It's an international friendly week for FC Dallas and the metroplex is hosting their own high profile game on Tuesday as Argentina and Mexico face off at AT&T Stadium. Mexico has been in town since late last week after tying Trinidad & Tobago 3-3 on Friday night in Utah and they made a request from FC Dallas.
"Tuca" Ferretti and El Tri needed some extra training players, so some FCD youngsters were brought in to join the first team as they trained at MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas. Needless to say it was an experience that the boys won't forget, even if most of them have aspirations of suiting up for Mexico's rival US Men's National Team in the future.
— FEMEXFUT (@FMF) September 6, 2015
FC Dallas had a fantastic weekend holding the Columbus Crew off the scoreboard, a team that had not been shutout at home this season, in a 3-0 win and three players have made their way onto MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week as well as another two on the bench. Here's what they had to say about the selections:
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – Was a rock in the back for Oscar Pareja's team, collecting 10 clearances and seven interceptions, as Columbus Crew SC was unable to break down the Dallas defense.
M: Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas) – Held Dallas' young midfield together, displaying excellent positioning and timely passing throughout the match.
September 2015 marks four years since long-time FC Dallas player and broadcaster Bobby Rhine tragically passed away of a heart attack at the age of just 35 years old.
Bobby played more than 200 times for the club and sits in the top five in games played, minutes played, assists and shots.
We remember Bobby each year through Team BR19 at the Dallas Heart Walk coming up this weekend and our September 2015 Scarf of the Month is dedicated to man whose name is synonymous with the franchise.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association and the scarf is available now and only in the FC Dallas Team Store open from 10-4 Monday through Thursday, 10-3 on Friday and open at gates on gamedays.
The speedster Michael Barrios is up for MLS AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 27! Atiba Harris sprung Barrios on a long run in the 69th minute, as the Columbian split Crew SC defenders Tyson Wahl and Michael Parkhurst in the midfield and finished the play with a chip past Steve Clark to put FCD up 2-0 over Columbus. Be sure to cast your vote for the Dallas midfielder for the top spot in this week's poll!
Here are your highlights from FCD's huge 3-0 road win at Columbus:
It’s a busy weekend for many FC Dallas players not in the state of Ohio.
Five players are on national team duty during the September FIFA international window – three playing in 2018 World Cup qualifiers and two playing friendlies. Four players will play on Friday, Sept. 4 and all five Dallas players will play on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Tesho Akindele and Canada open up a home-and-home qualifier on Friday in Toronto against Belize, finishing the second leg on Tuesday in Belmopan.
Moises Hernandez and Guatemala will face Antigua and Barbuda in a qualifying series on Friday in North Sound, Antigua and Tuesday in Ciudad de Guatemala.
Je-Vaughn Watson and Jamaica begin a qualifying match-up with Nicaragua in Kingston on Friday before traveling to Managua on Tuesday.
Blas Perez and Panama will play a pair of friendlies beginning on Friday against Uruguay in Panama City before taking on Venezuela on Tuesday in Puerto Ordaz.
Fabian Castillo is slated to make his Senior National Team debut on Tuesday as Colombia takes on Peru in a friendly at Red Bull Arena in New York.
|Sept. 4||Canada vs. Belize|
|Sept. 4||Guatemala at Antigua and Barbuda|
|Sept. 4||Jamaica vs. Nicaragua|
|Sept. 4||Panama vs. Uruguay (Friendly)|
|Sept. 8||Canada at Belize|
|Sept. 8||Jamaica at Nicaragua|
|Sept. 8||Guatemala vs. Antigua and Barbuda|
|Sept. 8||Panama at Venezuela (Friendly)|
|Sept. 8||Colombia vs. Peru (Friendly - New York)|
Over the weekend at the Toyota Soccer Center, the FC Dallas Academy teams opened the 2015-2016 season with five matches against local side Solar Chelsea. It was a successful weekend as FCD went 4-0-1, here's a recap of the action:
FC Dallas U-18s: 1
Solar Chelsea U-18s: 0
Eddie Munjoma slotted home a penalty kick to give FC Dallas U-18s three points in their first competitive match since winning the U-16 US Soccer Development Academy National Championship.
FC Dallas U-16s: 3
Solar Chelsea U-16s: 2
Paxton Pomykal, Luis Carillo and Daniel Evans tallied in the victory for the new FCD U-16 side opening the season in successful fashion after winning the U-15 national championship last season.
FC Dallas U-15s: 3
Solar Chelsea U-15s: 0
Adrian Morales opened the scoring off a corner kick from Roba Negeri while an individual effort from Imanol Almaguer earned FCD their second goal on an own goal. In his first match with FCD, Pablo Arias combined with Edwin Cerrillo to score the third goal while goalkeeper Sebastian Zavala recorded a clean sheet.
FC Dallas U-14s: 4
Solar Chelsea U-14s: 0
Bryan Reynolds scored twice for the U-14s while Johan Gomez and Luis Pacheco also found goals in the season-opening win for the U-14s.
FC Dallas U-13s: 1
Solar Chelsea U-13s: 1
Beni Redzic found the goal for the U-13s as they started the season with a draw.
For 28 days of August, the hottest month of the year was incredibly unkind to FC Dallas who had amassed no points from three matches against Chicago, Los Angeles and Vancouver despite playing well enough to earn at least a point in two of them. Perhaps the soccer gods were saving all the good luck for the last weekend of the month.
Week 26 of the MLS regular season was one of the most positive for FCD as not only did Oscar Pareja's side secure a vital three points against a Western Conference rival nipping at their heels, but the Frisco side also saw results around the Western Conference go their way vaulting Dallas from fifth to third at the end of the weekend. It was a weekend that saw Dallas gain three points on each of the four teams above them in the standings entering the weekend.
Over in Colorado, the Rapids won their third game in a row coming from behind to beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1. The loss for SKC coupled with the Dallas win sees FCD leapfrog them in the standings now a point above their midwest foes with equal games played.
FCD also jumped above the Portland Timbers in the standings as they were unlucky to lose 2-1 at Seattle. The Timbers outshot and generally outplayed their opponents but fell in a match that sees FCD move to a point ahead of the Cascadia side while also holding two vital games in hand.
At the top of the West, both teams fell to defeat as Los Angeles dropped a 1-0 result away to San Jose while Vancouver lost 2-0 to Houston while losing two players to red cards. FCD sits four points behind Vancouver and five points behind LA at the top, but has two games in hand on the Whitecaps and three games in hand on LA.
Things simply could not be any tighter at the top of the Western Conference with .04 PPG separating Dallas, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Sporting KC. FCD is the only one of these four teams playing this weekend as Dallas travels to Columbus for a match on Sunday afternoon.
Just ten games remain in the 2015 MLS Regular Season and the sprint to the finish starts Saturday night at Toyota Stadium against Real Salt Lake. Here are ten things to know about #FCDvRSL
1. #FCDvRSL is presented by Cricket Wireless and they're giving the first 5,000 fans FC Dallas flags! Arrive early to snag yours before they're gone.
2. Speaking of arriving early, get there are 7:30 for our Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony with 2015 FC Dallas Community MVP Josue Arista of G.O.A.L Denton, a program that uses the beautiful game to empower young people in the community. He does some amazing work in DFW and definitely deserves a great crowd.
3. You can actually take home the jersey off the back of one of the FC Dallas players on Saturday night while supporting the FC Dallas Foundation. Click here for all the details on tomorrow's program.
4. FC Dallas is a perfect 10-0-0 this season when scoring two or more goals. Find more #FCDvRSL stats in our By The Numbers feature.
5. If you like matches with playoff implications, this is one for you. RSL needs a win to keep pace while FCD can move as high as third tomorrow night.
6. According to Kellyn Acosta, "it's time to grind" for an FC Dallas team looking to finish atop the Western Conference. This week's match poster is dedicated to that quote and you can get yours in the team store.
7. If you can't make Saturday's match, kickoff is set for 8:00PM and the game is available in English on Time Warner Cable Sports HD 323. Your radio options are 100.7FM(English) with Steve Davis and 1270AM(Spanish) with Carlos Alvarado.
8. Hear what Kellyn Acosta, Ryan Hollingshead and Oscar Pareja had to say about Saturday's big match.
9. It's typical August weather on tap Saturday night with a high near 95 but cooling into the upper 70s as the sun goes down.
10. Ticket options in the endline and east side are very limited for Saturday's match so if you don't have your #FCDvRSL tickets yet, snag them quickly!