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FC Dallas kicked off their participation in the 2014 Copa Chivas on Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Mexican First Division side CF Monterrey.
For those who speak Spanish, the Chivas website has a lengthy writeup of the game in which FCD conceded in the 22nd minute to a Monterrey set piece. Head coach Luchi Gonzalez told the Chivas website that the scoreline was not necessarily indicative of the game and that the team just needs to have a little more concentration at some moments.
FCD continues group stage play today at noon against Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in a game they need a result from to stay in contention for the semifinals.
(Photo courtesy of Chivas)
Be the first to own the new 2014 FC Dallas home jersey presented by AdvoCare. The all-new design will be revealed at our Cocktails & Cleats (more info here) event on Thursday, March 6.
This jersey is the first of its kind in FC Dallas history, so be sure to pre-order yours today to have it in time to wear to the March 8 season opener vs. Montreal Impact at Toyota Stadium.
As an added benefit, $20 of every 2014 Jersey Presale purchase will be donated to the FC Dallas Foundation.
NOTICE: Presale jerseys WILL NOT BE SHIPPED (select "Cocktails & Cleats pick-up" shipping method at checkout). Jerseys purchased through this presale can be picked up in-person by the purchaser at the 2014 Cocktails & Cleats season kickoff event. All jerseys not picked up at Cocktails & Cleats will be available at the FC Dallas Team Shop in Toyota Stadium during regular store hours starting on Friday, March 7. Presale ends Monday, February 24.
SEGMENT 1: With training camps underway as of Saturday all over the MLS map, Stein and Steve have their first official Major League Soccer discussion of the 2014 season to kick the show off.
SEGMENT 2: ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno, who went all the way from the Dallas Texans and J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson to an MLS career with six clubs and 40-plus caps with Venezuela’s national team, joins the show to talk about the knee injury that has put Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao’s World Cup in jeopardy and the potential impact Maurice Edu will have with the Philadelphia Union.
SEGMENT 3: Stein and Steve talk U.S. national team … specifically Edu’s chances of forcing his way back into Jurgen Klinsmann’s thoughts as well as the worrisome club form of strikers Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.
SEGMENT 4: BeInSport’s Ian Joy, who began his career as a youth player at Manchester United before playing professionally in Scotland, Germany and MLS, returns to the show to talk about United’s struggles this season under new manager David Moyes … and whether Juan Mata can really be the savior.
You can mark down Saturday, January 25, 2014 as the first official practice of the Oscar Pareja era in at Toyota Stadium. Here are the best pictures from #DayOne:
FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, Jan. 23) – FC Dallas will begin preseason training on Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m.
Saturday will also serve as the first day of post-training media availability for new head coach Oscar Pareja and the 32 players attending FC Dallas preseason training. Among those players will be defensive midfielder Peter Luccin, who has officially re-signed with FC Dallas. Per team and league policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
Luccin returned to the lineup ahead of schedule after suffering an ACL tear during preseason in 2013. The 34-year-old saw time in three of the club’s four matches last October. He logged 201 minutes in two starts.
FC Dallas coaches and players will also be available for interviews following the 9 a.m. training sessions on Monday, Jan. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 29. There will be no media availability following afternoon training sessions.
FC Dallas is scheduled to depart Thursday, Jan. 30, for Abu Dhabi, UAE, where the team will train and play exhibition games at Al Jazira Sports and Culture Club through Wednesday, Feb. 12. The team will also make several community appearances during the trip.
Media attending training on Saturday should park in the Platinum lot, located on the northwest corner of the stadium.
FC Dallas 2014 Preseason Roster:
GK (5): Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz, Richard Sanchez, Kyle Zobeck, Jesse Gonzalez.
DEF (12): Moises Hernandez, Jair Benitez, George John, Zach Loyd, London Woodberry, Stephen Keel, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Michel, Nick Walker, Ronny Mendoza.
MID (9): Andrew Jacobson, Adam Moffat, Peter Luccin, Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead, Cobi Span, Bobby Warshaw, Danny Garcia, Je-Vaughn Watson.
FWD (6): Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo, Bradlee Baladez, Tesho Akindele, Eric Hassli, Jonathan Top.
Weekly Training Schedule (All Times Central)
Date Time Event Location
Saturday, Jan. 25 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Monday, Jan. 27 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Tuesday, Jan. 28 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Wednesday, Jan. 29 9 a.m. Training Field 1 at Toyota Soccer Center
Thursday, Jan. 30 11 a.m. Travel to UAE --
It was a real treat yesterday to come along as the FC Dallas Foundation dedicated their second field, this time in West Dallas. Here are the best pictures from the ceremony and soccer clinic:
Here are the best pictures from Tuesday's Oscar Pareja introductory press conference with a cameo from first round pick Tesho Akindele:
FC Dallas selected two defenders with their late-round 2013 SuperDraft selections on Tuesday afternoon.
With their third round pick, FCD chose Nicholas Walker, a defender out of Farleigh Dickinson University. From Trinidad and Tobago, Walker started 71 games over four years with the Knights and earned Northeast Conference Defender of the Year honors in 2013. Walker is a two-time NCAA Division I Men's All-North Atlantic Region First Team honoree.
Your Nicholas Walker highlight video:
In the fourth round, FC Dallas selected Ecuadorian defender Ronny Santos Mendoza. Having appeared in 31 games with Ecuadorian first division side Manta FC over the last year, the 18-year-old Santos stands tall at 6-4 and was at the MLS Combine. Your highlight video:
SEGMENT 1: The United States is the first of the 32 countries with tickets booked for the 2014 World Cup to actually arrive on Brazilian soil to start preparing for this summer’s big tournament. Stein checks with Steve to see if Jurgen Klinsmann’s side gets any bonus points for that distinction.
SEGMENT 2: Transfer season is in full swing, so the boys spin through all the big moves involving Americans and Major League Soccer, naturally starting in Toronto with the Jermaine Defoe/Michael Bradley deals and inevitably spending a good chunk of time chatting about the Philadelphia Union’s attempts to bring Maurice Edu home from Stoke City.
SEGMENT 3: American striker Juan Agudelo, on the verge of joining FC Utrecht of the Dutch Eredivisie on loan from Stoke, joins the guys by phone from England to talk about the complicated, long-awaited transfer that has finally made him a European footballer.
SEGMENT 4: ESPN’s Craig Burley dials in at halftime of Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United to talk about his old team’s first-half dominance and all the other latest storylines in the Premiership.