We're still a few weeks away from the big tournament in Brazil, but a mini-World Cup comes to Toyota Soccer Center this weekend with the third-annual MoneyGram Nations Cup.
The MoneyGram Nations Cup was organized in 2012 to promote outreach and unity in the local DFW community through the game of soccer and in 2014 we will celebrate the third year of the tournament. 16 teams have been drawn into four groups in a World Cup-style tournament that will determine the 2014 MoneyGram Nations Cup champion.
All group stage games will take place on Saturday, May 31st throughout the day leading up to the FC Dallas vs. San Jose game, and the knockout round semi-finals and finals will be on Sunday, June 1.
Admission is free to all games and we encourage all FC Dallas fans to come out early on Saturday afternoon to take in a little bit of the soccer carnival atmosphere! There will be plenty of fun for the kids with face painting, balloon artist and a soccer-shaped bounce house as well as pizza from Cici's sno-cones and other treats!
On Field 10, the Ultimate Soccer Experience will be set up with different interactive stations including soccer bowling, soccer basketball and a 1-on-1 competition while an EA Sports FIFA 14 station offers the chance to win bragging rights over your friends.
In addition, everyone who attends the MoneyGram Nations Cup will have the opportunity to win a brand new 2014 FC Dallas jersey by Tweeting your most creative photo from the 2014 Nations Cup using #NationsCup14 and here at FCDallas.com we have a special contest where you can win an FCD prize pack featuring a Raul Fernandez signed ball!
We're just a little over a week away from the international friendly between Ivory Coast and El Salvador that will be played at Toyota Stadium on June 4 at 8 pm. A few days ago El Salvador's new head coach announced his 32-man camp roster:
Goalkeepers: Derby Carillo (Atlanta Silverbacks), Henry Hernandez (Isidro Metapan), Elmer Iglesias (Santa Tecla)
Defenders: Jonathan Barrios (Isidro Metapan), Ibsen Castro (Marte), Allan Fernandez (Atletico Marte), Moises Garcia (LA Firpo), Miguel Lemus (FAS), Mario Martinez (Atletico Marte), Milton Molina (Isidro Metapan), Santos Ortiz (Dragon), Alexander Mendoza (FAS), Bryan Tamacas (FAS), Marcelo Tejeda (Atletico Marte)
Midfielders: Jaime Alas (Ballenas Galeanas/Mexico), Arturo Alvarez (Videoton FC/Hungary), Darwin Ceren (Orlando City SC/USA), Oscar Ceren (Juventud Independiente), Alexander Larin (FAS), Richard Menjivar (San Antonio Scorpion), Erick Molina (Atletico Marte), Marvin Monterrosa (Isidro Metapan), Juan Carlos Portillo (Juventud Independiente), raul Renderos (FAS), Helman Rivas (Alianza), Kevin Satamaria (Suchitepequez/Guatemala), Herbet Sosa (Alianza FC)
Forwards: Jonathan Aguila (FAS), Mark Lester Blanco (LA Firpo), Rafael Burgos (Gyor/Hungary), Andres Flores (Isidro Metapan), Romel Mejia (Dragon)
El Salvador also plays Spain in their second international friendly of the summer in Landover, Maryland at FedEx Field on Saturday, June 7th.
SEGMENT 1: Marc and Steve launch into the day's extensive talk on Jurgen Klinsmann's shocking ouster; a U.S. World Cup team without Landon Donovan! So few of us saw that coming.
SEGMENT 2: We talk to former U.S. Olympic captain Brian Dunseth about the Donovan-Klinsmann kerfuffle.
SEGMENT 3: We speak to BeIN Sport pundit and former Real Madrid TV personality Kate Murray about Saturday's Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid.
SEGMENT 4: Sound from Klinsmann and Donovan's first public reaction to last week's news, along with more thoughts on the matter from Marc and Steve.
The FC Dallas Team Shop will be having a special 20-15-10-5 sale this Memorial Day (Available in-store only, Monday, May 26 from 10 am to 4 pm).
- 20: Get 20% off any one (1) item puchased at the FC Dallas Team Shop
- 15: Get $15 off all non-goalkeeper jerseys
- 10: Get $10 off the May Scarf of the Month
- 5: Get $5 off the FC Dallas Classic Mug
The FC Dallas Team Shop is located in the Northwest corner of Toyota Stadium (9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033).
You can also take advantage of the following specials on ShopFCDallas.com all Memorial Day weekend-long (Available online only, Friday, May 23-Monday, May 26)!
- Get $15 off all non-goalkeeper jerseys
- Get free shipping on all orders of $25 or more*
- Get a free FC Dallas Classic Mug on all orders of $40 or more**
*Order total does not include standard shipping cost (i.e. you can not order $20 of merchandise and then add $12 shipping in order to get free shipping)
**On qualifying orders, free FC Dallas Classic Mug will not be reflected in your shopping cart or on order confirmation. Mugs will automatically be added to qualifying orders before they are shipped.
FRISCO - Tomorrow in Lisbon, another UEFA Champions League winner will be crowned and perhaps the biggest Atletico Madrid fan lives right here in Frisco and patrols the midfield for FC Dallas.
Midfielder Peter Luccin, who was back on the bench for FC Dallas in Wednesday's loss in Los Angeles after missing the last six weeks with a leg injury, spent three years with Los Colchoneros from 2004-2007, having played with current Atletico coach Diego "Cholo" Simeone in that first 2004-2005 season.
"I played for years at Atletico Madrid and I can’t explain what is happening over there because they have very, very good players," Luccin said after training a couple weeks ago. "But for me it’s a team thing and a “Simeone” thing, the coach who does a very good job."
Last Saturday at the historic Nou Camp in Barcelona, Atleti won La Liga for the first time since 1996 with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona and Luccin says a third team infringing on the normal big two of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spanish soccer is definitely a good thing.
"It’s always been just two teams, but it’s good for the champoinship because last year it was so easy. It’s Real Madrid and Barcelona 20 points ahead," said Luccin. "So now we know and understand there’s another team. It’s amazing, but Atletico Madrid is a very good and historic team. Now the thing is changing and it’s good for the championship."
As for Simeone, currently the toast of European soccer, Luccin says that his teammates always knew the man known as "Cholo" would one day be a manager.
"I played one year with him and he was an aggressive player, a very passionate player and of course I could see he would be a coach one day," said Luccin. "Everyone thought he would be a coach. He does a very very good job…we can see 11 players running 90 minutes and it’s not easy. There’s good technique, but the fitness is so important with that team."
Looking ahead to Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final, the man who spent a good portion of his life in Madrid says he's happy that both the city's teams are in the final and, surprisingly said he likes both teams. However, there's no question who Luccin is cheering for on Saturday.
"I’m a big, big, big fan. It’s a little bit strange to say I like both teams, but I’m happy to see both teams in the final," said Luccin. "It’s strange. If you talked to any Atletico fan, it would be hard, but me, I like Madrid. I like the city so I like both teams but I want to see Atletico Madrid win the Champions League
It's a quick turnaround this weekend as FCD plays at RSL on Saturday night. Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
Hear from Keel, Pareja, and Jacobson on tonight's match in LA: