FC Dallas hosted season ticket holders for the annual Meet the Team event Friday night. Fans piled into FC Dallas Stadium for the introduction of new signing Mauro Diaz, Stoke City FC’s pre-game practice, and the chance to meet their favorite FC Dallas players.
“It's a pretty cool event," said Brett Bieghler, a season ticket holder since he moved to the area in 2004. "It’s really cool that the club does this."
Fans lined the stadium to get autographs and pictures with a number of FC Dallas players, who enjoyed the chance to meet their most dedicated fans.
"I'm excited to be here and meet all the fans. We do this once a year and it's a great opportunity to interact with the people that come and support us every game," FC Dallas defender George John said.
Fans with tickets to Saturday’s international friendly against Stoke City filled the stadium to see the Premier League side's open practice. Some fans traveled a little further than others to watch the team practice in person.
“I think [the event's] great. They get a bit more global exposure. I’m hoping they’ll prove that they’re not just a long-ball team that everyone talks about. I’ll actually get to see the team play a little bit and it should be really good,” said Matt Wheatley, a native Englishman who has been a Stoke City supporter his entire life.
The event once again proved to be a success for all involved, with an impressive turnout and a lot of excitement surrounding the evening's events. To meet the team next year, visit raiseyourred.com and get your 2014 season tickets.
Here's tonight's audio of Schellas Hyndman's post-Stoke City press conference:
Prior to Saturday's friendly, Stoke City and FC Dallas held a joint press conference to preview tomorrow's game and introduce FCD's newest signing, Mauro Diaz. Here's the audio from Friday's event:
Stoke City Press Conference
Mauro Diaz Press Conference
English Premier League side Stoke City FC is coming to Frisco this weekend to take on FC Dallas in an international friendly. Stoke arrived in North Texas Thursday afternoon following the team's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night. The following is a schedule of events for fans leading up to Saturday's friendly:
Friday, July 26
5:30 p.m.: Press conference featuring members of Stoke City.
6:00 p.m.: FC Dallas press conference to introduce FC Dallas' newest signing, Mauro Diaz featuring Diaz, head coach Schellas Hyndman, technical director Fernando Clavijo and Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt. After the presser, Hunt and Clavijo will host a Q&A with FC Dallas season ticket holders in attendance.
*The press conferences will be open to the first 300 season ticket holders. Season ticket holders should enter the stadium through the West gate.
6:00-7:15 p.m.: Stoke City pre-game practice on the FC Dallas Stadium field.
*The Stoke City practice will be open to anybody who has a ticket to the FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC friendly presented by Cash America this Saturday, July 27. Non-season ticket holders with tickets to Saturday's game should enter the stadium through the FC Dallas Team Shop located in the Northwest corner of the stadium.
7:30-9:00 p.m.: FC Dallas Meet the Team Event - FC Dallas players will be stationed around the stadium to sign autographs exclusively for Season Ticket Holders. Season Ticket Holders will be provided a map designating where each player is located.
*Non-season ticket holders may gain access to the press conference (first 300 STHs only), Q&A session and Meet the Team event by purchasing 2014 season tickets before or during the event Friday night.
Saturday, July 27
6:30 p.m.: FC Dallas Stadium gates open.
8:00 p.m.: FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC presented by Cash America. The Stoke City FC friendly is also supported by associate partners Budweiser, Fiesta and the state of Quintana Roo.
Head coach Richie Wiliams has called in a 44-player training camp in preparation for the Copa de Mexico de Naciones beginning on August 7 in Mexico City. Three FC Dallas players, Weston McKinnie, Alejandro Zendejas and Eric Torres will represent FCD at the camp, tied with LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls for the most of any team.
CHICAGO (July 24, 2013) – Members of the U-15 Boys’ National Team will convene at the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. for the last training camp before players born in 1998 are eligible for the U-17 age group.
The squad will take part in Copa de Mexico de Naciones beginning on Aug. 7 and running through Aug. 19 in Mexico City.
The camp is headed by U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Richie Williams.
Williams will also use the camp to scout the next crop of players vying for a spot on the U-17 roster for the next FIFA U-17 World Cup cycle.
Of the 44 players in attendance, 27 are currently members of Development Academy teams.
GOALKEEPERS (4): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va. ), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy; Altadena, Calif.), Andrew Romig (Richmond Kickers; Midlothian, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (16): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (Philadelphia Union Academy; Allentown, Pa.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Reginald Cannon (Solar Chelsea SC; Grapevine, Texas.), Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dietrich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Vernon Fernandez (De Anza Force; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Edwin Lara (Alliance Soccer Club; San Leandro, Calif.), Cristian Martinez (NJSA 04 Academy; Mine Hill, N.J.), Tommy McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Kyle Perno (Albertson; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Christian Albelo (Hoffenheim; Heidelberg, Germany), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Alexis Donicio (Sacramento United; Sacramento, Calif.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Hipsen Garcia (Met Oval; Corona, N.Y.), Ethan Lotenero (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Emmanuel Perez (Sunrise Elite; Boynton Beach, Fla.), Alexander Soto (TSF; Palisades Park, N.J.), Devon Vega (Classics Elite; San Antonio, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (12): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (Georgia United; Atlanta, Ga.), David Loera (Orlando City Lions; Orlando, Fla.), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Fernando Soria (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sean Teixiera (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.), Eric Torres (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas), DJ Williams (Solar Chelsea SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Last weekend, FC Dallas hosted the King TUT tournament presented by Pat Lobb Auto Group. The tournament ran Friday through Sunday. A total of 169 teams participated in the tournament over the three days, playing games at both FC Dallas Stadium and Russell Creek Park in Plano.
Each participating team had the chance to play four friendly matches over the course of the weekend. Despite thunderstorms in the area, 46 games started off the tournament Friday evening, followed by 146 and 147 games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The tournament featured teams from the U11-U16 age groups for both boys and girls, including 44 FC Dallas Youth teams. Although no championships were on the line, the tournament gave teams an opportunity to tune-up and play a few games before the upcoming Fall season and league seeding matches.
In addition to tournament festivities, FC Dallas sponsors Pat Lobb Auto Group and CiCi's were in attendance throughout the weekend.
Two FC Dallas starters earned some praise from MLSsoccer.com following the team's scoreless draw in Montreal. Raul Fernandez took the top spot in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20, while Zach Loyd earned a spot on Team of the Week.
Fernandez is no stranger to the Castrol Index. This week's appearance marks his sixth on the season and the second time the 'keeper has been number one for the week. Here's what the MLS staff had to say about the Peruvian national:
Nine goalkeepers made the cut, with FC Dallas 'keeper Raúl Fernández leading the way in the Week 21 marks. His four saves in a shutout performance helped Dallas pick up a road point in Montreal. It is the second time this season Fernandez has had the top spot in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20.
Meanwhile, Zach Loyd was one of three defenders to pick up Team of the Week honors after his strong backfield performance in Montreal. Here's what Nicholas Rosano said about the defender:
A force on the right flank as Dallas battled to a scoreless draw in Montreal, both quieting the Impact's attack and getting forward to effectively join in on a few attacks himself.
Congrats to both players on their performances!
Castrol Index Week 21 Top 10 Performers
|1||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||1,445|
|2||DeAndre Yedlin||Defender||Seattle Sounders||90||Colorado Rapids||1,434|
|3||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Seattle Sounders||1,331|
|4||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Toronto FC||1,316|
|5||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||Philadelphia Union||1,298|
|6||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||FC Dallas||1,261|
|7||Ike Opara||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Real Salt Lake||1,231|
|8||José Gonçalves||Defender||New England Revolution||90||Columbus Crew||1,219|
|9||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Portland Timbers||1,196|
|10||Chris Rolfe||Forward||Chicago Fire||90||D.C. United||1,181|
FC Dallas will host Stoke City FC of the English Premier League this Saturday and while it is the team's first time playing an EPL side, it is certainly not their first international friendly.
FC Dallas has played an international side in almost every season of its existence, Saturday will be the 15th official FC Dallas Stadium international friendly, and a few seasons included multiple international matches. The first friendly hosted at FC Dallas Stadium was a 4-1 FC Dallas win against Atlas CF of Mexico in March of 2006 and FC Dallas is 9-3-2 in the 14 matches.
Saturday's match certainly has plenty of intrigue, however, as it's just the second time a European team has faced FCD in an international friendly with the other one coming in 2010 when then-UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan drew FCD 2-2. Here's some highlights of international friendlies at FC Dallas Stadium:
2006 - FC Dallas 2 Tigres 0
The first really memorable international friendly in front of a raucous crowd in Frisco saw FCD beat the Mexican side behind goals from Arturo Alvarez and Marcelo Saragosa. FCD went on to win the inaugural Rio Grande Plate on penalties down in Monterrey with Dario Sala saving, then scoring the game-winner.
2007 - FC Dallas 0 Atletico Paranaense 1
FCD fell to Brazilians Atletico Paranaense in the first of two meetings between the clubs in Frisco. This was an unspectacular game except for one major point, midfield maestro David Ferreira played his first minutes at FC Dallas Stadium, though they were with the Brazilians.
2008 - FC Dallas 1 Chivas Guadalajara 2
An exciting mid-summer match between FCD and Mexican giants Chivas de Guadalajara ended 2-1 to the visitors. A starting-quality FCD side produced a fantastic first half, but lineup changes saw Dallas relinquish a 1-0 lead giving up two late goals. The scorer of the game-winner? None other than budding Mexican National Team star Marco Fabian. This is interestingly the last international friendly that FCD has lost as they take an eight-game unbeaten run into Saturday's game.
2010 - FC Dallas 2 Inter Milan 2 (HIGHLIGHTS)
Obviously the biggest international friendly FC Dallas Stadium has hosted, FCD welcomed then-UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan to Frisco for a prestigious match. "El Principe" Diego Milito opened the scoring for Inter, but George John struck back before halftime with a beautiful header to send the game into halftime tied 1-1. Who else but Samuel Eto'o broke the deadlock in the second half scoring from a blast outside the box before 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira sealed the 2-2 draw with a penalty kick goal.
2012 - FC Dallas 3 Club Leon 3 (HIGHLIGHTS)
In perhaps the most exciting of the 15 international friendlies, FC Dallas and recently-promoted Club Leon played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that the Mexican side won on penalty kicks. A see-saw match in which both teams held leads was settled by a late Bobby Warshaw equalizer that slipped over the line.
FC Dallas’ winless streak continued with a 0-0 stalemate in Montreal on Saturday. Despite the draw on a tough road trip, the team didn’t see much positive movement in this week’s power rankings.
Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas down to #10:
Earning a draw at Montreal would normally be a good result, but Dallas really need to locate a win. Talk about a July to forget.
FC Dallas remained number 11 according to MLSsoccer.com:
All things considered, a point on the road is a good result for a team that's trying desperately to hang on in the playoff race. But there's this: They haven't scored a single goal since June. Crisis.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com left FC Dallas in the #10 spot:
Center back anchor George John returned following a four-game absence and helped FC Dallas to a 0-0 draw against Montreal, but the club remains winless since May 25, a stretch of eight games. That streak will linger on past the MLS All-Star Game, as FCD does not play another league game until an Aug. 3 date against the Seattle Sounders that kicks off a run of seven games in a row against Western Conference competition.
Pro Soccer Talk also put FC Dallas in the 10th spot:
Speaking of Stoke City, they move from South Texas up I-45 to suburban Dallas for a meeting with Schellas Hyndman’s team over the weekend.
ESPN FC dropped FCD one spot to number 13:
George John's return helped Dallas secure a much-needed road point at Montreal. And while FCD was missing some speedier elements, it seems reasonable to expect more offense from a lineup featuring David Ferreira, Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli.
Finally, Soccer America moved FC Dallas down three to #10.
FC Dallas welcomes Stoke City to FCD Stadium on Saturday in the first-ever game between FC Dallas and an EPL side in Frisco. Their trip to north Texas is sandwiched between games in Houston and Philadelphia. New Stoke manager Mark Hughes has released his travel roster for their week-long USA tour:
Stoke City FC Travel Roster
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen, Jack Butland
Defenders: Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shotton, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa, Jordan Keane
Midfielders: Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Florent Cuvelier, Glenn Whelan, Steven N’Zonzi, Matthew Etherington, Michael Kightly, Jamie Ness, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea*
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones*
*denotes will join club when international duties (CONCACAF Gold Cup) are complete