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17 January 5:51 pm
In-between all the pick-swapping madness on draft day, we snapped some pictures in Philadelphia, here's the best of them:

17 January 4:41 pm

The 2014 preseason officially starts next weekend, and H&R Block wants to get your ready for the new season by giving you the chance to win a trip to Houston to watch FC Dallas take on the Dynamo on Saturday, April 5 and meet All-Star goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The Sweepstakes starts on Tuesday, January 21 and runs through Saturday, March 15. All you have to do is visit one of the participating H&R Block locations listed below for your chance to win!

Participating H&R Block locations:

  • 2425 Cockrell Hill Rd. Suite E
    Dallas, TX 75211
  • 9751 Webb Chapel Suite 600
    Dallas, TX 75220
  • 1532 South First St.
    Garland, TX 75040
  • 819 W. Arapaho Rd. Suite 22
    Richardson, TX 75080
  • 1012 W. University Dr.
    Denton, TX76201
  • 508 South Elm St.
    Denton, TX 76201
  • 1455 Buckingham Rd. Suite 164
    Richardson, TX 75081
  • 724 W. Main St. Suite 370
    Lewisville, TX 75067
  • 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy.
    Grapevine, TX 76051
  • 1025 W. Hebron Pkwy. Suite 110
    Carrollton, TX 75010
  • 13920 Josey Ln. Suite 100
    Farmers Branch, TX 75234

In addition to the sweepstakes, H&R Block is also giving you the chance to meet some of your favorite FC Dallas players at four of their locations. Bobby Warshaw, Stephen Keel, Jonathan Top and Richard Sanchez will all be signing autographs at select locations next week.

Player Date Time Location
Bobby Warshaw Tue, Jan. 21 4:30-6 pm 13920 Josey Ln. Suite 100
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Stephen Keel Thurs, Jan. 23 4:30-6 pm 1455 Buckingham Rd. Suite 164
Richardson, TX 75081
Jonathan Top Fri, Jan. 24 4:30-6 pm 508 South Elm St.
Denton, TX 76201
Richard Sanchez Fri, Jan. 24 4:30-6 pm 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy.
Grapevine, TX 76051

 

16 January 3:46 pm

Here's the full transcript of the conference call with FC Dallas first round draft pick Tesho Akindele:

What do you bring to the table for FCD?

I’m a goalscorer, and I think any team could use a goalscorer. I think I can provide assists and I’m also willing to do the work defensively. A lot of players that can score goals aren’t willing to do the defensive work, but I’m willing to work on offense and defense.

Have you had contact with Oscar Pareja?

I’ve definitely run into him a couple times just because he coached in Denver and I was there. I’m excited to play under him because he came to Denver and did really well with the team here so I’m sure he’s going to do well in Dallas. I’m glad I get to be a part of that.

Do you feel like this was a result of your performance at Combine?

It’s all surreal. Right before the Combine nobody was talking about me getting picked, definitely not in the first round and possibly not even until the fourth round. Nobody was talking about me. It just shows you how important every game is. I just had a couple good games. We played three games and I played well and my stock just rose. It rose a lot because of those games. It’s just a surreal feeling to have moved up so much. I’m so excited for this opportunity.

Talk about challenges of moving from D2 soccer to MLS

Everybody’s facing a difference in level, even the division I guys are going to be playing better opponents. I think in D2 the level wasn’t that bad. We played good teams and I think I showed at the Combine that I wasn’t out of place. It’s definitely going to be harder to play in MLS, but all of us rookies are going to be going through the same thing.

Talk about your playing style

I’m definitely more of a speed guy. With my size, I can play target forward, but through most of my career I’ve been more of a speed guy trying to get behind the defense and get around them on the wings with my speed.

Have you graduated yet?

I have one year left on my degree, but I withdrew from school because I can be an engineer when I’m 55 years old, but my soccer career has an expiration date so I want to get the most out of it that I can.

Was there any indication from FCD that they were going to pick you?

I had an interview with Dallas and they made it seem like they liked me, but I had no idea I would get picked this early. I was definitely thinking somebody would pick me up in the second round or maybe at the end of the first round. I had no idea I’d be the sixth pick, nobody seemed that interested in me. They kind of told me they tried to keep it a little bit secret that they might try to get me early, but I’m glad they did that and I’m just happy now.

Have you been to Dallas?

We played a couple teams in the Dallas area in my college career and I know a lot of people from my school actually live in Dallas, so I’ll know some people over there when I go.

Do you feel like you can contribute right away?

That’s gotta be my goal. I’m going to work hard. I know the level is different. I’m going to have to get used to the speed of play and the smarts of the players, but overall I think I will be able to come in and contribute right away.

Could playing at altitude give you advantage?

I think it might help me right away, but Dallas is a lot hotter and more humid than Colorado. That’s going to be hard to get used to. I think I’ll be in good shape because of my altitude training.

Has it hit you yet?

It’s definitely not going to hit me until tonight. I’m talking to you guys, I have everybody texting me right now so there’s just a lot of business to take care of right now, but once I’m able to relax tonight it’s really going to hit me how early I got picked and just how awesome this opportunity is.

Mom and Dad reaction?

They were screaming right away. I had a couple of my teammates from the School of Mines over, they were all screaming for me. They said they’re proud of me and I just need to keep working hard and stay humble.

Talk about your work ethic

It definitely comes from my parents. Growing up, they didn’t ever let me give up. If times were tough in school or in sports or any situation in my life they made sure that I stuck with it. That was instilled in me as a kid and I still carry those values with me today.

Are you looking forward to playing with anyone?

I’m looking forward to playing with all of them. They’re all professional players and I’m moving into their world. I’m excited to see what they can teach me about becoming a better player.

08 January 12:13 pm

FRISCO, Texas -- It's a new year, and that means it's time once again for FC Dallas' fourth annual Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. But this isn't the same C&C from years' past; we've revamped the entire event to make the party bigger and better so we can get the 2014 season started right!

Join us on Thursday, March 6 from 7-10pm at F.I.G. (1807 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75201), our brand new downtown location, for Cocktails & Cleats 2014!

For the first time ever, admission to Cocktails & Cleats will be FREE and open to the public (21 and up only), and it will be your first chance to see the brand new 2014 FC Dallas home kit presented by AdvoCare. The FC Dallas Foundation will be accepting $10 donations that will be used to purchase soccer balls for children in Brazil during this summer's World Cup.

The event will also be your first chance to meet the full 2014 FC Dallas squad and it'll still feature a silent auction benefiting the FC Dallas Foundation. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and drinks while listening to a live DJ and mingling with their favorite FC Dallas players.

So mark your calendars now and don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event to kick off the 2014 FC Dallas season!

03 January 5:53 pm

Fresh off scoring four goals in a 4-4 draw with New England Revolution at December's US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, U-18 forward Coy Craft has been called up to US U-18 National Team camp ahead of an upcoming tournament in the Canary Islands. Craft leads the U-18s with eight goals in ten games despite being the youngest player on the roster. Here's the full release from US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez called 24 players for a week-long training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., to prepare for the upcoming Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands.

The training camp runs from Jan. 4-11 and precedes the tournament in Spain, which is scheduled to be played Feb. 4-7.

Twenty-one of the 24 players currently play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams while the remaining three also play for domestic-based clubs. Nine MLS Academies are represented, with Real Salt Lake AZ leading the way with three players receiving call-ups.

Five players – Mukwelle Akale, JT Marcinkowski, Erik Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding and Ben Swanson – saw playing time for the U.S. U-18 MNT that took second place at the Limoges Tournament in France in October. Palmer-Brown started all three matches at the tournament and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 U.S. win over the Czech Republic, while Akale and Marcinkowski earned starts in two games. 

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Orlando, Fla.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6):  Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Gerves Fagan (Sereno SC; Peoria, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.), Kendall Stork (Chicago Magic PSG; Barrington, Ill.)

01 January 2:00 am

Official Social Media Giveaway Rules

Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of FC Dallas, MLS member teams, Soccer United Marketing, L.L.C. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any @FCDallas giveaway. @FCDallas will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion.

If you have received an @FCDallas giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 75 miles from the field where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, @FCDallas may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower.

You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient.

Contests, trivia and giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations. See applicable giveaway description for exact details of when and how to enter.

FC Dallas reserves all rights.

01 January 2:00 am

Official Social Media Giveaway Rules

Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of FC Dallas, MLS member teams, Soccer United Marketing, L.L.C. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any @FCDallas giveaway. @FCDallas will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion.

If you have received an @FCDallas giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 75 miles from the field where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, @FCDallas may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower.

You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient.

Contests, trivia and giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations. See applicable giveaway description for exact details of when and how to enter.

FC Dallas reserves all rights.

31 December 4:15 pm

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: Preseason

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: March & April

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: May, June & July

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: August, September, October & offseason

After a rough July in which Dallas struggled majorly to score goals, the offense roared back to life in August with nine goals scored in five games with both Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz making their MLS debuts.

FCD and Los Angeles played one of the most exciting games of the season in August, a heart-stopping 3-3 draw.

There was another exciting moment for the team in mid-August as the entire squad crashed the 2013 AdvoCare Success School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington kicking FCD soccer balls to the tens of thousands in attendance. Stephen Keel was rolling for the event as we got our first Keel Cam experience with FC Dallas.

FCDallas.com caught up with Zach Loyd to talk about his durability and how it's been on display through his four years with FCD.

FCD scored a huge win at Chivas USA coming from behind to score three goals late in a 3-1 victory. Head Coach Schellas Hyndman praised his team after the game.

“I think it just comes down to the character of the players and determination of the players,” Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com by phone from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. “They were determined to come away with three points. A lot of teams would have sat back and said, ‘We’re down a man, let’s get a point on the road and we’ll feel good about it.’

After yet another thrilling home game, a press conference was called for early in September to make a major stadium announcement. FC Dallas and the city of Frisco welcomed Toyota as the official stadium naming rights partner.

“This partnership with FC Dallas is just another demonstration of our love for the Lone Star state,” said Hillyer. “Toyota prides itself in stepping up to be a good community leader and partnering through support of great organizations like FC Dallas. We look forward to a successful long-term partnership with this outstanding team and organization.”

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month in September, we sat down with Blas Perez for an in-depth interview.

Back on the academy front, we talked to U-18 head coach Luchi Gonzalez who is part of an 18-month course in partnership with the French Football Federation designed to help our youth and upcoming coaches in MLS.

“You can know the game like a book, but if you don’t know how to stand on the field and adjust space or put in a player in a specific spot or a specific adjustment [it’s useless],” said Gonzalez. “To them it’s an art form, it’s not about what you can put on a paper or writing an essay, it’s how well can you manage a group.”

FCD's playoff hopes came to an unfortunate end after a loss to Chicago, but a day later there was some happy news as the sports hall at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was renamed the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall.

“We know that Mr. Hunt was curious, inventive and fun-loving, and those qualities align perfectly with the museum’s mission of inspiring minds through nature and science,” said Perot Museum Board Chair Carolyn Perot Rathjen. “Our hope is that the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall will not only inspire learning about the sciences, but represent the important lessons that sports teach.”

Before the home finale against Seattle, long-time head coach Schellas Hyndman announced he would be stepping down after his fifth full season in charge.

The home slate came to a close with an uplifting 2-0 win over Seattle that saw Michel put a fitting cap on his fantastic 2013 season.

“I feel like above the players, above the directors, above the coaches, above everything is the club,” Michel explained through an interpreter after FC Dallas' 2-0 win at Toyota Stadium. “That was my homage to the club. The club opened their doors for me at a tough time for me in my career.”

After the game, the FC Dallas Special Olympics team won their first ever game.

With Hyndman's coaching career coming to a close, we took a look at the top ten moments of the Schellas Hyndman era ahead of the 2013 finale at San Jose.

For that final game, Kenny Cooper, Stephen Keel and a special guest invited everyone out to four final #WatchParty of the season.

After his last game in charge, coach Hyndman encouraged all FCD fans to look to the future.

“What I would like to say to the FC Dallas fans is that this has been a wonderful experience for me for the last five and a half years coaching their team ” Hyndman said. “Our fans should be excited about the future and I look forward to FC Dallas competing in the near future."

As we headed into the long offseason, a chance to take on some fun projects presented itself. We took the homegrowns out to a haunted house in downtown Dallas.

We put together a compilation of all the goals scored in 2013 and profiled Daniel Granados, the assistant equipment manager who has been with the team in one capacity or another since the beginning in 1996.

“I’m responsible for helping players when they get here with apartments, cars, drivers license, the proper visas they need for pre-season, just helping all the foreign players adjust to the city,” said Granados. “Whatever they need, I’m here to help them.”

The inevitable roster decisions came in early December as it was announced that FCD would not be renewing the contract of 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira.

Around Thanksgiving, we profiled academy left back Wilfried Williams and his journey from Liberia all the way to the FC Dallas Academy.

"It was awesome because I’m not only coming here to represent myself, but represent my city because they believed in me and put everything into it for me, so I knew I have to do it,"

In early December, FC Dallas announced the signing of 2013 2nd round draft pick Ryan Hollingshead, a man who's career path has not taken the typical road.

“It was really a rollercoaster over this last year trying to figure out if it’s going to work out or not,” Hollingshead told FCDallas.com. “When they came to me about a month ago, they were basically saying they wanted me out here and I said the same thing that I want to come and want to make this work.”

And finally, we crowned a 2013 Goal of the Year champion.

2013 was certainly a year of ups and downs for FC Dallas but with major sponsorships in place and an exciting young roster, we couldn't be more thrilled to head into the 2014 journey with you here on FCDallas.com. We'll see you at Toyota Stadium in March!

 

 

31 December 11:33 am

It's the final day of 2013 so we thought we'd test your memory on the 2013 FC Dallas season. Take the quiz and let us know how you did!

30 December 12:04 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by BB&T and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: The last Soccer Today of 2013 starts with Stein and Steve reflecting on all the big stories from the footy year that was to cap an eventful 12 months in American soccer especially.

SEGMENT 2: The audience gets a chance to join in as the boys -- as promised -- scroll through the boldest footy predictions for 2014 tweeted in by listeners.

SEGMENT 3: With technical difficulties disrupting plans to catch up with U.S. Soccer men's player of the year Jozy Altidore, Stein and Steve carry on as best they can with a chat about Jozy and his AZ Alkmaar heir Aron Johansson.

SEGMENT 4: ESPN FC's Craig Burley, former Chelsea and Scotland midfielder, dials in at halftime of the Chelsea-Liverpool match at Stamford Bridge to help us assess the Premiership exactly halfway through the 38-game season.