FC Dallas took a point from Rio Tinto Stadium off 10-man Real Salt Lake via a Kenny Cooper second-half goal. Here's the highlights from the penultimate road game of the season:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS - FC Dallas 1 Real Salt Lake 1
POST - Jackson's header caroms off the post early in the first half
RED CARD - RSL defender Kenny Mansally sent off for upending Jackson
SAVE - Rimando with a huge stop on Jackson's flick
SAVE - Seitz comes up big on Grabavoy chance
GOAL - Saborio latches on to a long ball and volleys it past Seitz
GOAL - Cooper finishes Watson cross
FCD heads to the Wasatch Mountains on Saturday needing a win to keep Western Conference playoff hopes alive, but there's plenty of reason to believe Dallas can leave Rio Tinto with three points given the fact they did the exact same thing last year in similar circumstances.
Schellas Hyndman's men completed a nine-point week with a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over Jason Kreis' side behind a stunning goal from team captain David Ferreira to pull themselves back into the playoff picture. While the goal was one of just two Ferreira scored on his comeback from a long-term injury layoff, it was certainly his biggest of the season.
Looking ahead to Saturday, if results go their way, FCD could start a similar run and come within two points of a playoff spot by taking all three points on what should be a heart-stopping game on Saturday night. Dallas is 4-8-1 all-time at Real Salt Lake and Saturday's match is FCD's only trip to Utah this season. With two home games and a trip to San Jose remaining, a win on Saturday would be just the spark Dallas needs to a late playoff push.
Watch the highlights from last season's epic win at RSL:
Another week, another goal for FCD loanee Bobby Warshaw!
WATCH: Warshaw scores again for Angelholm
The midfielder from Mechanicsburg now has three goals in five appearances for Swedish Superettan side Angelholms FF after scoring a game-tying goal in the 68th minute of Angelholms 1-1 draw with Orgryte. With four games left in the season, Angelholms sit in ninth place, comfortably above any relegation zones.
Fort Lauderdale slipped up for the third weekend in a row in NASL action falling 2-0 at the Carolina Railhawks. Richard Sanchez was again starting in goal for the Strikers logging one save in the loss while Bradlee Baladez started his first game since August 25.
Down in Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez made his first appearance of the season for Saprissa in a 2-0 defeat of Belen Sigolo, a win that kept Saprissa in first place with 22 points from 10 games. It wasn't a happy return to the lineup for Hernandez, however, who was shown a red card in the second half of the match.
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.