Win or go home.
Your United States World Cup team has reached the knockout round and battles Belgium on Thursday afternoon at 3:00PM in Brazil & our FCD World Cup Tour pres. by McDonalds is set for the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center. If you were at either of our downtown Dallas watch parties, you know how special they've been and if you missed it, well just watch this.
Here's your FAQ's for Tuesday's watch party:
When should I arrive?
The match kicks off at 3:00AM, but the plaza was packed an hour before kickoff. Arrival by 1:30-2:00PM should get you a good spot. Should. We had close to 5,000 show up for Thursday's watch party and we expect that many to be here for this knockout round match.
How should I get there?
There is parking available in the Audi Garage on the east side of AAC for $5. We also encourage all attendees to take Dart Light Rail to Victory Station for Thursday's event.
Can I bring food and drinks to AT&T Plaza?
You are permitted to bring a small, sack-sized cooler with non-alcoholic drinks. Beer will be available for purchase outside in the plaza as well as food, soda and water both from outdoor vendors and concession stands inside the AAC.
Can I bring folding chairs?
Yes, folding chairs are permitted into the AT&T Plaza and were all over the plaza last Thursday. The screens are elevated high enough that you will easily be able to see whether you are sitting or standing.
Will all three screens be on?
Yes! We're going to have the USA-Belgium match on the big screen attached to the front of the AAC as well as the two large screens on the sides. Can't wait.
How can we make this an event that unites the whole city?
Invite your friends via our Facebook event, talk it up, get all your friends who live down in that area to come out. Every media outlet in town should be there so let's show DFW that Dallas is a soccer city!
SEGMENT 1: Greenhill School and Solar alumnus Hunter Jumper, now a left back with the Chicago Fire, takes advantage of his break from MLS to drop into the studio in place of the traveling Steve Davis to help Stein preview Tuesday's big USA-Belgium game in the World Cup.
SEGMENT 2: Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki dials in to dish on his beloved German national team and what he thinks of Jurgen Klinsmann's side after the Americans lost by a single goal to Dirk's home nation on the World Cup stage.
SEGMENT 3: U.S. women's national team legend Julie Foudy checks in live from Brazil to share some experiences and observations gathered in her role as ESPN's World Cup correspondent on the street.
SEGMENT 4: While in Brazil for the week to see as much of the World Cup as he can in a short amount of time, Steve huddles with ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle to assess the tournament through the group stages and share insights about what it's like to cover such a big event.
Here's all the action from Sunday's goalless draw with Columbus:
UPDATE (11:45 p.m.): Major League Soccer has confirmed that the previously postponed MLS match between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas is now rescheduled for Sunday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. CT at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Saturday night's match between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas has been postponed due to extenuating circumstances. The match was scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 28, but was delayed for more than an hour due to severe weather in the vicinity of Crew Stadium. The postponement was announced at 8:12 p.m. CT.
From the Columbus Crew's official statement:
Prior to the Major League Soccer match between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas on Saturday, June 28, first responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest. Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. No other information surrounding the incident is known at this time.
Details of the rescheduled match will be announced as soon as they are made available.
Under-18s defeat Chicago Fire 1-0 in do-or-die USSDA Playoff, advance to quarterfinals
FC Dallas was 2-0-0 heading into Thursday's final USSDA Playoff Week match against the Chicago Fire, and needed a win to advance to the national quarterfinals.
That's exactly what they got with Tony Aguilar scoring his second goal of playoff week in the 40th minute sending Dallas to a 1-0 win over the Fire.
The FCD backline of Cesar Murillo, Jordan Cano, Shaquell Moore and Kris Reaves held their second straight shutout of the week and U-16 goalkeeper Charlie Furrer, playing up with the U-18s for the first time, led Dallas to a 3-0-0 record in playoffs week.
With passage secured, Luchi Gonzalez's side will host Colorado Rush in Frisco on Monday, July 7th in the national quarterfinals. Stay tuned for info on when and where the match will take place.
Under-16s complete USSDA Playoffs undefeated, but fail to advance
The FC Dallas U-16s also enjoyed a strong USSDA Playoffs week going undefeated with a 1-0-2 record.
Heading into Thursday's playoff finale, FCD needed a win over Orlando City and either a draw or loss by San Jose to advance. Dallas was only able to manage a 1-1 draw with Orlando City, meaning a trip to the quarterfinals is not on the schedule for the U16s this year, but a strong squad showed they will be a team to be reckoned with over the next couple seasons as many of the players move up to the U-18 level.
In all, FC Dallas went 4-0-2 at USSDA Playoffs week, finishing undefeated.
After predicting five matches correctly in eight tries through the group stage of the World Cup, Tex Hopper (right) is about to put in some overtime as the knockout rounds begin on Saturday. That's because the Mean Green Prediction Machine (yes, it's a thing) will be predicting every single match of the tournament from here on out.
Which means the red-hot fire belly toad will be pulling double duty on match days through the quarterfinals. Don't worry, he'll be fairly compensated for his services (It's about to rain crickets in that aquarium). Check out the Toad to Brazil page to see Hopper's full prediction schedule and don't miss his live predictions on YouTube every World Cup match day at 10am CT!
Scott and Daniel break down FC Dallas' weekend match with the Columbus Crew.
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. Erika Cook and Melissa Janetta work in Business Development and Partnership Marketing for FC Dallas. They've traveled to Curitiba along with FC Dallas Foundation Director Melissa Reddick to do volunteer work with Lionsraw (and watch a little soccer). Give them a follow @2SoleSisters on Twitter and Instagram and keep up with them on Tumblr.
It didn’t take long for me at all to fall in love with this project and the people of Parolin. I felt immediately connected to the kids through our mutual love for soccer and their endless enthusiasm to learn. While all the other projects are outside the city of Curitiba, Parolin is in the inner city. The favela community (our version of inner city projects) is a harsh upbringing for the kids as the drug ridden streets and crime rule the community. We’ve spent time coaching and mentoring the kids of this favela as a reward for those that are attending school and church on a regular basis. This formula has been put into place in this community as a way to instill discipline and structure.
Our project is based in a 3G covered field house where just a few streets away from the pitch lies the worst favela that Lionsraw has seen as a team. Our kids are ages six to about sixteen and about 98% are boys. We have morning sessions with the little ones and then more technical afternoon sessions with the older kids. These kids are amazing soccer players! They are mini versions of Neymar dancing their way around each other like you wouldn’t believe. And tough…some of them play barefoot or in socks. If they get knocked down they don’t whine or complain and quickly get back up and get involved. They are so eager to learn whether it’s a new foot skill or to simply count to ten in English. The children have great respect for all of the coaches and volunteers on the project. Each morning they’ve greeted us with smiles, handshakes, and fist bumps and thank us before they leave in the afternoon.
Aside from soccer, we were lucky enough to spend last Sunday attending church with the kids and their community. It was a great experience to see them outside of the pitch engaging with each other on a different level. Most of them attended without their parents knowing their incentive was that they got to finish the day on the pitch. Their church provides a great support system for the kids so I hope they continue to participate and attend.
The short time that I’ve spent here I can say have been some of the happiest moments of my life. My team of fellow coaches, the kids and the community have warmed my heart forever. My hope for these kids is that they can find enough inspiration to continue on their paths of education and pave their way towards a brighter future despite the struggles of the Parolin community.