SEGMENT 1: Amid all of the World Cup qualifying matches taking place in various corners of the globe, Stein and Steve kick off the morning by reflecting on the United States' nil-nil draw in Scotland in the penultimate match of 2013 for Jurgen Klinsmann's side.
SEGMENT 2: Fresh off broadcasting the Scotland/USA game live from Hampden Park, Soccer Today favorite Derek Rae returns to the show to share some of his impressions of the U.S. national team ... Brek Shea and Sacha Kljestan specifically.
SEGMENT 3: Native New Zealander Duncan Oughton, now an assistant coach to countryman Ryan Nelsen at Toronto FC, joins the boys for the second straight week to discuss the Kiwis' daunting World Cup playoff series with Mexico. Is there any way they can make things competitive in the home leg in Wellington after absorbing a 5-1 rout in the first leg at the Azteca?
SEGMENT4: Cristiano Ronaldo v Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi's latest leg injury and the array of good international matches on show Tuesday are the prime topics on the table before the final whistle blows on another Soccer Sunday.
In celebration of 11/28 being our national day of Thanksgiving, we are offering a special season ticket promotion for $1,128. You choose between one of two great package options(Click the picture above to order):
Option #1 – Two (2) Red Sideline Seats in Section 103* (value of $1,512 – 22% savings)
Option #2 – Four (4) Blue Sideline Seats in Section 131* (value of $2,016 – 45% savings)
Each package comes with a 12-15 lb. turkey, which you can pick up at FC Dallas Stadium on Tuesday, November 26th! While you’re here, you will receive your FC Dallas season ticket scarves and can take your picture in the home team locker room.
- 5-month payment plan applies, making monthly payments as little as $282/month for up to four (4) seats
- All season ticket holder benefits apply, including Meet the Team Day, STH Gifts, all Merchandise/Concession benefits, and more
*season seats sold in this package will be located above row 15
**offer expires Friday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm
We're through Week 2 of Movember 2013 and the boys' 'staches are coming along nicely from where they were a week ago. Remember, you can join the Movember movement by joining or donating to the FC Dallas Team HERE.
With the offseason in full effect, we haven't received updated mugshots from all the guys yet, but we're happy to share the Week 2 pictures we have.
We're down to the final 16 of the MLSsoccer.com Save of the Year competition! Raul Fernandez had three saves nominated and while we're still waiting to see if one of them advanced to the round of 16, we know that two of the Peruvians saves have made it to the second round. In fact, they're matched up against each other in today's vote!
Now here's where it gets tricky, we don't want to vote equally and have neither of them advance so we're encouraging all FCD fans to vote for Raul's save vs. Los Angeles to up the votes for that one and get Superman into the final round of Save of the Year voting! You can vote through 1:59AM on Thursday, November 14 so get to clicking!
The end-of-season voting continues as Michel now needs your help getting out of the second round of the 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year competition. In order to advance to the semifinals, the Brazilian's Olimpico needs your vote to get past strikes by Will Johnson, Javier Morales and Alvaro Saborio in Group 5.
Voting for Groups 5-8 is open until 11:59 pm PT on Tuesday, November 12 - that's 1:59 am CT on Wednesday, November 13 - so start voting NOW!
WATCH: Group 5
SEGMENT 1: Major League Soccer is down to its Final Four … and all four teams have total payrolls for the season worth under $4 million. Stein and Steve discuss the teams still alive in the MLS playoffs, all of which cost less to assemble than employing Thierry Henry or Robbie Keane on their own.
SEGMENT 2: More MLS playoff talk from the boys, who lament the early exits of the marquee teams from New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Or do they?
SEGMENT 3: Former Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara, fresh of captaining Middlesbrough for the first time, joins the guys by phone to chat about life in England and his provocative night tweets about the MLS playoffs and his old friends back in Kansas City.
SEGMENT 4: Some unavoidable technical trouble makes it a brief visit, but former New Zealand national-team stalwart and longtime MLS midfielder/defender Duncan Oughton stops by to help Stein and Steve preview the first leg of the Kiwis’ World Cup playoff series against mighty Mexico, which starts Wednesday at the Azteca.
The MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals get started this weekend as Sporting Kansas City visits the Houston Dynamo Saturday afternoon on NBC and Real Salt Lake hosts the Portland Timbers on ESPN Sunday night. This year's Conference Finals will feature a two-week layoff, with Leg 2 taking place after the FIFA international fixture window.
FC Dallas players Matt Hedges and Eric Hassli, along with the FCDallas.com editorial staff, are back with their picks for which teams will make the MLS Cup Final. Four out of the five of us guessed the Conference Semifinals with 50% accuracy, while one predictor (who shall remain nameless) went 0-for-4 in the last round.
Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.
POR vs. RSL
LEG 1: 11/10 @ 8pm - ESPN
LEG 2: 11/24 @ 8pm - ESPN
SKC vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/9 @ 1:30pm - NBC
LEG 2: 11/23 @ 6:30pm - NBCSN
As part of MLS WORKS' Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign, several FC Dallas players have signed on for Movember in an initiative to help raise awareness for men's health issues. You can join the Movember movement by joining or donating to the FC Dallas Team HERE.
We'll be keeping you updated on the growth of the FC Dallas Movember Team all month long with weekly photos from the guys. Take a look at the guys' pictures from Week 1 below.
We know you've already voted for Latino del Ano, but your job is not quite done as there are two more FCD plays that need your vote to advance in AT&T Goal of the year and MLSsoccer.com Save of the Year voting!
In AT&T Goal of the Year voting, Jair Benitez's wonder-goal from midfield against Vancovuer has moved on to the round of 32 where it will face off against some pretty stiff competition from Javier Morales, Luis Gil and Tristan Bowen. Give Jair your vote and let's get his midfield bomb into the round of 16!
MLS Save of the Year voting has begun as well and Raul's big sprawling save at Los Angeles is up for round of 32 contention. Give Raul your vote as well!
Voting for both awards is open through Saturday, November 9 at 1:59AM central time.
We've reached the final 16 of MLSsoccer.com's 2013 Latino del Año competition and two FC Dallas players have advanced past the group stage..
Placed in a tough group with Erick "Cubo" Torres, Fabian Espindola and Marvin Chavez, FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez advanced out of the group with over 70% of the vote and he's been placed against San Jose's Honduran defender Victor Bernardez. For obvious reasons, we can't let Bernardez win this matchup so vote in the poll and send Raul Fernandez to the final eight!
WATCH: Llave 7
Also in the final 16 is FC Dallas forward Blas Perez who has been matched up against Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso. Blas vanquished Jairo Arrieta, Juninho and Javier Morales to win his group and advance as the top seed from group E.
WATCH: Llave 8
As you can see in the bracket above, should they both win, Blas and Raul would be matched up against each other in the final eight, guaranteeing an FCD player in the final four of the tournament so get to voting for our latin duo of Raul and Blas!