Texas-based artist Brian Broadway brought his family out to FC Dallas’ training session last Thursday to present Panamanian striker Blas Pérez with his rendition of Perez’s father Blas “Toro” Pérez (right). FC Dallas captain Ugo Ihemelu enlisted Broadway to create the painting after Toro Perez passed away earlier this year. Broadway arrived midway through the training session and unveiled the painting for Perez as he walked off the pitch.
“I remember Ugo asking me for a picture of my father a few weeks ago, but I didn’t know why he wanted it,” Perez said through a translator after receiving the painting. “This is a wonderful surprise.”
Perez was back at training for the first time since scoring a goal in Panama’s 2-0 victory over Canada in 2014 World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama, last Tuesday night.
To thank Broadway for his work, Blas gave the up-and-coming artist his jersey from Panama's win.
“I had no idea he was going to do that,” said Broadway. “At first, I thought it was an FC Dallas jersey. Then when he held it up to sign it I saw it was the jersey he wore for Panama. It really was overwhelming. I can’t say the word ‘honored’ enough. I made the painting just to honor Blas and his father. My family and I have watched him ever since he joined FC Dallas. We’re big fans and I knew he was going through a tough time. Losing your father is as bad as it gets. I’m just glad people appreciate what I am doing on that level.”
In addition to Perez’s painting, Broadway presented FC Dallas with an image of Bobby Rhine (above, left), which is to be donated to the University of Connecticut during an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21.
Nearly 800 Korean-Americans who live in North Texas attended Saturday's match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The outing was organized to see Vancouver defender YP Lee, who was one of the stars of the 2002 World Cup South Korean National Team.
But according to a local Korean publication, the atmosphere and thrilling match won over many people in attendance. The whole story is worth a read, but here's an excerpt:
Charles Kim of Carrollton said he found a new love, namely FC Dallas.
"I’m a big soccer fan. And I knew that we had FC Dallas as our home team but this was the first time I actually attended FC Dallas game" said Park.
"I mean, aside from the YP Lee attraction, I’m glad I came to this game because it reminded me that we have a great home team to root for" said Park.
Young Sun Choi of Plano said her two sons had a blast. "My kids play in the Korean Soccer Association’s Youth League. So, they love soccer. Unfortunately they were both born here and they don’t know who YP Lee is. But they became FC Dallas fans after the game. They are already begging for FC Dallas jersey. The stadium is very nice and my husband wants to bring the kids to FC Dallas game regularly from now on" said Choi.
Dallas Observer BrewFest took over the Dallas Arts District on Saturday night with more than 150 brewing companies at the event.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: David Ferreira's penalty kick is saved by Brad Knighton.
POST: Ferreira hits one off the crossbar on the feed from Brek Shea.
OFFSIDE: Blas Perez's late goal is called back offside.
GOAL: Julian de Guzman scores the last-second match-winner to secure the three points.
FC Dallas face a must-win match this Saturday, Sept. 15 when Vancouver Whitecaps FC come to Frisco for the final meeting of the season between the two clubs.
The match kicks at 7:30 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium and will air at approximately 11 p.m. on TXA21. To watch the match live and be a part of the excitement BUY TICKETS NOW: FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Stadium
Vancouver currently occupies the final Western Conference berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Four points behind the 'Caps in the standings sits FC Dallas, meaning a win on Saturday would leave the Texas side just one point shy of the final playoff berth. On the other hand, if Whitecaps FC should pick up a win at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday the Canadian teams' lead on FCD would expand to seven points, which would all but eliminate Dallas from playoff contention. With so much on the line, Saturday's game is unquestionably the most important match of FC Dallas' 2012 season to date.
Saturday's match is just as important to Vancouver. Losers of four straight matches dating back to a 2-0 loss at the hands of FC Dallas on Aug. 15, Whitecaps FC desperately needs to win this match in order to distance itself from FCD in the standings. And having scored just once in those last four matches, the Vancouver offense will be looking to right the ship in Frisco on Saturday night.
The match is presented by Guerrero as well as associate sponsors Novo Nordisk and Cash America. The festivities will start as soon as the gates open at 6 p.m., as Hispanic Heritage month will be celebrated at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday night. As always, fans are encouraged to enjoy BBQ, street tacos and live music as part of Lamar's Tailgate on the North Concourse - which will feature a live mariachi band - or visit the Budweiser Beer Garden for foosball, pool ball and great food and drink specials. The pregame festivities will conclude with the ceremonial scarfing of the Lamar Hunt statue, which will be performed by former U.S. Men's National Team captain and National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa (check out Balboa's "Best MLS Goal of all time" at the end of this highlight reel).
Tickets are going fast, so get yours now for the most important match of the year at FC Dallas Stadium.
Some very entertaining highlights for you from Sunday's international friendly against Leon FC. Lots of goals and a wild set of penalty kicks to watch:
FC Dallas staff and supporters walked in memory of Bobby Rhine at the Dallas Heart Walk this weekend. Here are photos from the event. Thanks to everyone who donated and/or walked with the FC Dallas group.
MLSSoccer.com's popular 24 under 24 feature has returned for another year. The first batch of rankings were released today and FC Dallas' Fabian Castillo came in at No. 22. Click to read the full write up, but here's a taste of the analysis:
Castillo has gone from an FC Dallas hopeful last year to an established talent in MLS in 2012, as his blistering pace continues to be too much to handle for most opponents. His ability to turn that speed into goals has improved this year (three goals in August), although his finishing still needs work. With the return of influential playmaker David Ferreira, Castillo could be set to take another step forward.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and defender George John took to the runway Thursday night for Fashion’s Night Out at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend. Here are some photos:
FC Dallas held a full training session on Wednesday evening at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. The session was hosted by the Great Lewisville Area Soccer Association (GLASA). Fans were able to watch training and meet the players afterward. An estimated crowd of 250-300 turned out for the event.
FC Dallas beat writer Daniel Robertson asked coach Schellas Hyndman about getting out into the community:
“It’s wonderful, wonderful. Anytime we can do something in the community, as I mentioned to the players, it’s an opportunity to give something back to the community. No professional [sports] organization can survive without the community supporting them. This is just one way for us to show our appreciation to be a part of the greater Lewisville soccer association which is a good soccer association. These are wonderful facilities here and this all came about because somebody had a vision that youth soccer and other sports were important to this community. We’re very very happy to be a part of that and I thought that the facilities again were very good, the field was in great shape and we were able to do a normal training session. That’s very important for us because no team is capable of giving away training days. So we were able to get a good training in and I think for us it was 100 percent a great event.”