Joey Cummings makes it 3-1 to FCDSO! pic.twitter.com/e4eoTYdHOa
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 28, 2015
Joey Cummings was not going to be denied.
The FC Dallas Special Olympian had not scored all season and was determined to get on the scoresheet. Like any goal poacher, he wasn’t happy about being subbed off early in the second half against LA Galaxy Special Olympics with his team up 2-1.
“Right before his last sub, he said ‘why are you taking me off I haven’t scored yet? I’ve played all season and haven’t scored,’” said coach Kyle Schroeder. “I told him to not worry and that we would get a chance to score and he did.”
With five minutes left and the Galaxy pushing for an equalizer, Cummings, who had subbed back in, was unmarked at the far post and finished a cross to open his account for the year and get that goal he’s been searching for. After the goal, Cummings did his trademark airplane celebration before giving fellow coach Craig Schroeder a bear hug.
“It was great. It was my first time to score a goal and I loved it,” said Cummings grinning from ear to ear. “My teammates helped me a lot. We work so hard.”
Cummings’ goal sealed a 3-1 win for his FC Dallas squad winning their 2015 season finale.
“I was amazed,” said Cummings about the win. “This is why I do this because I love it.”
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 28, 2015
The FC Dallas Special Olympics team supported by Globe Life ended their 2015 season with a win topping the LA Galaxy Special Olympics team 3-1 on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.
Doug Sullivan and Laurence Fairchild scored first half goals to give FC Dallas a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
A penalty kick goal pulled Los Angeles within a 2-1 score in the second half but Joey Cummings scored five minutes before the final whistle to earn a win for the FC Dallas Special Olympics team.
“So many special moments,” said coach Kyle Schroeder. “It was fantastic to come away with the win, we scored three terrific goals put in a solid team performance.”
It's getting down to the nitty gritty in MLS with one calendar month left in the season. This weekend all 20 MLS teams are in action and that means it's a great chance to lock in your DraftKings team! Follow this link to sign up and use these tips below for picking your team this weekend.
FC Dallas picks -
Fabian Castillo - He's only tallied once in his last seven games and it's time for Fabian Castillo to break back out. The Colombian has a penchant for the big stage and this one with all eyes watching on national TV could be somewhat of a coming out party for the Colombian.
Victor Ulloa - The Homegrown player scored his first career MLS goal last weekend and as Sunday's game should open up on the offensive end, Ulloa is in great shape to at least pick up an assist on Sunday.
MLS picks -
Kei Kamara - The dude is just a straight up beast and about as reliable playing at home as it gets. He's almost sure to get on the scoresheet against Portland
Obafemi Martins - Seattle is the hottest team in MLS and against a Sporting KC team that will leak goals from time to time he's a great bet to find at least one and probably more goals.
When: September 24th, 2015
Where: Fiesta Grocery Store
Event title: Fiesta Radio Remote
Summary: The Toyota Tour Truck stopped by a local Fiesta Market in Dallas, Texas where they promoted their spinning wheel and soccer games to customers passing through. Customers who used the wheel had a chance to win Toyota necklaces, Cricket Wireless balls, McDonald’s sunglasses and FC Dallas scarves. ESPN Deportes was there as well with a live radio show going on during store hours. Tex Hooper made an appearance and walked around the store saying hello to many customers as well as employees. He brought joy to the children around the store and put a smile on everyone’s face. The FC Dallas girls also helped out my promoting games and other FC Dallas events. It was a great success at the Fiesta Market and we are looking forward to doing another session soon.
Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez made some absolutely massive saves in Friday's match against Sporting Kansas City setting a new 2015 high of six saves and while probably three of them could easily win this week's award, his first-half save denying SKC right before the halftime whistle has been nominated for Save of the Week.
Give Jesse your vote!
When: September 23rd, 2015
Where: MoneyGram Park
Event title: Community Clinic
Summary: MoneyGram Park hosted the Toyota Tour Stop Truck for another popular community clinic. The inflatable goal was set up as kids were filled with excitement kicking their balls into it. A few of the FC Dallas coaches participated and helped the kids go through many drills improving their skills and soccer IQ. United Health Care and Cricket Wireless also had tents set up promoting FC Dallas through a raffle and other incidents. The kids had an amazing time playing and the clinic went very well overall. MoneyGram Park was generous letting us use one of their fields and we can’t wait to go back again soon.
When: September 22nd, 2015
Where: Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park
Event title: GLASA Soccer Clinic
Summary: The Toyota Tour Stop Truck travelled to Lewisville, Texas where they threw a clinic that had a fantastic turn out with kids of ages between 5-13. Along with the soccer clinic, the FC Dallas team came for a miniature practice as well as an autograph session afterwards for all of the kids that attended. It was a huge hit with the parents and children and many of the players did a great job exhibiting their skills and poise on and off the field. The team had an introduction speech before it started in order for the kids to know who was who. The tour set up their regular tent and gave away free t-shirts. The inflatable soccer goal was also a hit as kids would win a Toyota necklace as a prize for scoring. It was a perfect evening for the Tour Stop and we look forward to coming back another time.
MLSsoccer.com has released their prestigious 24 under 24 annual list today and Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta comes in at #14 this year, his first but certainly not last appearance on the list.
We had the opportunity to chat with Kellyn recently to find out 24 facts about him that you may or may not have known. Here's 24 facts about Kellyn and remember, he only turned 20 a couple months ago.
1. Kellyn has been to at least 15 countries including just about everywhere in Europe, Argentina, Colombia, New Zealand and Australia
2. His grandma is Japanese and his dad was born in Japan as well. That means, yes, Kellyn is eligible for the Japanese National Team. But they shouldn't get any bright ideas, Kellyn is loyal to the red, white and blue.
3. The worst hair cut Kellyn has ever received? In New Zealand this summer. "I got a haircut that messed up my hair nasty. Worst haircut ever."
4. Kellyn was born at Plano Medical Center in Carrollton. He's truly a hometown kid.
5. Kellyn has done some pretty crazy things for a 20-year-old. Among the craziest for him is riding a camel through the desert in the UAE which he and the rest of his teammates did during the 2014 preseason.
6. The player who helped bring Kellyn to the club? Give a big thank you to Furman University midfielder Marco Carrizales. Marco, an FCD Academy graduate, helped recruit Kellyn at just 13 years old. "Our dads talked, I talked to Chris Hayden and came out to a couple practices and liked it."
7. Kellyn's pregame meal? Five-cheese ziti with shrimp from Olive Garden. He goes before every home game, but doesn't eat the breadsticks. "I stay away from them or I'll eat all of them."
8. Kellyn is one of the lucky few to have the Chipotle free burrito card. His go-to burrito? White rice and chicken with a little bit of sour cream, medium salsa and he doesn't forget the chips and guac.
9. His favorite video game is FIFA on the PS4. No surprise there.
10. He once got in trouble for trying to forge his dad's signature in school on a field trip permission form. Grounded for a week.
11. He has started college at Southern New Hampshire University looking to study business studies and sports management.
12. Before signing his Homegrown contract, Kellyn was committed to play at the University of Maryland.
13. Other than his current FC Dallas coaching staff, Kellyn credits Dallas Tornado veteran Zequinha for his development as a coach. Zequinha coached Kellyn from when he was seven years old until he joined FCD.
14. His favorite restaurants in Dallas? Gloria's and Pappadeaux's.
15. He celebrated his first contract by going out to eat Mexican food. That's what pretty much all of us would do.
16. His Michael Jordan moment? Kellyn was put on the JV soccer team his freshman year "because of politics" then left for the US Soccer U-17 Residency program.
17. He's never been to homecoming or prom. He's gotten asked but couldn't make it.
18. His three favorite moments as a player? The U-18 National Championship, his debut start in Seattle as an 18-year-old and scoring his first goal just a few weeks ago.
19. Kellyn has the second-most minutes played as a teenager in franchise history behind only Joselito Vaca.
20. Kellyn was one of just two players on both the 2013 and 2015 United States U-20 World Cup team along with goalkeeper Zach Steffen.
21. Kellyn has pretty much played every position on the field except goalkeeper, but he clearly enjoys playing most in central midfield.
22. Kellyn's high school mall hangout? Collin Creek Mall.
23. Kellyn was a soccer referee at a younger age, but noted the parents would scream at him. Perhaps it helps him keep his cool on the field now?
24. His favorite players growing up? Oscar Pareja, Eddie Johnson and Bobby Rhine.
The U-17 World Cup in Chile is just a few weeks away and three FC Dallas players look to be in the sights of head coach Richie Williams as they have been called in for a final training camp in Mexico City.
Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas, the youngest player in MLS, has been a part of the team through qualifying and looks to be one of the cornerstones of the side.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy outside back Reggie Cannon was also called in to the squad and could provide a dynamic aspect to the team as an outside back who loves to get forward and push into the attack. Cannon is committed to UCLA and was a key part of last year's U-16 National Championship team.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy midfielder Weston McKinnie was the third player called in to the camp as someone who has come on very strong in the last six months. McKinnie, who spent lots of time with the U-17 residency in Bradenton when he was younger, was another key centerpiece of the U-16 National Championship team and scored a goal in the final. He has trained with the FCD first team on many occasions.
Here is the full release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Sept. 21, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has called 24 players for a training camp in Mexico City, where the team will play two preparation matches against Mexico in its final action ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The U-17’s will face off with Mexico on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 25.
The team is coming off of back-to-back trips to Europe. In August, the U-17 MNT participated in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic, going 1-1-2, drawing 1-1 with both Slovenia and Slovakia, and closing out with a 2-1 win against Ukraine. Earlier this month, the U-17’s took second at the 2015 Limoges Tournament in France, where they tied France 0-0, and defeated Australia 6-0.
The team is now less than a month away from the World Cup in Chile, where it has been drawn into Group A with Nigeria, Croatia and Chile. The USA kicks off the tournament’s opening match on Oct. 17 against Nigeria at 4 p.m. ET.
Twenty-two players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Reginald Cannon (FC Dallas Academy; Grapevine, Texas), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinzie Gaines (Lonestar S.C.; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls Academy; Garden City Park, N.Y.) Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Comos; Los Angeles, Calif.)