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27 March 10:19 am

We're only through week three of the season and power rankings are tough to put too much stock into, but FCD's case is an interesting one because the national pundits vary wildly on where Oscar Pareja's undefeated team stands in the league pyramid at the moment. Let's take a look at some of the power rankings:

Starting off with Soccer By Ives, Dan Karell has FCD in ninth place, one of the lowest you'll find. Dan says:

"FC Dallas put Chivas USA back in their place when they visited Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Mauro Diaz continues to be the heartbeat of the FC Dallas midfield and a healthy Michel only helps on set pieces."

Liviu Bird of SI.com has FCD a spot higher in 8th saying:

"Dallas had plenty of scoring chances against Chivas but struggled to convert until the second half. Fabián Castillo made a good run from deep on a free kick to give his team the lead, and two more goals followed as Dallas turned a close game into a comfortable result. Óscar Pareja’s team is already clicking better than last year."

The clearly brilliant friends of ours at MLSsoccer.com have FCD jumping all the way up to the top spot in MLS at #1:

"Mauro Díaz is a wizard. And Fabián Castillo is starting to look like a DP-caliber attacker. Oscar Pareja's homecoming is, thus far, living up to the hype."

A more local take, Kevin Lindstrom at 3rd Degree has FC Dallas in 7th saying:

"While the top record in the West has a lot of FCD fans giddy with excitement, there still remains questions about this club. Injuries again rear their ugly head, and the late, questionable tackle from Thomas put Pareja’s men in a tight spot with what has got to be a frustrated and getting close to desperate Timbers group coming into town for Saturday’s clash. Diaz is the real deal at home, and we saw both wings blossom against a solid Chivas USA side last Saturday..."

ProSoccerTalk has FCD up five spots into eighth this week after Saturday's win:

"Pros – most points in the league; MLS’s best attack; Mauro Díaz and Fabian Castillo; a set-up that is going to give Castillo and Je-Vaughn Watson a chance to embarrass defenders all year. Cons – their schedule; their defense; not knowing whether Watson can maintain Saturday’s level all season. (2-0-1)"

ESPNFC thinks highly of FCD having them at the #5 spot after week three:

"Mauro Diaz continued to blaze a path toward legend status in Dallas, as his influence on Saturday's 3-1 win over Chivas USA was considerable. His through-ball on Je-Vaughn Watson's goal was sublime. The only downer for FCD? Hendry Thomas' red card."

25 March 9:38 pm

The accolades are rolling in for FC Dallas players after Saturday's 3-1 win over Chivas USA. For the second time this season and second home game in a row, Mauro Diaz and Fabian Castillo were named to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week

They had this to say about the FCD players: 

MF: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – Rampaged through Chivas USA’s soft middle during the first half, and started the scoring by linking up well with his teammates.

MF: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – The young DP bounced back from a quiet performance last week with another strong game, showing he can set teammates up on dead balls as well as the run of play.

Maybe we could've gotten Je-Vaughn Watson at least on the bench for his performance, but we won't complain about getting two players on the list. 

The ProSoccerTalk guys also had Fabian and Mauro in their best XI adding a deserved inclusion for Jair Benitez who did a great job with Mauro Rosales on Saturday night. 

Jair Benítez, FC Dallas – What was supposed to be a matchup between him and Chivas USA right midfielder Mauro Rosales never materialized. Instead, Benítez used the space he was afforded to have an impact going forward, especially as Dallas turned up the heat in the second half.

In addition, the whole squad has been named Soccer By Ives MLS Team of the Week

Winning is fun. 

24 March 3:46 pm

Here's the highlights from yesterday's 2-0 Reserve League win over Chivas USA. Click here for the full recap.

24 March 2:33 pm

EDIT: Castillo currently leads voting with only one day left! Get those votes in for Fabian!

For the second week out of three, FC Dallas is nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!

This week, it's Fabian Castillo's 71st-minute strike to give FC Dallas the lead in their 3-1 victory over Chivas USA. With the goal, Castillo has already equaled his goal output for 2013 and looks set for his biggest year yet in 2014.

Vote Castillo!


WATCH: GOTW Week 3

 


 

22 March 10:36 pm

Here are the highlights from tonight's FC Dallas win over Chivas USA.

21 March 4:20 pm

It's home match #2 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night as FC Dallas hosts Chivas USA pres. by Novo Nordisk in the first Western Conference matchup of the season for FCD. Here are the 10 things you need to know before coming to Toyota Stadium tomorrow night:

1. Get there early to enjoy Lamar's Tailgate with DJ Spin of The LHK spinning up until our Lamar Hunt Scarfing ceremony where Chris Clarke of FC Dallas Youth will be our honorary scarfer in celebration of FC Dallas Youth night. Gates open at 6:00PM for the 7:30PM kickoff.

2. Saturday night marks the first time two Colombians will coach against each other as good friends Oscar Pareja and Wilmer Cabrera's sides battle.

3. Don't miss Seth Savage Band playing in the El Jimador Cantina in the northwest corner of Toyota Stadium.

4. If you don't have tickets yet and you live around downtown or 635, why not take a ride on the FCD Express? You can get a round trip bus ride + ticket for $25 or just a round trip ride for $10.

5. For FC Dallas, Saturday's game represents a chance to go 2-0-1 and stay at the top of the Western Conference with a win. Hear Hedges, Keel & Pareja give their thoughts on the match with our Quick Kicks.

6. The t-shirt gun is back.

7. Mother nature isn't being terribly kind to us again though temperatures will be much warmer than the last game. There's about a 30% chance of rain, though chances are supposed to go down by the evening so keep your fingers crossed, but bring a jacket.

8. If you can't make it to tonight's game, the broadcast is on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 148/MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live as well as 100.7FM in english and 1270AM in spanish. 

9. FC Dallas has only lost two of 13 MLS matches against Chivas USA at Toyota Stadium. You can find other interesting tidbits in our official match preview.

10. If you don't have your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Buy them here.

12 March 4:50 pm

Today at Toyota Stadium, we had the chance for our media session with new forward David Texeira getting his headshot, signature move, name that tune & starting XI videos and graphics done.

We were all very impressed with Texeira(pronounced Tex-eh-ruh), who actually speaks very good English and will no-doubt become a fan favorite very quickly in Frisco.

You may see him very soon on the field as well with head coach Oscar Pareja hinting that he might make the trip to Sporting Kansas City this weekend.

12 March 11:36 am

While Chris Seitz's fantastic performance in net didn't earn him a save of the week or team of the week nomination, he rightly found his way onto the Castrol Index for week one as the highest ranked FC Dallas player.

Seitzy made six saves in Saturday's win, tied for the second-most in the league for week one, while earning his fifth MLS win in the past two seasons. Also appearing on the list are Mauro Diaz & Fabian Castillo.

Click here for a full explanation on how the Castrol Index is tabulated.

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Joao Plata Forward Real Salt Lake 89 LA Galaxy 1,932
2 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 1,610
3 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 LA Galaxy 1,446
4 Gastón Fernández Forward Portland Timbers 90 Philadelphia Union 1,438
5 Andrew Wenger Forward Montreal Impact 90 FC Dallas 1,276
6 Bobby Burling Defender Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 1,243
7 Stefan Frei Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 Sporting Kansas City 1,203
8 Boniek García Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 1,137
9 Federico Higuaín Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,116
10 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 87 Portland Timbers 1,108
11 Chris Seitz Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 Montreal Impact 1,025
12 Jaime Penedo Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,008
13 Jairo Arrieta Forward Columbus Crew 87 D.C. United 1,007
14 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 996
15 Fabián Castillo Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Montreal Impact 991
16 Thomas McNamara Forward Chivas USA 79 Chicago Fire 921
17 Dom Dwyer Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 Seattle Sounders 918
18 Agustín Pelletieri Midfielder Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 883
19 Mauro Díaz Midfielder FC Dallas 88 Montreal Impact 844
20 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 827

 

12 March 11:17 am

MLSsoccer.com has released their MLS Team of the Week for week one and two FCD players, Fabian Castillo & Mauro Diaz, have made the starting XI after their fantastic offensive performances on Saturday night against Montreal.

Here's what they had to say:

MF: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – After David Ferreira’s departure, there is no doubt whose team this is as he was the driving force behind FC Dallas’ attack with creativity and precision. Produced one of the goals of the week with his free kick in the 47th minute.

FW: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – So dangerous down left side – he was at the forefront of every counter and the Impact had no answer for his speed.

Would you have included anyone else or did MLS get this one right?

 

 

10 March 5:52 pm

Our videographer, Aaron Griffin, has been putting out some amazing work lately and a new feature you're going to see on our YouTube page after home matches is "The Rewind," a quick look back at the best moments from each match at Toyota Stadium.

There were certainly some great ones in the 3-2 win over Montreal, so take a watch. You'll be ready for March 22 to be here tomorrow.