After a strong performance in goal against San Jose, the honors are pouring in for Raul Fernandez! Not only was the goalkeeper named to the number two spot in MLSsoccer.com's weekly Castrol Index Top 20 Performers list, but he is also nominated for Save of the Week for his big stop on MLS Golden Boot-winner Chris Wondolowski late in the match!
Fernandez had six stops in the victory, including a couple late match stops to preserve the win. It was Fernandez’s fifth shutout of the season, tied for second-most in MLS.
Make sure to vote for the save by 11:59 PT on Thursday, May 30. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FERNANDEZ!
Castrol Index Week 13 Top 10 Performers
|1||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||84||Philadelphia Union||2,430|
|2||Raul Fernandez||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,593|
|3||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Chivas USA||1,402|
|4||Andrew Wenger||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Philadelphia Union||1,380|
|5||Sean Franklin||Defender||LA Galaxy||90||Seattle Sounders||1,358|
|6||Sean Johnson||Goalkeeper||Chicago Fire||90||Real Salt Lake||1,293|
|7||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||D.C. United||1,287|
|8||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||73||Seattle Sounders||1,195|
|9||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||Chivas USA||1,155|
|10||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Houston Dynamo||1,079|
If you happened to look at Twitter on Sunday night(and follow anyone related to North American soccer), you knew something crazy was happening down in Mexico City.
After a 1-0 Cruz Azul victory in the first leg of the Liga MX championship, Club America was still in decent position as they hosted the second leg of the final at the famous Estadio Azteca. Things didn't go well early for Las Aguilas as a red card and a goal from Colombian forward Teo Gutierrez had Cruz Azul up a man and two goals on aggregate.
However, with just minutes left in the game, America staged a furious comeback. Aquivaldo Mosquera's header gave them hope and then, miraculously, goalkeeper Moises Munoz scored on a diving header with literally the last touch of the game to send things to extra time.
With all the momentum, Club America cruised to victory in the penalties for an historic 11th Liga MX title, now tied with Chivas de Guadalajara for most all-time.
Now here's the really exciting part.
The next time these two "Clasico Joven" rivals meet is at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, June 30th at 2PM. Given Sunday's legendary game, this re-match is sure to sell out so don't wait and grab the best seats in the house now!
FC Dallas tied a franchise-record tonight moving their home unbeaten streak to 12 games with a gritty 1-0 win over San Jose. The win kept FC Dallas five points clear of second place in the Western Conference.
HIGHLIGHTS: FCD tops San Jose 1-0
GOAL: Ferreira's fourth assist of the season feeds Fabian Castillo for the game-winning goal
WOODWORK: Victor Bernardez hits the crossbar off a rebound
SHOT: Jackson twists and turns a pair of defenders before just missing on a hard shot
SAVE: Busch denies Castillo his second goal of the match
SAVE: Fernandez denies Salinas' shot
SAVE: Fernandez acrobatically denies Wondolowski from close range
After their key plays over the weekend, Kenny Cooper and Michel found themselves among the weekly Castrol Index Top Performers and Team of the Week honorees, respectively.
Michel’s strong play in Saturday’s game against Seattle, including his olimpico goal and his service on Cooper's goal, earned him a spot on MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week. Read what Nicholas Rosano had to say about Michel below.
MF: Michel (FC Dallas) – His prowess on set pieces was on display once more in Seattle, where he scored an olimpico and delivered an assist for Dallas' other goal on the night. Complemented this with another strong performance in the center of the park.
Meanwhile, Cooper’s goal earned him the #9 spot on the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. The forward’s set piece goal in the 54th minute put FC Dallas on the scoreboard, setting the stage for Michel's game-tying olimpico.
Castrol Index Week 12 Top 10 Performers
|1||Eddie Johnson||Forward||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,838|
|2||Landon Donovan||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Philadelphia Union||1,683|
|3||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Toronto FC||1,653|
|4||Lamar Neagle||Midfielder||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,568|
|5||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,415|
|6||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Chicago Fire||1,317|
|7||José Correa||Forward||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,236|
|8||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,145|
|9||Kenny Cooper||Forward||FC Dallas||64||Seattle Sounders||1,058|
|10||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,023|
We have five pairs of seats for Saturday's match vs San Jose up for grabs in this edition of the FCDallas.com Scavenger Hunt.
The first five entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets to Saturday's match. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first five with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick!
- Name the four FC Dallas players who are mentors to students at Hunt Middle School.
- Who is the presenting sponsor of FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday?
- What is the date and time of the Liga MX friendly between Club America and Cruz Azul that will be played at FC Dallas Stadium?
- What is the registration deadline for this summer's Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown tournament at FC Dallas Stadium?
- What are the two stops on the Red Route of the FCD Express?
- Where will the next Party at the Pubs presented by Budweiser be held?
- What are the business hours of the FC Dallas Team Shop?
- How many angles of Michel's olimpico goal against Seattle Sounders FC are shown in "Michel's Olimpico from every angle"?
- Who is the FC Dallas Juniors Coordinator?
- Name every player that has scored a goal for FC Dallas so far this season.
Saturday's match against San Jose is a huge one for FC Dallas as the club looks to extend its lead at the top of the MLS Western Conference and we're encouraging fans to arrive early and stay late this Saturday as we'll have plenty going on around FCD Stadium!
A-Affordable pre-game tailgate party, noisemaker giveaway and autograph signing - This week's match sponsor, A-Affordable Low Cost Auto Insurance, will be tailgating with the FC Dallas supporters on the east side of the stadium parking lot, providing CiCi's Pizza to FCD fans from 3:30-5:30PM. Additionally, an FC Dallas player will be on the north concourse signing autographs from 6:00-7:15PM. A-Affordable will also be sponsoring noisemakers that will be given to the first 6,000 fans entering FC Dallas Stadium.
March to Lamar - After the tailgate, be sure to join the supporters groups in the March to Lamar from the East Gate for the Lamar Hunt scarfing ceremony.
Carla Overbeck scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue - FC Dallas is proud to welcome two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winner, Richardson, Texas native and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Carla Overbeck to scarf the Lamar Hunt Statue roughly 40 minutes before kickoff.
Kelsey Mathews Band acoustic set - Join us in the River Club by WinStar World Casino after the game as Kelsey Mathews Band will be performing an acoustic set starting roughly ten minutes after the final whistle.
Attention social media fanatics!
Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes to see how everything comes together on an FC Dallas gameday?
We’re giving two winners a chance to get closer to the action than ever before with an FC Dallas social media fan experience for Saturday night’s game against San Jose!
Two (2) people will win an FC Dallas social media fan experience for you and a friend.
The awesome package includes:
-Pre-game(roughly 90 minutes before kickoff) meet and greet with FC Dallas TV broadcaster Mark Followill
-Pre-game buffet dinner in the WinStar River Club
-A shared field-side table for Saturday, May 25th game against San Jose
-Your phone pictures taken throughout the night will be posted on FC Dallas’ Twitter and Instagram pages
-A rare chance to watch Schellas Hyndman’s post-game press conference
Fans who have purchased tickets for Saturday’s game through the link below using the password: “FCD” will be automatically entered to win.
We will put the name on each ticket order into a drawing (only one entry per name, all participants must be 16 or older) and select two winners for Saturday night’s game against San Jose. Winners will be drawn at 12:00PM on Friday and contacted shortly after.
Not only are you entered for a chance to win this awesome experience, but you’re getting tickets to see first-place FC Dallas at discounted prices!
Good luck and #DTID!
By Beth Anne Carroll
After a disappointing 4-2 loss to Seattle over the weekend, this week’s power rankings are a mixed bag for FC Dallas. The continued absence of David Ferreira, George John, and Andrew Jacobson did not help the team’s case. FC Dallas dropped to #3 in multiple lists, but they did manage to hang on to the top spot in two power rankings heading into their home game against San Jose on Saturday.
FC Dallas stayed #1 in the league according to MLSsoccer.com:
Admit it: You're mad that we still have them No. 1. But the thing is, up until the (questionable) red card, they had a legit shot in that game, on the road, while missing their best player (David Ferreira) and defender (George John), as well as a valuable starting midfielder (Andrew Jacobson). This team's for real, y'all.
ESPN FC dropped FC Dallas to #3 because of the loss and had this to say:
Michel burnished his Newcomer of the Year credentials with an "Olimpico" goal plus an assist, but FCD's defense was a shambles in losing 4-2 to Seattle. London Woodberry struggled mightily but received little help from his fellow defenders.
The Sporting News/Goal.com also put FC Dallas at #3:
Consider the trip to CenturyLink Field a baptism of fire for the young FC Dallas rearguard.
Soccer America kept FC Dallas at #1:
FCD’s nine-game unbeaten run ended in Seattle after its push for a second equalizer fizzled out when a careless elbow raised by Blas Perez caught an opponent in the face and prompted a red card. Midfielder Michel scored directly from a corner kick with a swerving shot just inside the far post after his free kick dropped for Kenny Cooper to head home.
Lastly, in Yahoo Sports’ rankings, FC Dallas fell to #3:
I'm not going to bury the Dallas defense for being picked apart by Seattle. The Sounders have been in unbeatable form as of late.
FC Dallas midfielder Michel is nominated for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for his olimpico againts Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night and rookie defender London Woodberry is up for MLS Save of the Week for his goal-line clearance of a Lamar Neagle header just two minutes earlier.
You can see all the nominees for Goal of the Week and Save of the Week in the videos below and vote for your FC Dallas nominees in the polls to the right.
Last week, we announced an exciting international match coming to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, June 30 as Mexico City rivals Club America and Cruz Azul will face off in a 2013 Liga MX Apertura pre-season friendly.
The "Clasico Joven" rivalry coming to Frisco was already sure to be friendly in name only, but the excitement of the match has been taken up a notch as the two sides came out victorious in their liguilla semifinals over the weekend, setting up a showdown in the 2013 Liga MX Clausura Final.
Christian Benitez scored three times in two semifinal matches against Monterrey sealing a 4-3 aggregate win over Los Rayados while Cruz Azul strolled to a 5-1 aggregate win over Santos Laguna.
Cruz Azul and Club America will contest their two-leg championship on Thursday and Sunday as La Maquina look for their tenth league championship and their first since 1997. For Las Aguilas of Club America, a win in this week's championship would represent their 11th overall and first since 2005.
You certainly don't want to miss the match coming to Frisco this summer, the first meeting between the two sides since this week's matches, a game that's sure to sell out.