Both FC Dallas players on loan to the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers saw action this weekend as forward Bradlee Baladez started his first game for the club going 73 minutes while Richard Sanchez started in goal playing all 90 minutes for the third time in a row. While Baladez didn't find the scoresheet in the 2-1 Strikers victory at San Antonio Scorpions, the forward drew some positive reviews on Twitter while Sanchez earned his first win in goal for the NASL side that is currently 1-2-0 on the year.
Over in Sweden, Bobby Warshaw did not play in AF Angelholm's 2-1 loss to GAIS. Warshaw could make his debut this week with two games coming up, a Swedish Cup match vs Skovde AIK on Wednesday and a league match vs Jonkopings Sodra on Saturday.
(Photo courtesy of San Antonio Scorpions)
Full match highlights: Portland Timbers 2, FC Dallas 1.
SHOT: Jackson's shot blocked by Donovan Ricketts.
GOAL: Ryan Johnson heads in the corner kick to give Portland the lead.
GOAL: Mauro Diaz scores his first MLS goal on the feed from Fabian Castillo.
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe strikes again onthe feed from Valeri.
Here's your FCD Mobile team community schedule for this weekend:
Saturday, August 17 – Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown
The FCD girls will be out at the Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex fields from 4-6PM with FCD swag and a special ticket offer for the San Jose game
Sunday, August 18 - TCU Bookstore
Join the FCD girls and Breakaway Music Festival welcoming incoming freshmen to the TCU campus with promo items and ticket specials from 10:00AM-noon on Sunday.
Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown
The FCD girls and mobile sales team will be back at the Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown on Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00PM for the awards ceremony with FCD swag and ticket specials
We're just a couple weeks away from the start of the NCAA season and the newly-formed American Athletic Conference has announced that their 2013 Men's Soccer Conference Championship will be played at Toyota Stadium on November 15 and 17.
Consisting of SMU, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Temple, Central Florida, UConn & South Florida, the American Athletic Conference boasts some NCAA soccer powerhouses and this tournament will be the first time Toyota Stadium has hosted a major NCAA post-season soccer event since the 2008 NCAA College Cup. The semifinals will be held on Friday, November 15 with the championship game held on Sunday, November 17.
"As an SMU alumnus, I'm especially excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship to Toyota Stadium," said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt told the AAC website. "We have more than 4,500 players in our youth system, ages 7 and up, while more than 80 earned college soccer scholarships or Financial Aid this past year alone. Our Development Academy consistently ranks among the best in North America, while our professional team has spent the majority of the 2013 season at the top of the table in MLS. We are committed to growing soccer in North Texas and look forward to showcasing yet another level of elite play at our stadium."
- Purchase tickets to the semifinal matches on Friday, November 15 here.
- Purchase tickets to the championship game on Sunday, November 17 here.
- Secure a two-day pass to see all three matches here.
FC Dallas returns to Portland this weekend to take on the Timbers for the fourth and final time in 2013 barring a possible playoff pairing. The teams faced off twice in MLS play and once in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinals this year, including one game in Portland and two in Frisco. The season series hasn't failed to entertain thus far, with one draw and a comeback win, as Portland has the 2-0-1 advantage going into the upcoming game.
May 8 - FCD 1- Portland 1
WATCH: Kenny Cooper's PK evens the score
With both teams in the midst of unbeaten streaks and FC Dallas still undefeated at home, the season's first matchup between these teams did not disappoint. Despite a scoreless deadlock for much of the game, both teams had quality scoring opportunities early on, with FCD ‘keeper Raul Fernandez coming up with impressive saves on Portland's best chances.
Finally, in the 70th minute, Portland opened scoring when Darlington Nagbe sent in a cross from Rodney Wallace. Seven minutes later, after a penalty against Portland in the box, Kenny Cooper converted his penalty kick to pull FC Dallas even with the Timbers.
The 1-1 draw extended FCD’s unbeaten streak at the time to eight games, while the team remained undefeated at home on the season.
June 15- Portland 1- FCD 0
FC Dallas made their first trip to Portland in June in a nationally televised game between two of the league’s hottest teams at the time. Just like in their first meeting, the game went to half time scoreless with both teams failing to take many shots.
It didn’t take the Timbers long to get going after halftime and once again, Darlington Nagbe was the difference maker. The Timbers midfielder took Kalif Alhassen’s throw-in and turned it in to a nearly unstoppable goal from the corner of the penalty box, putting Portland up 1-0 in the 52’.
After the opening score, Portland had a number of opportunities to increase their lead, but Fernandez came up with big saves. Jackson had the only real chances for Dallas, including a shot that went just high in the 72nd minute.
June 26- Portland 3- FCD 2
WATCH: FCD falls to PTFC in USOC Quarters
The Western Conference sides matched up for the second time in less than two weeks in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. In the first half, it looked to be all FCD, thanks to a 15’ goal from Je-Vaughn Watson, sending the home side into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
The Timbers easily bounced back in the second half, though. Darlington Nagbe (notice the pattern?) sent a shot past FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz to put Portland on the board in the 61st minute. Less than two minutes later, Nagbe had a hand in his team’s second goal of the evening, sending the ball to Diego Valeri, who converted his 1-v-1 shot against Seitz.
Frederic Piquionne put the game away for Portland with a goal in 72nd minute to put the visitors up 3-1. In typical FC Dallas style, the team tried to spark a comeback late in the game. Blas Perez headed the ball into an empty net to bring FCD within one, and David Ferreira hit the post on the last shot of the game, leaving Dallas just short of advancing to the Open Cup semifinals.
As we prepare for some marquee international friendlies this afternoon, headlined by the United States trip to Sarajevo to face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Raul Fernandez and Peru faced South Korea in Suwon overnight playing the Asian side to a 0-0 draw.
According to reports from the match, FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez came up huge for the Peruvians making some big saves in the shutout. This report from El Comercio said Fernandez was Peru's man of the match and has video of an incredible save by Fernandez.
Raul is expected to fly directly to Portland to meet up with FCD in plenty of time for Saturday's match against the Timbers and as the evidence shows, he's in fine form.
FC Dallas currently has three players out on loan: Richard Sanchez & Bradlee Baladez with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Moises Hernandez with Saprissa of the Costa Rica Primera Division, here's a recap of their weekends.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, featuring FC Dallas homegrown signings Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez, dropped their second straight game Saturday, falling to Minnesota United FC 3-1 at home. Sanchez started in goal for the Strikers, while Baladez made his debut for the team coming off the bench for a 19-minute appearance.
The Strikers held off United for well over half the game before conceding two goals in a matter of minutes. Minnesota's Max Griffin finally opened scoring with his close range goal in the 73rd minute to put his side on the board. Two minutes later, Minnesota's Matt Can Oekel's shot from way out was headed past Sanchez by the Striker's Rafael Alves.
Fort Lauderdale pulled within one in the 80' after a Martin Nunez goal. The Florida side had a chance to tie it late with a one-on-one shot from Nunez, but the shot Van Oekel blocked the shot. Minnesota's Pablo Campos put the game away three minutes into stoppage time with his well-placed goal from way out, securing the 3-1 victory for United FC. Baladez entered the game in the 71st minute to make his debut for the NASL side. CLICK HERE for a full recap of the game. The Strikers travel to Texas next weekend to take on the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Moises Hernandez is still on loan to Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Premier Division. The team returned to league action over the weekend with a 4-2 win over Perez Zeledon, however Hernandez did not clock any minutes. Jon Arnold of American Soccer Now wrote about Moises Hernandez and life at Saprissa in a piece definitely worth checking out.
Also, we'll be adding another name to the loan list as midfielder Bobby Warshaw has been sent to Angelholms FF of the Swedish Superettan.
(Photo courtesy of Jon van Woerden)
Here at FC Dallas, we take social media very seriously, as you can see from our social media recaps! We hit a huge milestone yesterday becoming the 10th team in MLS to pass the 100,000 fan mark on Facebook!
In celebration, we've got a huge giveaway on our Facebook page that we want to make sure everyone knows about!
Simply LIKE us on Facebook and share this post to your Facebook wall to be entered!
We are giving away a once-in-a-lifetime special lunch for you and a friend with Hunt Sports Group VP Dan Hunt and FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo as well as a field side table for four to our game on Saturday, August 24 against San Jose. In addition, you'll get an FC Dallas team signed ball! The winner will be announced at noon on Wednesday, August 14.
A sincere thanks to all our #DTID fans!
Hear from Schellas Hyndman, Blas Perez, Kellyn Acosta & Chris Seitz after tonight's wild 3-3 draw with Los Angeles:
Hyndman post-game press conference
Blas Perez post-game audio
Kellyn Acosta post-game audio
Chris Seitz post-game audio