MLS Regular Season
FC Dallas hopes to return to their early-season form on Sunday when the LA Galaxy come to town. The teams have one win apiece in this season's series and a win would move the Hoops ahead of the California side in the Western Conference standings, a result that would put them back in a playoff spot. With so much on the line for Sunday's game nationally televised game, we thought it was a good opportunity to look back at some of the recent history between the teams in Texas. FC Dallas is 14-8-6 all-time at home against the Galaxy, including a 2-1 advantage in the last three games played at FC Dallas Stadium.
May 1, 2011- FCD 2- LA 1
WATCH: Brek Shea Wins it Late for FCD
After an hour-long lightning delay, former FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left to secure the victory for FC Dallas in a bizarre match.
Fabian Castillo notched his first career MLS goal to open scoring for both teams just after halftime, but Landon Donovan got the equalizer five minutes later. Just as the teams seemed destined for a tie, Shea’s last-minute goal stole two more points for FCD at home and end LA's five-game unbeaten streak.
Despite playing without Landon Donovan and David Beckham, the Galaxy still had the best scoring chances in this one. After a near goal by Robbie Keane in the 35’, Mike Magee got the winner in the 62nd minute off an assist from Keane to put LA up 1-0, a lead that would hold through full time.
The game put FC Dallas 11 points behind LA in the Western Conference standings heading into the month of August as the Galaxy went on to win their second consecutive MLS title.
WATCH: George John's Late Header Wins it for FCD
FC Dallas hosted LA for the first time in 2013 during the team’s original hot streak back in April. The Galaxy entered Frisco unbeaten and late in the game it looked like they would leave town the same way, despite playing a man down for the last 30 minutes after a red card.
Both teams failed to take any shots on goal early in the game, but the turning point came in the second half. Both teams had a chance to go ahead, however both missed their penalty kicks, with Kenny Cooper failing to convert his for FC Dallas, and Raul Fernandez diving to save Landon Donovan’s PK attempt. Finally, FC Dallas defender George John headed the ball past Galaxy keeper Carlo Cudicini in the 88th minute to give FCD the victory and hand the Galaxy their first loss of the year.
Here's all the action from Saturday's 3-0 loss at Seattle:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Sounders FC 3, FC Dallas 0
GOAL: Obafemi Martins opens the scoring early with a clinical header
GOAL: Eddie Johnson doubles the Seattle advantage in the first half
CHANCE: Mauro Diaz sends FCD's best chance of the night just wide
GOAL: Brad Evans rounds out the scoring with a late penalty kick
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.