After predicting five matches correctly in eight tries through the group stage of the World Cup, Tex Hopper (right) is about to put in some overtime as the knockout rounds begin on Saturday. That's because the Mean Green Prediction Machine (yes, it's a thing) will be predicting every single match of the tournament from here on out.
Which means the red-hot fire belly toad will be pulling double duty on match days through the quarterfinals. Don't worry, he'll be fairly compensated for his services (It's about to rain crickets in that aquarium). Check out the Toad to Brazil page to see Hopper's full prediction schedule and don't miss his live predictions on YouTube every World Cup match day at 10am CT!
Scott and Daniel break down FC Dallas' weekend match with the Columbus Crew.
Several members of the FC Dallas family are traveling to Brazil this summer to take in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have agreed to share their experiences with FCDallas.com to give our readers a first-person perspective of the festivities. Erika Cook and Melissa Janetta work in Business Development and Partnership Marketing for FC Dallas. They've traveled to Curitiba along with FC Dallas Foundation Director Melissa Reddick to do volunteer work with Lionsraw (and watch a little soccer). Give them a follow @2SoleSisters on Twitter and Instagram and keep up with them on Tumblr.
It didn’t take long for me at all to fall in love with this project and the people of Parolin. I felt immediately connected to the kids through our mutual love for soccer and their endless enthusiasm to learn. While all the other projects are outside the city of Curitiba, Parolin is in the inner city. The favela community (our version of inner city projects) is a harsh upbringing for the kids as the drug ridden streets and crime rule the community. We’ve spent time coaching and mentoring the kids of this favela as a reward for those that are attending school and church on a regular basis. This formula has been put into place in this community as a way to instill discipline and structure.
Our project is based in a 3G covered field house where just a few streets away from the pitch lies the worst favela that Lionsraw has seen as a team. Our kids are ages six to about sixteen and about 98% are boys. We have morning sessions with the little ones and then more technical afternoon sessions with the older kids. These kids are amazing soccer players! They are mini versions of Neymar dancing their way around each other like you wouldn’t believe. And tough…some of them play barefoot or in socks. If they get knocked down they don’t whine or complain and quickly get back up and get involved. They are so eager to learn whether it’s a new foot skill or to simply count to ten in English. The children have great respect for all of the coaches and volunteers on the project. Each morning they’ve greeted us with smiles, handshakes, and fist bumps and thank us before they leave in the afternoon.
Aside from soccer, we were lucky enough to spend last Sunday attending church with the kids and their community. It was a great experience to see them outside of the pitch engaging with each other on a different level. Most of them attended without their parents knowing their incentive was that they got to finish the day on the pitch. Their church provides a great support system for the kids so I hope they continue to participate and attend.
The short time that I’ve spent here I can say have been some of the happiest moments of my life. My team of fellow coaches, the kids and the community have warmed my heart forever. My hope for these kids is that they can find enough inspiration to continue on their paths of education and pave their way towards a brighter future despite the struggles of the Parolin community.
Need help getting out of work tomorrow to watch the all-important USA vs. Germany World Cup match? Dr. Tex Hooper has you covered! Just print and fill out the doctor's note below and turn it in to your employer and they'll have no choice but to excuse your absence on Thursday.
And in case you're wondering, the best location to treat WorldCupititus tomorrow will be at the AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center. See you for treatment tomorrow!
Own Goal propels FCD U-18's to 1-0 win over Portland Timbers
The Under-18's continued their strong run through playoffs week with their second win in two days, defeating the Portland Timbers 1-0 by way of a 76th minute own goal. The FC Dallas defense led by Jordan Cano, Cesar Murillo, Shaquell Moore and Kris Reaves have allowed just one goal so far in two matches with U-16 goalkeeper Charlier Furrer moving up to play for the U-18s in these playoffs.
Despite having six points and a +4 goal differential, FC Dallas will need to beat the Chicago Fire on Thursday morning to advance to the final eight with the Fire holding a superior six points and +5 goal difference.
U-16s come from behind to defeat Shattuck-Saint Mary's in playoff opener
Ranked #4 nationally, the FC Dallas U-16s got off to the best possible start in Tuesday's USSDA Playoff opener scoring in the first minute against Shattuck-Saint Mary's. However, they would concede two goals in the first half to take a 2-1 deficit to halftime.
In the second half, Luiz ZuaZua scored in the 56th minute to tie the match and Mario Ramirez Sansabas won it for FCD right at the death in the 80th minute to secure a priceless victory.
The U-16s continue playoffs week on Wednesday at 4:00PM against the San Jose Earthquakes.
FCD's own Melissa Reddick traveled to Brazil to pair up with Lionsraw foundation to help distribute soccer gear to underprivileged kids. Check out the story in the video below:
This is it. Your United States World Cup team battles Germany on Thursday morning at 11:00AM in Brazil & our FCD World Cup Tour pres. by McDonalds is set for the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center. If you were at Klyde Warren Park for our USA-Portugal watch party, you know what a special event it was and if you missed it, well just watch this.
Here's your FAQ's for Thursday morning's watch party:
When should I arrive?
The match kicks off at 11:00AM, but Klyde Warren was packed 90 minutes before kickoff. Arrival by 9:00AM should get you a good spot. Should. We had close to 5,000 show up for Sunday's watch party and we expect that many to be here for this final group stage match.
How should I get there?
There is parking available in the Audi Garage on the east side of AAC for $5. We also encourage all attendees to take Dart Light Rail to Victory Station for Thursday's event.
Can I bring food and drinks to AT&T Plaza?
You are permitted to bring a small, sack-sized cooler with non-alcoholic drinks. Beer will be available for purchase outside in the plaza as well as food, soda and water both from outdoor vendors and concession stands inside the AAC.
Can I bring folding chairs?
Yes, folding chairs are permitted into the AT&T Plaza.
Will the Portugal-Ghana game be on?
Yes! We're going to have the USA-Germany match on the big screen attached to the front of the AAC and Portugal-Ghana will be on one of the massive screens on the side of the AT&T Plaza. This is seriously going to be awesome.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We've been getting some much-needed rain around DFW over these last few days which has been great, but it's also made predicting the weather almost impossible. If inclement weather is imminent for Thursday's watch party, it will be moved inside the American Airlines Center...which actually would be pretty cool.
How can we make this an event that unites the whole city?
Invite your friends via our Facebook event, talk it up, get all your friends who live down in that area to come out. Every media outlet in town should be there so let's show DFW that Dallas is a soccer city!
A few weeks ago, World Cup '94 veteran Fernando Clavijo sat down with us for an FCDTV interview discussing his memories of the '94 World Cup during which he played three of four matches for the United States including the 1-0 round of 16 loss to Brazil. Clavijo's interview was a fascinating perspective on how someone who immigrated to the United States from Uruguay and ended up playing on the biggest stage with his adopted country. Enjoy: