The second and final matches of the conference finals are both this Sunday. DC United hosts Houston at 3 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network. Seattle hosts LA Galaxy at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Houston currently has a 3-1 aggregate lead over DC, while LA has a 3-0 aggregate lead over Seattle.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg Two match:
Scott Brown: DC 2 HOU 1 (HOU advances); SEA 0 LA 2 (LA advances)
Robert Casner: DC 2 HOU 1 (HOU advances); SEA 2 LA 1 (LA advances)
Mark Norris: DC 3 HOU 1 (DC wins series in PKs); SEA 3 LA 2 (LA advances)
FRISCO – FC Dallas has partnered with Paragon Sports Constructors to renovate multiple synthetic turf fields at FC Dallas Stadium Complex.
The FC Dallas Stadium Complex includes 17 tournament-grade fields adjacent to FC Dallas Stadium. Three of the fields are synthetic turf, while the remaining 14 are natural grass. Under the four-year agreement, PSC will remove the current synthetic turf surfacing, excavate the drainage system and re-construct the stone base before installing Desso iDNA synthetic turf.
“It was very important for us to partner with a local company for this project, and we chose PSC for their great reputation in the region,” said FC Dallas Vice President of Complex Management Tom Jones. “PSC can provide FC Dallas FIFA recommended synthetic turf for our soccer-specific fields and will stand behind their finished product.”
Work has already begun on Field 3, which will include branded logos of Paragon Sports Constructors. Paragon Sports Constructors is using the latest eco-friendly synthetic turf technology to extract the infill from the current surface and remove the existing turf. The field is expected to be completed in time for the Dallas Cup qualifier, the Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram later this month.
“We are excited about our new partnership with FC Dallas,” said William Chaffe, president of Paragon Sports Constructors. “They have world-class facilities and could have any sports contractor construct these fields. Yet, they chose Paragon Sports to become their exclusive synthetic turf construction partner.”
Opened in 2005, the FC Dallas Stadium and Complex is used approximately 350 days each year and averages more than 1.3 million visitors annually.
“These fields see a lot of traffic and need to be reliable, not only from a surface quality standpoint, but also from drainage and construction standpoints,” said Bret Allen, vice president of sales for Paragon Sports Constructors. “We are very excited that an organization as sophisticated as FC Dallas recognizes Paragon Sports as a provider of quality, turn-key services and products.”
About FC Dallas
A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. Led by 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and U.S. National Team star Brek Shea, FC Dallas claimed the 2010 Western Conference Championship and was among the league’s best in 2011, tying a franchise record for points in a season while competing in a record 48 games across three competitions. Renowned for its youth and academy systems, FC Dallas has signed seven Homegrown players to its professional team since 2009, including 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Richard Sanchez (started in goal for Mexico). There are currently more than 2,000 youth players in the FC Dallas development system, which operates year-round. The professional team plays from March to November at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre facility includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields.
About Paragon Sports Constructors
Paragon Sports Constructors is a turn-key contractor of natural and synthetic turf sports fields and running tracks based in Fort Worth, Texas. With over 30 years of sports construction experience they are one of the premier sports field and running track contractors in the South Central United States. Paragon Sports Constructors remains focused on quality construction practices, choosing to partner with top brand name manufacturers of synthetic turf and track surfacing to provide clients a consistently high-quality project from planning to first use. Paragon Sports Constructors is the exclusive dealer and installer for synthetic turf products from Desso Sports Systems in their market. Desso Sports Systems is a FIFA Preferred Producer of synthetic turf with over 30 years of sports surface manufacturing experience based out of Belgium. For more information on Paragon Sports please visit www.paragon-sports.com.
FC Dallas is hosting a Black Friday blowout sale this year at the FC Dallas Team Store. The Team Store will be open with extended store hours from 7AM-5PM on Friday, Nov. 23. Come early and enjoy breakfast on us as well as great early bird specials.
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.: Everything in the store is 50% off
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Everything in the store is 40% off
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Everything in the store is 30% off
Special early bird offers:
FC Dallas Authentic Jerseys (Normally $110)
-1st Twenty Five (25) available for purchase for just $25
FC Dallas Big Boy Chairs (Normally $40)
-1st Ten (10) people available for purchase for just $10
Canvas Chairs (Normally $24)
-1st Ten (10) available for purchase for just $5
-2nd Ten (10) available for purchase for just $15
There is also a special ticket deal available Friday only in the Team Shop:
As a thank you to all of our great fan support in 2012, our Facebook page is offering followers the opportunity to win a Brek Shea-signed Fathead.
Click here to submit your best photo of yourself or family and friends at a 2012 FC Dallas match and you could win the Fathead. Entries are due by Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m.
The top five photos will be chosen and subject to a fan vote to decide the winner.
NEW YORK (November 9, 2012) – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today issued an additional two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine to D.C. United defender Andy Najar for his actions during the Eastern Conference Semifinal game against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, November 3rd. Najar will be suspended for a total of three games, which includes the automatic one-game suspension for receiving a red card.
The Disciplinary Committee determined that Najar’s conduct put the League in disrepute.
The MLS Players Union appealed the Committee’s decision on behalf of Najar. MLS Commissioner Don Garber heard the appeal and elected to uphold the Committee’s decision.
Najar served the first game of his suspension during United’s match against the Red Bulls on Nov. 8th and the remaining two games will be served during the two 2012 Conference Finals games against the Houston Dynamo.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced two additional actions today.
A two-match suspension and an undisclosed fine have been issued to Blas Perez of FC Dallas for his violent conduct that endangered the safety of Bobby Burling of Chivas USA in the 35th minute of the match on Sunday, October 28th. The MLS Players Union appealed the Committee’s decision on behalf of Perez. MLS Commissioner Don Garber heard the appeal and elected to uphold the Committee’s decision. Perez’s suspension will be served during the first two matches of the 2013 MLS Regular Season.
Fernando Cardenas of the New England Revolution has been fined an undisclosed amount for his act of embellishment in the 72nd minute of the Revolution match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, October 27th.
Fines collected are donated to MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport.
George John is still in the lead after Week Nine of Futbol and Football - but by just one game. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
11/12 UPDATE: Ugo and Chris win the week. George and Mark are now tied for the overall lead.
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The conference finals are set after a wild conclusion to the semifinals. This is again a two-leg series, with the higher seed hosting the second match. The first matches are both this Sunday. Houston hosts DC United at 3 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network. LA Galaxy hosts Seattle at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg One match:
Scott Brown: HOU 2, DC 1; LA 2, SEA 2
Robert Casner: HOU 2, DC 1; LA 1, SEA 1
Mark Norris: HOU 1, DC 0; LA 2, SEA 1
Two teams will be eliminated from the MLS Playoffs tonight in the second leg of the MLS Playoffs - Semifinal Round. New York hosts D.C. United a day after their match was cancelled due to a blizzard at Red Bull Arena (6:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Real Salt Lake hosts Seattle in a Western Conference battle (9 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network).
DC and NY tied 1-1 in Leg One. RSL and Seattle drew 0-0. The team with the highest aggregate score advances.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg Two match:
Scott Brown: NY 2, DC 0 (NY advances); RSL 1, SEA 1 (Seattle advances on PKs)
Robert Casner: NY 1, DC 1 (DC advances on PKs, 5-3); RSL 2, SEA 1 (RSL advances)
Mark Norris: NY 0, DC 1 (DC advances); RSL 0, SEA 1 (Seattle advances)
FRISCO – FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez is looking forward to learning and developing even more as a player during the next three years.
That was the big takeaway from the 18-year-old 'keeper who just inked a three-year contract with the club that will keep him in North Texas until 2015.
“It feels great,” Sanchez said after training on Thursday. “Now that I got an extension it just feels good.”
Sanchez said talks about extending his initial deal he signed in 2011 began one month ago. Sanchez’ agent worked with FCD Technical Director Fernando Clavijo to get the deal done.
Sanchez is the sixth Homegrown player in club history and played 360 minutes in 2012 with the FC Dallas Reserves.
The goalkeeper said club officials told him they were excited to re-sign him and they wanted to keep him and develop him.
Sanchez wanted to stay as well.
“I want to be here at FC Dallas for the next three years,” Sanchez said. “Who knows – maybe I can win a starting spot here. But I know in order to, I have to earn that.”