FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman is seeing the world thanks to two FC Dallas supporters.
Well, the Hartman bobblehead, that is.
And the veteran goalkeeper is more than happy to log on to Facebook each day and find out what his recently released bobblehead has been up to.
“I feel like Flat Stanley,” Hartman said. “It’s been great. I haven’t really had the opportunity to travel to England, which is really weird for someone who’s played professional soccer for 16 years.”
Among the destinations bobblehead Kevin Hartman has visited include Wimbledon, London’s Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Supporters Jon and Brenda Beard are making sure the bobblehead hits all the hot spots.
“It’s cool,” Hartman said. “I’m living vicariously through my bobblehead.”
Season ticket holders got autographs, photos and more at Tuesday night's Meet the Team event at FC Dallas Stadium. The entire FC Dallas squad was on hand to chat with fans and thank them for their support. Before the meet and greet with players, season ticket holders enjoyed complementary food from Legends.
The FC Dallas U-18 team was honored at halftime of Saturday's sold-out match against the LA Galaxy for winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship. They beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 to become the first MLS side to win a title at the U-17/18 level.
Photos by Rick Yeatts
North Texas soccer fans made history Saturday night with an all-time attendance record at FC Dallas Stadium.
It's been a record-setting season as well, with three of the top ten all-time attended matches occurring in 2012.
A look at the top ten all-time attended FCD matches at FC Dallas Stadium:
1. July 28, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (0‐1 LA) 22,565
2. May 18, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (5‐1 LA) 22,331
3. May 1, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 21,867
4. July 4, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC (1-1) 21,508
5. July 27, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (4‐0 FCD) 21,020
6. March 11, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. New York (2-1 FCD) 20,906
7. July 2, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Columbus (2‐0 FCD) 20,704
8. Oct. 7, 2006 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 20,500
9. April 22, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Colorado (3‐1 FCD) 20,500
10. Oct. 20, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Kansas City (2‐0 KC) 20,500
Full Match Highlights
Magee scores goal for LA in second half.
Kevin Hartman with a big save in first half
Hartman stops a Magee shot in first half.
FRISCO – A future MLS star could take the field on Saturday when 4v4 tournament Futbolito takes place at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
If that thought seems ridiculous, talk to FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar.
He was on a team that won Futbolito nearly a decade ago in Houston.
Villar visited Houston to see his girlfriend at the time and went to a local park to workout and stay in game shape. He had just finished a season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds shortly after graduating from Penn State.
He wound up meeting some local soccer players who were playing a pick-up game in the park.
“I played a little bit with them, they said I could do this Futbolito thing and split the money with them,” Villar said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing anything’.”
Villar and his three impromptu teammates played in 7 matches in one day, winning each one – including the title match.
“We had no subs, it was just four of us,” Villar said. “It was competitive, little short games. Short-sided, small goals.”
Villar remembers the prize money being $500-$700 per person. It wound up being incredibly important cash on hand for him.
He had been waiting for a call from an overseas team to come over and play. A week after winning Futbolito, he got the call.
The money he won was used to buy a one-way plane ticket to Germany.
“It was funny, it was a time in my life where I was almost going away from soccer for good. Not that because of winning I stayed [with soccer]. But I played, took the cash and went to Germany,” Villar said.
Full match highlights - FC Dallas 5, Portland 0
FC Dallas gets on the board first with an own goal by Portland.
Strike outside the box by Andrew Jacobson gives FCD 2-0 in 26'.
Jackson scores three minutes into 2nd half to make it 3-0 FC Dallas.
Scott Sealy scores to make it 4-0.
Ruben Luna scores in 81' to give FCD a 5-0 lead.
Hernan Pertuz heads in free kick late in 2nd half for FCD goal.
Kevin Hartman makes save on Chris Wondolowski penalty kick.
FC Dallas gets penalty kick in stoppage time.
Alan Gordon scores to make it 2-0 San Jose.
Marvin Chavez scores to make it 1-0 San Jose.
FC Dallas lost a beloved member of our family, Bobby Rhine, to a sudden heart attack in early September 2011 at the age of 35. Bobby played for FC Dallas from 1999 until 2008 when he joined the staff of FC Dallas as a broadcaster and became the voice of the club. To honor Bobby’s life, the FC Dallas Foundation has created the Bobby Rhine Heart Project. The project includes two elements:
- To raise funds to help organizations obtain the necessary training for AED and CPR.
Many organizations cannot afford the cost of training that is needed to use the AED that they have. The FC Dallas Foundation reaches out directly to non-profit organizations, including schools, through the American Heart Association and the Red Cross to offer assistance to cover the high cost of the training.
- To raise funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) and promote good heart health by walking annually in the Dallas Heart Walk in September.
The Foundation is creating a team comprised of all members of the FCD family, including fans, players, staff, and anyone who wants to join us on this journey. Members of Bobby’s family will be walking with us as well. Walkers will be given a team shirt and are asked to donate $25 and encourage others to join the team. Each member of the team will be given a team t-shirt prior to this non-competitive walk.
The 2012 Dallas Heart Walk is Saturday, September 8th at 8:30 a.m. at Victory Park.
The FC Dallas Foundation will be providing FCD <3's BR19 t-shirts to all team members. Team members will receive an email with details (i.e. meeting location, shirt sizes, etc.) closer to the date of the Walk.
To register for our team, FCD <3’s BR19, please click here.
The Complex at FC Dallas Stadium hosted the firs-ever FC Dallas MoneyGram Nations Cup last month, and the tournament had a great turn out. The tournament was played in a round robin format consisting of 16 select teams representing their respective countries and/or continental regions. Identifying soccer as the common language among all nationalities, FC Dallas in conjunction with DFW International created this World Cup-style tournament to provide the international community in DFW a chance to play and celebrate the Beautiful Game. Take a look at pictures from this year's tournament below.