FC Dallas spent the first week of preseason on the road at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
What happened: Orlando City defeated FC Dallas 4-0
Where and when it happened: Champions Gate Sports Field Complex Feb. 4th
How it happened: In the first match of the pre-season, FC Dallas couldn’t slow down Orlando City’s offense and fell 4-0. It was the first match as a Lion for Ricardo Kakà and he tallied an assist and a goal on a penalty kick in his debut.
What happened: FC Dallas tied Jönköpings 1-1
Where and when it happened: IMG Academy Stadium on Feb. 7th
How it happened: FC Dallas’ Atiba Harris drew first blood with a goal in the last ten minutes of the first half. However, the Swedes tied the match at 1-1 minutes later. Neither side managed to score in the second half- and both teams left IMG Academy with a draw.
After the week at IMG Academy, FC Dallas traveled to Austin for the ATX Pro Challenge.
What happened: FC Dallas beat Columbus Crew SC 3-1 (ATX Pro Challenge)
Where and when it happened: Mike A. Meyers Stadium, Feb. 13th
How it happened: Fueled by two first-half goals by Ryan Hollingshead, FC Dallas blew past Columbus Crew SC in the ATX Pro Challenge. Blaz Perez got the scoring started with a goal in the 29th minute. By the 44th minute, FC Dallas had a 3-0 lead and Columbus didn’t get on the board until the 65th minute.
What happened: FC Dallas fell to D.C. United 1-0 (ATX Pro Challenge)
Where and when it happened: Mike A. Meyers Stadium Feb. 15th
How it happened: The final round of the ATX Pro Challenge was decided by a 54thminute goal by D.C. United’s Chris Rolfe. FC Dallas had several opportunities to take a 1-0 lead but couldn’t get any shots to go in. Rolfe’s goal came off a Fabian Espindola free kick- Espindola’s kick was headed away by David Texeira, but Rolfe was there to collect the ball and fire it into the net for the game-winner.
FCD hosted their only home preseason match against DC United the next weekend.
What happened: FC Dallas beat D.C. United 3-1
Where and when it happened: Toyota Stadium Feb. 20th
How it happened: After falling to D.C. United just five days earlier, FC Dallas exacted its revenge in a 3-1 win at home. Ryan Hollingshead scored his third goal of the pre-season. Fabian Castilllo gave FC Dallas a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute by beating DC United keeper Andrew Dykstra to a loose ball and tapping it in for the easy score. Tesho Akindele closed out the scoring with a penalty kick in the 88th minute. The reigning MLS Rookie of the Year fired a shot over the right shoulder of Dykstra to put FC Dallas up 3-1.
What happened: FC Dallas fell to San Antonio 2-1 (deeproot Funds Cup)
Where and when it happened: Toyota Field Feb. 28th
How it happened: In its final preseason match, FC Dallas fell to the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1. Despite a lot of action in the first half, the first goal didn’t come until the 70th minute when Chrstian Palomeque put the Scorpions up 1-0. FC Dallas couldn’t find the back of the net until the 89 minute- Michel delivered a free kick from the left sideline to FC Dallas Academy’s Santiago Augdelo who finished off the play and cut the Scorpions lead in half. That was as close as FC Dallas got and the defending North American Soccer League Champion Scorpions held on for the 2-1 victory.
Today is Digital Day across FC Dallas platforms as we get prepped for Saturday's season opener against San Jose. Come back here at 2:00PM(or maybe a couple minutes earlier) to join in our annual online chat with FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja! Everyone who asks a question in today's chat with Papi will be entered to win an FC Dallas team-signed scarf so be sure to stick around because we will pick a winner at the end!
SEGMENT 1: Steve Davis and show producer Tyler Kern help get everyone set for Major League Soccer's 20th season; Who will win the East? The West? Who are the frontrunners for MVP and Golden Boot?
SEGMENT 2: ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno joins us for more MLS talk, including his thoughts on the ongoing labor trouble threatening to derail this week's first kick.
SEGMENT 3: We shift gears temporarily, visiting with ESPN FC's Steve Nicol about Premier League matters, including Sunday's biggie, Liverpool's win over Manchester City.
SEGMENT 4: Show co-host Marc Stein, stranded in the Northeast due to bad weather and unable to join in-studio, checks in by phone. We talk about the prevailing story lines in Major League Soccer's upcoming season.
FCD Week 2015 is kicked in to full gear as we can count the number of days to Saturday on just one hand!
For the second-straight year, Digital Day will take place on Tuesday of FCD Week, with player & technical staff chats throughout the day across FC Dallas digital properties as well as giveaways for you wonderful fans of ours.
Here's the full schedule:
ALL DAY - Giveaways on social media
11:30AM – FCD President Dan Hunt live Facebook chat(LEAVE YOUR ?'s HERE)
- Anyone who asks a question in the chat is entered to win an FC Dallas team-signed ball
1:00PM – Chris Seitz Reddit AMA(LINK COMING AT 12:45PM)
- Anyone who asks a question in the chat is entered to win a Seitz-signed and framed photo
1:30PM - Matt Hedges Twitter Takeover(FOLLOW US @FCDALLAS)
- Anyone who asks a question in the chat is entered to win a Hedges-signed and framed photo
2:00PM – Oscar Pareja FCDallas.com live chat(LEAVE YOUR ?'s HERE)
- Anyone who asks a question in the chat is entered to win an FC Dallas team-signed scarf
4:00PM – Fernando Clavijo live streaming YouTube Q&A(TWEET YOUR ?'s USING #ASKFERNANDO)
- Anyone who asks a question in the chat is entered to win an FC Dallas team-signed jersey
Both Major League Soccer and FC Dallas are no longer teenagers as we enter the 20th season and our Scarf of the Month in March pays homage to that exciting fact.
This adidas-produced scarf shows both where we've been and where we're going.
On one side is the FC Dallas name and logo which we have proudly called our own for the last ten years as well as the brand new MLS crest and our exclusive 20-year patch celebrating two decades of MLS in Dallas.
On the other side is a nod to the past with the Dallas Burn name and logo as well as the former MLS logo. In nine years as the Dallas Burn, we launched MLS in North Texas, winning the 1997 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as making the playoffs in seven out of nine seasons with a squad led by our current head coach Oscar Pareja as well as club legend Bobby Rhine.
Show your pride for the last two decades of MLS soccer in DFW with our March Scarf of the Month.
We've finally reached the final preseason game of 2015 as we sit just a week away from the huge season opener at Toyota Stadium against San Jose on March 7th!
There's still one more important matter, however, as FC Dallas looks to take down the reigning NASL Champions in the second-straight year the teams meet up in the final preseason match.
FC Dallas is 2-2-1 in five preseason matches with last Friday's 3-1 win over DC United still fresh in everyone's mind. Here are three things to watch for on Saturday night and be sure to head to FCDallas.com tomorrow night at 7:00PM to catch all the action from San Antonio.
Barrios' first game
One of the really interesting aspects to Saturday's friendly will be a first chance to see new signing Michael Barrios in his first action with FCD. The speedy winger joined the team for his first practices this week and Oscar Pareja has said he expects him to play a part in Saturday's game.
The duo of Michael Barrios and Fabian Castillo would surely be the fastest pair of wingers in the league and we could see that speed unleashed for the first time on Saturday night.
Loyd back in the mix
Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges provided one of the best center back combinations in the league through the second half of the 2014 season, but the pair hasn't had a lot of time to work together in the 2015 preseason as Loyd has had to sit much of it out with a minor injury. Zach was back in training this week and could end up playing a part in Saturday's game. It's certainly something to watch as significant minutes for Loyd would certainly suggest he's 100% to go for next Saturday's season opener.
The battle for Texas
Last season, FC Dallas locked down the hypothetical Texas championship belt defeating the Houston Dynamo in MLS and LHUSOC play while drawing San Antonio in preseason and also defeating them in LHUSOC play. While Dallas didn't get a chance to play Austin Aztex in the preseason tournament, Saturday's game is a chance to win yet another game against Texan opposition. Which is always important. #KingsOfTexas
This certainly wasn't your typical Friday at Toyota Stadium.
The light flurries we saw driving to work quickly turned into a snowstorm that we see once every few years here in DFW.
Training in a winter wonderland...❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/c36oA1QnjW
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) February 27, 2015
The thing that made this even more surreal was the whole scene playing out as FC Dallas held their final training session before departing for Saturday's last match of the preseason at the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions.
As the snow began to fall, those of us on the social media/digital team of course went outside to document things because snow + soccer is a social media dream. Little did we know, the snow would pick up to the point that practice had to be stopped early as Frisco turned into a late-winter wonderland. Here's the morning through snowcial media and some great pictures from our creative team.
When: February 20th - 21st
Where: Irving Convention Center
Event title: Ticketstock 2015
The Mobile Marketing Tour sponsored and exhibited at 1310 The Ticket’s annual Ticketstock event at Irving Convention Center on February 20th & 21st from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm CT. At this annual event, Ticketstock guests were able to shoot on the inflatable soccer goal and spin the FC Dallas Prize Wheel to win Tour prizes. In addition to the prizes, there were appearances from the FC Dallas Girls and our mascot, Tex Hooper. The PA announcer for the event was able to drive additional traffic to the Tour setup and increase participation among event goers. With the Mobile marketing Tour’s presence to such a large audience, the event was a tremendous success and proudly represented our Tour partners.