It's time for the first of three categories where FC Dallas fans can pick the Best of 2012. Our first week features the FC Dallas goalkeepers. Watch the five saves below and vote for which one you think is Save of the Year. Voting closes at the end of the week.
No. 1 - Hartman at Kansas City
No. 2 - Seitz at LA Galaxy
No. 3 - Hartman at Houston
No. 4 - Hartman at San Jose
No. 5 - Hartman at Seattle
FC Dallas hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black
*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification
The 2012 MLS season culminates Saturday, December 1 with MLS Cup 2012 - featuring the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo in a rematch of MLS Cup 2011.
Join fellow soccer fans at the Allen Wickers Pub in Plano as we watch MLS Cup 2012 and celebrate another MLS season. Event begins 3 p.m. CT.
The FC Dallas Foundation asks that each person bring a new or used soccer ball to help the foundation's soccer ball Christmas drive.
There will also be great door prizes and appearances from the FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper.
The first 50 people in attendance will get an FC Dallas neon logo t-shirt (pictured right).
Thanks to all of our fans who made it out to the FC Dallas Team Shop for our Black Friday sale.
The deals don't end there, though.
Be on the lookout for a fantastic ticket offer exclusively on the web for Cyber Monday - Monday, Nov. 26.
Details will be released soon on FCDallas.com and our social media channels.
George John and Mark Followill are tied for the lead after Week Eleven of Futbol and Football. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
11/26 UPDATE: George John takes the overall lead with just one week left of selections
|Stoke City vs Fulham|
|Chelsea vs Manchester City||DRAW||DRAW|
|Tottenham vs West Ham||DRAW|
|Florida vs Florida State|
|Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State|
|Notre Dame vs USC|
|Seahawks vs Dolphins|
|49ers vs Saints|
|Packers vs Giants|
|Week Twelve results||6-3||5-4||2-7||6-3|
|Season to date results||64-44 (.593)||56-43 (.566)||60-48 (.555)||42-66 (.388)|
Chicago's Austin Berry was named 2012 Rookie of the Year on Monday morning. Of interest to FC Dallas fans is how rookie defender Matt Hedges did. The top five of voting was released to MLSSoccer.com and there's no Matt Hedges.
|PLAYER||% Club Votes||% Media Votes||% Player Votes||WEIGHTED TOTAL|
|1. Austin Berry (CHI)||51.79||56.92||31.96||140.67|
|2. Nick DeLeon (DC)||25||26.15||22.68||73.83|
|3. Darren Mattocks (VAN)||7.14||4.62||14.43||26.19|
|4. Luis Silva (TOR)||10.71||1.54||7.22||18.93|
|5. Connor Lade (NY)||0||1.54||7.22||8.76|
Chicago's Logan Pause won the XBox Fair Play Award for individuals with just 11 fouls and no caution cards for the season.
The New England Revolution won the team XBox Fair Play Award.
What are your thoughts on the first batch of MLS awards?
George John and Mark Followill are tied for the lead after Week Ten of Futbol and Football. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
|Arsenal vs Tottenham||DRAW|
|Newcastle vs Swansea||DRAW|
|West Brom vs Chelsea|
|USC vs UCLA|
|Oregon vs Stanford|
|Kansas State vs Baylor|
|Browns vs Cowboys|
|Colts vs Patriots|
|Ravens vs Steelers|
|Week 11 Results||3-6||4-5||3-6||4-5||2-7|
|Season to date results||41-49 (.455)||58-41 (.585)||51-39 (.566)||58-41 (.585)||36-63 (.363)|
The second and final matches of the conference finals are both this Sunday. DC United hosts Houston at 3 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network. Seattle hosts LA Galaxy at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Houston currently has a 3-1 aggregate lead over DC, while LA has a 3-0 aggregate lead over Seattle.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg Two match:
Scott Brown: DC 2 HOU 1 (HOU advances); SEA 0 LA 2 (LA advances)
Robert Casner: DC 2 HOU 1 (HOU advances); SEA 2 LA 1 (LA advances)
Mark Norris: DC 3 HOU 1 (DC wins series in PKs); SEA 3 LA 2 (LA advances)
FRISCO – FC Dallas has partnered with Paragon Sports Constructors to renovate multiple synthetic turf fields at FC Dallas Stadium Complex.
The FC Dallas Stadium Complex includes 17 tournament-grade fields adjacent to FC Dallas Stadium. Three of the fields are synthetic turf, while the remaining 14 are natural grass. Under the four-year agreement, PSC will remove the current synthetic turf surfacing, excavate the drainage system and re-construct the stone base before installing Desso iDNA synthetic turf.
“It was very important for us to partner with a local company for this project, and we chose PSC for their great reputation in the region,” said FC Dallas Vice President of Complex Management Tom Jones. “PSC can provide FC Dallas FIFA recommended synthetic turf for our soccer-specific fields and will stand behind their finished product.”
Work has already begun on Field 3, which will include branded logos of Paragon Sports Constructors. Paragon Sports Constructors is using the latest eco-friendly synthetic turf technology to extract the infill from the current surface and remove the existing turf. The field is expected to be completed in time for the Dallas Cup qualifier, the Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram later this month.
“We are excited about our new partnership with FC Dallas,” said William Chaffe, president of Paragon Sports Constructors. “They have world-class facilities and could have any sports contractor construct these fields. Yet, they chose Paragon Sports to become their exclusive synthetic turf construction partner.”
Opened in 2005, the FC Dallas Stadium and Complex is used approximately 350 days each year and averages more than 1.3 million visitors annually.
“These fields see a lot of traffic and need to be reliable, not only from a surface quality standpoint, but also from drainage and construction standpoints,” said Bret Allen, vice president of sales for Paragon Sports Constructors. “We are very excited that an organization as sophisticated as FC Dallas recognizes Paragon Sports as a provider of quality, turn-key services and products.”
About FC Dallas
A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. Led by 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and U.S. National Team star Brek Shea, FC Dallas claimed the 2010 Western Conference Championship and was among the league’s best in 2011, tying a franchise record for points in a season while competing in a record 48 games across three competitions. Renowned for its youth and academy systems, FC Dallas has signed seven Homegrown players to its professional team since 2009, including 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Richard Sanchez (started in goal for Mexico). There are currently more than 2,000 youth players in the FC Dallas development system, which operates year-round. The professional team plays from March to November at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre facility includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields.
About Paragon Sports Constructors
Paragon Sports Constructors is a turn-key contractor of natural and synthetic turf sports fields and running tracks based in Fort Worth, Texas. With over 30 years of sports construction experience they are one of the premier sports field and running track contractors in the South Central United States. Paragon Sports Constructors remains focused on quality construction practices, choosing to partner with top brand name manufacturers of synthetic turf and track surfacing to provide clients a consistently high-quality project from planning to first use. Paragon Sports Constructors is the exclusive dealer and installer for synthetic turf products from Desso Sports Systems in their market. Desso Sports Systems is a FIFA Preferred Producer of synthetic turf with over 30 years of sports surface manufacturing experience based out of Belgium. For more information on Paragon Sports please visit www.paragon-sports.com.