The folks at MLSSoccer.com are counting down to the start of the season with a daily feature. FC Dallas' goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is featured first.
Hartman is the league’s all-time leader in victories (171), clean sheets (106) and saves (1,376). More recently, he has also been the leader of one of MLS’ stingiest defenses in Dallas during the past two seasons.
More relevant to the Countdown, Hartman has accumulated 30 career starts against the New York franchise that began as the MetroStars before claiming the Red Bulls moniker that they boast today.
The opponent for the U.S. Women's National Team was practicing just a few fields away from them Thursday. New Zealand ran through some warmup drills before closing the rest of practice to media.
The U.S. Women's National Team had a full scrimmage during its morning training session Thursday at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The squad is aware that FC Dallas Stadium is going to be packed with fans.
"It's exciting," said USWNT coach Pia Sundhage after practice Thursday. "We'll hear them loud and clear."
We announced our TV broadcast schedule and list of announcers for 2012 today. New voices Mark Followill and Jonathan Yardley tweeted the following:
— Mark Followill (@MFollowill) February 9, 2012
— Jonathan Yardley (@jtyardley) February 9, 2012
U.S. Women's National Team players have heard about the big crowd that will fill FC Dallas Stadium this Saturday. Rachel Buehler talks about the support locally and looking ahead to Saturday's game against New Zealand.
FC Dallas President & CEO Doug Quinn drew two names today from an FC Dallas Foundation raffle to walk out with the U.S. Women's National Team and New Zealand team during pre-game on Saturday.
The USWNT Raffle winners are Ainsley Powell and Leah Rooks. Congratulations - it should be a once in a lifetime experience.
Semiconductor Solutions donated the two packages for raffling by the FC Dallas Foundation.
Here's Schellas Hyndman's handiwork from Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage in Mexico. Listed is the starting XI for FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls.