As FC Dallas prepares to take on Los Angeles Galaxy and their "Big 3," here are some numbers to keep in mind:
3 - For the third straight year, Toyota Stadium will play host to a Special Olympics game on Saturday night, directly following the FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy match.
2 - Two points separate LA Galaxy and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings, but FCD has three games in hand.
2014 - 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele was the difference earlier in the season at Toyota Stadium, scoring an 86th minute winner to lift FC Dallas over defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy.
19140 - FC Dallas is on pace for this weekend's match to surpass this season's attendance record of 19,140 set on July 4th vs New England.
1 - LA Galaxy’s road win against the Colorado Rapids on August 1 was the team’s first away win of the season.
4028 - Dallas leads MLS again in minutes played by Homegrowns with 4,028 minutes.
-11 - LA Galaxy has the best home goal differential in the league at 23, but when it comes to playing away, the Galaxy sit at an -11 differential.
33 - FC Dallas and Sporting KC are tied for second least amount of offside calls with 36, but the Galaxy have the least in the league with 33.
100 - There have been four matches between FCD and LA in Frisco where the weather has reached 100 degrees and Dallas is 3-1-0 in those games with a goal differential of plus 7.
13 - Dallas won 13 home matches in 1999, the most in franchise history. With six home games remaining, FC Dallas (8-1-2) has a shot at the record should the club win its remaining games at Toyota Stadium.
For the third straight year, Toyota Stadium will play host to a special doubleheader on Saturday night as directly following the FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy match, the FC Dallas Special Olympics Texas team supported by Globe Life will host the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California team in a 50-minute match.
The game is part of a two-legged series between FCDSOTX and LASOSO as our FCD team will travel to California to face the Galaxy directly following the match at the StubHub Center on September 26th. Both weekend's will be special for both sides as the teams will go to the Texas Rangers game on Friday night together and partake in other fun activities while in California both squads will visit an Anaheim Ducks game and much more!
Additionally, Doug Sullivan from the FCDSOTX team will have the honor of scarfing the Lamar Hunt statue before Saturday's game at 7:30PM on the north concourse.
FC Dallas encourages all fans to stay after the MLS match to support both sides in what is always a fun and joyous night. Saturday's match will feature full introductions with animated player video and much more as well as many of our game presentation elements including FC Drum, Tex Hooper and more!
The games are about so much more than the score, however, as the competitors display their amazing teamwork, attitude and athleticism. It truly is a special night at Toyota Stadium and we encourage all our fans to stay afterward and cheer on both teams!
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By Taylor Hester
Toyota Soccer Center is used to hosting prestigous youth tournaments, but this weekend is one for the adults as the sixth annual Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown hosted by FC Dallas kicks off in Frisco.
The 21-and-up tournament started in 2011 with just 22 teams and has since grown to 78 teams in 2015. It's open to USASA-registered adult soccer teams. Teams from all over the country and even outside the borders of the U.S. come to play.
"It's grown quite a bit over the years," Tournament Director Jesse McNeil said. "It's highly competitive. We've got teams that have played all over."
The tournament plays host to a vast diversity of players and teams. Former FC Dallas and Trinidad & Tobago forward Scott Sealy played last year. Former professionals, teams that have competed in the U.S. Open Cup, and other D-1 college players are entered to play this weekend.
McNeil says the complex combined with the $10,000 cash reward helps bring the competition out.
"With high-level players, they want to win when it comes down to it," McNeil said. "It can stop being a fun tournament and turn into a very serious competitive tournament. But that’s good. It’s good for us.”
Each team receives three games in pool play with a chance to advance to the playoffs and win big. Heading into its sixth year with their largest quantity of teams ever, the popularity of the tournament continues to grow.
"It’s something that’s important to them and we’re happy to host them," McNeil said.
By Taylor Hester and Jeremy Villanueva
There have been a lot of great moments at Toyota Stadium this year for FC Dallas en route to a record of 8-1-2 at home. As FCD prepares for Los Angeles Galaxy and its "Big 3," here are some of the top goals this season the team will look to repeat.
5. Fabian Castillo (4/18): Fabian Castillo’s 10-minute brace helped FC Dallas add three points to its name against a tough Toronto FC on April 18. Castillo opened the scoring 31 seconds into the game and topped it off with this ball bent backpost nine minute later.
4. Mauro Diaz (7/4): Mauro Diaz’s under-the-wall set piece goal in the 9th minute started the fireworks on the field for FC Dallas on Fourth of July en route to a 3-0 win over New England Revolution.
3. Kellyn Acosta (7/25): After snagging his first MLS career goal the week before against D.C. United, 20-year-old homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta scored this beauty to take a trip to the Budweiser Beer Garden.
2. Tesho Akindele (5/9): Last time the LA Galaxy was in town, it looked as if FC Dallas were on its way toward a 1-0 loss. Then the comeback began with a 77th minute equalizer from the boot of Blas Perez before Tesho Akindele put in another in the 86th minute for a 2-1 win.
1. Blas Perez (3/4): This Blas Perez header sealed the win for FC Dallas in extra time vs. San Jose Earthquakes on opening day. Perez deflected in a Moises Hernandez shot in the 92nd minute to give FCD a 1-0 win and perfect start to the season at home.
After a well-deserved bye week, FC Dallas returns home to begin the stretch run on Saturday in an action-packed night against the LA Galaxy, presented by Toyota.
FCD looks to get back to their winning ways in front of what is expected to be one of the largest crowds in club history. Dallas boasts an impressive 8-1-2 record at Toyota Stadium this season and is undefeated in their last seven home matches. LA comes to town as winners of two straight and with their revamped roster featuring Steven Gerrard, Giovanni Dos Santos and Robbie Keane in the trio's first road contest together. With first through fifth in the Western Conference separated by just five points heading into the final eleven weeks, every game is huge in the race for top spot in the West and the Supporters' Shield!
Saturday is also a special night as the FC Dallas Special Olympics team, supported by Globe Life, take on the LA Galaxy Special Olympics team after the first-team match. This is the first of a home-and-home series between the two sides, and all fans are encouraged to stick around and support our FCD Special Olympic team! Check out the FCDTV recap from last season's Special Olympics Team game below for a preview of Saturday night.
Tickets are going extremely fast, so secure yours now to kick off the final stretch of the season as the race for the playoffs heats up!
20-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has had a pretty good summer.
The Mexican youth international started two of three matches at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, earned plaudits for his performance in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown game and now he has earned his first professional start as well as his first professional win.
Gonzalez was loaned to the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds for Saturday's match vs Toronto FC II and in his first professional start, Jesse played all 90 minutes making two saves as the Riverhounds won 3-1 at TFCII. The lone goal was given up in the final moments of the match with the scoreline already 3-0 to the visitors.
The win was a crucial one for the Riverhounds who now sit in the final playoff spot in their conference three points ahead of Harrisburg City.
By Jeremy Villanueva & Taylor Hester
The FC Dallas Academy has proven its success in its young tenure by preparing its players for the next level whether it is professionally or college-level play. With the school year and NCAA season nearing, here's five former FCD Academy players to keep an eye on as they head into the college season:
Mark Ashby (Senior, Harvard) – The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year enters his senior year for Harvard. As a junior, Ashby co-captained the Crimson to a perfect 9-0-0 home record and tallied three goals. He was also named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Third Team All-Region. In his first two seasons with Harvard, Ashby started all but one game for the Crimson backline. He was a part FC Dallas’ 2011 USSDA National Championship finalist team.
Bobby Edet (Junior, Furman) - Edet impressed his freshman year at Furman with seven goals. After leading the team in scoring in 2013, the forward cooled down and only notched five goals in 2014. However, Edet led Furman to winning the Southern Conference Tournament last year. He provided the game-winning assist to clinch Furman's conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Furman eventually fell to Washington on penalties in the second round, ending the team’s Cinderella run. Edet enters his junior year this season and will look to build on his early success in college.
Kris Reaves (Sophomore, Wake Forest) – The six-foot, two-inch sophomore defender looks to pick up the 2015 season where he left off in 2014. Reaves started 19 games for Wake Forest in 2014 en route to earning a spot on the 2014 All-ACC Freshmen Team. He also added three assists on the year, including the game-winning assist in overtime against No. 9 Louisville on November 1, 2014. He was a member of the U-18 USMNT and has played with the FC Dallas reserves. Reaves has also trained with teams in England, Italy and Brazil.
Patrick Khouri (Redshirt Freshman, University of New Mexico) – After being called up to Jamaica’s U-23 Men’s National Team for the Caribbean Federation Union Olympic Qualifying Tournament this past July, Khouri heads into his redshirt freshman season looking to play a vital role in the University of New Mexico’s midfield. When he wasn’t on national team duty this summer, Khouri logged 269 minutes for Albuquerque Sol in the Premier Development League. His resume includes captaining the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Men’s National Team, and playing with CF Blanca Subur Academy in Barcelona, Spain in the spring of 2012 before joining FC Dallas Academy.
Aaron Guillen (Senior, Florida Gulf Coast) - A two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Teamer, Guillen heads into his senior year at FGCU as the defensive leader of the defending Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament champions. A smooth and composed center back who won a PDL championship with the Austin Aztex in 2014, Guillen spent significant time training with the FC Dallas first team this summer and the El Paso native could be a name you hear as a possible Homegrown signing this winter. (By the way, keep an eye on his center back partner Kamar Mariott, another FCD alum)
By Jeremy Villanueva
The party don’t start ‘til FC Dallas walks in, and this summer has been a non-stop party.
FCD’s mobile sales team has hosted handfuls of pool parties across the DFW area this summer as a chance to have some fun and enjoy the sun while raising money for Kicks for Kids pres. by Raytheon.
“We work individually with different properties all throughout the DFW just to have them have two great events,” FCD Mobile Sales Manager Ryan Hurtado said. “One with a pool party where our sponsors and Budweiser provide some beer. We’ll bring some pizza, some great music and DJs, promo items, etc. You name it. [The other] the party itself, we’re raising money for our Kicks for Kids initiative for underprivileged youth to the game.”
Hurtado said not only will you expect the dance battles that’ll ensue when the DJ gets going, but also you’ll get a lively experience to soak up the hot temperature and have an excuse to jump in the pool and have a good time.
“I think one thing first and foremost is people were looking for a way to come out to an FC Dallas match,” Hurtado said. “The cool thing of having them come out and having their property buy them tickets to come out to a game is really exciting. Two, people are really excited about soccer right now so to have a face-to-face and meet people in the industry [is exciting].”
The apartments get good feedback and the apartments want to make these pool parties a year-to-year things as people are excited to have a good time at the party and make it to the game, according to Hurtado. Now in the program's third year, FCD mobile will host six pool parties this summer and has added both season ticket holders and big groups coming out to Toyota Stadium after making introductions at these parties.
“It’s been fun for us to give people their first taste and then have them keep coming back,” Hurtado said.
If you’re interested in getting FC Dallas for a pool party at your property, contact Hurtado at email@example.com.