By Demetrio Teniente & Daniel Robertson
FC Dallas' own Tesho Akindele has been included on D Magazine's Best of Big D 2015 ballot for best athlete. He joins the likes of Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray, the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, the Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre, the Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin, and Pro Golf's Jordan Spieth. Not that you need convincing, but here are five reasons why you should vote for Tesho.
1. Because if you vote for Tesho all your wildest dreams will come true
Did any of the other candidates pull off one the best Pedro Sanchez (Napoleon Dynamite) impressions of all-time and win the 2014 AT&T Rookie of the Year? Didn’t think so. By embracing and paying homage to Pedro, Tesho demonstrated his great sense of humor and won the hearts of many. Not only is Tesho a young, gifted player in MLS, he is also a promising talent in the world of parodies. And we haven’t even talked about his nunchuck, bowhunting, and computer hacking skills.
2. Because Tesho’s hat-trick was pretty cool
When FCD faced San Jose in week 23, Tesho was in the middle of a heated race for Rookie of the Year with Chicago Fire’s Harry Shipp. The young forward made his case for the award even stronger by netting the seventh hat trick by a rookie in MLS history. Coincidentally, Shipp had the sixth hat trick by a rookie earlier in the season. As we mentioned in reason number one, Tesho eventually won Rookie of the Year. Anything you can do, Tesho does better, and he did it at 22 years old.
3. Because Tesho is the smartest one of the bunch
The sports merits of each of our finalists can be debated, but only one was an electrical engineering student. Electrical Engineering. Seriously. Just shut the voting down right now. Tesho even once told Extra Time Radio that if he wasn't playing soccer he would like to be involved in controlling the stoplight systems of a city. If you don't #VoteForTesho, you're going to hit red lights for the rest of your life.
4. Because he is the second youngest athlete in the running
Whitney Houston believed the children are our future. As far as Dallas sports icons go, Tehso is about as young as they come. Only Jordan Spieth is younger than Tesho and there is only a four month difference between them. And in golf you can play until you're like 60 so Jordan Spieth has plenty of years to win the award! A vote for Tesho is a vote for the future of the Dallas sports culture. Come on, do it for the kids.
5. Because he can play for three different countries
Tesho was born to a Nigerian father, Canadian mother and has been in America for most of his life. You probably weren't even eligible to play for two different high schools. Tesho was a part of USMNT camp in January, though he still has yet to commit to playing for a specific country quite yet. All three would certainly love to have him, though we're obviously partial to the ol' Red White & Blue.
The FC Dallas Academy went a combined 8-5-4 on the second day of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup and Generation adidas Cup with 13 out of 17 teams still having a great shot of advancing past the group stage. Here's a roundup of all the results. For full standings and schedules click here:
U-13 FCD 02B lost 7-0 to FC Golden State. The U-13s have two losses and will not be able to advance from their group
FCD Pre Academy 3-1 win vs Mana
Luis Cruz scored his second and third goals of Dallas Cup while Johan Gomez added a third in the win. FCD and Sunrise Elite play on Wednesday with the winner moving on from the group stage.
FCD Youth 01B 1-1 draw vs Davis SC
01B needs a win to advance from the group stage on Wednesday.
FCD 01B Premier 2-0 loss vs AC Brea
Three out of four teams in their group have 3 points and FC Dallas will need a win on Wednesday to have hope of advancing to the knockout round.
FC Dallas Academy 00 3-2 win vs SJ Earthquakes U-14
Jesus Ferreira scored twice and Brayan Padilla added a third to move the FCD U-14 Academy to a 2-0-0 record in group play. They are nearly assured of going through to the knockout round and need just a draw on Wednesday.
FC Dallas Youth 00B Premier 1-1 draw vs Cedar Stars Academy
00B Premier earned a 1-1 draw on Monday and cannot advance past the group stage.
FC Dallas 00B East 6-3 loss vs Ohio Premier
The 6-3 loss means 00B East needs a win plus a draw in the other group stage game on Wednesday to advance from the group stage. Drew Coley scored in the 9th minute while Miguel Rosales scored twice in the 41st and 73rd minutes. Connor Jones tallied two assists.
FC Dallas El Paso 99/00 3-0 win vs SKHY FC
FCD El Paso 98/99 5-2 win vs Rayados Waller
FCD El Paso will advance to the knockout round with a win on Wednesday.
FCD U-15 pre academy 1-0 win over Sereno 99 Boys
Javier Barajas scored in the 3rd minute of the match to give FC Dallas U-15 Academy the 1-0 win. Fresh off a U-16 national camp with Mexico, goalkeeper Carlos Mercado came up huge with a clean sheet. The U-15s will need a result that is better than CF Monterrey or to make up +3 goal difference to advance from the group.
FCD 99B Premier 2-2 draw with SAC Real
FCD 99 Premier moved to 1-0-1 in group stage play with a 2-2 draw against SAC Real from Maryland. Alejandro Zamarripa and Aldo Quevedo scored. They play Crossfire Premier on Wednesday needing a win to advance from the group stage.
FCD Youth 98B Premier 2-1 win vs California Rush
98B Premier moved to 2-0-0 with a 2-1 win over California Rush behind a pair of goals from Adan Garcia. The U17 side is in great position to advance from their group.
FC Dallas U-16 Academy 1-0 win vs Real Salt Lake
The FC Dallas U-16s continued Generation adidas Cup with a 1-0 win over RSL meaning they will advance to the semifinals with a win or draw against Pumas on Wednesday. CLICK HERE for the full match recap
FCD El Paso 3-0 loss vs Solar Chelsea
FCD El Paso needs a win and other help to advance from the group stage.
FC Dallas Youth 97B Gold 0-0 draw vs Prepa Tec Monterrey
97B Gold has a great chance of advancing through to the quarterfinals if they can defeate Jacksonville FC tomorrow.
FCD 97B Premier 2-0 win vs Mana
Sergio Lara and Ivan Ulloa scored for the U18 Premier side who are 2-0-0 in their group. They have a winner-take-all match against Orlando FC QPR where FCD needs a draw or win to advance to the knockout round.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy 4-1 loss vs Monterrey
CLICK HERE for the full match recap from the U-18 Academy's 4-1 loss to Monterrey. They cannot advance from the group stage in the Gordon Jago Super Group.
FRISCO - The FC Dallas U-16s won their second straight group stage game at the 2015 Generation adidas Cup defeating fellow MLS side Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Monday afternoon at the Toyota Soccer Center.
FC Dallas opened the match strong with midfielder Weston McKinnie hitting the post on a free kick in the 10th minute. That was the best chance of the half as the teams went into the break goalless.
Second half substitute Toshiki Yasuda would prove to have the decisive goal in the match chipping the goalkeeper from just outside the box after receiving a feed from McKinnie in the 52nd minute.
The FC Dallas U-16 defense which has yet to allow a goal in two tournament games held strong to earn the 1-0 victory that has FCD at the top of the group with one game left.
FCD will play Pumas from Liga MX on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00PM with a win or draw assuring passage through to the semifinals on Thursday night.
First segment … Show co-hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis review the United States national team's most recent disappointing result, a 3-2 loss to Denmark on yet another late, defensive collapse.
Second segment … MLS expansion is the topic; Minnesota has officially become the next club to join, while Miami's efforts to continue to founder.
Third segment … Show producer Tyler Kern caught up with longtime U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller; we hear the interview as Keller, now a TV analyst, talks about MLS and U.S. national team matters.
Fourth segment … On a big weekend of European qualifiers, we talk about the march to France for Euro 2016. We also discuss Wayne Rooney's place among England's all-time greats.
It's that time of year again to let everyone know that DFW loves FCD!
FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium have been nominated in three awards this year in the D Magazine Best of Big D 2015 awards.
Be sure to vote for our home, Toyota Stadium, as the Best Local Sports Venue. The atmosphere is unique to Dallas sports and there's no where else in the metroplex like the Budweiser Beer Garden. Give Toyota Stadium your vote for Best Local Sports Venue.
The 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year is up for Best Local Athlete and while Tesho's on-field accomplishments don't quite measure up to a guy like Dirk Nowitzki(yet), can Dirk pass an Electrical Engineering course or do a spot on Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite impression? Didn't think so.
Practically unbeatable at home, four shutouts in our last five matches, first place in MLS with the youngest team full of Homegrown DFW talent. This is an easy one.
Vote FC Dallas in the Best of Big D 2015 awards!
The FC Dallas Academy opened 2015 Tournament Week in stellar fashion with all our youth & affiliate teams combining to go 12-2-2 on the opening day of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup and Generation adidas Cup. Here's a roundup of all the results. For full standings and schedules click here:
U-13 FCD 02B lost 1-0 to Angeles Soccer Elite
FCD Pre Academy 1-0 win vs Beijing Yicheng
Luis Cruz scored just before the end of the first half to seal a 1-0 win for the FCD U-13 Pre-Academy team.
FCD Youth 01B 1-0 win vs Ravens Wood School
Josh Stone was the goal scorer for 01B who won their first match of Dallas Cup 1-0 over Ravens Wood School.
FCD 01B Premier 1-0 win vs Sporta Punto
01 Premier opened Dallas Cup in winning fashion with Ricardo Ramos feeding Alessandro Alfaro for the goal in a 1-0 win.
FC Dallas Academy 00 2-1 win vs Maebashi FC
Down 1-0 at halftime, the U-14 Academy battled back to earn a 2-1 win against Maebashi FC of Japan. Brian Padilla scored off a corner kick in the 65th minute and Jesus Ferreira scored just two minutes from full time to earn the three points in their opening Dallas Cup match.
FC Dallas Youth 00B Premier 3-2 loss to El Semillero
FC Dallas 00B East 1-0 win vs Angeles Soccer Elite
00B East opened Dallas Cup with a 1-0 win over Angeles Soccer Elite. Eddie Sanchez scored just before full time on a beautiful free kick to win it for FC Dallas. Goalkeeper Junior Gutierrez had an incredible 18 saves in the win.
FCD El Paso 98/99 0-0 draw with Edmonton Strikers
FCD U-15 pre academy 1-1 draw with Monterrey Rayados
One of the games of the day, the FCD U-15 Academy which is 14-0-1 in TEPAL league play went toe-to-toe with Monterrey from Liga MX earning a 1-1 draw after Rene Arroyo tied the score with just five minutes left in the match. FCD gave up a goal in just the third minute of the match but battled back to earn the draw.
FCD 99B Premier 4-0 win over Dorados Inter
FCD 99 Premier opened Dallas Cup week with a 4-0 win over Dorados Inter. Daniel Anguiano opened the scoring in the 5th minute with Trey Marchino and Alejandro Zamarripa scoring before halftime. Zamarripa added a second later in the match to seal the 4-0 win.
FCD Youth 98B Premier 1-0 win vs Coerver coaching Singapore
98B Premier got Dallas Cup started off well with a 1-0 win on a goal by Luis Zua Zua with the assist from Gerber Chavez.
FC Dallas U-16 Academy 3-0 win vs Athletic Bilbao
The FC Dallas U-16s opened Generation adidas Cup with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. CLICK HERE for the full match recap
FCD El Paso 2-0 win vs FC Golden State
FC Dallas Youth 97B Gold 4-1 win vs United Services Portsmouth
Osvaldo Veloz opened the scoring on a PK in the 26th minute and Levin Dyson added a second before halftime. Mark Trompeter scored in the 60th minute and Dominick Faletto rounded out the scoring in the 85th minute to secure the win. A special nod goes to goalkeeper Joseph Khalaf who stayed in goal with some outstanding play after a stoppage earlier in the game for getting kicked.
FCD 97B Premier 6-0 win vs Fussballschule Millerntor
The FCD 97 Premier scored a big 6-0 win behind two goals from Sergio Lara and strikes from Carlos Molina, Chris Villalobos, Kevin Rodas and Matthew Rochowski.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy 0-0 draw vs Corinthians
CLICK HERE for the full match recap from the U-18 Academy's 0-0 draw with Brazilian powerhouse Corinthians.
FC Dallas has never been 4-0-0 in their previous 19 seasons in Major League Soccer. They have the chance to do that for the first time in franchise history on Saturday night against Seattle Sounders FC. It's going to be a packed house at Toyota Stadium and here are the ten things to know before you join us for another #DTID night:
1. Saturday's match is presented by Toyota and they're bringing you the second in our set of four collectible mini-rally scarves. The first 7,500 will receive a rally scarf upon entry to Toyota Stadium on Saturday night, so get there early!
2. It's a huge honor to have Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue on Saturday night as he and his Puebla side will face Queretaro and Ronaldinho on Sunday at Toyota Stadium. Don't miss the ceremony at 7:00PM on the north concourse.
3. Saturday's game is broadcast on TXA21 with Mark Followill and Brian Dunseth on the call with Steve Davis on 100.7FM The Word in English and 1270AM in Spanish with Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon. If you go to Saturday's match, be sure to turn on the post-game radio show as you drive home on 100.7FM.
4. The weather for our first two home games hasn't been the best with snow and rain to deal with. Those days are gone as we're going to have an absolutely gorgeous night on Saturday with CBS 11 predicting highs in the 80s with temperature right around 70 at kickoff.
5. This sweet match-specific poster to the left and all your FCD gear is available in the team store at Toyota Stadium and if you're a Season Ticket Holder ask about how you can get the April Scarf of the Month before anyone else!
6. Get your pre-game workout in with our brand new Pre-Game Playlist from the official DJ's of FC Dallas, The Latin House Krew
7. As always, parking is free at Toyota Stadium, but Toyota drives can enjoy free upgraded parking in the Toyota Camry lot directly northwest of Toyota Stadium. Look for the signs.
8. Be sure to follow us on Social Media @FCDallas on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook plus fcdofficial on Snapchat to get the full game experience!
9. Saturday's match will be affected by international callups for both sides and the defense that FC Dallas turns into offense will be key to getting a win. We break it all down with the Keys to the Match presented by Toyota.
10. Limited tickets are still available right here or at the box office starting at $22. See you at Toyota Stadium!
The official in-house DJ's of FC Dallas, The Latin House Krew, will be bringing you a pre-game playlist before every game at Toyota Stadium. Here's your first mix to get you pumped for Saturday night's game:
FCD is looking to go 4-0-0 for the first time in team history on Saturday night vs Seattle Sounders FC. Demetrio & Daniel break it down in this week's Keys to the Match pres. by Toyota:
The FC Dallas Academy is unquestionably among the top in American soccer having signed more Homegrown players than any other team and played more Homegrown minutes than any other team in 2014, but one thing the Academy hasn't produced is a full first team international player. That could all change this week as Moises Hernandez has been called in to the Guatemala National Team squad for friendlies against Canada and El Salvador.
It's another milestone that is huge for both Hernandez and his club, FC Dallas.
"It’s another big step for him and a step that I hope he can take the best way possible to get more mature," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "To understand the responsibilities with his club, himself, his family and now with his country."
Hernandez has taken a winding road to breaking through with the FCD first team having had loan stints in both Guatemala and Costa Rica, but over the last 12 months the 23-year-old has blossomed into a key player for Pareja's side playing every minute of the first three games of 2015 for a Dallas side that is 3-0-0 with just one goal allowed.
"I think the club should be very proud to have a product of the academy exposed to the national team level and not just the USA but abroad," said Pareja. "That pride should be carried by the whole club."
Hernandez and Guatemala will play Canada in Fort Lauderdale at 3:30PM on Friday before playing El Salvador at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on March 31.
FULL LIST OF INTERNATIONAL MATCHES FOR FC DALLAS PLAYERS
Kyle Bekker - Canada
Kyle Bekker and the Canadian National Team will be the aforementioned Guatemala National Team on Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderale and then will play Puerto Rico on March 30th at 5:30 in Puerto Rico.
Atiba Harris - St. Kitts & Nevis
Amazingly, Harris is a part of some of the first games in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying this week as St. Kitts & Nevis battle against the Turks & Caicos Islands in the first round of qualifying.
St. Kitts & Nevis rolled in the first leg on Tuesday scoring a 6-2 win in Basseterre. Atiba scored the first goal of the match in the 18th minute and his side will contest the second leg on March 26th. The winner of the two-leg series will face El Salvador in another two-leg series this summer.
Blas Perez - Panama
Blas Perez and Panama face Trinidad & Tobago on March 27th in the Carribean island before battling CONCACAF rival Costa Rica in Panama City on March 31.
Je-Vaughn Watson - Jamaica
Je-Vaughn Watson and Jamaica begin final preparations for the 2015 Copa America with a pair of friendlies in Montego Bay vs Venezuela and Cuba. The Reggae Boyz will battle Venezuela on Friday night and then face Cuba on Monday, both at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.