David Ferreira is in the running for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of the Month for his output through five games in March.
The FC Dallas captain scored a goal or an assist in four of FCD's first five matches. Ferreira's lone goal came in the club's only loss of the season, 3-1, to Chivas USA.
El Torito also set up FCD's game-winning goals against the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, with his third assist of the month coming on Dallas' second goal in a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
You can vote for Ferriera to be one of the Top 3 Performers of the Month here.
After beating the New England Revolution, 1-0, on Saturday, FC Dallas has climbed two more spots in MLSsoccer.com's Power Rankings to the fifth spot. The club has been ranked as low as 15th in the league's power rankings after the loss to Chivas USA in Week 2, but since FC Dallas has made its run to the top of the league standings the team has moved up 10 spots.
You can see the full MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings here.
Other sites have FC Dallas ranked higher. Sport's Illustrated ranked FCD fourth, while Bleacher Report put the club in second place and Yahoo! Sports and ESPN FC both have FC Dallas ranked as number one.
What do you think? Where should FC Dallas be in the MLS Power Rankings?
Full match highlight from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over the New England Revolution.
SAVE: Great buildup by FC Dallas ends with Revs GK Bobby Shuttleworth blocking David Ferreira's shot on goal.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez pushes Jerry Bengtson's header over the crossbar to keep the match level.
CALLED BACK: Kenny Cooper's second half goal is ruled offside.
SAVE: Fernandez comes up big on Juan Toja point blank.
GOAL: Blas Perez heads home the late winner for FC Dallas.
As part of FC Dallas' 2013 Get In & Win Campaign last year, the club gave fans the opportunity to register for a once-in-a-lifetime U.S. Men's National Team Tour; the grand prize being a trip for two to each of the USMNT's five home World Cup Qualifiers in 2013. Of the thousands of entries, one lucky fan was chosen at random to win two plane tickets, a hotel stay and a pair of tickets to each of the USMNT's home games during the Hexagonal. That lucky fan was Russell Moore, who enjoyed the first of five trips with his wife, Renee, as the U.S. played Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado last Friday. Russell has agreed to write an exclusive blog for FCDallas.com after each of his trips, and last week's was a memorable one:
The first leg of our USA soccer tour took us to Denver for the USA vs. Costa Rica Game. While the weather became a bit challenging, the game was fantastic! We stayed in a hotel in the downtown Denver area and had a great time visiting with other USA soccer fans. When we arrived to the game, we joined other fans in the lower deck of the stadium and had a great time chanting “USA” with them. Our seats were fantastic and had the best view of the pitch. Seeing our USA players up close, including Brek Shea, was the highlight of our trip.
Thank you to FC Dallas for the opportunity to attend this great match! We look so forward to the other USA matches to come.
Russell and Renee Moore
MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas breaks down Fabian Castillo's game-winning goal against Real Salt Lake in this week's Anatomy of a Goal:
FC Dallas players Jackson and Fabian Castillo were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 4. This is Jackson's second time this season - and second straight week - to be named to the Team of the Week, and the first for Castillo in 2013. You can read Nicholas Rosano's explanations of why they made the cut below:
MF: Jackson (FC Dallas) – Worked tirelessly as usual up and down the flanks, and his hard work and pressure were rewarded when he stripped Josh Saunders for Dallas' second goal. Also fed Fabián Castillo on the FCD opener.
MF: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – At his electric best in Dallas' win over RSL on Saturday. Torched Lovel Palmer and fired an unusual but effective high, near-post shot to open the scoring.
See the full Team of the Week here.
What do you think? Should any other FC Dallas players have made the cut this week for their performance against Real Salt Lake?
After a 1-0 win over Costa Rica last Friday that U.S. Soccer fans will remember for years to come, the USMNT now must face CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico at Estadio Azteca tonight in World Cup Qualifying (9:30 p.m. CT, ESPN).
If you're looking for a place to watch with fellow soccer fans, head out to one of our official Pub Partners. Several of them will be running food and drink specials during the match:
For the second straight week, three FC Dallas players made the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 Performers list following FCD's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in Week 4. Last week it was Dallas' three goalscorers; George John, Andrew Jacobson and Kenny Cooper. This week goalkeeper Chris Seitz claimed the number four spot after posting a shutout in his 2013 debut; midfielder Jackson checks in at number five after registering an assist and a goal in the win; and center back Matt Hedges' lunging block of what surely would've been Devon Sandoval's game-tying goal in the 77th minute landed him at number 12.
Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jack McBean||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Colorado Rapids||1,696|
|2||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Seattle Sounders||1,485|
|3||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Sporting KC||1,484|
|4||Chris Seitz||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,313|
|5||Jackson||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,258|
|6||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||New York Red Bulls||1,207|
|7||Clinton Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||LA Galaxy||1,146|
|8||Josh Williams||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,138|
|9||Tyson Wahl||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,123|
|10||Warren Creavalle||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,115|
|11||Ben Speas||Midfielder||Columbus Crew||88||D.C. United||1,081|
|12||Matt Hedges||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,070|
You can see the full Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers here.
For the second week in a row, FC Dallas has climbed four spots in MLSsoccer.com's Power Rankings. FCD was ranked at number seven for Week 4, following a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas Stadium over the weekend.
Despite the fact that FC Dallas currently sits in first place in the Western Conference standings, the Power Rankings Politburo put six teams ahead of FCD - three of which play in the West.
You can see the full MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings here.
What do you think? Should FC Dallas have pulled a higher number this week? Let us know in the comments section below.
With the first two rounds of the NCAA March Madness tournament behind us, now's the perfect time to check the standings of the FC Dallas Bracket Challenge and see who's leading the pack for our first, second and third place prizes. Zach Loyd is the current leader among FC Dallas players who took part in the challenge, checking in at No. 16.
Overall top 10:
1) Shelby's Sensational Bracket (49 points)
2) Jesse's Nice Bracket (48 points)
2) Big C's Bracket (48 points)
2) Shelby's Genius Bracket (48 points)
2) Thorjr3 (48 points)
6) Phil's Third (46 points)
6) Anthony's Agreeable Bracket (46 points)
6) Lloyd's Majestic Bracket (46 points)
6) Mario Valadez's Cool Bracket (46 points)
6) Full Court Press (46 points)
There are five more brackets outside of the top 10 that are currently also tied for sixth place with 46 points. As you can see, it's a tight race at the moment, so keep checking in on your bracket as the tournament progresses to see if you have a shot at one of our great prizes. We'll leave you with the rankings of each of the FC Dallas players who joined our Bracket Challenge. Take a look at where they landed among our 283 entries:
16) Zach Loyd's 2013 Bracket (45 points)
73) Jonathan Top's 2013 Bracket (42 points)
97) Bradlee Baladez's 2013 Bracket (41 points)
97) Walker Zimmerman's 2013 Bracket (41 points)
120) Kyle Zobeck's 2013 Bracket (40 points)
120) Chris Seitz's 2013 Bracket (40 points)
189) George John's 2013 Bracket (37 points)
246) Bobby Warshaw's 2013 Bracket (31 points)