NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended FC Dallas forward Blas Pérez one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of his opponent when he elbowed Jordan Harvey in the 29th minute of the April 21 game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Pérez will serve his suspension this Wednesday when FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
Big story this afternoon in the soccer world is MLS Commissioner Don Garber's comments on wanting the league to use goal-line review technology as soon as possible. Garber made the comments Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. MLS fans could see the technology is use as quickly as this summer, if approved.
"We're interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,'' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. ''I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology.''
The International Football Association Board meets July 2 and could approve Sony Corp.'s Hawk-Eye or GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company. Following a series of erroneous calls in high-profile games ranging from the 2010 World Cup to this year's FA Cup, there could be more support for goal-line technology among tradition-bound soccer officials.
Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef employs a magnetic field with a special ball. Both could be approved.
Each system sends a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who makes the final decision.
If approval is granted in July, Garber said, MLS could implement the technology at some point during this season, which began in March. The Premier League hopes to use it for its 2012-13 season, which starts in August.
''There's a lot more that we need to learn about it, understanding the process,'' Garber said. ''The bottom line here is that I would be open to using goal-line technology as soon as it is made available.''
Saturday, April 14
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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
The mysterious panel of voters who determine the MLS Power Rankings finally came to their senses this week. After having FCD ranked No. 11 during the preseason, the club jumped six spots (largest move of the week) to No. 5 in the Week One rankings. Here's what they had to say:
70 minutes of comprehensive dominance followed by 20 minutes of holding on for dear life. That’s probably not the way that Schellas Hyndman drew it up, but it was good enough for three points against New York. They’ll need to be more clinical to stay with the West's heavies, though.
Full match highlights of FCD's 2-1 win over New York.
Zach Loyd scores his second career goal to put FC Dallas up 1-0.
Blas Perez finds the loose ball to test Meara.
Ricardo Villar chips a shot over Meara to gain the 2-0 lead.
Kenny Cooper pulls one back for New York late.
This weekend you can experience MLS Live, the league's online streaming match service, and MLS' long-running TV package, Direct Kick, for free.
Take a look at this weekend's schedule of games and head to over MLS Live to register for the free preview. Please note that the usual blackout policies may apply. And if you are an iPhone or iPad user download MatchDay 2012 from the iTunes store, where it is currently a featured app, for viewing on the go.
Since FC Dallas doesn't play until Sunday, why not check out what the other squads around the league are up to?
FCD midfielder Brek Shea will be on hand to meet fans, answer questions and sign autographs Friday evening at the Dick's Sporting Goods in Frisco from 6-7 pm.
His appearance is part of the MLSSoccer.com First Kick Road Show. Nick Firchau and Temryss Lane will host the event, beginning with a sit-down interview with Shea at 6:05 p.m., followed by a live Q&A with fans inside the store at 6:15 p.m.
The hosts will hand out door prizes by random drawing at 6:30 p.m., with Shea signing autographs for fans at 6:40 p.m.
MLSSoccer.com rolled out its second Power Rankings of 2012 - this batch after preseason and ahead of First Kick. FC Dallas remained steady at No. 11 according to the nameless people(s) who do this:
Dallas are still undergoing a transformation, and there are still a ton of questions to be answered. Who's going to play right midfield? Will David Ferreira be fit and healthy enough to make an impact right away? How many miles are left on Daniel Hernandez's legs? At least, with George John's return, the defense is back and deeper than last season.