MLS Regular Season
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!
By Jesse Suarez
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
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)
0-1 50' min zandecki
0-2 53' min kitlinski
0-3 76' min lagodzinski
1-3 89' min Sergio Lara
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.
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.
This week we got a bonus double dose chatting with Dan Hunt on Facebook as well as an impromptu Twitter discussion looking at a number of topics including some nuggets about a possible future USL team, a marquee upcoming friendly and much more!
Click here to read the full Facebook recap.
Click here to head over to Dan's Twitter page and be sure to follow him if you don't already!
It truly is a full team effort for FC Dallas right now in their six-game unbeaten streak and two players have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. With a three-game home defensive scoreless streak going, George John earned a nod to the TOTW while team captain David Ferreira also earned TOTW honors. In addition, Schellas Hyndman, who set a franchise record on Saturday, found himself as coach of the week. Read below to see Nicholas Rosano's comments on each of the three honorees.
DF: George John (FC Dallas) – While Dallas dominated the Whitecaps in their 2-0 home winover the weekend, they still needed that bit of defensive stability to keep things tight on their own end, and John did just that while even helping to set up Dallas' opener.
MF: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – At his irrepressible best in Dallas' win over Vancouver. You won't see his name on the scoresheet, but Ferreira pulled all the strings in midfield, made a number of key passes and was effective in his passing in Vancouver's half of the field.
Coach: Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas) – The transition to 4-2-3-1 has well and truly worked for Hyndman's team, and the weekend's 2-0 win over Vancouver was perhaps its best iteration so far. FCD nearly ran Vancouver off the field, and Hyndman deserves a good deal of credit for getting his team humming.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.
Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers
|1||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||2,056|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||76||D.C. United||1,583|
|3||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,521|
|4||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||89||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,451|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,381|
|6||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Colorado Rapids||1,351|
|7||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,329|
|8||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Chicago Fire||1,319|
|9||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,293|
|10||Marcelo Sarvas||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,258|
|11||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,183|
|12||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||86||Columbus Crew||1,147|
|13||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,142|
|14||Jeff Larentowicz||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,134|
|15||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,114|
|16||Jonny Steele||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||1,094|
|17||Lionard Pajoy||Forward||D.C. United||90||Philadelphia Union||1,091|
|18||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,063|
|19||Austin Berry||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,059|
|20||Justin Braun||Forward||Toronto FC||90||Houston Dynamo||1,010|
You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: Blas Perez tests Joe Cannon early.
GOAL: David Ferreira's corner kick goes in off Brad Rusin's back.
GOAL-LINE CLEARANCE: George John hustles back to clear Matt Watson's shot off the line.
GOAL: Perez beats Cannon with a header off Kenny Cooper's deflected shot.
FC Dallas hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first game of a home and home series this Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. presented by Albertsons Market, but FC Dallas Stadium is not the only place the club will have a presence this weekend.
If you’re in Carrollton Friday evening, the FC Dallas Tour will be at the Copa ESPN tournament at the McInnish Soccer Complex from 6-9 p.m. You can kick on the inflatable goal or spin the prize wheel and win great prizes including koozies, FCD stickers, pencils, CiCi’s coupons and more!
Also Friday evening, the FC Dallas Girls and staff will be at pub partner Brick House Tap + Tavern during Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. promoting next Saturday’s Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser. The FC Dallas Girls will pose for photos, interact with fans and sign people up to win tickets to Saturday’s game vs. Vancouver. Ticket winners will be selected every 15 minutes, so be sure to arrive early for Happy Hour and your chance to win.
Saturday, the FCD Tour will set up shop at the UT Southwestern "Carnaval de Salud” from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the prize wheel and inflatable goal entertaining fans of all ages.
Lastly, before you arrive at FC Dallas Stadium for Lamar’s Tailgate (6 p.m.) and the club’s eighth game of the 2013 MLS season (7:30 p.m. on TXA 21), walk down Main Street to the Frisco StrEATS event featuring food trucks, live music and the historic buildings of Frisco. The FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper highlight the FC Dallas set up, and if you stop by our tent, you’ll have the opportunity to win four (4) tickets to Saturday’s home game AND a team-signed scarf!
We're looking forward to another exciting match on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and it's going to be a special evening as we promote the FC Dallas Foundation’s Gear Up collection night presented by Albertsons Market.
Prior to entering the stadium, there will be large donation boxes at each gate where fans can drop off new or used soccer balls, shin guards, and cleats. These items are distributed to children locally and all over the world, so they can have the equipment to play the game!
Everyone that donates will received a 10% off coupon to the FC Dallas Team Store, so remember to Gear Up this weekend before the game!
George John and Raul Fernandez have earned another accolade for their solid performances on Saturday night against the Galaxy, being named to the top 20 of the Castrol Index for week seven. With his big PK save, Fernandez comes in at second in the league while a game-winning goal and overall solid defensive play has George John in at 10th.
Congrats to both! To view the full Castrol Index, click here.
Castrol Index Week 7 Top 20 Performers
|1||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Seattle Sounders FC||1,544|
|2||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||LA Galaxy||1,522|
|3||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,448|
|4||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,342|
|5||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||New York Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,285|
|6||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,197|
|7||Conor Casey||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,165|
|8||Carlo Cudicini||Goalkeeper||LA Galaxy||90||FC Dallas||1,153|
|9||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Colorado Rapids||1,142|
|10||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||LA Galaxy||1,082|
|11||Camilo Sanvezzo||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||88||Real Salt Lake||1,082|
|12||Jámison Olave||Defender||New York Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,074|
|13||Joe Bendik||Goalkeeper||Toronto FC||90||Philadelphia Union||1,041|
|14||Brad Davis||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||90||Chicago Fire||1,022|
|15||Djimi Traoré||Defender||Seattle Sounders FC||90||New England Revolution||921|
|16||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Chivas USA||916|
|17||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||75||Chicago Fire||895|
|18||Lamar Neagle||Midfielder||Seattle Sounders FC||90||New England Revolution||890|
|19||Víctor Bernárdez||Defender||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Portland Timbers||856|
|20||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||851|
George John may have scored the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy, but center back partner Matt Hedges' defensive performance Saturday earned him Team of the Week honors for Week 7. Hedges had a game-high nine clearances and posted a succesful pass rate of 94% (identical to John's), completing 30 of 32 passes. Hedges was also named one of MLSsoccer.com's top three Men of the Match in the post-game recap.
DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – George John may have gotten the goal and the glory in FCD’s 1-0 win over the Galaxy, but Hedges was the best defender on the field, making plenty of timely interventions to keep LA off the board.
See the full Team of the Week here.