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!
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 2-2 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC:
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 loss to English Premier League side Aston Villa at Toyota Stadium:
Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match for tonight's international friendly vs Aston Villa with summer intern Taryn Bray stepping in for on vacation Scott Brown!
The English Premier League's Aston Villa arrived in Frisco on Saturday morning to mark the beginning of their 2014 Texas Tour. The team attended the FCD vs. New England match in Frisco Saturday night to try and get a little scouting in before they face off against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.
Aston Villa trained for the first time in Frisco on Sunday for only a light training session and later that night former Aston Villa player who traveled with the team, Lee Hendrie, made a visit to the authentic Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Dallas. He gave the restaurant a jersey and team pennant.
Monday saw a more intense, fast paced training session inside the stadium in order to get them ready for the heat they will face in their two upcoming games in Texas. After training, Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, an avid Aston Villa fan, gave the team a visit on location in Frisco.
Today, the team took a tour of the Cowboys stadium ahead of tonight's open training session at Toyota Stadium in preparation for the 8pm kickoff Wednesday night.
If you don't have tickets for Wednesday's match yet, click here to secure yours.
FC Dallas is in the midst of their second five-game MLS unbeaten streak of the season that's seen Oscar Pareja's men rise back up into a tie for second place in the Western Conference and the accolades are rolling in for FCD this week.
After his second MLS goal and first game-winner, Colombian winger Andres Escobar earned the top spot on the MLS Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, who had his first MLS shutout of the season, came in at 6th on the top 20 while the other goalscorer, Tesho Akindele, earned the #20 spot on the list.
The MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings were very kind to FC Dallas who rose five spots from #10 to #5 on the list.
In addition, Escobar earned his first nod to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. We'd like to think a couple other guys would be eligible for the list as well, but it's great to also see Moises Hernandez earn a spot on the ToTW bench.
They had this to say about Escobar's weekend: "Nearly unplayable, racing up and down the wings and wreaking havoc as Dallas was able to oust the Revolution 2-0."