On-loan goalkeeper Richard Sanchez came within minutes of setting the new NASL goalkeeper shutout streak, but saw his run snapped at 350 minutes as FC Edmonton scored on him late in the first half of their 1-1 draw. With the draw, the Strikers remain in a tie for second place in the hotly contested NASL fall season as just four points separate first through seventh.
There was some controversy around the Edmonton goal as high winds swirling around the stadium affected an initially taken free kick. Reports say the referee allowed a free kick to be retaken that beat the FCD keeper on the second try. Sanchez was praised for his performance in the match, making six saves and earning NASL Team of the Week honors.
Forward Bradlee Baladez played the final 15 minutes of the match. The Strikers host the first-place New York Cosmos on Saturday in a renewal of their decades-old rivalry.
In Sweden, Bobby Warshaw and Angelholms FF fell 4-1 to fourth-placed Degerfors in Swedish Superretan play. Warshaw was an unused sub in the match for the Swedish side who have seven matches left in the season and sit in ninth place, seven points above the playoff relegation zone.
Yesterday in Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa defeated Santos 2-1 to re-take first place in the Costa Rican first division. Moises Hernandez was an unused sub in the match.
There's lots of things going on in the world of FC Dallas this week so here's your calendar for the third week of September:
Tuesday, September 17 - Soccer 101 for Women Pres. by AdvoCare - 6:30 PM Toyota Stadium
This sold out event is one of our favorite of the year!
Fans can join FC Dallas players, coaches, broadcasters and staff for Soccer 101, a free event for women ages 18 and up that provides the opportunity to learn and understand the fundamentals of soccer in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The event features multiple interactive stations that cover positions, rules, referee signals, field diagrams and much more!
Friday, September 20 - Lemon Bar Frisco - 5:00-7:00PM
Join the FC Dallas Girls at Lemon Bar Frisco on Friday for happy hour! They'll be promoting Sunday's Party at the Pubs with free FCD swag, a chance to win Breakaway Festival tickets & much more!
Saturday, September 21 - Breakaway Festival - All Day Toyota Stadium
The big day is finally here on Saturday as Toyota Stadium will host the much-anticipated Breakaway Music Festival headlined by Wu-Tang Clan, Empire of the Sun, Matt and Kim and many more! You can still get tickets here.
Sunday, September 22 - Party at the Pubs pres. by Budweiser - Lemon Bar Frisco 4:00PM
Our September Party at the Pubs watch party takes place on Sunday at 4:00PM as FC Dallas heads to the Big Apple to take on the New York Red Bulls! Join us at Lemon Bar Frisco across the street from Toyota Stadium as we'll be giving away tons of prizes and watching FCD battle for three huge points!
Sunday, September 22 - NTPSA Field of the Week - 5-Star Park, The Colony 1:00-5:00PM
Are you playing out at 5-Star Park on Sunday? Find the FCD mobile team who will have free beer and pizza as well as FCD ticket deals and more!
On Saturday night in Denver, our FC Dallas Special Olympics Team played their first-ever match against another MLS team, tying the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Team 2-2. Stay tuned later this week for a blog post recounting the amazing weekend in Colorado, but until then enjoy these pictures from the fun night.
Full Match Highlights: Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 1.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Nathan Sturgis.
GOAL: David Ferreira finishes the cross from Jair Benitez to give FCD the lead.
GOAL: Vicente Sanchez strikes from inside the box to tie the match.
OWN GOAL: Sanchez's cross is deflected in for an FC Dallas own goal.
CHANCE: Benitez forces Clint Irwin into a tough save.
With the big Toyota announcement on Tuesday and, of course, the HSG-owned Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt went on with the legend Norm Hitzges Thursday morning on 1310AM The Ticket. Here's the audio:
On behalf of Melissa Reddick and the FC Dallas Foundation, we want to send a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who donated and participated as a part of Team BR19 at the American Heart Association's Dallas Heart Walk.
Our team had 125 members and raised over $9,000!
Here's our recap video and some pictures from the event.
Recently, FC Dallas welcomed a delegation of teams from their new affiliate in Monterrey, Mexico.
The trip and the new affiliation have been spearheaded by FC Dallas Under-14 Development Academy Head Coach Francisco Molina, a Monterrey-native.
“I think they’re going to represent our brand very well in Monterrey,” said Molina. “[Liga MX clubs] Monterrey and Tigres had both approached them and that’s not what they want. They want to be able to take advantage of our tournaments and try to promote the Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational to make it international.”
After nearly a two-year process, the club formerly known as Virgin Soccer officially became an FC Dallas affiliate recently. Led by club directors Gabriel Moreno, Patricio Guerra & Miguel Mendoza, the club has six teams from U-15 to U-9 level and over Labor Day weekend brought teams to scrimmage the FCD U-16, U-15 and U-14 sides.
“It was competitive and more than I thought because that older age group that they had was only four months old,” said Molina. “All the kids we’re excited to be here and wanted to prove to us that they could play. I knew they were going to be organized, but the quality of the players they brought was really very exciting for me.”
Molina added that one player will be invited to Frisco to join the FCD ‘98’s and that he’s extremely excited about how the affiliation will develop over time. Coaching clinics with FC Dallas Academy coaches traveling down to Monterrey is planned for the future and also in the plans is using the FC Dallas ECNL teams to help start a girls team.
“With the guys who are running FC Dallas in Monterrey, I think it’s going to be very successful,” said Molina. “Monterrey and Tigres both have academies here in Dallas and we’re definitely more organized in Monterrey than they are here.”
Over Labor Day weekend, the FC Dallas '03 Boys Premier team traveled to Austin to play in the U-12 Gold division in the Austin Labor Day Cup.
It was a big weekend for the boys as they won three games and tied one to earn first place and come home champions!
Several players scored for FC Dallas in a full team effort with the boys working hard in the central Texas heat to bring home another trophy for FC Dallas Youth.
HIGHLIGHTS: Strikers 0 Scorpions 0
It was back to action for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last weekend as they extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 0-0 shutout against San Antonio Scorpions.
For FCD's on-loan players it was a solid weekend as goalkeeper Richard Sanchez extended his out shutout streak to 315 minutes with a third-straight shutout in the scoreless draw.
In addition to Sanchez's shutout, forward Bradlee Baladez returned from a minor calf strain to play 14 minutes.
FTL returns to the field on Saturday in Canada where they'll face FC Edmonton.
Baladez and Sanchez also had media duty last week as Sanchez was on with the legendary Fernando Fiore and Republica Deportiva.
Baladez appeared on the Ultras Alive podcast(his interview starts around 9:00)
In Sweden, Bobby Warshaw and Angelholms FF had the weekend off while Moises Hernandez was an unused substitute in Deportivo Saprissa's 0-0 draw with Puntarenas.
WATCH: Watson scores vs Whitecaps
Je-Vaughn Watson said after Saturday's game that his eyes are on nothing but qualifying for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs and his contributions were huge for FC Dallas on Saturday in the 3-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Watson dominated the left side on Saturday completing 26 of 31 passes as well as his wonder-strike past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted early in the first half.
For Watson's 84-minute contributions, he earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors, his first appearance this season.
MF: Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas) – The outstanding two-way display in Dallas' 3-1 win over Vancouver might have been enough to secure his place here, but he made sure of it with a fine long-range strike to bring his team level.
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