The FC Dallas Academy is unquestionably among the top in American soccer having signed more Homegrown players than any other team and played more Homegrown minutes than any other team in 2014, but one thing the Academy hasn't produced is a full first team international player. That could all change this week as Moises Hernandez has been called in to the Guatemala National Team squad for friendlies against Canada and El Salvador.
It's another milestone that is huge for both Hernandez and his club, FC Dallas.
"It’s another big step for him and a step that I hope he can take the best way possible to get more mature," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "To understand the responsibilities with his club, himself, his family and now with his country."
Hernandez has taken a winding road to breaking through with the FCD first team having had loan stints in both Guatemala and Costa Rica, but over the last 12 months the 23-year-old has blossomed into a key player for Pareja's side playing every minute of the first three games of 2015 for a Dallas side that is 3-0-0 with just one goal allowed.
"I think the club should be very proud to have a product of the academy exposed to the national team level and not just the USA but abroad," said Pareja. "That pride should be carried by the whole club."
Hernandez and Guatemala will play Canada in Fort Lauderdale at 3:30PM on Friday before playing El Salvador at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on March 31.
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Kyle Bekker - Canada
Kyle Bekker and the Canadian National Team will be the aforementioned Guatemala National Team on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderale and then will play Puerto Rico on March 30th at 5:30 in Puerto Rico.
Atiba Harris - St. Kitts & Nevis
Amazingly, Harris is a part of some of the first games in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying this week as St. Kitts & Nevis battle against the Turks & Caicos Islands in the first round of qualifying.
St. Kitts & Nevis rolled in the first leg on Tuesday scoring a 6-2 win in Basseterre. Atiba scored the first goal of the match in the 18th minute and his side will contest the second leg on March 26th. The winner of the two-leg series will face El Salvador in another two-leg series this summer.
Blas Perez - Panama
Blas Perez and Panama face Trinidad & Tobago on March 27th in the Carribean island before battling CONCACAF rival Costa Rica in Panama City on March 31.
Je-Vaughn Watson - Jamaica
Je-Vaughn Watson and Jamaica begin final preparations for the 2015 Copa America with a pair of friendlies in Montego Bay vs Venezuela and Cuba. The Reggae Boyz will battle Venezuela on Friday night and then face Cuba on Monday, both at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
It's taken just three games for Fabian Castillo to reach half of his assist total in 2015. Through three games, Castillo has a goal and two assists coming out of the gates hot and he earned a nod on the Week 3 MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week.
M: Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas) – Was again the catalyst to several of FC Dallas’ more promising plays. Castillo was exciting to watch and he delivered the assist on the insurance goal as Dallas are now perfect through three games.
First goal. First AT&T Goal of the Week nomination.
Ryan Hollingshead's second-half strike has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week and you know what to do! .
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WATCH: GOTW Week 3
By Demetrio Teniente
FC Dallas Academy is in the home stretch of the 2014-15 season and finished the weekend with a handful of wins. Here is a quick round-up of the results.
FC Dallas U-18: 5
San Antonio: 0
Make it four straight for the U-18s as a 5-0 win over San Antonio caps off a perfect March for FC Dallas. Christian Ramirez got thing going with a goal in the second minute. Irvin Dominguez, Oscar Romero, Jose Ruiz, and Martin Salas rounded off the scoring.
FC Dallas U-16: 9
San Antonio: 0
Afetr defeating San Antonio 9-0, the U-16s have now won eight straight. Devin Vega opened scoring in the sixth minute, and then notched the second goal of the match in the 27th. Toshiki Yasuda scored the next two goals making it 4-0 in the 37th minute. Giovanni Montesdecoda, Juan Ramirez, and Weston McKennie each found the back of the net to put FCD up 7-0. Duncan James’ two goals rounded out the scoring.
FC Dallas U-15: 2
Dallas Texans: 0
Paxton Pomykal & Alonso Molina each found the back of the net in the win. (Result from Wednesday)
FC Dallas U-13: 3
Dallas Texans: 1
Nathan Toledo, Bryan Reynolds, Luis Pacheco each scored a goal. (Result from Wednesday)
FC Dallas U-15: 5
San Antonio: 1
Carlos Garcia and Javier Barajas each scored twice while Paxton Pomykal added another (his second of the week).
FC Dallas U-14: 5
San Antonio: 1
Jesus Ferreira added two goals and David Ortiz, Jalen James, Imanol Almaguer each added one in the blow-out win.
FC Dallas U-13: 6
San Antonio: 1
Luis Hernandez, Malik Henry-Scott, Johan Gomez, Benny Redzic, Nathan Hayes, Dante Sealy each tallied a goal in the U-13s 10th win of the season.
Here are all the best photos from FCD's 2-0 win at Philadelphia last weekend:
The FC Dallas ECNL Program will have a fun and unique pair of games next week as they'll scrimmage the Japan U-15 Girls National Team at the Toyota Soccer Center.
Admission is free and you'll have two chances to catch games.
FC Dallas ECNL vs Japan U-15 WNT - Tuesday, March 24 7:00PM Field 14
FC Dallas ECNL vs Japan U-15 WNT - Wednesday, March 25 7:00PM Field 14
Can FC Dallas stay perfect in MLS in the first road match of the season at Philadelphia? We break it all down in the Keys to the Match presented by Toyota.
You won't see a better counterattacking goal than this one.
Up 2-1 in the second half of Saturday's match against Sporting Kansas City, it took just eight seconds for FCD to win the ball back in their own half and deposit it in the Kansas City goal. Michel -> Hollingshead -> Castillo. Goal.
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WATCH: GOTW Week 2
When you play as well as Dallas has, people take notice and FC Dallas has jumped to the top spot in the Week 2 ESPN MLS Power Rankings.
Tough defense and killer play in transition continues to be a winning formula for Dallas, in this case against Kansas City. Blas Perez celebrated his birthday in style, scoring two goals. If Mauro Diaz can regain his magic from a year ago, look out.
Jason Davis of ESPN also had this to say about FCD while listing Zach Loyd and Blas Perez in his team of the week.
It's early, really early, but the best team thus far in the Western Conference isn't the LA Galaxy or the Seattle Sounders...it's FC Dallas.
It is really early, but this team sure is a lot of fun isn't it?
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City, featuring a goal by Fabian Castillo, a brace by Blas Perez and a PK save by Chris Seitz.