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11 November 3:07 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by BB&T and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

SEGMENT 1: Major League Soccer is down to its Final Four … and all four teams have total payrolls for the season worth under $4 million. Stein and Steve discuss the teams still alive in the MLS playoffs, all of which cost less to assemble than employing Thierry Henry or Robbie Keane on their own.

SEGMENT 2: More MLS playoff talk from the boys, who lament the early exits of the marquee teams from New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Or do they?

SEGMENT 3:  Former Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara, fresh of captaining Middlesbrough for the first time, joins the guys by phone to chat about life in England and his provocative night tweets about the MLS playoffs and his old friends back in Kansas City.

SEGMENT 4: Some unavoidable technical trouble makes it a brief visit, but former New Zealand national-team stalwart and longtime MLS midfielder/defender Duncan Oughton stops by to help Stein and Steve preview the first leg of the Kiwis’ World Cup playoff series against mighty Mexico, which starts Wednesday at the Azteca.

08 November 4:23 pm

The MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals get started this weekend as Sporting Kansas City visits the Houston Dynamo Saturday afternoon on NBC and Real Salt Lake hosts the Portland Timbers on ESPN Sunday night. This year's Conference Finals will feature a two-week layoff, with Leg 2 taking place after the FIFA international fixture window.

FC Dallas players Matt Hedges and Eric Hassli, along with the FCDallas.com editorial staff, are back with their picks for which teams will make the MLS Cup Final. Four out of the five of us guessed the Conference Semifinals with 50% accuracy, while one predictor (who shall remain nameless) went 0-for-4 in the last round.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Finals
Predictions
POR vs. RSL
LEG 1: 11/10 @ 8pm - ESPN
LEG 2: 11/24 @ 8pm - ESPN
SKC vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/9 @ 1:30pm - NBC
LEG 2: 11/23 @ 6:30pm - NBCSN
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

08 November 2:34 pm

As part of MLS WORKS' Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign, several FC Dallas players have signed on for Movember in an initiative to help raise awareness for men's health issues. You can join the Movember movement by joining or donating to the FC Dallas Team HERE.

We'll be keeping you updated on the growth of the FC Dallas Movember Team all month long with weekly photos from the guys. Take a look at the guys' pictures from Week 1 below.

Andrew Jacobson

Ugo Ihemelu

George John

 

Chris Seitz

Peter Luccin

Matt Hedges

 

Eric Hassli

London Woodberry

Jonathan Top

Kyle Zobeck

 
08 November 1:36 pm

We know you've already voted for Latino del Ano, but your job is not quite done as there are two more FCD plays that need your vote to advance in AT&T Goal of the year and MLSsoccer.com Save of the Year voting!



In AT&T Goal of the Year voting, Jair Benitez's wonder-goal from midfield against Vancovuer has moved on to the round of 32 where it will face off against some pretty stiff competition from Javier Morales, Luis Gil and Tristan Bowen. Give Jair your vote and let's get his midfield bomb into the round of 16!



MLS Save of the Year voting has begun as well and Raul's big sprawling save at Los Angeles is up for round of 32 contention. Give Raul your vote as well!

Voting for both awards is open through Saturday, November 9 at 1:59AM central time.

08 November 10:39 am

We've reached the final 16 of MLSsoccer.com's 2013 Latino del Año competition and two FC Dallas players have advanced past the group stage..

Placed in a tough group with Erick "Cubo" Torres, Fabian Espindola and Marvin Chavez, FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez advanced out of the group with over 70% of the vote and he's been placed against San Jose's Honduran defender Victor Bernardez. For obvious reasons, we can't let Bernardez win this matchup so vote in the poll and send Raul Fernandez to the final eight!


WATCH: Llave 7


Also in the final 16 is FC Dallas forward Blas Perez who has been matched up against Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso. Blas vanquished Jairo Arrieta, Juninho and Javier Morales to win his group and advance as the top seed from group E.


WATCH: Llave 8

 


As you can see in the bracket above, should they both win, Blas and Raul would be matched up against each other in the final eight, guaranteeing an FCD player in the final four of the tournament so get to voting for our latin duo of Raul and Blas!

 

07 November 2:45 pm

The Conference Finals are almost set as the Eastern Conference Semifinals concluded last night and the Western Semis will wrap up tonight when Real Salt Lake hosts the LA Galaxy on ESPN2 and Seattle Sounders FC visits Jeld-Wen Field to take on the Portland Timbers on the NBC Sports Network.

As a group, our prediction accuracy is coming in just below 50% so far for the Conference Semifinals. None of us picked the dreaded Dynamo to knock out the Supporters Shield-winning Red Bulls, but four out of the five of our guessers correctly called Kansas City to advance over New England. Be sure to tune in to the matches tonight to see which of us correctly picked the Western Conference Final matchup.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Semifinals
Predictions
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: SEA 1-2 POR
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
NBCSN
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: LA 1-0 RSL
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
ESPN2
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: NE 2-1 SKC
LEG 2: SKC 3-1 NE
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: HOU 2-2 NY
LEG 2: NY 1-2 HOU
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

04 November 5:10 pm

After a week of AT&T Goal of the Year voting for Mauro Diaz, Michel and Jair Benitez, we asked you to pull double duty this morning and vote for Raul Fernandez, Blas Perez, Michel and David Ferreira for Latino del Año. Well now Fernandez needs your vote again in the 2013 Save of the Year competition. MLSsoccer.com kicked the competition off with Groups A and B today, and the Peruvian international has candidates in both groups.

Group A features Fernandez's Week 12 stop against San Jose, while Group B includes his Week 29 save versus Colorado. Voting for the first two groups closes at 11:59 pm PT, Tuesday, November 5 - that's 1:59 am CT, Wednesday, November 6 - so make sure your favorite Peruvian goalkeeper makes it to Round Two.


WATCH: Group A


WATCH: Group B

04 November 2:33 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by BB&T and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Segment 1: With the MLS playoffs in full swing, Stein and Steve recap Saturday's first-leg results (Seattle losing at home to Portland and New England edging Sporting KC) and look ahead to Sunday's two big matches (New York at Houston; Real Salt Lake at L.A. Galaxy).

Segment 2: John Cross from the Daily Mirror in London joins the boys by phone to reflect on Arsenal's home win over Liverpool and the five-point gap opened up at the top by Arsene Wenger's side, as well as all the other top storylines fom the Premiership.

Segment 3:  Before taking their first spin of the fall on the Major League Soccer coaching carousel, Stein and Steve talk Ballon D'Or and Champions League. 

Segment 4: ESPN's Adrian Healey, waking up early for Soccer Today  on the day of an evening match he's calling yet again, graciously takes the guys' call at an ungodly hour in L.A. To dive even deeper into the MLS playoff talk.

03 November 2:23 pm

We know you've all been glued to your computers over the last four days voting for Mauro Diaz and then Michel for the 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year, but we need you to keep up the clicking. MLSsoccer.com revealed Groups I-L Sunday morning, and Jair Benitez's audacious midfield bomb against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Week 28 needs your vote in Group K.

Benitez's only goal of the season was a spectacular one, and it's up against strikes by New York's Thierry Henry, D.C. United's Jared Jeffrey and Philadelphia's Kleberson. Voting for Groups I-L is open until 11:59 pm PT, Monday, November 4 - that's 1:59 am CT, Tuesday, November 5 - so get your votes in early and often to help Jair move on to round two.


WATCH: Group K


 

01 November 3:41 pm

The knockout rounds are in the books with Seattle and Houston surviving to go on to the next round and face their respective conference winners in the semifinals that kick off this weekend. The Western Conference Semifinals will see Portland take on Seattle and Real Salt Lake face the LA Galaxy, while the Eastern Conference Semifinals pit Sporting Kansas City against the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo against the New York Red Bulls.

We're back with our picks for the overall series winners as Matt Hedges, Eric Hassli and the FCDallas.com staff try to predict who will make it to the Conference Finals next weekend.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Semifinals
Predictions
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 9pm
NBCSN
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
NBCSN
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 8pm
ESPN
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
ESPN2
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 7pm
NBCSN
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 8pm
MLS LIVE
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 2:30pm
NBC
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 7pm
Univision Dep.
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator