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08 December 11:43 am

Say hello to NATIVO. 

Today, just a day after the 2014 MLS season ended, the league, in partnership with adidas, has unveiled the 2015 MLS Match Ball.

Emblazoned with the new MLS logo plus nods to both the United States and Canada, NATIVO will be kicked around at all MLS games next year and uses the same material and technology as the famed "Brazuca" ball used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

CLICK HERE for more information on NATIVO and you can be one of the first to get your hands on the new match ball here.

27 March 1:22 pm

By Mohammad Bushnaq

In the next edition of our series, we take a look back at 2013 to see how the Hoops fared against the Timbers across all competitions from last season. FC Dallas struggled to find their footing against a very good Portland team, accumulating a total record of 0-3-1 in four games last season. 

Game 1 - May 8, 2013 - FC Dallas 1, Portland Timbers FC 1: On a Wednesday night in Frisco, undefeated FC Dallas tried to keep their home record perfect against Portland, also undefeated on the young season. The Timbers struck first through a Darlington Nagbe volley in the 70th minute. FC Dallas earned the equalizer seven minutes later after Andrew Jean-Baptiste pulled Blas Perez down in the penalty area. Kenny Cooper buried the penalty kick, but FC Dallas was unable to find a late winner in front of the FCD faithful. The final score on the night was a 1-1 draw.   

HIGHLIGHTS

Game 2 - June 15, 2013 - FC Dallas 0 Portland Timbers FC 1: FC Dallas went in to (newly renamed) Providence Park for the rematch a month later. Raul Fernandez was the star of the day, making seven saves in an effort to keep the Hoops in the match. His scrambling save on Diego Chara was one of his best of the season. Unfortunately, it was not enough as Fernandez was beaten by an unstoppable shot from Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe in the 52nd minute. FC Dallas was not able to break through the Portland defense, conceding a 1-0 defeat on the road. 

HIGHLIGHTS

USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 2, PTFC 3

Game 3 - June 26, 2013 - FC Dallas 2 Portland Timbers FC 3:  In front of the home crowd on a Wednesday evening in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Quarterfinal action. FC Dallas raced out to a quick 1-0 lead on a sweet strike from your favorite Jamaican, Je-Vaughn Watson, in the 15th minute. Portland responded with three unanswered goals in the second half with Darlington Nagbe scoring a beautiful individual effort. Nagbe then proceeded to set up Diego Valeri on a breakaway to give his team the 2-1 lead. A bad back pass from then-rookie Walker Zimmerman cost FC Dallas dearly as Piquionne rounded Seitz for the 3rd goal of the game. Blas Perez received a gift from Donovan Ricketts to get FCD their 2nd goal of the game and set the stage for a furious rally in which David Ferreira hit the post on what was basically the final kick of the match, but it was not enough. The final score in Frisco was 3-2 in favor of the Timbers and Dallas was eliminated from the US Open Cup.

HIGHLIGHTS

Game 4 - August 17, 2013 - FC Dallas 1 Portland Timbers FC 2: The final meeting of the season against the Portland Timbers was not a pleasant trip to the Pacific Northwest for FC Dallas. Darlington Nagbe scored the game winner, his fourth goal of the season against FC Dallas to lead his team to a 2-1 victory at home. Portland was first to get on the scoreboard, with Valeri sending Ryan Johnson in to beat Raul Fernandez. FC Dallas quickly responded with a beautiful passing sequence that led to Mauro "The Magician" Diaz scoring his first goal as an FC Dallas player. Unfortunately, Darlington Nagbe continued to play well against the Hoops by smashing one past Raul Fernandez. All three goals were scored in a span of seven minutes in the first half. Nagbe's goal sent FC Dallas home with an 11 game winless streak with a 2-1 loss against the Timbers. 

HIGHLIGHTS

20 October 1:42 pm

Here's the show recap from Sunday's latest episode of Soccer Today presented by BB&T and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Segment 1: Stein and Steve reflect on a wild final night in World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF, which saw mighty Mexico come perilously close to elimination from soccer's grand stage next summer before being rescued by two late goals in Panama from their old friends south of the border.

Segment 2: American star Landon Donovan says he's not sure Mexico, if the roles were reversed, would have tried so hard to win a game in extra time if it meant helping the United States qualify for the World Cup. Is Landon right? Should the Americans have let Panama close out a 2-1 victory that would have eliminated Mexico? The boys discuss.

Segment 3: The one and only Andres Cantor, fresh off calling Costa Rica's 2-1 victory over Mexico for Telemundo, joins the guys to talk about the state of Mexico's chaos-ridden team after its great Hex escape and yet another coaching change headed into next month's two-legged World Cup playoff with New Zealand.

Segment 4: Clint Dempsey is still looking for his first goal as a Seattle Sounder, but the proud Texan was kind enough to sit down and touch on a number of hot topics after a 2-0 defeat to FC Dallas that threatens to knock Seattle out of the playoffs. The highlights of that conversation are all here.

22 June 10:29 pm

FC Dallas extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a dramatic late 2-2 tie. Here's all the best moments from tonight's match:

FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 2 Sporting KC 2

POST: Kenny Cooper's header beats Jimmy Nielsen but not the post

POST: FCD hits the post again on a David Ferreira free kick

GOAL: Sporting Kansas City takes the lead before the half on a Kamara penalty kick

GOAL: Sporting KC doubles their lead on a Je-Vaughn Watson own goal

RED CARD: CJ Sapong is sent off for kicking the ball at a fallen Andrew Jacobson

GOAL: Andrew Jacobson gives FCD hope, cutting the lead in half on a nice header

GOAL: Walker Zimmerman buries a 90th minute header to blow the lid off FC Dallas Stadium

 

02 April 11:55 am

After beating the New England Revolution, 1-0, on Saturday, FC Dallas has climbed two more spots in MLSsoccer.com's Power Rankings to the fifth spot. The club has been ranked as low as 15th in the league's power rankings after the loss to Chivas USA in Week 2, but since FC Dallas has made its run to the top of the league standings the team has moved up 10 spots. 

You can see the full MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings here.

Other sites have FC Dallas ranked higher. Sport's Illustrated ranked FCD fourth, while Bleacher Report put the club in second place and Yahoo! Sports and ESPN FC both have FC Dallas ranked as number one.

What do you think? Where should FC Dallas be in the MLS Power Rankings?

25 February 12:31 pm

NEW YORK / PARIS – Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation (FFF) today announced a partnership that will provide MLS youth academy coaches with world class training through a 16-month youth development course and earn their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).

The FFF will host the MLS delegation at its Clairefontaine national training facility and guide the youth directors through the same program as the one it provides its domestic coaches; however, the EFCL program will include customized features developed by MLS, the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).
 
"We are incredibly excited about this new partnership with the French Football Federation.  As part of our vision to be among the top leagues in the world by 2022, we are committed to becoming leaders in the area of player development. This initiative will provide an important learning opportunity for MLS youth academies,” MLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition Todd Durbin said.
 
The program consists of three parts:
  • FFF Course – Eight weeks (320 hours) of field and classroom instruction
  • European Club Observations -- Two weeks of immersion at an international youth academy at two of the following clubs: Paris St. Germain, Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, VfB Stuttgart
  • Integration of the Program with MLS Academy – Creation and/or modification of the Club’s youth curriculum and evaluation system for the development of players
Each MLS club, along with U.S. Soccer and MLS, nominated one coach from their academy to participate in the program. Among the candidates are eight former MLS players, including: Danny Dichio, Luchi Gonzalez, Jovan Kirovski, Chris Leitch, Darren Sawatzky, Billy Thompson, Greg Vanney and John Wolyniec.
 
Fred Lipka, the former Director of the Paris Racing Academy and the Le Havre Athletic Club, will serve as the liaison between the FFF instructors and MLS, U.S. Soccer, and CSA. Lipka will travel to each MLS club to review its youth academy and help guide the candidates through the sessions to obtain their Formation Licenses.
 
“Through our partnership with MLS, The French Football Federation is proud and excited to be engaged in such a marvelous project. The expectations of MLS are very high and the FFF technical department is greatly honored to be selected in this area. Our commitment with MLS will be the foundation for concrete and great development between U.S. and French football, as it mirrors the long term friendship between France and the United States,” said FFF Technical Director François Blaquart.
 
The program timeline is as follows:
 
February 25 - March 1: Session 1 at Clairefontaine
March 2-8: European Club Observation #1
June 2013: Session 2 & Session 3 in the United States
September 2013: Session 4 & Session 5 at Clairefontaine
September 2013: European Club Observation #2
February / March 2014: Session 6 & 7 in the United States
May / June 2014: Session 8 at Clairefontaine
July 2014: Begin Integration of Program into MLS Academies
 
MLS CLUB CANDIDATES
 
 
Chicago Fire
Larry
Sunderland
Chivas USA
Sasha
van der Mos
Colorado Rapids
Steve
Cooke
Columbus Crew
Billy
Thompson
FC Dallas
Luchi
Gonzalez
D.C. United
Nolan
Sheldon
Houston Dynamo
James
Clarkson
Sporting Kansas City
Jon
Parry
LA Galaxy
Jovan
Kirovski
Montreal Impact
Wilfried
Nancy
New England Revolution
Bryan
Scales
New York Red Bulls
John
Wolyniec
Philadelphia Union
Peter
Fuller
Portland Timbers
Mike
Smith
Real Salt Lake
Freddy
Juarez
San Jose Earthquakes
Chris
Leitch
Seattle Sounders FC
Darren
Sawatzky
Toronto FC
Danny
Dichio
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Craig
Dalrymple
MLS
Greg
Vanney
U.S. Soccer
Marc
Nicholls

 

23 January 2:13 pm

 

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and USL PRO announced today a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership that will enhance the development of professional soccer players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues, and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration.

For 2013, the partnership will include interleague play between USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams, and the establishment of several exclusive team affiliations.  These initial programs will immediately improve professional player development in the United States and Canada. Additional technical and commercial initiatives between the two leagues will be announced as they are finalized in the coming months.          

“This partnership represents the first step in a long-term alliance between MLS and USL PRO to connect domestic professional soccer through a system that benefits player development, competition and the overall business of our sport ,” MLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition Todd Durbin said.  “Over the past several years, USL PRO has made great strides in restructuring their league in a manner that serves to complement the objectives of MLS.  This is a win-win for all involved, and it demonstrates our strong commitment to growing North American professional soccer at all levels.”               

Each club affiliation will be customized to meet the needs of the respective teams, but all will include at least four players on long-term loan from the MLS parent club to its USL PRO affiliate.  Those MLS teams with formal USL PRO affiliates will not participate in the 2013 MLS Reserve League.  Neither MLS nor USL PRO clubs are required to enter into an affiliation, and specific affiliations will be announced in the coming days.

Each of the 13 USL PRO teams will compete in two interleague games against MLS Reserve teams.  With the exception of Antigua, which will play both of its games at MLS Reserve teams, USL PRO teams have been paired with a single MLS team to play a home and home series.  All interleague games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings.  Details of the fixtures will be announced in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the official 2013 USL PRO schedule.

“USL PRO has for the past several years been the most sophisticated and competitive professional soccer league under MLS,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “This new partnership with MLS will elevate and strengthen the level of competition for domestic professional soccer while simultaneously creating a more sustainable financial model for team owners. As a result, we expect this partnership will forge a seamless system for the development of players and coaches, and promote the expansion of professional soccer into new North American markets.”

MLS RESERVE LEAGUE

The MLS Reserve League provides meaningful competition for players who are not regulars in the first team’s matches such as young players, players returning from injury, and youth development products. Each of the 19 MLS clubs will field either a Reserve Team or establish an affiliation with a USL PRO club. After fielding reserve sides from 2005 through 2008, Major League Soccer re-launched its Reserve League in 2011, providing essential development opportunities to players. In 2013, the conference alignment and the schedule for the MLS Reserve League will be announced in the coming weeks.

USL PRO

USL PRO is the strongest, best operated and most experienced North American men’s professional soccer league below MLS, both on and off the field. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature 13 teams participating in the 2013 season, including expansion teams in Phoenix and Tampa. The league is focused on aggressive but deliberate growth by adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, which are located in markets that further promote regional league play. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams will compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.

30 October 1:33 pm

From MLSSoccer.com:

For the second consecutive year, Major League Soccer has set new marks for attendance.

Overall, the league average grew more than five percent, coming in at 18,807. This bettered the 2011 mark of 17,844 by nearly 1,000 fans per game.

MLS regular-season attendance in 2012 topped the 6 million mark for the first time ever, with a total of 6,074,729 fans.

...

MLS also finished seventh in global average attendance.

CLICK HERE to read more details & global attendance chart to see where MLS ranks.

28 October 8:20 pm

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.

29 August 5:03 pm

 

NEW YORK  The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen an undisclosed amount for public criticism of match officials following the D.C. versus Philadelphia Union match on August 19. 

Additionally, FC Dallas have been fined an undisclosed amount for improper bench behavior following their game against Real Salt Lake on August 17.

Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.