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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.
NBC Sports Group announced on Monday that Kyle Martino will join play-by-play voice Arlo White as the lead analyst for the network’s coverage of Major League Soccer.
White and Martino will make their debut on Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network when FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Stadium. The network will broadcast 41 games during the 2012 season, including three on NBC, followed by five MLS Playoff matches.
“I am very excited to be joining a company with such a rich sports history,” Martino said in a statement. “To be a part of that tradition by covering Major League Soccer is a tremendous honor. I look forward to being a part of the NBC Sports Group team.”
Martino will not call the game in a conventional sense. Instead, he will occupy a role “Between the Benches” during matches with White remaining in the broadcast booth. From this vantage point, Martino is expected to provide unique field level insight in addition to game analysis. NBC currently employs a similar technique during their hockey coverage, using an “Inside the Glass” analyst.
New MLS on NBC announcer Arlo White made a visit to NBC Sports Talk to discuss the upcoming season and managed to work in some FC Dallas talk. Check it out: