TONIGHT at Toyota Stadium it's the semifinals of the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup as FC Dallas hosts Philadelphia for the second time in a month with a chance to host the LHUSOC Final on the line for the winner. Both teams have defeated three teams to get to this point so let's take a look back and see how each team arrived at tonight's big game in Frisco.
WATCH: FCD 2, Scorpions 0
It took FC Dallas quite a bit of effort to shake off the plucky side that currently sits in first place in the NASL, but Oscar Pareja's men wore down the Scorpions after a scoreless first half and eventually found a pair of goals through the Colombian connection of Fabian Castillo and Andres Escobar.
This win was Dallas' first ever against San Antonio and helped set up a Texas Derby in the fifth round of the tournament.
The scoreline is impressive, but the Union nearly crashed out at the first stage of their Open Cup journey.
An 89th minute goal from Maurice Edue saved Philadelphia embarassment and they went on to score twice in 30 minutes of extra time to beat their USL Pro affiliate.
Andrew Wenger scored in the 110th and 117th minutes to seal the victory setting up another home match against the NASL's New York Cosmos.
In another epic edition of the Texas Derby, FC Dallas prevailed for the fourth straight time and second straight in the LHUSOC with a 3-2 win after extra time.
A see-saw battle typical of FCD vs Houston matchups saw Dallas take the lead at BBVA Compass Stadium in the 35th minute through Fabian Castillo's slalomed effort. The Dynamo tied the game up before halftime, but Andres Escobar restored FCD's lead in the 59th minute with a screamer of a strike. Omar Cummings once against tied up the game just three minutes later and we headed for extra time.
Tesho Akindele wrote another chapter to his wonderful rookie season with a 98th minute game-winner and FCD moved on to the quarterfinals.
Once again, the Union needed extra time to see off their lower-league opponent, beating the NASL's New York Cosmos 2-1 in a wild match at PPL Park. Both sides tallied in a two-minute span in the second half sending the match to extra time where things really got nutty.
Sebastien Le Toux scored a game-winner in the 114th minute from the penalty spot, but that's only half the story. The 30 minutes of extra time saw five red cards and two yellow cards dished out in a wild match that saw Philadelphia move on to the quarterfinals where they were set to host the New England Revolution.
WATCH: FCD 5, Carolina 2
While lower league sides look easy on paper, this matchup against Carolina was anything but as FC Dallas would travel to a Railhawks team that had not lost at home in 24 games. Carolina came out and took the lead early in the match, but Blas Perez fired back for two goals and Fabian Castillo added a third to send a wild game to halftime with FCD leading 3-2.
Dallas took control in the second half and found goals from Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez to complete his hat trick and send FCD to tonight's semifinal matchup, the eighth LHUSOC semifinal in team history.
The Union scored a relatively straight-forward 2-0 win over the Revolution with goals in either half from Conor Casey and Sebastien Le Toux. The crazy part of this game surrounded an hour-long weather delay that saw a dust storm invade PPL Park.
It's been a very good month for Matt Hedges and the FC Dallas defense.
Led by the towering center back, the Dallas D has allowed just one non-PK goal in their last four matches. Hedges led all players with 12 clearances on Saturday night, had his goal-saving clearance off the line and added a poacher's goal of his own to complete his night.
For Brazilian midfielder Michel, it was a man-of-the-match offensive performance with a goal and two psuedo-assists on crosses that led to goals. Those won't show up in the stat sheet, but Michel had a direct hand in all three FC Dallas goals.
Both players have earned spots on the MLSsoccer.com Week 22 Team of the Week for their efforts. Congratulations to both! Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say:
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – He was the rock of the Dallas defense and even got into the offensive action, tapping in the opener from close range. Hedges also had a goal-line clearance as FCD beat Colorado 3-1.
M: Michel (FC Dallas) – The Brazilian was instrumental in all of Dallas' goals: He provided the cross from wide that led to Hedges' tap in, converted the PK himself and sent in the cross that led to the third.
FC Dallas is finally back home after two weekends on the road for a crucial Western Conference matchup against the Colorado Rapids pres. by Raytheon on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium! Here are the 10 things you need to know before heading to the stadium Saturday night:
1. Saturday's match is presented by Raytheon and it's first responder night at Toyota Stadium! Raytheon will have t-shirts to give away by the fire truck on Lamar's Tailgate while supplies last. Stop by, get your t-shirt and take a picture and tag it with #RaytheonProtect&Serve.
2. In conjunction with Raytheon on first responder night, Chief Mark Piland of the Frisco Fire Department will be scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue so be sure to arrive early for that ceremony around 7:30 on Lamar's Tailgate.
3. Saturday's match is part of our #SODoubleHeader as directly after Saturday's MLS match, our FC Dallas Special Olympics team will play the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics team in their annual match. It's going to be an amazing event with presentation exactly the same as the first team match so all #DTID fans need to stay and cheer on our Special Olympics team.
4. You can win a pair of tickets to our Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinal match vs Philadelphia on Tuesday plus an FC Dallas scarf at our #SODoubleHeader Special Olympics match. Click here to see how.
5. This match against Colorado is about as big as it gets for an August game in the standings for FC Dallas. FCD is currently three points above Colorado tied for fourth place in the Western Conference and FCD is ready for this six-pointer.
6. While parking is always free for everyone at Toyota Stadium, our Toyota drivers out there can enjoy FREE upgraded parking in the Camry Gold Lot tonight. The Camry Gold Lot is directly NW of the stadium adjacent to the Dr. Pink field.
7. Our new August Scarf of the Month will be on sale for the first time in the team store tomorrow so stop by and get yourself one before they sell out!
8. We could hit triple digits for the first time on an FCD gameday on Saturday, but we're #RedFor90 and ready for it. Will Colorado be ready?
9. Saturday's game is set for an 8:00PM kickoff and will be broadcast in HD locally on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 148 as well as 100.7FM(English) & 1270AM(Spanish).
10. We're looking at another really nice crowd for Saturday's match, but there are still tickets available by clicking here.
Hear from Pareja, Hedges & Tesho ahead of #FCDvCOL with FCDTV's Quick Kicks:
We've got some huge games coming to Toyota Stadium over the next week and not the least of which is our big Special Olympics match coming directly after Saturday's MLS match between FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids.
It's the second year of FCD Special Olympics team play and our players have been training hard over the last three months for this match! They've all signed contracts as official FC Dallas players and will look to build on last year's 2-2 draw at Colorado. There are currently six MLS franchises with Special Olympics teams: Portland, Seattle, Real Salt Lake, LA, Colorado and FCD.
We need all our #DTID fans to stay after Saturday's MLS match to cheer on our Special Olympics team. The match will kickoff right around 10:00PM directly after the MLS game and will feature two 20-minute halves. Our game presentation will be exactly like any FC Dallas game with intros, fireworks, drumline and Hooper.
In addition, we're going to have a special social media contest. Tweet or Instagram a picture of you watching the FCDSO match using #SODoubleHeader and we will pick two winners at random to win two tickets to Tuesday's LHUSOC semifinal vs Philadelphia plus a new FC Dallas scarf.
These amazing people and athletes are a huge part of our club here at FC Dallas and we will support them on Saturday just like we will cheer on Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo and the rest of FC Dallas in Saturday's huge Western Conference match vs Colorado pres. by Raytheon!
As the clock neared midnight in Dallas on Tuesday evening, the #MLSAllStar festivities were well underway with the ever-popular Men In Blazers podcast filming live in downtown Portland with a little twist. Roger and Davo had US Soccer President Sunil Gulati and representatives from the four remaining teams in the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup come on stage for the live coin flip to determine who would host the final.
Well by now you probably know that FC Dallas won the coin toss(As assistant TD Luiz Muzzi shows with the fist pump)!
So we now know that if FC Dallas beats Philadelphia next Tuesday, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final will be right here at Toyota Stadium for the first time since 2007! If you don't have your tickets for Tuesday's epic match, you can get a ticket to that and another big game in August for just $25!
You can re-watch the coin flip(At about the 55:00 mark) and no Sunil, it's not two out of three.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Draw Takes Place Live Tonight During Men In Blazers Show On MLSsoccer.com
Via US Soccer, FC Dallas will learn tonight whether a potential Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final will be at Toyota Stadium or on the road. Here are the details:
CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2014) – The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Draw will be held today during the Men in Blazers Live Show from the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, the host location of the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Hosted by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, the Men in Blazers program begins at 9 p.m. PT and will be live on mlssoccer.com. The Open Cup draw, which will be a coin flip, will take place toward the end of the show. The draw will determine the potential site of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup championship match, which will be broadcast live on GolTV.
The four U.S. Open Cup semifinalists (all from MLS) include four-time U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire, three-time winner Seattle Sounders FC, the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas. Each team will have a representative at the coin toss, and all four clubs have applied to host the Final.
Pending the draw and the semifinal results, the date of the U.S. Open Cup Final could be on Sept. 16, Sept. 17 or Oct. 1.
U.S. Soccer will broadcast the U.S. Open Cup semifinal match between Chicago and Seattle as its “Game of the Round” coverage resumes on ussoccer.com. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Philadelphia and FC Dallas meet in their semifinal match at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Semifinal Round Schedule
Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas
8 p.m. CT
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC
7 p.m. PT
Starfire Soccer Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
The Men in Blazers show is part of festivities leading up to the MLS All-Star match against Bayern Munich (Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UniMas).
Welcome to the 6th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal" . This week I caught up with French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin.
Peter was born in Marseille, France and began playing soccer at a young age in the AS Cannes' youth system. He first started his pro career with Bordeaux for a year and then played for Marseille for two years before playing for another French team, Paris Saint-Germain for another two years. He went on loan in 2002 to Celta which eventually became permanent. A few years later he transferred to another La Liga club, Atletico Madrid where he played for them for three years. He eventually signed with Zaragoza and stayed there for another three years before signing with FC Lusanne-Sport in the Swiss Super League. In 2012, Luccin signed with FC Dallas. Luccin played internationally for the French U-20 National team in 1997 and was the youngest member of the eventual quarter-finalists during the FIFA World Youth Championship.
- What’s your favorite soccer memory from your career?
Peter: In 1998, the final game of UEFA Cup(now Europa League) when I played with Marseille
- You’ve played on a large number of teams and different countries…what’s been your favorite experience so far?
Peter: My favorite experience is probably the same game, it was a big moment for Marseille.
- You played for France in the FIFA world youth championship when you were 18, what was that like?
Peter: It’s a very good and interesting thing to represent my country so it was amazing to play against the best players of the world so it was a good experience and good memory.
- What’s your favorite part about being here in America?
Peter: A lot of things, I love the people because the people here have a very good education and for me it’s very important for my kids that’s why I’m here too so it’s a good thing for my family.
- What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Do they enjoy soccer at all?
Peter: We learn English together, it’s a very important language and we like to learn the culture. My son plays for FC Dallas youth so all my family here is very happy.
- What type of music do you listen to before game to get pumped up?
Peter: Rap music, but I try now to have a selection because rap music has so many bad words but I like the beat but sometimes it’s too hard for me to listen
- Who's been your favorite teammate you've had?
Peter: Jair Benitez. He’s a very good guy, he has a good education but he is very important for the group because everytime he’s smiling and joking with everyone so he’s the best teammate I’ve had.
- You drive a big truck…tell me about that
Peter: I got this truck from Eric Hassli [fomer FCD player] and I needed a car. I love the truck but my wife is the one who loves the truck the most.
- What’s your favorite you’ve scored?
Peter: With Atletico Madrid in 2004 against Barcelona, it was a big shot from far out and it was a very important game for us and I scored this goal and we won the game
- Have you picked up a Texan habit yet?
Peter: Not really because we like to stay with our culture, but I haven’t picked up any habits...yet.
FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez has earned yet another nomination for Save of the Week this season for his sprawling save against Pedro Morales in the 88th minute in FCD's draw against Vancouver on Sunday. You voted it as your favorite save of Raul's in Vancouver and now it's time to vote Raul for MLS Save of the Week!
WATCH: SOTW Week 20
Raul Fernandez also found himself on Team of the Week for week 20!