Late last month, the FC Dallas U-14 ECNL team traveled to San Diego, California to play some of the best competition in the nation and watch the Women’s College Cup Final Four. The FC Dallas ladies played the number one team in the country and two other top Southern California teams at the event.
"Through this outstanding level of competition, [the team] was able to gain some valuable experience that will be vital as they make a push to qualify for the national championships," said head coach Matt Grubb.
In order to do that, the FC Dallas U-14s must finish in the top two out of 10 teams in the ECNL Texas conference.
In addition to the intense competition and high-quality level of play, the team was also able to see the NCAA Division I College Cup semifinals and finals. They saw both semifinal matches between Stanford and North Carolina, and Penn State and Florida State, respectively on Friday, November 30.
"Both semifinal matches were decided in overtime on some spectacular goals," said Grubb. "They saw players like Christine Nairn, Maya Hayes, Crystal Dunn, Satara Murray, and our own [former FCDY players] Alina Garciamendez and Chioma Ubogagu as well as several others that have national team experience playing at a blistering pace and with the utmost creativity and flare."
In the final on Sunday, December 2, the girls watched UNC beat Penn State 4-1.
"This trip for the ladies will prove to be a great experience," said Grubb, "to help them raise their level of play and emulate some of the college greats in hopes of one day competing at the same level."
The FC Dallas Team Shop - located in the Northeast corner of FC Dallas Stadium - is running some great merchandise specials this week.
- 50% off Caps: From now until Friday, December 14 all caps in the Team Shop are half price while supplies last - including the one modeled by goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.
- 50% off Jerseys: Thursday, December 13 is Jersey Thursday, when all 2012 FC Dallas Jerseys - as modeled by defender Zach Loyd (above, right) - will be on sale for 50% off.
- FREE Jersey Tee with purchases of at least $75: On Friday, December 14 any purchase of $75 or more will come with a FREE FC Dallas Jersey Tee (while supplies last) as modeled by our very own Tex Hooper (above, left).
Be sure to stop by the FC Dallas Team Shop this week and take advantage of these great offers for the holiday season.
Special Holiday Team Shop hours (now thru Dec. 21, 2012):
Monday-Wednesday: 10 am-4 pm
Thursday: 10 am-7 pm OPEN LATE
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Our friends at MLSsoccer.com are in the middle of their annual Year in Review series, which reflects on the highs and lows of the previous season team-by-team. Yesterday the series turned its attention to FC Dallas. Here's what they had to say.
FC Dallas beat writer Daniel Robertson (@DRobertsonFCD) examines the club's season and awards superlatives like Best Moment, Best Goal, Best Save and more. Robertson also suggests some offseason needs that FC Dallas needs to fill to return to the playoffs in 2013.
This time around Robertson sits down with Technical Director Fernando Clavijo to discuss what kind of impact the U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer hopes to have on the team in his first offseason with the club.
MLSsoccer.com New Media Editor Andrew Wiebe (@AndrewWiebe_MLS) shines the Opta Spotlight on FCD's 2012 campaign to see how much of an effect injuries really had on the team's performance and just how dangerous the club could be in 2013 if the right players stay healthy.
MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle (@MLS_Analyst), a.k.a. the Armchair Analyst, pretty much sums this one up in the title as he looks at the impact 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira made on the team once he returned in the middle of the 2012 season.
The folks at MLSsoccer.com also did a nice job on the video below, which takes you through every goal scored by FC Dallas in 2012 in chronological order.
On a warm September afternoon, George John kicked back in a downtown Dallas studio with the latest issue of People Magazine and waited for his turn with hair and makeup. Meanwhile, Fabian Castillo struck a pose in a nearby mirror and Jonathan Top checked the fit on his handmade Italian suit. Zach Loyd, dressed in a Canali suit and Ermenegildo Zenga shirt and coat, demonstrated a few juggling tricks while he waited for his teammates to join him on the set of their latest gig.
The four FC Dallas players should have looked out of place in the photographer’s studio, but they each transitioned from athlete to model with ease. With multiple looks already pulled for each of them and a little assistance from the shoot’s directors, the foursome showed off both office and weekend wear from some of today’s top men’s designers. The photos were recently published in Pockets’ 2012 Holiday magazine, available in store at Pockets Menswear in Highland Park Village. The magazine features a six-page center spread of the players, as well as individual shots on additional pages. Whether it’s to pick up a copy of the magazine, or to do a little holiday shopping, it’s worth a trip to Highland Park Village this holiday season.
You can check out the six-page spread below, but you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine from Pockets to see all the additional photos.
You can also check out a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the September shoot on our Facebook page here.
It's time for the first of three categories where FC Dallas fans can pick the Best of 2012. Our first week features the FC Dallas goalkeepers. Watch the five saves below and vote for which one you think is Save of the Year. Voting closes at the end of the week.
No. 1 - Hartman at Kansas City
No. 2 - Seitz at LA Galaxy
No. 3 - Hartman at Houston
No. 4 - Hartman at San Jose
No. 5 - Hartman at Seattle
FC Dallas hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black
*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification
FRISCO – FC Dallas has partnered with Paragon Sports Constructors to renovate multiple synthetic turf fields at FC Dallas Stadium Complex.
The FC Dallas Stadium Complex includes 17 tournament-grade fields adjacent to FC Dallas Stadium. Three of the fields are synthetic turf, while the remaining 14 are natural grass. Under the four-year agreement, PSC will remove the current synthetic turf surfacing, excavate the drainage system and re-construct the stone base before installing Desso iDNA synthetic turf.
“It was very important for us to partner with a local company for this project, and we chose PSC for their great reputation in the region,” said FC Dallas Vice President of Complex Management Tom Jones. “PSC can provide FC Dallas FIFA recommended synthetic turf for our soccer-specific fields and will stand behind their finished product.”
Work has already begun on Field 3, which will include branded logos of Paragon Sports Constructors. Paragon Sports Constructors is using the latest eco-friendly synthetic turf technology to extract the infill from the current surface and remove the existing turf. The field is expected to be completed in time for the Dallas Cup qualifier, the Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram later this month.
“We are excited about our new partnership with FC Dallas,” said William Chaffe, president of Paragon Sports Constructors. “They have world-class facilities and could have any sports contractor construct these fields. Yet, they chose Paragon Sports to become their exclusive synthetic turf construction partner.”
Opened in 2005, the FC Dallas Stadium and Complex is used approximately 350 days each year and averages more than 1.3 million visitors annually.
“These fields see a lot of traffic and need to be reliable, not only from a surface quality standpoint, but also from drainage and construction standpoints,” said Bret Allen, vice president of sales for Paragon Sports Constructors. “We are very excited that an organization as sophisticated as FC Dallas recognizes Paragon Sports as a provider of quality, turn-key services and products.”
About FC Dallas
A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. Led by 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and U.S. National Team star Brek Shea, FC Dallas claimed the 2010 Western Conference Championship and was among the league’s best in 2011, tying a franchise record for points in a season while competing in a record 48 games across three competitions. Renowned for its youth and academy systems, FC Dallas has signed seven Homegrown players to its professional team since 2009, including 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Richard Sanchez (started in goal for Mexico). There are currently more than 2,000 youth players in the FC Dallas development system, which operates year-round. The professional team plays from March to November at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre facility includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields.
About Paragon Sports Constructors
Paragon Sports Constructors is a turn-key contractor of natural and synthetic turf sports fields and running tracks based in Fort Worth, Texas. With over 30 years of sports construction experience they are one of the premier sports field and running track contractors in the South Central United States. Paragon Sports Constructors remains focused on quality construction practices, choosing to partner with top brand name manufacturers of synthetic turf and track surfacing to provide clients a consistently high-quality project from planning to first use. Paragon Sports Constructors is the exclusive dealer and installer for synthetic turf products from Desso Sports Systems in their market. Desso Sports Systems is a FIFA Preferred Producer of synthetic turf with over 30 years of sports surface manufacturing experience based out of Belgium. For more information on Paragon Sports please visit www.paragon-sports.com.
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea spent his Saturday morning painting with children with special needs in Dallas. It was part of Challenge Air, which has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. While the children waited for their respective turns to fly in a plane, Shea, who in his spare time has his own art studio – Left Foot Studio, worked with the children on their own artwork.
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez appeared on FOX4's Good Day this morning to promote the Blue Goose Charity Case-a-Dilla that is currently benefiting the FC Dallas Foundation. From each order of the special quesadilla at all area Blue Goose Cantina's, a dollar goes toward the Hernandez All-Stars FC Dallas Field in West Dallas. Watch the segment from Monday morning below:
We asked for pictures of your #DTID pumpkins - and you responded. Visit our virtual Pumpkin Pitch made from all our fans' hard work.
— Victor Ulloa (@ulloa_victor) October 30, 2012
— Kelly Chowdhury (@jerzgirl53) October 31, 2012
— Brian Hacker (@MBrianHacker) October 30, 2012
— Ryan Powell (@RyanPowell6) October 30, 2012
— germ (@realgerm75) October 27, 2012
Final three pumpkins are from Jason Henderson (@RevJakey34), Jake Rabbito #10™ (@jakerabbito), Anang(@anangparikh)