A short-handed effort like the one they put on against Sporting says a lot about this team's character. But it was telling that they just couldn't keep up in the dying minutes. Two years ago, it was FCD blowing past the competition at that point in the game.
Soccer players got an extra treat Sunday with an FC Dallas watch party at Premier Park in Balch Springs. Members of the North Texas Premier Soccer Association got to watch the FCD/Sporting KC match on a jumbo tron at the fields. They also, not surprisingly, ate a hundred pizzas from Papa Johns and drained four kegs provided by Budweiser. Also raffled off were tickets to June's Mexico/Brazil match at Cowboys Stadium. The great people and beautiful weather made it a fun event for everyone.
FCD GOAL: Ricardo Villar stuns KC with stellar free kick
PK SAVE: Hartman denies Kamara from the spot
SAVE: Hartman dives low to deny Zusi strike
Looking for a place to watch your FC Dallas matches this year? Check out our new Party at the Pubs page presented by Budweiser and watch this Sunday's match against Sporting Kansas City at any one of our DFW-area pub partners.
Also, we'll have our first official away game watching party or Party at the Pubs next Friday, March 30 at The Allen Wickers in Plano when FC Dallas takes on DC United from our nation's capital at 6:30. The first 100 guests will receive MLS-branded pint glasses, there will be a drawing for a team autographed ball, $2 domestic bottles, $2 wells, $2 margaritas, the FC Dallas Promo Girls, and much more! We'll see you there.
From MLSSoccer.com is this recap of the U.S./Cuba match. It wasn't much of a contest. Read the whole recap here, but we've sliced out the details involving FC Dallas' Brek Shea, who started the match and was subbed out in the second half when it became lopsided:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The outcome of the United States Under-23 squad's opening match of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying wasn't in doubt for long. Joe Corona tallied a hat trick, including the opening strike in the 11th minute, in a 6-0 rout of 10-man Cuba at LP Field on Thursday night.
Freddy Adu and Juan Agudelo also scored, and the Americans benefited from an own-goal in a dominating and impressive effort from Caleb Porter's young squad.
The Americans made it 2-0 in the 37th minute. A quick restart on a free kick went to Brek Shea in the left channel, and the FC Dallas star lofted an inch-perfect cross to Agudelo. The New York Red Bulls star was by himself streaking toward the six-yard box, and confidently headed it in.
The US then added their fourth in the 43rd minute. Shea found a through ball on the left side of the goal and curled a cross in for Agudelo, but Diz Pe bungled it into the net before the mohawked striker could pounce.
In their next tilt on Saturday, the US will face a Canadian side that drew 0-0 with El Salvador in a listless opening game.
Mark Followill will make his debut as FC Dallas play-by-play man this Sunday vs. Sporting Kansas City. The Dallas Morning News spoke with him about his new assignment. Here's an excerpt:
Followill is the primary TV play-by-play man for FCD games, but only when games don’t conflict with Mavericks games. FCD’s game is in Kansas City, and since the Mavericks don’t play Sunday and Monday, the veteran broadcaster plans to call Sunday’s game alongside former Dallas Burn player Brian Dunseth.
“I’m really, really excited about it,” Followill said. “Being on the broadcast is a great honor. It’s an opportunity for me to expand my own professional horizons, so I think it’s just going to be great all around.”
He has a history with the Dallas franchise, serving as the public address announcer for the Burn during their time at the Cotton Bowl and also as a fill-in PA announcer for FCD the last few years.
Brek Shea is in the April edition of Texas Monthly and is featured in "The Horses Mouth" where he discussed 10 different topics. Look for it at your local grocery store checkout or newsstand.
The FC Dallas reserves are in the Denver area for a match against the Colorado Rapids reserves today at 1 p.m. CT. We'll provide updates during the match via Twitter (@FCDallas) and have a recap posted on the website sometime after the match.
Last week the FCD reserves opened the season with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake inside FC Dallas Stadium. Bryan Leyva, Luis Perea and Jonathan Top netted goals for FCD.
Any MLS fan who's watched CONCACAF play over the past decade has hoped, at some point, that Blas Pérez would land in the league. It took a little longer than most wanted, but he's lived up to every expectation in his first two appearances with Dallas.
GK Chris Seitz celebrated his 25th birthday last week and his teammates doused him with water and Gatorade at the end of Friday's training. It's quite the sequence of photos our Jason Minnick captured.