FC Dallas played their first official friendly of the 2014 preseason on Friday morning, defeating Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Hacken 3-0 in Abu Dhabi.
FCD got the scoring going early in the match as Fabian Castillo turned on the afterburners to glide past the Hacken defense before slotting home far post to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.
After a big save from Richard Sanchez, FCD doubled the lead through Blas Perez. A cross was sent in to the Panamanian with his defender having fallen down. Blas easily curled one in to the far post to give FC Dallas the 2-0 lead they would hold at the halftime interval.
The second half saw both sides make wholesale changes and FCD capped a fantastic opening match with a late goal as Danny Garcia's wonderful through ball found Ryan Hollingshead making a streaking run into the box. The California-native rounded the keeper and finished from close range to round out the scoring.
"It was a great exercise against a good team. It was very competitive and gave us different challenges," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "At this stage of the preseason, it has a great value to come and get 90 minutes for a team like ours that is in preseason mode. I thought we took the best out of the game and that makes me happy."
FC Dallas is set to play BK Hacken again on Monday in another preseason match. Follow @FCDallas on Twitter for news on whether that one will be streamed or not.
Starting XI: Sanchez, Michel, Hernandez, Hedges, Acosta, Moffat, Jacobson(C), Diaz, Watson, Castillo, Perez
Second-half Subs: Seitz, Walker, Warshaw, Ulloa, Luccin, Hollingshead, Span, Akindele, Garcia
After a week and a half of fitness drills, FCD finally hit the field for a game on Tuesday and it seems as if the guys were raring to go. While a tenatively scheduled game against their host club fell through, FCD was still able to play an intrasquad scrimmage at the nearly 50,000-seat Zayed Sports City Stadium with the blue team winning 3-2.
According to our trusty reporter on the ground in Abu Dhabi, the red squad took the lead as Blas Perez scored a PK before Peter Luccin tied things up with a long range shot. Cobi Span gave the blue team the lead after rounding the 'keeper on a through ball from Danny Garcia before Kellyn Acosta tied the game with what was described as an "unbelievable" goal from 25-30 yards out into the upper 90.
The game-winner came from new signing Ryan Hollingshead, who volleyed home a cross from Danny Garcia to finish the scoring.
While we have not confirmed this report, Swedish club BK Häcken says there will be friendlies against FC Dallas both on Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10.
Here's a photo gallery of pictures from yesterday's scrimmage:
We have more pictures from UAE! Here's day three of the preseason trip:
FC Dallas has arrived in UAE and here's the first set of pictures from their preseason trip! Photos by Leigh Anne Gullett & Roger Hammerschmidt.
Be the first to own the new 2014 FC Dallas home jersey presented by AdvoCare. The all-new design will be revealed at our Cocktails & Cleats (more info here) event on Thursday, March 6.
This jersey is the first of its kind in FC Dallas history, so be sure to pre-order yours today to have it in time to wear to the March 8 season opener vs. Montreal Impact at Toyota Stadium.
As an added benefit, $20 of every 2014 Jersey Presale purchase will be donated to the FC Dallas Foundation.
NOTICE: Presale jerseys WILL NOT BE SHIPPED (select "Cocktails & Cleats pick-up" shipping method at checkout). Jerseys purchased through this presale can be picked up in-person by the purchaser at the 2014 Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. All jerseys not picked up at Cocktails & Cleats will be available at the FC Dallas Team Shop in Toyota Stadium during regular store hours starting on Friday, March 7. Presale ends Monday, February 24.
You can mark down Saturday, January 25, 2014 as the first official practice of the Oscar Pareja era in at Toyota Stadium. Here are the best pictures from #DayOne:
FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, Jan. 23) – FC Dallas will begin preseason training on Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m.
Saturday will also serve as the first day of post-training media availability for new head coach Oscar Pareja and the 32 players attending FC Dallas preseason training. Among those players will be defensive midfielder Peter Luccin, who has officially re-signed with FC Dallas. Per team and league policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
Luccin returned to the lineup ahead of schedule after suffering an ACL tear during preseason in 2013. The 34-year-old saw time in three of the club’s four matches last October. He logged 201 minutes in two starts.
FC Dallas coaches and players will also be available for interviews following the 9 a.m. training sessions on Monday, Jan. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 29. There will be no media availability following afternoon training sessions.
FC Dallas is scheduled to depart Thursday, Jan. 30, for Abu Dhabi, UAE, where the team will train and play exhibition games at Al Jazira Sports and Culture Club through Wednesday, Feb. 12. The team will also make several community appearances during the trip.
Media attending training on Saturday should park in the Platinum lot, located on the northwest corner of the stadium.
FC Dallas 2014 Preseason Roster:
GK (5): Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz, Richard Sanchez, Kyle Zobeck, Jesse Gonzalez.
DEF (12): Moises Hernandez, Jair Benitez, George John, Zach Loyd, London Woodberry, Stephen Keel, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Michel, Nick Walker, Ronny Mendoza.
MID (9): Andrew Jacobson, Adam Moffat, Peter Luccin, Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead, Cobi Span, Bobby Warshaw, Danny Garcia, Je-Vaughn Watson.
FWD (6): Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo, Bradlee Baladez, Tesho Akindele, Eric Hassli, Jonathan Top.
Weekly Training Schedule (All Times Central)
Date Time Event Location
Saturday, Jan. 25 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Monday, Jan. 27 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Tuesday, Jan. 28 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Wednesday, Jan. 29 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Thursday, Jan. 30 11 a.m. Travel to UAE --
Here are the best pictures from Tuesday's Oscar Pareja introductory press conference with a cameo from first round pick Tesho Akindele:
FRISCO, Texas -- It's a new year, and that means it's time once again for FC Dallas' fourth annual Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. But this isn't the same C&C from years' past; we've revamped the entire event to make the party bigger and better so we can get the 2014 season started right!
Join us on Thursday, March 6 from 7-10pm at F.I.G. (1807 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75201), our brand new downtown location, for Cocktails & Cleats 2014!
For the first time ever, admission to Cocktails & Cleats will be FREE and open to the public (21 and up only), and it will be your first chance to see the brand new 2014 FC Dallas home kit presented by AdvoCare. The FC Dallas Foundation will be accepting $10 donations that will be used to purchase soccer balls for children in Brazil during this summer's World Cup.
The event will also be your first chance to meet the full 2014 FC Dallas squad and it'll still feature a silent auction benefiting the FC Dallas Foundation. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and drinks while listening to a live DJ and mingling with their favorite FC Dallas players.
So mark your calendars now and don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event to kick off the 2014 FC Dallas season!
Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: August, September, October & offseason
After a rough July in which Dallas struggled majorly to score goals, the offense roared back to life in August with nine goals scored in five games with both Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz making their MLS debuts.
FCD and Los Angeles played one of the most exciting games of the season in August, a heart-stopping 3-3 draw.
There was another exciting moment for the team in mid-August as the entire squad crashed the 2013 AdvoCare Success School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington kicking FCD soccer balls to the tens of thousands in attendance. Stephen Keel was rolling for the event as we got our first Keel Cam experience with FC Dallas.
FCDallas.com caught up with Zach Loyd to talk about his durability and how it's been on display through his four years with FCD.
FCD scored a huge win at Chivas USA coming from behind to score three goals late in a 3-1 victory. Head Coach Schellas Hyndman praised his team after the game.
“I think it just comes down to the character of the players and determination of the players,” Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com by phone from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. “They were determined to come away with three points. A lot of teams would have sat back and said, ‘We’re down a man, let’s get a point on the road and we’ll feel good about it.’
After yet another thrilling home game, a press conference was called for early in September to make a major stadium announcement. FC Dallas and the city of Frisco welcomed Toyota as the official stadium naming rights partner.
“This partnership with FC Dallas is just another demonstration of our love for the Lone Star state,” said Hillyer. “Toyota prides itself in stepping up to be a good community leader and partnering through support of great organizations like FC Dallas. We look forward to a successful long-term partnership with this outstanding team and organization.”
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month in September, we sat down with Blas Perez for an in-depth interview.
Back on the academy front, we talked to U-18 head coach Luchi Gonzalez who is part of an 18-month course in partnership with the French Football Federation designed to help our youth and upcoming coaches in MLS.
“You can know the game like a book, but if you don’t know how to stand on the field and adjust space or put in a player in a specific spot or a specific adjustment [it’s useless],” said Gonzalez. “To them it’s an art form, it’s not about what you can put on a paper or writing an essay, it’s how well can you manage a group.”
FCD's playoff hopes came to an unfortunate end after a loss to Chicago, but a day later there was some happy news as the sports hall at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was renamed the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall.
“We know that Mr. Hunt was curious, inventive and fun-loving, and those qualities align perfectly with the museum’s mission of inspiring minds through nature and science,” said Perot Museum Board Chair Carolyn Perot Rathjen. “Our hope is that the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall will not only inspire learning about the sciences, but represent the important lessons that sports teach.”
Before the home finale against Seattle, long-time head coach Schellas Hyndman announced he would be stepping down after his fifth full season in charge.
The home slate came to a close with an uplifting 2-0 win over Seattle that saw Michel put a fitting cap on his fantastic 2013 season.
“I feel like above the players, above the directors, above the coaches, above everything is the club,” Michel explained through an interpreter after FC Dallas' 2-0 win at Toyota Stadium. “That was my homage to the club. The club opened their doors for me at a tough time for me in my career.”
After the game, the FC Dallas Special Olympics team won their first ever game.
With Hyndman's coaching career coming to a close, we took a look at the top ten moments of the Schellas Hyndman era ahead of the 2013 finale at San Jose.
For that final game, Kenny Cooper, Stephen Keel and a special guest invited everyone out to four final #WatchParty of the season.
After his last game in charge, coach Hyndman encouraged all FCD fans to look to the future.
“What I would like to say to the FC Dallas fans is that this has been a wonderful experience for me for the last five and a half years coaching their team ” Hyndman said. “Our fans should be excited about the future and I look forward to FC Dallas competing in the near future."
As we headed into the long offseason, a chance to take on some fun projects presented itself. We took the homegrowns out to a haunted house in downtown Dallas.
We put together a compilation of all the goals scored in 2013 and profiled Daniel Granados, the assistant equipment manager who has been with the team in one capacity or another since the beginning in 1996.
“I’m responsible for helping players when they get here with apartments, cars, drivers license, the proper visas they need for pre-season, just helping all the foreign players adjust to the city,” said Granados. “Whatever they need, I’m here to help them.”
The inevitable roster decisions came in early December as it was announced that FCD would not be renewing the contract of 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira.
Around Thanksgiving, we profiled academy left back Wilfried Williams and his journey from Liberia all the way to the FC Dallas Academy.
"It was awesome because I’m not only coming here to represent myself, but represent my city because they believed in me and put everything into it for me, so I knew I have to do it,"
In early December, FC Dallas announced the signing of 2013 2nd round draft pick Ryan Hollingshead, a man who's career path has not taken the typical road.
“It was really a rollercoaster over this last year trying to figure out if it’s going to work out or not,” Hollingshead told FCDallas.com. “When they came to me about a month ago, they were basically saying they wanted me out here and I said the same thing that I want to come and want to make this work.”
And finally, we crowned a 2013 Goal of the Year champion.
2013 was certainly a year of ups and downs for FC Dallas but with major sponsorships in place and an exciting young roster, we couldn't be more thrilled to head into the 2014 journey with you here on FCDallas.com. We'll see you at Toyota Stadium in March!