SEGMENT 1: Stein and Steve look back extensively at the first match of the year for the U.S. national team, starting with -- what else? -- another round of debate surrounding San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski and what a two-goal performance did for his chances of earning a spot on the 23-man roster that Jurgen Klinsmann takes to Brazil.
SEGMENT 2: New York Times contributor Brian Sciaretta, who keeps track of Americans playing soccer abroad as well as anyone, makes his Soccer Today debut to talk about all the stories with U.S. connections that were in circulation before Friday's closing of the winter transfer window.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Alexi Lalas makes a surprise visit to the show after calling the United States' two-nil win over Korea in Los Angeles with Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman. Which means more dissection of the Yanks' performance ... and a glimpse into Alexi's Super Bowl Sunday plans.
SEGMENT 4: The one and only Pele appeared on ESPN FC earlier in the week and addressed his latest public spat with Argentina's Diego Maradona. The boys touch on that here as well as the rumors out of England that Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is MLS-bound.
FC Dallas has arrived in UAE and here's the first set of pictures from their preseason trip! Photos by Leigh Anne Gullett & Roger Hammerschmidt.
FC Dallas has arrived in United Arab Emirates after the overseas flight and some pictures have begun coming in via Instagram!
Day three of Copa Chivas 2014 turned out to be a wild one for the U-18s as they faced off against hosts Chivas Guadalajara in the third out of five group stage matches.
Having won one and lost one, the match would be crucial to FCD's hopes of advancing to the semifinals and after a wild game, FCD fell 5-4 to Chivas Guadalajara.
Chivas jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just five minutes played, but Dallas fought back. Goals from Diego De La Tejera and Alex Radilla pulled FCD level before halftime and midway through the second half, Santiago Agudelo scored a header to give FCD a shock lead. Chivas tied the game 3-3 before De La Tejera scored to once again give FCD the lead at 4-3. With time ticking down, Chivas found two goals in the last five minutes to earn a crazy win leaving FCD with three points from three games.
Friday is an off day for FCD in Guadalajara before facing Atlas and Vitoria to end the group stage this weekend. Dallas will need to win both matches to have a shot at making it to the semifinals.
The FCD U-18s bounced back from their day one loss to Monterrey, defeating J. League side Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 in their second game of the 2014 Copa Chivas.
FCD fell behind early in the match to a Marinos goal, but Miguel Ojeda pulled FCD level just before halftime. In the second half, FCD pushed for the win and found it through two goals from big forward Santiago Agudelo.
After two rounds of play, FCD sits third in their six-team group with tied with Monterrey on three points. Atlas leads the group with six points while Vitoria sits in second with four. FCD has another tough match today as they'll face off with hosts Chivas Guadalajara at noon.
After today, they'll have a much-needed rest day before rounding out the group stage with games against the two teams above them as they look to finish in one of the top two spots and advance to the semifinals.
The 2014 preseason has officially kicked off, and H&R Block wants to get your ready for the new season by giving you the chance to win a trip to Houston to watch FC Dallas take on the Dynamo on Saturday, April 5 and meet All-Star goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The Sweepstakes runs from now through Saturday, March 15. All you have to do is visit one of the participating H&R Block locations listed below for your chance to win!
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FC Dallas kicked off their participation in the 2014 Copa Chivas on Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Mexican First Division side CF Monterrey.
For those who speak Spanish, the Chivas website has a lengthy writeup of the game in which FCD conceded in the 22nd minute to a Monterrey set piece. Head coach Luchi Gonzalez told the Chivas website that the scoreline was not necessarily indicative of the game and that the team just needs to have a little more concentration at some moments.
FCD continues group stage play today at noon against Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in a game they need a result from to stay in contention for the semifinals.
(Photo courtesy of Chivas)
Be the first to own the new 2014 FC Dallas home jersey presented by AdvoCare. The all-new design will be revealed at our Cocktails & Cleats (more info here) event on Thursday, March 6.
This jersey is the first of its kind in FC Dallas history, so be sure to pre-order yours today to have it in time to wear to the March 8 season opener vs. Montreal Impact at Toyota Stadium.
As an added benefit, $20 of every 2014 Jersey Presale purchase will be donated to the FC Dallas Foundation.
NOTICE: Presale jerseys WILL NOT BE SHIPPED (select "Cocktails & Cleats pick-up" shipping method at checkout). Jerseys purchased through this presale can be picked up in-person by the purchaser at the 2014 Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. All jerseys not picked up at Cocktails & Cleats will be available at the FC Dallas Team Shop in Toyota Stadium during regular store hours starting on Friday, March 7. Presale ends Monday, February 24.
You can mark down Saturday, January 25, 2014 as the first official practice of the Oscar Pareja era in at Toyota Stadium. Here are the best pictures from #DayOne:
FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, Jan. 23) – FC Dallas will begin preseason training on Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m.
Saturday will also serve as the first day of post-training media availability for new head coach Oscar Pareja and the 32 players attending FC Dallas preseason training. Among those players will be defensive midfielder Peter Luccin, who has officially re-signed with FC Dallas. Per team and league policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
Luccin returned to the lineup ahead of schedule after suffering an ACL tear during preseason in 2013. The 34-year-old saw time in three of the club’s four matches last October. He logged 201 minutes in two starts.
FC Dallas coaches and players will also be available for interviews following the 9 a.m. training sessions on Monday, Jan. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 29. There will be no media availability following afternoon training sessions.
FC Dallas is scheduled to depart Thursday, Jan. 30, for Abu Dhabi, UAE, where the team will train and play exhibition games at Al Jazira Sports and Culture Club through Wednesday, Feb. 12. The team will also make several community appearances during the trip.
Media attending training on Saturday should park in the Platinum lot, located on the northwest corner of the stadium.
FC Dallas 2014 Preseason Roster:
GK (5): Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz, Richard Sanchez, Kyle Zobeck, Jesse Gonzalez.
DEF (12): Moises Hernandez, Jair Benitez, George John, Zach Loyd, London Woodberry, Stephen Keel, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Michel, Nick Walker, Ronny Mendoza.
MID (9): Andrew Jacobson, Adam Moffat, Peter Luccin, Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead, Cobi Span, Bobby Warshaw, Danny Garcia, Je-Vaughn Watson.
FWD (6): Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo, Bradlee Baladez, Tesho Akindele, Eric Hassli, Jonathan Top.
Weekly Training Schedule (All Times Central)
Date Time Event Location
Saturday, Jan. 25 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Monday, Jan. 27 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Tuesday, Jan. 28 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Wednesday, Jan. 29 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Thursday, Jan. 30 11 a.m. Travel to UAE --