Five-straight wins, five-straight MLS Team of the Week nods for FC Dallas players. Michael Barrios and Kellyn Acosta each earned their first TOTW nominations of the season for Week 21. Barrios had a break-out performance on Saturday with his first-career brace, while Kellyn Acosta added his second career MLS goal. Oscar Pareja was also named Coach of the Week.
M: Michael Barrios (FC Dallas) – Sent Dallas on their way with two-first half goals, the first on a clinically finished counter. Had Timbers’ defenders spinning in circles all night.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - Despite the absences of some key players, El Profe has led his team to five consecutive wins behind a young core.
FC Dallas’ newest acquisition Ezequiel Cirigliano arrived in Frisco today and FCDallas.com caught up with him briefly, through a translator, for his first interview as a member of FCD.
On joining FC Dallas:
I am very happy to be here. I know that the team is in first place and playing very good soccer right now. I am very excited for the change [to be] here and I’m just excited to get out there and play and prove that I deserve [this] chance with the team.
On re-joining his friend, Mauro Diaz:
We were together for a few years at River Plate. I haven’t been able to see him yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing him and being [on the same team] with him here.
On his skill set and what he can bring to Dallas:
I’m a defensive midfielder. I feel like I’m best at recovering balls and passing them to a guy like Mauro or the forwards to create chances for the team.
For the fourth straight week an FC Dallas player has been named to the MLS Team of the Week. After a stellar home performance in which FCD snagged its fourth straight win, Mauro Diaz claimed his fifth "Team of the Week" honor. This is also the second time he's been named to the team in the past three weeks.
In addition, MLS All-Star Fabian Castillo earned an honorable mention to the team's bench with his late tally in stoppage time to clutch the three home points.
Fresh off of being named to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star roster, Fabian Castillo scored a stoppage time winner to lift FC Dallas over D.C. United 2-1 at Toyota Stadium.
Castillo's goal has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week so give him your vote!
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FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19 after helping FCD earn it's thrid straight shutout and thrid straight win on Saturday in Orlando. This is the defender's second time to make the MLS Team fo the Week this season.
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) - Calm but firm, the big center back orchestrated FCD's composed, clean-sheet defensive effort. Third straight shutout, third straight win for the used-to-be-Hoops.
FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 17. This is the first time Ulloa has been named to the Team of the Week this season, and the first time an FC Dallas player has been nominated since Week 12.
M: Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas) – Was active and didn't give the ball away in the Texas Derby. He also made a ridiculous cross-field pass to get Fabián Castillo into position to score the team's second goal.
Castillo was included as a bench player for TOTW with one goal and a cross that was deflected in for an own goal.
It didn’t take long for Otis Earle to make an immediate impact for Arizona United SC after being loaned to the team last Thursday.
In fact, it only took 63 minutes Saturday in his first game with FCD’s USL affiliate to help give Arizona United a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders 2. Earle played a cross back post that found Long Tan’s head to complete a four-minute comeback to win the game. He finished the game playing all 90 minutes.
“It was really nice to play in a full game,” Earle told ODFCNews.com. “It was just nice to get my legs out there, to be with the team and play 90 minutes of a competitive game. And obviously getting the three points was the icing on the cake.”
The assist came after FCD’s other loanee, Danny Garcia, went with the short corner to Jonathan Top who then struck a shot that deflected off a Sounder defender into the net to tie it 1-1 in the 59th minute. Garcia’s performance earned him Man of the Match.
The FCD loanees now look to their Saturday match against Real Monarchs SLC at 7:30 p.m. in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Arizona United SC overcame an early deficit and defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 2, 2-1. Jonathan Top scored the opening goal and Long Tan scored the match winner moments later. Up next for Arizona United SC is Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket start at just $15 and are available at: http://bit.ly/1Izn92V
Posted by Arizona United Soccer Club on Sunday, June 21, 2015
Twice as nice! For the second week in a row, Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz were both named to the MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week for week 10 of the MLS season. Castillo has been named to three of the last four TOTW's, five this season and is currently tied for the MLS lead in assists with five in ten appearances.
M: Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas) – Had more than his usual share of accelerations and dribbles which put the Galaxy backline on its heels and created dangerous opportunities in Dallas' 2-1 win over LA.
M: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas) – Went 90 minutes for the first time since April 2014 – and fans were thankful that he did. His superb vision created both Dallas goals.
As you probably already know, FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges and reigning AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele are currently in training camp with the U.S. Men's National Team. Before heading to Santiago, Chile next week for the USMNT's first friendly of the year, the boys have been training in Carson, CA at the StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy.
Our friends at the Galaxy were kind enough to snap some training photos and send them our way this week. So we picked out EVERY photo featuring Matt or Tesho (whether they were the focus of the picture or not) to share with you. ENJOY!
Photo Credit: Hana Asano (Click on photo for larger version)
Headers with Matt!
Kicks with Tesho!
Tesho lurking in the background.
How many differences can you spot in this photo?
"Do blondes really have more fun?"
Tesho vs. Jermaine! Fourth of July preview, anyone?
Blurry Tesho photobomb!