By Mohammad Bushnaq
FC Dallas finished off their four home games in five weeks marathon with a 3-1-0 record. Now, FC Dallas travels to the nation's capital to take on a D.C. United team with eight points from six games, good enough for 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Last season, FC Dallas defeated D.C. United at Toyota Stadium 2-1 in their only matchup of the season.
WATCH: FCD vs DC - 2013
May 11, 2013 - FC Dallas 2 D.C. United 1: FC Dallas entered this mid-May matchup riding high, unbeaten in seven matches at home (eight matches overall). FC Dallas opened the scoring when Jackson finished a hard-shot past D.C. keeper Joe Willis in the 11th minute. D.C. found an equalizer before the half as Dwayne De Rosario beat Chris Seitz on a low shot after a quick restart to get his team back on level terms. It was the first goal FC Dallas had allowed in the first half all season. FC Dallas would not be denied the victory in front of the home crowd, though. In what seems to be a trend for FC Dallas teams, the Hoops struck on a set-piece in the 77th minute. Je-Vaughn Watson had a Michel corner go in off his chest for the lead, giving FC Dallas their 8th goal off set pieces two months in to the season. FC Dallas would hold on to extend their unbeaten streaks in front of 14,322 and remain in first place with 24 points in the Supporters Shield Race.
Matt Hedges is having his best season yet in 2014, earning a new contract extension and drawing calls for USMNT inclusion. He had another fantastic game on Saturday against TFC turning into an offensive juggernaut with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory.
For his efforts, he's earned a spot in the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 7. Hedges completed 42 of 48 passes on Saturday, had four interceptions and five recoveries according to the OPTA Chalkboard. Hedges has started 62 of the last 64 FCD games dating back to mid-2012 with eight goals scored in that time. He already has two goals scored in the first seven games of 2014 and needs just one more to tie his single-season high.
The undefeated FC Dallas Reserves will host future Major League Soccer side Orlando City Soccer Club at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm. Orlando City is playing out its final season in USL Pro before joining the MLS ranks in 2015.
FC Dallas forward Cobi Span (right, photo courtesy of Orlando City SC), who joined Orlando on loan on April 2, will be eligible to play against his FC Dallas teammates on Tuesday.
It's a unique situation for Span, who scored the game-winning goal in his OCSC debut on April 12 before being recalled by FC Dallas for a Reserve match against Oklahoma City Energy FC on April 15 in which he assisted on Andrew Jacobson's game-winning goal. But on Tuesday the young forward will be lining up against the players who were his teammates last week.
“I don’t know who is going to play exactly, but I’m going to know all the guys,” Span told OrlandoCitySoccer.com of playing against FC Dallas. “It’s a pretty big friendly match for me. It’s going to be fun playing against a team where you know everybody.”
Just as Span was recalled for last week's Reserve match, FC Dallas has recalled Homegrown forward Jonathan Top (right, photo courtesy of Arizona United SC) from his loan with USL Pro's Arizona United SC for Tuesday's game against Orlando City. Top returns to Frisco fresh off scoring the game-winning goal for Arizona United on Saturday night to help the new club to it's first win as a franchise.
The FC Dallas Reserves will kick off against Orlando City SC at 7pm on Tuesday night and parking and admission into Toyota Stadium will be FREE.
Here's Oscar Pareja's post game press conference after Saturday's big win over Toronto FC:
FC Dallas beat Toronto FC, 2-1, on Saturday night. Matt Hedges scored a header for FCD off a corner kick in the first half and assisted on Blas Perez's 88th minute game-winning goal. See the full match highlights below:
We discuss what FCD needs to do to get back on track against Toronto FC in this week's Toyota Keys to the Match:
Wednesday was the final group stage day at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV and always brings some exciting do-or-die games as teams look to advance to the knockout round. FC Dallas went 9-4-1 on Wednesday with seven of our 15 teams advancing to the Dallas Cup knockout round including four in the U-17 division.
Here's a roundup of the action:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy finished Dallas Cup week in strong fashion, defeating IF Brommapojkarna of Sweden 2-0 to finish their group in third place. Sebastian Gordillo and Santi Agudelo scored in the win. READ A FULL RECAP HERE.
The FC Dallas 96B Premier team defeated IMG Academy 2-0 in a must-win match to advance to the quarterfinals. The Premier team won all three of their group stage games and will play Dallas Texans' USSDA Academy team in the quarterfinals on Friday at 11:00AM at Richland College.
FC Dallas Youth 96B fell 2-0 to Andromeda on Wednesday afternoon to end their Dallas Cup.
FC Dallas El Paso 96/97 bounced back from their opening day loss to win on Tuesday and Wednesday, earning progression to the quarterfinals. They defeated Andromeda's USSDA Academy 2-1 yesterday to earn 1st place on goal differential.
FCD's 97B Premier team defeated IMG Academy U16B 2-0 to win their third-straight group stage game and advance to the quarterfinals.
FCD 97B Blue defeated Dallas Texans 97 Red to secure passage to the quarterfinals. They won all three of their group stage games.
FCD 97B Gold became the fourth FC Dallas U-17 division team to advance to the quarterfinals after beating Chargers SC 3-1 on Wednesday. They won all three of their group stage games by a combined score of 15-1.
The FCD U-15 Academy fell 2-1 to Columbia United to end their Dallas Cup group stage with one win from three games.
The FCD 98B Premier team secured passage to the quarterfinals with a 9-0 win over Cicero Mayas. Keegan McCombie and Matthew Gonzalez each scored twice in the win while Delfino Garcia, Austin Van Wagoner, Sebastian Venegas and Jesus Armendariz also scored in the win.
The U-14 USSDA Academy fell 1-0 to Futbolito Bimbo Soccer Tuzos on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup. They won one out of three games.
FC Dallas 99B Premier side fell to the Colorado Rapids U-14 side 2-0 in a must-win match on Wednesday. They finish the tournament with two out of three wins.
FCD 00B Premier drew 2-2 with Coral Gables Soccer on Wednesday, but will not advance to the knockout round despite earning seven points from their group stage games.
FCD's 00B East team defeated BSM Gottschee 3-0 on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup on a positive note with six points from the group.
The FCD U-13 Academy team defeated FC Bravo 3-0 to earn a spot in Thursday's quarterfinal.
Here's everyone's favorite FCDTV halftime segment, Name That Tune, from Saturday's game vs Seattle:
You could meet some of your favorite FC Dallas players this week with two Meet & Greets scheduled at local Fiesta locations this Thursday, April 17 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Homegrown players Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez will be at the Fiesta at 8060 Spring Valley Road and Colombian duo Fabian Castillo and Jair Benitez will be at the Fiesta at 1200 E. Parker Road in Plano.
In addition to the Meet & Greets, Fiesta and Budweiser are giving fans the chance to win a trip to Seattle to watch FC Dallas take on Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, May 7. Fans can enter to win by texting DALLAS to 839863.