The soccer world woke up Sunday morning to the news Columbus Crew rookie Kirk Urso had died overnight. FC Dallas and members of the team took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
Our thoughts are with the family, friends & teammates of Crew midfielder Kirk Urso after his passing.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) August 5, 2012
Still can't believe this but lost a good friend and great person today. It was a privelege to play with and know you Cpt. Kirk
— Matt Hedges (@Matt_Hedges) August 5, 2012
mourning the loss of a friend today. RIP, Kirk. Blessed to have known you
— Brek Shea (@BrekShea) August 5, 2012
Kirk you will be forever missed. Praying for your friends and family. It was a blessing to have played together and know you.
— Zach Loyd (@ZachLoyd) August 5, 2012
— Matt Hedges (@Matt_Hedges) August 6, 2012
The FC Dallas U-14 Pre Academy team coached by Francisco Molina claimed the U.S. Club National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in Waukegan, Ill. on July 31. A national tournament open to all of the regional premier league champions, FC Dallas U-14s advanced to the competition by winning the Texas Pre Academy League’s U-14 division with an undefeated record of 16-0-5.
The U-14s opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over South Carolina United Battery on Friday, July 27. Goals were scored by Weston McKennie, who scored 10 goals in the regular season, and leading scorer Christian Ramirez, who tallied 19 goals to lead the U-14s during the regular season.
The next day FC Dallas faced HBC Fusion of New York. Richard Tapia and Bernie ZuaZua scored in that game to give the U-14 side its second straight 2-0 win. The team's final group stage match was a must-win against the Chicago Fire. Ramirez came through in the match, putting away a cross from teammate Eric Davies to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win and a spot in the semifinals.
FCD met DMS of California in the semifinals on the morning of Monday, July 30. After 70 minutes of scoreless regulation time, the sides played two 10 minute overtime periods. The breakthrough came in the second overtime when Ramirez scored his third goal of the tournament off a ZuaZua corner kick to give FC Dallas a late 1-0 lead. Minutes later Delfino Garcia put a shot on goal that the DMS 'keeper deflected, but Tapia pounced on the rebound to put the game away with a 2-0 win.
FC Dallas faced the New York Red Bulls in the championship game on Tuesday, July 31. New York dominated large portions of the match, but the Dallas defense held strong to maintain a scoreless match through regulation. Early in the first overtime period, FC Dallas established possession and strung together a series of passes that ended with Jessi Najera playing a through ball to Tapia. Being chased by two Red Bulls defenders, Tapia didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a shot that beat the New York goalkeeper to give FCD the 1-0 lead in overtime. After some stellar defending in the dying minutes, FC Dallas won the match with yet another shutout to claim the championship.
After an undefeated season that started in Sptember of 2011, the U-14s won five games in five consecutive days without allowing a goal against and outscored their opponents 8-0 to win the national title.
Christian Ramirez - 3
Richard Tapia - 3
Bernie ZuaZua - 1
Weston McKennie - 1
FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman is seeing the world thanks to two FC Dallas supporters.
Well, the Hartman bobblehead, that is.
And the veteran goalkeeper is more than happy to log on to Facebook each day and find out what his recently released bobblehead has been up to.
“I feel like Flat Stanley,” Hartman said. “It’s been great. I haven’t really had the opportunity to travel to England, which is really weird for someone who’s played professional soccer for 16 years.”
Among the destinations bobblehead Kevin Hartman has visited include Wimbledon, London’s Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Supporters Jon and Brenda Beard are making sure the bobblehead hits all the hot spots.
“It’s cool,” Hartman said. “I’m living vicariously through my bobblehead.”
The FC Dallas U-18 team was honored at halftime of Saturday's sold-out match against the LA Galaxy for winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship. They beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 to become the first MLS side to win a title at the U-17/18 level.
Photos by Rick Yeatts
North Texas soccer fans made history Saturday night with an all-time attendance record at FC Dallas Stadium.
It's been a record-setting season as well, with three of the top ten all-time attended matches occurring in 2012.
A look at the top ten all-time attended FCD matches at FC Dallas Stadium:
1. July 28, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (0‐1 LA) 22,565
2. May 18, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (5‐1 LA) 22,331
3. May 1, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 21,867
4. July 4, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC (1-1) 21,508
5. July 27, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (4‐0 FCD) 21,020
6. March 11, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. New York (2-1 FCD) 20,906
7. July 2, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Columbus (2‐0 FCD) 20,704
8. Oct. 7, 2006 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 20,500
9. April 22, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Colorado (3‐1 FCD) 20,500
10. Oct. 20, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Kansas City (2‐0 KC) 20,500
Full Match Highlights
Magee scores goal for LA in second half.
Kevin Hartman with a big save in first half
Hartman stops a Magee shot in first half.
FRISCO – A future MLS star could take the field on Saturday when 4v4 tournament Futbolito takes place at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
If that thought seems ridiculous, talk to FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar.
He was on a team that won Futbolito nearly a decade ago in Houston.
Villar visited Houston to see his girlfriend at the time and went to a local park to workout and stay in game shape. He had just finished a season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds shortly after graduating from Penn State.
He wound up meeting some local soccer players who were playing a pick-up game in the park.
“I played a little bit with them, they said I could do this Futbolito thing and split the money with them,” Villar said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing anything’.”
Villar and his three impromptu teammates played in 7 matches in one day, winning each one – including the title match.
“We had no subs, it was just four of us,” Villar said. “It was competitive, little short games. Short-sided, small goals.”
Villar remembers the prize money being $500-$700 per person. It wound up being incredibly important cash on hand for him.
He had been waiting for a call from an overseas team to come over and play. A week after winning Futbolito, he got the call.
The money he won was used to buy a one-way plane ticket to Germany.
“It was funny, it was a time in my life where I was almost going away from soccer for good. Not that because of winning I stayed [with soccer]. But I played, took the cash and went to Germany,” Villar said.
Full match highlights - FC Dallas 5, Portland 0
FC Dallas gets on the board first with an own goal by Portland.
Strike outside the box by Andrew Jacobson gives FCD 2-0 in 26'.
Jackson scores three minutes into 2nd half to make it 3-0 FC Dallas.
Scott Sealy scores to make it 4-0.
Ruben Luna scores in 81' to give FCD a 5-0 lead.
Hernan Pertuz heads in free kick late in 2nd half for FCD goal.
Kevin Hartman makes save on Chris Wondolowski penalty kick.
FC Dallas gets penalty kick in stoppage time.
Alan Gordon scores to make it 2-0 San Jose.
Marvin Chavez scores to make it 1-0 San Jose.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Rapids defender Luis Zapata.
SAVE: Brek Shea's shot caught and held by Matt Pickens.
GOAL: Omar Cummings scores on the pass from Conor Casey.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo sends in a cross that's headed home by Carlos Rodriguez.
GOAL: Rodriguez returns the favor by setting up Castillo's game-winner with some help from David Ferreira.