By Jeremy Villanueva
It's tough to believe, but less than a year after last year's festivities in Brazil, the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup continues this week with the second round of CONCACAF qualifying and three FC Dallas players will battle for their countries.
Tesho Akindele(Canada), Atiba Harris(St. Kitts & Nevis) and Moises Hernandez(Guatemala) compete in a home-and-home series for their respective countries beginning Thursday and wrapping up next Tuesday.
Akindele’s Canadian squad is the favorite in their battle with Dominica. Akindele accepted the Canada call-up for the World Cup qualifiers, defining his allegiance to the neighbors north of the border. Canada will take on Dominica at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica before hosting the second leg next Tuesday at BMO Field in Toronto.
St. Kitts and Nevis looks for continued success in the qualifiers after defeating Turks and Caicos Islands in aggregate 12-4 in the first round. Harris and St. Kitts and Nevis faces El Salvador – who had a bye in the first round – on Thursday at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis and then will play in San Salvador, El Salvador on June 16 in Estadio Cuscatlan.
Hernandez received a call-up for Guatemala, and the leftback hopes to make his competitive international debut against Bermuda on Friday at Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The team will then travel to Hamilton, Bermuda for the second leg.
The winners of this week's qualifying duels will advance to a third round where they will face off in another two-legged knockout series to be held later this year.
FC Dallas World Cup Qualifying Schedule
|Dominica||Canada||June 11||5:00PM||Roseau, Dominica|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||El Salvador||June 11||6:00PM||Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis|
|Guatemala||Bermuda||June 12||8:00PM||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Bermuda||Guatemala||June 15||4:30PM||Devonshire, Bermuda|
|Canada||Dominica||June 16||6:30PM||Toronto, Canada|
|El Salvador||St Kitts & Nevis||June 16||7:00PM||San Salvador, El Salvador|
There were three red cards but no goals on Sunday as FCD earned a point at San Jose. Here are your highlights:
Sunday’s match against San Jose Earthquakes will air nationally on Fox Sports 1 as part of Soccer Sunday, so we have you covered on how to watch and support your FC Dallas squad to three points from home.
This is the second game against Chris Wondolowski and his squad after defeating the Earthquakes 1-0 to start off the season with a late-goal from Blas Perez.
Be sure to tune in to Fox Sports 1 or use the FoxSportsGo app on your phone or tablet at 6 p.m.
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FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team fell to Ukraine in the final match of the group stage, finishing in 2nd place in Group A with six points.
Acosta played the full 90 minutes at left back again for the U-20s. He's played every minute of all three games in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, helping the U.S. to thier 2nd place finish.
USA is now in Wellington prepping for their Round of 16 match with Colombia on Wednesday, June 10. In Group C, Colombia beat Qatar 1-0, tied Senegal 1-1, and lost to Portugal 3-1 to finish 2nd place in their group.
Should Acosta and the U.S. U-20s advance to the Quarterfinals, they would play the winner of Serbia and Hungary.
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the Under-20 U.S. men's national team routed host country New Zealand, 4-0, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - securing an advancement to the knockout stage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
After narrowly edging Myanmar 2-1 in the first game of the group stage, the U-20s bounced back in a big way. Bradford Jameison IV, Rubio Rubin, captain (and ex-FCD academy player) Emerson Hyndman, Paul Arriola all scored. Gedion Zelalem also played a vital role in the win.
Improving to a 2-0-0 record, the U.S. is already guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage before playing Ukraine in the final game of the group stage. The U.S. currently sits at the top of their group with a perfect six out of six points.
Acosta played the full 90 minutes at left back in both wins and his solid veteran presence helped solidify the back line.
The U-20s play Ukraine Friday to determine who wins the group. Ukraine currently has four points after drawing New Zealand 0-0 and beating Myanmar 6-0.
First segment … Following a remarkable week of news involving FIFA scandal and all its implications, Marc Stein and Steve Davis begin digging into it all.
Second segment … The hosts are joined by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap for further exploration of FIFA president Sepp Blatter the ongoing allegations of bribery and corruption inside his organization.
Third segment … A chat with basketball star (and soccer fan) Dirk Nowitzki, who will soon be on his way to Berlin for the big UEFA Champions League final. We also begin looking at the final: Italy's Juventus vs. Spain's Barcelona FC.
Fourth segment … We finish by talking about the U.S. under-20s, now playing in the FIFA under-20 World Cup, and Steve Davis reveals the story of his personalized, autographed ball from Sepp Blatter.
After five-straight games on the road for FC Dallas, the team returns home for back-to-back matches including a rivalry match and fireworks celebration.
FCD will host Texas Derby-rival Houston Dynamo on Friday, June 26, presented by Novo Nordisk, and then celebrate the Fourth of July against the New England Revolution on Saturday, July 4th, presented by TXU Energy.
The Dynamo haven’t played in Frisco since March 2013 where FCD took a 3-2 win. Houston is back in the Western Conference this season, and this is game two of a three-game Texas Derby season series after Dallas won the first match in dominating fashion, 4-1. FCD can clinch El Capitán in front of an expected sell-out crowd, and it is sure to be a match you don’t want to miss!
Then eight days later, Toyota Stadium will be packed once again - this time it’s for a showdown with the 2014 MLS Cup-finalist New England Revolution. There’s no better way to spend the Fourth of July than with FC Dallas. This is the fourth straight year FCD has celebrated Independence Day with a home match followed by one of the biggest fireworks shows in the metroplex! Secure your tickets today and be a part of history with one of the largest-expected crowds in Toyota Stadium history.
Our June Scarf of the Month is dedicated to our in-state rivalry, the Texas Derby.
You don’t like the Houston Dynamo, so show your support in crushing the orange with this month’s scarf devoted to our lone home opponent of the month.
FC Dallas is up 1-0 in the chase for El Capitán this season as the teams return to a three-game season series with the Dynamo back in the Western Conference. FCD will host the Dynamo after a five-game road stretch in the team’s only home game of the month on June 26.
You don’t want to miss your opportunity to get your one-of-a-kind scarf specifically for the Texas Derby. Be sure to stop by the team store or buy it at the June 26 match against Houston!
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the U-20 U.S. Men's National Team are in New Zealand for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The World Cup kicks off locally May 30 and ends June 20. The U-20s were drawn into a group with Myanmar, Ukraine, and the host country New Zeleand.
Acosta is projected to start as a center midfielder along with ex-FCD Academy player, and captain of the US U-20s, Emerson Hyndman. After playing in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the US squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Some other highly-touted players in the tournament to keep an eye on are Andreas Pereira (Brazil), Julian Brandt (Germany), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria), Gedion Zelalem (USA) and Hirving Lozano (Mexico).
Here's the schedule and how to watch each game on your TV, phone, computer, and tablet:
USMNT U-20s vs. Myanmar
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Final: USA 2, Myanmar 1
Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm CT
USMNT U-20s vs. New Zealand
Final: USA 4, New Zealand 0
Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00am CT
USMNT U-20s vs. Ukraine
Final: USA 0, Ukraine 3
Friday, June 5 at 2:00am CT
USMNT U-20s vs. Colombia (Round of 16)
When: Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30am CT
TV: Fox Sports 1
Computer/Tablet/Phone: Fox Soccer 2GO