It's been a big offseason for Oscar Pareja, Fernando Clavijo and FC Dallas adding names like Hendry Thomas and Andres Escobar to the mix, but just when things seemed to be done they pulled an ace out of their sleeve adding 22-year-old Uruguayan forward David Texeira as a young DP from FC Groningen of the Dutch Eredivisie.
The forward has scored 14 goals in the Eredivisie over the last two years and joins what's looking to be an incredibly young and potent FCD attack.
Here's the always-anticipated highlight video:
With the starters from yesterday’s 5-1 win over South Florida given the day off, the rest of the team was matched up against the U-18 side from the IMG Academy for a last-minute scrimmage on Thursday morning.
Two goals from Danny Garcia plus strikes from Jonathan Top, Cobi Span and academy standout Coy Craft sealed a 5-0 win for FC Dallas.
-Thursday saw the preseason debuts of Hendry Thomas, who played the second half, as well as Peter Luccin who saw action in the final 10 minutes of the game.
-We’re told Danny Garcia’s second goal was quite the stunner. “A left-footed, first-touch strike that gave the 'keeper no chance on its way to the far side-netting.”
-Also, Garcia played 80 minutes in central midfield, a position that’s been hinted at by both Pareja and Clavijo as one that Garcia could find success in.
-FCD is back in action on Saturday when they take on the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 6:00PM Central time in Bradenton.
Danny Garcia 2
Cobi Span 12
Jonathan Top 58
Danny Garcia 80
Coy Craft 85
First half lineup: Sanchez, Michel, Trialist, Ulloa, Meyer(A), Hollingshead, Span, Garcia, Akindele, Trialist, Top
Second half lineup: Sanchez, Michel, Trialist, Ulloa, Meyer(A), Hollingshead, Craft(A), Thomas, Garcia, Akindele, Top
The wait is almost over! We're just two weeks away from Cocktails & Cleats 2014, and it's our biggest one ever. We need you to help get the word out for this FREE event!
Go to our C&C 2014 Facebook event and simply invite your friends. As we reach more and more invitees, we'll give away more prizes!
When we reach each benchmark, we will announce a winner from those who have RSVP'd as attending C&C 2014 and they'll receive the prize at C&C upon arrival(except for the Jersey, we'll give that to you after we unveil it).
Cocktails & Cleats 2014 Highlights:
- For the first time, admission to this event will be 100% FREE and held downtown at F.I.G. in the Dallas Arts District.
- The exclusive unveiling of our all-new 2014 FC Dallas jersey presented by AdvoCare.
- The entire 2014 FC Dallas squad will be there to help celebrate the new season.
- Dress to impress for this 21 and up event as we'll have a brand-new club atmosphere with live DJ.
- Complementary food and drinks with six of our pub partners sampling their own specialty drinks featuring El Jimador & Gentleman Jack as they vie for the best drink of the night!
- A silent auction featuring amazing items up for grabs with all proceeds benefitting the FC Dallas Foundation.
- Did we mention admission is FREE with complimentary valet...
RSVP for C&C 2014 on Facebook and invite your friends to make this the biggest Cocktails & Cleats ever and you might be the first one to win a brand new 2014 FC Dallas jersey!
Do you follow FC Dallas (FCDofficial) on Pinterest?
You should because we're running a Pinterest-only "Pin it to win it" contest to get you ready for the 2014 season!
Here's the lowdown:
-Create a board on Pinterest showing your favorite moments from the 2013 season whether it's Michel's Olimpico, or FCD's epic Texas Derby win over Houston. We want to see your best pinterest board of 2013 memories(Check out our look back at 2013)!
-Screen shot your FCD Pinterest board and send it to FC Dallas on either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #FCDPTW
-We'll pick our favorite and they'll win two tickets to our March 8 home opener vs. Montreal Impact pres. by AdvoCare!
-Winner will be announced February 28 on Twitter and posted on our Pinterest page.
FC Dallas is in Bradenton, Florida this week for the second phase of preseason and we have the first pictures from the IMG Academy. FC Dallas will take on USF tomorrow afternoon in Bradenton.
SEGMENT 1: With Steve on a plane back from Europe, Stein tries to pilot the show solo by kicking off with news of the promising Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green's decision to sample life with the U.S. national team ... and the ridiculous rumors about David Beckham's expansion team being named Miami Vice.
SEGMENT 2: Before hopping on his flight, Steve joined Soccer Today special contributor Jeff Platt to share the details from his fast-paced trip to see games in England, Holland and Germany in the space of less than a week.
SEGMENT 3: The one and only Tatu, famed locally after three decades as the face of the Dallas Sidekicks, dials in to talk about his new status as the first indoor soccer star to ever earn a spot on the National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot.
SEGMENT 4: Ian Bishop, who spent one memorable season in Miami in MLS after starring at Manchester City and West Ham, makes his Soccer Today debut to share his views on Beckham's chances of finally making soccer work in South Beach.
FC Dallas added another piece to their attack on Friday announcing the loan acquisition of Andres "Manga" Escobar from Dynamo Kiev. The 22-year-old Colombian is close friends with Fabian Castillo and looks to be another exciting addition to an FCD attack that has added a number of young players this offseason.
Here's the always-anticipated YouTube highlight package for our newest young star :
FC Dallas wrapped up their preseason slate in the UAE with another game against Sweden's BK Hacken on Monday in Dubai. This game was not streamed, but BK Hacken has provided highlights shown above. Fabian Castillo opened the scoring for FCD early in the first half, but some lax defending allowed BK Hacken with three goals to win the rematch of Friday's 3-0 FC Dallas win.
FC Dallas first half lineup:
Seitz(Sanchez 30), Warshaw, Walker, Hernandez, Benitez, Jacobson, Moffat, Castillo, Diaz, Watson, Perez
FC Dallas second half lineup:
Sanchez(Zobeck 60), Warshaw, Walker, Hernandez, Michel, Hollingshead, Watson, Garcia, Span, Diaz(Top), Akindele(Baladez)
SEGMENT 1: Stein and Steve engage in a lengthy discussion about David Beckham’s Wednesday press conference that made official what has been long rumored: Becks is bringing an MLS expansion franchise to Miami.
SEGMENT 2: When technical difficulties scuttle a scheduled interview with former Miami Fusion star Ian Bishop, Stein and Steve continue the discussion about Miami and the ripple effect it could have on MLS conference alignment as well as general discussion about various soccer markets in the States.
SEGMENT 3: U.S. national team veteran Maurice Edu, fresh off his loan move from Stoke City to the Philadelphia Union, joins the guys by phone from training camp in Florida to discuss his return to MLS and his bid to convince Jurgen Klinsmann to include him in the 23-man squad that goes to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
SEGMENT 4: Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Steve Nicol, now an integral member of the ESPN FC studio team, returns to this show to talk about his old team’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield in the weekend’s standout result from the Premiership.
FC Dallas played their first official friendly of the 2014 preseason on Friday morning, defeating Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Hacken 3-0 in Abu Dhabi.
FCD got the scoring going early in the match as Fabian Castillo turned on the afterburners to glide past the Hacken defense before slotting home far post to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.
After a big save from Richard Sanchez, FCD doubled the lead through Blas Perez. A cross was sent in to the Panamanian with his defender having fallen down. Blas easily curled one in to the far post to give FC Dallas the 2-0 lead they would hold at the halftime interval.
The second half saw both sides make wholesale changes and FCD capped a fantastic opening match with a late goal as Danny Garcia's wonderful through ball found Ryan Hollingshead making a streaking run into the box. The California-native rounded the keeper and finished from close range to round out the scoring.
"It was a great exercise against a good team. It was very competitive and gave us different challenges," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "At this stage of the preseason, it has a great value to come and get 90 minutes for a team like ours that is in preseason mode. I thought we took the best out of the game and that makes me happy."
FC Dallas is set to play BK Hacken again on Monday in another preseason match. Follow @FCDallas on Twitter for news on whether that one will be streamed or not.
Starting XI: Sanchez, Michel, Hernandez, Hedges, Acosta, Moffat, Jacobson(C), Diaz, Watson, Castillo, Perez
Second-half Subs: Seitz, Walker, Warshaw, Ulloa, Luccin, Hollingshead, Span, Akindele, Garcia