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)
North End United - an umbrella group for the four FC Dallas Supporters Groups - showed off their first tifo at the FCD vs Chivas USA match on Sunday. Check out the photos and a time-lapse video of the tifo being created.
Tifo says, "One Voice, One Passion, One Love, Dallas 'Til I Die."
Photos by Erik Davila
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea decided he wanted to watch Sunday's season finale with the fans since he was unable to play in the match. Shea made the most of his time in the supporter's section - doing chants, talking with fans and cheering for his teammates. No surprise - the fans loved having him there to watch the entire match.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: David Ferreira sets up Jackson for the opening goal of the game in the 73rd minute.
GOAL: Ferreira gets his second assist as he feeds Fabian Castillo on the wing for the 2-0 lead.
GOAL: Second half substitute Laurent Courtois pulls one back for Chivas USA in the 90th minute.
GOAL: Juan Agudelo ties the match in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined FC Dallas defender Jair Benitez an undisclosed amount for his act of embellishment which brought the game into disrepute in the 65th minute of the game against Seattle Sounders FC on Oct. 21.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined LA Galaxy midfielder Robbie Keane an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials after his team’s game against San Jose on Oct. 21.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
Soccer Kicks Cancer makes its way to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday night when FC Dallas promotes Breast Cancer Awareness both on and off the field.
MLS' Soccer Kicks Cancer partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for initiatives across the league during October.
Sunday night will feature the following as FC Dallas hosts Chivas USA:
- Table on the concourse staffed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Pink cupcakes for sale at concession stands No. 2, 10 & inside The River Club w/proceeds going to charity
- Pink scarves for TV broadcasters and coaches
- Special white and pink official match ball
- Pink towels on field
- Pink FCD logo training tees on team for warm ups
- Pink goalkeeper jerseys
- Pink breast cancer patches on Jerseys
Some game-worn items will be available for auction in November with proceeds going to charity.