The World Cup might be over, but for FC Dallas and fans, the next 30 days are going to be action packed and filled with soccer. The next month sees FCD hit the field for six crucial games with four of those taking place right here at Toyota Stadium. To get you all set for the busy month of summer soccer, here's a rundown of what awaits FCD:
Saturday, July 19 vs New England pres. by Albertsons Market - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
After ten days without a match, FCD returns to the Toyota Stadium field versus New England at home this Saturday on July 19th at 8:00pm pres. by Albertsons Market. The Revolution are in current playoff standings in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. FCD is currently in fourth in the Western Conference only one and two points behind third and second place, respectively, so a win and three points would be a huge boost in the standings for the team.
Wednesday, July 23 vs Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
A few days after that, FCD is back at Toyota Stadium for their second-ever EPL friendly, this time against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa on July 23rd pres. by Moneygram. Not only is this game a great chance to see an EPL team up close, but it's a vital chance for some of our reserve players to make a name for themself in front of a big crowd and push for first-team minutes, since the game is strictly for bragging rights.
Sunday, July 27 at Vancouver Whitecaps - 4:00PM BC Place
To cap the three-match week, FCD takes on Vancouver away on the 27th at BC Place north of the border. The Whitecaps are just one point behind us in the standings currently and are in direct competition with FC Dallas for a Western Conference playoff spot, so this one is a biggie and the first of three matches FCD and Vancouver will play over the next three months. There will be an FC Dallas Party at the Pubs watch party for this game at Brickhouse Tavern + Tap where prizes and merchandise will be given away, so you'll want to make plans to join your #DTID faithful to watch this one on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, August 3 at Chivas USA - 9:00PM StubHub Center
The two-game road swing wraps up for FCD to kick the month of August off, as FCD takes on Chivas USA in LA. Chivas has been playing well lately as they are currently on a four-game MLS win streak. They are only 3 points behind FCD in the rankings and with two games before ours and momentum on their side, they could easily climb the standings and give FCD a tough match. Last time the two teams met the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Saturday, August 9 vs Colorado Rapids pres. by Raytheon - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
On August 9th, Colorado travels to Toyota Stadium looking to get revenge from the last time these two teams met back in June when FCD took the win from them at home. Colorado stands in third place currently in the west, one place ahead of Dallas and this match will be the second of three meetings between the clubs in 2014. With FCD and Colorado just one point apart in the standings, this will be another huge Western Conference matchup.
Tuesday, August 12 vs Philadelphia Union - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
FCD closes out the busy 30 days with arguably the biggest match as FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will be hosting the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semi-final game against the Philadelphia Union. FCD just recently played the Union winning 2-1 on July 4th and this will be FCD's first semifinal appearance since 2011. This match will be the latest round LHUSOC match at Toyota Stadium since hosting the final in 2007 and the winner will move on to play either Seattle Sounders FC or Chicago Fire in the Final.
Buckle up, it's about to get very busy around here!
Welcome to the 4th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with Brazilian defender/midfielder Michel.
Michel was born in Vitoria, Brazil and began his professional career in 2000 at Atletico Miniero before he moved to the Belgian Pro League in 2004. After playing two season in Belgium, he returned to Brazil where he played for three different teams. In 2010, he moved to a Greek club, Aris, where he played in almost every match for the club through two seasons. Michel signed with FC Dallas in February of 2013 and scored his first MLS goal a few months later. Internationally, Michel played for the Brazilian U23 team in 2003 where he made four appearances.
- Is there something you do before every single game?
Michel: Not really, I just try to relax that maximum that I can and recover my energy
- What's your favorite place you've ever traveled?
Michel: There's a lot, but Portland and New York.
- What about outside the United States?
Michel: Paris and Greece are two places that I love to be, it's beautiful and amazing atmosphere.
- You payed in Greece for a season, what was your favorite part about the country?
Michel: The beaches, the islands are pretty, the weather is perfect and the life there is really good
- What's your favorite part about living in America?
Michel: The weather too, the clothes, the language, the people are always friendly to me so I love being here.
- We hear you're becoming a Dallas Stars fan, what is it that you like about hockey?
Michel: I like to watch but my favorite part is the fighting. I like to see that
- What's your favorite American movie?
Michel: Anything with Jim Carrey or Ben Stiller I like
- Who's your favorite American musician?
Michel: There's a lot but I love 50 cent. I like rap
- What's one thing you splurge your money on?
Michel: Apartments and houses I invest my money in. All of them are in Brazil.
- Who do you think is the best player in the World Cup right now?
Michel: Messi and Neymar to me. Messi is always one of the best every year
- Do you like to play any other sports when you're not playing soccer?
Michel: I like to play basketball and volleyball for fun
FC Dallas rookie Tesho Akindele wowed Friday's sellout crowd at Toyota Stadium with a beautiful volleyed goals in the 26th minute of FCD's 2-1 win over Philadelphia and his goal has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Akindele has scored twice in his last three competitive matches and said after Friday's match: "As a striker, you've got to believe in yourself."
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Hear what FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja had to say after tonight's 2-1 win over Philadelphia:
Hear from Oscar Pareja & Matt Hedges ahead of tonight's match against Philadelphia
FC Dallas is back at home for the first MLS game at Toyota Stadium in almost a month! Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
Here's all the action from Sunday's goalless draw with Columbus:
A few weeks ago, World Cup '94 veteran Fernando Clavijo sat down with us for an FCDTV interview discussing his memories of the '94 World Cup during which he played three of four matches for the United States including the 1-0 round of 16 loss to Brazil. Clavijo's interview was a fascinating perspective on how someone who immigrated to the United States from Uruguay and ended up playing on the biggest stage with his adopted country. Enjoy:
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with midfielder Andrew Jacobson.
Andrew was born in Palo Alto, California. He attended UC-Berkeley from 2003 to 2006 where he was named to the All Pac-10 team three times. Jacobson was the 24th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and DC United's first pick. Instead of playing in the MLS, he chose to sign a contract with Lorient of France's Ligue 1. Jacobson returned to the MLS in 2009 to DC United. He was then selected by the Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft in November of the same year. Finally, he was treaded to FC Dallas in February of 2011. Jacobson started in 27 games last season and registered a career high in goals at three before being named captain of FC Dallas before the 2014 season.
- What's your earliest soccer memory?
Andrew: Playing for the Lightning Lizards when I was four years old. There were 14 or 15 kids just running around chasing a ball.
- You played a little bit in France, what was the best thing about the country and what was the worst?
Andrew: The weather was definitely the worst and the best was the food. I haven't been back, but I would, just not to Lorient again.
- Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions before every game?
Andrew: I eat the same meal before every game (rice, chicken and spinach), I go to bed at the same time, same schedule.
- What's one thing you'll splurge your money on?
Andrew: Vacations. I go to Hawaii every year, it's my favorite place to go to
- Favorite sports players in general of all time?
Andrew: Chipper Jones
- Favorite movie?
Andrew: What I liked growing up was Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- Most embarassing moment on the field?
Andrew: I try to black those out so there are none that I can think of
- Favorite world cup memory?
Andrew: Watching Zidane play when France won the 1998 World Cup
- Who do you think is the best player that's playing the world cup right now?
Andrew: Definitely Messi
- Favorite concert you've ever been too?
Andrew: Probably Jack Johnson and Ben Harper in Berkeley
Here's your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 win over San Antonio in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup action: