Ricardo Villar helped Make-A-Wish this morning on WFAA-TV Ch. 8's Good Morning Texas. Villar gave a personalized FC Dallas jersey to cancer patient Jordan in a surprise visit live on the air. Villar also gave Jordan the jersey he wore in the season opener vs New York Red Bulls when he scored the game winning goal.
NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended FC Dallas forward Blas Pérez one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of his opponent when he elbowed Jordan Harvey in the 29th minute of the April 21 game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Pérez will serve his suspension this Wednesday when FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
This past week on Blas Island: Our hero Blas Pérez went 1-on-4 against the backline in Vancouver. Coming up next week: Will Schellas get him any help? Will the midfield make their way into the final third? Will Bobby Warshaw play attacking mid again?
Brek Shea spent Sunday in Portland for an adidas commercial shoot. Our Jason Minnick shot these behind-the-scenes photos.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-0 road loss to the Whitecaps.
GOAL: Camilo gives the home side the early advantage.
SHOT: Daniel Hernandez sends in a chance off a free kick.
SHOT: Bruno Guarda tests Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
SHOT: Brek Shea's chance is held by Cannon.
SAVE: Chris Seitz makes a big stop on Camilo to hold the 1-0 scoreline.
FC Dallas' Saturday night road matchup against the Vancouver Whitecaps will kick off at 9 p.m. CT, but the match will air on tape delay due to the postponement of Friday night's Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers baseball game. The estimated start time of the FC Dallas broadcast is 9:30 p.m. CT on TXA 21.
The Rangers game was cancelled Friday evening due to rain in the Detroit area. That game is now scheduled to be played and aired live on TXA 21 from approximately 6:00-9:00 p.m. CT, with the tape delay of the FC Dallas broadcast being aired in its entirety at the conclusion of the baseball game.
Two FC Dallas Academy products - Boyd Okwuonu and Danny Garcia - along with FCD player Jonathan Top spent last week at the US U-20 camp. The two academy products discussed their experience with Top Drawer Soccer.
Defender Boyd Okwuonu, who has played with the U.S. U17 and U18 teams, enjoys the formation.
“It’s more aggressive, we’re more attacking,” he said of the 4-3-3. “We have a different mentality in this formation, we’re going out there taking risks, going forward.”
With the qualifying process just under a year away, there’s still a chance for players to impress. But according to forward Danny Garcia, there was still a sense of urgency heightened the intensity of the camp, as it’s play well or go home.
“There is a difference because everyone has to put everything in it,” he said. “It’s all or nothing in the camp because either you do great and get called back, or do poor and don’t get called back.”
For Garcia, who has scored 17 goals in 19 games for FC Dallas U18s in the Development Academy, the camp was another opportunity to measure up against some of the best talents the U.S. player pool has to offer.
“It’s given me a chance to see how I’m doing, how my level is, how skillful I am compared to the other players in the Academy, in college or even in Europe,” he said.
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Big story this afternoon in the soccer world is MLS Commissioner Don Garber's comments on wanting the league to use goal-line review technology as soon as possible. Garber made the comments Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. MLS fans could see the technology is use as quickly as this summer, if approved.
"We're interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,'' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. ''I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology.''
The International Football Association Board meets July 2 and could approve Sony Corp.'s Hawk-Eye or GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company. Following a series of erroneous calls in high-profile games ranging from the 2010 World Cup to this year's FA Cup, there could be more support for goal-line technology among tradition-bound soccer officials.
Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef employs a magnetic field with a special ball. Both could be approved.
Each system sends a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who makes the final decision.
If approval is granted in July, Garber said, MLS could implement the technology at some point during this season, which began in March. The Premier League hopes to use it for its 2012-13 season, which starts in August.
''There's a lot more that we need to learn about it, understanding the process,'' Garber said. ''The bottom line here is that I would be open to using goal-line technology as soon as it is made available.''
It's nice when people say nice things about you. So Kevin Hartman will feel pretty good once he watches this MLSsoccer.com video of the site's editors praising his penalty kick prowess.