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30 April 5:00 pm

With his 47th minute goal as well as an amazing 14 clearances according to the OPTA Chalkboard, Matt Hedges earned a spot on the weekly Castrol Index, coming in at 20th overall. With George John out for the second half, Hedges had to come up huge on multiple occasions in Vancouver, leading the back line. 

Castrol Index Week 9 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 FC Dallas 2,088
2 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,546
3 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 Chicago Fire 1,461
4 Tim Cahill Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 Toronto FC 1,401
5 Chance Myers Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,393
6 Brian Rowe Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,371
7 Lee Nguyen Midfielder New England Revolution 88 Philadelphia Union 1,368
8 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,332
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,325
10 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Colorado Rapids 1,293
11 Chris Wondolowski Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 Chivas USA 1,245
12 Ryan Johnson Forward Portland Timbers 71 Sporting KC 1,232
13 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 Sporting KC 1,143
14 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 Houston Dynamo 1,097
15 Diego Fagundez Midfielder New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,071
16 Aurélien Collin Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,065
17 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,058
18 Dwayne De Rosario Midfielder D.C. United 90 Columbus Crew 1,002
19 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 983
20 Matt Hedges Defender FC Dallas 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 974

 

30 April 4:36 pm

After Saturday's draw in Vancouver, FC Dallas slid to the second spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings saying "On the face of it, a 2-2 draw on the road is a pretty good result. But it came at the price of two starters going off injured, a third going off under the influence of the red mist and a two-goal lead coughed up in the interim. Hey, at least they got the point." 

FCD also dropped to the #2 slot in the Soccer by Ives rankings, also noting that FCD struggled a bit when George John and Andrew Jacobson had to come out of the lineup. Dallas retained the top spot in the Soccer America power rankings staying above Los Angeles while the Sporting News rankings dropped FC Dallas to number two.  

 

30 April 9:05 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki and click here for day 1 & day 2 updates.

By Jesse Suarez

Day 3:

Sunday April 28th

Day three was a special day. We drove about one and half hours north to the city of Wagrowiec to play MKS Nielba Wagrowiec. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the city mayor and the entire MKS club!

The stadium was outstanding and the fans were excited to see the FC Dallas team. Autographs were signed by the players and coaching staff and the introduction to the game was full of excitement with local tv stations present. The boys were nervous and with a little bit of jet lag they didn't start the game well. However, we managed to get an early goal on a hand ball called in the box and Joel Aviles made the penalty kick.  

In the 16th minute, FC Dallas was awarded a corner kick and Weston McKennie scored an "Olimpico" goal straight from the corner. After the game, coach Molina and Weston did an interview with the Polish national press which was aired the next day. Immediately after, the team was greeted by the city mayor who invited us for lunch and then the team took pictures and exchanged gifts.

FC Dallas Pre Academy 97 -2 

MKS Nielba Wagrowiec 97 -0

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Teague 65), Joel Avilez, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez (Bernie ZuaZua 63), Alejandro Martinez,  Daniel Kiser (Duncan James 50), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie 

Goals: 

6'- Joel Avilés PK

16'- Weston McKennie corner kick

In the second game, the FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy traveled about one hour away to a city called Szamotuly. The club we played is called MSP Szamotuly who had a mixture of older players. A similar display of gratitude and greeting was displayed by the club. The boys managed to keep a 0 to 0 score at the end of the half. In the second half, MSP scored two early goals and the final score was 3-1 MSP with Sergio Lara scoring for our 96 team. 

MSP Szamotuly 94,95,96,97 - 3

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 1

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski, Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Eric Davies 54), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Livano Salas 54'), Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Bernie ZuaZua 59), Christian Ramirez (Richard Tapia 78) Jeff Withers (Sergio Lara 45)

Goals: 

0-1 50' min zandecki

0-2 53' min kitlinski

0-3 76' min lagodzinski 

1-3 89' min Sergio Lara

Day 4:

Sunday, April 29 

The boys had an easy day. We drove back to the training academy facilities of MKS Blekitni Wronki. We were treated by Lech Poznan coaching staff and players to a soccer tennis tournament and barbecue.

The boys had wonderful time meeting new friends.  Later in the day, we took a trip to the town square of Szamotuly, but unfortunately everything was closed. The tradition is to close at 6pm here in Poland. The boys still had a great time walking around, taking pictures and being asked for autographs by locals.

 

25 April 4:02 pm

This week we got a bonus double dose chatting with Dan Hunt on Facebook as well as an impromptu Twitter discussion looking at a number of topics including some nuggets about a possible future USL team, a marquee upcoming friendly and much more!

Click here to read the full Facebook recap. 

Click here to head over to Dan's Twitter page and be sure to follow him if you don't already!

24 April 2:57 pm

It truly is a full team effort for FC Dallas right now in their six-game unbeaten streak and two players have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. With a three-game home defensive scoreless streak going, George John earned a nod to the TOTW while team captain David Ferreira also earned TOTW honors. In addition, Schellas Hyndman, who set a franchise record on Saturday, found himself as coach of the week. Read below to see Nicholas Rosano's comments on each of the three honorees. 

DF: George John (FC Dallas) – While Dallas dominated the Whitecaps in their 2-0 home winover the weekend, they still needed that bit of defensive stability to keep things tight on their own end, and John did just that while even helping to set up Dallas' opener.

MF: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – At his irrepressible best in Dallas' win over Vancouver. You won't see his name on the scoresheet, but Ferreira pulled all the strings in midfield, made a number of key passes and was effective in his passing in Vancouver's half of the field.

Coach: Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas) – The transition to 4-2-3-1 has well and truly worked for Hyndman's team, and the weekend's 2-0 win over Vancouver was perhaps its best iteration so far. FCD nearly ran Vancouver off the field, and Hyndman deserves a good deal of credit for getting his team humming.

 

 

 

 

18 April 4:25 pm

On Thursday, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat discussing a number of topics in the FC Dallas world including EPL on NBC, the upcoming summer transfer window and FCD license plates.

Click here to read the full chat transcript.

 

17 April 3:14 pm

We're looking forward to another exciting match on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and it's going to be a special evening as we promote the FC Dallas Foundation’s Gear Up collection night presented by Albertsons Market.

Prior to entering the stadium, there will be large donation boxes at each gate where fans can drop off new or used soccer balls, shin guards, and cleats. These items are distributed to children locally and all over the world, so they can have the equipment to play the game!

Everyone that donates will received a 10% off coupon to the FC Dallas Team Store, so remember to Gear Up this weekend before the game!

17 April 1:38 pm

George John and Raul Fernandez have earned another accolade for their solid performances on Saturday night against the Galaxy, being named to the top 20 of the Castrol Index for week seven. With his big PK save, Fernandez comes in at second in the league while a game-winning goal and overall solid defensive play has George John in at 10th. 

Congrats to both! To view the full Castrol Index, click here. 

Castrol Index Week 7 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Seattle Sounders FC 1,544
2 Raúl Fernández Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 LA Galaxy 1,522
3 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,448
4 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,342
5 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,285
6 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,197
7 Conor Casey Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,165
8 Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 FC Dallas 1,153
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 Colorado Rapids 1,142
10 George John Defender FC Dallas 90 LA Galaxy 1,082
11 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 88 Real Salt Lake 1,082
12 Jámison Olave Defender New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,074
13 Joe Bendik Goalkeeper Toronto FC 90 Philadelphia Union 1,041
14 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Chicago Fire 1,022
15 Djimi Traoré Defender Seattle Sounders FC 90 New England Revolution 921
16 Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 Chivas USA 916
17 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 75 Chicago Fire 895
18 Lamar Neagle Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 New England Revolution 890
19 Víctor Bernárdez Defender San Jose Earthquakes 90 Portland Timbers 856
20 Federico Higuaín Forward Columbus Crew 90 Montreal Impact 851

 

16 April 4:00 pm

Sitting on top of MLS by three points after Saturday's big win over the two-time defending champion LA Galaxy, the weekly MLS Power Rankings make for some nice reading no matter which site you check out. In pretty much all the power rankings out there, FC Dallas is in either first or second place and we've rounded them up to get a good look at what people around the league think of first-place FCD. 

The MLSsoccer.com power rankings have FCD in second place behind Kansas City, jumping all the way up from seventh. Jeff Carlisle's ESPN Power Rankings have FC Dallas in the top spot, up from last week's second place position. Avi Creditor over at SI.com has FC Dallas in first while Soccer By Ives also has Schellas Hyndman's men in the top spot. 

Rounding out our look around the power rankings world, Steve Davis of ProSoccerTalk has FC Dallas in first place and Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com has FCD in first as well. 

15 April 10:43 am

 

Last Wednesday, Zach Loyd, Kenny Cooper, Blas Perez and Chris Seitz partnered with the Texas Back Institute, official spine specialist of FC Dallas, and Dr. Michael Hisey, M.D. for a photo shoot promoting an upcoming media campaign. Check out some of these behind the scenes pics!