We're less than a month away from Ivory Coast arriving in Frisco for their pre-World Cup camp & friendly vs El Salvador and today Ivory Coast Head Coach Sabri Lamouchi released his 28-man provisional squad for the World Cup:
Goalkeepers - Copa Barry (Lokeren), Gbohouo Sylvain (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Mandé (Stabaek), Badra Ali (ASEC Mimosas).
Defenders - Kolo Touré (Liverpool), Bamba Souleyman (Trabzonspor), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Brice Dja Djédjé (Marseille), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Benjamin Angoua Brou (Valenciennes), Ousman Vieira (Caykur Rizespor).
Midfielders - Cheik Tioté (Newcastle), Yaya Touré (Manchester City), Romaric (Bastia), Max-Alain Gradel (St-Etienne), Ismaël Diomandé (St-Etienne), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel).
Strikers - Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Gervinho (Roma), Giovanni Sio (Basel), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Lacina Traoré (Monaco), Salomon Kalou (Lille)
Ivory Coast faces Japan in their first match of Group C on June 14th to begin the World Cup. Greece and Colombia are the other two teams in their group. The Road to Brazil includes Ivory Coast playing in two international friendlies in the United States. Their first friendly is in St. Louis against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday May 31st. Then they will be playing at our own Toyota Stadium on June 4th against El Salvador at 8pm. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!
Raul Fernandez returned to the FC Dallas lineup for the first time in 2014 last week, starting all three games over the seven days of matches. Raul showed why he's known as "Superman" making nine saves over the two games including one of the best ones you'll ever see in Seattle on Wednesday. Two of Raul's saves have been nominated for Save of the Week and as to not take votes away from another, we're encouraging everyone to vote for the save in Seattle as your winner.
WATCH: SOTW Week 10
File this one under awesome. By now, you've likely heard about Chris Seitz's heroic bone marrow donation story, but last night NBC 5 aired the first-ever interview with Seitz's bone marrow recipient, a man from Pennsylvania named Phillip Recuso. Watch the amazing story:
SEGMENT 1: Stein and Steve launch into a highly challenging Mother's Day episode in which they look ahead to Jurgen Klinsmann's long-awaited roster announcement Monday while the final day of the Premiership plays out.
SEGMENT 2: Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus joins Steve to run through the various issues Klinsmann and Co. will be working through during the camp at Stanford leading up to the World Cup in 30-odd days.
SEGMENT 3: In a real treat, Brian Sciaretta of the New York Times and American Soccer Now unveils his Yanks Abroad Best XI, choosing his top 11 players from the 2013-14 season who plied their trade abroad.
SEGMENT 4: In the last installment of Soccer Today's U.S. men's national team roster breakdown, Stein and Steve examine the tough choices Klinsmann faces when it comes to picking the three or four strikers who will accompany Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan to Brazil.
Michel scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in FCD's 2-1 loss at San Jose this weekend and it was a spectacular one. The Brazilian rifled in a free kick from just outside the box that San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch had no chance of stopping. Michel's blast has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week, so give him your vote!
WATCH: GOTW Week 10
FC Dallas digital is on the ground this weekend in San Jose with Oscar Pareja's men and on Friday afternoon, the team participated in a light training session ahead of Saturday's game. If you can't tell from the pictures, this is a group that really enjoys being around each other: