US National Team
Several members of the FC Dallas family are traveling to Brazil this summer to take in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have agreed to share their experiences with FCDallas.com to give our readers a first-person perspective of the festivities. Today's entry comes from Mobile Sales Team Manager Ryan Hurtado from Rio de Janeiro.
After 20+ hours of travel, Bom Dia!
With a few hiccups before we even left and a couple changes on the itinerary, the trek to Rio only became more fruitful (Imagine flying from London to DFW, having three hours to drive to Love Field to take a flight to Houston to only fly north again to OKC. OKC and Rio aren't the right comparison, but you get the idea). After having to squeeze a cab ride through São Paulo to get to another airport for a connecting flight, we saw a hint of Brazil's diversity and culture in a 40 minute drive and this was just scratching the surface.
The first thing that was uncertain in my mind was the reception of my American pride. With the centennial crest on my chest through the whole day of travel and conversations in English, broken Spanish and Portuguese, the courtesies were amazing! All ethnicities were proud, excited and just wanted to joke and talk soccer.
Mexican fans said thank you for allowing them to be there (like we had anything personally to do with it) and we laughed over our shared love for Graham Zusi. To the French we met on the way to Porto Alegre who spoke of MLS, Michael Bradley and how they saw us as dangerous because of Jurgen. The theme was clear that soccer transcends language. Friendly banter was all around, especially as Ghanaians passed and we patted our chests while they chirped "you don't want it again." Well, I didn't have much response there!
With our plans getting us into Rio later than desired, we knew there was a night of Samba and Cachaça ahead of us that wouldn't allow my dumb grin to leave my face. This is all built up by the anticipation of seeing some matches live, which by the pace of the tournament should be wild and entertaining affairs.
I'd be at fault if I did'nt mention the night life in Rio. The night to say the least was incredible. We had some food in Ipanema Beach and proceeded to a botico to watch the Ivory Coast vs Japan match. This botico for no other reason than it was a Saturday turned into a block party, where the smiles, beautiful people and chope were endless. By the end of the night myself and two travel companions made a multitude of friends Brazilian, Dutch, American and in between. This city breathes a life and atmosphere that I've never felt before. Add in the fact it is 75 all the time without humidity and you can imagine why it's hard not to smile the entire time! I am off to the Maracana to see Messi live, time to cross that one off the bucket list.
SEGMENT 1: The United States' wild 2-2 draw with Mexico -- and Clint Dempsey's hat trick for Seattle in an even wilder 4-4 draw in Portland in the season's first Cascadia Derby -- dominate the early discussion.
SEGMENT 2: Fox Sports host extraordinaire Rob Stone returns to the show to talk Champions League and U.S. national team matters with the guys.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Eric Wynalda, fresh off his stint in Phoenix calling the USA-Mexico game alongside Ian Darke and Alejandro Moreno, joins the boys to give his verdict on Julian Green, Jurgen Klinsmann's bigger concern -- think defense as opposed to the forward line -- and everything else topical from the week's big friendly match.
SEGMENT 4: FC Dallas is unbeaten after five games for the first time in franchise history. So Steve breaks it all down for Stein from his vantage point as the team's new radio voice.
Segment 1: Stein and Steve reflect on a wild final night in World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF, which saw mighty Mexico come perilously close to elimination from soccer's grand stage next summer before being rescued by two late goals in Panama from their old friends south of the border.
Segment 2: American star Landon Donovan says he's not sure Mexico, if the roles were reversed, would have tried so hard to win a game in extra time if it meant helping the United States qualify for the World Cup. Is Landon right? Should the Americans have let Panama close out a 2-1 victory that would have eliminated Mexico? The boys discuss.
Segment 3: The one and only Andres Cantor, fresh off calling Costa Rica's 2-1 victory over Mexico for Telemundo, joins the guys to talk about the state of Mexico's chaos-ridden team after its great Hex escape and yet another coaching change headed into next month's two-legged World Cup playoff with New Zealand.
Segment 4: Clint Dempsey is still looking for his first goal as a Seattle Sounder, but the proud Texan was kind enough to sit down and touch on a number of hot topics after a 2-0 defeat to FC Dallas that threatens to knock Seattle out of the playoffs. The highlights of that conversation are all here.
Head coach Richie Wiliams has called in a 44-player training camp in preparation for the Copa de Mexico de Naciones beginning on August 7 in Mexico City. Three FC Dallas players, Weston McKinnie, Alejandro Zendejas and Eric Torres will represent FCD at the camp, tied with LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls for the most of any team.
CHICAGO (July 24, 2013) – Members of the U-15 Boys’ National Team will convene at the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. for the last training camp before players born in 1998 are eligible for the U-17 age group.
The squad will take part in Copa de Mexico de Naciones beginning on Aug. 7 and running through Aug. 19 in Mexico City.
The camp is headed by U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Richie Williams.
Williams will also use the camp to scout the next crop of players vying for a spot on the U-17 roster for the next FIFA U-17 World Cup cycle.
Of the 44 players in attendance, 27 are currently members of Development Academy teams.
GOALKEEPERS (4): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va. ), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy; Altadena, Calif.), Andrew Romig (Richmond Kickers; Midlothian, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (16): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (Philadelphia Union Academy; Allentown, Pa.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Reginald Cannon (Solar Chelsea SC; Grapevine, Texas.), Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dietrich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Vernon Fernandez (De Anza Force; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Edwin Lara (Alliance Soccer Club; San Leandro, Calif.), Cristian Martinez (NJSA 04 Academy; Mine Hill, N.J.), Tommy McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Kyle Perno (Albertson; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Christian Albelo (Hoffenheim; Heidelberg, Germany), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Alexis Donicio (Sacramento United; Sacramento, Calif.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Hipsen Garcia (Met Oval; Corona, N.Y.), Ethan Lotenero (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Emmanuel Perez (Sunrise Elite; Boynton Beach, Fla.), Alexander Soto (TSF; Palisades Park, N.J.), Devon Vega (Classics Elite; San Antonio, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (12): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (Georgia United; Atlanta, Ga.), David Loera (Orlando City Lions; Orlando, Fla.), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Fernando Soria (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sean Teixiera (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.), Eric Torres (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas), DJ Williams (Solar Chelsea SC; Fort Worth, Texas), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
The week ahead is an exciting one for soccer fans across the metroplex, with the best of CONCACAF coming to town for the Gold Cup semifinals and FC Dallas Stadium hosting three events, including an international friendly. Here's a timeline of the packed week!
Tuesday, July 23 - FC Dallas Reserves vs. Antigua Barracuda FC: The FC Dallas reserve squad will host Antigua Barracuda FC of USL Pro in reserve league action on Tuesday night, their second home game of the season. The game will start at 7 p.m. and admission is free. If you can't make it out to the stadium, you can watch the game via the live stream on FCDallas.com.
Wednesday, July 24 - Gold Cup Semifinals: On Wednesday night, one of the biggest soccer events of the year hits Cowboys Stadium as the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals come to the metroplex. Jurgen Klinsmann's high-flying United States squad starts the evening off at 6 p.m. against Honduras, followed by Mexico vs. Panama, featuring FC Dallas' Blas Perez, at 9 p.m. in what is sure to be a sold-out and wild atmosphere. Follow FC Dallas for exclusive social media and website coverage of both games.
Friday, July 26 - Meet the Team: FC Dallas Season Ticket Holders will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the team on Friday night before the Stoke City friendly on Saturday. The schedule is tentatively as follows: The evening will begin with a press conference featuring Stoke City at 6 p.m. in the WinStar River Club. The event is open to the first 300 Season Ticket Holders that arrive. The press conference will be followed by the media introduction of FC Dallas' newest signing, Mauro Diaz, at 6:15 p.m. Season Ticket Holders will also have access to Stoke City FC's pregame practice starting at 6:30p.m. The evening will end with FC Dallas player autographs on the concourse from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free CiCi's pizza and soda will be available for all Season Ticket Holders. If you're not currently a season ticket holder, you can gain access to the event by purchasing season tickets. Call 888-FCD-GOAL for more information.
Saturday, July 27 - FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC: The week will conclude with an international showdown as the English Premier League comes to Frisco with FCD hosting Stoke City FC. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium, and there is still plenty of time to grab your tickets for the game.
Russell Moore was our grand prize "Get In and Win" season ticket holder winner, getting a free trip to every United States home World Cup Qualifier. Here is his blog from last month's big 1-0 win over Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City!
Our third trip took us to Salt Lake City, Utah where we got to see USA take on Honduras. Once again the USA fans were loud and proud!
Our seats were behind the goal which gave us and excellent view when USA scored the only goal of the game to take the win over Honduras. The game Was fantastic. Honduras had many of their fans at the Ggme this time which made the game more exciting.
Our great seats gave us a really good view of the players and the field. USA Soccer is so exciting to watch, you get a chance to see all the great players take part in supporting their country.
Salt Lake City is really nice, there are many things to do there, and it was great to enjoy the USMNT with all of the other USA fans.
Thank you again FC Dallas for this GREAT opportunity!.
Russell and Renee Moore
The U.S. Men's National Team has a World Cup qualifying game against Jamaica tonight (8:30 p.m. CT, beIN Sport). After a loss to the Reggae Boyz in a qualifying game last year, tonight's is crucial for the USMNT, which is currently in fourth place in the Hexagonal. If you're looking for a fun place to watch the game with some fellow soccer lovers, stop by one of our pub partners! All of the pubs will be showing the game and many will have either drink specials or Happy Hours, so it's a great way to watch the game and celebrate the weekend. Here are some of the specials going on tonight.
Allen Wickers- Located in Plano, Happy Hour runs from 4-8 p.m., so it's a great place to stop by before the game.
Lemon Bar- Lemon Bar and Grill also has Happy Hour today, from 3-7 p.m.
The Londoner Frisco- This will be a big night at the The Londoner Frisco. In addition to 70s night and drink specials ($1.75 Bud Light and $3 gin and vodka tonics), the FC Dallas Girls will be stopping by from 7:30-9:30p.m.
The Londoner Addison- The Londoner in Addison will be serving their usual Friday special, $2.50 PBRs, all day as well as during the game.
The Staggering Irishman- This Dallas pub will also be having Happy Hour until 8 p.m.
Irish Rover- The Irish Rover's Happy Hour run from 4-7 p.m. tonight.
Gingerman Plano- Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m.
Stop by any of these pubs tonight for a great pre-game and game-watching experience!
As part of FC Dallas' 2013 Get In & Win Campaign last year, the club gave fans the opportunity to register for a once-in-a-lifetime U.S. Men's National Team Tour; the grand prize being a trip for two to each of the USMNT's five home World Cup Qualifiers in 2013. Of the thousands of entries, one lucky fan was chosen at random to win two plane tickets, a hotel stay and a pair of tickets to each of the USMNT's home games during the Hexagonal. That lucky fan was Russell Moore, who enjoyed the first of five trips with his wife, Renee, as the U.S. played Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado last Friday. Russell has agreed to write an exclusive blog for FCDallas.com after each of his trips, and last week's was a memorable one:
The first leg of our USA soccer tour took us to Denver for the USA vs. Costa Rica Game. While the weather became a bit challenging, the game was fantastic! We stayed in a hotel in the downtown Denver area and had a great time visiting with other USA soccer fans. When we arrived to the game, we joined other fans in the lower deck of the stadium and had a great time chanting “USA” with them. Our seats were fantastic and had the best view of the pitch. Seeing our USA players up close, including Brek Shea, was the highlight of our trip.
Thank you to FC Dallas for the opportunity to attend this great match! We look so forward to the other USA matches to come.
Russell and Renee Moore
After a 1-0 win over Costa Rica last Friday that U.S. Soccer fans will remember for years to come, the USMNT now must face CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico at Estadio Azteca tonight in World Cup Qualifying (9:30 p.m. CT, ESPN).
If you're looking for a place to watch with fellow soccer fans, head out to one of our official Pub Partners. Several of them will be running food and drink specials during the match:
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Costa Rica tonight (9 p.m. CT, ESPN) in a crucial World Cup Qualifier. If you're looking for a place to watch with friends in a soccer-friendly atmosphere, pay a visit to any one of our Pub Partners from around the DFW-Metroplex. You can see where all of our Pub Partners are located here.
You can visit The Staggering Irishman in North Dallas, where the FC Dallas Girls will be promoting next weekend's Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser for the FC Dallas match against the New England Revolution at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Or you could take in the game at Lemon Bar & Grill in Frisco, where there will also be a live Beatles cover band (A Hard Day's Night). Be sure to get there at 8 p.m. for a special Hope Park fundraiser event. The entire $10 cover charge plus 10% of all food and drink sales will go towards Hope Park, and there will be a blind auction with some awesom items available that will benefit the future Frisco park. The Hope Park project was FC Dallas' 2012 Community MVP, so go out and support a great cause and then support the USMNT!
The Allen Wickers in Plano will also be running some exclusive food and drink specials during the match, including $3 Heinekens and a $6.99 chicken tender basket. And Londoner Frisco will be offering beer buckets (five bottles) for $12.