MLS Regular Season
Take a look at the highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.
As FC Dallas prepares to take on Los Angeles Galaxy and their "Big 3," here are some numbers to keep in mind:
3 - For the third straight year, Toyota Stadium will play host to a Special Olympics game on Saturday night, directly following the FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy match.
2 - Two points separate LA Galaxy and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings, but FCD has three games in hand.
2014 - 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele was the difference earlier in the season at Toyota Stadium, scoring an 86th minute winner to lift FC Dallas over defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy.
19140 - FC Dallas is on pace for this weekend's match to surpass this season's attendance record of 19,140 set on July 4th vs New England.
1 - LA Galaxy’s road win against the Colorado Rapids on August 1 was the team’s first away win of the season.
4028 - Dallas leads MLS again in minutes played by Homegrowns with 4,028 minutes.
-11 - LA Galaxy has the best home goal differential in the league at 23, but when it comes to playing away, the Galaxy sit at an -11 differential.
33 - FC Dallas and Sporting KC are tied for second least amount of offside calls with 36, but the Galaxy have the least in the league with 33.
100 - There have been four matches between FCD and LA in Frisco where the weather has reached 100 degrees and Dallas is 3-1-0 in those games with a goal differential of plus 7.
13 - Dallas won 13 home matches in 1999, the most in franchise history. With six home games remaining, FC Dallas (8-1-2) has a shot at the record should the club win its remaining games at Toyota Stadium.
By Taylor Hester and Jeremy Villanueva
There have been a lot of great moments at Toyota Stadium this year for FC Dallas en route to a record of 8-1-2 at home. As FCD prepares for Los Angeles Galaxy and its "Big 3," here are some of the top goals this season the team will look to repeat.
5. Fabian Castillo (4/18): Fabian Castillo’s 10-minute brace helped FC Dallas add three points to its name against a tough Toronto FC on April 18. Castillo opened the scoring 31 seconds into the game and topped it off with this ball bent backpost nine minute later.
4. Mauro Diaz (7/4): Mauro Diaz’s under-the-wall set piece goal in the 9th minute started the fireworks on the field for FC Dallas on Fourth of July en route to a 3-0 win over New England Revolution.
3. Kellyn Acosta (7/25): After snagging his first MLS career goal the week before against D.C. United, 20-year-old homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta scored this beauty to take a trip to the Budweiser Beer Garden.
2. Tesho Akindele (5/9): Last time the LA Galaxy was in town, it looked as if FC Dallas were on its way toward a 1-0 loss. Then the comeback began with a 77th minute equalizer from the boot of Blas Perez before Tesho Akindele put in another in the 86th minute for a 2-1 win.
1. Blas Perez (3/4): This Blas Perez header sealed the win for FC Dallas in extra time vs. San Jose Earthquakes on opening day. Perez deflected in a Moises Hernandez shot in the 92nd minute to give FCD a 1-0 win and perfect start to the season at home.
After a well-deserved bye week, FC Dallas returns home to begin the stretch run on Saturday in an action-packed night against the LA Galaxy, presented by Toyota.
FCD looks to get back to their winning ways in front of what is expected to be one of the largest crowds in club history. Dallas boasts an impressive 8-1-2 record at Toyota Stadium this season and is undefeated in their last seven home matches. LA comes to town as winners of two straight and with their revamped roster featuring Steven Gerrard, Giovanni Dos Santos and Robbie Keane in the trio's first road contest together. With first through fifth in the Western Conference separated by just five points heading into the final eleven weeks, every game is huge in the race for top spot in the West and the Supporters' Shield!
Saturday is also a special night as the FC Dallas Special Olympics team, supported by Globe Life, take on the LA Galaxy Special Olympics team after the first-team match. This is the first of a home-and-home series between the two sides, and all fans are encouraged to stick around and support our FCD Special Olympic team! Check out the FCDTV recap from last season's Special Olympics Team game below for a preview of Saturday night.
Tickets are going extremely fast, so secure yours now to kick off the final stretch of the season as the race for the playoffs heats up!
20-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has had a pretty good summer.
The Mexican youth international started two of three matches at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, earned plaudits for his performance in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown game and now he has earned his first professional start as well as his first professional win.
Gonzalez was loaned to the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds for Saturday's match vs Toronto FC II and in his first professional start, Jesse played all 90 minutes making two saves as the Riverhounds won 3-1 at TFCII. The lone goal was given up in the final moments of the match with the scoreline already 3-0 to the visitors.
The win was a crucial one for the Riverhounds who now sit in the final playoff spot in their conference three points ahead of Harrisburg City.
After a perfect month of July that saw FC Dallas win four games and only allow two goals, the Captain, Matt Hedges, is up for MLSSoccer.com's Etihad Airways Player of the Month.
Voting for July's Player of the Month will be open until 11:59 pm PT, Wednesday, August 5, so get your votes in now!
Matt Hedges, FC Dallas — With all the attacking talent joining him on this ballot, it would be easy to overlook Hedges' candidacy. You shouldn't. In four games in July, all wins for FC Dallas, Hedges anchored a backline thatn conceded just two goals in four games.
There's another limited-edition scarf on sale now for FC Dallas fans, and this one benefits a great cause. All proceeds from the FC Dallas Foundation's "Give for 90" scarf will benefit the FC Dallas Special Olympics Team, supported by Globe Life, as they get set to face the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Team on August 15.
Fans can secure their scarf by donating $35 to the FC Dallas Foundation, and checking the "Give for 90 Scarf" box in the top section of the donation form. Purchased scarves can be picked up on August 15 during the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy doubleheader featuring the MLS and Special Olympics matchups for both teams. Season Ticket Holders can also pick their scarves up at the Meet the Team event on August 13.
The American Heart Association's annual Dallas Heart Walk is right around the corner, and we want you to join us on Team BR19!
The FC Dallas Foundation has once again organized a team to walk in memory of Bobby Rhine, former Dallas Burn and FCD player and broadcaster who passed away in September 2011 from a sudden heart attack. This year's walk is on Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. starting from Reunion Tower Field in Dallas.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Reunion Tower Field
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Deadline for registration: September 12th
Deadline for registration to receive a BR19 tee: August 26th
Rhine's former Dallas teammates and current MLS head coaches Oscar Pareja and Jason Kreis will both participate in the walk honoring their late friend just hours before FC Dallas and New York City FC square off at Toyota Stadium. Assistant coaches from both clubs will participate as well including NYCFC assistant Miles Joseph who was another close friend of Rhine's from their Dallas Burn days.
You too can join Team BR19 by clicking here to register. All participants who donate a minimum of $25 and are registered by August 26th will receive a Team BR19 t-shirt. Registration will be open until 8:00 a.m. on September 12 and donations will continue to be accepted well beyond the 2015 Heart Walk.
All donations benefit the American Heart Association.
For more info on the event, watch our FCDTV recap of last year's walk:
The August 2015 Scarf of the Month is all about the great state of Texas!
Based on the popular state-centric song "Deep in the Heart of Texas," this month's scarf - "Stars at Night" - follows the popular opening lines of the tune:
The stars at night are big and bright
Deep in the heart of Texas
Fans join together at FC Dallas home matches in the 36th minute to sing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in support of the original Texas MLS team, and now have a scarf to show their pride as well.
Get your limited-edition scarf today at the FC Dallas Team Store!