It's just about time for our first Budweiser Party at the Pubs Watch Party of 2014! Join us this Saturday at Varsity Club Frisco a few miles west of the stadium on Main Street in Frisco as FC Dallas battles defending champions Sporting KC at 7:30PM.
Like last year, if you attend all eight of our Party at the Pubs in 2014, you'll be entered to win two 2015 Budweiser Beer Garden tickets and as with every watching party, we'll have lots of great FCD gear to give away.
Bring your friends, RSVP on Facebook and come out to the first watching party of 2014 on Saturday night in Frisco at Varsity Club!
While Chris Seitz's fantastic performance in net didn't earn him a save of the week or team of the week nomination, he rightly found his way onto the Castrol Index for week one as the highest ranked FC Dallas player.
Seitzy made six saves in Saturday's win, tied for the second-most in the league for week one, while earning his fifth MLS win in the past two seasons. Also appearing on the list are Mauro Diaz & Fabian Castillo.
|1||Joao Plata||Forward||Real Salt Lake||89||LA Galaxy||1,932|
|2||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,610|
|3||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||LA Galaxy||1,446|
|4||Gastón Fernández||Forward||Portland Timbers||90||Philadelphia Union||1,438|
|5||Andrew Wenger||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||FC Dallas||1,276|
|6||Bobby Burling||Defender||Chivas USA||90||Chicago Fire||1,243|
|7||Stefan Frei||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,203|
|8||Boniek García||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||1,137|
|9||Federico Higuaín||Midfielder||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,116|
|10||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||87||Portland Timbers||1,108|
|11||Chris Seitz||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||1,025|
|12||Jaime Penedo||Goalkeeper||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||1,008|
|13||Jairo Arrieta||Forward||Columbus Crew||87||D.C. United||1,007|
|14||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||New England Revolution||996|
|15||Fabián Castillo||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||991|
|16||Thomas McNamara||Forward||Chivas USA||79||Chicago Fire||921|
|17||Dom Dwyer||Forward||Sporting Kansas City||90||Seattle Sounders||918|
|18||Agustín Pelletieri||Midfielder||Chivas USA||90||Chicago Fire||883|
|19||Mauro Díaz||Midfielder||FC Dallas||88||Montreal Impact||844|
|20||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||827|
MLSsoccer.com has released their MLS Team of the Week for week one and two FCD players, Fabian Castillo & Mauro Diaz, have made the starting XI after their fantastic offensive performances on Saturday night against Montreal.
Here's what they had to say:
MF: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – After David Ferreira’s departure, there is no doubt whose team this is as he was the driving force behind FC Dallas’ attack with creativity and precision. Produced one of the goals of the week with his free kick in the 47th minute.
FW: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – So dangerous down left side – he was at the forefront of every counter and the Impact had no answer for his speed.
Would you have included anyone else or did MLS get this one right?
Here's the best pictures from Saturday's big season-opening win over Montreal:
Our videographer, Aaron Griffin, has been putting out some amazing work lately and a new feature you're going to see on our YouTube page after home matches is "The Rewind," a quick look back at the best moments from each match at Toyota Stadium.
There were certainly some great ones in the 3-2 win over Montreal, so take a watch. You'll be ready for March 22 to be here tomorrow.
I always enjoy taking in the Reserve League matches and while timing one on the morning after we put our clocks ahead maybe made things a little sleepy, it was a fun morning at the Toyota Soccer Center as FC Dallas downed a very strong Montreal Impact side 2-0.
Without a doubt, the biggest positive of the match for me was seeing Stephen Keel back out on the field playing 90 minutes. The defender had a fantastic game and capped things off with a goal as well. I talked to him after the match for FCDallas.com in an article that also includes highlights from Sunday's match.
While putting together the first social media recap of season this afternoon, I ran across some simply awesome Instagram videos providing unique views of FCD goals, particularly Mauro's scorcher. I didn't want them to get lost in the many Tweets/Instagrams, so here they are. As always, tag your Instagrams & Tweets with #DTID to possibly get them included in our weekly social media recap!
SEGMENT 1: With Steve in studio and Stein connecting remotely from his secret location, this morning's discussion naturally kicks off with a review of the opening weekend in Major League Soccer. It's season No. 19 for MLS.
SEGMENT 2: After writing a passionate defense of the MLS product on Deadspin, former FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Warshaw joins the boys by phone from Sweden to talk about the piece. Warshaw has been playing (and scoring lots of goals) in Sweden since last season.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Adrian Healey returns to the show to talk about the U.S. national team's 2-nil defeat to Ukraine from earlier in the week in a friendly that had to be moved to Cyprus because of the recent unrest on Ukranian soil. Mr. Healey naturally chimes in on the opening weekend of MLS play, too.
SEGMENT 4: Stein and Steve reconnect to talk about the Ukraine match and some of Jurgen Klinsmann's likely takeaways from the defeat.
It's that time of year again!
Mauro Diaz's fantastic 46th-minute free kick is a nominee for Week 1 AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. Mauro's game-winning goal was his second of his young career and his fourth career FC Dallas goal in just 511 minutes. In addition, Mauro's free kick was the first direct free kick scored by FC Dallas since Jair Benitez's identical goal against Colorado on August 11, 2012.
WATCH: GOTW Week 1