By Jeremy Villanueva
Toyota Stadium will host four Liga MX teams – Puebla FC, Monarcas Morelia, Santos Lagunas and Club America - tonight in the annual Campeon de Campeones. We have you covered on five players to watch out for in the American debut of the ultimate championship matches:
5. Joel Huiqui (Morelia) – For a team who finished last in the 2014 Apertura and the 2015 Clausura, it’s hard to find much stardom. However, central defender Joel Huiqui is still a strong piece for the Monarcas. Infamous for swiping a ball away with his hand inside the box of the 2009 Liguilla semifinal, Huiqui is still a solid centerback who has 14 caps for Mexico’s National Team. He captained Mexico’s 2013 Gold Cup team.
4. Djaniny (Santos) – The 24-year-old Cape Verde forward has been a great addition for Santos Lagunas in his first year with the team. The attacker from Portugal’s Nacional has found his groove in Mexico becoming the second African to win Mexico’s first division title. He propelled Santos into the Clasura semifinals in May after a fine, Keane-like first touch that put him in position to score the victor over the Tigres UANL. He also scored in Sunday’s tune-up against Veracruz.
3. Michael Arroyo (Club America) – An attacking midfielder for Ecuador in its 2014 World Cup run, Arroyo has seen his starts with Los Aguilas. Arroyo has three international goals to his name. For Club America, he most recently had an assist to Quintero and a potential game-tying free kick against LA Galaxy in last Saturday’s friendly.
2. Hercules Gomez (Puebla FC) – The former MLS Cup Champion and U.S. Men’s National Team player will make his way to Toyota Stadium with Puebla FC on loan from Tijuana. Gomez made 24 appearances in the Stars and Stripes, including three games in the 2010 World Cup. He spent six seasons in the MLS from 2002-09.
1. Carlos Darwin Quintero (Club America) – It’ll be a reunion for Carlos Quintero as he faces his old squad, Santos Lagunas, who he made 225 appearances with between 2009-14. The Columbian has scored one goal in 12 appearances for his countryside, scoring a goal in a 2-1 friendly over Mexico in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. In a tune-up against LA Galaxy in Stephen Gerrad’s debut last Saturday, Quintero put his squad up 1-0 seven minutes into the game.
When: July 19th 1-5pm
Where: Savoye Apartments at Vitruvian Park (Addison)
Summary: Our Toyota Tacoma went down to Addison and stopped at the Savoye Apartment pool. The attendees were given FC Dallas goodies such as sunglasses, rally scarves and bracelets. Our lovely FC Dallas girls and a live DJ also made an appearance. Swimming and tanning can work up an appetite, so FC Dallas also provided food and drinks to all attendees. People could also purchase tickets to attend an FC Dallas game thanks to our Sales team. The stop was a success and we were able to raise $480 for Kicks for Kids through donations from Savoye residents.
Take a look at the highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over D.C. United with Kellyn Acosta's first MLS goal:
When: July 18th 12-2pm
Where: The Marquis of State Thomas Apartments pool
Event title: The Marquis of State Thomas Apartments Pool Party & BBQ
Summary: The Tour made a stop at The Marquis of Thomas Apartments in Uptown, to help raise awareness of what FC Dallas has to offer to young professionals in the area. Attendees were given plenty of FC Dallas goodies, such as: sunglasses, T-shirts, bracelets, stress balls, keychains, and scarves—on behalf of Toyota. People who donated to the FC Dallas foundation were given tickets to an FC Dallas $315 was collected and donated to the FC Dallas Foundation, which will help benefit strives to the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth through the sport of soccer. The tenants also enjoyed food, a live DJ, and the lovely FC Dallas Girls.
When: July 18th
Where: Toyota Stadium
Event title: FC Dallas vs. D.C. United
Summary: Toyota Stadium once again hosted the Tour Truck for a big head to head game against D.C. United. The two top teams of each division squared up against each other to battle for the top place in the MLS and Community Shield. Many young and old faces stopped by to spin the wheel and try their luck with our inflatable. Fans who made it into the Inflatable received a Texas Health Resources towel and the tent spinners had the opportunity to win Nesquik Keychains, Cricket T-shirts, TXU draw-string bags, Toyota necklaces, and FC Dallas goodies. The new and revitalized tent drew even more attention and many fans took home lots of prizes thanks to our partners. FC Dallas took the win and most importantly, established themselves as the best team in the MLS!
When: July 18th
Where: Toyota Stadium
Event title: King Tut Tour Stop
Summary: The FC Dallas Soccer Tour made an appearance at the King Tut Soccer Tournament Saturday, July 18th at the Toyota Stadium Soccer fields in Frisco. Many participants from the tournament and others took the opportunity to spin the prize wheel with the chance of winning one of our many partner’s promotional prizes. The prizes included glow-in-the-dark Cricket soccer balls, FC Dallas colored Toyota beads, TXU-Energy soccer ball themed drawstring bags, Texas Health mini-towels, and Nesquik keychains. A great turnout for the Tour on a beautiful day to promote the beautiful game!
The shutout streak is still intact and the FC Dallas U-16s are headed to the national championship.
Luchi Gonzalez's side defeated Philadelphia Union's U-16s 3-0 at the StubHub Center in California on Thursday night to clinch their spot in the national championship.
Adrian Ramos opened the scoring for the U-16s in the 15th minute with Toshiki Yasuda scoring just before halftime to send FCD into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Weston McKinnie iced the game late with a third goal to clinch the comprehensive win. The U-16s have yet to allow a goal in five Development Academy Playoff games.
The U-16s will face the New York Red Bulls U-16s on Saturday at 7:00PM central time playing for the club's first USSDA championship since the U-18s took home the title in 2012.
As FC Dallas prepares to take on first place D.C. United, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
10,000 - The first 10,000 fans to enter Toyota Stadium on Saturday night will receive an Oscar "Papi" Pareja bobblehead courtesy of MoneyGram!
68 - If Dan Kennedy keeps a clean sheet for at least 68 minutes, it would be the longest shutout streak in MLS this season, reaching 340 minutes.
1 - D.C. United will be without their number one goalkeeper on Saturday. Bill Hamid will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to injury.
5 - Fabian Castillo likes to play at home. He has scored five of his seven goals on the season at Toyota Stadium.
4 - DCU midfielder/forward Chris Rolfe leads MLS in game winning goals with four.
2007 - DCU last won in Frisco in 2007, but FC Dallas has won three of the last five meetings at home between the clubs, drawing the other two.
9 - FC Dallas is undefeated in their last five games at home, haven't allowed a goal in their last three, and have only lost once all season in nine games at home. THIS IS OUR HOUSE!
2 - United hasn't scored in their last two league games. FC Dallas will look to make that three.
1,805 - DCU captain Bobby Boswell leads MLS in minutes played with 1,805.
15 - D.C. United has allowed five of its 18 goals (28%) in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season. DCU has also scored 61% (14 of 23) of its goals in the final 30 minutes.
By Taylor Hester
One FC Dallas team will never forget their trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Led by coach Jesse Suarez, the FC Dallas U-15 Pre-Academy team started off the National Premier League Finals hot, winning all three group stage games, outscoring opponents 15-1. Once they reached the knockout rounds, they didn't show any signs of cooling down, winning the semifinal and punching their ticket to the National Championship game.
On Thursday in the first game, Paxton Pomykal and Javier Barajas each scored a brace to lead the U-15s to a 4-0 victory over GPS from Massachusetts, the New England Premier League champions.
On Firday vs. Houston Express, the South Central Premier League champs, FCD won 6-1, with five different goalscorers. Pomykal and Barajas each notched another goal in the tournament, while Rene Arroyo, Jesus Ferreira, Aidan Tibbets, and an Express own goal round out the rest of the goals.
In the final group game on Saturday, FCD defeated the West Florida Flames from the Florida Premier League by a score of 5-0. Pomykal, Ferreira, and Tibbets each got their name on the scoresheet again, while Jomar Reyes scored twice.
In the semifinals on Sunday vs. SC Del Sol from Arizona, the Mountain Developmental League champs, FCD won 4-2 with two goals from Pomykal, and one a piece from Ferreira and Reyes.
Dominating from the beginning of the tournament, it was a shock when FCD found themselves down 2-0 to Chicago Sockers FC, the Midwest League champs, in the National Championship game. But, the U-15s came back in the final 10 minutes of the match, with a goal from Alonso Molina and a late equalizer from Ferreira, eventually defeating Sockers FC on penalty kicks with a game-winning PK from Simeon Salazar.
Finishing undefeated in the Texas Pre-Academy League and winning the NPL Finals, the FC Dallas U-15s can now call themselves National Premier League Champions after an unforgettable year.
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19 after helping FCD earn it's thrid straight shutout and thrid straight win on Saturday in Orlando. This is the defender's second time to make the MLS Team fo the Week this season.
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) - Calm but firm, the big center back orchestrated FCD's composed, clean-sheet defensive effort. Third straight shutout, third straight win for the used-to-be-Hoops.