Sunday night on CNN, Jon Burns and the Lionsraw story was broadcast to millions of people around the world on CNN Heroes.
We're lucky enough to have Jon based right here in Dallas and our FC Dallas Foundation works extremely closely with Lionsraw.
"This year has seen our biggest year by far, in the 10 year history of Lionsraw:
- We have developed a UK legacy centre that is serving 500 children in Middlesbrough.
- Every week we continue to feed and educate 400 children every day in Durban, South Africa.
- In Brazil, we have constructed an education and football centre in a favela where we are serving 500 children every week.
- We have just launched a soccer school in Dallas targeting 200 children at risk of exclusion through bad health and poor diet.
Every week your support is directly helping around 2000 children with various needs in poverty around the world through the work of Lionsraw.
Can I ask you to invite your friends to watch and donate over this next week, so that we can raise $25,000 which will be doubled to $50,000?
Please contact me if you want to help us in any other ways, but our giving will only be matched if it is through the portal above.
Your gift will be made through Amazon to Surgance, our USA partner 501c3, all of your gift will be tax deductible.
Can I wish you and your family a very happy holidays and blessings for the New Year!
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EDIT: Listen LIVE to the Expansion Draft at 1:00PM Central Time in the handy YouTube link above
Who's ready for the second draft of the 2014 offseason?!
On Wednesday, 2015 debutants Orlando City SC & NYCFC will go a long way to forming the spines of their teams with the always-dreaded Expansion Draft.
We're going to break it down here on FCDallas.com so hopefully you can understand why FCD might lose a player or two to the new expansion sides on Wednesday.
First, the basics of the draft:
The Expansion Draft will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at 1:00PM Central and there will be ten rounds of selections by OCSC & NYCFC meaning 20 players overall will be drafted onto the new expansion teams.
- Only two players from each team may be drafted
- Teams may protect one extra player when one of their players is drafted
- Teams will receive allocation money from the league for each player picked
Who is eligible to be selected?
OCSC & NYCFC can't just go around all willy-nilly adding whoever they want from other teams, there are selected lists from each team that the expansion teams can choose from.
- Teams are allowed to protect 11 players
- All of FCD's Homegrown players & Walker Zimmerman(Generation adidas) are exempt and also protected
- Get a full list of who is protected and who is available for selection here
Has this happened in the past?
Yes, with all of the recent expansion into MLS, teams like Portland, Vancouver, Montreal and Philadelphia have formed their teams through the Expansion Draft.
- In 2009, FCD did not lose a player in the Philadelphia Union expansion draft. The Union signed names like Sebastien Le Toux & Andrew Jacobson
- In 2010, FCD was hit hard by the Expansion Draft right after their MLS Cup appearance losing Dax McCarty to Portland(who was then traded to DC) and Atiba Harris to Vancouver
- In 2011, FCD did not have a player selected by Montreal
So as you can see, things get tricky when you have two teams selecting instead of just one
Could FC Dallas lose a player or two?
It's always difficult to pick 11 players to protect, but FC Dallas is actually in just about the best position of any team in MLS with 19 players exempt from the draft, second-most only behind Montreal(who has a lot of very young HG players).
- There are three players exposed in this draft who are under contract for 2015 that either had already existing deals or had their player options exercised
- Those players are Stephen Keel, Brian Span and David Texeira
- Others exposed who played significant minutes in 2014 include Raul Fernandez, Andres Escobar and Hendry Thomas though all three did not have their 2015 contract options exercised
- Technical Director Fernando Clavijo told us in a recent interview "I feel very comfortable" about things.
SEGMENT 1: Show co-hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis set up the 2014 MLS Cup final, focusing mostly on Landon Donovan's final hours as a professional soccer player.
SEGMENT 2: Marc and Steve talk about other aspects of the big day in Southern California, where Donovan's impending retirement certainly is not the ONLY story unfolding.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Monica Gonzalez checks in before heading over to the StubHub Center, where she'll work the final. Along with more MLS talk, Gonzalez weighs in on the weekend's Women's World Cup draw and the controversy over artificial turf at next year's 24-team tournament in Canada.
SEGMENT 4: Marc and Steve talk about Tim Howard's new book and the ongoing feud between he and fellow U.S. backstopper Brad Friedel.
Say hello to NATIVO.
Today, just a day after the 2014 MLS season ended, the league, in partnership with adidas, has unveiled the 2015 MLS Match Ball.
Emblazoned with the new MLS logo plus nods to both the United States and Canada, NATIVO will be kicked around at all MLS games next year and uses the same material and technology as the famed "Brazuca" ball used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Black Friday's over, Cyber Monday has come and gone, but if you still have some holiday shopping to do for that #DTID fan in your life, the FC Dallas Team Shop has you covered with our 12 Hours of Christmas Sale.
For 12 hours only on Friday, December 12 (12/12, are you getting the theme here?) EVERYTHING in the FC Dallas Team Shop will be 30-50% off. This offer is valid in-store only (sorry, online shoppers) and the Shop will be open from 8 am-8 pm.
Fans can also shop from select apparel items on our $5, $10 or $15 promotional racks. This will be your last chance to get FCD gear before the holiday season; after the store closes at 8 pm on December 12, it won't be re-opening until January 12, 2015.
If you can't make it out to the Team Shop for our 12 Hours of Christmas Sale, you can still finish your holiday shopping at ShopFCDallas.com (regular prices), but only orders placed by 12 pm on Friday, December 12 are guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas.
So be sure to make it out to the FC Dallas Team Shop between 8 am-8 pm this Friday, December 12 to get all the gear you need for the holidays!
Our very own soccer ball-kicking, Name That Tune-dominating, best-hair-in-the-league superstar Stephen Keel is in LA this weekend for MLS Cup and he's going to be taking over the @MLS Instagram accounts all weekend as our league determines a champion between LA Galaxy and New England.
The annual Nike Friendlies were held over the last week in Florida as part of the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase with the US U-17 National Team facing England, Australia & Brazil over a week-long stretch.
Recent FC Dallas Homegrown signing Alejandro Zendejas played a huge part in the Nike Friendlies so let's take a look at his performances:
US U-17s defeat England U-17s 3-1
WATCH: USA 3 ENG 1
In the opening match, the US steamrolled England jumping out to a 2-0 halftime lead before winning 3-1. FCD midfielder Alejandro Zendejas scored the opening goal of the match on a really nice volley in the 11th minute before assisting on the third goal of the match in the 48th minute scored by Christian Pulisic.
Zendejas went 83 minutes in the match playing in an attacking two-way midfielder role for the U-17s.
U-17s come from behind to beat Australia 2-1
In the second match of the week playing a largely changed lineup, the U-17s fell behind early to Australia, but found a 15th-minute equalizer to send the match tied 1-1 at halftime.
Zendejas did not start the match, but subbed in at halftime for the U-17s who found a 69th-minute game-winner from Luca de la Torre to go 2-0 on the week at the Nike Friendlies.
U-17s fall 4-1 to Brazil in final match of Nike Friendlies
The United States needed just a draw against the Brazil U-17s to secure the Nike Friendlies trophy, but fell 4-1 to the South Americans in the final match of the week.
Richie Williams' team conceded an early goal to Evander before Christian Pulisic equalized in the 22nd minute. Another Brazil goal in the 42nd minute would send the hosts into halftime with a 2-1 lead. Two more goals in the second half sealed the emphatic win for Brazil.
Zendejas was once again in the starting lineup for this one playing all 90 minutes for the United States to finish the Nike Friendlies with nearly 2 1/2 full matches played out of the three.
Four teams qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI by winning the fourth annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram over the Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament consisted of six age divisions, U-11 through U-16, with winners of the four oldest divisions booking a spot in next year's prestigious Dallas Cup.
One FC Dallas Youth representative, our El Paso 98/99 affiliate team, qualified with a 1-0 win in the U-16 championship game over Dallas Texans 99 Boys Red.
In the U-15 division, IFC Houston Mana 00 beat FCDY 00 Boys Premier 4-0 in the final match.
Mexican powerhouse Tigres had two teams qualify for Dallas Cup through this year's tournament, beating FC Dallas 01 NPL 1-0 in the U-14 division and shutting out Solar Chelsea 02 Boys Red in the U-13 bracket.
In the two youngest divisions, the FC Dallas 03 Boys Premier team won the U-12 bracket after topping the U-12 Elite team from FCD's Monterrey affiliate, 4-1, and FC Premier 04 beat FC Dallas Youth 04 Boys Blue 2-1 in the U-11 championship.
Full tournament results and final standings from the Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram can be found HERE.
FRISCO, Texas (Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014) – FC Dallas defender Stephen Keel is recovering from offseason foot surgery, the club announced today.
Dr. Keith Heier performed a plantar fascia release, great toe cheilectomy and debridement on Keel’s right foot, as well as an injection in his left foot. The procedure was performed at the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery.
Hampered by foot problems for much of the season, the 30-year-old defender partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot during the FC Dallas U.S. Open Cup match versus Philadelphia on Aug. 12. However, Dallas was out of substitutions and the match went into two 15-minute overtime periods, forcing the hobbled veteran to play 75 minutes of the match.
Keel appeared in 16 regular-season MLS matches for the Dallas side, starting 14 and logging 1,307 minutes. He recorded one assist on the season. Keel is expected to recover from the procedures in 8-12 weeks.
The CONCACAF U-20 Championship which doubles as 2015 U-20 World Cup Qualifying is just around the corner in January and Kellyn Acosta has been called in to a week-long camp in Florida starting today. Here's the official release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will meet for a domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.
The group features 10 field players, most who play for Major League Soccer clubs. With a little more than a month before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, head coach Tab Ramos sees this stretch as a valuable time to keep his side playing at a high rate with the MLS season nearly in the books.
“It’s finally getting down to that time where we have to focus on the final stages of World Cup qualifying,” Ramos said. “At this point, because the MLS season has ended for a lot of teams, we needed to bring the players who are not continuing to train with their teams and do a fitness camp. Some of the players have been off, and we want to have them catch up a little bit with the guys that we have in Europe.
Following the fitness camp, the U.S. U-20 MNT will conduct a foreign training camp in Honduras later this month starting on Dec. 15, followed by a domestic preparation camp before the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (0): None
DEFENDERS (4): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)