With school back in session, the traditional summer camps have departed the numerous fields outside FC Dallas Stadium and the morning sounds of FC Dallas Academy training have once again taken over.
Head coaches Luchi Gonzalez(U-18), Josema Bazan(U-16) and Francisco Molina(U-14) have opened their pre-season camps this week in preparation for the 2013-2014 campaigns, but six of the players are enjoying a head start.
Wilfred Williams, Alex Radilla, Jordan Cano and Coy Craft from the under-18 squad and Martin Salas and Christian Ramirez from the under-16 squad recently returned from a five-day Under-18 Men's National Team combine at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.
"They’re very valuable," said Luchi Gonzalez. "I spoke to all the boys and it was a good experience for them. The level of competition was with some of the better players in the country. They also did some fitness, so it was a win win for us."
The six players selected from FC Dallas were the most of any team in the country and coach Gonzalez said there could have even been more worthy of selection. For the FCD players at the combine, the comfort of having familiar players around them certainly helped.
"It’s awesome because you had players from your team and they had players from their same club but not from their same team," said Craft. "So it was great for us."
For Martin Salas, a player who spent his first year with the U-16s last year and will be one of the leaders of the squad this year, he had to watch from the sidelines with a minor injury, but the experience was still beneficial.
"I was hurt, but watching from the side it was pretty intense," said Salas. "It was just seeing the guys play and it keeps me going because I don’t want to sit out any camps."
With both an under-18 and under-16 squad loaded with players competing for national team spots, don't be surprised to hear of more callups for FCD players in the near future as we head into the US Soccer Development Academy season starting in mid-September.
FC Dallas snapped their 11-game winless streak in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night at StubHub Center scoring three times in the final 20 minutes to defeat Chivas USA 3-1. Here's all the highlights from the thrilling match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Chivas USA 1
SAVE: Dan Kennedy tips Blas Perez's curler around the post
SAVE: Fernandez brilliantly stops Carlos Alvarez's shot
GOAL: De La Fuente gives Chivas USA the lead just before halftime
GOAL: Blas Perez scores his team-leading ninth goal of the season to tie things up
GOAL: David Ferreira sneaks one past Dan Kennedy to give FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Ramon Nunez curls one in to seal the win and score his first FCD goal since 2007
EDIT: We have our two winners, competition is closed! Thanks for participating and we'll see you tomorrow!
It's time for another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
We have two pairs of tickets on the FCD Express to Saturday's game vs San Jose and two pairs of FC Dallas t-shirts to give away!
The first two entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets and t-shirts. Winners must be available to ride the FCD Express from one of the four stops. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first two with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to grab your tickets for Saturday's crucial Western Conference matchup.
- What was the score and who was the goalscorer(s) the last time FCD and San Jose met?
- What was Ramon Nunez's last club before joining FC Dallas?
- What is Zach Loyd's favorite restaurant?
- To which team did FC Dallas loan defensive midfielder Bobby Warshaw?
- At what two places does the FCD Express blue line stop?
- Name three musical acts playing at Breakaway Music Festival
- Which college is the FCD mobile team visiting on Sunday, August 25?
- Name three of FCD's Signature sponsors
- Who is FC Dallas playing in the last regular season home game of 2013?
- What college did FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman attend?
Here's the results from the 2013 Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown played at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex on the weekend of August 17. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!
Legends (NTX) defeated NTX Rayados (NTX)
Bringin Justice (OK) defeated Turbo/DFeeters (NTX)
Dallas Roma (NTX) defeated Trouble (San Antonio)
FC National Juventus (NTX) defeated (Austin Blues FC (Austin)
Men’s Over 30 Gold:
RAFC Select (OK) defeated Borrachos (NTX)
Men’s Over 30 Silver:
Allen Wickers FC (NTX) defeated Club Leche (NTX)
Here's your FCD Mobile team community schedule for the week!
Friday, August 23 - Dallas Pub Run
The FCD Girls will be out at British Beverage Co. and World of Beers from 5-7PM on Friday to promote Saturday's game vs San Jose. Find them to score some FCD swag and ticket specials for the San Jose game!
Saturday, August 24 – Dallas BrewFest
Look out for the FC Dallas/Breakaway Music Festival crew out at the third annual Dallas BrewFest in the Dallas Arts District. FCD will be out there from 6-10PM with the FC Dallas Girls, FCD Swag and free tickets to the September 7 game vs Vancouver.
Sunday, August 25 - University of North Texas Bookstore
Join the FCD mobile team out at the UNT Bookstore from 6-8PM on Sunday, August 25 as we welcome UNT students back to school. We'll have FCD swag, student ticket specials and more!
Both FC Dallas players on loan to the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers saw action this weekend as forward Bradlee Baladez started his first game for the club going 73 minutes while Richard Sanchez started in goal playing all 90 minutes for the third time in a row. While Baladez didn't find the scoresheet in the 2-1 Strikers victory at San Antonio Scorpions, the forward drew some positive reviews on Twitter while Sanchez earned his first win in goal for the NASL side that is currently 1-2-0 on the year.
Over in Sweden, Bobby Warshaw did not play in AF Angelholm's 2-1 loss to GAIS. Warshaw could make his debut this week with two games coming up, a Swedish Cup match vs Skovde AIK on Wednesday and a league match vs Jonkopings Sodra on Saturday.
(Photo courtesy of San Antonio Scorpions)
Full match highlights: Portland Timbers 2, FC Dallas 1.
SHOT: Jackson's shot blocked by Donovan Ricketts.
GOAL: Ryan Johnson heads in the corner kick to give Portland the lead.
GOAL: Mauro Diaz scores his first MLS goal on the feed from Fabian Castillo.
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe strikes again onthe feed from Valeri.
Here's your FCD Mobile team community schedule for this weekend:
Saturday, August 17 – Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown
The FCD girls will be out at the Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex fields from 4-6PM with FCD swag and a special ticket offer for the San Jose game
Sunday, August 18 - TCU Bookstore
Join the FCD girls and Breakaway Music Festival welcoming incoming freshmen to the TCU campus with promo items and ticket specials from 10:00AM-noon on Sunday.
Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown
The FCD girls and mobile sales team will be back at the Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown on Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00PM for the awards ceremony with FCD swag and ticket specials
We're just a couple weeks away from the start of the NCAA season and the newly-formed American Athletic Conference has announced that their 2013 Men's Soccer Conference Championship will be played at Toyota Stadium on November 15 and 17.
Consisting of SMU, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Temple, Central Florida, UConn & South Florida, the American Athletic Conference boasts some NCAA soccer powerhouses and this tournament will be the first time Toyota Stadium has hosted a major NCAA post-season soccer event since the 2008 NCAA College Cup. The semifinals will be held on Friday, November 15 with the championship game held on Sunday, November 17.
"As an SMU alumnus, I'm especially excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship to Toyota Stadium," said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt told the AAC website. "We have more than 4,500 players in our youth system, ages 7 and up, while more than 80 earned college soccer scholarships or Financial Aid this past year alone. Our Development Academy consistently ranks among the best in North America, while our professional team has spent the majority of the 2013 season at the top of the table in MLS. We are committed to growing soccer in North Texas and look forward to showcasing yet another level of elite play at our stadium."
- Purchase tickets to the semifinal matches on Friday, November 15 here.
- Purchase tickets to the championship game on Sunday, November 17 here.
- Secure a two-day pass to see all three matches here.