Thanks to everyone who participated in our Lucky Limerick Giveaway. It was fun to see all the submissions that came in. Here are the winners, who each get two tickets to Saturday's St. Patrick's Day match vs Portland.
Dallas ‘Til I Die I loudly scream
The Timbers are next for us to ream
They don’t stand a chance
And won’t win this dance
As we cut down their entire team
Art & Trinity Cantu:
Uncle Lamar keeps a watchful eye,
So come on in don't be shy,
Red, White, and Blue are our colors,
United We Stand next to our sisters and brothers,
Remember that we are Dallas 'Til I Die!
New York tried to create a disaster
Goals from Loyd and Villar came much faster
Ugo shut down Henry
For the whole crowd to see
And they sent those old Bulls to their pasture
Kevin Hartman and Matt Hedges
Keep FC Dallas fans on the edges
Of their bright crimson seats
With concession stand treats
Like pretzels and potato wedges
Doris & Jon Reutinger:
There once was a man in the goal
Kevin, his name - what control
El gato they say
Could stop balls any day
Few goals scored with him on patrol
Dallas will put excellence on display,
They need no luck to other teams' dismay.
Though the Irish within will inspire fight
The red and the blue will make the score right
It is Portland who will timber today.
There is a goalkeeper from Dallas,
Whose opponents shoot at him with malice.
But their shots he will save
And to the fans he will wave
As he raises the MLS Cup like a chalice.
Ricardo Villar was featured in a story on a big sporting website in Brazil today. You'll want to translate the story to read it since it's written in Portuguese. In it Villar discusses the growth of MLS in the U.S. and the challenge youngsters in Brazil face to follow their sports dreams while also trying to get an education.
The mysterious panel of voters who determine the MLS Power Rankings finally came to their senses this week. After having FCD ranked No. 11 during the preseason, the club jumped six spots (largest move of the week) to No. 5 in the Week One rankings. Here's what they had to say:
70 minutes of comprehensive dominance followed by 20 minutes of holding on for dear life. That’s probably not the way that Schellas Hyndman drew it up, but it was good enough for three points against New York. They’ll need to be more clinical to stay with the West's heavies, though.
The folks from MLSSoccer.com followed Brek Shea to a local hairstylist for a pre-First Kick hair appointment. Even Shea admits partway through the video this might not be the most masculine thing.
The first reserve league match of the season is tonight for FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake. Match begins at 7:30 p.m. inside FC Dallas Stadium. Fans are welcome to attend for free, but concession stands and the beer garden will not open.
Match updates will be tweeted via @FCDallas and a match recap will be posted online afterward.
FC Dallas owner Clark Hunt appeared on Darren Rovell's sports business show to discuss the business side of MLS.
A good crowd filled FC Dallas Stadium for First Kick on Sunday. Whether it was people checking out Lamar's Tailgate or fans filling the new field level seating in front of the Budweiser Beer Garden, fans enjoyed the festivities of the season opener.
U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday to watch FCD vs. New York Red Bulls. Before the match, he participated in the scarfing ceremony of the Lamar Hunt statue.
Full match highlights of FCD's 2-1 win over New York.
Zach Loyd scores his second career goal to put FC Dallas up 1-0.
Blas Perez finds the loose ball to test Meara.
Ricardo Villar chips a shot over Meara to gain the 2-0 lead.
Kenny Cooper pulls one back for New York late.
This weekend you can experience MLS Live, the league's online streaming match service, and MLS' long-running TV package, Direct Kick, for free.
Take a look at this weekend's schedule of games and head to over MLS Live to register for the free preview. Please note that the usual blackout policies may apply. And if you are an iPhone or iPad user download MatchDay 2012 from the iTunes store, where it is currently a featured app, for viewing on the go.
Since FC Dallas doesn't play until Sunday, why not check out what the other squads around the league are up to?