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.
We set up a camera to shoot a timelapse video during Saturday's U.S. Women's National Team match vs. New Zealand. I think it turned out pretty well. The camera was on top of the press box at FC Dallas Stadium.
FC Dallas will scrimmage River Plate on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on adidas Field. It's a last minute scheduling, but it makes for a busy day in Frisco. At 3 p.m. is the U.S. Women's National Team match in soldout FC Dallas Stadium vs. New Zealand.
More than 3,000 people attended the open practice at FC Dallas Stadium for the U.S. Women's National Team. After practice the players, including notables Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, took time to meet fans and sign autographs.
The folks at MLSSoccer.com are counting down to the start of the season with a daily feature. FC Dallas' goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is featured first.
Hartman is the league’s all-time leader in victories (171), clean sheets (106) and saves (1,376). More recently, he has also been the leader of one of MLS’ stingiest defenses in Dallas during the past two seasons.
More relevant to the Countdown, Hartman has accumulated 30 career starts against the New York franchise that began as the MetroStars before claiming the Red Bulls moniker that they boast today.
The opponent for the U.S. Women's National Team was practicing just a few fields away from them Thursday. New Zealand ran through some warmup drills before closing the rest of practice to media.
The U.S. Women's National Team had a full scrimmage during its morning training session Thursday at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The squad is aware that FC Dallas Stadium is going to be packed with fans.
"It's exciting," said USWNT coach Pia Sundhage after practice Thursday. "We'll hear them loud and clear."
We announced our TV broadcast schedule and list of announcers for 2012 today. New voices Mark Followill and Jonathan Yardley tweeted the following:
— Mark Followill (@MFollowill) February 9, 2012
— Jonathan Yardley (@jtyardley) February 9, 2012