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15 June 9:28 am

PORTLAND, Oregon (Friday, June 14) – FC Dallas has sent a fourth round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft to the Columbus Crew in exchange for an additional international roster spot for the remainder of the 2013 season, FC Dallas announced today.

The international roster slot will return to Columbus on January 1, 2014. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, further details of the trade were not disclosed.

Following the trade, FC Dallas now has nine international slots in 2013 – eight of which are currently filled by players under contract: Fabian Castillo (Colombia), Raul Fernandez (Peru), Jackson (Brazil), Eric Hassli (France), Peter Luccin (France), Michel (Brazil), Blas Perez (Panama) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamacia).

Following a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Fourth Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, FC Dallas (8-2-4, 28 points) faces the Portland Timbers tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT live on ESPN.

14 June 9:55 pm

FC Dallas has sent a fourth round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft to the Columbus Crew in exchange for an additional international roster spot for the remainder of the 2013 season, FC Dallas announced today.

The international roster slot will return to Columbus on January 1, 2014. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, further details of the trade were not disclosed.

Following the trade, FC Dallas now has nine international slots in 2013 – eight of which are currently filled by players under contract: Fabian Castillo (Colombia), Raul Fernandez (Peru), Jackson (Brazil), Eric Hassli (France), Peter Luccin (France), Michel (Brazil), Blas Perez (Panama) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamacia).

Following a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Fourth Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, FC Dallas (8-2-4, 28 points) faces the Portland Timbers tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT live on ESPN.

10 June 1:45 pm

After a weekend off, there wasn't any movement in this week's power rankings for FC Dallas, meaning that the team remains in the top three in every major list for another week. Dallas has their work cut out for them this week with two games, including a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup matchup against rival Houston on Wednesday before the team travels to Portland to take on the Timbers. 

MLSsoccer.com left FCD in the second spot and gave George John some love: 

How was George John not on the All-Star ballot? How was he not on the preliminary 35-man Gold Cup roster? Has everybody forgotten that there's soccer happening in Dallas?

ESPN FC once again kept FC Dallas at number three:

Dallas bided its time and prepared for its mammoth Western Conference clash against Portland. Manager Schellas Hyndman will be hoping that the gastroenteritis that sidelined Blas Perez while on international duty doesn't shut the forward down.

FC Dallas also stayed put in Soccer America’s Power Rankings.

Avi Creditor of SI.com kept Dallas in the top spot despite a weekend off:

FC Dallas had the week off, but the club will wait on the word regarding striker Blas Perez, who was ruled out of Panama's World Cup qualifier with the USA with gastroenteritis. Should he have to miss the weekend's crucial bout with Portland, that'd be a big blow for a side whose Western Conference lead continues to shrink.

FCD remained at number two according to Yahoo Sports:

This won't be an easy week for Dallas. They'll have to follow a Wednesday night USOC home game against Houston with a Saturday evening contest at Portland.

 

10 June 9:56 am

It was such a big success the last time we did it, we thought we'd do it again! 

We have five pairs of tickets to Wednesday's Texas Derby Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match vs Houston Dynamo just burning a hole in our pocket. We're going to be giving them away through another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt! 

The first five entries with all the correct answers sent to promotions@fcdallas.com will win the tickets to Wednesday'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 and if you don't end up winning, click here to get your tickets now and avoid the box office lines on Wednesday

EDIT: We've found our winners and will be contacting them shortly! See you at the stadium on Wednesday! 

  1.        Which FC Dallas player celebrated a birthday on Sunday, June 9?
  2.        What FC Dallas player got called up to the US Under-20 World Cup roster?
  3.        When is the next FC Dallas Reserve League game and who do they play?
  4.        What channel is Saturday’s FC Dallas at Portland Timbers match on?
  5.        Who currently leads FC Dallas in shots on goal?
  6.        What are George John’s two favorite TV shows?
  7.        Who scored the goals for FC Dallas in March’s FCD win over Houston?
  8.        What are the two possible teams FC Dallas will face in the LHUSOC quarterfinals if they beat Houston on Wednesday?
  9.        Which three FC Dallas players were born in Colombia?
  10.        What college did FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck attend? 

Good luck and #DTID!

07 June 2:14 pm

The U.S. Men's National Team has a World Cup qualifying game against Jamaica tonight (8:30 p.m. CT, beIN Sport). After a loss to the Reggae Boyz in a qualifying game last year, tonight's is crucial for the USMNT, which is currently in fourth place in the Hexagonal. If you're looking for a fun place to watch the game with some fellow soccer lovers, stop by one of our pub partners! All of the pubs will be showing the game and many will have either drink specials or Happy Hours, so it's a great way to watch the game and celebrate the weekend. Here are some of the specials going on tonight. 

Allen Wickers- Located in Plano, Happy Hour runs from 4-8 p.m., so it's a great place to stop by before the game. 

Lemon BarLemon Bar and Grill also has Happy Hour today, from 3-7 p.m. 

The Londoner FriscoThis will be a big night at the The Londoner Frisco. In addition to 70s night and drink specials ($1.75 Bud Light and $3 gin and vodka tonics), the FC Dallas Girls will be stopping by from 7:30-9:30p.m. 

The Londoner AddisonThe Londoner in Addison will be serving their usual Friday special, $2.50 PBRs, all day as well as during the game. 

The Staggering IrishmanThis Dallas pub will also be having Happy Hour until 8 p.m. 

Irish RoverThe Irish Rover's Happy Hour run from 4-7 p.m. tonight. 

Gingerman Plano- Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. 

Stop by any of these pubs tonight for a great pre-game and game-watching experience!

 

04 June 4:31 pm

MLS Futbolito presented by Volkswagen, the official 4v4 tournament of Major League Soccer, is celebrating its 11th year in 2013 and will be returning to Frisco at the FC Dallas Soccer Complex on July 13! 

Teams are allowed to have up to seven players(four field players and three substitutes) so round up some of your closest friends and get a team together to play in MLS Futbolito! 

Visit www.mlsfutbolito.com for more information and to register your team(cash prizes for Premier Adult Division)! 

04 June 9:20 am

Blas Perez scored FC Dallas' only two goals against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, securing a crucial point on the road to keep Dallas atop the Western Conference standings. Perez's performance has earned him a lot of honors this week, including spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 at number 17 and MLS' Top 3 Performers for Week 14. The striker also earned nominations for Goal of the Week and Latin American Player of the Week and was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. Don't forget to vote for Blas this week! 

Castrol Index Week 14 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Atiba Harris Forward Colorado Rapids 90 FC Dallas 2,003
2 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders FC 90 Chivas USA 1,362
3 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 LA Galaxy 1,336
4 Jordan Harvey Defender Vancouver Whitecaps 90 New York Red Bulls 1,326
5 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,231
6 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 Columbus Crew 1,227
7 Diego Fagundez Midfielder New England Revolution 88 LA Galaxy 1,217
8 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 Columbus Crew 1,213
9 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 Houston Dynamo 1,159
10 Javier Morales Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,120
11 Collen Warner Midfielder Montreal Impact 90 Sporting KC 1,100
12 Warren Creavalle Defender Houston Dynamo 90 Columbus Crew 1,094
13 Jonathan Osorio Midfielder Toronto FC 90 Philadelphia Union 1,055
14 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,038
15 Kenny Miller Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 New York Red Bulls 1,016
16 Mike Magee Midfielder Chicago Fire 87 D.C. United 999
17 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 90 Colorado Rapids 972
18 Federico Higuaín Forward Columbus Crew 90 Houston Dynamo 937
19 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 FC Dallas 923
20 Ned Grabavoy Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 San Jose Earthquakes 907

 

03 June 2:45 pm

FC Dallas managed to earn a point on the road in Colorado this weekend, a result that was good enough to keep them in the top three in just about every MLS power ranking this week. While some polls moved the Montreal Impact up to the top spot after their win this weekend, one still credited FCD with the spot and none of them moved them down more than one spot. FCD sits at number two or three in just about every list. Most importantly, Dallas still remains at the top of the Western Conference standings heading into a bye weekend. 

MLSsoccer.com jumped Montreal over FCD, bumping Dallas to the number two spot in their rankings:

Dallas are never going to win many admirers for how they play, but they probably care more about winning points instead. And it's proved to be damn effective, especially since they have a pair of big-name players – Blas Pérez and David Ferreira – who live up to their billing every time they put on the uniform.

FC Dallas remained in the number three spot for another week according to ESPN FC’s rankings:

FCD secured an impressive road point at Colorado, coming back twice from a goal down thanks to Blas Perez's two goals. A bye next weekend should allow more of Dallas' injured players the chance to get back to full fitness.

Soccer America moved Montreal into the top spot, dropping Dallas down one spot to #2.

The winning streak was just enough for the Impact to edge past FC Dallas into the top spot in the power rankings.

Avi Creditor of SI.com left FC Dallas at #1 once again:

A wild sequence at Dick's Sporting Goods Park resulted in a well-taken brace by Blas Perez and allowed FC Dallas to twice come back from one-goal deficits to salvage a draw in its 2010 MLS Cup final rematch with the Colorado Rapids. FCD's pace has slowed considerably, with the club having just two wins in the last six games, but Schellas Hyndman's side continues to find a way to make the points add up. It remains atop the Western Conference standings.

Last but not least, Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas up a spot to #2:

Still undefeated at home, Dallas did well to pick up a point at Colorado. They aren't running away with anything yet, but they remain the only team in the west earning two points per game.

03 June 2:21 pm

The MoneyGram Nations Cup was held at FC Dallas Stadium last weekend. Here’s a recap of all the action from the knockout rounds:

In the quarterfinals, Senegal defeated Iran, 2-1, Albania shut out Ivory Coast, 3-0, Cameroon cruised past the Mexico 2 side, 4-1, and Mexico 1 beat USA, 2-0.

In the semifinals, Albania took on Senegal while Mexico 1 played Cameroon. The Albania-Senegal game was played at a slower pace than the other match up, making the battle in the midfield important. Albania’s goal was scored from a set-piece and Albania’s goalkeeper held firm as Senegal tried to equalize in the end, securing an Albania win.

The second semifinal game was a clash of two different styles. Cameroon was very athletic with speed and a lot of technical skill. Mexico had the counter attack ready to go. Mexico went up 1-0 early but Cameroon attacked and took a 2-1 lead before halftime. Mexico scored early again in the second half to make it 2-2. Late in the match, Mexico countered and scored on a good through ball from Tito Salas. It put the pressure on Cameroon to score, but Mexico got another goal late as Cameroon gave them space in the back. Cameroon was awarded a penalty kick late but the Mexico goalkeeper made a diving save to his left and pushed the ball off the crossbar as the whistle blew, signaling a 4-2 victory for Mexico.

The championship match between Mexico and Albania was a matchup of two highly skilled teams. Short, quick passing was on display as both teams had a lot of possession. The winning goal was scored by RJ Luevano on a free kick from 25 yards out in the first half to give Albania the 1-0 lead. Mexico had several scoring opportunities, but the Albania 'keeper saved every one, earning him man of the match honors as his team won the 2013 MoneyGram Nations Cup title. 

03 June 1:59 pm

FC Dallas forward Blas Perez only had two shots on goal against Colorado on Saturday night, but he certainly made them count. 

The Panamanian sent both shots past Clint Irwin for his second two-goal game in an FC Dallas jersey earning FC Dallas a point away to the Rapids. . 

Blas' second goal, a real top-shelf effort from 25 yards, has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, so get out there and vote early and often for Blas!