FCD heads to the Wasatch Mountains on Saturday needing a win to keep Western Conference playoff hopes alive, but there's plenty of reason to believe Dallas can leave Rio Tinto with three points given the fact they did the exact same thing last year in similar circumstances.
Schellas Hyndman's men completed a nine-point week with a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over Jason Kreis' side behind a stunning goal from team captain David Ferreira to pull themselves back into the playoff picture. While the goal was one of just two Ferreira scored on his comeback from a long-term injury layoff, it was certainly his biggest of the season.
Looking ahead to Saturday, if results go their way, FCD could start a similar run and come within two points of a playoff spot by taking all three points on what should be a heart-stopping game on Saturday night. Dallas is 4-8-1 all-time at Real Salt Lake and Saturday's match is FCD's only trip to Utah this season. With two home games and a trip to San Jose remaining, a win on Saturday would be just the spark Dallas needs to a late playoff push.
Watch the highlights from last season's epic win at RSL:
Another week, another goal for FCD loanee Bobby Warshaw!
WATCH: Warshaw scores again for Angelholm
The midfielder from Mechanicsburg now has three goals in five appearances for Swedish Superettan side Angelholms FF after scoring a game-tying goal in the 68th minute of Angelholms 1-1 draw with Orgryte. With four games left in the season, Angelholms sit in ninth place, comfortably above any relegation zones.
Fort Lauderdale slipped up for the third weekend in a row in NASL action falling 2-0 at the Carolina Railhawks. Richard Sanchez was again starting in goal for the Strikers logging one save in the loss while Bradlee Baladez started his first game since August 25.
Down in Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez made his first appearance of the season for Saprissa in a 2-0 defeat of Belen Sigolo, a win that kept Saprissa in first place with 22 points from 10 games. It wasn't a happy return to the lineup for Hernandez, however, who was shown a red card in the second half of the match.
Two FC Dallas players earned spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 list for their performances in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Columbus.
Midfielder Mauro Diaz came in at #4 on the weekly index, the highest such ranking for an FCD player since Blas Perez's week 26 performance against San Jose on August 24.
Forward Blas Perez popped up on the list this week as well with a #15 spot after his first-half goal, his team-leading 11th of the season.
Castrol Index Week 31 Top 20 Performers
|1||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Montreal Impact||2,003|
|2||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,466|
|3||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,305|
|4||Mauro Diaz||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Columbus Crew||1,276|
|5||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||FC Dallas||1,241|
|6||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Chivas USA||1,212|
|7||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||Philadelphia Union||1,172|
|8||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Philadelphia Union||1,087|
|9||Jairo Arrieta||Forward||Columbus Crew||79||FC Dallas||1,086|
|10||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Chicago Fire||1,060|
|11||Bright Dike||Forward||Toronto FC||81||D.C. United||1,053|
|12||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Houston Dynamo||1,044|
|13||David Ousted||Goalkeeper||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||Real Salt Lake||1,005|
|14||Mamadou Danso||Defender||Portland Timbers||90||LA Galaxy||1,000|
|15||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Columbus Crew||969|
|16||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||San Jose Earthquakes||967|
|17||Arévalo Ríos||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Montreal Impact||926|
|18||Álvaro Rey||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||920|
|19||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||Seattle Sounders FC||883|
|20||Mark Bloom||Defender||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||868|
By Maggie Jones
There’s no doubt that Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Columbus Crew at Toyota Stadium was a major blow to FCD’s playoff hopes. With four games remaining, Dallas sits five points out of a playoff spot meaning at least three and probably four wins from the four remaining games are needed to make the Western Conference playoffs.
“We realize that we have got to get points, we are running out of games,” said Head Coach Schellas Hyndman. “For us to get the playoffs we need three wins, and we have four games to do it.”
Hyndman expressed the need for the enthusiasm and confidence that is seen in the locker room to carry over on to the field adding the need for strong leadership to ensure heads don’t drop with the playoffs still an attainable goal.
“We have to get a result, it’s as simple as that,” Andrew Jacobson said about their remaining schedule. “We have to go for wins and that’s the mentality we need and we need guys who are on the same page and are ready to step up.”
FCD returns to the field next Saturday against Real Salt Lake, a place they won last year in a similar late-season scenario.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Columbus Crew 4
GOAL: Federico Higuain scores the first goal of the match for the visitors in the ninth minute.
GOAL: Jairo Arrieta doubles the Crew lead on the assist from Dominic Oduro.
GOAL: Blas Perez cuts the deficit in half with the assist from Mauro Diaz.
GOAL: Oduro scores just before the break to restore the two-goal lead.
GOAL: Diaz pulls one back for FC Dallas after evading some Crew defenders in the box.
GOAL: Bernardo Anor puts the game out of reach with a strike in the 86th minute.
In celebration of Sunday's Hispanic Heritage Night game Presented by Taco Bell against Columbus, Raul Fernandez joined the FC Dallas Facebook page on Friday afternoon to chat with the fans. For those who don't speak Spanish, don't worry, we'll run through and translate these answers as soon as we can!
CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2013) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster to travel to the 2013 ASG Cup in Alicante, Spain. The U.S. will face academy teams from La Liga clubs Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, respectively, as well as a team yet to be announced.
The U.S. departs for Spain on Sept. 25 and will train for four days before its opening match against Real Madrid Academy on Sept. 30. The U.S. will then face a to-be-determined opponent on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. local time, followed by Rayo Vallecano Academy on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. local time. The team returns to the U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 6 for Fall Break.
Fifteen of the 20 players traveling to Spain are currently registered in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including Tyler Adams, Hugo Arellano, Eric Calvillo, Edwin Lara, Thomas McCabe, John Nelson, Matthew Olosunde, Logan Panchot, Christian Pulisic, Abraham Romero, Kevin Silva, Alexis Velela, Haji Wright, Brian Zelaya and Alejandro Zendejas. Four other players (Daniel Barbir, Luca De La Torre, Joe Gallardo and Joshua Perez) have previous ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while, Pierre Da Silva has never played with the Academy.
It will be the first tournament of the current cycle of players that will prepare for the 2015 CONCACAF Championship. Eighteen of the players on the roster were born in 1998, while two, Adams and Lara, were born in 1999.
U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (PDA; Allentown, Pa.), Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Edwin Lara (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Tanner Deiterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Here's your weekly calendar where you can find the FCD girls/mobile team around the metroplex!
Look out for the FCD mobile team with ticket deals and FCD swag to give away at the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes from 6-11AM on Saturday!
The FCD mobile team will be out at this brand new festival in downtown Fort Worth on Saturday from 4-10PM giving away free tickets, FCD Swag and much more!
Sunday, September 29 - NTPSA Field of the Week - Breckinridge Park, Richardson
The FCD mobile team will be out at our NTPSA Field of the Week, Breckinridge Park in Richardson, from 10AM-2PM with free pizza and ticket specials for that night's game against Columbus
Bobby Warshaw AKA "William Robert Warshaw" stole the headlines for the FCD loanees this weekend scoring his second goal with Swedish Superettan side Angelholms FF.
WATCH: Warshaw scores for Angelholm
Warshaw started and scored a dramatic game-tying goal in the 95th minute of Angelholms' 1-1 draw with second-placed Orebro on Friday night. Warshaw followed that up with another 90-minute perfomance in Monday's scoreless draw with Osterunds FK. With five games remaining in the season, Angelholms sits comfortably in ninth place, eight points above the relegation playoff zone.
Back stateside, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers dropped a 2-0 result in a top-of-the-table clash with New York Cosmos in front of over 7,500 people at Lockhart Stadium. Richard Sanchez started and made two saves in the loss while Bradlee Baladez played 30 minutes off the bench in his sixth appearance of the year.
Moises Hernandez did not appear in Saprissa's wild 4-4 draw with Alajuelense.
Do you want your very own limited edition Blas Perez Bobblehead?! Of course you do.
FC Dallas and Cash America are hooking you up with the chance for a FREE Blas bobblehead and here’s how you win:
Simply be one of the first 20 people wearing FC Dallas gear to any one of Cash America’s 48 locations on Saturday, September 28, to give the special code word "PANAMA" to the store manager and you’ll get your own limited edition Blas Perez bobblehead courtesy of Cash America!
If you don't have any FCD gear, we're running a special at the team store this week in conjunction with the Blas bobblehead. From Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27, simply mention the code word "Bobblehead" to get 20% off your order at the team store (HOURS)!
Only one bobblehead per person, bobbleheads are given away on a first come, first served basis.