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)
Blas Perez scores his first MLS goal off the rebound of Bryan Leyva's shot
Darlington Nagbe ties the game for the visiting side
Lovel Palmer hits the post
Kevin Hartman denies Portland striker Kris Boyd
Daniel Hernandez tests Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins
Tonight's match between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers is broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. The telecast goes live at 7:30 p.m. CT and features Jonathan Yardley and Dante Washington as broadcasters.
Here's where to find Fox Sports Southwest Plus locally:
Time Warner – Ch. 960 (digital cable)
Charter Cable – Ch. 300
DirecTV – Ch. 677 (677-1 HD)
Dish – Ch. 445 (9515 HD)
U-Verse Ch. 756 (1756 HD)
Fios – Ch. 77 (577 HD)
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Lucky Limerick Giveaway. It was fun to see all the submissions that came in. Here are the winners, who each get two tickets to Saturday's St. Patrick's Day match vs Portland.
Dallas ‘Til I Die I loudly scream
The Timbers are next for us to ream
They don’t stand a chance
And won’t win this dance
As we cut down their entire team
Art & Trinity Cantu:
Uncle Lamar keeps a watchful eye,
So come on in don't be shy,
Red, White, and Blue are our colors,
United We Stand next to our sisters and brothers,
Remember that we are Dallas 'Til I Die!
New York tried to create a disaster
Goals from Loyd and Villar came much faster
Ugo shut down Henry
For the whole crowd to see
And they sent those old Bulls to their pasture
Kevin Hartman and Matt Hedges
Keep FC Dallas fans on the edges
Of their bright crimson seats
With concession stand treats
Like pretzels and potato wedges
Doris & Jon Reutinger:
There once was a man in the goal
Kevin, his name - what control
El gato they say
Could stop balls any day
Few goals scored with him on patrol
Dallas will put excellence on display,
They need no luck to other teams' dismay.
Though the Irish within will inspire fight
The red and the blue will make the score right
It is Portland who will timber today.
There is a goalkeeper from Dallas,
Whose opponents shoot at him with malice.
But their shots he will save
And to the fans he will wave
As he raises the MLS Cup like a chalice.
Ricardo Villar was featured in a story on a big sporting website in Brazil today. You'll want to translate the story to read it since it's written in Portuguese. In it Villar discusses the growth of MLS in the U.S. and the challenge youngsters in Brazil face to follow their sports dreams while also trying to get an education.