Welcome to the 4th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with Brazilian defender/midfielder Michel.
Michel was born in Vitoria, Brazil and began his professional career in 2000 at Atletico Miniero before he moved to the Belgian Pro League in 2004. After playing two season in Belgium, he returned to Brazil where he played for three different teams. In 2010, he moved to a Greek club, Aris, where he played in almost every match for the club through two seasons. Michel signed with FC Dallas in February of 2013 and scored his first MLS goal a few months later. Internationally, Michel played for the Brazilian U23 team in 2003 where he made four appearances.
- Is there something you do before every single game?
Michel: Not really, I just try to relax that maximum that I can and recover my energy
- What's your favorite place you've ever traveled?
Michel: There's a lot, but Portland and New York.
- What about outside the United States?
Michel: Paris and Greece are two places that I love to be, it's beautiful and amazing atmosphere.
- You payed in Greece for a season, what was your favorite part about the country?
Michel: The beaches, the islands are pretty, the weather is perfect and the life there is really good
- What's your favorite part about living in America?
Michel: The weather too, the clothes, the language, the people are always friendly to me so I love being here.
- We hear you're becoming a Dallas Stars fan, what is it that you like about hockey?
Michel: I like to watch but my favorite part is the fighting. I like to see that
- What's your favorite American movie?
Michel: Anything with Jim Carrey or Ben Stiller I like
- Who's your favorite American musician?
Michel: There's a lot but I love 50 cent. I like rap
- What's one thing you splurge your money on?
Michel: Apartments and houses I invest my money in. All of them are in Brazil.
- Who do you think is the best player in the World Cup right now?
Michel: Messi and Neymar to me. Messi is always one of the best every year
- Do you like to play any other sports when you're not playing soccer?
Michel: I like to play basketball and volleyball for fun
FC Dallas rookie Tesho Akindele wowed Friday's sellout crowd at Toyota Stadium with a beautiful volleyed goals in the 26th minute of FCD's 2-1 win over Philadelphia and his goal has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Akindele has scored twice in his last three competitive matches and said after Friday's match: "As a striker, you've got to believe in yourself."
WATCH: GOTW Week 17
Hear what FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja had to say after tonight's 2-1 win over Philadelphia:
Hear from Oscar Pareja & Matt Hedges ahead of tonight's match against Philadelphia
FC Dallas is back at home for the first MLS game at Toyota Stadium in almost a month! Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
Here's all the action from Sunday's goalless draw with Columbus:
A few weeks ago, World Cup '94 veteran Fernando Clavijo sat down with us for an FCDTV interview discussing his memories of the '94 World Cup during which he played three of four matches for the United States including the 1-0 round of 16 loss to Brazil. Clavijo's interview was a fascinating perspective on how someone who immigrated to the United States from Uruguay and ended up playing on the biggest stage with his adopted country. Enjoy:
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with midfielder Andrew Jacobson.
Andrew was born in Palo Alto, California. He attended UC-Berkeley from 2003 to 2006 where he was named to the All Pac-10 team three times. Jacobson was the 24th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and DC United's first pick. Instead of playing in the MLS, he chose to sign a contract with Lorient of France's Ligue 1. Jacobson returned to the MLS in 2009 to DC United. He was then selected by the Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft in November of the same year. Finally, he was treaded to FC Dallas in February of 2011. Jacobson started in 27 games last season and registered a career high in goals at three before being named captain of FC Dallas before the 2014 season.
- What's your earliest soccer memory?
Andrew: Playing for the Lightning Lizards when I was four years old. There were 14 or 15 kids just running around chasing a ball.
- You played a little bit in France, what was the best thing about the country and what was the worst?
Andrew: The weather was definitely the worst and the best was the food. I haven't been back, but I would, just not to Lorient again.
- Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions before every game?
Andrew: I eat the same meal before every game (rice, chicken and spinach), I go to bed at the same time, same schedule.
- What's one thing you'll splurge your money on?
Andrew: Vacations. I go to Hawaii every year, it's my favorite place to go to
- Favorite sports players in general of all time?
Andrew: Chipper Jones
- Favorite movie?
Andrew: What I liked growing up was Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- Most embarassing moment on the field?
Andrew: I try to black those out so there are none that I can think of
- Favorite world cup memory?
Andrew: Watching Zidane play when France won the 1998 World Cup
- Who do you think is the best player that's playing the world cup right now?
Andrew: Definitely Messi
- Favorite concert you've ever been too?
Andrew: Probably Jack Johnson and Ben Harper in Berkeley
Here's your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 win over San Antonio in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup action:
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup begins for FC Dallas tonight in the fourth round against the San Antonio Scorpions at 8pm at Toyota Stadium. FCD played in a total of three game last year winning two before falling in the quarterfinal round. Let's take a look back at how the tournament went for FCD last year.
Game 1 - Third round - May 29th, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0: The first half saw clean sheets from both sides until ultimately Blas Perez and Matt Hedges were able to come through to help FCD gain the win in the second half played at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
In the 54th minute, Je-Vaughn Watson sent a cross to Castillo at the far post who then kicked the ball to Blas Perez who was unmarked in front of the goal. Perez slid under Strikers goalkeeper to give FCD the lead. They scored their second goal in the 64th minute that would eventually be the last goal of the match. Michel took a free kick that found Hedges at the far post and he was able to easily head the ball into the goal.
USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 3, HOU 0
Game 2 - Fourth Round - June 12th, 2013 - FC Dallas 3, Houston Dynamo 0: The scoring opened for FCD in the 38th minute when Michel sent a ball to Jacobson at the far post who then tapped the ball to Cooper in front of the goal who was able to send it past the Dyanmo goalkeeper. The second goal came just before the 60th minute when MIchel again served a corner kick right to Cooper in front of the goal who headed it home. Dallas closed out the game in the 76th minute when Dynamo keeper fumbled a ball that came back out in front of Zach Loyd who chipped the ball over the keeper from 20 yards out.
USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 2, PTFC 3
Game 3 - Quarterfinals - June 26th, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Portland Timbers 3: FCD opened up the game in the 15th minute with a strike from Je-Vaughn Watson. As quick as FCD gained the lead, they lost it. Portland responded to Dallas' goal with three goals for their own. Perez was able to notch FCD their second goal to come within reach of the Timbers and David Ferreira hit the post with the final kick of the match, but ultimately it wasn't enough as the TImbers advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup eliminating FCD.