HIGHLIGHTS: Strikers 0 Scorpions 0
It was back to action for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last weekend as they extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 0-0 shutout against San Antonio Scorpions.
For FCD's on-loan players it was a solid weekend as goalkeeper Richard Sanchez extended his out shutout streak to 315 minutes with a third-straight shutout in the scoreless draw.
In addition to Sanchez's shutout, forward Bradlee Baladez returned from a minor calf strain to play 14 minutes.
FTL returns to the field on Saturday in Canada where they'll face FC Edmonton.
Baladez and Sanchez also had media duty last week as Sanchez was on with the legendary Fernando Fiore and Republica Deportiva.
Baladez appeared on the Ultras Alive podcast(his interview starts around 9:00)
In Sweden, Bobby Warshaw and Angelholms FF had the weekend off while Moises Hernandez was an unused substitute in Deportivo Saprissa's 0-0 draw with Puntarenas.
WATCH: Watson scores vs Whitecaps
Je-Vaughn Watson said after Saturday's game that his eyes are on nothing but qualifying for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs and his contributions were huge for FC Dallas on Saturday in the 3-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Watson dominated the left side on Saturday completing 26 of 31 passes as well as his wonder-strike past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted early in the first half.
For Watson's 84-minute contributions, he earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors, his first appearance this season.
MF: Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas) – The outstanding two-way display in Dallas' 3-1 win over Vancouver might have been enough to secure his place here, but he made sure of it with a fine long-range strike to bring his team level.
CLICK HERE to see the full MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week comments.
Mauro and Jair may have gotten the love for MLS Goal of the Week, but Je-Vaughn Watson was also honored for his Saturday night performance as a nominee for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of Week 28!
The Jamaican terrorized the Whitecaps back line all evening scoring a wonder-goal in the eighth minute while combining with Jackson and Fabian Castillo to nearly put the ball past David Ousted a few other times.
Watson is enjoying the best form since joining FCD having started nine of the last 12 games for Schellas Hyndman's men.
Click here to vote for Je-Vaughn and get him some recognition for his fantastic game!
This week there's not one, but two FC Dallas players nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Amazingly, the goals came within two minutes of each other as Mauro Diaz's 87th minute game-winning volley and Jair Benitez's 89th minute blast from midfield are up for the weekly award.
Diaz now sits with two goals and an assist in just 226 minutes of action since joining FC Dallas from River Plate of Argentina while Benitez's strike was his second MLS goal with FCD in the left back's 121st appearance with the club.
Watch the video, pick out your favorite in the poll to the right and let us know who you voted for!
All eyes in the North American soccer world this week are turned to Columbus where the United States will host Mexico on Tuesday in a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier, and MLSsoccer.com did a feature video looking at two players with hispanic heritages, Richard Sanchez of FC Dallas/Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Jose Villarreal of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
It's a great watch so check it out below:
FC Dallas vaults back into a playoff position defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 tonight behind three spectacular goals and two late bombs. Here's all the action:
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
GOAL: Daigo Kobayashi puts the Whitecaps in front with an early goal
GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson ties things up with a laser from outside the box
WIDE: Jackson nearly scores on a nifty flick
GOAL: Mauro Diaz's brilliant volley gives FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Jair Benitez scores a goal of the year candidate from midfield to ice the game
Congratulations to our #Vancouvering Instagram contest winners @AmyGym and @Tomerbarazni10!
As FC Dallas finishes up final preparations for tomorrow's huge Western Conference showdown with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (TICKETS), both Raul Fernandez and Blas Perez are about to take part in crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that will play a massive part in deciding whether Peru and Panama make historic World Cup appearances. Let's take a look at the situations for both countries heading into tonight's matches:
Raul Fernandez & Peru
It's make or break time for Raul Fernandez and Peru tonight as the South American country looks to qualify for their first World Cup since 1982. La Blanquirroja sits seventh out of nine teams in CONMEBOL qualifying, but just two points behind Uruguay and Venezuela for the fifth-place playoff spot.
Tonight in Lima, Peru will host Uruguay in a match that could propel them into that final playoff spot with a win. Just four games remain in Peru's World Cup Qualifying schedule and if they win all four, they will finish in at least the fifth-place playoff spot. You can catch tonight's Peru vs Uruguay match live on BeIn Sport Espanol at 9:30PM. Seeing as how it's during the USA vs Costa Rica match, you may want to set your DVR.
Blas Perez & Panama
Tonight is equally huge for Blas Perez and Panama as La Marea Roja host lowly Jamaica. Panama currently sits in fifth place just one point behind Honduras for the fourth-place playoff spot and two points behind Mexico for the third-place automatic qualifying spot. With four games left and remaining matches at Honduras, at Mexico and against the United States, grabbing three points against the Reggae Boys tonight is an absolute must if Blas and Panama want to keep their dreams alive to qualify for a first World Cup. This match starts at 10PM and will not be available on TV.
The guys in our ticket sales department have put together an awesome and creative FCDeal for tickets to this Saturday's Western Conference showdown vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC pres. by Cancun!
Here's the details:
As the USMNT chases the 16 point mark in Costa Rica, FC Dallas is offering $16 tickets for the match on Saturday night v. Vancouver – up to a 50% discount…CLICK HERE TO SELECT YOUR SEAT (Promo Code: USA). Now just getting a huge discount on tickets would be nice, but we're offering three extra ways to win centered around Friday's huge USMNT World Cup Qualifier at Costa Rica.
1. IF the USMNT secures three points at Costa Rica, everyone who purchases on this link will receive a complimentary upgrade of a hot dog/soda or beer voucher (your choice) at no additional charge.
2. IF Clint Dempsey scores on Friday night, everyone who purchases on this link will receive a complimentary ticket to the FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders FC pres. by Degree Men match in the regular season finale on October 19th.
3. IF any other MLS player scores for the USMNT on Friday night (Matt Besler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, or Eddie Johnson), everyone who purchases on the link will receive a complimentary ticket to one of the following FC Dallas matches:
- FC Dallas v. Columbus pres. by Taco Bell on Sunday, September 29th @ 7:30 pm
- FC Dallas v. Chicago pres. by Beneful on Saturday, October 12th @ 7:30 pm
*Offer expires at kick of the USMNT match on Friday night (estimated for 9:00 pm central)
**Only tickets purchased on this link will qualify for the benefits listed above
It's almost that time again every year when EA Sports releases their next edition of the wildly popular "FIFA" series and we need to get Blas Perez on the MLS FIFA '14 Cover!
Major League Soccer, in conjunction with EA Sports FIFA '14, has nominated a player from each of the 19 MLS teams to be one of the final four that appears on the cover which will be released on the MLS Facebook page on Tuesday, September 24, the release date for FIFA '14.
There's plenty of incentive to vote as one lucky voter will win a VIP trip to two to MLS Cup 2013! There are no limits to how many times you can vote and enter the contest so Click here to vote Blas and get Super Raton on the MLS FIFA '14 cover!