By Taylor Hester
One FC Dallas team will never forget their trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Led by coach Jesse Suarez, the FC Dallas U-15 Pre-Academy team started off the National Premier League Finals hot, winning all three group stage games, outscoring opponents 15-1. Once they reached the knockout rounds, they didn't show any signs of cooling down, winning the semifinal and punching their ticket to the National Championship game.
On Thursday in the first game, Paxton Pomykal and Javier Barajas each scored a brace to lead the U-15s to a 4-0 victory over GPS from Massachusetts, the New England Premier League champions.
On Firday vs. Houston Express, the South Central Premier League champs, FCD won 6-1, with five different goalscorers. Pomykal and Barajas each notched another goal in the tournament, while Rene Arroyo, Jesus Ferreira, Aidan Tibbets, and an Express own goal round out the rest of the goals.
In the final group game on Saturday, FCD defeated the West Florida Flames from the Florida Premier League by a score of 5-0. Pomykal, Ferreira, and Tibbets each got their name on the scoresheet again, while Jomar Reyes scored twice.
In the semifinals on Sunday vs. SC Del Sol from Arizona, the Mountain Developmental League champs, FCD won 4-2 with two goals from Pomykal, and one a piece from Ferreira and Reyes.
Dominating from the beginning of the tournament, it was a shock when FCD found themselves down 2-0 to Chicago Sockers FC, the Midwest League champs, in the National Championship game. But, the U-15s came back in the final 10 minutes of the match, with a goal from Alonso Molina and a late equalizer from Ferreira, eventually defeating Sockers FC on penalty kicks with a game-winning PK from Simeon Salazar.
Finishing undefeated in the Texas Pre-Academy League and winning the NPL Finals, the FC Dallas U-15s can now call themselves National Premier League Champions after an unforgettable year.
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19 after helping FCD earn it's thrid straight shutout and thrid straight win on Saturday in Orlando. This is the defender's second time to make the MLS Team fo the Week this season.
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) - Calm but firm, the big center back orchestrated FCD's composed, clean-sheet defensive effort. Third straight shutout, third straight win for the used-to-be-Hoops.
Take a look at the highlights from the first ever MLS meeting between Dallas and Orlando:
BY JEREMY VILLANUEVA
FC Dallas takes its three-game unbeaten streak into a new city to MLS on Saturday. We have you covered on the matchup by the numbers:
0 – No team has ever won when these two teams face… they haven’t tied either. This is the first meeting in history between FC Dallas and Orlando City SC (minus a preseason scrimmage that we’ll just forget about).
-10 – Orlando City will be without its No. 10, Kaka, after a red card in last week’s 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.
3 – Fabian Castillo heads into Orlando on a three-game scoring streak. He has had one previous three-match MLS scoring streak but has never scored in four straight games.
15 – Aside from Kaka, Orlando City will also be missing Cyle Larin in Saturday’s contest. The two account for 15 of the team’s 23 goals on the season.
5 – Orlando City SC has a way of being fouled inside the box. The team leads the league in penalty kicks attempted with five, scoring four.
181- Although FC Dallas is last in the league in shots with 181; the team is sixth in the league in goals for.
6 – Orlando is the enemy this weekend. Is it any surprise “The Lions” hold a 6-6-6 record heading into the match? (cue the “Twilight Zone” music)
+1 – Both teams hold a plus-one goal differential on the season. FC Dallas has scored 24 goals thus far with Orlando City at its heels with 23.
2 – FC Dallas has had its struggles on the road recently with only two wins on the season and none in their last five games. Could Saturday be their third?
8 – Dallas is in the midst of an eight-day streak of seeing one of its players compete in the Gold Cup. FCD has five players in the Gold Cup, tied for most in the league with Real Salt Lake. Follow how the FCD players are doing at our Gold Cup Central landing page.
By Jeremy Villanueva
FC Dallas may not have a home game tonight, but Toyota Stadium will be packed as four international sides begin their Gold Cup journey.
Panama, Haiti, Honduras and the United States were welcomed to Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center this week as they prepare for tonight’s doubleheader.
“It’s fantastic to see the community involved in the games and to see a training ground full of people coming to see the national teams train and having competition,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said. “…[It’s a] real cup, so it’s great to see how our community can take that opportunity. I like it.”
Five players will represent FCD in the tournament, including forward Blas Perez who will essentially play a home game tonight as his Panamanian squad takes on Haiti. Defender Je-Vaughn Watson, forward Tesho Akindele and midfielder Kyle Bekker open their group stage matches for their respective nations Wednesday. Defender Moises Hernandez will join in on the tournament in Guatemala’s first match Thursday.
“The first time they’re going to play in a Gold Cup for Tesho and Mo means a lot for the club to see how these guys are gaining their spot in the international stage,” Pareja said. “With Blas, Je-Vaughn and Kyle, this is the same. We’re still proud to have players who are important in their national team roster.”
Panama and Haiti will kick off the tournament at 6:00 p.m. tonight(FOX Sports 2) followed by the US and Honduras at 8:30 p.m(FOX Sports 1).
It has been over a year since Mauro Diaz had scored an MLS goal at Toyota Stadium, but he made this one worth the wait. The Argentine maestro pulled a page out of Ronaldinho's book sliding one under the wall and into the back of the next giving Dallas a lead they wouldn't look back from.
Mauro's goal has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week so give him your vote!
WATCH: GOTW Week 18
By Jeremy Villanueva
FC Dallas’ star duo Mauro Díaz and Fabian Castillo and head coach Oscar "Papi" Pareja were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 18 after a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Independence Day. “Super Mauro” played a role in all three goals, including an early free kick sent under the Revolution wall. Castillo extended his goal streak to three games, and Pareja led FCD to its third straight home shutout.
M: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – The "Díaz Show" was on full display against the Revolution, as the Argentine weaved through New England's defense all night, ending up with a goal and an assist.
M: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – The Revolution could not deal with the Colombian's speed on Saturday, as Castillo wreaked havoc all night for FC Dallas.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - El Profe had his two stars going full throttle Saturday night as FC Dallas collected their second consecutive win.
Take a look at the fireworks on the field from FC Dallas' 3-0 win over New England Revolution on July 4th:
It's the annual July 4th extravaganza at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night presented by TXU Energy! There's so much going on around Toyota Stadium on Saturday night so here are the 10 things to know about the showdown with New England:
1. Saturday's match and post-game fireworks show are presented by TXU Energy and you'll want to arrive early as the first 5,000 fans receive a pair of light-up bam bam sticks! Who doesn't love something that lights up?
2. For anyone who has been to an FC Dallas July 4th game, you know it gets a little emotional at halftime when the American Fallen Soldiers Project presents the family of a fallen soldier with a painted portrait of their loved one. Our honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer will be Phil Taylor from the AFSP, and you'll want to be by the Lamar Hunt Statue by 7:30 for that one.
3. If there's a little something off about our special match poster, it's because graphic designer Olivia Brestal has created a 3D poster for Saturday's match! Get yours in the team store which comes with a complementary pair of 3D glasses.
4. Meet defender Stephen Keel on the north concourse tomorrow near the TXU Energy oversized chair! Get your picture and autograph with the man himself.
5. Our opponent, New England, won the Eastern Conference last year but has been struggling recently. Get caught up with our Know Your Enemy feature.
6. Our merchandise special for Saturday's match is $5 off the Countrymen/USA flag tees so stop by the store and treat yo' self.
7. Tomorrow's match features the biggest July 4th fireworks show in town pres. by TXU Energy and that should be going off right around 15 minutes after the final whistle. It's going to be over the north end of the stadium so be sure to grab a good spot after FCD takes three points.
8. FC Dallas has been absolutely fantastic at home over the last year with a 13-2-2 record inside the friendly confines of Toyota Stadium in their last 17 games.
9. If you can't make the game, watch live on TXA21 with Mark Followill and Steve Jolley on the call. Remember you can also listen to tonight's game in English on 100.7FM The Word with Steve Davis and don't forget to tune into the post-game show on your drive home from Toyota Stadium. As always, our game is available in Spanish on 1270AM La Voz Del Pueblo with Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon.
10. Tickets are very limited for Saturday's match but you can get yours HERE or you can call 1.888.FCD.GOAL and they'll get you set up with the best remaining seat in the house!
It's nearly time for the huge July 4th match against New England. Carter and Daniel break down the game in Keys to the Match driven by Toyota