MLS Regular Season
Two FC Dallas starters earned some praise from MLSsoccer.com following the team's scoreless draw in Montreal. Raul Fernandez took the top spot in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20, while Zach Loyd earned a spot on Team of the Week.
Fernandez is no stranger to the Castrol Index. This week's appearance marks his sixth on the season and the second time the 'keeper has been number one for the week. Here's what the MLS staff had to say about the Peruvian national:
Nine goalkeepers made the cut, with FC Dallas 'keeper Raúl Fernández leading the way in the Week 21 marks. His four saves in a shutout performance helped Dallas pick up a road point in Montreal. It is the second time this season Fernandez has had the top spot in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20.
Meanwhile, Zach Loyd was one of three defenders to pick up Team of the Week honors after his strong backfield performance in Montreal. Here's what Nicholas Rosano said about the defender:
A force on the right flank as Dallas battled to a scoreless draw in Montreal, both quieting the Impact's attack and getting forward to effectively join in on a few attacks himself.
Congrats to both players on their performances!
Castrol Index Week 21 Top 10 Performers
|1||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||1,445|
|2||DeAndre Yedlin||Defender||Seattle Sounders||90||Colorado Rapids||1,434|
|3||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Seattle Sounders||1,331|
|4||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Toronto FC||1,316|
|5||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||Philadelphia Union||1,298|
|6||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||FC Dallas||1,261|
|7||Ike Opara||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Real Salt Lake||1,231|
|8||José Gonçalves||Defender||New England Revolution||90||Columbus Crew||1,219|
|9||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Portland Timbers||1,196|
|10||Chris Rolfe||Forward||Chicago Fire||90||D.C. United||1,181|
FC Dallas’ winless streak continued with a 0-0 stalemate in Montreal on Saturday. Despite the draw on a tough road trip, the team didn’t see much positive movement in this week’s power rankings.
Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas down to #10:
Earning a draw at Montreal would normally be a good result, but Dallas really need to locate a win. Talk about a July to forget.
FC Dallas remained number 11 according to MLSsoccer.com:
All things considered, a point on the road is a good result for a team that's trying desperately to hang on in the playoff race. But there's this: They haven't scored a single goal since June. Crisis.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com left FC Dallas in the #10 spot:
Center back anchor George John returned following a four-game absence and helped FC Dallas to a 0-0 draw against Montreal, but the club remains winless since May 25, a stretch of eight games. That streak will linger on past the MLS All-Star Game, as FCD does not play another league game until an Aug. 3 date against the Seattle Sounders that kicks off a run of seven games in a row against Western Conference competition.
Pro Soccer Talk also put FC Dallas in the 10th spot:
Speaking of Stoke City, they move from South Texas up I-45 to suburban Dallas for a meeting with Schellas Hyndman’s team over the weekend.
ESPN FC dropped FCD one spot to number 13:
George John's return helped Dallas secure a much-needed road point at Montreal. And while FCD was missing some speedier elements, it seems reasonable to expect more offense from a lineup featuring David Ferreira, Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli.
Finally, Soccer America moved FC Dallas down three to #10.
The week ahead is an exciting one for soccer fans across the metroplex, with the best of CONCACAF coming to town for the Gold Cup semifinals and FC Dallas Stadium hosting three events, including an international friendly. Here's a timeline of the packed week!
Tuesday, July 23 - FC Dallas Reserves vs. Antigua Barracuda FC: The FC Dallas reserve squad will host Antigua Barracuda FC of USL Pro in reserve league action on Tuesday night, their second home game of the season. The game will start at 7 p.m. and admission is free. If you can't make it out to the stadium, you can watch the game via the live stream on FCDallas.com.
Wednesday, July 24 - Gold Cup Semifinals: On Wednesday night, one of the biggest soccer events of the year hits Cowboys Stadium as the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals come to the metroplex. Jurgen Klinsmann's high-flying United States squad starts the evening off at 6 p.m. against Honduras, followed by Mexico vs. Panama, featuring FC Dallas' Blas Perez, at 9 p.m. in what is sure to be a sold-out and wild atmosphere. Follow FC Dallas for exclusive social media and website coverage of both games.
Friday, July 26 - Meet the Team: FC Dallas Season Ticket Holders will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the team on Friday night before the Stoke City friendly on Saturday. The schedule is tentatively as follows: The evening will begin with a press conference featuring Stoke City at 6 p.m. in the WinStar River Club. The event is open to the first 300 Season Ticket Holders that arrive. The press conference will be followed by the media introduction of FC Dallas' newest signing, Mauro Diaz, at 6:15 p.m. Season Ticket Holders will also have access to Stoke City FC's pregame practice starting at 6:30p.m. The evening will end with FC Dallas player autographs on the concourse from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free CiCi's pizza and soda will be available for all Season Ticket Holders. If you're not currently a season ticket holder, you can gain access to the event by purchasing season tickets. Call 888-FCD-GOAL for more information.
Saturday, July 27 - FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC: The week will conclude with an international showdown as the English Premier League comes to Frisco with FCD hosting Stoke City FC. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium, and there is still plenty of time to grab your tickets for the game.
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Montreal Impact 0, FC Dallas 0
SAVE: Hassli's spin and shot tipped wide by Troy Perkins
CROSSBAR: Mapp's rocket beats Fernandez, but not the crossbar
SAVE: Beautiful flowing move frees Watson, but his header is straight at Perkins
SAVE: Fernandez gets big to acrobatically deny Mapp
SAVE: Fernandez denies Mapp's chip as time ticks down
Looking for a place to watch this weekend's game with your fellow FC Dallas fans? July's Party at the Pubs watch party will be held at The Pub in Frisco on Saturday, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. In addition to the game, the FC Dallas girls and Hooper will stop by and you could go home with some free stuff.
Giveaways include Gold Cup tickets, as well as tickets for the Stoke City friendly next weekend and Breakaway Festival, FC Dallas gear, and a shirt autographed by the team.
The Pub is located off Preston Road, past Gaylord Parkway.
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This weekend is a rare first for FC Dallas as they'll make their inaugural trip to the city of Montreal for Saturday's match against the Impact. Montreal is the only team in MLS that FCD has never taken a road trip to, so we thought we'd educate you on the city at the heart of French-Canadian culture.
Montreal has been an incorporated city since 1832 and has been one of the economic centers of Canada since the mid-1800's. By 1930, the Montreal metropolitan area contained over 1,000,000 people and today the Montreal metropolita area population nears 4,000,000.
Montreal is renowned for its beautiful architecture and is one of just ten UNESCO Cities of Design in the world and the only one in North America.
Of course, one of the defining features of Montreal is the fact that most of the people speak French as their native language. Nearly 2/3rds of the population primarily speaks French and all it takes is a simple visit to the Impact's website to get a lesson in French.
From a business perspective, Montreal is a booming city and boasts one of the largest inland ports in the world and also remains the home of many of the top video game developers in the industry.
When it comes to sports in Montreal, the conversation starts with the Montreal Canadiens. One of the NHL's original six, the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup a record 24 times, though they resemble the Dallas Cowboys in that Montreal is mired in a 20-year Stanley Cup drought.
With the Montreal Expos having moved to Washington, the Canadiens and Impact are the only major North American league teams in the city while the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have won the Grey Cup eight times.
You can catch FCD's first ever trip to Montreal on Saturday at 6:00PM and we encourage you to head to The Pub in Frisco for our Party at the Pubs Watch Party Presented by Budweiser where we will be giving away Gold Cup semifinal tickets, Breakaway Music Festival tickets and much more FCD swag!
FC Dallas suffered their first home loss of the season against league leading Real Salt Lake on Saturday, unfortunately dropping them even further in this week’s power rankings. On the brightside, the team didn’t fall entirely out of the top 10.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com dropped FC Dallas six spots to number 10:
The slide goes on for FC Dallas, which has not scored in three straight games, has not won in seven straight games and is falling back to the middle of the pack after setting a torrid pace out of the gate. Getting George John back to 100 percent would go a long way in FCD tightening things up in the back, as the center back has missed the last four matches and seen his team concede seven goals in that time.
FCD fell to number nine in Yahoo Sports’ rankings:
It seems like just yesterday that Dallas were atop MLS power rankings and true Supporters' Shield contenders. Now they're just four points off of sixth place. Yikes.
MLSsoccer.com moved the Hoops down four spots to #11:
No wins since May 25. No real answers anywhere on the pitch. Bad times in Frisco.
ESPN FC continued to drop FC Dallas, bumping them all the way to number 12:
FCD is in freefall after losing at home to RSL, extending its winless streak to seven matches. And after getting shut out for the third consecutive game, the onus is on the attack to begin finishing off some of the team's neat approach work.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Josh Saunders pushes Fabian Castillo's shot over the crossbar.
SAVE: Saunders stops Castillo again by snatching his shot out of the air.
GOAL: Javier Morales scores on the counter attack to give Salt Lake the lead.
GOAL: Ned Grabavoy's strike doubles the lead for the visitors.
GOAL: Olmes Garcia puts away RSL's third goal of the game in the 90th minute.
Congratulations to Raul Fernandez who won his second MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week award for his big stop on Gyasi Zardes in the 61st minute of Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
"Superman" earned 42% of the vote and sits second in MLS with 69 saves in 17 games, just three behind San Jose's Jon Busch who has made 72 saves in 20 games.
Catch Raul in action this weekend as FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake in a Western Conference Top-Of-The-Table matchup. TICKETS
July didn’t really start with a bang for FC Dallas. Schellas Hyndman’s men started the month with a draw against Chivas USA on the Fourth of July then lost on the road to LA. The disappointing start was reflected in this week’s power rankings, as FCD fell almost entirely out of the top five they had become so used to.
FC Dallas dropped two spots in Yahoo Sports’ rankings, but stayed in the top five:
Unable to defeat Chivas at home. Thoroughly beaten by LA. Dallas have had better weeks this season.
ESPN FC dropped FC Dallas all the way to number 8:
All of a sudden, FCD finds itself with a six-game winless streak after a disappointing home draw with Chivas USA and a road defeat to the Galaxy. The panic button isn't being pressed, but the defense has looked a bit fragile of late.
MLSsoccer.com bumped FCD three spot to seventh:
Since mid-April, the only teams they've beaten are D.C. and San Jose. They're lucky they're not lower.
Goal.com moved FC Dallas down to number eight:
Recent results suggest that FCD may need further reinforcements during the summer window.