The English Premier League's Aston Villa arrived in Frisco on Saturday morning to mark the beginning of their 2014 Texas Tour. The team attended the FCD vs. New England match in Frisco Saturday night to try and get a little scouting in before they face off against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.
Aston Villa trained for the first time in Frisco on Sunday for only a light training session and later that night former Aston Villa player who traveled with the team, Lee Hendrie, made a visit to the authentic Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Dallas. He gave the restaurant a jersey and team pennant.
Monday saw a more intense, fast paced training session inside the stadium in order to get them ready for the heat they will face in their two upcoming games in Texas. After training, Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, an avid Aston Villa fan, gave the team a visit on location in Frisco.
Today, the team took a tour of the Cowboys stadium ahead of tonight's open training session at Toyota Stadium in preparation for the 8pm kickoff Wednesday night.
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FC Dallas is in the midst of their second five-game MLS unbeaten streak of the season that's seen Oscar Pareja's men rise back up into a tie for second place in the Western Conference and the accolades are rolling in for FCD this week.
After his second MLS goal and first game-winner, Colombian winger Andres Escobar earned the top spot on the MLS Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, who had his first MLS shutout of the season, came in at 6th on the top 20 while the other goalscorer, Tesho Akindele, earned the #20 spot on the list.
The MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings were very kind to FC Dallas who rose five spots from #10 to #5 on the list.
In addition, Escobar earned his first nod to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. We'd like to think a couple other guys would be eligible for the list as well, but it's great to also see Moises Hernandez earn a spot on the ToTW bench.
They had this to say about Escobar's weekend: "Nearly unplayable, racing up and down the wings and wreaking havoc as Dallas was able to oust the Revolution 2-0."
It's a busy week at Toyota Stadium as we prepare for Wednesday's match between FC Dallas and English Premier League side Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram and Tuesday is one of the biggest days annually at Toyota Stadium as we host our Season Ticket Holder Meet The Team day. Here's all the info on tomorrow's big event:
*NOTE* If you are not a season ticket holder, you can still gain access to Meet The Team day by calling 888-FCD-GOAL and getting your 2015 season tickets.
6:00 - West gate opens for STH's only
6:15 - Free dinner available for STH's in the El Jimador Cantina(Northwest terrace)
6:30 - Special Fan Q&A session in the WinStar River Club with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert & players Shay Given, Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, Fabian Delph & Gary Gardner. (Open to STH's only)
6:30 - East gate opens for non-STH's with a ticket to Wednesday's match for Aston Villa open training session. (You must have a ticket to Wednesday's international friendly for access to Tuesday's open training session)
7:00 - Aston Villa open training session begins
7:15 - FC Dallas players out to locations for Meet The Team day.
After a tough start to the season, Andres Escobar is red hot with four goals and an assist in his last eight games in MLS/USOC and he scored his first game-winning goal on Saturday night in the 2-0 win over New England. According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Escobar led all players with four key passes on Saturday night and his 92 actions were third highest on the team.
Andres' 29th minute goal was #10 on ESPNFC's goals of the weekend and it has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week, so show your appreciation for his game on Saturday by voting for him early and often this week!
WATCH: GOTW Week 19
FCDTV brings you The Final Word after tonight's 2-0 win over New England:
Hear from Oscar Pareja, Moises Hernandez & Zach Loyd ahead of Saturday's game vs New England:
Here are your Keys to the Match pres. by Toyota for Saturday's match against New England:
Exactly one year ago today, FC Dallas signed Mauro Diaz and since it's 'throwback Thursday' we've compiled videos of all of Mauro's goal since he's been with the team. Watch and enjoy!
1. August 17th, 2013 - FCD vs. POR
2. September 7th, 2013 - FCD vs. VAN
3. September 29th, 2013 - FCD vs. CLB
4. March 8th, 2014 - FCD vs. MTL
5. March 29th, 2013 - FCD vs. POR
6. April 26th, 2014 - FCD vs. DC
Saturday's game against New England is presented by Albertsons Market and they want you to come out to meet defender Stephen Keel and goalkeeper Chris Seitz Thursday, July 17th at Albertsons in McKinney at 6800 Virginia Parkway from 4:30 - 6:00PM!
Get your autograph and photo with fan favorite Stephen Keel and 2012 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year Chris Seitz! In addition, bring new or gently used soccer cleats, shin guards and balls to donate! Every person who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a signed Stephen Keel FC Dallas jersey!
The World Cup might be over, but for FC Dallas and fans, the next 30 days are going to be action packed and filled with soccer. The next month sees FCD hit the field for six crucial games with four of those taking place right here at Toyota Stadium. To get you all set for the busy month of summer soccer, here's a rundown of what awaits FCD:
Saturday, July 19 vs New England pres. by Albertsons Market - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
After ten days without a match, FCD returns to the Toyota Stadium field versus New England at home this Saturday on July 19th at 8:00pm pres. by Albertsons Market. The Revolution are in current playoff standings in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. FCD is currently in fourth in the Western Conference only one and two points behind third and second place, respectively, so a win and three points would be a huge boost in the standings for the team.
Wednesday, July 23 vs Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
A few days after that, FCD is back at Toyota Stadium for their second-ever EPL friendly, this time against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa on July 23rd pres. by Moneygram. Not only is this game a great chance to see an EPL team up close, but it's a vital chance for some of our reserve players to make a name for themself in front of a big crowd and push for first-team minutes, since the game is strictly for bragging rights.
Sunday, July 27 at Vancouver Whitecaps - 4:00PM BC Place
To cap the three-match week, FCD takes on Vancouver away on the 27th at BC Place north of the border. The Whitecaps are just one point behind us in the standings currently and are in direct competition with FC Dallas for a Western Conference playoff spot, so this one is a biggie and the first of three matches FCD and Vancouver will play over the next three months. There will be an FC Dallas Party at the Pubs watch party for this game at Brickhouse Tavern + Tap where prizes and merchandise will be given away, so you'll want to make plans to join your #DTID faithful to watch this one on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, August 3 at Chivas USA - 9:00PM StubHub Center
The two-game road swing wraps up for FCD to kick the month of August off, as FCD takes on Chivas USA in LA. Chivas has been playing well lately as they are currently on a four-game MLS win streak. They are only 3 points behind FCD in the rankings and with two games before ours and momentum on their side, they could easily climb the standings and give FCD a tough match. Last time the two teams met the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Saturday, August 9 vs Colorado Rapids pres. by Raytheon - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
On August 9th, Colorado travels to Toyota Stadium looking to get revenge from the last time these two teams met back in June when FCD took the win from them at home. Colorado stands in third place currently in the west, one place ahead of Dallas and this match will be the second of three meetings between the clubs in 2014. With FCD and Colorado just one point apart in the standings, this will be another huge Western Conference matchup.
Tuesday, August 12 vs Philadelphia Union - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
FCD closes out the busy 30 days with arguably the biggest match as FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will be hosting the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semi-final game against the Philadelphia Union. FCD just recently played the Union winning 2-1 on July 4th and this will be FCD's first semifinal appearance since 2011. This match will be the latest round LHUSOC match at Toyota Stadium since hosting the final in 2007 and the winner will move on to play either Seattle Sounders FC or Chicago Fire in the Final.
Buckle up, it's about to get very busy around here!