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28 September 11:46 am

George John is still in the lead after Week Three of Futbol and Football - but just barely. Mark Followill and Chris Seitz tied for best record last week while John struggled, so plenty is on the line in Week Four. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.

10/1 UPDATE: Three-way tie for best record this week between George John, Chris Seitz and Mark Followill.

 

Ugo Ihemelu

George John

Chris Seitz

Mark Followill 

Tex Hooper

Arsenal vs Chelsea
Fulham vs Manchester City  DRAW
Manchester United vs Tottenham
TCU vs SMU
Baylor vs West Virginia
Ohio State vs Michigan State
Vikings vs Lions
49ers vs Jets
Giants vs Eagles
Week Four results 2-7 5-4 5-4 5-4 3-6
Season to date results 12-24 (.333) 20-16 (.555) 13-14 (.481) 19-17 (.527) 11-25 (.305)

 

27 September 3:03 pm

FC Dallas held its annual Soccer 101 for Women presented by AdvoCare on Wednesday night and the evening was filled with fun and some learning.

Attendees who had pre-registered for one of the coveted spots arrived in time for complementary food and drinks provided by Legends.

The crowd was then split into five groups who rotated through the various stations in FC Dallas Stadium.

Kevin Hartman and Ugo Ihemelu answered questions in the FC Dallas locker room about what it's like to be a professional soccer player.

Daniel Hernandez and play-by-play announcer Mark Followill explained the rules of the game and also took questions.

Ricardo Villar and assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi hosted a soccer skills challenge on the field for attendees.

Kelly Jacobson, wife of Andrew, discussed what it's like to be a spouse of a professional soccer player.

Athletic trainer Skylar Richards explained player fitness and tips for attendees who also play sports.

At the end of the night everyone received a gift bag for attending and a lucky few won door prizes like autographed memorabilia.

Gift and raffle items were provided by AdvoCare, Planet Tan and yellow tail - all proud partners of FC Dallas.

25 September 4:51 pm

FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman isn’t a stranger to playoff races.

The 16-year-veteran said he’s been a part of some battles and the key is not letting pressure get the best of a team.

“There’s a lot of pressure this time of year. It’s not one team, it’s every team,” Hartman said. “You look at the emotion the players speak with before the games, after the games, you see how much is riding on it.”

Yes, FC Dallas needs to keep winning to get the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the pressure, according to some soccer pundits, is seemingly on the team FCD is chasing – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who haven’t won a match since August 11.

FC Dallas is just two points behind Vancouver with four matches remaining for both clubs.

Coach Schellas Hyndman says FCD is in a good place mentally right now.

“You can see the team is in a unified group right now,” Hyndman said.

That’s key, according to Hartman, who says he hopes he can provide some type of veteran leadership to some of the younger players during this stretch run.

“You hopefully relay that it’s important, to take it serious because you never know how many of these you’re going to get,” Hartman said. “I also think that you don’t want to put any undue burden on them.”

25 September 1:14 pm

The FC Dallas Reserves return to the pitch tonight against the Sporting Kansas City Reserves at 7:30 p.m. FC Dallas fans are invited to watch the match at Field No. 4 at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.

FCD faced Sporting KC back in May when the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw in Kansas City.

FCD is currently 4-3-1 (13 pts) in Reserve League play, placing them in third place in the the Central/Mountain Division.

25 September 11:20 am

Last week we told you about paintings done by artist Brian Broadway of Blas Perez' late father and Bobby Rhine. This past weekend, the Rhine painting was installed in it's permanent home. Rhine's wife, Bevan Brooks Rhine, provides the update:

It was an honor to present this painting of Bobby to Coach Reid and the UCONN soccer department this past weekend. The really cool part is that they had Bobby's game jersey from that very photo and it's going to be hung next to the painting in the soccer offices. Very cool!!

25 September 11:04 am
The unknown voters behind the MLS Power Rankings kept FC Dallas to No. 9 in the Week 29 rankings. Here's what the voters had to say:
 
Four games left, and they'll need to win at least three of those to get into the postseason. It starts off pretty rough, though, with a trip to Buck Shaw Stadium – where the Quakes haven't lost since summer of 2011. No Jair Benítez PKs this time, please.
24 September 10:48 am

Tuesday is the big day for soccer fans and gamers everywhere - the release of FIFA 13. This year's release comes with something extra for FC Dallas fans: Brek Shea featured on an official downloadable FIFA 13 cover. Here's what the cover looks like, which was created from a Matthew Visinsky photograph:

CLICK to go to the site to download the cover for your own copy of FIFA 13

 

23 September 8:58 pm

Thanks to a late goal from the Rapids' Jamie Smith, Colorado tied Vancouver 2-2 on Sunday night at BC Place. The match on Sunday was Vancouver's game-in-hand on FC Dallas and Vancouver could have built a two-match cushion in the standings. But after tonight, both FCD and Vancouver have four matches remaining with the Whitecaps just two points ahead of FCD in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Here's where things stand after all of the matches from the weekend:

Here is the remaining schedule for both Vancouver and FC Dallas:

Vancouver: vs Seattle, vs Chivas USA, vs Portland, at Real Salt Lake

FC Dallas: at San Jose, at Chivas USA, at Seattle, vs Chivas USA

21 September 11:35 am

George John is in the lead after Week Two of Futbol and Football. John won the first two weeks and looks to make it three in a row and extend his overall lead. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.

9/24 UPDATE: Chris Seitz and Mark Followill tied for best picks of the week with both getting six correct.

 

Ugo Ihemelu

George John

Chris Seitz

Mark Followill 

Tex Hooper

Swansea City vs Everton  DRAW
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Arsenal  DRAW  DRAW
Michigan vs Notre Dame
Kansas State vs Oklahoma
Clemson vs Florida State
Buccaneers vs Cowboys
Eagles vs Cardinals
Patriots vs Ravens
Week Three results 5-4 (.555) 4-5 (.444) 6-3 (.666) 6-3 (.666) 4-5 (.444)
Season to date results 10-17 (.370) 15-12 (.555) 8-10 (.444) 14-13 (.519) 8-19 (.296)

 

21 September 11:03 am

 

FRISCO -- FC Dallas concluded training on Friday morning as players and coaches now have a rare weekend off before reconvening next week to begin prep for a huge road match at San Jose.

For coach Schellas Hyndman, it was a productive week of training for his club.

“We did a lot of movement, a lot of tactical play, a lot of tactical sense. Every exercise had a goal,” Hyndman said. 

Some of the mid-week sessions were smaller affairs this week, as the Reserves were playing in Chicago. 

Hyndman said he balanced the need to stay in match-ready shape while also giving his team a chance to catch its breath after a rapid pace of games during stretches of the 2012 season.

“All we’re trying to do now is try to maintain a high level of fitness and not to wear anyone out or hurt somebody,” Hyndman said.

Asked by reporters if he’d prefer to play a match this weekend and ride the wave of momentum from the 1-0 thriller over Vancouver or have the weekend off, Hyndman opted for the latter.

“I think it’s good for us to get another week of recovery,” Hyndman said.