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.
FC Dallas will be offering junior skills training on Fridays throughout the fall from 5-6:30 pm at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex on Field 3. The skills training will focus on individual comfort on the ball, creativity, and in-game problem-solving. All Junior players (U6-U10) are welcome to attend. The training sessions are just $5 for our FC Dallas registered players and $10 for non-registered players.
Players need to RSVP with Matt Grubb by Thursday, the day before the skills session your player will be attending, by emailing email@example.com. In the email, please provide participant’s name, DOB, date they will be attending, if they're currently registered for the FC Dallas Junior program, and if they are, the coach for which they are registered.
WHAT TO BRING: A ball, water, shinguards, and the player shall be dressed in soccer attire.
FALL FNS DATES: September 6, 13, and 20, October 4, 11, and 25, and November 8.
The FCD Mobile Team will be on college campuses and at a few local tournaments this week. If you're in the area be sure to stop by and shoot on the mini goal or spin the prize wheel for a chance to when FC Dallas swag or match tickets!
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Last week was a good one for the FC Dallas players out on loan. In the NASL, Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez both made starts on the road against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Baladez played 60 minutes at forward for the Strikers and scored the game-winning goal off a header in the 34th minute. Sanchez, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes in goal for Ft. Lauderdale and made several clutch saves to pick up the clean sheet in the 1-0 victory. The young 'keeper was named the NASL Player of the Week for his performance. Ft. Lauderdale is now 2-2-0 on the season. The FC Dallas Homegrown duo will have their next shot at action Friday night when the Strikers host the Carolina Railhawks.
Match Highlights: Atlanta 0, Ft. Lauderdale 1
In Costa Rica, after making 16 starts in 17 appearances for Deportivo Saprissa last season, defender Moises Hernandez has yet to make an appearance through the club's first four Primera Division matches this season. Saprissa is currently 3-1-0 with a match against Uruguay coming up this Sunday.
In Sweden, midfielder Bobby Warshaw made his debut for Ängelholms FF on Wednesday, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 Swedish Cup win over Skövde AIK. Warshaw also made the gameday roster for the club's league match against Jönköpings Södra, but was an unused sub in the 2-2 draw. Ängelholms FF is 7-7-6 this season with a league road match against GIF Sundsvall coming up on Wednesday night.
Tonight was another wild game at FC Dallas Stadium as FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes combined for four goals, three red cards and a great comeback from the home team. Here's all the action:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes
GOAL: Alan Gordon puts the away side on top early in the match
GOAL: Steven Beitashour doubles the 'Quakes advantage in the 16th minute with a well-placed volley
GOAL: Blas Perez pulls FCD back within a goal just minutes later
GOAL: Michel slots home a PK for his second goal of the season to pull Dallas level
RED CARD: 'Quakes Justin Morrow shown the door for a hard tackle on Ramon Nunez
RED CARD: Victor Bernardez and Kenny Cooper tangle earning both red cards
It's been a good month for 18-year-old Homegrown defender Kellyn Acosta.
The Plano-native made his first MLS start against Los Angeles and has started the last three games in a row at right back for FCD despite turning 18 just last month. He took some time on Friday morning after training to chat with the fans on FCD's Facebook page ahead of tomorrow's big game against San Jose.
Click here to read the full transcript from Kellyn's chat. The questions range from where he would've gone to college to his keys for success to whether he is the son of Zeus. It's a good read.
With school back in session, the traditional summer camps have departed the numerous fields outside FC Dallas Stadium and the morning sounds of FC Dallas Academy training have once again taken over.
Head coaches Luchi Gonzalez(U-18), Josema Bazan(U-16) and Francisco Molina(U-14) have opened their pre-season camps this week in preparation for the 2013-2014 campaigns, but six of the players are enjoying a head start.
Wilfred Williams, Alex Radilla, Jordan Cano and Coy Craft from the under-18 squad and Martin Salas and Christian Ramirez from the under-16 squad recently returned from a five-day Under-18 Men's National Team combine at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.
"They’re very valuable," said Luchi Gonzalez. "I spoke to all the boys and it was a good experience for them. The level of competition was with some of the better players in the country. They also did some fitness, so it was a win win for us."
The six players selected from FC Dallas were the most of any team in the country and coach Gonzalez said there could have even been more worthy of selection. For the FCD players at the combine, the comfort of having familiar players around them certainly helped.
"It’s awesome because you had players from your team and they had players from their same club but not from their same team," said Craft. "So it was great for us."
For Martin Salas, a player who spent his first year with the U-16s last year and will be one of the leaders of the squad this year, he had to watch from the sidelines with a minor injury, but the experience was still beneficial.
"I was hurt, but watching from the side it was pretty intense," said Salas. "It was just seeing the guys play and it keeps me going because I don’t want to sit out any camps."
With both an under-18 and under-16 squad loaded with players competing for national team spots, don't be surprised to hear of more callups for FCD players in the near future as we head into the US Soccer Development Academy season starting in mid-September.