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MLS Regular Season

14 May 11:11 am

After a weekend off, it was back to work for FC Dallas in week 11 of the MLS regular season with their first double match week of the season. Despite injuries to George John, Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira as well as the suspension of Jackson for Wednesday's game against Portland, FC Dallas racked up four points from the two home games with a 1-1 draw against the Timbers and a 2-1 victory over DC United. Due to those positive results, FC Dallas remains at the top of pretty much every MLS Power Rankings list as they head into another tough game at Seattle this Saturday night. 

MLSsoccer.com retained FC Dallas as #1 overall with this comment.

Got four points from two games in four days with essentially one half from David Ferreira. Also did their work without George John and Andrew Jacobson, and missed Jackson for a bit as well. Finding a way to get results in those circumstances means it's official: Dallas are really good.

ESPN FC has FC Dallas ranked #1 and had this to say:

Perhaps FCD has more depth than previously thought. Minus Andrew Jacobson and George John, Dallas grabbed a point against Portland thanks to a contentious penalty, then disposed of D.C. United 2-1. Michel continued his stellar midfield play.

The Sporting News/Goal.com power rankings by Kyle McCarthy also has FCD at the top:

FCD just keeps churning out results week after week. The midweek draw against Portland – even with the aid of an iffy penalty decision – stands out as a particularly important result

Soccer By Ives' power rankings have FC Dallas #1 overall:

Still in the top spot, but the Hoops are showing signs of vulnerability. Playing without George John was tough enough, but if they miss David Ferreira for any length of time, FC Dallas could see their lead atop the West disappear. Rookie London Woodberry did well in place of John, while Blas Perez looked good when deputized into a playmaking role. If John and Ferreira aren’t back for Seattle, Dallas could be in for a long day.

Avi Creditor of SI.com put FCD #1:

Dallas continues to roll, turning to seldom-used players to get by struggling D.C. on Saturday night and extend its unbeaten streak to nine. There is cause for concern regarding midfield fulcrum David Ferreira, though. He was forced to leave the club's midweek bout against Portland with a leg injury and missed the weekend match as a result. His health is key for Dallas' long-term aspirations.

Soccer America has Schellas Hyndman's men at the top spot as well:

FC Dallas is 6-0-1 at home and unbeaten in nine matches (7-0-2) after tying Portland and beating D.C. United. Je-Vaughn Watson got the winner against D.C. by guiding a Michel corner kick into the net via his stomach. FCD has outscored opponents 12-4 at home this season; now comes a good road test Saturday at Seattle.

Finally, Yahoo Sports has FC Dallas #1 

Dallas didn't wait long to climb back to the top of MLS power rankings. They are the undisputed best team in the league.

 

11 May 10:39 pm

FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a late 2-1 victory over DC United. The win moves FC Dallas to 6-0-1 at home and puts Schellas Hyndman's club seven points clear of second place in the Western Conference.

Here's the full match highlights from Saturday night's win:

GOAL: Jackson gave FC Dallas an early 1-0 lead with an 11th minute goal off a nice feed from Eric Hassli

SAVE: Dwayne De Rosario nearly pulled DC United level in the 30th minute, but Chris Seitz came up huge with a big stop

GOAL: United finally tied things up in the 44th minute as De Rosario finished an indirect free kick, the first goal allowed by FCD in the first half this season

OVER THE BAR: Eric Hassli nearly gave FC Dallas a second half lead in the 61st minute but put his header over the bar

GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson got on the end of a Michel corner kick to put FC Dallas up for good, sealing a vital three points.

 

10 May 10:32 am

Hunt Sports Group VP Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat on Thursday afternoon to discuss a number of topics on a busy two-match week. Among the things discussed include Kellyn Acosta, a possible bus service and much more! 

Click here to read the full chat! 

09 May 3:14 pm

Calling all ballers! 

The Dallas Beer Guardians want to invite you to participate in their 2nd annual 3v3 soccer tournament.

This day-long event will take place on May 11 to coincide with FC Dallas's home match against DC United. DBG is partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to set up a donor drive for registration. All funds collected for this tournament will go directly to Delete Blood Cancer!

The Tournament

This year's tournament will include:

  • Up to 40 team slots (32 men's and 8 women's)
  • Teams made up of 3-4 players (we are allowing each team to have a sub this year)
  • Matches with 4-minute halves that will be played with a Group Stage, followed by the Knockout rounds
  • Signed FC Dallas jerseys to the winners of the men's and women's divisions
  • A raffle with grand prize of Chris Seitz's game-worn jersey from Saturday's DC United game

Registration

Once you have finalized your 3-4 person roster, email the following to dbgofficial@gmail.com

  • Team name
  • Individual player names with contact phone number for each

* The Delete Blood Cancer donation tent will open promptly at 9:45am on May 11 to collect donations, so be sure to get there early if you plan on donating. 

 

 

08 May 11:22 pm

FC Dallas came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games with a thrilling 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. Check out the full match highlights:

MISS: Ferreira sends an early chance over the crossbar

SAVE: Fernandez denies Valeri from close range

SAVE: Fernandez palms Piquionne's shot off the post

POST: Blas Perez's header is denied by the woodwork

GOAL: Darlington Nagbe opens the scoring for Portland

PENALTY: Blas Perez taken down in the box

GOAL: Kenny Cooper tucks home the penalty for his second goal of the year

SAVE: Ricketts sprawls to deny Kenny Cooper late

 

 

03 May 10:21 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki - click here for day 1 & day 2 updates - click here for day 3 & day 4 updates

By Jesse Suarez

Day 5:

Tuesday April 30

Day five was a day to go shopping and sight-seeing. We started the day with a light training session working on stretching, technical skills and a possession game. Our goalkeepers were trained by a special guest coach Mr. Maciek Kowal.

Thereafter, we headed to Poznan to visit the Plaza of Stary Rynek, which is a place where the Polish people shop, dance and eat. We took pictures, purchased items for the families and spent hours enjoying the scenery. We also visited the soccer stadium  Lech Poznan Stadion Na Ulicy Bulgarskiej, that hosted the UEFA cup and Europa League games where the Lech Poznan pro team plays. We were hosted by the Sporting Director of Lech Poznan, Mr. Piotr Barlog.  Back at the hotel, the boys watched the semifinals of the champions league between Real Madrid vs. Borrusia Dortmund, then had to pack because we were leaving the next day.

Day 6:

Wednesday May 1 

The boys were all packed by 8:00 am and left for Poznan by 9:00am for our first game.  They were well rested and it showed in our performance against Warta Poznan 96-97's.

The first goal came at the 18 minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled past the back line and took a shot to the far post which was blocked by the keeper. The ball was left in front of the net and Teague Loughmen scored. The second goal came in the second half when Alejandro Martinez slipped a pass by the defense and Richard Tapia ran on to it to score the goal. 

FC Dallas 97 Pre academy - 2 

Warta Poznan 96/97's - 0

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Bernie ZuaZua (Irving Dominguez 52) ,  Alejandro Martinez,  Duncan James (Daniel Kiser 47), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie, Teague Loughmen (Richard Tapia 47)

Goals: 

Teague 18' (Jason Saso-Vertiz) 

Richard 68' (Alejandro Martinez) 

The second game our 96 team played vs Warta Poznan 95-96' and they won 3 to 1. In the first half, Brent Mandelkorn took a right footed shot past the keeper outside the 18 yard line to score a beautiful goal. The second goal was scored by Sergio Lara who intercepted a back pass to the keeper and scored.  Warta got a free kick goal right after which Krystian Lukaszyk scored. The third goal came after a great challange by Jeff Whiters who won the ball against their defense and Christian Ramirez first-timed a shot from about 25 yards and scored.

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 3 

Warta Poznan 95/96's - 1 

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Kody Korleski (Livano Salas 56) , Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Irving Dominguez 75),  Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Jeff Withers 69), Christian Ramirez (Bernie ZuaZua 75), Sergio Lara

Goals: 

FCD

Brent 39' (Unassisted) 

Sergio 48' (Unassisted) 

Christian 71' (Jeff Whiters) 

Warta Poznan 

Krystian lukaszyk- 50'

After the game we drove two hours away to the city of Slesin where we will be staying the rest of our trip. Once we arrived at Wityng Hotel, coach Molina had a recovery session next to the beautiful lake. Now the boys are watching Barcelona against Bayern Munich.

Dobranoc (Good night in Polish),

Jesse Suarez

 

30 April 6:00 pm

With his 47th minute goal as well as an amazing 14 clearances according to the OPTA Chalkboard, Matt Hedges earned a spot on the weekly Castrol Index, coming in at 20th overall. With George John out for the second half, Hedges had to come up huge on multiple occasions in Vancouver, leading the back line. 

Castrol Index Week 9 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 FC Dallas 2,088
2 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,546
3 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 Chicago Fire 1,461
4 Tim Cahill Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 Toronto FC 1,401
5 Chance Myers Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,393
6 Brian Rowe Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,371
7 Lee Nguyen Midfielder New England Revolution 88 Philadelphia Union 1,368
8 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,332
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,325
10 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Colorado Rapids 1,293
11 Chris Wondolowski Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 Chivas USA 1,245
12 Ryan Johnson Forward Portland Timbers 71 Sporting KC 1,232
13 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 Sporting KC 1,143
14 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 Houston Dynamo 1,097
15 Diego Fagundez Midfielder New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,071
16 Aurélien Collin Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,065
17 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,058
18 Dwayne De Rosario Midfielder D.C. United 90 Columbus Crew 1,002
19 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 983
20 Matt Hedges Defender FC Dallas 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 974

 

30 April 5:36 pm

After Saturday's draw in Vancouver, FC Dallas slid to the second spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings saying "On the face of it, a 2-2 draw on the road is a pretty good result. But it came at the price of two starters going off injured, a third going off under the influence of the red mist and a two-goal lead coughed up in the interim. Hey, at least they got the point." 

FCD also dropped to the #2 slot in the Soccer by Ives rankings, also noting that FCD struggled a bit when George John and Andrew Jacobson had to come out of the lineup. Dallas retained the top spot in the Soccer America power rankings staying above Los Angeles while the Sporting News rankings dropped FC Dallas to number two.  

 

30 April 10:05 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki and click here for day 1 & day 2 updates.

By Jesse Suarez

Day 3:

Sunday April 28th

Day three was a special day. We drove about one and half hours north to the city of Wagrowiec to play MKS Nielba Wagrowiec. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the city mayor and the entire MKS club!

The stadium was outstanding and the fans were excited to see the FC Dallas team. Autographs were signed by the players and coaching staff and the introduction to the game was full of excitement with local tv stations present. The boys were nervous and with a little bit of jet lag they didn't start the game well. However, we managed to get an early goal on a hand ball called in the box and Joel Aviles made the penalty kick.  

In the 16th minute, FC Dallas was awarded a corner kick and Weston McKennie scored an "Olimpico" goal straight from the corner. After the game, coach Molina and Weston did an interview with the Polish national press which was aired the next day. Immediately after, the team was greeted by the city mayor who invited us for lunch and then the team took pictures and exchanged gifts.

FC Dallas Pre Academy 97 -2 

MKS Nielba Wagrowiec 97 -0

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Teague 65), Joel Avilez, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez (Bernie ZuaZua 63), Alejandro Martinez,  Daniel Kiser (Duncan James 50), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie 

Goals: 

6'- Joel Avilés PK

16'- Weston McKennie corner kick

In the second game, the FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy traveled about one hour away to a city called Szamotuly. The club we played is called MSP Szamotuly who had a mixture of older players. A similar display of gratitude and greeting was displayed by the club. The boys managed to keep a 0 to 0 score at the end of the half. In the second half, MSP scored two early goals and the final score was 3-1 MSP with Sergio Lara scoring for our 96 team. 

MSP Szamotuly 94,95,96,97 - 3

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 1

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski, Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Eric Davies 54), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Livano Salas 54'), Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Bernie ZuaZua 59), Christian Ramirez (Richard Tapia 78) Jeff Withers (Sergio Lara 45)

Goals: 

0-1 50' min zandecki

0-2 53' min kitlinski

0-3 76' min lagodzinski 

1-3 89' min Sergio Lara

Day 4:

Sunday, April 29 

The boys had an easy day. We drove back to the training academy facilities of MKS Blekitni Wronki. We were treated by Lech Poznan coaching staff and players to a soccer tennis tournament and barbecue.

The boys had wonderful time meeting new friends.  Later in the day, we took a trip to the town square of Szamotuly, but unfortunately everything was closed. The tradition is to close at 6pm here in Poland. The boys still had a great time walking around, taking pictures and being asked for autographs by locals.

 

27 April 7:51 pm

Full match highlights from FC Dallas' wild 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

SAVE: Raul Fernandez comes up big on Darren Mattocks' wide open shot.

OWN GOAL: Michel's corner kick results in a Vancouver own goal for the early 1-0 FC Dallas lead.

GOAL: Matt Hedges finishes the set piece opportunity early in the second to give FCD a 2-0 lead.

POST: Mattocks comes inches away from putting Whitecaps FC on the board.

GOAL: 18-year-old Kekuta Manneh breaks through for Vancouver late in the second half.

GOAL: Brazilian playmaker Camilo equalizes with 15 minutes remaining.

RED CARD: Brazilian midfielder Jackson sees a straight red late in the game.

SAVE: Blas Perez shows great ball control, but Joe Cannon comes up big to keep the match tied late.