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)
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0.
SAVE: Chris Seitz stops Luis Gil point blank.
SAVE: Great build up by FC Dallas results in goal-line clearance by Nat Borchers.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo roofs a shot past Josh Saunders from a tight angle.
SAVE: Matt Hedges deflects Devon Sandoval's sure-goal out of play.
GOAL: Jackson hustles to take the ball off Saunders' feet and into the net.
Once again, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat with FC Dallas fans on Thursday afternoon. Hunt answered well over a dozen questions in this week's edition of the chat, and topics ranged from the FC Dallas Academy, to this week's fashion shoot with the players in conjunction with Nieman Marcus, to potential improvements to FC Dallas Stadium and more.
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Costa Rica tonight (9 p.m. CT, ESPN) in a crucial World Cup Qualifier. If you're looking for a place to watch with friends in a soccer-friendly atmosphere, pay a visit to any one of our Pub Partners from around the DFW-Metroplex. You can see where all of our Pub Partners are located here.
You can visit The Staggering Irishman in North Dallas, where the FC Dallas Girls will be promoting next weekend's Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser for the FC Dallas match against the New England Revolution at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Or you could take in the game at Lemon Bar & Grill in Frisco, where there will also be a live Beatles cover band (A Hard Day's Night). Be sure to get there at 8 p.m. for a special Hope Park fundraiser event. The entire $10 cover charge plus 10% of all food and drink sales will go towards Hope Park, and there will be a blind auction with some awesom items available that will benefit the future Frisco park. The Hope Park project was FC Dallas' 2012 Community MVP, so go out and support a great cause and then support the USMNT!
The Allen Wickers in Plano will also be running some exclusive food and drink specials during the match, including $3 Heinekens and a $6.99 chicken tender basket. And Londoner Frisco will be offering beer buckets (five bottles) for $12.
FC Dallas has teamed up with El Jimador to create our first-ever signature drink (below) and we want you to help us pick the name. Imagine electric blue lemonade with an El Jimador twist!
Cast your vote now (above, right), and see which name wins when we debut the drink at FC Dallas Stadium for the FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake match this Saturday, March 23.
*Must be 21 or older to vote.
FC Dallas defender George John and midfielder Jackson were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 3. Along with second-year center back Matt Hedges (Week 1), they're the only FC Dallas players to make MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week in the young 2013 season. You can read Nicholas Rosano's explanations of why they made the cut below:
MF: Jackson (FC Dallas) – One of the most dangerous men on the field in Dallas' 3-2 win over Houston. His speed and skill caused plenty of issues for Houston, and he had what would have been a Goal of the Week-worthy strike called off by a controversial offside flag.
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 the Houston Dynamo?
After beating the Houston Dynamo 3-2 on Sunday in the Texas Derby presented by Novo Nordisk, FC Dallas has climbed four spots in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. FCD landed at number 11 in the rankings for Week 3, up from 15th after Week 2.
You can take a look at the full Power Rankings and see what the MLSsoccer.com Politburo had to say about FCD's Week 3 performance here.
What do you think of FC Dallas' new spot in the Power Rankings? Is it a fair spot or should the team be higher up?
All three FC Dallas players who scored in the club's weekend win over the Houston Dynamo broke into the Top 10 of the Weekly Castrol Index for Week 3. Center back George John claimed the highest spot among FC Dallas players at number five, just ahead of forward Kenny Cooper at number six. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson landed at number nine, rounding out the trio of Dallas goalscorers.
Castrol Index Week 3 Top 10 Performers
|1||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Toronto FC||1,359|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||87||New England||1,341|
|3||Bill Hamid||Goalkeeper||D.C. United||90||NY Red Bulls||1,310|
|4||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Chicago Fire||1,254|
|5||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Houston Dynamo||1,199|
|6||Kenny Cooper||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Houston Dynamo||1,193|
|7||Gláuber||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||SJ Earthquakes||1,078|
|8||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||NY Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,058|
|9||Andrew Jacobson||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Houston Dynamo||1,029|
|10||Thierry Henry||Forward||NY Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,028|
See the full Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 rankings here.
MLSsoccer.com's Daniel Robertson put out an article yesterday about FC Dallas' effective use of set pieces against a Houston Dynamo team known to be lethal in dead ball situations. Below are a few notable quotes from the feature:
Schellas Hyndman on the win: To get two goals off of a team that is strong in the air and a good goalkeeper who has been to two straight MLS Cups, it’s great.
George John on his goal: Whether it goes off of your face, your head, shoulder, if it gets in the goal, it’s a goal, so I’m happy about that and happy with three points.
Andrew Jacobson on his goal: I kind of just followed George in so I wouldn’t get shoved and got a foot on it.
Read the entire article on MLSsoccer.com here.
Kenny Cooper strikes in 90th minute to give FC Dallas a 3-2 win over Houston.
Brad Davis makes it 2-2 in the 83rd minute.
Andrew Driver gets Houston back into the match with 10 minutes to go. FCD 2, HOU 1.
Andrew Jacobson scores FCD's second goal in two minutes. FCD 2, HOU 0.
George John opens up the scoring in the 2013 Texas Derby. FCD 1, HOU 0.