMO Field on Tuesday night needing anything better than a two-goal loss to advance to the next two-legged knockout round.
-FC Dallas Homegrown Moises Hernandez became the first Homegrown player to play in a World Cup Qualifier, going 90 minutes for Guatemala in their 0-0 draw with Barbados. They'll need to win the return leg on Monday in Devonshire to advance through to the next knockout round.