Several members of the FC Dallas family are traveling to Brazil this summer to take in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have agreed to share their experiences with FCDallas.com to give our readers a first-person perspective of the festivities. Today's entry comes from Mobile Sales Team Manager Ryan Hurtado from Rio de Janeiro.
After 20+ hours of travel, Bom Dia!
With a few hiccups before we even left and a couple changes on the itinerary, the trek to Rio only became more fruitful (Imagine flying from London to DFW, having three hours to drive to Love Field to take a flight to Houston to only fly north again to OKC. OKC and Rio aren't the right comparison, but you get the idea). After having to squeeze a cab ride through São Paulo to get to another airport for a connecting flight, we saw a hint of Brazil's diversity and culture in a 40 minute drive and this was just scratching the surface.
The first thing that was uncertain in my mind was the reception of my American pride. With the centennial crest on my chest through the whole day of travel and conversations in English, broken Spanish and Portuguese, the courtesies were amazing! All ethnicities were proud, excited and just wanted to joke and talk soccer.
Mexican fans said thank you for allowing them to be there (like we had anything personally to do with it) and we laughed over our shared love for Graham Zusi. To the French we met on the way to Porto Alegre who spoke of MLS, Michael Bradley and how they saw us as dangerous because of Jurgen. The theme was clear that soccer transcends language. Friendly banter was all around, especially as Ghanaians passed and we patted our chests while they chirped "you don't want it again." Well, I didn't have much response there!
With our plans getting us into Rio later than desired, we knew there was a night of Samba and Cachaça ahead of us that wouldn't allow my dumb grin to leave my face. This is all built up by the anticipation of seeing some matches live, which by the pace of the tournament should be wild and entertaining affairs.
I'd be at fault if I did'nt mention the night life in Rio. The night to say the least was incredible. We had some food in Ipanema Beach and proceeded to a botico to watch the Ivory Coast vs Japan match. This botico for no other reason than it was a Saturday turned into a block party, where the smiles, beautiful people and chope were endless. By the end of the night myself and two travel companions made a multitude of friends Brazilian, Dutch, American and in between. This city breathes a life and atmosphere that I've never felt before. Add in the fact it is 75 all the time without humidity and you can imagine why it's hard not to smile the entire time! I am off to the Maracana to see Messi live, time to cross that one off the bucket list.
The calendar has turned and that means it's time to release the next edition in our Scarf of the Month line. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off this month, naturally June's scarf has a World Cup theme.
The limited-edition scarf shows your support for club and country all at the same time. One side displays "USA" and "FC Dallas" in red, white and blue - the colors of the USMNT and FCD - while the reverse side reads, "One Heart, Two Teams" in yellow, green and blue - the colors of World Cup host nation, Brazil.
This is sure to be one of our fastest-selling scarves of the year, so order yours today before they sell out!
May has begun, and that means it's time for a brand new Scarf of the Month! May's limited-edition scarf features an argyle pattern with clean white ends and red fringe. One side displays a white FC Dallas wordmark, with an all-white FCD shield on the other side.
The March Scarf of the Month sold out in a matter of days, and the initial order of April's scarf sold out in less than 24 hours, prompting a second, special-edition order that sold out just as quickly. So don't waste any time ordering this month's edition. After all, you want to have the complete Scarf of the Month collection at the end of the year, don't you?
You could meet some of your favorite FC Dallas players this week with two Meet & Greets scheduled at local Fiesta locations this Thursday, April 17 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Homegrown players Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez will be at the Fiesta at 8060 Spring Valley Road and Colombian duo Fabian Castillo and Jair Benitez will be at the Fiesta at 1200 E. Parker Road in Plano.
In addition to the Meet & Greets, Fiesta and Budweiser are giving fans the chance to win a trip to Seattle to watch FC Dallas take on Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, May 7. Fans can enter to win by texting DALLAS to 839863.
UPDATE (April 3, 11:30am): April's Scarf of the Month has officially sold out. Be sure to keep an eye out for next month's limited-edition scarf!
It's a new month, and with the turn of the calendar comes the next scarf in the FC Dallas Scarf of the Month line.
April's exclusive scarf is a nod to Texas history and the Texas Derby (presented by Novo Nordisk). With the match against the Houston Dynamo coming up this weekend, one side of the scarf features the "Come and Take It" slogan that was used during the Texas Revolution of 1835 and is used today to dare the Dynamo to try and reclaim El Capitan. On either side of the slogan is half a cannon, which comes together when the scarf is draped around the neck of an FC Dallas fan.
The reverse side of the black-and-white scarf features an FC Dallas wordmark with a star on either side.
For the first-time ever we're offering a FREE in-store pick-up option on ShopFCDallas.com. Fans can buy online and pick up their scarves from Toyota Stadium without shipping delays keeping this rivalry-themed scarf from reaching you before the Texas Derby on Saturday night.
If you're an FC Dallas fan traveling to BBVA Compass Stadium for the match this weekend, you'll definitely want to pick one up as it can double as a respiratory mask while you're in Houston. Last month's scarf sold out extremely fast, so order yours NOW!
*Please note: Scarf has not been medically-approved as a respiratory mask. But it will help keep the stank out of your lungs.
Feast your eyes on the first-ever FC Dallas Scarf of the Month. Pretty sweet, huh?
The Scarf of the Month line is a brand-new merchandise series for 2014, which will feature a unique, limited-edition scarf that will be released on the first of each month throughout the regular season. That's eight one-of-a-kind scarves you'll have a chance to own. But when we say "limited-edition," we do mean limited, so be sure to get yours early before they sell out.
March's scarf (right) has been dubbed "This is Our House." It was inspired by the super-secret, all-new 2014 FC Dallas Home Jersey, presented by AdvoCare, (which will FINALLY be unveiled in a few days at Cocktails & Cleats) and by the "This is Our House" chants that can be heard from our Supporters at every FCD match at Toyota Stadium.
*FACT : In the time it took you to read this blog post, 12 of these scarves have been sold. Avoid sadness and BUY NOW!
We're one week out from Cocktails & Cleats, and even though we're not allowed to show you the all-new 2014 Home Jersey presented by AdvoCare until next Thursday's season kickoff event in downtown Dallas, we are allowed to show you the 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey. As you can see in the picture above, it's pretty sharp.
It looks especially intimidating if you can manage to have smoke rising off your body like Raul. But even if you can't make the smoke thing happen, you can at least get the new jersey if you want to look a little bit more like Fernandez. The 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey is on sale now at ShopFCDallas.com in both short sleeve (right) and long sleeve styles.
We know this isn't quite the new look you're all waiting to see, but we figured this could hold you over until the big unveil next Thursday night. We'll see you then.
Welcome to the 2014 Budweiser Draught Draft! Here's how it works: we have eight Tier 1 Pub Partners and eight road matches selected for our 2014 Party at the Pubs watch party series presented by Budweiser.
Rather than randomly assign matches to our Pub Partners, we're going to let them choose their respective matches. But how do we decide who gets the first pick? Easy, we don't; that's where you come in!
Just cast your vote for your favorite Pub Partner in the poll to the right. When voting ends on Thursday (5pm CT), the pub with the most votes gets to make the first pick in the 2014 Budweiser Draught Draft. The pub with the second most votes gets the second pick, and so on and so forth.
So pick your pub and let us know who you think should get the top spot in our 2014 Party at the Pubs watch party series presented by Budweiser!
Be the first to own the new 2014 FC Dallas home jersey presented by AdvoCare. The all-new design will be revealed at our Cocktails & Cleats (more info here) event on Thursday, March 6.
This jersey is the first of its kind in FC Dallas history, so be sure to pre-order yours today to have it in time to wear to the March 8 season opener vs. Montreal Impact at Toyota Stadium.
As an added benefit, $20 of every 2014 Jersey Presale purchase will be donated to the FC Dallas Foundation.
NOTICE: Presale jerseys WILL NOT BE SHIPPED (select "Cocktails & Cleats pick-up" shipping method at checkout). Jerseys purchased through this presale can be picked up in-person by the purchaser at the 2014 Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. All jerseys not picked up at Cocktails & Cleats will be available at the FC Dallas Team Shop in Toyota Stadium during regular store hours starting on Friday, March 7. Presale ends Monday, February 24.
FRISCO, Texas -- It's a new year, and that means it's time once again for FC Dallas' fourth annual Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. But this isn't the same C&C from years' past; we've revamped the entire event to make the party bigger and better so we can get the 2014 season started right!
Join us on Thursday, March 6 from 7-10pm at F.I.G. (1807 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75201), our brand new downtown location, for Cocktails & Cleats 2014!
For the first time ever, admission to Cocktails & Cleats will be FREE and open to the public (21 and up only), and it will be your first chance to see the brand new 2014 FC Dallas home kit presented by AdvoCare. The FC Dallas Foundation will be accepting $10 donations that will be used to purchase soccer balls for children in Brazil during this summer's World Cup.
The event will also be your first chance to meet the full 2014 FC Dallas squad and it'll still feature a silent auction benefiting the FC Dallas Foundation. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and drinks while listening to a live DJ and mingling with their favorite FC Dallas players.
So mark your calendars now and don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event to kick off the 2014 FC Dallas season!