MLS Regular Season
We're still a few weeks away from the big tournament in Brazil, but a mini-World Cup comes to Toyota Soccer Center this weekend with the third-annual MoneyGram Nations Cup.
The MoneyGram Nations Cup was organized in 2012 to promote outreach and unity in the local DFW community through the game of soccer and in 2014 we will celebrate the third year of the tournament. 16 teams have been drawn into four groups in a World Cup-style tournament that will determine the 2014 MoneyGram Nations Cup champion.
All group stage games will take place on Saturday, May 31st throughout the day leading up to the FC Dallas vs. San Jose game, and the knockout round semi-finals and finals will be on Sunday, June 1.
Admission is free to all games and we encourage all FC Dallas fans to come out early on Saturday afternoon to take in a little bit of the soccer carnival atmosphere! There will be plenty of fun for the kids with face painting, balloon artist and a soccer-shaped bounce house as well as pizza from Cici's sno-cones and other treats!
On Field 10, the Ultimate Soccer Experience will be set up with different interactive stations including soccer bowling, soccer basketball and a 1-on-1 competition while an EA Sports FIFA 14 station offers the chance to win bragging rights over your friends.
In addition, everyone who attends the MoneyGram Nations Cup will have the opportunity to win a brand new 2014 FC Dallas jersey by Tweeting your most creative photo from the 2014 Nations Cup using #NationsCup14 and here at FCDallas.com we have a special contest where you can win an FCD prize pack featuring a Raul Fernandez signed ball!
It's a quick turnaround this weekend as FCD plays at RSL on Saturday night. Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
Hear from Keel, Pareja, and Jacobson on tonight's match in LA:
Scott & Daniel break down the biggest talking points in tonight's match vs LA Galaxy with our Toyota Keys to the Match:
FC Dallas plays the LA Galaxy tomorrow night at the StubHub Center in their first meeting of the 2014 season. The Galaxy will be without forward Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez due to the US Mens National Team World Cup committments. The two teams met three times last season with FCD winning the first, losing in the second, and drawing in the third. Here is a recap of all three games:
WATCH: FCD 1, LAG 0
Game 1 - April 13th, 2013 - FC Dallas 1, LA Galaxy 0: FCD held their own at home but the lone goal didn't come until late in the second half. Neither team had a shot on target in the first half.
The game started to get interesting in the second half when in the 60th minute, LA defender Leonardo received a red card for taking down FCD forward Blas Perez in the box. However, Galaxy goalkeeper Cudicini was able to guess correctly and stop Kenny Cooper's penalty kick. With LA a man down, they earned their own penalty kick when George John fouled LA forward Jose Villareal in the opposite box. Landon Donovan stepped up to take the penalty kick but Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was able to save it.
Finally in the 87th minute, FCD defender George John scored when Eric Hassli's header rebounded off the crossbar, moving Dallas to 5-1-1 on the young season, solidifying their 1st place position.
WATCH: LAG 2, FCD 0
Game 2 - July 7, 2013 - FC Dallas 0, LA Galaxy 2: FCD took a trip to the West Coast for the second meeting of the season needing a win to be even with Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake.
The first half was even once again with LA's first goal coming in the second half in the 65th minute when Marcelo Sarvas headed home a Robbie Keane cross. The second goal came in the 80th minute when Hector Jimenez sent home a ball from Robbie Rogers from the left byline. LA outshot Dallas 22-6 with FCD's only close call coming in the 78th minute with a 28 yard shot by Jackson Goncalves that LA goalkeeper was able to save. The loss was Dallas' sixth-straight game without a win.
WATCH: FCD 3, LAG 3
Game 3 - August 11th, 2013 - FC Dallas 3, LA Galaxy 3: The third game of the series drew a crowd of 18,161 at home and they certainly got their money's worth. Dallas ended their franchise-record scoreless streak in the 14th minute off a corner kick by David Ferreira. The ball found John and the defender headed it down in front of the goal as LA's keeper Cudicini tripped. Matt Hedges then had no problem heading home the loose ball to give Dallas the lead. However, the lead was short lived as Robbie Keane sent a looped ball over the top that Donovan headed just over Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
FCD scored again just three minutes into the second half when Michel supplied a set piece that Perez was able to toe-poke in the goal past the LA keeper. LA answered Dallas' second goal in the 73rd minute when Donovan hit a bouning ball from 19 yards out that was able to squeeze by Seitz. Donovan scored for a third time when minutes later he beat John to a loose ball in the box and with ease put the ball into the far corner. LA's lead didn't last long as Perez scored the equalizer in the 86th minute off a failed clearance on another Michel free kick.