FC Dallas will host Stoke City FC of the English Premier League this Saturday and while it is the team's first time playing an EPL side, it is certainly not their first international friendly.
FC Dallas has played an international side in almost every season of its existence, Saturday will be the 15th official FC Dallas Stadium international friendly, and a few seasons included multiple international matches. The first friendly hosted at FC Dallas Stadium was a 4-1 FC Dallas win against Atlas CF of Mexico in March of 2006 and FC Dallas is 9-3-2 in the 14 matches.
Saturday's match certainly has plenty of intrigue, however, as it's just the second time a European team has faced FCD in an international friendly with the other one coming in 2010 when then-UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan drew FCD 2-2. Here's some highlights of international friendlies at FC Dallas Stadium:
2006 - FC Dallas 2 Tigres 0
The first really memorable international friendly in front of a raucous crowd in Frisco saw FCD beat the Mexican side behind goals from Arturo Alvarez and Marcelo Saragosa. FCD went on to win the inaugural Rio Grande Plate on penalties down in Monterrey with Dario Sala saving, then scoring the game-winner.
2007 - FC Dallas 0 Atletico Paranaense 1
FCD fell to Brazilians Atletico Paranaense in the first of two meetings between the clubs in Frisco. This was an unspectacular game except for one major point, midfield maestro David Ferreira played his first minutes at FC Dallas Stadium, though they were with the Brazilians.
2008 - FC Dallas 1 Chivas Guadalajara 2
An exciting mid-summer match between FCD and Mexican giants Chivas de Guadalajara ended 2-1 to the visitors. A starting-quality FCD side produced a fantastic first half, but lineup changes saw Dallas relinquish a 1-0 lead giving up two late goals. The scorer of the game-winner? None other than budding Mexican National Team star Marco Fabian. This is interestingly the last international friendly that FCD has lost as they take an eight-game unbeaten run into Saturday's game.
2010 - FC Dallas 2 Inter Milan 2 (HIGHLIGHTS)
Obviously the biggest international friendly FC Dallas Stadium has hosted, FCD welcomed then-UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan to Frisco for a prestigious match. "El Principe" Diego Milito opened the scoring for Inter, but George John struck back before halftime with a beautiful header to send the game into halftime tied 1-1. Who else but Samuel Eto'o broke the deadlock in the second half scoring from a blast outside the box before 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira sealed the 2-2 draw with a penalty kick goal.
2012 - FC Dallas 3 Club Leon 3 (HIGHLIGHTS)
In perhaps the most exciting of the 15 international friendlies, FC Dallas and recently-promoted Club Leon played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that the Mexican side won on penalty kicks. A see-saw match in which both teams held leads was settled by a late Bobby Warshaw equalizer that slipped over the line.
FC Dallas’ winless streak continued with a 0-0 stalemate in Montreal on Saturday. Despite the draw on a tough road trip, the team didn’t see much positive movement in this week’s power rankings.
Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas down to #10:
Earning a draw at Montreal would normally be a good result, but Dallas really need to locate a win. Talk about a July to forget.
FC Dallas remained number 11 according to MLSsoccer.com:
All things considered, a point on the road is a good result for a team that's trying desperately to hang on in the playoff race. But there's this: They haven't scored a single goal since June. Crisis.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com left FC Dallas in the #10 spot:
Center back anchor George John returned following a four-game absence and helped FC Dallas to a 0-0 draw against Montreal, but the club remains winless since May 25, a stretch of eight games. That streak will linger on past the MLS All-Star Game, as FCD does not play another league game until an Aug. 3 date against the Seattle Sounders that kicks off a run of seven games in a row against Western Conference competition.
Pro Soccer Talk also put FC Dallas in the 10th spot:
Speaking of Stoke City, they move from South Texas up I-45 to suburban Dallas for a meeting with Schellas Hyndman’s team over the weekend.
ESPN FC dropped FCD one spot to number 13:
George John's return helped Dallas secure a much-needed road point at Montreal. And while FCD was missing some speedier elements, it seems reasonable to expect more offense from a lineup featuring David Ferreira, Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli.
Finally, Soccer America moved FC Dallas down three to #10.
FC Dallas welcomes Stoke City to FCD Stadium on Saturday in the first-ever game between FC Dallas and an EPL side in Frisco. Their trip to north Texas is sandwiched between games in Houston and Philadelphia. New Stoke manager Mark Hughes has released his travel roster for their week-long USA tour:
Stoke City FC Travel Roster
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen, Jack Butland
Defenders: Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shotton, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa, Jordan Keane
Midfielders: Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Florent Cuvelier, Glenn Whelan, Steven N’Zonzi, Matthew Etherington, Michael Kightly, Jamie Ness, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea*
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones*
*denotes will join club when international duties (CONCACAF Gold Cup) are complete
The week ahead is an exciting one for soccer fans across the metroplex, with the best of CONCACAF coming to town for the Gold Cup semifinals and FC Dallas Stadium hosting three events, including an international friendly. Here's a timeline of the packed week!
Tuesday, July 23 - FC Dallas Reserves vs. Antigua Barracuda FC: The FC Dallas reserve squad will host Antigua Barracuda FC of USL Pro in reserve league action on Tuesday night, their second home game of the season. The game will start at 7 p.m. and admission is free. If you can't make it out to the stadium, you can watch the game via the live stream on FCDallas.com.
Wednesday, July 24 - Gold Cup Semifinals: On Wednesday night, one of the biggest soccer events of the year hits Cowboys Stadium as the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals come to the metroplex. Jurgen Klinsmann's high-flying United States squad starts the evening off at 6 p.m. against Honduras, followed by Mexico vs. Panama, featuring FC Dallas' Blas Perez, at 9 p.m. in what is sure to be a sold-out and wild atmosphere. Follow FC Dallas for exclusive social media and website coverage of both games.
Friday, July 26 - Meet the Team: FC Dallas Season Ticket Holders will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the team on Friday night before the Stoke City friendly on Saturday. The schedule is tentatively as follows: The evening will begin with a press conference featuring Stoke City at 6 p.m. in the WinStar River Club. The event is open to the first 300 Season Ticket Holders that arrive. The press conference will be followed by the media introduction of FC Dallas' newest signing, Mauro Diaz, at 6:15 p.m. Season Ticket Holders will also have access to Stoke City FC's pregame practice starting at 6:30p.m. The evening will end with FC Dallas player autographs on the concourse from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free CiCi's pizza and soda will be available for all Season Ticket Holders. If you're not currently a season ticket holder, you can gain access to the event by purchasing season tickets. Call 888-FCD-GOAL for more information.
Saturday, July 27 - FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC: The week will conclude with an international showdown as the English Premier League comes to Frisco with FCD hosting Stoke City FC. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium, and there is still plenty of time to grab your tickets for the game.
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Montreal Impact 0, FC Dallas 0
SAVE: Hassli's spin and shot tipped wide by Troy Perkins
CROSSBAR: Mapp's rocket beats Fernandez, but not the crossbar
SAVE: Beautiful flowing move frees Watson, but his header is straight at Perkins
SAVE: Fernandez gets big to acrobatically deny Mapp
SAVE: Fernandez denies Mapp's chip as time ticks down
This morning, HSG Chairman Clark Hunt had a lengthy chat with 1310 AM The Ticket's legendary host Norm Hitzges. Norm, who can be seen at many FC Dallas games, has commentated on soccer for decades including the Dallas Tornado and Dallas Sidekicks. Listen to the great interview:
Looking for a place to watch this weekend's game with your fellow FC Dallas fans? July's Party at the Pubs watch party will be held at The Pub in Frisco on Saturday, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. In addition to the game, the FC Dallas girls and Hooper will stop by and you could go home with some free stuff.
Giveaways include Gold Cup tickets, as well as tickets for the Stoke City friendly next weekend and Breakaway Festival, FC Dallas gear, and a shirt autographed by the team.
The Pub is located off Preston Road, past Gaylord Parkway.
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This weekend is a rare first for FC Dallas as they'll make their inaugural trip to the city of Montreal for Saturday's match against the Impact. Montreal is the only team in MLS that FCD has never taken a road trip to, so we thought we'd educate you on the city at the heart of French-Canadian culture.
Montreal has been an incorporated city since 1832 and has been one of the economic centers of Canada since the mid-1800's. By 1930, the Montreal metropolitan area contained over 1,000,000 people and today the Montreal metropolita area population nears 4,000,000.
Montreal is renowned for its beautiful architecture and is one of just ten UNESCO Cities of Design in the world and the only one in North America.
Of course, one of the defining features of Montreal is the fact that most of the people speak French as their native language. Nearly 2/3rds of the population primarily speaks French and all it takes is a simple visit to the Impact's website to get a lesson in French.
From a business perspective, Montreal is a booming city and boasts one of the largest inland ports in the world and also remains the home of many of the top video game developers in the industry.
When it comes to sports in Montreal, the conversation starts with the Montreal Canadiens. One of the NHL's original six, the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup a record 24 times, though they resemble the Dallas Cowboys in that Montreal is mired in a 20-year Stanley Cup drought.
With the Montreal Expos having moved to Washington, the Canadiens and Impact are the only major North American league teams in the city while the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have won the Grey Cup eight times.
You can catch FCD's first ever trip to Montreal on Saturday at 6:00PM and we encourage you to head to The Pub in Frisco for our Party at the Pubs Watch Party Presented by Budweiser where we will be giving away Gold Cup semifinal tickets, Breakaway Music Festival tickets and much more FCD swag!
FC Dallas suffered their first home loss of the season against league leading Real Salt Lake on Saturday, unfortunately dropping them even further in this week’s power rankings. On the brightside, the team didn’t fall entirely out of the top 10.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com dropped FC Dallas six spots to number 10:
The slide goes on for FC Dallas, which has not scored in three straight games, has not won in seven straight games and is falling back to the middle of the pack after setting a torrid pace out of the gate. Getting George John back to 100 percent would go a long way in FCD tightening things up in the back, as the center back has missed the last four matches and seen his team concede seven goals in that time.
FCD fell to number nine in Yahoo Sports’ rankings:
It seems like just yesterday that Dallas were atop MLS power rankings and true Supporters' Shield contenders. Now they're just four points off of sixth place. Yikes.
MLSsoccer.com moved the Hoops down four spots to #11:
No wins since May 25. No real answers anywhere on the pitch. Bad times in Frisco.
ESPN FC continued to drop FC Dallas, bumping them all the way to number 12:
FCD is in freefall after losing at home to RSL, extending its winless streak to seven matches. And after getting shut out for the third consecutive game, the onus is on the attack to begin finishing off some of the team's neat approach work.