David Ferreira finally looks fit, Brek Shea is saying all the right things and Fabián Castillo is playing like a DP. It may be just a bit too late to make a playoff push – 10 points out with nine games left is tough – but stranger things have happened, certainly.
FRISCO – Pat Lobb Auto Group has signed on as the newest FC Dallas signature sponsor with a multi-year partnership, the club announced today.
“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with Pat Lobb Auto Group and welcome them in to the FC Dallas family”, said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. “We are excited to partner with a locally owned and operated company that demonstrates such a high standard of corporate responsibility not only to their customers but also to their community.”
One of the only president’s cabinet winning dealers in the United States based on superior customer service satisfaction, Pat Lobb’s Toyota dealership has long been recognized as one of the top retailers in North Texas. The auto group is currently building a new Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership in Frisco, which will open in March.
“We’re really excited to be a part of both Major League Soccer and FC Dallas,” said Pat Lobb. “They have done great things for soccer in North Texas, especially youth soccer with a highly successful, quality youth program.”
FC Dallas Stadium patrons will see at least a dozen vehicles among its growing presence on site at every event, courtesy of Pat Lobb. The auto group also will sponsor the annual King Tut Tournament each July.
Pat Lobb Auto Group is one of seven signature sponsors for FC Dallas. The elite group of partners includes Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Anheuser Busch, WinStar, Texas Health Resources, The Dallas Morning News Sports Day, VAZATA and FC Dallas’ new jersey partner AdvoCare.
Kevin Hartman picked up his first MLS Save of the Week win in 2012 for his amazing effort against Portland on Sunday. His win was, of course, because of all the fans voting for him on MLSSoccer.com
Here are the vote totals:
- Kevin Hartman (DAL) 55%
- Andy Gruenebaum (CLB) 14%
- Milos Kocic (NY) 12%
- Josh Saunders (LA) 10%
- Matt Pickens (COL) 9%
Read more about Hartman's win at MLSSoccer.com.
Midfielder David Ferreira recently did an interview with Spanish media outlet MARCA.com in which the former MLS MVP discussed his highly-anticipated return from injury last month and what FC Dallas needs to do to finish the season strong.
Ferreira also discusses the impact of Colombian players in Major League Soccer, the latest Colombian national team selection and the recent rise of countryman Radamel Falcao.
Click here to read the full interview in Spanish on MARCA.com.
Below are a few translated excerpts from Ferreira's interview:
On his feeling since returning in early July...
"I feel good. I’m getting better little by little and I’m trying to get back to a higher level where I will be able to help the team return to our objective of making the playoffs."
On turning the season around for FC Dallas...
"It’s really a matter of developing a good soccer team. We have gotten better the last couple of games but we know that we can’t afford to lose more points at home. That is the objective."
On Colombian players in MLS...
"I believe it’s important. The Colombian players that have passed through the league have left a name. Because of this, MLS teams have collected many Colombian players. We hope that more will come."
FC Dallas hit 2,000 followers on our Instagram page this weekend. As a thank you, we're launching a photo contest for THIS WEEK ONLY.
Simply grab your FC Dallas scarf, take a photograph with it in a fun place, and post it on Instagram tagging @FCDallas and using the hashtag #ScarvesUp. You have to be on Instagram to participate, so if you aren't, go ahead and sign up and follow us.
On Friday, we'll place the photos on FCDallas.com where you can vote on your favorite shot.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a four tickets and a special on-field experience at the 9/2 match vs. Seattle Sounders. 2nd Place will receive four tickets to the 9/2 match and 3rd Place will receive two tickets to the same match.
Full Match Highlights - POR 1, FCD 1
Scott Sealy scores off a pass from Brek Shea in 51'
Jack Jewsbury ties match in 79'
Zach Loyd gets 2nd yellow card of match
Hartman makes a stop on Dike in 68'
The soccer world woke up Sunday morning to the news Columbus Crew rookie Kirk Urso had died overnight. FC Dallas and members of the team took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
Our thoughts are with the family, friends & teammates of Crew midfielder Kirk Urso after his passing.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) August 5, 2012
Still can't believe this but lost a good friend and great person today. It was a privelege to play with and know you Cpt. Kirk
— Matt Hedges (@Matt_Hedges) August 5, 2012
mourning the loss of a friend today. RIP, Kirk. Blessed to have known you
— Brek Shea (@BrekShea) August 5, 2012
Kirk you will be forever missed. Praying for your friends and family. It was a blessing to have played together and know you.
— Zach Loyd (@ZachLoyd) August 5, 2012
— Matt Hedges (@Matt_Hedges) August 6, 2012
The FC Dallas U-14 Pre Academy team coached by Francisco Molina claimed the U.S. Club National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in Waukegan, Ill. on July 31. A national tournament open to all of the regional premier league champions, FC Dallas U-14s advanced to the competition by winning the Texas Pre Academy League’s U-14 division with an undefeated record of 16-0-5.
The U-14s opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over South Carolina United Battery on Friday, July 27. Goals were scored by Weston McKennie, who scored 10 goals in the regular season, and leading scorer Christian Ramirez, who tallied 19 goals to lead the U-14s during the regular season.
The next day FC Dallas faced HBC Fusion of New York. Richard Tapia and Bernie ZuaZua scored in that game to give the U-14 side its second straight 2-0 win. The team's final group stage match was a must-win against the Chicago Fire. Ramirez came through in the match, putting away a cross from teammate Eric Davies to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win and a spot in the semifinals.
FCD met DMS of California in the semifinals on the morning of Monday, July 30. After 70 minutes of scoreless regulation time, the sides played two 10 minute overtime periods. The breakthrough came in the second overtime when Ramirez scored his third goal of the tournament off a ZuaZua corner kick to give FC Dallas a late 1-0 lead. Minutes later Delfino Garcia put a shot on goal that the DMS 'keeper deflected, but Tapia pounced on the rebound to put the game away with a 2-0 win.
FC Dallas faced the New York Red Bulls in the championship game on Tuesday, July 31. New York dominated large portions of the match, but the Dallas defense held strong to maintain a scoreless match through regulation. Early in the first overtime period, FC Dallas established possession and strung together a series of passes that ended with Jessi Najera playing a through ball to Tapia. Being chased by two Red Bulls defenders, Tapia didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a shot that beat the New York goalkeeper to give FCD the 1-0 lead in overtime. After some stellar defending in the dying minutes, FC Dallas won the match with yet another shutout to claim the championship.
After an undefeated season that started in Sptember of 2011, the U-14s won five games in five consecutive days without allowing a goal against and outscored their opponents 8-0 to win the national title.
Christian Ramirez - 3
Richard Tapia - 3
Bernie ZuaZua - 1
Weston McKennie - 1
FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman is seeing the world thanks to two FC Dallas supporters.
Well, the Hartman bobblehead, that is.
And the veteran goalkeeper is more than happy to log on to Facebook each day and find out what his recently released bobblehead has been up to.
“I feel like Flat Stanley,” Hartman said. “It’s been great. I haven’t really had the opportunity to travel to England, which is really weird for someone who’s played professional soccer for 16 years.”
Among the destinations bobblehead Kevin Hartman has visited include Wimbledon, London’s Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Supporters Jon and Brenda Beard are making sure the bobblehead hits all the hot spots.
“It’s cool,” Hartman said. “I’m living vicariously through my bobblehead.”
The FC Dallas U-18 team was honored at halftime of Saturday's sold-out match against the LA Galaxy for winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship. They beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 to become the first MLS side to win a title at the U-17/18 level.
Photos by Rick Yeatts