Blas Perez is the best in the game at what he does - excelling as a traditional No. 9 on the pitch. So says the folks at MLSSoccer.com who ranked the top "traditional strikers" currently in the league. Read the whole story, but here's an excerpt on Blas:
The winner: FC Dallas big man Blas Pérez. There was no mystery surrounding the Panamanian international when he came to MLS last summer, and he’s made good on FCD’s investment. He scored nine goals and added four assists in 20 games last year on a Dallas team that never really found its rhythm, and there’s no reason to think that he won’t be just as effective this year with a fully healthy David Ferreira pulling the strings.
Big news in international soccer this morning. FIFA announced they will have goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup. Our friends at the Associated Press provide the details:
ZURICH -- FIFA committed Tuesday to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and could have four systems competing for selection.
FIFA said it is now seeking tenders from companies that want their system to be used at the Confederations Cup in June and next year's World Cup.
"Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April," FIFA said in a statement.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted on giving World Cup referees high-tech aids to make goal-line decisions after seeing England midfielder Frank Lampard have a clear goal denied against Germany at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
A key noncall in 2010 resulted when Frank Lampard's first-half shot crossed the line by several feet against Germany but was not ruled a goal. England lost 4-1.
Tuesday's decision was expected once FIFA's rule-making panel, known as IFAB, decided in July to approve goal-line technology at competitive matches after two systems passed extensive tests.
FRISCO – FC Dallas held its first training session in Frisco on Wednesday after a weeklong trip to Cancun.
Head coach Schellas Hyndman said the team accomplished a lot and also had a good time.
“It went well. Our players really enjoyed it,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas won all three of its scrimmages against Mexican teams, which Hyndman described as friendly matches.
The coach said the staff was able to evaluate trialists and draft picks, a process which will continue when the team departs for Portland on Friday.
Hyndman said he was happy to see a developing sense of camaraderie amongst the new and old players.
“The attitude is right,” Hyndman said. “People are working for each other.”
The 2013 season is coming quickly and the star of TNT's Dallas, Jesse Metcalfe AKA Christopher Ewing, will be scarfing the Lamar Hunt statue before the season opener at FC Dallas Stadium. More details will be released soon about how you can help the North Texas Food Bank in connection with Metcalfe's scarfing.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) February 12, 2013
FC Dallas is on its way home Monday afternoon from Cancun after winning all three preseason matches against Mexican teams. The following are photos from the final training sessions of FC Dallas' weeklong stay in the sunny resort town.
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer today announced its newest annual platform, “Jersey Week.” This concept, which will be implemented in MLS markets across the United States and Canada, celebrates the art, detail and nuance behind every club’s jersey and the passion that supporters have for their club.
Jersey Week will take place February 25-28, 2013, with a national launch event taking place in New York on February 25, in conjunction with the New York Red Bulls. Artist Curtis Kulig will be unveiling original pieces of art featuring the 19 MLS clubs at this event. In addition to the national event, there will be 11 local events where MLS clubs will unveil a new primary, secondary or third jersey.
Every year will see a new thematic. This year’s theme, “Jersey as Art,” will allow clubs to share the story behind the making of their new jersey with their supporters and will focus on the art and detail that went into the collaborative process with adidas, MLS’ official merchandise partner.
“Soccer supporters are extremely passionate about everything involving their club,” said Maribeth Towers, senior vice president of consumer products for MLS. “But the jersey might be first and foremost. It is the crest that is closest to their heart. Jersey Week will celebrate the soccer jersey. Every stitch, every minor detail, every shade is designed in collaboration between the club and our partner at adidas. We’re excited to unveil Jersey Week for our supporters.”
Twelve MLS clubs will unveil at least one new jersey in 2013. Starting in 2014, all 19 MLS clubs will unveil at least one new jersey (home, away or third kit) every single year.
In advance of Jersey Week, jerseys that will be unveiled will be available for pre-order on MLSgear.com and MLSGearCanada.ca -- using teaser images -- starting today. There will also be Jersey Week coverage on MLSsoccer.com and a social media campaign using the #JerseyWeek hashtag.
MLS will join efforts with the Futbol Artists Network (FAN) as they create the “True Colors” of MLS. Artists from across the United States and Canada will create canvas art, utilizing club marks, club colors and jersey teaser images. The “True Colors” artwork will be featured via MLS social media platforms in the two weeks leading up to Jersey Week using the #TrueColors hashtag.
The Hexagonal round of qualifying begins Wednesday afternoon in Honduras for the U.S. Men's National Team. It's the first in a year-long road that hopefully leads to the 2014 World Cup.
The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on beIn Sport - not exactly the most convenient for most people stuck at work or in school.
Nevertheless, how do you see this match going for the USMNT? Vote below:
MLSSoccer.com's Inside the SuperDraft video series continues with Episode 5 featuring draft day in Indianapolis. FC Dallas pick Walker Zimmerman is featured and his part begins at the 2:20 mark. The video includes Zimmerman meeting club officials after he is selected.