MLS Regular Season
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.
FC Dallas slumped to their fourth loss of the season tonight in Los Angeles, falling 2-0 to the Galaxy at the StubHub Center. Here's the highlights from tonight's match:
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 0, LA Galaxy 2
BLOCK: DeLaGarza stops streaking Castillo
SAVE: Raul Fernandez stops shot from Mike Magee
SAVE: Raul Fernandez stops two shots & Benitez clears off the line
GOAL: Marcelo Sarvas puts the Galaxy in front with a diving header
GOAL: Hector Jimenez finishes off FCD with a shot from the top of the box
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 0-0 draw with Chivas USA.
MISS: Stephen Keel's header goes just wide of the goal.
POST: Michel's free kick hits the goalframe.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez parries Eric Avila's shot.
SAVE: Fernandez denies Jose Correa.
SAVE: Dan Kennedy makes a goal-line stop on Blas Perez.
SAVE: Fernandez saves the point with an extra time stop on Julio Morales.
FC Dallas recorded a thrilling 2-2 draw on the road against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday to close out a grueling month in which the team played only one MLS game at home. The team enters a much friendlier July in the top five of everyone’s power rankings.
Yahoo Sports moved FCD up one spot to put them back in the top three:
Dallas sharing the point with Philly was justice considering all that occurred in the closing stages of that game. The visitors did well to fight up until the final whistle.
FC Dallas remained at number five in ESPN FC’s rankings:
FCD was on the receiving end of a month's worth of dubious calls, including what looked to be a goal by Blas Perez that was judged to have not crossed. Yet Dallas still found a way to escape Philly with a 2-2 draw thanks to Perez's equalizer.
Avi Creditor of SI.com kept Dallas in the fourth spot:
Dallas was moments away from being robbed of a deserved draw before David Ferreira's blind flick found Blas Perez by the goalpost for the game-tying header in the club's 2-2 result with the Philadelphia Union. Dallas did not win in June, going 0-1-3, with late heroics providing single points in each of the last two matches. Rookie Walker Zimmerman did the honors against Sporting KC in the previous week and added his second career goal against the Union.
Soccer America bumped FC Dallas back to number three:
Blas Perez’s goal in stoppage time deprived the Union of a franchise-record third straight victory and gave FC Dallas its second straight tie. FCD came back twice to get the point; Walker Zimmerman’s second goal of the year matched an opening goal by Amobi Okugo, and Perez scored after Aaron Wheeler had restored the Union’s lead in the 87th minute.
MLSsoccer.com also left FC Dallas in number four slot:
So do we praise them for going on the road and gutting out a draw, or do we crush them for needing an insane amount of stoppage to do so despite a favorable matchup? Pretty sure we praise them – they were missing some big pieces, after all.
Soccer By Ives moved the team up to number three:
Collapsed in the second half in their U.S. Open Cup loss to Portland, but showed great heart to overcome a red card and questionable no-goal ruling to earn a late draw vs. the Philadelphia Union. Walker Zimmerman is looking good as a rookie centerback, while Raul Fernandez continues to state his case for a place on the MLS All-Star Team.
Goal.com didn’t move the Hoops out of the fourth spot:
How will the impending absence of Blas Perez influence FCD over the next month or so?
Finally, NBC's ProSoccerTalk has FC Dallas in third place in their Power Rankings
Another week, another white knuckle comeback. Blas Perez scored one in stoppage time that didn’t count. No matter … he scored another one, this one even deeper into injury time, and it counted as the equalizer in a 2-2 draw in Philadelphia.
Every year since FC Dallas Stadium opened back in 2005, July 4th has been one of the dates you circle on the calendar as a big night for FC Dallas. FCD has played at home for all eight July 4th weekend games since moving to Frisco with a 4-1-2 on fireworks night and there are so many things happening in and around the stadium on Thursday that we thought it'd be helpful to put all the info in one spot, so here's your official FC Dallas July 4th celebration guide!
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, July 1) – North Texas residents can catch the biggest fireworks show in the area Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium following the team’s 8 p.m. match versus Chivas USA, presented by TXU Energy.
The first 5,000 people at FC Dallas Stadium will receive a rally towel from TXU Energy. There will also be a player autograph session (player to be determined) at 7:15 p.m., soccer tricks by the Futboleros and giveaways along the concourse, including drawstring backpacks.
U.S. Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath will serve as the pregame honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of a fallen soldier, which will be presented to the soldier’s family at halftime. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
Limited tickets are still available with prices starting at $19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625), or purchase online through TicketMaster.com. Fans can also book a ticket and a ride to and from the game on the FCD Express bus program for $25. Visit FCDallas.com/fcdexpress for more information.
Frisco Freedom Fest
Starting at 4 p.m. Frisco Freedom Fest will be taking over Frisco Square for the 11th-straight year. Click here for all the info around Frisco Freedom Fest.
Pre-game with TXU Energy
-First 5,000 fans receive FC Dallas rally towels courtesy of TXU Energy
-TBD FC Dallas player autograph signing at the TXU Energy tent at 7:15 p.m.
-Cash cube with FC Dallas Stadium cash courtesy of TXU Energy
-TXU Energy text to win light bulb guessing game promotion to win an FC Dallas VIP experience
-TXU employees and customers receive 25% off at the FC Dallas Team Store(employees show credentials, customers show mobile app)
-Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony with US Women's National Team star Tobin Heath
-Special The American Fallen Soldiers Project presentation
-20 minute fireworks show, one of the largest in North Texas
-Chance to win a $500 energy bill credit courtesy of TXU Energy
-DJ Sober in the WinStar River Club
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
GOAL: Amobi Okugo's header off a throw-in gives the Union a 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman heads in Michel's corner kick to tie the match.
RED: Je-Vaughn Watson is ejected after receiving a second yellow card for simulation.
GOAL: Second half substitute Aaron Wheeler gives Philly the late 2-1 lead.
NO GOAL: Blas Perez's equalizer goes uncalled after being cleared from behind the line by Sheanon Williams.
GOAL: Perez heads one home in the 97th minute to salvage the road point for FC Dallas.
FC Dallas extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a dramatic late 2-2 tie. Here's all the best moments from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 2 Sporting KC 2
POST: Kenny Cooper's header beats Jimmy Nielsen but not the post
POST: FCD hits the post again on a David Ferreira free kick
GOAL: Sporting Kansas City takes the lead before the half on a Kamara penalty kick
GOAL: Sporting KC doubles their lead on a Je-Vaughn Watson own goal
RED CARD: CJ Sapong is sent off for kicking the ball at a fallen Andrew Jacobson
GOAL: Andrew Jacobson gives FCD hope, cutting the lead in half on a nice header
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman buries a 90th minute header to blow the lid off FC Dallas Stadium
After a brilliant game against Portland which saw him record seven saves, it's no surprise that Raul Fernandez is nominated for Mlssoccer.com's Save of the Week. Fernandez's save in the 39th minute earned the nod. Voting is open until Thursday at 11:59 pm pacific time. Fernandez was also named the #1 performer of the week in the Top 3 Performers for week 16.
Further recognition rolled in for Raul who was also named to MLS' Team of the Week, alongside Zach Loyd, who had a solid defensive effort against Portland in addition to a goal against Houston in Open Cup action. Here's what Nicholas Rosano had to say about the duo:
GK: Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) –Dallas may have lost in Portland,dropping a 1-0 result, but it would have been much worse had the Peruvian 'keeper not made a string of ridiculous saves worthy of any highlight reel.
DF: Zach Loyd (FC Dallas) – Just ahead of Fernández, the right back did the best out of any of Dallas' defenders on the night on both sides of the ball, frustrating Portland out wide for long stretches of the game and getting forward to good effect.
David Ferreira got some attention for his performance on Saturday, as well. The midfielder came in at number 16 on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20, his second time making the list this season.
Castrol Index Week 16 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Colorado Rapids||1,349|
|2||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,326|
|3||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,306|
|4||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||1,246|
|5||Diego Chará||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,085|
|6||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||988|
|7||Brian Mullan||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||981|
|8||Dominic Oduro||Forward||Columbus Crew||89||Montreal Impact||972|
|9||Joe Bendik||Goalkeeper||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||912|
|10||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||821|
|11||Scott Caldwell||Midfielder||New England Revolution||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||811|
|12||Diego Valeri||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||783|
|13||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||760|
|14||Marvell Wynne||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||759|
|15||Dimitry Imbongo||Forward||New England Revolution||22||Vancouver Whitecaps||746|
|16||David Ferreira||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Portland Timbers||745|
|17||Robert Earnshaw||Forward||Toronto FC||79||D.C. United||702|
|18||Chad Marshall||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||698|
|19||Juan Agudelo||Forward||New England Revolution||74||Vancouver Whitecaps||694|
|20||Nick DeLeon||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Toronto FC||
This week’s power rankings results were not too positive for FC Dallas following a loss to Portland on the road. All but one of the weekly rankings moved the team down at least one spot, but the team stil remains in everyone's top five. FC Dallas has a chance to bounce back with a home match Saturday against Sporting KC.
Soccer America moved Portland to the top, dropping FC Dallas one spot to number three.
Even by the stratospheric standards of Jeld-Wen Field, the roars and celebrations that saluted Nagbe’s strike in the 53rd minute skewed off the scale. Rival keepers Donovan Ricketts and Raul Fernandez each had seven saves and FCD, even without Panama striker Blas Perez, could well have departed with a tie. This game showcased the league nicely to an ESPN audience that had just seen Brazil thump Japan in the Confederations Cup.
Yahoo Sports left FC Dallas at number two and had some encouraging words:
They're atop the overall league standings and they won't always be without their key front man. Dallas are going to be just fine.
FC Dallas dropped just one spot to #3 according to mlssoccer.com:
Lost, and were outclassed. But thanks to another spectacular performance from Raúl Fernández, they had a legit chance at a point up until the final whistle. Very impressive, especially considering they were without all three of their target forwards.
ESPN FC dropped FCD two spots to number five after the loss:
Injury, international duty and a family emergency for Kenny Cooper all conspired to rob FC Dallas of any striking threat, yet Schellas Hyndman's side still made a game of it in Portland only to fall 1-0. Raul Fernandez put on a goalkeeping clinic.
ProSoccerTalk switched FC Dallas and Portland, moving FCD to number two:.
The team has three top-shelf strikers, but circumstance conspired to keep all three off the field for most of the 1-0 loss to Portland.
FC Dallas may have lost a heartbreaker in Portland on Saturday, but Raul Fernandez had another amazing game in the goal with seven saves. As a result, the nominations and honors are already pouring in for Fernandez who leads MLS goalkeepers in saves this season.
It's only Monday, but Fernandez has already been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of the Week and El Latino de la Jornada for Week 16. Voting for Top 3 closes tonight at 7:00 and El Latino de la Jornada voting will remain open until the end of the day Thursday. Make sure to vote Raul!