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05 February 5:59 pm

In celebration of our 20th season in MLS, FCDTV will be posting classic highlights every week of our guys taking on that weekend's opponent. 

We don't play Columbus until next weekend in Austin so to kick things off we're posting a special Throwback Thursday looking back at our June 25, 2005 3-1 win over Colorado featuring a game-winning goal from a bandaged up Bobby Rhine. FC Dallas Academy coach Luchi Gonzalez also adds a stunning strike.

04 February 6:14 pm

The 2015 preseason schedule had a harsh opening on Wednesday as FC Dallas fell 4-0 to Orlando City SC in Orlando. 

Tony Cascio opened the scoring for the home team in the 13th minute and Kevin Molino doubled the Lions' lead in the 20th minute. Brazilian DP Kaka, making his first appearance for Orlando City, added a goal of his own in the 33rd minute finishing a PK drawn by Martin Paterson. The hosts rounded out the scoring in the 64th minute with a Danny Mwanga goal that sealed the 4-0 scoreline.

Today's FC Dallas team left a number of first team players back in Bradenton at the IMG Academy with the squad mostly comprised of young players and trialists against what was basically a first choice XI for Adrian Heath and Orlando City. 

Here's what Oscar had to say about the match:

The purpose in this stage of the preseason is to take a look at the young players to see what they have and what they bring here and you have to go through games like today where it’s hard for them but it’s a good exercise for the players that are here because we need to move and see what the reality of our team and what’s next.

FCD is back in action on Saturday night at the IMG Academy in Bradenton against Swedish second division side Jonkopings Sodra. 

FCD first half lineup: Kennedy, Harris, Zimmerman, Saco-Vertiz(g), Hernandez, Bekker, Ulloa(C), Toja, Garcia, Hollingshead, Hoilett

FCD bench: Gonzalez, Marvin Chavez(G), Aaron Meyer(A), Damien Rosales(G), Long Tan(G), Earle, Will Seymore, Texeira, Straccia(G), Camacho(G), Zendejas

*A = Academy | G = Guest player/Trialist 

OCSC first half lineup: Ricketts, Boden, Collin, Donovan, Ramos, Molino, Higuita, Kaka, Cascio, Okugo, Paterson

OCSC second half lineup: Edwards, Turner, Gustavo, Redding, trialist, Estrela, Cerén, Heath, Ribeiro, Barrett, Larin

 

03 February 5:48 pm

After nearly two weeks of training, the first preseason game of 2015 finally kicks off for FC Dallas on Wednesday morning in Orlando as FC Dallas will face MLS debutants Orlando City SC at 11:00AM . 

Whereas last year, FC Dallas took a two-week trip to UAE early in the preseason, Wednesday's game against Orlando City and Saturday's match against Jonkopings Sodra represent the only matches in this preseason that FCD will play outside the state of Texas. 

Here's three things to watch for as FCD goes 11v11 for the first time against another opponent on Wednsday morning:

First run out

The first game is always a little bit of a touch and go exercise for the first teamers, and you wouldn't expect any of them to get more than 45 minutes of game time. For veterans like Zach Loyd, Victor Ulloa, David Texeira and company, Wednesday's game is a solid first chance to work out the cobwebs and begin to get back into game shape. 

With the preseason tournament in Austin next weekend serving as a much more formal preseason experience playing in front of the paying fans, this week in Florida will be a little more relaxed games providing some match fitness under the sun in Florida.

Who earns a spot?

Of course, for guys trying to earn a contract, these games can have huge importance and many times the second halves are much more interesting than the first as the guys trying to earn a roster spot put their best foot forward. Oscar Pareja has a myriad of trialists and draft picks in there including Will Seymore, Jaineil Hoilett, Aurelio Saco-Vertiz, Juan Toja and Ezquiel Straccia, so look out for some of these names and how they do.

Spots are certainly limited, but with Matt Hedges and Blas Perez out on international duty, there will be some playing time that the young guys will look to take advantage of.

The answer to a trivia question

For the opponents Orlando City SC, Wednesday will reportedly be the first match for Brazilian Designated Player Kaka. The 2007 Ballon d'Or winner will make his first appearance of the preseason for Orlando City and FC Dallas will forever be the answer to the trivia question of who was the first MLS team he faced. 

Stay tuned to FC Dallas social media tomorrow for full coverage of the match! 

02 February 3:40 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by Toyota and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: Marc Stein and Steve Davis break down last week's United States national team loss to Chile and discuss the new 3-5-2 formation.

SEGMENT 2: The focus shifts temporarily to Premier League as ESPN FC's Craig Burley joins for a visit.

SEGMENT 3: Janusz Michallik, who called last week's U.S.-Chile match for ESPN International, drills down further into the national team's 3-2 loss.

SEGMENT 4: As it is Super Bowl Sunday, the Soccer Today team talks about championship games and league formats.

02 February 1:23 pm

Preseason matches begin for FC Dallas on Wednesday in Florida so we wanted to provide everyone with a full rundown of the preseason schedule awaiting Oscar Pareja's boys. We don't have any definitive streaming schedule yet for these games and whether they will be broadcast, but once we do we will be sure to let you know on our social media and right here as well. 

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What: FC Dallas at Orlando City SC

Where: Champions Gate Sports Field Complex, Orlando, FL

When: February 4th at 11 a.m. central. 

Why it Matters: It’s the first match of the pre-season and the first chance for rookies, trialists and other new comers to show what they can do in live action. It’s important for the younger players to establish some chemistry on the pitch with the veterans on the team and the preseason is the time to do it. This will also be the first time FC Dallas has ever faced Orlando City and both clubs will be looking to start the all-time series on a strong note.

RESULT: Orlando City SC 4 FC Dallas 0

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What: FC Dallas at Jönköpings Södra IF

Where: IMG Academy Stadium

When: February 7th at 6 p.m. central.

Why it Matters: FC Dallas’ second Preseason match up has the club squaring off with Swedish team Jönköpings- it’s hard to tell what we could see with this match simply due to the unfamiliarity between the two clubs. However, this match has some built in excitement because the teams will be playing in the state-of the art IMG Academy Stadium. It is the only time FC Dallas will play there this season and with things ramping up as we get farther into the preseason, this one could certainly see some starters. 

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What: FC Dallas vs Columbus Crew SC (ATX Pro Challenge) [TICKETS]

Where: Mike A. Meyers Stadium - UT Austin campus

When: February 13th at 5:45p.m. central

Why it Matters: For its third preseason match, FC Dallas heads down I-35 to Austin where they will take on Columbus Crew SC in the ATX Pro Challenge- this will be the clubs first crack at tournament style play in the preseason. Expect to see plenty of starters in this one as FCD looks to take the inaugural tournament. FC Dallas drew Columbus in the semifinals and if they advance, they would play the winner of Austin Aztex vs D.C.United.

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What: FC Dallas vs TBD  (ATX Pro Challenge) [TICKETS]

Where: Mike A. Meyers Stadium - UT Austin campus

When: February 15th  at TBD

Why it Matters: The tournament style play will offer a chance to see how FC Dallas performs on short rest as less than 48 hours after the match against Columbus, they'll have either the third place or championship match in Austin. Whether they play in the winners’ or losers’ bracket for the second round, the competition will be good. If FC Dallas plays D.C. United in this match, it would be the first of two games between the clubs in a five day stretch.   

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What: FC Dallas vs D.C. United [TICKETS]

Where: Toyota Stadium

When: February 20th  at 7:30 p.m. central

Why it Matters: In what could potentially be the second game of a preseason series, FC Dallas will host D.C. United in its first home match in 2015. It is the second-to-last preseason game and by this time the rookies and trialists fates should be coming into focus but if anyone is on the bubble this could be their last chance to earn a spot on the roster. This also means we are one game away from the 2015 regular season!

For D.C. United this game has plenty of meaning as they'll be heading straight from here to Central America for their CONCACAF Champions League knockout round game against Alajuelense in Costa Rica.

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What: FC Dallas at San Antonio Scorpions (deeproot Funds Cup) [TICKETS]

Where: Toyota Field (San Antonio! Not Frisco)

When: February 28th  at 7 p.m. central

Why it Matters: In their final preseason match, FC Dallas will face off against the 2014 NASL Champion San Antonio Scorpions. San Antonio plays in the NASL on the relatively brand new Toyota Field. The Scorpions are an MLS aspiring club, so they will be looking to make a statement against FC Dallas in a rematch of last year's final preseason game which ended in a 1-1 draw. This match serves as a last-minute tune up for FCD, but also as the final opportunity for any rookies or trial players to prove their worth. And of course this means that the next game will be FC Dallas season home opener against the San Jose Earthquakes!

 

02 February 11:08 am

The FC Dallas U-18 Academy is down in Guadalajara this week playing in the prestigious Copa Chivas against some of the best teams from Mexico and around the world. FC Dallas has been placed in a group with Chivas Guadalajara and Atlas from Liga MX as well as Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan and Atletico Paranaese from Brazil and matches are 70 minutes long.

The FCD travel roster is a mix of U-18 and U-16 players with many of them having experience from last year's tournament. Here is the full roster:

Santiago Agudelo, Joel Avilez, Ryan Barlow, Reggie Cannon, Eric Davies, Irvin Domingues, Charlie Furrer, Matt Karasinski, Alejandro Martinez, Weston McKinnie, Giovanni Montesdeoca, Eddie Munjoma, Phillip Ponder, Christian Ramirez, Oscar Romero, Jose Livano Salas, Martin Salas, Devin Vega

FCD U-18s draw first match vs Urawa Red Diamonds

In the first match, the U-18s took on Urawa Red Diamonds of the J. League playing to an exciting 2-2 draw. Santiago Agudelo opened the scoring for FC Dallas with a close-range effort in the 21st minute.

FCD would take a 2-0 lead into halftime as Eric Davies scored off a corner kick to double the lead.

The Japanese side finally broke through in the 62nd minute as Mizuki Arai scored his first goal and then in the 68th minute Urawa was awarded a penalty kick that they scored to tie the match.

FC Dallas lineup: 22 Charlie Furrer, 2 Eric Davies, 3 Phillip Ponder, 4 Ryan Barlow, 12 Óscar Romero, 44 Devin Vega, 13 Irving Dominguez, 15 José Salas, 21 Martín Salas, 30 Santiago Agudelo, 9 Christian Ramírez.

FCD U-18s play to a scoreless draw with Liga MX's Atlas

The second match saw FCD take on at Atlas side that won their first two matches and FCD played them to a 0-0 draw in a rainy Guadalajara.

Giovanni Montesdeoca had the best chance of the match for FCD in the first half and the valuable point keeps FCD alive in their quest to make the quarterfinals.

FC Dallas lineup: 22 Charlie Furrer, 2 Eric Davies, 3 Phillip Ponder, 4 Ryan Barlow, 12 Óscar Romero, 33Reggie  Cannon, 17 Alejandro Martínez, 15 José Salas, 21 Martín Salas, 23 Joel Avilez, 42 Giovani Montesdeoca.

Standings

Through two matches, FCD sits in fourth with 2 points with Atletico Paranaense and Chivas Guadalajara a point ahead of them.

The top two teams from each group plus the two highest ranked third place teams will make the quarterfinals. 

FC Dallas plays Chivas Guadalajara at noon on Monday in a match that will be streamed live (WATCH HERE). A win for FCD would put them in with a great chance at advancing to the quarterfinals.

31 January 3:09 pm

There are two new kids on the block in Major League Soccer for the 2015 season. While Orlando City won’t be visiting Toyota Stadium this year, New York City FC will be coming to Frisco on September 12 in our final Premier Match of the schedule.

Although this match is eight months away, there are still plenty of storylines to get excited about.

It marks the return of FC Dallas’ all-time leader in goals, assists and games played in NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis. This is also the first time he’ll face off against fellow FCD franchise icon Oscar Pareja since Oscar returned to Toyota Stadium to take the reins of FC Dallas last year.

This match could also be the return of two men who at one point donned the captain’s armband for FC Dallas. Andrew Jacobson patrolled the Dallas midfield for more than three years before joining the new New York club via trade last July, while imposing center back George John was picked up by NYC in December’s Expansion Draft after making a name for himself over his six-year career with FCD.

In addition to being the first chance to see a new club in-person, September 12 will also be FC Dallas fans’ first chance to boo NYCFC stars like up-and-coming U.S. International Mix Diskerud, former FIFA World Cup champion David Villa and (theoretically) English International and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

If there are this many reasons to come to this match now, think about how much you’ll want to be here in eight months!

TICKETS - Premier Match #6 vs NYC FC - Saturday, September 12 7:30PM

31 January 2:53 pm

One of the really fun aspects of the 2015 schedule is that LA Galaxy comes to town twice this year. We've already talked about how there is guaranteed drama whenever FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy meet so let's not beat around the bush. 

This game is going to be known as the "Gerrard" game. 

The Liverpool legend is set to join Los Angeles after the EPL season is over and assuming he takes a few weeks off before linking up with the Galaxy, his trip to Toyota Stadium will be one of the first road games for the scouse superstar.

It's going to be absolutely fascinating to see how Gerrard adapts to life in MLS and there's no better way to introduce Stevie G to how we do things in Texas than a steamy summer Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

You know this one is going to be sold out and it's going to be a huge game in the standings, so no reason to wait and get your tickets. 

TICKETS - Premier Match #6 vs LA Galaxy - Saturday, August 15 8:00PM

 

30 January 6:07 pm

FCD graphic design/photography gurus Erik Davila & Olivia Brestal got new camera lenses in the mail yesterday. Expect great things to come. Here are a few pics from Friday's morning training session:

30 January 1:04 pm

By Scott Brown

The Fourth of July is always a big night at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas has hosted an Independence Day match every year since Toyota Stadium opened (well, the matches in 2011 and 2010 were on July 2 and July 3, respectively, but they were Fourth-of-July-themed), and the match is always followed by the biggest fireworks display in North Texas as we celebrate ‘Murica.

TICKETS - Premier Match #5 - July 4th vs New England Revolution

Here are four reasons you need to be here on July Fourth:

  • 1)      Before the fireworks go off, the team always puts on a show on the field, too. FCD has gone undefeated in its last eight July Fourth matches, compiling an Independence Day record of 5-1-3 at Toyota Stadium.
  • 2)      The 2015 edition will be another entertaining affair, with MLS Cup runner-up New England Revolution coming to town with U.S. Men’s National Team stalwart Jermaine Jones and Texas-native/2014 MVP candidate Lee Nguyen in tow.
  • 3)      This match has sold out four years in a row, which makes it one of the best nights of the year at Toyota Stadium as far as atmosphere goes. Get your tickets now, before it’s too late!
  • 4)      This game is a PERFECT patriotic primer for the USMNT’s first match at Toyota Stadium in eight years. You get to come celebrate freedom with an FCD victory on July 4, and then support the USA as Jurgen and the boys kick off the 2015 Gold Cup in Frisco on July 7. (If you eat apple pie and hot dogs for every meal in between you’re a certified American Hero.)

*Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know the red and blue in the FC Dallas shield are the EXACT same red and blue from the American Flag?

So if you don’t come to this game, Abraham Lincoln will judge you. You don’t want to be on that guy’s bad side. He hunts vampires.