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17 June 3:44 pm

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup begins for FC Dallas tonight in the fourth round against the San Antonio Scorpions at 8pm at Toyota Stadium. FCD played in a total of three game last year winning two before falling in the quarterfinal round. Let's take a look back at how the tournament went for FCD last year.

Game 1 - Third round - May 29th, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0: The first half saw clean sheets from both sides until ultimately Blas Perez and Matt Hedges were able to come through to help FCD gain the win in the second half played at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

In the 54th minute, Je-Vaughn Watson sent a cross to Castillo at the far post who then kicked the ball to Blas Perez who was unmarked in front of the goal. Perez slid under Strikers goalkeeper to give FCD the lead. They scored their second goal in the 64th minute that would eventually be the last goal of the match. Michel took a free kick that found Hedges at the far post and he was able to easily head the ball into the goal.

USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 3, HOU 0

Game 2 - Fourth Round - June 12th, 2013 - FC Dallas 3, Houston Dynamo 0: The scoring opened for FCD in the 38th minute when Michel sent a ball to Jacobson at the far post who then tapped the ball to Cooper in front of the goal who was able to send it past the Dyanmo goalkeeper. The second goal came just before the 60th minute when MIchel again served a corner kick right to Cooper in front of the goal who headed it home. Dallas closed out the game in the 76th minute when Dynamo keeper fumbled a ball that came back out in front of Zach Loyd who chipped the ball over the keeper from 20 yards out.

USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 2, PTFC 3

Game 3 - Quarterfinals - June 26th, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Portland Timbers 3: FCD opened up the game in the 15th minute with a strike from Je-Vaughn Watson. As quick as FCD gained the lead, they lost it. Portland responded to Dallas' goal with three goals for their own. Perez was able to notch FCD their second goal to come within reach of the Timbers and David Ferreira hit the post with the final kick of the match, but ultimately it wasn't enough as the TImbers advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup eliminating FCD.

17 June 2:37 pm

Check out the best photos from the FC Dallas World Cup Tour pres. by McDonald's watch parties at the British Beverage Co. and the Alamo Drafthouse!

 

17 June 11:58 am

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup adventure gets started for FC Dallas tonight at Toyota Stadium against the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions and it's going to be a bit of an old school affair.

Tonight, we will not be streaming our LHUSOC match on FCDallas.com or even having the Toyota Stadium video boards active inside the stadium and here's why:

Substantial upgrades to the audio/visual setup were approved here at Toyota Stadium recently bringing in new HD cameras as well as upgrades to various other systems that will improve the gameday experience on our jumbotron as well as allowing the capability for future live streams in HD. However, these improvements take nearly a month to install.

When the 2014 schedule came out, there was a perfect gap of home games between June 7 and July 4 due to the World Cup, allowing for these upgrades to be installed right before our big Fourth of July home game against Philadelphia. When tonight's LHUSOC game was allocated to Toyota Stadium, that obviously presented a dilemma to either stall the upgrades until the end of the season, or go ahead and install them now and bite the bullet for this game against San Antonio.

While we apologize to those in DFW & San Antonio who will not be able to watch tonight's match, with eight MLS home games, our upcoming Aston Villa friendly, and hopefully additional LHUSOC/MLS Cup playoff games coming up in the second half of the season at Toyota Stadium, the decision was made to go ahead with these upgrades which render the video board and any live stream impossible for this evening's game.

We hope to see everyone out at Toyota Stadium tonight for the beginning of what will hopefully be an extended run in this year's edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

16 June 1:58 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: Steve and Marc launch into World Cup talk. What else?

SEGMENT 2: ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, embedded with the U.S. national team, joins the hosts live from Natal, where the United States has set up shop ahead of Monday's huge, must-win opener against Ghana.

SEGMENT 3: Former Scottish international Craig Burley, now in Rio as part of ESPN's big crew, joins the hosts to talk Italy-England and all things World Cup.

SEGMENT 4: It's all World Cup talk, including Marc and Steve's favorite all-time World Cup goals -- and where Robin van Persie's wonder strike from Friday ranks among them.

16 June 11:31 am

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins for FCD today as they take on the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions in the fourth round of the historic tournament kicking off at 8:00PM at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

The Scorpions come into this match off a 2-2 draw against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in their final spring season match on June 7th. Josue Soto was a standout player from the match having only played in the second half but managing to score a goal and make a save at the post on a free kick. Their record this spring season was a very solid 5-2-2 which was good for third in the overall standings. Former FC Dallas man Eric Hassli has been solid for the Scorpions with the most goals(3) and asissts(3) on the team.

Looking back: Recapping FCD's run to the 2013 LHUSOC Quarterfinals

The Scorpions arrive in Frisco having overcome an early deficit in the third round of the Open Cup to beat the North Texas Rayados of the United States Amateur Soccer Association 4-2. Alberto Rodriguez scored their first goal in the 20th minute. In the 49th minute striker Walter Restrepo scored the second goal for the Scorpions. The next two goals came from forward Sainey Touray five minutes apart in the 64th and 69th minute.

This will actually be the second time FC Dallas and San Antonio have met this year with FCD and the Scorpions playing to a 1-1 draw in the final pre-season match of 2014.

Some guys you might recognize from the Scorpions besides Hassli include Richard Menjivar who was here just two weeks ago with the El Salvador national team against Ivory Coast, Danny Barrera who was a part of the Cal FC Open Cup heroics of 2011, and former SMU standout Josue Soto formerly of Chivas USA and Houston.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS FOR TONIGHT'S LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP MATCH.

16 June 11:05 am

Several members of the FC Dallas family are traveling to Brazil this summer to take in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have agreed to share their experiences with FCDallas.com to give our readers a first-person perspective of the festivities. Today's entry comes from Mobile Sales Team Manager Ryan Hurtado from Rio de Janeiro.

Yesterday was hands down the most incredible experience as a sports fan. As we stepped into the Maracana for the first time to see our seats were 19 rows from the pitch, I couldn't help but just scream. I think I know how Kevin Garnett felt now in his "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE" moment! Haha.

As a college football player and some one who has really been into soccer for four years, it has been a process that has transformed me. If you said five years ago that I would enjoy soccer more than a football or basketball game, I would have spit my drink out in laughter. So submerging yourself in a sport and culture, working and seeing tons of matches from USMNT live, Brazil vs. Mexico, MLS matches, College and Youth Soccer to now see THE Messi live and have him score a matter of 100 feet away from you in the World Cup, I guess you can say this was my baptism in the religion of footy.

To explain how wild the Argentina fans were would be an understatement. The impromptu chants that took over the stadium were somewhat baffling! Only to have every Brazilian in the crowd respond to their chants to support Bosnia, it made for an atmosphere like I've never felt before. To only think this was game one. I'm not sure how this will compare to today's USA match as we won't be in Natal, but look to join tens of thousands of US fans at the FIFA Fan Zone.

This morning I took in Ipanema with a workout to mentally get ready to be as proud as possible to be American in a foreign county. I have been outside the U.S. before, but this will be the first time where I get to don the Red, White and Blue while also rewriting perception on Americans not only as a culture but as soccer fans. Prepping my full Popsicle Away kit and board shorts should really help the pompous American views!

Portugal vs. Germany kicks soon, here is to hoping for a 90 minute brawl that ends in a draw!

Tchau!

15 June 10:23 am

Several members of the FC Dallas family are traveling to Brazil this summer to take in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have agreed to share their experiences with FCDallas.com to give our readers a first-person perspective of the festivities. Today's entry comes from Mobile Sales Team Manager Ryan Hurtado from Rio de Janeiro.

After 20+ hours of travel, Bom Dia!

With a few hiccups before we even left and a couple changes on the itinerary, the trek to Rio only became more fruitful (Imagine flying from London to DFW, having three hours to drive to Love Field to take a flight to Houston to only fly north again to OKC. OKC and Rio aren't the right comparison, but you get the idea). After having to squeeze a cab ride through São Paulo to get to another airport for a connecting flight, we saw a hint of Brazil's diversity and culture in a 40 minute drive and this was just scratching the surface.

The first thing that was uncertain in my mind was the reception of my American pride. With the centennial crest on my chest through the whole day of travel and conversations in English, broken Spanish and Portuguese, the courtesies were amazing! All ethnicities were proud, excited and just wanted to joke and talk soccer.

Mexican fans said thank you for allowing them to be there (like we had anything personally to do with it) and we laughed over our shared love for Graham Zusi. To the French we met on the way to Porto Alegre who spoke of MLS, Michael Bradley and how they saw us as dangerous because of Jurgen. The theme was clear that soccer transcends language. Friendly banter was all around, especially as Ghanaians passed and we patted our chests while they chirped "you don't want it again." Well, I didn't have much response there!

With our plans getting us into Rio later than desired, we knew there was a night of Samba and Cachaça ahead of us that wouldn't allow my dumb grin to leave my face. This is all built up by the anticipation of seeing some matches live, which by the pace of the tournament should be wild and entertaining affairs.

I'd be at fault if I did'nt mention the night life in Rio. The night to say the least was incredible. We had some food in Ipanema Beach and proceeded to a botico to watch the Ivory Coast vs Japan match. This botico for no other reason than it was a Saturday turned into a block party, where the smiles, beautiful people and chope were endless. By the end of the night myself and two travel companions made a multitude of friends Brazilian, Dutch, American and in between. This city breathes a life and atmosphere that I've never felt before. Add in the fact it is 75 all the time without humidity and you can imagine why it's hard not to smile the entire time! I am off to the Maracana to see Messi live, time to cross that one off the bucket list.

Tchau, Ryan

12 June 9:12 am

Here's your match highlights from Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Portland:

11 June 3:49 pm

WORLD CUP GROUP PREVIEWS: GROUP A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H

2014 World Cup Group G

GERMANY

How they got here: Steamrolled their UEFA qualifying group winning 9 out of 10 games.

2010 World Cup: Fell 1-0 to Spain in the semifinals.

Best case: Germany has been to at least the semifinals in the last three World Cups and while this team is banged up, Germany goes into every World Cup looking to win it. In a bracket where they won't face a Brazil or Spain until at least the semifinals, Germany is really contending with Argentina for that semifinal spot. Given the South American location, you'd think the Germans would be happy with a semifinal appearance.

Worst case: Key injuries leave Marco Reus sidelined and other key German players hobbled heading into a tough group. As crazy as it sounds, it's not inconceivable that Germany slips up against Portugal, then draws the US and Ghana. It's a long shot, but not out of the question.

Player to watch: Winger Mesut Ozil comes into this tournament relatively healthy and coming off his big money move to Arsenal. Ozil is truly world class and with others hobbled around him will be relied on to create much of the German attack.

X Factor: Bayern Munich's diminutive winger Mario Gotze solidified his first team position as the season went on and he's coming into this tournament firing on all cylinders.

GHANA

How they got here: Defeated Bob Bradley's Ghana side in the qualifying playoff.

2010 World Cup: Defeated the United States in the round of 16 and were extremely unlucky to fall to Ghana in the quarterfinals.

Best case: They enjoyed some good luck and punched above their weight in 2010, but if things come together they can advance from this group. They'll have to beat the USA in that first game to have any chance.

Worst case: With aging stars, Ghana is unable to repeat their heroics of 2010 falling to the United States in the first match and failing to recover with two more losses to Portugal and Germany.

Player to watch: Kevin Prince-Boateng, brother of Germany defender Derek Boateng, is one of the top attacking players on Ghana. He's a veteran of AC Milan, Tottenham and Schalke 04 among others.

X Factor: Michael Essien is an old 31 years old and can he reconjure his greatness for one more tournament. Their central midfield becomes a litle weak without him.

PORTUGAL

How they got here: Defeated Sweden in that epic playoff qualifying round

2010 World Cup: Fell to Spain in the round of 16

Best case: Ronaldo. Ronaldo. Ronaldo. The Real Madrid superstar goes into beast mode and takes Portugal onto his back leading them out of the group stage and past Belgium in the round of 16 into a quarterfinal match.

Worst case: Cristiano is hobbled by his muscle issue(unlikely) and Portugal struggles to find another offensive option crashing out at the group stage.

Player to watch: Look out for Portugal's big forward Eder. The 26-year-old has recently broken into the Portugal team and has a big body that could give the US defenders a lot of problems.

X Factor: Well this one is kind of easy. Portugal will go as far as Cristiano Ronaldo takes them, end of story.

UNITED STATES

How they got here: Won their CONCACAF qualifying group

2010 World Cup: Fell to Ghana in the round of 16 after winning their group.

Best case: The United States finally exorcises their Ghana demons and earns a point from either Portugal or Germany to advance second from the gorup with four points.

Worst case: The USA's tournament is practically over before it starts after a third-straight loss to Ghana. With two tough games after that, it's a very real possiblity that the old US & A could finish with 0 points.

Player to watch: Outside back Fabian Johnson has been arguably the USA's best player in the kickoff series games. The Borussia Moenchengladbach signing could prove to be an attacking force from the back for the United States making them much more dynamic.

X Factor: Jozy Altidore's two goals against Nigeria were perhaps the best development of the last month. If Altidore can find his goal-scoring touch, paired with Dempsey, Bradley and the other proven stars, the USA could advance from this group.

PREDICTION

Germany 1st, Portugal 2nd, United States 3rd, Ghana 4th

Boy the USA really got a raw deal with this group and prior to Tuesday's Portugal thrashing of Ireland, I thought maybe the USA could pull off the upset, but this is just too much for them.

I feel like the United States will beat Ghana in their first match, but Portugal's draw with Germany in the first match paired with 4 points from Ghana/USA means we'll see Germany 5, Portugal 5, USA 4, Ghana 1.

What do you think?

11 June 3:06 pm

WORLD CUP GROUP PREVIEWS: GROUP A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H

2014 World Cup Group F

ARGENTINA

How they got here: Finished first in CONMEBOL qualifying

2010 World Cup: Beat 4-0 by Germany in the quarterfinals.

Best case: Argentina is one of the few teams that can say they have a real chance to win this tournament. Their trio of Messi, Di Maria and Aguero is better than any in the world and if the defense can hold up, they're going to cruise to at least the quarterfinals. They can't possibly meet Spain or Brazil until at least the semifinals, so the stage is set for Argentina...

Worst case: It would be shocking to see Argentina not at least advance to the quarterfinals. Perhaps the worst case is falling to a team like Germany or Belgium in the quarterfinals which, while possible, would be a huge disappointment for a team with championship aspirations.

Player to watch: Who else but Lionel Messi? He's the best player in the world and he's been in decent form with Argentina heading into this tournament. As unfair as it is, the 2014 World Cup will go a long way to determining whether we see Messi as the best of all-time.

X Factor: We know about Messi and Aguero, but if Angel Di Maria can play as well as he has been recently with Real Madrid, Argentina becomes almost unbeatable. Di Maria, now 26 years old and in his absolute prime, will be a huge piece of the Argentina offense.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

How they got here: Won their UEFA qualfiying group, beating Greece on goal differential.

2010 World Cup: DNP

Best case: Playing in their first World Cup, B&H leans on their stars, Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, and those two star forwards score the goals that get B&H through a relatively easy group. The USA must be wondering why they couldn't have been drawn here.

Worst case: With a no-name defense and a first-time World Cup squad, the stage is just a little bit too big and Nigeria is able to beat the Europeans, sending them out at the group stage.

Player to watch: We've seen him do the business with Manchester City winning two EPL titles and Dzeko can solidify his name among the best forwards in the world if he can lead Bosnia out of the group stage.

X Factor: Miralem Pjanic is the creative, attacking engine of this team and he will need to pull the strings to create the goals Bosnia needs.

IRAN

How they got here: Finished first in AFC qualifying, ahead of South Korea

2010 World Cup: DNP

Best case: This Iran team is pretty much unknown with a squad that plays almost exclusively in Iran so it's incredibly tough to call. If they win a game, they'll be very pleased with themselves.

Worst case: Iran is simply overmatched against three solid teams with very different styles and they go out without a point from the group stage.

Player to watch: One of the few that plays in Europe, Ashkan Dejagah had an up and down season for Fulham, but is capable of scoring great goals and would be the one who likely scores if Iran could nip a 1-0 win.

X Factor: I'd be lying if I said there was a player other than Dejagah that I've ever seen play. The X Factor for Iran isn't simply one player, it's staying compact defensively against Nigeria and Bosnia.

NIGERIA

How they got here: Defeated Ethiopia in their qualifying playoff.

2010 World Cup: Did not win a match, going 0-1-2. They haven't won a World Cup match since 2002.

Best case: Playing in a manageable group, the Super Eagles return to their former success advancing from the group stage for the first time since 1998.

Worst case: Nigeria is unable to cope with the European talent on Bosnia and they fall in that group-deciding match failing to advance from the group.

Player to watch: Ogenyi Onazi is the central midfield engine of both Nigeria and Lazio. At just 21 years old, Onazi is primed to move to a big European club with a solid World Cup.

X Factor: Peter Odemwingie has been a decent forward in the EPL since 2010 and while he's had an up and down career for Nigeria, he's likely their best forward option and will need to score some goals for the Super Eagles to advance.

PREDICTION

Argentina 1st, Nigeria 2nd, Bosnia & Herzegovina 3rd, Iran 4th

This one is pretty straight forward for first place, but second is a toss-up between Nigeria and Bosnia & Herzegovina. They play second in the schedule and I think Nigeria playing Argentina 3rd could play into the Super Eagles' hands.

I like Nigeria to earn 5 points out of the group which will be enough to advance second.

What do you think about this group?