It’s derby week once again as FC Dallas returns home from a five-game road swing with the Houston Dynamo making their first MLS appearance at Toyota Stadium since March 17, 2013.
Not only is the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk a heated battle on the field, but through the Derby Donates initiative, it is now a way for both teams to come together and give back to their local communities. This week, there are three different ways that the FC Dallas Foundation and Dynamo Charities are getting involved.
First, through the “Every Save Makes a Difference” initiative and partnership between MLS WORKS, Allstate and Univision Deportes, for every save made in the Texas Derby, $500 will be donated to that team’s designated community organization. The FC Dallas Foundation has chosen Soccer Assist as the beneficiary for each save made, while Dynamo Charities has chosen Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley as theirs.
The second initiative is a friendly competition between each foundation. The losing team’s foundation will be donating $1,000 worth of soccer equipment to a charity in the wining team’s community. Should FC Dallas win, Dynamo Charities will donate equipment to America Scores Dallas. And should Houston win, the FC Dallas Foundation will donate to Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley.
Finally, FCD president Dan Hunt has personally challenged FC Dallas fans to show their support leading up to Friday’s match. For every tweet using #CrushTheOrange, Hunt will personally donate $1 to the FC Dallas Foundation, up to $1,000. We’ve made it easy for you to do so with the Tweet buttons!
No matter the result on the field, both teams will be contributing to the greater good of their local communities this rivalry week.
As FC Dallas travels to Colorado to take on the Rapids, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
5 - This is the last game of a five-game road swing for FC Dallas before returning home to face Houston Dynamo on June 26
1 - Colorado has only won one game at home this season, but have only conceded nine goals
64 - FCD has played Colorado 64 times, winning 31 matches and tying 12
283 - Dallas hasn't scored in the last 283 minutes of league play
13 - Fabian Castillo has been clinical in 13 games played against Colorado, scoring four goals and assisting on five others
3 - Only three active players (Drew Moor - COL, Atiba Harris - DAL, Zach Loyd - DAL) remain on either side from the MLS Cup Final match-up in 2010, which Colorado took over Dallas, 2-1
3.27 - Mauro Diaz ranks first in fouls suffered per match this season with 3.27
45 - Since Oscar Pareja was named head coach of FC Dallas, the club has only lost four games in matches that Mauro Diaz has played at least 45 minutes (13-4-6)
25 - FC Dallas (24.12) and Colorado Rapids (24.9) are two of only four teams in MLS with an average roster age under 25
0 - FCD has never lost in their new secondary kits and will be wearing them against Colorado
FC Dallas will face Sporting Kansas City on July 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Sporting Park in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.
FCD advanced to the Round of 16 with a 4-1 win over Sporting KC’s USL affiliate, Oklahoma City Energy FC on Tuesday at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Sporting earned a 1-0 victory over Saint Louis FC (USL) on Tuesday.
Dallas and Kansas City franchises have met once before in Open Cup play with the then-Kansas City Wizards earning a 4-0 win in a 2004 quarterfinal match-up on the way to the team’s first U.S. Open Cup championship.
The winner of the FC Dallas-Sporting KC match will host the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Colorado Rapids Round of 16 match-up.
2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Round of 16 June 30-July 1
Quarterfinals July 21-22
Semifinals August 11-12
Final Sept. 29 or 30
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been held annually since 1914 and is open to all amateur/professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The 2015 edition is headlined by the largest field in the modern era (1995-present) with 89 teams in contention when the first round began.
This year’s winner will earn a $250,000 grand prize and will qualify for the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
The FC Dallas trio of World Cup qualifiers all wrapped up the second leg of their national team duties this week. Tesho Akindele, Moises Hernandez and Atiba Harris all played major roles with their respective national teams.
Akindele and the Canadian team defeated Dominica 4-0 on Tuesday night with the FC Dallas forward scoring his first goal on the international stage and setting up Tosaint Ricketts with a point-blank finish. Team Canada advanced to the next stage of qualifying with an aggregate score of 6-0 in the two-leg series over Dominica.
Hernandez and Guatemala played a winner-take-all match against Bermuda on Monday. The FCD defender sent a high-arcing pass into the box to set up the lone goal of the match – sending Guatemala to the next round on a 1-0 aggregate score.
Harris and the St. Kitts & Nevis team dropped the second leg of their qualifier against El Salvador, 4-1 – losing the aggregate score 6-3 in the two legs. Harris – the captain of his squad – tried to mount a comeback, scoring in the 69th minute with St. Kitts & Nevis down 3-0, but the smallest sovereign state in the Americas failed to advance to the next round of qualifying.
The draw for the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will be held on July 25, with the field now narrowed to ten teams.
Sunday’s match against San Jose Earthquakes will air nationally on Fox Sports 1 as part of Soccer Sunday, so we have you covered on how to watch and support your FC Dallas squad to three points from home.
This is the second game against Chris Wondolowski and his squad after defeating the Earthquakes 1-0 to start off the season with a late-goal from Blas Perez.
Be sure to tune in to Fox Sports 1 or use the FoxSportsGo app on your phone or tablet at 6 p.m.
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First segment … Following a remarkable week of news involving FIFA scandal and all its implications, Marc Stein and Steve Davis begin digging into it all.
Second segment … The hosts are joined by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap for further exploration of FIFA president Sepp Blatter the ongoing allegations of bribery and corruption inside his organization.
Third segment … A chat with basketball star (and soccer fan) Dirk Nowitzki, who will soon be on his way to Berlin for the big UEFA Champions League final. We also begin looking at the final: Italy's Juventus vs. Spain's Barcelona FC.
Fourth segment … We finish by talking about the U.S. under-20s, now playing in the FIFA under-20 World Cup, and Steve Davis reveals the story of his personalized, autographed ball from Sepp Blatter.
After five-straight games on the road for FC Dallas, the team returns home for back-to-back matches including a rivalry match and fireworks celebration.
FCD will host Texas Derby-rival Houston Dynamo on Friday, June 26, presented by Novo Nordisk, and then celebrate the Fourth of July against the New England Revolution on Saturday, July 4th, presented by TXU Energy.
The Dynamo haven’t played in Frisco since March 2013 where FCD took a 3-2 win. Houston is back in the Western Conference this season, and this is game two of a three-game Texas Derby season series after Dallas won the first match in dominating fashion, 4-1. FCD can clinch El Capitán in front of an expected sell-out crowd, and it is sure to be a match you don’t want to miss!
Then eight days later, Toyota Stadium will be packed once again - this time it’s for a showdown with the 2014 MLS Cup-finalist New England Revolution. There’s no better way to spend the Fourth of July than with FC Dallas. This is the fourth straight year FCD has celebrated Independence Day with a home match followed by one of the biggest fireworks shows in the metroplex! Secure your tickets today and be a part of history with one of the largest-expected crowds in Toyota Stadium history.
FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo was named to the MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 12. Castillo has made TOTW six times already this season. This makes it six weeks in a row FC Dallas has had at least one player included on the list.
M: Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas) - Was electric in a losing effort for Dallas, wreaking havoc on defenders all night long.