An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.
Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!
Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki.
Thursday April 25th
We left Dallas at 4:00PM and arrived at 7:00AM in Frankfurt, Germany. We had a layover for a few hours and then took a short flight to Munich, Germany then to Poznan, Poland. At the airport in Poznan, we were greeted by Derek Karasinski's friends and family who took us to the Olympic Hotel which was about one hour away. We had a short training session with the direction of Francisco Molina working on functional defense, Raul Herrera working with the keepers and Jesse Suarez work on shooting drills with the midfielders and forwards.
Friday April 26th
The players had a nice breakfast at the hotel and then had a stretching session for 25 minutes to get ready for their first game. We played a club called MKS Blekitni Wronki in the facilities which they own at a town ten minutes away called Popowo.
First game of the day:
FC Dallas - 3 vs. MKS Blekitni Wronki 97 - 0
In the fifth minute, Erick Davies (our right fullback) ran down the right side of the field, made a diagonal pass across the goal and Alex Lim (our left fullback) shot from outside the 18 yard line placing the ball in the upper left corner. The second goal came in the 38th minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled pass the midfield and played the ball to Weston Mckennie who made a one time pass to Richard Tapia. Tapia then made a diagonal run in front of the defense and found himself one against one with the keeper and sliped the ball down the left side of the keeper for a beautiful goal. In the second half in the 42nd minute, Bernie ZuaZua applied high pressure on the left fullback and won the ball from him, then bent a shot around the keeper for the goal.
5' - Alex Lim (Eric Davies)
38' - Richard Tapia (Jason Saco-Vertiz)
42' - Bernie ZuaZua
FCD XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Joel Avilez 41), Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez, Alejandro Martinez (Duncan James 53), Richard Tapia (Daniel 41), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie ZuaZua (Teague Loughmen 53)
Second game of the day: FC Dallas - 2 MKS Blekitni Wronki 96- 0
In the 20th minute, a cross from Martin Salas was dropped by the keeper in front of the goal and Brent Mandelkorn finished it into the net. In the 60th minute, Jeff Withers dribbled past two defenders then made a diagonal pass to Christan Ramirez who beat two players and then shot the ball pass the keeper, hitting the upper bar and scoring.
20'- Brent Mandelkorn
60'- Christian Ramirez (Jeff Withers)
FCD XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski ( Eric Davies 60), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Joel Avilez 70), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn, Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Sebastian Gordillo 53), Christian Ramirez, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 53)
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' wild 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez comes up big on Darren Mattocks' wide open shot.
OWN GOAL: Michel's corner kick results in a Vancouver own goal for the early 1-0 FC Dallas lead.
GOAL: Matt Hedges finishes the set piece opportunity early in the second to give FCD a 2-0 lead.
POST: Mattocks comes inches away from putting Whitecaps FC on the board.
GOAL: 18-year-old Kekuta Manneh breaks through for Vancouver late in the second half.
GOAL: Brazilian playmaker Camilo equalizes with 15 minutes remaining.
RED CARD: Brazilian midfielder Jackson sees a straight red late in the game.
SAVE: Blas Perez shows great ball control, but Joe Cannon comes up big to keep the match tied late.
This weekend, FC Dallas players will be out in the community at Get Kidz Fit Fest 2013 and Dia Del Nino.
You can catch Ugo Ihemelu, Victor Ulloa, Stephen Keel and Jonathan Top out at the sixth annual Get Kidz Fit Fest 2013 on Saturday afternoon from 12-4PM at Dallas Market Hall. Kids can experience an abundant variety of physical activities and interactive games, meet sports coaches and VIPs and dance to the high-energy performances at the Main Stage party. Admission and parking are free.
Victor Ulloa will be out at the Latino Cultural Center Sunday from 12-4PM as the LCC is celebrating its third annual Día del Niño (Day of the Child). The daylong celebration will feature over a dozen activities focused on theater, dance and visual arts for the entire family. Activities will be held throughout the LCC, allowing families to drop-in on arts and crafts workshops, view theater performances, or listen to a storyteller in one of the galleries.
This week we got a bonus double dose chatting with Dan Hunt on Facebook as well as an impromptu Twitter discussion looking at a number of topics including some nuggets about a possible future USL team, a marquee upcoming friendly and much more!
Click here to read the full Facebook recap.
Click here to head over to Dan's Twitter page and be sure to follow him if you don't already!
It truly is a full team effort for FC Dallas right now in their six-game unbeaten streak and two players have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. With a three-game home defensive scoreless streak going, George John earned a nod to the TOTW while team captain David Ferreira also earned TOTW honors. In addition, Schellas Hyndman, who set a franchise record on Saturday, found himself as coach of the week. Read below to see Nicholas Rosano's comments on each of the three honorees.
DF: George John (FC Dallas) – While Dallas dominated the Whitecaps in their 2-0 home winover the weekend, they still needed that bit of defensive stability to keep things tight on their own end, and John did just that while even helping to set up Dallas' opener.
MF: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – At his irrepressible best in Dallas' win over Vancouver. You won't see his name on the scoresheet, but Ferreira pulled all the strings in midfield, made a number of key passes and was effective in his passing in Vancouver's half of the field.
Coach: Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas) – The transition to 4-2-3-1 has well and truly worked for Hyndman's team, and the weekend's 2-0 win over Vancouver was perhaps its best iteration so far. FCD nearly ran Vancouver off the field, and Hyndman deserves a good deal of credit for getting his team humming.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.
Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers
|1||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||2,056|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||76||D.C. United||1,583|
|3||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,521|
|4||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||89||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,451|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,381|
|6||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Colorado Rapids||1,351|
|7||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,329|
|8||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Chicago Fire||1,319|
|9||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,293|
|10||Marcelo Sarvas||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,258|
|11||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,183|
|12||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||86||Columbus Crew||1,147|
|13||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,142|
|14||Jeff Larentowicz||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,134|
|15||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,114|
|16||Jonny Steele||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||1,094|
|17||Lionard Pajoy||Forward||D.C. United||90||Philadelphia Union||1,091|
|18||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,063|
|19||Austin Berry||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,059|
|20||Justin Braun||Forward||Toronto FC||90||Houston Dynamo||1,010|
You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: Blas Perez tests Joe Cannon early.
GOAL: David Ferreira's corner kick goes in off Brad Rusin's back.
GOAL-LINE CLEARANCE: George John hustles back to clear Matt Watson's shot off the line.
GOAL: Perez beats Cannon with a header off Kenny Cooper's deflected shot.
FC Dallas hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first game of a home and home series this Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. presented by Albertsons Market, but FC Dallas Stadium is not the only place the club will have a presence this weekend.
If you’re in Carrollton Friday evening, the FC Dallas Tour will be at the Copa ESPN tournament at the McInnish Soccer Complex from 6-9 p.m. You can kick on the inflatable goal or spin the prize wheel and win great prizes including koozies, FCD stickers, pencils, CiCi’s coupons and more!
Also Friday evening, the FC Dallas Girls and staff will be at pub partner Brick House Tap + Tavern during Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. promoting next Saturday’s Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser. The FC Dallas Girls will pose for photos, interact with fans and sign people up to win tickets to Saturday’s game vs. Vancouver. Ticket winners will be selected every 15 minutes, so be sure to arrive early for Happy Hour and your chance to win.
Saturday, the FCD Tour will set up shop at the UT Southwestern "Carnaval de Salud” from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the prize wheel and inflatable goal entertaining fans of all ages.
Lastly, before you arrive at FC Dallas Stadium for Lamar’s Tailgate (6 p.m.) and the club’s eighth game of the 2013 MLS season (7:30 p.m. on TXA 21), walk down Main Street to the Frisco StrEATS event featuring food trucks, live music and the historic buildings of Frisco. The FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper highlight the FC Dallas set up, and if you stop by our tent, you’ll have the opportunity to win four (4) tickets to Saturday’s home game AND a team-signed scarf!
We're looking forward to another exciting match on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and it's going to be a special evening as we promote the FC Dallas Foundation’s Gear Up collection night presented by Albertsons Market.
Prior to entering the stadium, there will be large donation boxes at each gate where fans can drop off new or used soccer balls, shin guards, and cleats. These items are distributed to children locally and all over the world, so they can have the equipment to play the game!
Everyone that donates will received a 10% off coupon to the FC Dallas Team Store, so remember to Gear Up this weekend before the game!