Two FC Dallas players earned spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 list for their performances in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Columbus.
Midfielder Mauro Diaz came in at #4 on the weekly index, the highest such ranking for an FCD player since Blas Perez's week 26 performance against San Jose on August 24.
Forward Blas Perez popped up on the list this week as well with a #15 spot after his first-half goal, his team-leading 11th of the season.
Castrol Index Week 31 Top 20 Performers
|1||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Montreal Impact||2,003|
|2||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,466|
|3||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,305|
|4||Mauro Diaz||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Columbus Crew||1,276|
|5||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||FC Dallas||1,241|
|6||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Chivas USA||1,212|
|7||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||Philadelphia Union||1,172|
|8||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Philadelphia Union||1,087|
|9||Jairo Arrieta||Forward||Columbus Crew||79||FC Dallas||1,086|
|10||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Chicago Fire||1,060|
|11||Bright Dike||Forward||Toronto FC||81||D.C. United||1,053|
|12||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Houston Dynamo||1,044|
|13||David Ousted||Goalkeeper||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||Real Salt Lake||1,005|
|14||Mamadou Danso||Defender||Portland Timbers||90||LA Galaxy||1,000|
|15||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Columbus Crew||969|
|16||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||San Jose Earthquakes||967|
|17||Arévalo Ríos||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Montreal Impact||926|
|18||Álvaro Rey||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||920|
|19||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||Seattle Sounders FC||883|
|20||Mark Bloom||Defender||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||868|
By Maggie Jones
There’s no doubt that Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Columbus Crew at Toyota Stadium was a major blow to FCD’s playoff hopes. With four games remaining, Dallas sits five points out of a playoff spot meaning at least three and probably four wins from the four remaining games are needed to make the Western Conference playoffs.
“We realize that we have got to get points, we are running out of games,” said Head Coach Schellas Hyndman. “For us to get the playoffs we need three wins, and we have four games to do it.”
Hyndman expressed the need for the enthusiasm and confidence that is seen in the locker room to carry over on to the field adding the need for strong leadership to ensure heads don’t drop with the playoffs still an attainable goal.
“We have to get a result, it’s as simple as that,” Andrew Jacobson said about their remaining schedule. “We have to go for wins and that’s the mentality we need and we need guys who are on the same page and are ready to step up.”
FCD returns to the field next Saturday against Real Salt Lake, a place they won last year in a similar late-season scenario.
Bobby Warshaw AKA "William Robert Warshaw" stole the headlines for the FCD loanees this weekend scoring his second goal with Swedish Superettan side Angelholms FF.
WATCH: Warshaw scores for Angelholm
Warshaw started and scored a dramatic game-tying goal in the 95th minute of Angelholms' 1-1 draw with second-placed Orebro on Friday night. Warshaw followed that up with another 90-minute perfomance in Monday's scoreless draw with Osterunds FK. With five games remaining in the season, Angelholms sits comfortably in ninth place, eight points above the relegation playoff zone.
Back stateside, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers dropped a 2-0 result in a top-of-the-table clash with New York Cosmos in front of over 7,500 people at Lockhart Stadium. Richard Sanchez started and made two saves in the loss while Bradlee Baladez played 30 minutes off the bench in his sixth appearance of the year.
Moises Hernandez did not appear in Saprissa's wild 4-4 draw with Alajuelense.
Do you want your very own limited edition Blas Perez Bobblehead?! Of course you do.
FC Dallas and Cash America are hooking you up with the chance for a FREE Blas bobblehead and here’s how you win:
Simply be one of the first 20 people wearing FC Dallas gear to any one of Cash America’s 48 locations on Saturday, September 28, to give the special code word "PANAMA" to the store manager and you’ll get your own limited edition Blas Perez bobblehead courtesy of Cash America!
If you don't have any FCD gear, we're running a special at the team store this week in conjunction with the Blas bobblehead. From Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27, simply mention the code word "Bobblehead" to get 20% off your order at the team store (HOURS)!
Only one bobblehead per person, bobbleheads are given away on a first come, first served basis.
FC Dallas dropped a heartbraking road result in New York losing 1-0 on a late own goal. Here's the highlights from today's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: New York 1, FC Dallas 0
POST: FCD scrambles it away after a NYRB cross hits the post
SAVE: Robles comes up big to deny Castillo right before the half
OWN GOAL: Erick inadvertently sends a RBNY into his own goal
SAVE: Fernandez comes up big denying Alexander on a breakaway
On Thursday, September 19th, Walker Zimmerman, Stephen Keel, Kenny Cooper and London Woodberry teamed up with United Healthcare at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Soccer Extravaganza. The event gave the children's hospital attendees a chance to interact with FCD, play games and other soccer related activities.
Here are some pictures from the event:
North Texas Giving Day is THIS THURSDAY, SEPT. 19th
CLICK HERE ON SEPTEMBER 19 TO HAVE YOUR GIFT MATCHED!
Make a donation to the FC Dallas Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, and a percentage of your gift will be matched by Communities Foundation of Texas. That’s 17 hours to really make a difference!
What it is:
NTX Giving Day is an effort sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Center for Nonprofit Management in DFW, to encourage the entire North Texas community to give to their favorite nonprofit on one specific day – Sept. 19th. In 2012, this event that generated more than 37,000 donor gifts totaling $14.4 million, benefiting more than 900 nonprofits in 2012. This is the first year the FC Dallas Foundation is participating.
How it works:
- Give $25 or more to the FC Dallas Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas will match each dollar until time runs out.
- Additional funds are awarded to the nonprofit that is successful in a variety of categories – such as “most donors for new participants,” (which applies to FC Dallas Foundation).
What each $25 gift can do for FC Dallas Foundation:
- Two good quality soccer balls can be given to a local child or a child abroad that is currently playing with a coffee sack.
- Assist a school or nonprofit with their AED training to prevent a heart related tragedy.
- …and so much more! Your dollars go so far, and especially when matched on this day, can accomplish so much.
Visit www.fcdallasfoundation.org for more information about the FC Dallas Foundation’s projects.
On-loan goalkeeper Richard Sanchez came within minutes of setting the new NASL goalkeeper shutout streak, but saw his run snapped at 350 minutes as FC Edmonton scored on him late in the first half of their 1-1 draw. With the draw, the Strikers remain in a tie for second place in the hotly contested NASL fall season as just four points separate first through seventh.
There was some controversy around the Edmonton goal as high winds swirling around the stadium affected an initially taken free kick. Reports say the referee allowed a free kick to be retaken that beat the FCD keeper on the second try. Sanchez was praised for his performance in the match, making six saves and earning NASL Team of the Week honors.
Forward Bradlee Baladez played the final 15 minutes of the match. The Strikers host the first-place New York Cosmos on Saturday in a renewal of their decades-old rivalry.
In Sweden, Bobby Warshaw and Angelholms FF fell 4-1 to fourth-placed Degerfors in Swedish Superretan play. Warshaw was an unused sub in the match for the Swedish side who have seven matches left in the season and sit in ninth place, seven points above the playoff relegation zone.
Yesterday in Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa defeated Santos 2-1 to re-take first place in the Costa Rican first division. Moises Hernandez was an unused sub in the match.
With the big Toyota announcement on Tuesday and, of course, the HSG-owned Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt went on with the legend Norm Hitzges Thursday morning on 1310AM The Ticket. Here's the audio:
Recently, FC Dallas welcomed a delegation of teams from their new affiliate in Monterrey, Mexico.
The trip and the new affiliation have been spearheaded by FC Dallas Under-14 Development Academy Head Coach Francisco Molina, a Monterrey-native.
“I think they’re going to represent our brand very well in Monterrey,” said Molina. “[Liga MX clubs] Monterrey and Tigres had both approached them and that’s not what they want. They want to be able to take advantage of our tournaments and try to promote the Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational to make it international.”
After nearly a two-year process, the club formerly known as Virgin Soccer officially became an FC Dallas affiliate recently. Led by club directors Gabriel Moreno, Patricio Guerra & Miguel Mendoza, the club has six teams from U-15 to U-9 level and over Labor Day weekend brought teams to scrimmage the FCD U-16, U-15 and U-14 sides.
“It was competitive and more than I thought because that older age group that they had was only four months old,” said Molina. “All the kids we’re excited to be here and wanted to prove to us that they could play. I knew they were going to be organized, but the quality of the players they brought was really very exciting for me.”
Molina added that one player will be invited to Frisco to join the FCD ‘98’s and that he’s extremely excited about how the affiliation will develop over time. Coaching clinics with FC Dallas Academy coaches traveling down to Monterrey is planned for the future and also in the plans is using the FC Dallas ECNL teams to help start a girls team.
“With the guys who are running FC Dallas in Monterrey, I think it’s going to be very successful,” said Molina. “Monterrey and Tigres both have academies here in Dallas and we’re definitely more organized in Monterrey than they are here.”