This week there's not one, but two FC Dallas players nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Amazingly, the goals came within two minutes of each other as Mauro Diaz's 87th minute game-winning volley and Jair Benitez's 89th minute blast from midfield are up for the weekly award.
Diaz now sits with two goals and an assist in just 226 minutes of action since joining FC Dallas from River Plate of Argentina while Benitez's strike was his second MLS goal with FCD in the left back's 121st appearance with the club.
Watch the video, pick out your favorite in the poll to the right and let us know who you voted for!
All eyes in the North American soccer world this week are turned to Columbus where the United States will host Mexico on Tuesday in a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier, and MLSsoccer.com did a feature video looking at two players with hispanic heritages, Richard Sanchez of FC Dallas/Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Jose Villarreal of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
It's a great watch so check it out below:
FC Dallas vaults back into a playoff position defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 tonight behind three spectacular goals and two late bombs. Here's all the action:
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
GOAL: Daigo Kobayashi puts the Whitecaps in front with an early goal
GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson ties things up with a laser from outside the box
WIDE: Jackson nearly scores on a nifty flick
GOAL: Mauro Diaz's brilliant volley gives FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Jair Benitez scores a goal of the year candidate from midfield to ice the game
Congratulations to our #Vancouvering Instagram contest winners @AmyGym and @Tomerbarazni10!
As FC Dallas finishes up final preparations for tomorrow's huge Western Conference showdown with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (TICKETS), both Raul Fernandez and Blas Perez are about to take part in crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that will play a massive part in deciding whether Peru and Panama make historic World Cup appearances. Let's take a look at the situations for both countries heading into tonight's matches:
Raul Fernandez & Peru
It's make or break time for Raul Fernandez and Peru tonight as the South American country looks to qualify for their first World Cup since 1982. La Blanquirroja sits seventh out of nine teams in CONMEBOL qualifying, but just two points behind Uruguay and Venezuela for the fifth-place playoff spot.
Tonight in Lima, Peru will host Uruguay in a match that could propel them into that final playoff spot with a win. Just four games remain in Peru's World Cup Qualifying schedule and if they win all four, they will finish in at least the fifth-place playoff spot. You can catch tonight's Peru vs Uruguay match live on BeIn Sport Espanol at 9:30PM. Seeing as how it's during the USA vs Costa Rica match, you may want to set your DVR.
Blas Perez & Panama
Tonight is equally huge for Blas Perez and Panama as La Marea Roja host lowly Jamaica. Panama currently sits in fifth place just one point behind Honduras for the fourth-place playoff spot and two points behind Mexico for the third-place automatic qualifying spot. With four games left and remaining matches at Honduras, at Mexico and against the United States, grabbing three points against the Reggae Boys tonight is an absolute must if Blas and Panama want to keep their dreams alive to qualify for a first World Cup. This match starts at 10PM and will not be available on TV.
The guys in our ticket sales department have put together an awesome and creative FCDeal for tickets to this Saturday's Western Conference showdown vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC pres. by Cancun!
Here's the details:
As the USMNT chases the 16 point mark in Costa Rica, FC Dallas is offering $16 tickets for the match on Saturday night v. Vancouver – up to a 50% discount…CLICK HERE TO SELECT YOUR SEAT (Promo Code: USA). Now just getting a huge discount on tickets would be nice, but we're offering three extra ways to win centered around Friday's huge USMNT World Cup Qualifier at Costa Rica.
1. IF the USMNT secures three points at Costa Rica, everyone who purchases on this link will receive a complimentary upgrade of a hot dog/soda or beer voucher (your choice) at no additional charge.
2. IF Clint Dempsey scores on Friday night, everyone who purchases on this link will receive a complimentary ticket to the FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders FC pres. by Degree Men match in the regular season finale on October 19th.
3. IF any other MLS player scores for the USMNT on Friday night (Matt Besler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, or Eddie Johnson), everyone who purchases on the link will receive a complimentary ticket to one of the following FC Dallas matches:
- FC Dallas v. Columbus pres. by Taco Bell on Sunday, September 29th @ 7:30 pm
- FC Dallas v. Chicago pres. by Beneful on Saturday, October 12th @ 7:30 pm
*Offer expires at kick of the USMNT match on Friday night (estimated for 9:00 pm central)
**Only tickets purchased on this link will qualify for the benefits listed above
It's almost that time again every year when EA Sports releases their next edition of the wildly popular "FIFA" series and we need to get Blas Perez on the MLS FIFA '14 Cover!
Major League Soccer, in conjunction with EA Sports FIFA '14, has nominated a player from each of the 19 MLS teams to be one of the final four that appears on the cover which will be released on the MLS Facebook page on Tuesday, September 24, the release date for FIFA '14.
There's plenty of incentive to vote as one lucky voter will win a VIP trip to two to MLS Cup 2013! There are no limits to how many times you can vote and enter the contest so Click here to vote Blas and get Super Raton on the MLS FIFA '14 cover!
Join the FCD mobile team and the FCD Girls this weekend as we appear throughout the area promoting the USMNT and FCD!
Friday, September 6 - USMNT Pub Blitz
Look out for the FCD Girls and mobile sales team at The Staggering Irishman in Dallas and The Londoner in Frisco from 8:45 - 10:45PM as the US Men's National Team battles Costa Rica in a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier. They'll have FCD swag to give away and ticket specials for Saturday night's game against Vancouver.
Saturday, September 7 - Dallas Heart Walk
Join Team BR19 as we participate in the Dallas Heart Walk on Saturday morning! We've already raised over $6,500 in memory of Bobby and we'd love to have all FC Dallas fans join us for the wonderful event! Click here for more details.
Sunday, September 8 - NTPSA Field of the Week
Look out for the FCD mobile sales team out at Five Star Complex in The Colony on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 7:00PM during the NTPSA games giving out FCD swag and promoting the next home game vs Columbus on September 29!
Tuesday, September 10 - Celebrity Bartending at The Irish Rover
Don't miss our second celebrity bartending event as goalkeeper Chris Seitz and defender Stephen Keel will be serving drinks at The Irish Rover in Frisco from 6:30 - 8:30PM during the massive USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifier! All donations will go to the FC Dallas Foundation and the last celebrity bartending event was a huge success so head to The Irish Rover to catch the huge match and order a drink from two of your favorite FC Dallas players!
(Photo Courtesy - Rosa Cavalcanti/FTL Strikers)
While FCD was off last weekend, it was another successful stretch for our loan players who saw times with their respective teams.
HIGHLIGHTS: Strikers 1, Railhawks 0
In Fort Lauderdale, goalkeeper Richard Sanchez had his second shutout in a row as the Strikers rolled to their third straight win dealing the first-place Carolina Railhawks their first loss of the season in a 1-0 result. Sanchez now has a 225 minute scoreless streak dating back to their 2-1 win over San Antonio on August 17. Forward Bradlee Baladez did not feature in Saturday's win over Carolina as he nurses a calf strain, but he is not expected to miss any more time.
The Strikers host San Antonio on Saturday with first place in their sights.
WATCH: Warshaw scores in Sweden
Over in Sweden, midfielder Bobby Warshaw has broken into the Angelholms starting XI and opened his account for the Swedish side in a 2-2 draw vs GIF Sundsvall on August 28. The Pennsylvania-native did well to take down a deep cross and snuck a shot between the legs of the opposing keeper to score his first goal in Sweden. Warshaw built on that performance playing 65 minutes in a 4-2 win over Varberg.
With eight games left in their season, Angelholms sit comfortably in seventh place, thirteen points behind GIF Sundsvall for the third playoff promotion spot in the Swedish Superettan but seven points above the relegation playoff zone.
In Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez was an unused substitute for Deportivo Saprissa in their 4-1 thrashing of lowly Uruguay. After five games, Saprissa sits in first place with 13 points, five points ahead of second-placed Puntarenas.
With the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC presented by Cancun, state of Quintana Roo coming up on Saturday, September 7 (7:30 pm), we want you to send us your best #Vancouvering photos and videos on Instagram! Just watch the #Vancouvering video (above) from earlier this year and send us your own version on Instagram. The most creative video and photo will each win one (1) Blas Perez-signed scarf, four (4) tickets to the match against Vancouver on September 7 and $25 FC Dallas Stadium cash.
Once you come up with an idea, just post your photo or video to Instagram using the hashtag #Vancouvering by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 5. We'll contact and announce the two winners at noon on Friday, September 6. You can submit as many ideas as you like and double your chances of winning by posting a photo AND a video.