MLS Regular Season
This week there's not one, but two FC Dallas players nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Amazingly, the goals came within two minutes of each other as Mauro Diaz's 87th minute game-winning volley and Jair Benitez's 89th minute blast from midfield are up for the weekly award.
Diaz now sits with two goals and an assist in just 226 minutes of action since joining FC Dallas from River Plate of Argentina while Benitez's strike was his second MLS goal with FCD in the left back's 121st appearance with the club.
Watch the video, pick out your favorite in the poll to the right and let us know who you voted for!
FC Dallas vaults back into a playoff position defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 tonight behind three spectacular goals and two late bombs. Here's all the action:
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
GOAL: Daigo Kobayashi puts the Whitecaps in front with an early goal
GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson ties things up with a laser from outside the box
WIDE: Jackson nearly scores on a nifty flick
GOAL: Mauro Diaz's brilliant volley gives FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Jair Benitez scores a goal of the year candidate from midfield to ice the game
Tonight was another wild game at FC Dallas Stadium as FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes combined for four goals, three red cards and a great comeback from the home team. Here's all the action:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes
GOAL: Alan Gordon puts the away side on top early in the match
GOAL: Steven Beitashour doubles the 'Quakes advantage in the 16th minute with a well-placed volley
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FCD back within a goal just minutes later
GOAL: Michel slots home a PK for his second goal of the season to pull Dallas level
RED CARD: 'Quakes Justin Morrow shown the door for a hard tackle on Ramon Nunez
RED CARD: Victor Bernardez and Kenny Cooper tangle earning both red cards
FC Dallas snapped their 11-game winless streak in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at StubHub Center scoring three times in the final 20 minutes to defeat Chivas USA 3-1. Here's all the highlights from the thrilling match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Chivas USA 1
SAVE: Dan Kennedy tips Blas Perez's curler around the post
SAVE: Fernandez brilliantly stops Carlos Alvarez's shot
GOAL: De La Fuente gives Chivas USA the lead just before halftime
GOAL: Blas Perez scores his team-leading ninth goal of the season to tie things up
GOAL: David Ferreira sneaks one past Dan Kennedy to give FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Ramon Nunez curls one in to seal the win and score his first FCD goal since 2007
EDIT: We have our two winners, competition is closed! Thanks for participating and we'll see you tomorrow!
It's time for another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
We have two pairs of tickets on the FCD Express to Saturday's game vs San Jose and two pairs of FC Dallas t-shirts to give away!
The first two entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets and t-shirts. Winners must be available to ride the FCD Express from one of the four stops. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first two with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to grab your tickets for Saturday's crucial Western Conference matchup.
- What was the score and who was the goalscorer(s) the last time FCD and San Jose met?
- What was Ramon Nunez's last club before joining FC Dallas?
- What is Zach Loyd's favorite restaurant?
- To which team did FC Dallas loan defensive midfielder Bobby Warshaw?
- At what two places does the FCD Express blue line stop?
- Name three musical acts playing at Breakaway Music Festival
- Which college is the FCD mobile team visiting on Sunday, August 25?
- Name three of FCD's Signature sponsors
- Who is FC Dallas playing in the last regular season home game of 2013?
- What college did FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman attend?
Full match highlights: Portland Timbers 2, FC Dallas 1.
SHOT: Jackson's shot blocked by Donovan Ricketts.
GOAL: Ryan Johnson heads in the corner kick to give Portland the lead.
GOAL: Mauro Diaz scores his first MLS goal on the feed from Fabian Castillo.
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe strikes again onthe feed from Valeri.
FC Dallas returns to Portland this weekend to take on the Timbers for the fourth and final time in 2013 barring a possible playoff pairing. The teams faced off twice in MLS play and once in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinals this year, including one game in Portland and two in Frisco. The season series hasn't failed to entertain thus far, with one draw and a comeback win, as Portland has the 2-0-1 advantage going into the upcoming game.
May 8 - FCD 1- Portland 1
WATCH: Kenny Cooper's PK evens the score
With both teams in the midst of unbeaten streaks and FC Dallas still undefeated at home, the season's first matchup between these teams did not disappoint. Despite a scoreless deadlock for much of the game, both teams had quality scoring opportunities early on, with FCD ‘keeper Raul Fernandez coming up with impressive saves on Portland's best chances.
Finally, in the 70th minute, Portland opened scoring when Darlington Nagbe sent in a cross from Rodney Wallace. Seven minutes later, after a penalty against Portland in the box, Kenny Cooper converted his penalty kick to pull FC Dallas even with the Timbers.
The 1-1 draw extended FCD’s unbeaten streak at the time to eight games, while the team remained undefeated at home on the season.
June 15- Portland 1- FCD 0
FC Dallas made their first trip to Portland in June in a nationally televised game between two of the league’s hottest teams at the time. Just like in their first meeting, the game went to half time scoreless with both teams failing to take many shots.
It didn’t take the Timbers long to get going after halftime and once again, Darlington Nagbe was the difference maker. The Timbers midfielder took Kalif Alhassen’s throw-in and turned it in to a nearly unstoppable goal from the corner of the penalty box, putting Portland up 1-0 in the 52’.
After the opening score, Portland had a number of opportunities to increase their lead, but Fernandez came up with big saves. Jackson had the only real chances for Dallas, including a shot that went just high in the 72nd minute.
June 26- Portland 3- FCD 2
WATCH: FCD falls to PTFC in USOC Quarters
The Western Conference sides matched up for the second time in less than two weeks in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. In the first half, it looked to be all FCD, thanks to a 15’ goal from Je-Vaughn Watson, sending the home side into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
The Timbers easily bounced back in the second half, though. Darlington Nagbe (notice the pattern?) sent a shot past FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz to put Portland on the board in the 61st minute. Less than two minutes later, Nagbe had a hand in his team’s second goal of the evening, sending the ball to Diego Valeri, who converted his 1-v-1 shot against Seitz.
Frederic Piquionne put the game away for Portland with a goal in 72nd minute to put the visitors up 3-1. In typical FC Dallas style, the team tried to spark a comeback late in the game. Blas Perez headed the ball into an empty net to bring FCD within one, and David Ferreira hit the post on the last shot of the game, leaving Dallas just short of advancing to the Open Cup semifinals.
FC Dallas currently has three players out on loan: Richard Sanchez & Bradlee Baladez with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Moises Hernandez with Saprissa of the Costa Rica Primera Division, here's a recap of their weekends.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, featuring FC Dallas homegrown signings Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez, dropped their second straight game Saturday, falling to Minnesota United FC 3-1 at home. Sanchez started in goal for the Strikers, while Baladez made his debut for the team coming off the bench for a 19-minute appearance.
The Strikers held off United for well over half the game before conceding two goals in a matter of minutes. Minnesota's Max Griffin finally opened scoring with his close range goal in the 73rd minute to put his side on the board. Two minutes later, Minnesota's Matt Can Oekel's shot from way out was headed past Sanchez by the Striker's Rafael Alves.
Fort Lauderdale pulled within one in the 80' after a Martin Nunez goal. The Florida side had a chance to tie it late with a one-on-one shot from Nunez, but the shot Van Oekel blocked the shot. Minnesota's Pablo Campos put the game away three minutes into stoppage time with his well-placed goal from way out, securing the 3-1 victory for United FC. Baladez entered the game in the 71st minute to make his debut for the NASL side. CLICK HERE for a full recap of the game. The Strikers travel to Texas next weekend to take on the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Moises Hernandez is still on loan to Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Premier Division. The team returned to league action over the weekend with a 4-2 win over Perez Zeledon, however Hernandez did not clock any minutes. Jon Arnold of American Soccer Now wrote about Moises Hernandez and life at Saprissa in a piece definitely worth checking out.
Also, we'll be adding another name to the loan list as midfielder Bobby Warshaw has been sent to Angelholms FF of the Swedish Superettan.
(Photo courtesy of Jon van Woerden)
Hear from Schellas Hyndman, Blas Perez, Kellyn Acosta & Chris Seitz after tonight's wild 3-3 draw with Los Angeles:
Hyndman post-game press conference
Blas Perez post-game audio
Kellyn Acosta post-game audio
Chris Seitz post-game audio
What a game in Frisco tonight. We saw both teams lead, plenty of controversy and FCD come inches away from an unforgettable winner. Here's all the highlights from tonight's 3-3 draw with the Galaxy.
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 3
GOAL: Matt Hedges breaks the FCD scoreless drought and puts the home side in front
GOAL: Landon Donovan hits a backbreaking equalizer just before halftime
GOAL: Blas Perez puts FCD back in front with a goal early in the second half
GOAL: Landon Donovan gets his second of the night on a wonderful volley
GOAL: Landon Donovan finishes his hat trick with an opportunistic effort
GOAL: Blas Perez dramatically ties the game at 3-3
POST: Jackson just misses a stoppage time goalazo hitting the post from 30 yards out