Wednesday was FC Dallas Media Day in downtown Dallas. The event was held a the Old No. 7 Club inside American Airlines Center. Lots of Dallas-area media turned out to interview players and play some Budweiser Poolball. Poolball will be in the Budweiser Beer Garden at all FCD home games.
Here it is . . .
Join us for a party to celebrate the release of the FC Dallas 2012 kit. The FCD pop-up shop will be located inside Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station in Dallas and will be the first place for you to see and purchase both home and away jerseys. The pop-up shop at Trinity Hall is the ONLY place you can buy your 2012 FC Dallas kit this weekend.
This event is a celebration for the fans and includes free food and drinks for those in attendance. Thursday will also feature the live-streaming of FCD's match vs. Toronto FC.
Trinity Hall pop-up shop hours are: Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday: 5-10 p.m. and Sat: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘12 home jersey
‘12 road jersey
FCD t-shirts and hats
FCD takes the pitch tonight against Orlando City. The OC website has a preview of the game and asks a question I never thought I'd see - can David Ferreira hold up against their squad's back line.
FCD beat Orlando twice last year - once in the same Disney tournament and again in U.S. Open Cup.
Tonight's game gets going at 7 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on MLSSoccer.com's live Channel 2.
The first chance to check out the 2012 FC Dallas kit will be at a pop-up shop that opens this Thursday. The shop will be located at a fun Dallas location (nope, we aren't telling you where and when yet) and will have the new jersey, scarf, t-shirt and hat for sale. This will be a chance to mingle with fellow FCD fans and be the first to see and purchase the new jersey. The pop-up shop will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The 2012 FC Dallas home and away kits will be unveiled this Thursday. Each day this week we'll reveal certain details about the event and how fans are invited. You will want to be part of this!
FC Dallas goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan is the subject of a profile in this week's The Irish World, a weekly newspaper for Irish in the United Kingdom.
Definitely read the entire article, but here are some excerpts:
“I had a good job so I took a chance coming here. The coach who came in (Schellas Hyndman) was a local college guy. I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me so he sat me down and said: ‘You’ve got five months to show me what you’ve got’. He gave me the opportunity which I was grateful for. The first two years were tough, we didn’t make the play- offs but we found the formula and we have had two good years now.”
Drew was delighted to see Republic of Ireland’s recent achievements in qualifying for Euro 2012: “It’s great for Ireland. I’ll tell you a funny story: We were playing New York in the play- offs and I’m walking in at half time, when I get a tap on the shoulder and there’s Thierry Henry asking me how Ireland are going to get on in their qualifier. I thought that was ironic.”
FC Dallas will travel to the Hilltop tonight for a scrimmage against SMU. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Westcott Field (No. 58 on the campus map below). Admission is free.
Jonah Freedman at MLSSoccer.com examined the growing number of Panamanians entering MLS. Of course, FC Dallas was prominently mentioned:
Blas Pérez and Carlos Rodríguez have joined FC Dallas, while Gabriel Gómez is with Philadelphia. All three are veterans of that Gold Cup squad, and this season will mark the most Panamanians in the league at one time in league history.
But that windfall many expected? It hasn’t happened yet. Even with the new trio, that makes the historical total to seven – which, among Central American nations, ranks Panama ahead of only Nicaragua and Belize in producing MLS players.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman tells MLSsoccer.com that he has a handful of Panamanians on his Discovery List – which is how FCD landed Pérez, Rodríguez and nearly Gómez, too. He estimates more than half of MLS clubs have made Discovery claims on Canaleros, too.
Pérez and Gómez in particular are pedigreed players – they have three and four Gold Cups, respectively, under their belts, and both have experience in European leagues and the Mexican Primera División. Rodríguez, meanwhile, is a young up-and-comer who dazzled Hyndman and his staff during CONCACAF Champions League play last year.
FC Dallas will scrimmage River Plate on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on adidas Field. It's a last minute scheduling, but it makes for a busy day in Frisco. At 3 p.m. is the U.S. Women's National Team match in soldout FC Dallas Stadium vs. New Zealand.
Here's Schellas Hyndman's handiwork from Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage in Mexico. Listed is the starting XI for FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls.