After a weekend off, there wasn't any movement in this week's power rankings for FC Dallas, meaning that the team remains in the top three in every major list for another week. Dallas has their work cut out for them this week with two games, including a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup matchup against rival Houston on Wednesday before the team travels to Portland to take on the Timbers.
MLSsoccer.com left FCD in the second spot and gave George John some love:
How was George John not on the All-Star ballot? How was he not on the preliminary 35-man Gold Cup roster? Has everybody forgotten that there's soccer happening in Dallas?
ESPN FC once again kept FC Dallas at number three:
Dallas bided its time and prepared for its mammoth Western Conference clash against Portland. Manager Schellas Hyndman will be hoping that the gastroenteritis that sidelined Blas Perez while on international duty doesn't shut the forward down.
FC Dallas also stayed put in Soccer America’s Power Rankings.
Avi Creditor of SI.com kept Dallas in the top spot despite a weekend off:
FC Dallas had the week off, but the club will wait on the word regarding striker Blas Perez, who was ruled out of Panama's World Cup qualifier with the USA with gastroenteritis. Should he have to miss the weekend's crucial bout with Portland, that'd be a big blow for a side whose Western Conference lead continues to shrink.
FCD remained at number two according to Yahoo Sports:
This won't be an easy week for Dallas. They'll have to follow a Wednesday night USOC home game against Houston with a Saturday evening contest at Portland.
It was such a big success the last time we did it, we thought we'd do it again!
We have five pairs of tickets to Wednesday's Texas Derby Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match vs Houston Dynamo just burning a hole in our pocket. We're going to be giving them away through another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
The first five entries with all the correct answers sent to email@example.com will win the tickets to Wednesday's match. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first five with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to get your tickets now and avoid the box office lines on Wednesday!
EDIT: We've found our winners and will be contacting them shortly! See you at the stadium on Wednesday!
- Which FC Dallas player celebrated a birthday on Sunday, June 9?
- What FC Dallas player got called up to the US Under-20 World Cup roster?
- When is the next FC Dallas Reserve League game and who do they play?
- What channel is Saturday’s FC Dallas at Portland Timbers match on?
- Who currently leads FC Dallas in shots on goal?
- What are George John’s two favorite TV shows?
- Who scored the goals for FC Dallas in March’s FCD win over Houston?
- What are the two possible teams FC Dallas will face in the LHUSOC quarterfinals if they beat Houston on Wednesday?
- Which three FC Dallas players were born in Colombia?
- What college did FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck attend?
Good luck and #DTID!
The U.S. Men's National Team has a World Cup qualifying game against Jamaica tonight (8:30 p.m. CT, beIN Sport). After a loss to the Reggae Boyz in a qualifying game last year, tonight's is crucial for the USMNT, which is currently in fourth place in the Hexagonal. If you're looking for a fun place to watch the game with some fellow soccer lovers, stop by one of our pub partners! All of the pubs will be showing the game and many will have either drink specials or Happy Hours, so it's a great way to watch the game and celebrate the weekend. Here are some of the specials going on tonight.
Allen Wickers- Located in Plano, Happy Hour runs from 4-8 p.m., so it's a great place to stop by before the game.
Lemon Bar- Lemon Bar and Grill also has Happy Hour today, from 3-7 p.m.
The Londoner Frisco- This will be a big night at the The Londoner Frisco. In addition to 70s night and drink specials ($1.75 Bud Light and $3 gin and vodka tonics), the FC Dallas Girls will be stopping by from 7:30-9:30p.m.
The Londoner Addison- The Londoner in Addison will be serving their usual Friday special, $2.50 PBRs, all day as well as during the game.
The Staggering Irishman- This Dallas pub will also be having Happy Hour until 8 p.m.
Irish Rover- The Irish Rover's Happy Hour run from 4-7 p.m. tonight.
Gingerman Plano- Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m.
Stop by any of these pubs tonight for a great pre-game and game-watching experience!
MLS Futbolito presented by Volkswagen, the official 4v4 tournament of Major League Soccer, is celebrating its 11th year in 2013 and will be returning to Frisco at the FC Dallas Soccer Complex on July 13!
Teams are allowed to have up to seven players(four field players and three substitutes) so round up some of your closest friends and get a team together to play in MLS Futbolito!
Visit www.mlsfutbolito.com for more information and to register your team(cash prizes for Premier Adult Division)!
Blas Perez scored FC Dallas' only two goals against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, securing a crucial point on the road to keep Dallas atop the Western Conference standings. Perez's performance has earned him a lot of honors this week, including spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 at number 17 and MLS' Top 3 Performers for Week 14. The striker also earned nominations for Goal of the Week and Latin American Player of the Week and was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. Don't forget to vote for Blas this week!
Castrol Index Week 14 Top 20 Performers
|1||Atiba Harris||Forward||Colorado Rapids||90||FC Dallas||2,003|
|2||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Chivas USA||1,362|
|3||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||LA Galaxy||1,336|
|4||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New York Red Bulls||1,326|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,231|
|6||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,227|
|7||Diego Fagundez||Midfielder||New England Revolution||88||LA Galaxy||1,217|
|8||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,213|
|9||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Houston Dynamo||1,159|
|10||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,120|
|11||Collen Warner||Midfielder||Montreal Impact||90||Sporting KC||1,100|
|12||Warren Creavalle||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,094|
|13||Jonathan Osorio||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||Philadelphia Union||1,055|
|14||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,038|
|15||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New York Red Bulls||1,016|
|16||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||87||D.C. United||999|
|17||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Colorado Rapids||972|
|18||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||Houston Dynamo||937|
|19||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||FC Dallas||923|
|20||Ned Grabavoy||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||907|
FC Dallas managed to earn a point on the road in Colorado this weekend, a result that was good enough to keep them in the top three in just about every MLS power ranking this week. While some polls moved the Montreal Impact up to the top spot after their win this weekend, one still credited FCD with the spot and none of them moved them down more than one spot. FCD sits at number two or three in just about every list. Most importantly, Dallas still remains at the top of the Western Conference standings heading into a bye weekend.
MLSsoccer.com jumped Montreal over FCD, bumping Dallas to the number two spot in their rankings:
Dallas are never going to win many admirers for how they play, but they probably care more about winning points instead. And it's proved to be damn effective, especially since they have a pair of big-name players – Blas Pérez and David Ferreira – who live up to their billing every time they put on the uniform.
FC Dallas remained in the number three spot for another week according to ESPN FC’s rankings:
FCD secured an impressive road point at Colorado, coming back twice from a goal down thanks to Blas Perez's two goals. A bye next weekend should allow more of Dallas' injured players the chance to get back to full fitness.
Soccer America moved Montreal into the top spot, dropping Dallas down one spot to #2.
The winning streak was just enough for the Impact to edge past FC Dallas into the top spot in the power rankings.
Avi Creditor of SI.com left FC Dallas at #1 once again:
A wild sequence at Dick's Sporting Goods Park resulted in a well-taken brace by Blas Perez and allowed FC Dallas to twice come back from one-goal deficits to salvage a draw in its 2010 MLS Cup final rematch with the Colorado Rapids. FCD's pace has slowed considerably, with the club having just two wins in the last six games, but Schellas Hyndman's side continues to find a way to make the points add up. It remains atop the Western Conference standings.
Last but not least, Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas up a spot to #2:
Still undefeated at home, Dallas did well to pick up a point at Colorado. They aren't running away with anything yet, but they remain the only team in the west earning two points per game.
The MoneyGram Nations Cup was held at FC Dallas Stadium last weekend. Here’s a recap of all the action from the knockout rounds:
In the quarterfinals, Senegal defeated Iran, 2-1, Albania shut out Ivory Coast, 3-0, Cameroon cruised past the Mexico 2 side, 4-1, and Mexico 1 beat USA, 2-0.
In the semifinals, Albania took on Senegal while Mexico 1 played Cameroon. The Albania-Senegal game was played at a slower pace than the other match up, making the battle in the midfield important. Albania’s goal was scored from a set-piece and Albania’s goalkeeper held firm as Senegal tried to equalize in the end, securing an Albania win.
The second semifinal game was a clash of two different styles. Cameroon was very athletic with speed and a lot of technical skill. Mexico had the counter attack ready to go. Mexico went up 1-0 early but Cameroon attacked and took a 2-1 lead before halftime. Mexico scored early again in the second half to make it 2-2. Late in the match, Mexico countered and scored on a good through ball from Tito Salas. It put the pressure on Cameroon to score, but Mexico got another goal late as Cameroon gave them space in the back. Cameroon was awarded a penalty kick late but the Mexico goalkeeper made a diving save to his left and pushed the ball off the crossbar as the whistle blew, signaling a 4-2 victory for Mexico.
The championship match between Mexico and Albania was a matchup of two highly skilled teams. Short, quick passing was on display as both teams had a lot of possession. The winning goal was scored by RJ Luevano on a free kick from 25 yards out in the first half to give Albania the 1-0 lead. Mexico had several scoring opportunities, but the Albania 'keeper saved every one, earning him man of the match honors as his team won the 2013 MoneyGram Nations Cup title.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez only had two shots on goal against Colorado on Saturday night, but he certainly made them count.
The Panamanian sent both shots past Clint Irwin for his second two-goal game in an FC Dallas jersey earning FC Dallas a point away to the Rapids. .
Blas' second goal, a real top-shelf effort from 25 yards, has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, so get out there and vote early and often for Blas!
FC Dallas ended their three-match week unbeaten with a 2-2 draw in Colorado. Blas Perez scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season to twice pull FC Dallas from a goal down in the second half earning a positive point that FCD will take into their 10-day break. Here's all the highlights from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas and Colorado play to a wild 2-2 draw
GOAL: Atiba Harris opens the scoring in the 56th minute off a Marvell Wynne throw in
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FC Dallas level in the 61st minute finishing a loose ball in the box
GOAL: Former FCD man Atiba Harris again finds the goal for Colorado sneaking behind the FCD back line
GOAL: Blas Perez again knots things up with this fifth goal of the season, a real cracker from outside the box
With as well as FC Dallas is playing this season, you figure there is sure to be at least an All-Star or two on the roster and this morning Major League Soccer announced the opponent for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game.
Italian giants AS Roma will be taking on the MLS All-Stars at Sporting Park in Kansas City on July 31 (8PM CT, ESPN2, UniMas).
This is the tenth time in MLS All-Star Game history that Major League Soccer will be taking on an international club and for the first time they'll be playing a club from Italy's Serie A.
Of course, Roma is the home club of American midfielder Michael Bradley and their star-studded roster includes player like Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti.
“We are honored to host AS Roma for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. The weeklong events and game will be great for Kansas City as our fans here deserve it,” Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman told MLSsoccer.com. “Our ownership group and organization is setting a strong emphasis on making this the best All-Star game there has been in our league. We welcome AS Roma, a great club with tremendous history, to Sporting Park on July 31st where it will be as loud and passionate as ever.”