Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. the United States U-23 squad scrimmages FC Dallas.
The U.S. U-23s began their week and a half-long training in Frisco on Monday.
The scrimmage will not be webcast, but fans can watch outside the adidas Field fence as usual. Match updates will be provided as usual via Twitter.
Will Brek Shea score a goal against his FCD teammates? It could happen.
Invited season ticket holders showed up in force for Saturday's Meet the Team event. It was a great chance for those fans to get autographs and pictures with this year's team. Brek Shea and Blas Perez were, not surprisingly, popular with the fans.
FC Dallas and U.S. Men’s National team midfielder Brek Shea is giving away one of his original paintings and his autographed game-worn boots from First Kick on March 11.
The winner must be present at the March 11th game vs. Red Bull New York here at FC Dallas Stadium where the winner will be announced at halftime. Shea will meet the prize winner in the WinStar River Club following the match to hand over the artwork and his boots.
Shea is running the contest through his Left Foot Studio website and to be eligible fans to follow him and the studio on Twitter to enter. The official entry form is here. Contest entrants will also receive a special ticket offer to opening day.
U.S. Soccer announced today its U-23 training camp squad will scrimmage FC Dallas on Wed. Feb. 22. So yes, Brek Shea will be playing against his FCD teammates.
No time or location has been announced yet for the scrimmage and we don't know if it will be open to the public or not.
When we find out those details, we will share them with you.
FC Dallas goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan is the subject of a profile in this week's The Irish World, a weekly newspaper for Irish in the United Kingdom.
Definitely read the entire article, but here are some excerpts:
“I had a good job so I took a chance coming here. The coach who came in (Schellas Hyndman) was a local college guy. I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me so he sat me down and said: ‘You’ve got five months to show me what you’ve got’. He gave me the opportunity which I was grateful for. The first two years were tough, we didn’t make the play- offs but we found the formula and we have had two good years now.”
Drew was delighted to see Republic of Ireland’s recent achievements in qualifying for Euro 2012: “It’s great for Ireland. I’ll tell you a funny story: We were playing New York in the play- offs and I’m walking in at half time, when I get a tap on the shoulder and there’s Thierry Henry asking me how Ireland are going to get on in their qualifier. I thought that was ironic.”
FC Dallas will travel to the Hilltop tonight for a scrimmage against SMU. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Westcott Field (No. 58 on the campus map below). Admission is free.
FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman discussed the status of David Ferreira in a story for Soccer America.
“He’ll see a foot-ankle specialist on Wednesday and we’re hoping that helps him," said Hyndman of the 2010 league MVP who played just six games before Jonathan Leathers crunched him with a tackle. “One of the problems he’s running into is the mind; he’s still worried about how strong he is, or if he’ll be reinjured, or is he at his best. These are things you don’t know how good you are or how much you’ve recovered until somebody kicks you and you go, ‘That wasn’t so bad.’ But right now he’s not prepared to get kicked. We hope he’ll walk out of that appointment Wednesday feeling positive about himself and ready to go. Right now he’s going through training sessions but he’s not been in full-contact yet.”
(Photo courtesy Rick Yeatts)
The U-18s celebrate Danny Garcia's goal against Barcelona at last year's Dallas Cup.
Dallas Cup has officially announced that the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team will be facing the Manchester United Reserves at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, April 1 in the third and final match of the traditional Sunday triple header on Opening Day of Dallas Cup XXXIII. Man U's Academy squad will be participating in the AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam Easter weekend, so Dallas soccer fans will be thrilled to hear that Manchester United Reserve coach Warren Joyce will be bringing a roster of age-eligible second-string professionals to Frisco.
"We're going to the Dallas Cup in the US," Joyce told Inside United. "There are a lot of good teams going and we felt it would be valuable experience for this group of boys."
“We are excited to participate again in this year’s Dallas Cup and playing in the Super Group will be a great opportunity to compete against some of the best teams from around the world," said Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Chris Hayden. "Opening up on April 1 against Manchester United, one of the world’s most storied and prestigious clubs, will be a great way to measure our players and team and we are looking forward to the competition.”
FC Dallas will once again be participating in Dallas Cup as members of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Last year they played Barcelona on the Stadium Field, and the year before that they faced off with Chelsea in the stadium.
"(It will be) a great opportunity for the young FC Dallas players to go up against such a famous club team and for the FC Dallas supporters and Dallas soccer fans to cheer them on in such a prestigious game," said Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago.
The other two opening day games feature 2011 English Premier Academy League Champions Everton FC facing 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semi-finalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC at 1:30 p.m. and French Academy League Champions Paris Saint-Germain vs. Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Ex-FC Dallas player and current Portland Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander threw down the most unlikely of challenges in a video posted on the Timbers' website. He wants to play FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and some FCD teammates in Halo. We're still trying to decide if this is funny or just odd.
Jonah Freedman at MLSSoccer.com examined the growing number of Panamanians entering MLS. Of course, FC Dallas was prominently mentioned:
Blas Pérez and Carlos Rodríguez have joined FC Dallas, while Gabriel Gómez is with Philadelphia. All three are veterans of that Gold Cup squad, and this season will mark the most Panamanians in the league at one time in league history.
But that windfall many expected? It hasn’t happened yet. Even with the new trio, that makes the historical total to seven – which, among Central American nations, ranks Panama ahead of only Nicaragua and Belize in producing MLS players.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman tells MLSsoccer.com that he has a handful of Panamanians on his Discovery List – which is how FCD landed Pérez, Rodríguez and nearly Gómez, too. He estimates more than half of MLS clubs have made Discovery claims on Canaleros, too.
Pérez and Gómez in particular are pedigreed players – they have three and four Gold Cups, respectively, under their belts, and both have experience in European leagues and the Mexican Primera División. Rodríguez, meanwhile, is a young up-and-comer who dazzled Hyndman and his staff during CONCACAF Champions League play last year.