Definitely head over to Grantland, where Noah Davis has a thought provoking story about the rise of CONCACAF players in MLS and whether that's making things more difficult for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Perez, of course, is a member of the Panamanian National Team and gives his take on the rising perception of MLS in Central America.
George John is still in the lead after Week Five of Futbol and Football - but just barely. Mark Followill is close behind after a week where the two tied for best record. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
10/15 UPDATE: Chris Seitz is the big winner for Week Six with seven correct picks
|Antigua and Barbuda vs USA|
|Canada vs Cuba|
|Panama vs Honduras||DRAW|
|Texas vs Oklahoma|
|Stanford vs Notre Dame|
|South Carolina vs LSU|
|Cowboys vs Ravens|
|Patriots vs Seahawks|
|Packers vs Texans|
|Week Six results||6-3||5-4||7-2||4-5||3-6|
|Season to date results||23-31 (.426)||32-22 (.592)||26-19 (.577)||30-24 (.555)||19-35 (.352)|
FC Dallas players and coaches wore special Breast Cancer Awareness Month training gear during Thursday's workout session. It's a part of a league-wide effort - Soccer Kicks Cancer. FC Dallas fans will see special breast cancer awareness items on players and referees during its home match on October 28.
FRISCO -- FC Dallas had its only full training session of the week Thursday.
Coach Schellas Hyndman wants to make sure his players are rested and as healthy as possible going into the final two regular season matches of the season.
“When you get fatigued it’s not just a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. Since January 15 we’ve been going at it,” Hyndman said.
It’s been a light week for the first team. FCD traveled back from Los Angeles on Monday and had Tuesday off. Wednesday the Reserves played Chicago while the starters had a light recovery session.
Hyndman is giving the entire squad off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are no MLS matches this weekend due to World Cup qualifying.
“These days off will be tremendous for the guys to recover,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas will begin preparing on Monday for its nationally televised match at Seattle on Sunday, Oct. 21 (8 p.m. CT on ESPN).
On Sunday, Oct. 28, FC Dallas welcomes not only Chivas USA to FC Dallas Stadium but also the biggest College Night in Dallas-Fort Worth. Dallas' favorite DJ Sober will kick off the party at 4:30 p.m. with the match beginning at 6 p.m.
Admission to College Night is only $15 and includes a ticket to the match, an exclusive College Night t-shirt (pictured right), a hot dog, and a beer or soda. Tickets purchased on the day of game are $20.
Secure your ticket to the party here. All purchasers must show a valid College I.D. at the special VIP check-in located at the northwest corner of the stadium.
The FC Dallas Reserves play their final match of 2012 on Wednesday morning when they host the Chicago Fire Reserves. The two sides will meet at 10 a.m. at the adidas Training Field at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
FC Dallas (5-2-1, 16 points) can claim sole possession of first place in the Central/Mountain division with a win over Chicago (4-4-0, 12 points). FCD dropped a match against the Fire Reserves last month, 2-1, in Chicago.
Wednesday's match is open to the public.
FC Dallas made things incredibly difficult for themselves with a 1-1 draw Sunday night against Chivas USA. The Whitecaps are four points ahead of FCD in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two matches left for both teams. Bottom line: a Vancouver win in either of its final two games earns them the final playoff spot in the West. Best case scenario for FCD would have Vancouver losing its final two matches - thus FCD needing only a draw and a win to get in on a tiebreaker. Still a lot to play for, but FC Dallas has little control of its playoff fate.
Here's where things stand after Sunday night:
Here is the remaining schedule for both Vancouver and FC Dallas:
Vancouver: vs Portland (10/21, 6 p.m. CT), at Real Salt Lake (10/27, 8 p.m. CT)
FC Dallas: at Seattle (10/21, 8 p.m. CT on ESPN), vs Chivas USA (10/28, 6 p.m. CT on FSSW Plus)
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: Blas Perez puts away a rebound off Dan Kennedy to put FCD up 1-0.
SAVE: Hernan Pertuz clears Miller Bolanos' header off the line to preserve the lead.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jorge Villafana the equalizing goal.
SAVE: Hartman pushes Juan Pablo Angel's chance over the crossbar.
GOAL: Villafana ties the game for Chivas USA in the second half.
SAVE: Hartman's kick save denies Juan Agudelo's attempt at the go-ahead goal.
George John is still in the lead after Week Four of Futbol and Football - but just barely. Mark Followill is close behind after a week where there was a three-way tie for first. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
10/8 UPDATE: George John and Mark Followill tie for best record of the week.
|West Ham vs Arsenal|
|Liverpool vs Stoke City||DRAW|
|Newcastle vs Manchester United||DRAW|
|Oklahoma vs Texas Tech|
|West Virginia vs Texas|
|Georgia vs South Carolina|
|Falcons vs Redskins|
|Eagles vs Steelers|
|Broncos vs Patriots|
|Week Five results||5-4||7-2||6-3||7-2||5-4|
|Season to date results||17-28 (.377)||27-18 (.600)||19-17 (.527)||26-19 (.577)||16-29 (.355)|