As you can see, we have a new look to the blog section of the FC Dallas website that we're launching in conjunction with #DigitalTuesday called Red Alert.
Anyone who knew me before I joined FC Dallas, knows that I got my start in the writing world by starting "Big D Soccer" a blog dedicated to FCD and ever since I became a full time contributor to the website I've been wanting to have a dedicated blog on FCDallas.com where the voice can be a little more casual. A place for the hardcore fan.
As happens in just about every line of work, it took a little while to get everything together, but today myself and FCDallas.com Managing Editor Scott Brown are extremely excited to launch Red Alert.
So how is this going to be different than what we have now? Expect a lot more updates from us, but in smaller bits. We're going to have links, analysis, pictures, polls, lots of social interaction and since it's called the Red Alert, you'll never miss a piece of FC Dallas content as I'll post links to every piece of FCDallas.com content on the Red Alert. Think of this as your FCD news stream keeping you updated on everything happening within the club.
I'm excited to see what this will turn into so thanks for reading and be sure to bookmark the Red Alert!
SEGMENT 1: Steve Davis sets up a big week in soccer, with the United States national team meeting Ukraine in one of its final friendlies prior to World Cup training camp and Major League Soccer beginning its 19th season.
SEGMENT 2: Steve talks to former FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman about the upcoming MLS season, about FCD and about his new role as Mark Followill's partner in the TV booth.
SEGMENT 3: Steve goes over the United States national team roster for the upcoming match with Ukraine, talking about which players still have a chance to make a big impression on U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
SEGMENT 4: Stevie Ray and Landry track down Stein minutes after he exited Wembley in the wake of the 3-1 victory over Sunderland for his beloved City in the League Cup final. Stein tries to share some of the Wembley scene to put a bow on the show.
It's #FCDWeek and the countdown to opening day is down to just 5 days left!
You'll see FCD out in the community all week and be sure to tune in as goalkeeper Chris Seitz will be on TXA21's The Fan Sports Show TONIGHT, March 3rd at 7:20PM.
But that's not all, two of our biggest fans are Chris Jagger and producer Josh Hart of The Jagger Mafia on from 6-10AM on 102.1 The EDGE. Tomorrow, March 4, Stephen Keel and Andrew Jacobson will join the Jagger Mafia at 7:45AM, a definite must-listen for anyone on their way to work.
Feast your eyes on the first-ever FC Dallas Scarf of the Month. Pretty sweet, huh?
The Scarf of the Month line is a brand-new merchandise series for 2014, which will feature a unique, limited-edition scarf that will be released on the first of each month throughout the regular season. That's eight one-of-a-kind scarves you'll have a chance to own. But when we say "limited-edition," we do mean limited, so be sure to get yours early before they sell out.
March's scarf (right) has been dubbed "This is Our House." It was inspired by the super-secret, all-new 2014 FC Dallas Home Jersey, presented by AdvoCare, (which will FINALLY be unveiled in a few days at Cocktails & Cleats) and by the "This is Our House" chants that can be heard from our Supporters at every FCD match at Toyota Stadium.
*FACT : In the time it took you to read this blog post, 12 of these scarves have been sold. Avoid sadness and BUY NOW!
We're one week out from Cocktails & Cleats, and even though we're not allowed to show you the all-new 2014 Home Jersey presented by AdvoCare until next Thursday's season kickoff event in downtown Dallas, we are allowed to show you the 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey. As you can see in the picture above, it's pretty sharp.
It looks especially intimidating if you can manage to have smoke rising off your body like Raul. But even if you can't make the smoke thing happen, you can at least get the new jersey if you want to look a little bit more like Fernandez. The 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey is on sale now at ShopFCDallas.com in both short sleeve (right) and long sleeve styles.
We know this isn't quite the new look you're all waiting to see, but we figured this could hold you over until the big unveil next Thursday night. We'll see you then.
Along with the new and exciting young players added to the roster in 2014, FCD is adding a number of new and fun features to our game presentation at Toyota Stadium this season and one of those will be well-known local DJ's The LHK.
Some of the best-known DJ's in DFW, The LHK's "Club Kiss" sets can be heard nightly on 106.1 KISS FM as well as their three-hour show on Saturday nights. At every home game in 2014, DJ's Spin, IvyTron and Inzo's creative and interactive sets will be a staple of Lamar's Tailgate starting 90 minutes before kickoff when the gates open at Toyota Stadium. The LHK will also be DJ'ing our Friday night happy hour at Burger Girl Grill as part of FCD Week.
The LHK are huge FC Dallas fans so don't miss their big opening night set when all three members of The LHK will be at Lamar's Tailgate!
Celebrate the 24-hour countdown with us at Burger Girl Grill across the street from Toyota Stadium for the biggest happy hour of the year!
Come dressed in your red and help us countdown the final hours to our big home opener with specials on food and Budweiser drinks.
As heard on 106.1 KISS FM, The LHK with DJ's Spin, IvyTron & Inzo will keep the celebration going while fans can play at the FIFA 14 gaming station as well as win a variety of raffle prizes including autographed gear & FC Dallas tickets!
Day three of FCD Week will see the FC Dallas Tour travel to some of our partners around Frisco with the FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper to help FC Dallas fans prepare for Saturday’s home opener!
Look out for Tex and the Tour at select locations with FCD swag, giveaways, ticket specials and free 7UP products.
Schedule of FCD Tour stops with more to come:
12:00PM - 1:00PM - Outside of AdvoCare Headquarters - 2801 Summit Ave Plano, TX 75074
1:15PM - 2:00PM - Cici's Pizza Preston - 5580 Preston Rd Frisco, TX 75034
2:15PM - 3:00PM - Cici's Pizza El Dorado - 15962 W. El Dorado Pkwy #400 Frisco TX 75034