MLS Regular Season
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!
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 road loss to the Portland Timbers.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez scrambles to keep the match level.
SAVE: Fernandez comes up big again on Will Johnson.
SAVE: Jackson tests Donovan Ricketts with a powerful shot.
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe's no-look turning shot beats Fernandez.
SAVE: Fernandez pushes Diego Valeri's attempt over the crossbar.
After a weekend off, there wasn't any movement in this week's power rankings for FC Dallas, meaning that the team remains in the top three in every major list for another week. Dallas has their work cut out for them this week with two games, including a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup matchup against rival Houston on Wednesday before the team travels to Portland to take on the Timbers.
MLSsoccer.com left FCD in the second spot and gave George John some love:
How was George John not on the All-Star ballot? How was he not on the preliminary 35-man Gold Cup roster? Has everybody forgotten that there's soccer happening in Dallas?
ESPN FC once again kept FC Dallas at number three:
Dallas bided its time and prepared for its mammoth Western Conference clash against Portland. Manager Schellas Hyndman will be hoping that the gastroenteritis that sidelined Blas Perez while on international duty doesn't shut the forward down.
FC Dallas also stayed put in Soccer America’s Power Rankings.
Avi Creditor of SI.com kept Dallas in the top spot despite a weekend off:
FC Dallas had the week off, but the club will wait on the word regarding striker Blas Perez, who was ruled out of Panama's World Cup qualifier with the USA with gastroenteritis. Should he have to miss the weekend's crucial bout with Portland, that'd be a big blow for a side whose Western Conference lead continues to shrink.
FCD remained at number two according to Yahoo Sports:
This won't be an easy week for Dallas. They'll have to follow a Wednesday night USOC home game against Houston with a Saturday evening contest at Portland.
It was such a big success the last time we did it, we thought we'd do it again!
We have five pairs of tickets to Wednesday's Texas Derby Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match vs Houston Dynamo just burning a hole in our pocket. We're going to be giving them away through another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
The first five entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets to Wednesday's match. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first five with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to get your tickets now and avoid the box office lines on Wednesday!
EDIT: We've found our winners and will be contacting them shortly! See you at the stadium on Wednesday!
- Which FC Dallas player celebrated a birthday on Sunday, June 9?
- What FC Dallas player got called up to the US Under-20 World Cup roster?
- When is the next FC Dallas Reserve League game and who do they play?
- What channel is Saturday’s FC Dallas at Portland Timbers match on?
- Who currently leads FC Dallas in shots on goal?
- What are George John’s two favorite TV shows?
- Who scored the goals for FC Dallas in March’s FCD win over Houston?
- What are the two possible teams FC Dallas will face in the LHUSOC quarterfinals if they beat Houston on Wednesday?
- Which three FC Dallas players were born in Colombia?
- What college did FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck attend?
Good luck and #DTID!
Blas Perez scored FC Dallas' only two goals against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, securing a crucial point on the road to keep Dallas atop the Western Conference standings. Perez's performance has earned him a lot of honors this week, including spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 at number 17 and MLS' Top 3 Performers for Week 14. The striker also earned nominations for Goal of the Week and Latin American Player of the Week and was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. Don't forget to vote for Blas this week!
Castrol Index Week 14 Top 20 Performers
|1||Atiba Harris||Forward||Colorado Rapids||90||FC Dallas||2,003|
|2||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Chivas USA||1,362|
|3||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||LA Galaxy||1,336|
|4||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New York Red Bulls||1,326|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,231|
|6||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,227|
|7||Diego Fagundez||Midfielder||New England Revolution||88||LA Galaxy||1,217|
|8||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,213|
|9||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Houston Dynamo||1,159|
|10||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,120|
|11||Collen Warner||Midfielder||Montreal Impact||90||Sporting KC||1,100|
|12||Warren Creavalle||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,094|
|13||Jonathan Osorio||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||Philadelphia Union||1,055|
|14||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,038|
|15||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New York Red Bulls||1,016|
|16||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||87||D.C. United||999|
|17||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Colorado Rapids||972|
|18||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||Houston Dynamo||937|
|19||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||FC Dallas||923|
|20||Ned Grabavoy||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||907|
FC Dallas managed to earn a point on the road in Colorado this weekend, a result that was good enough to keep them in the top three in just about every MLS power ranking this week. While some polls moved the Montreal Impact up to the top spot after their win this weekend, one still credited FCD with the spot and none of them moved them down more than one spot. FCD sits at number two or three in just about every list. Most importantly, Dallas still remains at the top of the Western Conference standings heading into a bye weekend.
MLSsoccer.com jumped Montreal over FCD, bumping Dallas to the number two spot in their rankings:
Dallas are never going to win many admirers for how they play, but they probably care more about winning points instead. And it's proved to be damn effective, especially since they have a pair of big-name players – Blas Pérez and David Ferreira – who live up to their billing every time they put on the uniform.
FC Dallas remained in the number three spot for another week according to ESPN FC’s rankings:
FCD secured an impressive road point at Colorado, coming back twice from a goal down thanks to Blas Perez's two goals. A bye next weekend should allow more of Dallas' injured players the chance to get back to full fitness.
Soccer America moved Montreal into the top spot, dropping Dallas down one spot to #2.
The winning streak was just enough for the Impact to edge past FC Dallas into the top spot in the power rankings.
Avi Creditor of SI.com left FC Dallas at #1 once again:
A wild sequence at Dick's Sporting Goods Park resulted in a well-taken brace by Blas Perez and allowed FC Dallas to twice come back from one-goal deficits to salvage a draw in its 2010 MLS Cup final rematch with the Colorado Rapids. FCD's pace has slowed considerably, with the club having just two wins in the last six games, but Schellas Hyndman's side continues to find a way to make the points add up. It remains atop the Western Conference standings.
Last but not least, Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas up a spot to #2:
Still undefeated at home, Dallas did well to pick up a point at Colorado. They aren't running away with anything yet, but they remain the only team in the west earning two points per game.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez only had two shots on goal against Colorado on Saturday night, but he certainly made them count.
The Panamanian sent both shots past Clint Irwin for his second two-goal game in an FC Dallas jersey earning FC Dallas a point away to the Rapids. .
Blas' second goal, a real top-shelf effort from 25 yards, has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, so get out there and vote early and often for Blas!
FC Dallas ended their three-match week unbeaten with a 2-2 draw in Colorado. Blas Perez scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season to twice pull FC Dallas from a goal down in the second half earning a positive point that FCD will take into their 10-day break. Here's all the highlights from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas and Colorado play to a wild 2-2 draw
GOAL: Atiba Harris opens the scoring in the 56th minute off a Marvell Wynne throw in
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FC Dallas level in the 61st minute finishing a loose ball in the box
GOAL: Former FCD man Atiba Harris again finds the goal for Colorado sneaking behind the FCD back line
GOAL: Blas Perez again knots things up with this fifth goal of the season, a real cracker from outside the box
Despite a win over a tough San Jose team over the weekend, FC Dallas didn't move much in the weekly MLS power rankings, but then again there's not really anywhere to go when you're #1. The team stayed at the top in two polls, and moved up in one other poll. June will prove to be a key month for the team in regards to records and rankings as they play three of their four league games on the road. For now, Dallas still sits at or near the top of everyone's rankings.
FC Dallas remained the number one team according to MLSsoccer.com:
They weren't great vs. the Earthquakes, but Raul Fernandez sure was. After a shaky (and droppy) start to his MLS career, he's turned into something of a sure - if unorthodox - thing in net. Certainly earned his team at least two points, if not all three.
In ESPN FC’s rankings, Dallas is still sitting in the number three spot:
FC Dallas welcomed back regulars George John and David Ferreira, but it was the goalkeeping heroics of Raul Fernandez late that sealed Dallas' 1-0 win over San Jose. Rookie defender Walker Zimmerman was impressive in his first start.
ProSoccerTalk left FC Dallas at #1 noting how Raul Fernandez was key to the victory
George John was back in the lineup, but goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was the big hero in a 1-0 win over San Jose. Fabian Castillo, slowly learning how to properly deploy all that raw speed, had the Red Stripe’s goal.
Soccer America also kept FCD in the top spot:
FC Dallas rebounded from its 4-2 loss to Seattle a week ago by topping San Jose, 1-0, with a Fabian Castillo goal and another sharp game by keeper Raul Fernandez, who pulled off several big stops in the final minutes.
Avi Creditor of SI.com kept FCD #1 while giving some props to the rookie debutant.
Fabian Castillo's goal has FC Dallas back on the winning track following a one-game slip-up, with the current Supporters' Shield frontrunners taming last year's Supporters' Shield winner, San Jose. Raul Fernandez was heroic in net -- denying the Earthquakes their typical late-game shenanigans -- and rookie and U.S. U-20 center back Walker Zimmerman looked right at home in the heart of the club's defense in his first MLS start.
Finally, Yahoo Sports moved FCD up one spot from last week, putting the team at number two:
Nothing like a clean sheet to erase any memories of a 4-2 defeat. Dallas remains the best side in the MLS West.
After a strong performance in goal against San Jose, the honors are pouring in for Raul Fernandez! Not only was the goalkeeper named to the number two spot in MLSsoccer.com's weekly Castrol Index Top 20 Performers list, but he is also nominated for Save of the Week for his big stop on MLS Golden Boot-winner Chris Wondolowski late in the match!
Fernandez had six stops in the victory, including a couple late match stops to preserve the win. It was Fernandez’s fifth shutout of the season, tied for second-most in MLS.
Make sure to vote for the save by 11:59 PT on Thursday, May 30. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FERNANDEZ!
Castrol Index Week 13 Top 10 Performers
|1||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||84||Philadelphia Union||2,430|
|2||Raul Fernandez||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,593|
|3||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Chivas USA||1,402|
|4||Andrew Wenger||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Philadelphia Union||1,380|
|5||Sean Franklin||Defender||LA Galaxy||90||Seattle Sounders||1,358|
|6||Sean Johnson||Goalkeeper||Chicago Fire||90||Real Salt Lake||1,293|
|7||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||D.C. United||1,287|
|8||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||73||Seattle Sounders||1,195|
|9||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||Chivas USA||1,155|
|10||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Houston Dynamo||1,079|