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08 May 11:22 pm

FC Dallas came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games with a thrilling 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. Check out the full match highlights:

MISS: Ferreira sends an early chance over the crossbar

SAVE: Fernandez denies Valeri from close range

SAVE: Fernandez palms Piquionne's shot off the post

POST: Blas Perez's header is denied by the woodwork

GOAL: Darlington Nagbe opens the scoring for Portland

PENALTY: Blas Perez taken down in the box

GOAL: Kenny Cooper tucks home the penalty for his second goal of the year

SAVE: Ricketts sprawls to deny Kenny Cooper late

 

 

06 May 5:23 pm

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki - click here for day 1 & day 2 updates - click here for day 3 & day 4 updates - click here for day 5 & 6 updates

By Jesse Suarez

Day 9: 

Saturday, May 4

We started the day with a two and a half hour drive back to the training facilities of Wronki. The boys started very quickly out of the gate. Sebastian Gordillo struck a 25 yard shot in the upper 90 to make the game 1-0 in favor of FCD in just the first minute. Lech Poznan kept an aggressive attack throughout the first half and found the back of the net in the 39th minute when Gras Ernest scored. The second half became a counter attack battle and saw even possession from both teams, but neither team could find the final touch and the game ended at 1-1.

FC Dallas 96' Pre Academy-1

Lech Poznan - 1

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 56' ), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn,  Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Kody Korleski 60), Sebastian Gordillo, Christian Ramirez

Goals

FCD

1' Sebastián Gordillo

Lech

39' Gras Ernest

 

The 97's and Lech Poznan played hard to a 0-0 draw in the last game of the week

FC Dallas 97' Pre Academy - 0

Lech Poznan 97's(First place in Polish league) - 0

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irving Dominguez,  Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie Zuazua (Joel Avilez 35) (Duncan James 54),  Weston McKennie, Richard Tapia (Daniel Kiser 35) (Teague Loughmen 62),  Alejandro Martinez

Right after the game, we drove to the Lech Poznan professional game. This was a game in which Lech won 1-0. It was an amazing experience for both the players and staff. We saw their ultra fans at their best and the atmosphere couldn't have been better!

 

Day 10:

Sunday, May 5

We are now heading back to the States. We will start with a 2 hour drive to Poznan, followed by a 2 hour flight to Munich, Germany. We then had a 9 hour flight to Chicago. From Chicago, we finished our journey back home into Dallas!

On behalf of FC Dallas,  the players, parents, and coaching staff, we would like to thank the following people for their great hospitality and welcoming us to their beautiful country! Without them our visit would not have been the same!

 

Przemek Graczyk

Piotr Kocinski

Joanna Wrotek

Dawid Wrotek

Marek Bojarski

Ewa Bojarski

Filip Bojarski

Andrzej Gryciuk

Maryla Gryciuk

Kamil Gryciuk

Zbigniew Jakubczyk

Zygi "Bus Driver"

Zbigniew Witkowski

 

Thank you and WE will never forget you guys!

 

03 May 5:29 pm

April was a good month for FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The Peruvian was unbeaten for the month scoring two shutouts while going 2-0-2 overall.

Due to his solid performances, Fernandez was up for the MLSsoccer.com Top 3 Performers of the Month award and FC Dallas fans came out in force voting Fernandez to the top spot. 

The Top 3 Performers for April (as voted by the fans):

3. Ryan Johnson (POR) – 3 goals, 1 assist in 4 games

2. Jack McInerney (PHI) – 4 goals in 4 games

1. Raul Fernandez (DAL) – 16 saves, 1.00 GAA in 4 games

Congratulations Raul, here's to an even better May! 

 

03 May 10:21 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki - click here for day 1 & day 2 updates - click here for day 3 & day 4 updates

By Jesse Suarez

Day 5:

Tuesday April 30

Day five was a day to go shopping and sight-seeing. We started the day with a light training session working on stretching, technical skills and a possession game. Our goalkeepers were trained by a special guest coach Mr. Maciek Kowal.

Thereafter, we headed to Poznan to visit the Plaza of Stary Rynek, which is a place where the Polish people shop, dance and eat. We took pictures, purchased items for the families and spent hours enjoying the scenery. We also visited the soccer stadium  Lech Poznan Stadion Na Ulicy Bulgarskiej, that hosted the UEFA cup and Europa League games where the Lech Poznan pro team plays. We were hosted by the Sporting Director of Lech Poznan, Mr. Piotr Barlog.  Back at the hotel, the boys watched the semifinals of the champions league between Real Madrid vs. Borrusia Dortmund, then had to pack because we were leaving the next day.

Day 6:

Wednesday May 1 

The boys were all packed by 8:00 am and left for Poznan by 9:00am for our first game.  They were well rested and it showed in our performance against Warta Poznan 96-97's.

The first goal came at the 18 minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled past the back line and took a shot to the far post which was blocked by the keeper. The ball was left in front of the net and Teague Loughmen scored. The second goal came in the second half when Alejandro Martinez slipped a pass by the defense and Richard Tapia ran on to it to score the goal. 

FC Dallas 97 Pre academy - 2 

Warta Poznan 96/97's - 0

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Bernie ZuaZua (Irving Dominguez 52) ,  Alejandro Martinez,  Duncan James (Daniel Kiser 47), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie, Teague Loughmen (Richard Tapia 47)

Goals: 

Teague 18' (Jason Saso-Vertiz) 

Richard 68' (Alejandro Martinez) 

The second game our 96 team played vs Warta Poznan 95-96' and they won 3 to 1. In the first half, Brent Mandelkorn took a right footed shot past the keeper outside the 18 yard line to score a beautiful goal. The second goal was scored by Sergio Lara who intercepted a back pass to the keeper and scored.  Warta got a free kick goal right after which Krystian Lukaszyk scored. The third goal came after a great challange by Jeff Whiters who won the ball against their defense and Christian Ramirez first-timed a shot from about 25 yards and scored.

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 3 

Warta Poznan 95/96's - 1 

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Kody Korleski (Livano Salas 56) , Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Irving Dominguez 75),  Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Jeff Withers 69), Christian Ramirez (Bernie ZuaZua 75), Sergio Lara

Goals: 

FCD

Brent 39' (Unassisted) 

Sergio 48' (Unassisted) 

Christian 71' (Jeff Whiters) 

Warta Poznan 

Krystian lukaszyk- 50'

After the game we drove two hours away to the city of Slesin where we will be staying the rest of our trip. Once we arrived at Wityng Hotel, coach Molina had a recovery session next to the beautiful lake. Now the boys are watching Barcelona against Bayern Munich.

Dobranoc (Good night in Polish),

Jesse Suarez

 

01 May 2:56 pm

D Magazine has put out their annual 2013 Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice Poll and FC Dallas was nominated for three awards! 

For Best Athlete, Kenny Cooper is up against some stiff competition with names like Tony Romo, Dirk Nowitzki and Yu Darvish on the ballot.

First-place FC Dallas was also nominated for best local sports team and FC Dallas Stadium was nominated for best local sports venue.

Click here to vote FCD! 

 

 

30 April 6:00 pm

With his 47th minute goal as well as an amazing 14 clearances according to the OPTA Chalkboard, Matt Hedges earned a spot on the weekly Castrol Index, coming in at 20th overall. With George John out for the second half, Hedges had to come up huge on multiple occasions in Vancouver, leading the back line. 

Castrol Index Week 9 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 FC Dallas 2,088
2 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,546
3 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 Chicago Fire 1,461
4 Tim Cahill Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 Toronto FC 1,401
5 Chance Myers Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,393
6 Brian Rowe Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,371
7 Lee Nguyen Midfielder New England Revolution 88 Philadelphia Union 1,368
8 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,332
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,325
10 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Colorado Rapids 1,293
11 Chris Wondolowski Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 Chivas USA 1,245
12 Ryan Johnson Forward Portland Timbers 71 Sporting KC 1,232
13 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 Sporting KC 1,143
14 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 Houston Dynamo 1,097
15 Diego Fagundez Midfielder New England Revolution 90 Philadelphia Union 1,071
16 Aurélien Collin Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Portland Timbers 1,065
17 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,058
18 Dwayne De Rosario Midfielder D.C. United 90 Columbus Crew 1,002
19 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 983
20 Matt Hedges Defender FC Dallas 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 974

 

30 April 5:36 pm

After Saturday's draw in Vancouver, FC Dallas slid to the second spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings saying "On the face of it, a 2-2 draw on the road is a pretty good result. But it came at the price of two starters going off injured, a third going off under the influence of the red mist and a two-goal lead coughed up in the interim. Hey, at least they got the point." 

FCD also dropped to the #2 slot in the Soccer by Ives rankings, also noting that FCD struggled a bit when George John and Andrew Jacobson had to come out of the lineup. Dallas retained the top spot in the Soccer America power rankings staying above Los Angeles while the Sporting News rankings dropped FC Dallas to number two.  

 

30 April 10:05 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki and click here for day 1 & day 2 updates.

By Jesse Suarez

Day 3:

Sunday April 28th

Day three was a special day. We drove about one and half hours north to the city of Wagrowiec to play MKS Nielba Wagrowiec. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the city mayor and the entire MKS club!

The stadium was outstanding and the fans were excited to see the FC Dallas team. Autographs were signed by the players and coaching staff and the introduction to the game was full of excitement with local tv stations present. The boys were nervous and with a little bit of jet lag they didn't start the game well. However, we managed to get an early goal on a hand ball called in the box and Joel Aviles made the penalty kick.  

In the 16th minute, FC Dallas was awarded a corner kick and Weston McKennie scored an "Olimpico" goal straight from the corner. After the game, coach Molina and Weston did an interview with the Polish national press which was aired the next day. Immediately after, the team was greeted by the city mayor who invited us for lunch and then the team took pictures and exchanged gifts.

FC Dallas Pre Academy 97 -2 

MKS Nielba Wagrowiec 97 -0

FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Teague 65), Joel Avilez, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez (Bernie ZuaZua 63), Alejandro Martinez,  Daniel Kiser (Duncan James 50), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie 

Goals: 

6'- Joel Avilés PK

16'- Weston McKennie corner kick

In the second game, the FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy traveled about one hour away to a city called Szamotuly. The club we played is called MSP Szamotuly who had a mixture of older players. A similar display of gratitude and greeting was displayed by the club. The boys managed to keep a 0 to 0 score at the end of the half. In the second half, MSP scored two early goals and the final score was 3-1 MSP with Sergio Lara scoring for our 96 team. 

MSP Szamotuly 94,95,96,97 - 3

FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 1

FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski, Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Eric Davies 54), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Livano Salas 54'), Reese Schattle, Martin Salas,  Sebastian Gordillo (Bernie ZuaZua 59), Christian Ramirez (Richard Tapia 78) Jeff Withers (Sergio Lara 45)

Goals: 

0-1 50' min zandecki

0-2 53' min kitlinski

0-3 76' min lagodzinski 

1-3 89' min Sergio Lara

Day 4:

Sunday, April 29 

The boys had an easy day. We drove back to the training academy facilities of MKS Blekitni Wronki. We were treated by Lech Poznan coaching staff and players to a soccer tennis tournament and barbecue.

The boys had wonderful time meeting new friends.  Later in the day, we took a trip to the town square of Szamotuly, but unfortunately everything was closed. The tradition is to close at 6pm here in Poland. The boys still had a great time walking around, taking pictures and being asked for autographs by locals.

 

29 April 10:21 am

An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.

Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!

Click here for a gallery of pictures from the games against MKS Blekitni Wronki.

Day 1: 

Thursday April 25th

We left Dallas at 4:00PM and arrived at 7:00AM in Frankfurt, Germany. We had a layover for a few hours and then took a short flight to Munich, Germany then to Poznan, Poland. At the airport in Poznan, we were greeted by Derek Karasinski's friends and family who took us to the Olympic Hotel which was about one hour away. We had a short training session with the direction of  Francisco Molina working on functional defense, Raul Herrera working with the keepers and Jesse Suarez work on shooting drills with the midfielders and forwards. 

Day 2:

Friday April 26th

The players had a nice breakfast at the hotel and then had a stretching session for 25 minutes to get ready for their first game.  We played a club called MKS Blekitni Wronki in the facilities which they own at a town ten minutes away called Popowo. 

First game of the day: 

FC Dallas - 3 vs. MKS Blekitni Wronki 97 - 0

In the fifth minute, Erick Davies (our right fullback) ran down the right side of the field, made a diagonal pass across the goal and Alex Lim (our left fullback) shot from outside the 18 yard line placing the ball in the upper left corner. The second goal came in the 38th minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled pass the midfield and played the ball to Weston Mckennie who made a one time  pass to Richard Tapia. Tapia then made a diagonal run in front of the defense and found himself one against one with the keeper and sliped the ball down the left side of the keeper for a beautiful goal. In the second half in the 42nd minute, Bernie ZuaZua applied high pressure on the left fullback and won the ball from him, then bent a shot around the keeper for the goal.

Goals 
5' - Alex Lim (Eric Davies) 
38' - Richard Tapia (Jason Saco-Vertiz) 
42' - Bernie ZuaZua 

FCD XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Joel Avilez 41), Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez, Alejandro Martinez (Duncan James 53),  Richard Tapia (Daniel 41), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Bernie ZuaZua (Teague Loughmen 53) 

Second game of the day: FC Dallas - 2 MKS Blekitni Wronki 96- 0

In the 20th minute, a cross from Martin Salas was dropped by the keeper in front of the goal and Brent Mandelkorn finished it into the net. In the 60th minute, Jeff Withers dribbled past two defenders then made a diagonal pass to Christan Ramirez who beat two  players and then shot the ball pass the keeper, hitting the upper bar and scoring.

20'- Brent Mandelkorn 
60'- Christian Ramirez (Jeff Withers) 

FCD XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski ( Eric Davies 60), Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Joel Avilez 70), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn, Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sergio Lara (Sebastian Gordillo 53), Christian Ramirez, Livano Salas (Jeff Withers 53) 

 

27 April 7:51 pm

Full match highlights from FC Dallas' wild 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

SAVE: Raul Fernandez comes up big on Darren Mattocks' wide open shot.

OWN GOAL: Michel's corner kick results in a Vancouver own goal for the early 1-0 FC Dallas lead.

GOAL: Matt Hedges finishes the set piece opportunity early in the second to give FCD a 2-0 lead.

POST: Mattocks comes inches away from putting Whitecaps FC on the board.

GOAL: 18-year-old Kekuta Manneh breaks through for Vancouver late in the second half.

GOAL: Brazilian playmaker Camilo equalizes with 15 minutes remaining.

RED CARD: Brazilian midfielder Jackson sees a straight red late in the game.

SAVE: Blas Perez shows great ball control, but Joe Cannon comes up big to keep the match tied late.