After a well-deserved bye week, FC Dallas returns home to begin the stretch run on Saturday in an action-packed night against the LA Galaxy, presented by Toyota.
FCD looks to get back to their winning ways in front of what is expected to be one of the largest crowds in club history. Dallas boasts an impressive 8-1-2 record at Toyota Stadium this season and is undefeated in their last seven home matches. LA comes to town as winners of two straight and with their revamped roster featuring Steven Gerrard, Giovanni Dos Santos and Robbie Keane in the trio's first road contest together. With first through fifth in the Western Conference separated by just five points heading into the final eleven weeks, every game is huge in the race for top spot in the West and the Supporters' Shield!
Saturday is also a special night as the FC Dallas Special Olympics team, supported by Globe Life, take on the LA Galaxy Special Olympics team after the first-team match. This is the first of a home-and-home series between the two sides, and all fans are encouraged to stick around and support our FCD Special Olympic team! Check out the FCDTV recap from last season's Special Olympics Team game below for a preview of Saturday night.
Tickets are going extremely fast, so secure yours now to kick off the final stretch of the season as the race for the playoffs heats up!
20-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has had a pretty good summer.
The Mexican youth international started two of three matches at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, earned plaudits for his performance in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown game and now he has earned his first professional start as well as his first professional win.
Gonzalez was loaned to the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds for Saturday's match vs Toronto FC II and in his first professional start, Jesse played all 90 minutes making two saves as the Riverhounds won 3-1 at TFCII. The lone goal was given up in the final moments of the match with the scoreline already 3-0 to the visitors.
The win was a crucial one for the Riverhounds who now sit in the final playoff spot in their conference three points ahead of Harrisburg City.
By Jeremy Villanueva & Taylor Hester
The FC Dallas Academy has proven its success in its young tenure by preparing its players for the next level whether it is professionally or college-level play. With the school year and NCAA season nearing, here's five former FCD Academy players to keep an eye on as they head into the college season:
Mark Ashby (Senior, Harvard) – The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year enters his senior year for Harvard. As a junior, Ashby co-captained the Crimson to a perfect 9-0-0 home record and tallied three goals. He was also named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Third Team All-Region. In his first two seasons with Harvard, Ashby started all but one game for the Crimson backline. He was a part FC Dallas’ 2011 USSDA National Championship finalist team.
Bobby Edet (Junior, Furman) - Edet impressed his freshman year at Furman with seven goals. After leading the team in scoring in 2013, the forward cooled down and only notched five goals in 2014. However, Edet led Furman to winning the Southern Conference Tournament last year. He provided the game-winning assist to clinch Furman's conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Furman eventually fell to Washington on penalties in the second round, ending the team’s Cinderella run. Edet enters his junior year this season and will look to build on his early success in college.
Kris Reaves (Sophomore, Wake Forest) – The six-foot, two-inch sophomore defender looks to pick up the 2015 season where he left off in 2014. Reaves started 19 games for Wake Forest in 2014 en route to earning a spot on the 2014 All-ACC Freshmen Team. He also added three assists on the year, including the game-winning assist in overtime against No. 9 Louisville on November 1, 2014. He was a member of the U-18 USMNT and has played with the FC Dallas reserves. Reaves has also trained with teams in England, Italy and Brazil.
Patrick Khouri (Redshirt Freshman, University of New Mexico) – After being called up to Jamaica’s U-23 Men’s National Team for the Caribbean Federation Union Olympic Qualifying Tournament this past July, Khouri heads into his redshirt freshman season looking to play a vital role in the University of New Mexico’s midfield. When he wasn’t on national team duty this summer, Khouri logged 269 minutes for Albuquerque Sol in the Premier Development League. His resume includes captaining the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Men’s National Team, and playing with CF Blanca Subur Academy in Barcelona, Spain in the spring of 2012 before joining FC Dallas Academy.
Aaron Guillen (Senior, Florida Gulf Coast) - A two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Teamer, Guillen heads into his senior year at FGCU as the defensive leader of the defending Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champions. A smooth and composed center back who won a PDL championship with the Austin Aztex in 2014, Guillen spent significant time training with the FC Dallas first team this summer and the El Paso native could be a name you hear as a possible Homegrown signing this winter. (By the way, keep an eye on his center back partner Kamar Mariott, another FCD alum)
After a perfect month of July that saw FC Dallas win four games and only allow two goals, the Captain, Matt Hedges, is up for MLSSoccer.com's Etihad Airways Player of the Month.
Voting for July's Player of the Month will be open until 11:59 pm PT, Wednesday, August 5, so get your votes in now!
Matt Hedges, FC Dallas — With all the attacking talent joining him on this ballot, it would be easy to overlook Hedges' candidacy. You shouldn't. In four games in July, all wins for FC Dallas, Hedges anchored a backline thatn conceded just two goals in four games.
There's another limited-edition scarf on sale now for FC Dallas fans, and this one benefits a great cause. All proceeds from the FC Dallas Foundation's "Give for 90" scarf will benefit the FC Dallas Special Olympics Team, supported by Globe Life, as they get set to face the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Team on August 15.
Fans can secure their scarf by donating $35 to the FC Dallas Foundation, and checking the "Give for 90 Scarf" box in the top section of the donation form. Purchased scarves can be picked up on August 15 during the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy doubleheader featuring the MLS and Special Olympics matchups for both teams. Season Ticket Holders can also pick their scarves up at the Meet the Team event on August 13.
The American Heart Association's annual Dallas Heart Walk is right around the corner, and we want you to join us on Team BR19!
The FC Dallas Foundation has once again organized a team to walk in memory of Bobby Rhine, former Dallas Burn and FCD player and broadcaster who passed away in September 2011 from a sudden heart attack. This year's walk is on Saturday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m. starting from Reunion Tower Field in Dallas.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Reunion Tower Field
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Deadline for registration: September 12th
Deadline for registration to receive a BR19 tee: August 26th
Rhine's former Dallas teammates and current MLS head coaches Oscar Pareja and Jason Kreis will both participate in the walk honoring their late friend just hours before FC Dallas and New York City FC square off at Toyota Stadium. Assistant coaches from both clubs will participate as well including NYCFC assistant Miles Joseph who was another close friend of Rhine's from their Dallas Burn days.
You too can join Team BR19 by clicking here to register. All participants who donate a minimum of $25 and are registered by August 26th will receive a Team BR19 t-shirt. Registration will be open until 8:30 a.m. on September 12 and donations will continue to be accepted well beyond the 2015 Heart Walk.
All donations benefit the American Heart Association.
For more info on the event, watch our FCDTV recap of last year's walk:
The August 2015 Scarf of the Month is all about the great state of Texas!
Based on the popular state-centric song "Deep in the Heart of Texas," this month's scarf - "Stars at Night" - follows the popular opening lines of the tune:
The stars at night are big and bright
Deep in the heart of Texas
Fans join together at FC Dallas home matches in the 36th minute to sing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in support of the original Texas MLS team, and now have a scarf to show their pride as well.
Get your limited-edition scarf today at the FC Dallas Team Store!
Watch the full highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
As FC Dallas travels to Chicago to take on the Fire, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
20 - Harry Shipp is the only player for Chicago to feature in all 20 games played for the Fire this season.
4 – FC Dallas saw its summer struggles on the road come to an end when the team defeated Orlando City SC 2-0 on July 11. FCD is searching for its third road win of the season in Sunday’s fixture.
.95 - Chicago's points per game (.95) is the worst in MLS and the Fire currently sit at the bottom of the table.
286 - Chicago has taken the 4th most shots in MLS this season with 286, but are tied for the second lowest amount of goals with 22 and only D.C. United (65) has been offside more often than the Fire (64).
6 – FC Dallas is looking for its sixth straight win this weekend, which would tie a franchise record set in 1999 when the Dallas Burn – coincidentally – beat the Fire 2-1 on October 16, 1999.
111 – Chicago Fire have a familiar foe on the FC Dallas roster in newly acquired defender Bakary Soumare. In five seasons from 2007-09 and 2013-14, Soumare made 111 appearances for Chicago.
2 – 20-year-old Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta heads into Chicago on a two-game goal streak - the first two goals of his MLS career.
0 - FC Dallas is undefeated (7-0-4) when Kellyn Acosta starts.