FC Dallas is back home for the next two matches and it all starts on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. Here's the 10 things you need to know before coming to Toyota Stadium:
1. Gates open super early at 4:30PM for this one as we'll be hosting the Dallas Soccer Heritage Tribute Match featuring former players from the Dallas Tornado, Dallas Sidekicks, Dallas Burn & FC Dallas. Admission is free (with a ticket to the FC Dallas vs. San Jose match) so come on out and watch some of the past stars of Dallas soccer!
2. Get to your seat by 7:15 as we'll be recognizing the Ivory Coast National Team in a special on-field ceremony with their players. Ivory Coast will play El Salvador at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday night!
3. If you do arrive early, stop by the MoneyGram Nations Cup taking place all day on fields 9-14. If you Tweet from the tournament, you can win an FCD jersey or an FCD prize pack with a Raul Fernandez signed mini-ball.
4. While parking is always free for everyone at Toyota Stadium, our Toyota drivers out there can enjoy FREE upgraded parking in the Camry Gold Lot. The Camry Gold Lot is directly NW of the stadium adjacent to the Dr. Pink field.
5. Saturday's match is a family affair for Adam Moffat. He's married to the sister of San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart.
6. Saturday's Lamar Hunt scarfing ceremony will be done by former 1967/1968 Dallas Tornado member John Stewart.
7. If you can't make Saturday's match, kickoff is set for 7:30PM and the game is available in English on Time Warner Cable Sports HD 148 and in Spanish nationally on UniMas. Your radio options are 100.7FM(English) and 1270AM(Spanish).
8. FCD battles San Jose for the second time in three weeks on Saturday night. They fell in a heartbraking 2-1 loss at Buck Shaw Stadium in a match where Dallas outshot San Jose by nearly 3-1 margin. Read all about the Earthquakes with our Know Your Enemy feature.
9. Weather is looking great for Saturday night with temperatures in the low 80's and only a very slight chance of a quick shower.
10. We've got just a few of our May Scarf of the Month left in the FCD Team Stores and they'll be $10 off at Saturday's game!
There you have it! If you haven't secured your tickets yet, beat the box office lines and get those right here and we'll see you on Saturday night!
The FC Dallas U12 Team is hosting a pasta tasting dinner fundraiser to help lessen the costs for the young and talented players to travel to Spain for a tournament. They will be competing against some of the best teams in the world in their age group including Real Madrid and FC Porto. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Maggiano's Northpark MAW Fund to help their MAW sponsored children achieve their dream.
The open bar and silent auction bidding beings at approximately 6:15pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. Among some of the auction items include Dirk Nowitzki autographed shoes, an FC Dallas Blas Perez signed jersey and many others cool items.
The fundraiser will take place at Maggiano's Northpark Banquet Room - 205 N. Park Center, Dallas, TX, 75225 on Monday June 2nd. The cost is $30.00 for the dinner and is limited to the first 50 people so make sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
MoneyGram #NationsCup14 is at Toyota Soccer Center this weekend and you don't want to miss this World Cup-style tournament!
MoneyGram is giving you the chance to win an FC Dallas jersey simply for tweeting from the tournament and we at FC Dallas digital want to sweeten the deal a little bit.
For anyone going to Saturday's #FCDvSJ game, stop by the #NationsCup14 taking place on Fields 9 through 14 and Tweet a picture from the tournament using both #NationsCup AND #DTID.
We will pick a winner before Saturday's game, contact you on Twitter and bring you an FCD prize pack straight to your seat at Toyota Stadium featuring a Raul Fernandez-signed mini-ball, an FCD T-shirt and a couple other pieces of FCD swag.
FCD plays the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday. Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
FC Dallas Academy Open Training Sessions 2014
All Sessions at Toyota Soccer Complex in Frisco
Times and fields subject to change - please check the website prior to arrival for most up to date field and time info.
U18 Academy (Players born in 1996 and 1997)
For more information regarding the FC Dallas U18 Academy please contact Francisco Molina at email@example.com
|June 1||7:30PM||Field 17|
|June 3||7:30PM||Field 12|
|June 11||7:30PM||Field 12|
U16 Academy (Players born in 1998)
For more information regarding the FC Dallas U16 Academy please contact Luchi Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org
|June 1||6:00PM||Field 17|
|June 3||6:00PM||Field 12|
|June 11||6:00PM||Field 13|
U15 Academy (Players born in 1999)
For more information regarding the FC Dallas U15 Academy please contact Jesse Suarez at email@example.com
|June 1||6:00PM||Field 16|
|June 2||6:00PM||Field 9|
|June 11||6:00PM||Field 14|
|June 18||6:00PM||Field 17|
U14 Academy (Players born in 2000)
For more information regarding the FC Dallas U14 Academy please contact Chris Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org
|June 1||7:30PM||Field 16|
|June 2||7:30PM||Field 12|
|June 24||9:30AM||Field 2|
U13 Academy (Players born in 2001)
For more information regarding the FC Dallas U13 Academy please contact Chris Hayden at email@example.com
|June 1||4:30PM||Field 16|
|June 2||6:00PM||Field 12|
|June 24||9:30AM||Field 2|
Matt Hedges is having his best season yet having started in all 14 games of the season and his efforts in Saturday night's match earned him a spot in the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 11.
MLSsoccer.com had this to say about his performance: "Hedges helped disrupt RSL in the box by not allowing them to flood the area with runs. He also kept his concentration for the full 90 minutes to help Dallas earn their first shutout of the season in their draw on Saturday night."
In addition, Tesho Akindele has played in six games this season, started both games last week and even scored his first goal of his professional career on Wednesday in LA vs. the Galaxy. Akindele found his way onto the Castrol Index for Week 11
|1||Landon Donovan||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||82||1832||Philadelphia Union|
|2||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||1629||Philadelphia Union|
|3||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||1417||San Jose Earthquakes|
|4||Jeff Attinella||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||1363||FC Dallas|
|5||Steve Clark||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||1181||Chicago Fire|
|6||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1165||Houston Dynamo|
|7||Atiba Harris||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||1128||Houston Dynamo|
|8||Bill Hamid||Goalkeeper||D.C. United||90||1078||Houston Dynamo|
|9||Leonardo||Defender||LA Galaxy||90||1072||Philadelphia Union|
|10||Patrick Mullins||Forward||New England Revolution||90||973||D.C. United|
|11||Tesho Akindele||Forward||FC Dallas||80||934||LA Galaxy|
|12||Paulo Nagamura||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||914||Toronto FC|
|13||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||912||New York Red Bulls|
|14||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||907||Portland Timbers|
|15||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||887||FC Dallas|
|16||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||870||D.C. United|
|17||Bradley Orr||Defender||Toronto FC||90||864||Sporting Kansas City|
|18||Diego Fagundez||Midfielder||New England Revolution||87||857||D.C. United|
|19||Maximiliano Urruti||Forward||Portland Timbers||83||857||New York Red Bulls|
|20||Gyasi Zardes||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||855||FC Dallas|
We're still a few weeks away from the big tournament in Brazil, but a mini-World Cup comes to Toyota Soccer Center this weekend with the third-annual MoneyGram Nations Cup.
The MoneyGram Nations Cup was organized in 2012 to promote outreach and unity in the local DFW community through the game of soccer and in 2014 we will celebrate the third year of the tournament. 16 teams have been drawn into four groups in a World Cup-style tournament that will determine the 2014 MoneyGram Nations Cup champion.
All group stage games will take place on Saturday, May 31st throughout the day leading up to the FC Dallas vs. San Jose game, and the knockout round semi-finals and finals will be on Sunday, June 1.
Admission is free to all games and we encourage all FC Dallas fans to come out early on Saturday afternoon to take in a little bit of the soccer carnival atmosphere! There will be plenty of fun for the kids with face painting, balloon artist and a soccer-shaped bounce house as well as pizza from Cici's sno-cones and other treats!
On Field 10, the Ultimate Soccer Experience will be set up with different interactive stations including soccer bowling, soccer basketball and a 1-on-1 competition while an EA Sports FIFA 14 station offers the chance to win bragging rights over your friends.
In addition, everyone who attends the MoneyGram Nations Cup will have the opportunity to win a brand new 2014 FC Dallas jersey by Tweeting your most creative photo from the 2014 Nations Cup using #NationsCup14 and here at FCDallas.com we have a special contest where you can win an FCD prize pack featuring a Raul Fernandez signed ball!
We're just a little over a week away from the international friendly between Ivory Coast and El Salvador that will be played at Toyota Stadium on June 4 at 8 pm. A few days ago El Salvador's new head coach announced his 32-man camp roster:
Goalkeepers: Derby Carillo (Atlanta Silverbacks), Henry Hernandez (Isidro Metapan), Elmer Iglesias (Santa Tecla)
Defenders: Jonathan Barrios (Isidro Metapan), Ibsen Castro (Marte), Allan Fernandez (Atletico Marte), Moises Garcia (LA Firpo), Miguel Lemus (FAS), Mario Martinez (Atletico Marte), Milton Molina (Isidro Metapan), Santos Ortiz (Dragon), Alexander Mendoza (FAS), Bryan Tamacas (FAS), Marcelo Tejeda (Atletico Marte)
Midfielders: Jaime Alas (Ballenas Galeanas/Mexico), Arturo Alvarez (Videoton FC/Hungary), Darwin Ceren (Orlando City SC/USA), Oscar Ceren (Juventud Independiente), Alexander Larin (FAS), Richard Menjivar (San Antonio Scorpion), Erick Molina (Atletico Marte), Marvin Monterrosa (Isidro Metapan), Juan Carlos Portillo (Juventud Independiente), raul Renderos (FAS), Helman Rivas (Alianza), Kevin Satamaria (Suchitepequez/Guatemala), Herbet Sosa (Alianza FC)
Forwards: Jonathan Aguila (FAS), Mark Lester Blanco (LA Firpo), Rafael Burgos (Gyor/Hungary), Andres Flores (Isidro Metapan), Romel Mejia (Dragon)
El Salvador also plays Spain in their second international friendly of the summer in Landover, Maryland at FedEx Field on Saturday, June 7th.