FCDallas.com asked midfielder Ricardo Villar for some thoughts about a match he played in Allianz Arena – the venue of this weekend’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Here’s what he had to say on the match and the city:
FC Kaiserlautern vs Bayern Munich in 2006 at a packed Allianz Arena – 68,500 people. We lost 1-0, but the experience was memorable. The feeling of entering that field was incredible, almost as if you were floating. It was the best stadium built to date at the time, right after the 2006 WC in Germany.
I remember walking up in the tunnel just thinking I was going to score on Oliver Kahn that day and my friends and family could see it, since it was live on TV in Brazil, too.
As the teams walked up and met at the tunnel, I stared at him, focused and determined and he just happened to glimpse back back down at me with that gigantic head of his. I don't know why he looked so angry, but it felt like being stared by a lion in the zoo.
Needless to say, I did not come even close from scoring. It also did not help the fact that I came in at right mid against Lahm, who is like a energizer bunny on steroids.
What a city and beautiful stadium to host the final. Few hints from someone who lived in Munich for 5 years for whoever will be heading over:
- Do not drive to the stadium. Take the s-bahn. It is the easiest thing, beats traffic and what a atmosphere!
- Try to reserve if all possible a place at Hugo's Pizza and order either the Truffel Pizza or the salmon and ruccola.
- Hit the Spatenhaus, a typical Bavarian restaurant on the end of Maximilianstrasse. Get the duck with dumplings or the schweinshaxe
- Walk around the English garden If you find time and have a Mass at the Beer Garden, otherwise stop by the Hofbrauhaus downtown.
- If you have time, I would take an hour train to Salzburg, Mozart's city, and sightsee the old town and castle before having dinner at the Casino in yet another castle by the Red Bull stadium. Surf and Turf and Play ;). If you went that far, another 20 minutes to the Mondsee will take your breath away.
- Stop by Red Bull Hangar 7 on your way back and see how Mateschitz plays with planes like we do with Legos.
It will be a big Soccer Saturday on May 19 and FC Dallas has the perfect way for you to take it all in with our Londoner Pub Crawl.
$25 gets you a discounted ticket to the FC Dallas game and a round trip seat on the shuttle from The Londoner Addison to The Londoner Frisco/FC Dallas Stadium and back.
Get yourself to The Londoner Addison for the UEFA Champions League watch party. Kickoff for Bayern Munich vs Chelsea is around 1:45 pm CT.
Bus transportation after the match from Addison (bus leaves at 4:45PM) will take you to The Londoner Frisco.
Then, join us inside FC Dallas Stadium beginning at 6PM for Lamar's Tailgate and to cheer on FC Dallas for our 7:30 pm match vs Philadelphia.
Post-match buses will take you back to The Londoner Addison.
It will be a great day of soccer, so sign up now.
Castillo scores to give FCD a 0-1 lead over Columbus.
Justin Meram (Columbus Crew) right footed shot from outside the box makes it 1-1 in second half.
Sebastian Miranda (Columbus Crew) header off a corner kick makes it 2-1, Crew.
Second yellow card earns Zach Loyd an automatic red in second half.
Chris Seitz with a save in the second half.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
SAVE: Zach Loyd clears Mauro Rosales' attempt from the line.
SAVE: Bryan Meredith denies Scott Sealy the go-ahead goal.
GOAL: Fredy Montero scores to give Seattle the 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Montero bags a brace just two minutes later with this diving header.
Tonight's match between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders is broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. The telecast goes live at 7:30 p.m. CT and features Jonathan Yardley and Ian Joy as broadcasters.
Here's where to find Fox Sports Southwest Plus locally:
Time Warner – Ch. 906 (digital cable)
Charter Cable – Ch. 300
DirecTV – Ch. 677 (677-1 HD)
Dish – Ch. 445 (9515 HD)
U-Verse Ch. 756 (1756 HD)
Fios – Ch. 77 (577 HD)
NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Seattle Sounders FC defender Leo González one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of his opponent in the 88th minute of the Sounders game against Philadelphia Union on May 5. González stepped on the leg of prone Union defender Sheanon Williams. (VIDEO)
González will serve his suspension this Wednesday when FC Dallas host Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.
RED CARD: Daniel Hernandez ejected after second yellow card.
RED CARD: Blas Perez sees straight red for challenge on Drew Moor.
GOAL: Jaime Castrillon gives the Rapids the 1-0 advantage.
GOAL: Martin Rivero doubles the advantage for the visiting side.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jeff Larentowicz on the free kick opportunity.
NEW YORK –Today a group of professional soccer players, including FC Dallas' Zach Loyd, Brek Shea and Andrew Wiedeman, made history by banding together to support the cause of ending homelessness through sport. Acting completely independently and charitably across 13 cities in 3 countries, 21 soccer players formed the first-ever independent charitable alliance by active professional athletes. The Sport for Social Change Ambassadors program serves Street Soccer USA (SSUSA), a non-profit organization that transfers life and job skills to homeless youth and adults through sports; SSUSA operates programs in 20 U.S. cities and achieves a 75% success rate in connecting their participants to further education, employment, housing, and other services.
The Ambassadors’ purpose is to directly improve the lives of the homeless youth and adults in their community in addition to rallying the community around the cause of ending homelessness. Current SSUSA player, TK Ajiboye, who was homeless in NYC for a year and a half, used the SSUSA program to escape homelessness. In support of TK, Ambassador and Premier League player Emmerson Boyce flew from England to attend TK’s recent graduation from community college. “Having professional soccer players supporting me was an unbelievable feeling,” TK said, “getting support like that makes me want to do more for others.”
Ambassadors’ social change efforts extend to on-the-field performances as well. The first Ambassador, league leading scorer for two consecutive years Chris Wondolowski, makes his difference by donating $100 dollars for every goal he scores. So far he’s second in the league with eight goals in eight games and his club, the San Jose Earthquakes, have matched his pledge. Fans in the Bay Area have also supported Wondolowski’s efforts with donations for each goal.
Ambassador and New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty has led the recruitment of Ambassadors. “As professional athletes, we are leaders on and off the field. Soccer is a team sport, so we know what it means to support others, so we want to share that with the community. In the end, fighting homelessness and poverty needs to be a team sport as well.”
MLS teams have followed the players’ lead and are actively supporting the cause in New York, Dallas, D.C., and San Jose. The full list of the first wave of Ambassadors can be viewed at www.streetsoccerusa.org/press_and_media/Ambassadors and includes:
Eddie Ababio – Colorado Rapids
Juan Agudelo – New York Red Bulls
Eric Avila – Toronto FC
Johnny Borrajo – New York Red Bulls
Emmerson Boyce – Wigan Athletic (England)
Jeb Brovsky – Montreal Impact
Jon Busch- San Jose Earthquakes
Kenny Cooper – New York Red Bulls
Stephen Keel – New York Red Bulls
Zach Loyd – FC Dallas
Dax McCarty – New York Red Bulls
Lee Nguyen – New England Revolution
Heath Pearce – Chivas USA
Chris Pontius – DC United
Kofi Sarkodie – Houston Dynamo
Brek Shea – FC Dallas
Clyde Simms – New England Revolution
Kirk Urso – Columbus Crew
Michael Videira – Chicago Fire
Andrew Wiedeman – FC Dallas
Chris Wondolowski – San Jose Earthquakes