We're just a couple weeks away from the start of the NCAA season and the newly-formed American Athletic Conference has announced that their 2013 Men's Soccer Conference Championship will be played at Toyota Stadium on November 15 and 17.
Consisting of SMU, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Temple, Central Florida, UConn & South Florida, the American Athletic Conference boasts some NCAA soccer powerhouses and this tournament will be the first time Toyota Stadium has hosted a major NCAA post-season soccer event since the 2008 NCAA College Cup. The semifinals will be held on Friday, November 15 with the championship game held on Sunday, November 17.
"As an SMU alumnus, I'm especially excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship to Toyota Stadium," said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt told the AAC website. "We have more than 4,500 players in our youth system, ages 7 and up, while more than 80 earned college soccer scholarships or Financial Aid this past year alone. Our Development Academy consistently ranks among the best in North America, while our professional team has spent the majority of the 2013 season at the top of the table in MLS. We are committed to growing soccer in North Texas and look forward to showcasing yet another level of elite play at our stadium."
- Purchase tickets to the semifinal matches on Friday, November 15 here.
- Purchase tickets to the championship game on Sunday, November 17 here.
- Secure a two-day pass to see all three matches here.
This past Saturday, FC Dallas hosted the 3rd annual 3v3 Heat Tournament at the fields of the FC Dallas Stadium Complex. Participant age groups ranged from U8-U10 on the girls' side and U8-U15 on the boys' side, as well as an adult division. The tournament hosted 57 teams, a 25 percent increase from last year's 42 teams, according to tournament director Jesse McNeil.
The day started with each team playing three games against the other teams, with the best records in each division advancing to the playoffs. Each division crowned a champion. It was a long day, but all of the teams enjoyed the tournament, with many saying they look forward to participating in next year's tournament.
"We had a great time. It was well run, Jessie did a great job organizing it and we had a blast," Alan Beanie, coach of the winning Azzuri team, said, "We definitely would do it again."
Participants of all age groups agreed on the success of the tournament, and in general, enjoyed the tournament.
"I loved this tournament. It's a great way to spend time with your teammates and get to know each other better and it's always fun to do these tournaments," Johan Gomez, a participant in the tournament, said.
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.
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."
People in the Dallas area woke up to a scene more suited for the Northeast than North Texas on Tuesday morning. Most of the area received snow and some parts of the area got icy, as well. FC Dallas Stadium was no different - covered in a picturesque light layer of snow.
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.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
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
North Texas soccer fans made history Saturday night with an all-time attendance record at FC Dallas Stadium.
It's been a record-setting season as well, with three of the top ten all-time attended matches occurring in 2012.
A look at the top ten all-time attended FCD matches at FC Dallas Stadium:
1. July 28, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (0‐1 LA) 22,565
2. May 18, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (5‐1 LA) 22,331
3. May 1, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 21,867
4. July 4, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC (1-1) 21,508
5. July 27, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (4‐0 FCD) 21,020
6. March 11, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. New York (2-1 FCD) 20,906
7. July 2, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Columbus (2‐0 FCD) 20,704
8. Oct. 7, 2006 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 20,500
9. April 22, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Colorado (3‐1 FCD) 20,500
10. Oct. 20, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Kansas City (2‐0 KC) 20,500
FC Dallas Stadium is one of the busiest entertainment venues in North Texas according to the Dallas Business Journal, ranking No. 5 in their listings. A total of 1.5 million patrons visited the complex last year. Check out the slideshow on the DBJ website to see the company FC Dallas Stadium is in.
Tex Hooper has the lead after the first round of voting in the TXU Energy Make Your Move dance competition.
Make Your Move is a text to vote feature during halftime at FC Dallas matches where fans select who they think has the best dance moves – players Bobby Warshaw, Ricardo Villar or mascot Tex Hooper.
The first round of voting occurred during halftime of the New England Revolution game on April 5.
Your current leaderboard:
Tex Hooper – 53 percent
Bobby Warshaw – 41 percent
Ricardo Villar – 6 percent
Be sure to vote for who you think has the best move during halftime of tomorrow’s match.
A good crowd filled FC Dallas Stadium for First Kick on Sunday. Whether it was people checking out Lamar's Tailgate or fans filling the new field level seating in front of the Budweiser Beer Garden, fans enjoyed the festivities of the season opener.