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02 April 4:31 pm

Tuesday, April 9, FC Dallas will be holding a special training session open to the public at Southern Methodist University's Westcott Field. The session will take place from 5-7 p.m.

The team's practice session will run from 5-6:30, and the last 30 minutes will be dedicated to an autograph session with the players.

The training session will be led by former longtime SMU Men's Soccer coach Schellas Hyndman and attended by former SMU student-athletes Ramon Nunez and Ugo Ihemelu, in addition to the rest of the FC Dallas professional team.

The event will also feature the FC Dallas Promo Girls and team drumline FCDrum, and the club will be providing attendees with free shirts (above, right) and CiCi's pizza (*while supplies last).

PARKING DIRECTIONS: Please note, parking spots are limited on the SMU campus. Fans may park in the Binkley Ave. garage directly north of Westcott Field for a charge of $1.00/HR. Fans should exit at Mockingbird Lane (whether traveling via US-75 or the Dallas North Tollway) toward SMU, turn north on Bishop Blvd and right on Binkley Ave. Please see directions below arriving from Mockingbird Lane.


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22 March 5:43 pm

Once again, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat with FC Dallas fans on Thursday afternoon. Hunt answered well over a dozen questions in this week's edition of the chat, and topics ranged from the FC Dallas Academy, to this week's fashion shoot with the players in conjunction with Nieman Marcus, to potential improvements to FC Dallas Stadium and more.

You can see a full recap of this week's chat here, and be sure to join Dan for next week's chat on the FC Dallas Facebook page.

15 March 3:40 pm

Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly chat with fans on the FC Dallas Facebook page on Thursday morning. During the chat, Hunt addressed a number of topics in response to fan questions; including the result against Chivas USA, the club's recent television deal, expectations for Kenny Cooper's first season back in an FC Dallas kit and more.

The chats are part of Hunt's recent initiative to be as interactive with FC Dallas fans as possible. The chats take place every Thursday, and you can see all of his answers from this week's chat on the FC Dallas Facebook page here.

A Dallas native, Hunt also wants to interact with FCD fans via his new Twitter account, @DanHuntFCD.

"I want the fans of this club to know how invested I am in the continued growth and success of FC Dallas, and the best way to make sure they know that is for me to talk with them directly," said Hunt. "Social media makes that communication extremely easy for me to let them know that we're all hoping and working for the same thing, and that is for FC Dallas to be a championship team."

13 December 10:03 am

Registration is now open for the third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by AdvoCare, returning to the FC Dallas Stadium Complex March 9-10, 2013.

REGISTER HERE

The adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare is limited to U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18/19 Boys and Girls Teams. Coaches representing NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs, as well as Junior Colleges will be in attendance. Each College/University coach who attends the event will be provided with a player resume book detailing each player’s academic and athletic data. 

READ: Coaches praise club and complex at 2012 FC Dallas College Showcase

In 2012, 180 college coaches attended the College Showcase, and even more are expected to flock to Frisco in 2013.

Format and Cost: Each team will have the option to play two or three 80 minute matches. The cost for two matches is $650 and the cost for three matches is $850. The cost includes parking at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex.  In order to comply with NCAA recruiting rules, points will be awarded for each game to determine a bracket winner, but no awards will be presented.

Team Requirements: Each U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 team is allowed a maximum of 22 players with five guest players per roster.  However, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in each game. Each U-15  team is allowed a maximum of 18 players with five guest players per roster.

Hotels: Out of town teams are required to stay in an FC Dallas College Showcase designated hotel. The list of hotels can be seen here.

Other Important Information: Instructions for completing player profiles, schedules, field maps, hotel information, and all other pertinent information regarding the weekend’s events will be made available on the adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare web page here.

Contacts: For more information, contact FC Dallas College Director Scott Dymond (469.365.0206) or Girls Director of Coaching Chris Ring (214.704.1063).

26 November 1:34 pm

FC Dallas hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.

Under-16 Division

Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*

Under-15 Division

Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy

Under-14 Division

Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy

Under-13 Division

Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC

Under-10 Division**

Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black

*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification

30 October 9:36 am

North End United - an umbrella group for the four FC Dallas Supporters Groups - showed off their first tifo at the FCD vs Chivas USA match on Sunday. Check out the photos and a time-lapse video of the tifo being created.

Tifo says, "One Voice, One Passion, One Love, Dallas 'Til I Die."

Photos by Erik Davila

 

30 August 3:55 pm

It’s the chance of a lifetime for soccer fans – seeing EVERY U.S. Men's National Team home World Cup Qualifiers in 2013. That's right, not one, but all FIVE World Cup Qualifiers throughout the United States.

You can win it by entering in FC Dallas’ Get in and Win sweepstakes. The trips include tickets, airfare and a hotel for both you and a guest to take in all of the action live and in person.

There's never been a better time to Get In and Win with FC Dallas!

CLICK HERE to enter and possibly win the trip of a lifetime. Full rules of contest here.

23 August 1:00 pm

  

FC Dallas isn't the first, nor will it be the last, soccer team to wear a striped or hooped jersey. But we do take notice when new kits roll out with the horizontal stripes. 

Back in April, we weren't the only ones to notice the similarities between the new U.S. Men's National Team jerseys and FCD's. 

SMU caught our attention on Wednesday when they unveiled their new red and blue hooped jerseys on Facebook. Red & blue are, of course, FCD's colors and SMU's as well.

So which look do you like the best? FCD? USMNT? SMU?

22 August 3:10 pm

Dale Hansen showed off quite the souvenir on Tuesday night's 6 p.m. newscast on Ch. 8. He recently attended a Rod Stewart concert at WinStar World Casino and a viewer taped him catching a soccer ball kicked into the crowd by the famous singer. That signed ball - which he showed on air - is an FC Dallas soccer ball autographed by Stewart. Watch the video from the newscast:

 

13 August 1:30 pm

FC Dallas hosted the third annual Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. With $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, 54 teams registered for this year's edition of the tournament. FC Dallas would like to thank all the teams that came out last weekend for making it a great event and congratulate the following champions and runners-up in each division:

Men's Open
Champion - Rayados (Dallas)
Finalist - Statik Soccer (Midland/Odessa)
 
Men's Competitive
Champion - FC Retro United (Dallas)
Finalist - Deportivo Knights (Lubbock)
 
Men's Over 30 Gold
Champion - Azzurri FC (Dallas)
Finalist - Inter United (Dallas)
 
Women's Open
Champion - Roma (Dallas)
Finalist - Turbo D'Feeters (Dallas)
 
Co-ed
Champion - No Drama (Dallas)
Finalist - Roma (Dallas)
 
Men's Over 30 Silver
Champion - Club Leche (Dallas)
Finalist - FC BATTLE (Dallas)