MLS Regular Season
As FC Dallas travels to Chicago to take on the Fire, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
20 - Harry Shipp is the only player for Chicago to feature in all 20 games played for the Fire this season.
4 – FC Dallas saw its summer struggles on the road come to an end when the team defeated Orlando City SC 2-0 on July 11. FCD is searching for its third road win of the season in Sunday’s fixture.
.95 - Chicago's points per game (.95) is the worst in MLS and the Fire currently sit at the bottom of the table.
286 - Chicago has taken the 4th most shots in MLS this season with 286, but are tied for the second lowest amount of goals with 22 and only D.C. United (65) has been offside more often than the Fire (64).
6 – FC Dallas is looking for its sixth straight win this weekend, which would tie a franchise record set in 1999 when the Dallas Burn – coincidentally – beat the Fire 2-1 on October 16, 1999.
111 – Chicago Fire have a familiar foe on the FC Dallas roster in newly acquired defender Bakary Soumare. In five seasons from 2007-09 and 2013-14, Soumare made 111 appearances for Chicago.
2 – 20-year-old Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta heads into Chicago on a two-game goal streak - the first two goals of his MLS career.
0 - FC Dallas is undefeated (7-0-4) when Kellyn Acosta starts.
Starting at Sunday's game in Chicago, FC Dallas will wear special numbers throughout the month of August with fan-submitted pictures.
Back in February, registration was open for fans to submit their pictures to be on the back of the FC Dallas jerseys - and the jerseys of every MLS team - and now we've reached August where the team will wear these special numbers.
Beginning on Monday, August 3rd, you can stop by the FC Dallas team store to get your jersey with the special numbers and we've got a great deal going for you! When you purchase a new jersey, authentic or replica, our amazing team store will throw in the personalization with the special jersey numbers for free! If you want to get the numbers put on a jersey you already own, the charge is just $20. Supplies are limited so get yours now!
Be sure to look closely at the numbers during Sunday's game at Chicago as if you submitted a picture, your face will be on an FC Dallas jersey!
Five-straight wins, five-straight MLS Team of the Week nods for FC Dallas players. Michael Barrios and Kellyn Acosta each earned their first TOTW nominations of the season for Week 21. Barrios had a break-out performance on Saturday with his first-career brace, while Kellyn Acosta added his second career MLS goal. Oscar Pareja was also named Coach of the Week.
M: Michael Barrios (FC Dallas) – Sent Dallas on their way with two-first half goals, the first on a clinically finished counter. Had Timbers’ defenders spinning in circles all night.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - Despite the absences of some key players, El Profe has led his team to five consecutive wins behind a young core.
Take a look at the highlights from FC Dallas' fifth consecutive win:
By Jeremy Villanueva
It’s not a rivalry like the Texas Derby, but when it comes to FC Dallas and Portland, there’s definitely still some Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” between the two clubs.
For the most part, the series that began in 2011 has been pretty even with the Timbers leading the all-time series at 5-3-4. Portland took the first meeting between the two teams this season in 3-1 fashion at Providence Park on April 4; a match notably remembered for the infamous “TissueGate.” The win was Portland’s first of the season, and FCD’s first loss.
The two clubs went 1-1-1 in last year’s three meetings. FC Dallas took the first match 2-1 on March 29, 2014 with a last-minute goal from Mauro Diaz before drawing 2-2 on June 11 in a match that saw controversial red cards and a hotly-debated last-second equalizer from the Timbers. They ended that season in a 2-0 loss at home; the only win Portland has in Frisco (minus a 3-2 victory in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open quarterfinal dual on June 26, 2013) and a win that created some nervy moments for FC Dallas who was forced to host a play-in playoff game after losing that match.
The teams combined for 13 yellow and two red cards last year in their meetings and Saturday's showdown with huge Western Conference playoff implications should bring yet another firey affair at Toyota Stadium. Get your tickets now!
As FC Dallas looks to continue their dominance at home on Saturday vs. Portland, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
4 - FC Dallas won its fourth consecutive game -- matching the club’s longest winning streak since a club‐record six‐game winning run in 1999 -- and will look to win its fifth this weekend.
15 - Both teams combined for 15 cards (13 yellows and two reds) in last year's three meetings.
1 - The Timbers have only won once in six trips to Frisco.
0 - Saturday’s match features two of the top teams in MLS when scoring first. Both FC Dallas and Portland are 9‐0‐2 when finding the back of the net first for a combined 18‐0‐4 record.
8 - Portland forward Fanendo Adi leads the Timbers in scoring with eight goals on the season. No other player on the team has more than three.
.55 - Since selecting Atiba Harris in the MLS Re‐Entry Draft and converting him to right back, FC Dallas is 8‐1‐2 (18GF, 6GA) when starting the St. Kitts and Nevis native on defense. The team has a goals against average of 0.55 in those matches and Dallas has recorded seven of its eight shutouts with Harris at right back. The only match FC Dallas lost in which Harris started was against Portland on April 4.
349 - Dan Kennedy and the FC Dallas defense own the longest shutout streak in MLS this season with 349 minutes.
12 - Portland's goalkeeper, Adam Kwarasey (#12), and Seattle's Stefan Frei, lead MLS in shutouts with eight on the season.
3,510 - Dallas is leading the charge in MLS again this season with 3,510 minutes (17.7%) played by Homegrown players Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta and Alejandro Zendejas.
FC Dallas’ newest acquisition Ezequiel Cirigliano arrived in Frisco today and FCDallas.com caught up with him briefly, through a translator, for his first interview as a member of FCD.
On joining FC Dallas:
I am very happy to be here. I know that the team is in first place and playing very good soccer right now. I am very excited for the change [to be] here and I’m just excited to get out there and play and prove that I deserve [this] chance with the team.
On re-joining his friend, Mauro Diaz:
We were together for a few years at River Plate. I haven’t been able to see him yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing him and being [on the same team] with him here.
On his skill set and what he can bring to Dallas:
I’m a defensive midfielder. I feel like I’m best at recovering balls and passing them to a guy like Mauro or the forwards to create chances for the team.
For the fourth straight week an FC Dallas player has been named to the MLS Team of the Week. After a stellar home performance in which FCD snagged its fourth straight win, Mauro Diaz claimed his fifth "Team of the Week" honor. This is also the second time he's been named to the team in the past three weeks.
In addition, MLS All-Star Fabian Castillo earned an honorable mention to the team's bench with his late tally in stoppage time to clutch the three home points.
Fresh off of being named to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star roster, Fabian Castillo scored a stoppage time winner to lift FC Dallas over D.C. United 2-1 at Toyota Stadium.
Castillo's goal has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week so give him your vote!
WATCH: GOTW Week 20
Take a look at the highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over D.C. United with Kellyn Acosta's first MLS goal: