Thanks to everyone who came out for the first Party at the Pubs watch party for 2012. We easily gave away the MLS pint glasses to the first 100 people and had a standing room crowd inside The Allen Wickers. Our next Party at the Pubs is Saturday, April 28 at Trinity Hall in Dallas when FCD travels west to face LA Galaxy.
Our April Fool's jersey announcement took Twitter by storm on Sunday. We picked out our favorite responses to the announcement and compiled them here for your enjoyment.
They got fooled:
Ahh @FCDallas totally got me with that fake black jersey! I wanted one!
— Adri Salazar (@adrisalazar) April 1, 2012
@FCDallas got me good... I was confused all day
— Jaime Dali Damian (@Jaime_Damian) April 1, 2012
Not the biggest fans of the look:
— Laura Dwyer (@lausydwyer) April 1, 2012
— Mark McClellan (@amazingcube) April 1, 2012
They got a laugh:
@FCDallas hilarious haha!
— Mike Praust (@Praust) April 1, 2012
@FCDallas Best MLS April Fools joke I've seen so far!
— Facemarked (@Facemarked) April 1, 2012
— Kris Kolodziej (@kolodziejk) April 1, 2012
— SMASH (@smash1983) April 1, 2012
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) April 1, 2012
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) April 1, 2012
— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) April 1, 2012
A short-handed effort like the one they put on against Sporting says a lot about this team's character. But it was telling that they just couldn't keep up in the dying minutes. Two years ago, it was FCD blowing past the competition at that point in the game.
FCD GOAL: Ricardo Villar stuns KC with stellar free kick
PK SAVE: Hartman denies Kamara from the spot
SAVE: Hartman dives low to deny Zusi strike
Mark Followill will make his debut as FC Dallas play-by-play man this Sunday vs. Sporting Kansas City. The Dallas Morning News spoke with him about his new assignment. Here's an excerpt:
Followill is the primary TV play-by-play man for FCD games, but only when games don’t conflict with Mavericks games. FCD’s game is in Kansas City, and since the Mavericks don’t play Sunday and Monday, the veteran broadcaster plans to call Sunday’s game alongside former Dallas Burn player Brian Dunseth.
“I’m really, really excited about it,” Followill said. “Being on the broadcast is a great honor. It’s an opportunity for me to expand my own professional horizons, so I think it’s just going to be great all around.”
He has a history with the Dallas franchise, serving as the public address announcer for the Burn during their time at the Cotton Bowl and also as a fill-in PA announcer for FCD the last few years.
Brek Shea is in the April edition of Texas Monthly and is featured in "The Horses Mouth" where he discussed 10 different topics. Look for it at your local grocery store checkout or newsstand.
The FC Dallas reserves are in the Denver area for a match against the Colorado Rapids reserves today at 1 p.m. CT. We'll provide updates during the match via Twitter (@FCDallas) and have a recap posted on the website sometime after the match.
Last week the FCD reserves opened the season with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake inside FC Dallas Stadium. Bryan Leyva, Luis Perea and Jonathan Top netted goals for FCD.
Weekend No. 1 of March Madness is done and the Sweet 16 is set. So now is a perfect time to check in on our FC Dallas Bracket Challenge.
Kevin Hartman is No. 2 overall in the group and leads the group of five players who entered brackets.
Here are the overall leaders right now:
1 The DFE Franchise (50 points)
2 Kevin Hartman – OFFICIAL (49 points)
3 DallasDoozer (48 points)
4 Count Bracula (47 points)
4 imdamon4 (47 points)
4 Texas Super G (47 points)
These are the players' brackets, with overall placement listed:
2 Kevin Hartman – OFFICIAL (49 points)
178 Zach Loyd – OFFICIAL (39 points)
208 Ricardo Villar – OFFICIAL (38 points)
308 Andrew Wiedeman – OFFICIAL (34 points)
316 Brek Shea – OFFICIAL (33 points)