Two FC Dallas Academy products - Boyd Okwuonu and Danny Garcia - along with FCD player Jonathan Top spent last week at the US U-20 camp. The two academy products discussed their experience with Top Drawer Soccer.
Defender Boyd Okwuonu, who has played with the U.S. U17 and U18 teams, enjoys the formation.
“It’s more aggressive, we’re more attacking,” he said of the 4-3-3. “We have a different mentality in this formation, we’re going out there taking risks, going forward.”
With the qualifying process just under a year away, there’s still a chance for players to impress. But according to forward Danny Garcia, there was still a sense of urgency heightened the intensity of the camp, as it’s play well or go home.
“There is a difference because everyone has to put everything in it,” he said. “It’s all or nothing in the camp because either you do great and get called back, or do poor and don’t get called back.”
For Garcia, who has scored 17 goals in 19 games for FC Dallas U18s in the Development Academy, the camp was another opportunity to measure up against some of the best talents the U.S. player pool has to offer.
“It’s given me a chance to see how I’m doing, how my level is, how skillful I am compared to the other players in the Academy, in college or even in Europe,” he said.
It's nice when people say nice things about you. So Kevin Hartman will feel pretty good once he watches this MLSsoccer.com video of the site's editors praising his penalty kick prowess.
See the reaction of the FC Dallas Panamanian supporters section from a fan's perspective when Blas Perez scores his snap header against Montreal:
It's not great when you need a furious last-minute comeback in order to get full honors at home against an expansion team. That said, it's nice for Dallas to know they can do just that. Still, they've got to be counting the days until David Ferreira gets back.
Judging by our social media mentions this afternoon, it appears some of you think the new U.S. national team jersey reminds you of FC Dallas. Well, we put the two jerseys side by side for you. What do you think? And do you like the hoops on the national team?
Full highlights from FCD's 2-1 comeback win over the Montreal Impact.
SAVE: Donovan Ricketts denies Blas Perez's header.
GOAL: Bernardo Corradi converts the penalty kick to give Montreal the 1-0 lead.
ATTACK: FC Dallas puts the pressure on Montreal.
GOAL: Perez ties the game for Dallas by heading home a rebound.
GOAL: Brek Shea scores his first of the season to give FCD the late 2-1 advantage.
FC Dallas faces the newest MLS franchise, the Montreal Impact, for the first time this Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium. We dug through the record books to find out how FCD did historically facing new MLS teams for the first time. It’s a mixed bag, with FCD 2-4-3 in opening matches against expansion clubs since 2005.
4/16/05 – at CHV 1, FCD 3
Real Salt Lake
4/23/05 – at FCD 3, RSL 0
Houston Dynamo (relocated from San Jose)
5/6/06 – at HOU 4, FCD 3
6/17/07 – at TOR 4, FCD 0
San Jose Earthquakes (2nd incarnation)
5/3/08 - at SJ 0, FCD 0
5/16/09 – at FCD 1, SEA 1
5/15/10 – at PHL 1, FCD 1
4/17/11 – at POR 3, FCD 2
4/23/11 – at VAN 1, FCD 2
NEW YORK – A week after suspending three players for on-field actions, the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee announced today that New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge that endangered the safety of his opponent.
Joseph’s action occurred in the 62nd minute of the match between FC Dallas and New England Revolution on Thursday, April 5th. The veteran lost the ball in the midfield and brought Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar down with a tackle from behind. Joseph will serve his suspension this Saturday when the Revolution play D.C. United at Gillette Stadium.
The Texas Derby comes to MLS Reserve League tonight when FC Dallas faces Houston Dynamo. Match begins at 7:30 p.m. inside FC Dallas Stadium. Fans are welcome to attend for free, but concession stands and the beer garden will not open.
Match updates will be tweeted via @FCDallas and a match recap will be posted online afterward.
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Wiedeman underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia on Monday. Dr. Ernest Beecherl performed the surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Wiedeman is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury.