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21 October 4:56 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by Toyota and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

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SEGMENT 1: Steve Davis visits with co-host Marc Stein, who is in England on a barnstorming tour of Manchester City games. They chat about his trip, but also about the Don Garber and Jurgen Klinsmann spat.

SEGMENT 2: A good visit with FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja, who has his team back in the MLS playoffs despite overwhelming injuries this year to key players.

SEGMENT 3: Steve Davis reviews five things that might have been missed this week as Garber and Klinsmann dominated soccer's domestic news cycle. Included: a discussion with show producer Tyler Kern about Jermaine Jones' move to center back.

SEGMENT 4: Landon Donovan doesn't do many one-on-one interviews, but we got a few minutes with him on his recent visit to Dallas.

20 October 3:55 pm

Here are the best pictures from Saturday's win over Colorado:

 

20 October 2:53 pm

Saturday's win at Colorado coupled with Real Salt Lake's draw at Portland has made the playoff picture pretty clear for FC Dallas with one week left to go in the season. Let's talk about it:

FC Dallas will finish third in the Western Conference if:

-Real Salt Lake loses or draws against Chivas USA on Wednesday night

OR

-FC Dallas defeats Portland Timbers FC on Saturday night

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If FC Dallas finishes third, our Western Conference semifinal playoff schedule will be:

WC Semifinal 1st leg - LA Galaxy/Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas - Saturday, November 1 or Sunday, November 2 Toyota Stadium

WC Semifinal 2nd leg - FC Dallas at LA Galaxy - 8:00PM - Sunday, November 9 StubHub Center

OR

2nd leg - FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC - 9:30PM Monday, November 10 CenturyLink Field

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FC Dallas will finish fourth in the Western Conference if:

-Real Salt Lake defeats Chivas USA on Wednesday night

AND

-FC Dallas draws or loses to Portland Timbers FC on Saturday night

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If FC Dallas finishes fourth, our Western Conference playoff schedule will be:

Wild Card Round - Vancouver Whitecaps/Portland Timbers at FC Dallas - 7:30PM Wednesday, October 29 Toyota Stadium

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If FCD wins the Wild Card Round, our WC Semifinal schedule would be:

WC Semifinal 1st leg - LA Galaxy/Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas - Saturday, November 1 or Sunday, November 2nd

WC Semifinal 2nd leg - FC Dallas at LA Galaxy - 8:00PM - Sunday, November 9 Toyota Stadium

OR

WC Semifinal 2nd leg - FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC - 9:30PM Monday, November 10 CenturyLink Field

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PLAYOFF FORMAT

For those not familiar with the MLS Cup playoff format, the top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.

Fourth place hosts fifth place in a one-game wild card playoff with the winner playing the top seed in a two-leg semifinal while second will play third also in a two-leg playoff. The two-leg playoff rounds will feature home games at both stadiums and whoever has the highest combined score will advance. The lower seed will host the first game while the higher seed will host the second match.

The winners of the semifinals will play each other in a two-leg conference final and the winners of the conference finals will play in the one-game MLS Cup played at the home of the remaining team with the most points earned in the regular season.

TICKETS - FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers - Saturday, October 25 7:30PM

 

18 October 5:00 pm

Not a ton of highlights in this one, but there's only one that matters. Here are your #COLvFCD match highlights:

17 October 3:59 pm

2014 AdvoCare Winter College Combine

The AdvoCare Winter College Combine is designed to allow women’s and men’s college coaches to conduct training sessions to improve the players' technical and tactical aspects of the game.  Through these training sessions, condition matches and a college seminar, these college coaches will provide players with insight to the demands of the college game and the college recruiting process. 

*Space is limited to thr first 60 boys and first 60 girls.

**An AdvoCare Winter College Combine adidas gift and Saturday lunch for each participant are included in the registration fee.

 

Dates: Saturday Dec. 20, 2013 and Sunday Dec. 21, 2014
Cost: $175
Location: Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center

Who: Elite players U15 and older

 REGISTER HERE

Boys Saturday Schedule

8:30am-8:45am: Check-in
9am-11am: Training session with college coaches
11am-12pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
12pm-1pm: College Seminar
1pm-3pm: 11v11 Games

Boys Sunday Schedule

9am-11am: Training session with college coaches

 

Girls Saturday Schedule

10:30-10:45am: Check-in
11am-1pm: Training session with college coaches
1pm-2pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
2pm-3pm: College Seminar
3pm-5pm: 11v11 Games

Girls Sunday Schedule

11am-1pm: Training session with college coaches

 

**The AdvoCare College Combine is open to all players regardless of club affiliation due to NCAA Rules.

 

College Coaches will be updated on October 24th, 2014. 

17 October 3:21 pm

Just two weekends remain in the MLS regular season. Can you believe it? FC Dallas clinched the playoffs with last week's heart-stopping win over Los Angeles and now they turn their sights to earning the #3 seed which would ensure not having to play in the 4th vs 5th wild card game. Here's the playoff breakdown:

1. Seattle Sounders FC

60 points(+13 GD) - 2 games remaining - Last match: 1-0 loss vs Vancouver - Next match: 10/19 at Los Angeles - Last 5: L-W-W-L-L

Playoff chances according to Sports Club Stats: 100%

The Sounders surprisingly fell to Vancouver at home, a result that puts their Supporters Shield aspirations very much in doubt. They end the season with back-to-back games against LA and will clinch the Shield with a win in either match.

2. LA Galaxy

60 points(+34 GD) - 2 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 loss at FC Dallas - Next match: 10/19 vs Seattle - Last 5: L-W-W-W-D

Playoff chances according to Sports Club Stats: 100%

The Galaxy lost their first game of the season after scoring first in a 2-1 loss at FCD on Sunday. It was really a missed opportunity with Seattle having lost earlier in the weekend. They'll host the Sounders on Sunday and need four points from their two games against Seattle to clinch the Shield.

3. Real Salt Lake

52 points(+13 GD) - 2 games remaining - Last match: 2-0 win vs San Jose - Next match: 10/17 at Portland - Last 5: W-L-L-W-L

Playoff chances according to Sports Club Stats: 100%

Jeff Cassar's side stopped a slide with a much-needed win against San Jose at home on Saturday. They've got a tricky test at Portland on Friday night and need a win to keep off hard-charging FCD and stay in control of their own destiny in the race for the third seed.

4. FC Dallas

51 points(+11 GD) - 2 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 win vs LA Galaxy - Next match: 10/18 at Colorado - Last 5: W-L-W-L-W

Playoff chances according to Sports Club Stats: 100%

FC Dallas got a huge win against Los Angeles that took a ton of pressure off Oscar Pareja's side. They need one point to clinch a home playoff game and could leapfrog RSL for the third spot, though they'll need to ensure three points against a Colorado team that hasn't won since July. **NOTE** The first tiebreaker is wins and FC Dallas currently has one more than RSL with 15, so a tie in the standings would see FCD jump RSL.

5. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

46 points(+1 GD) - 2 games remaining - Last match: 1-0 win at Seattle - Next match: 10/18 at San Jose - Last 5: W-W-W-L-L

Playoff chances according to Sports Club Stats: 70%

The Whitecaps scored another hugely impressive result winning at Seattle last weekend to stay above Portland for the final playoff spot. The Whitecaps have their toughest test left on Saturday with a tricky trip to San Jose. Two wins from their final two will ensure a playoff spot for Carl Robinson's side.

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6. Portland Timbers FC

45 points(+4 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 3-0 win vs San Jose - Next match: 10/17 vs Real Salt Lake - Last 5: W-W-L-W-D

Playoff chances according to Sports Club Stats: 30%

Caleb Porter's men easily dispatched San Jose 3-0 to keep pace with Vancouver for the final playoff spot. They have a tough test against RSL on Friday before finishing the season at FC Dallas. Things look pretty difficult for the Timbers when you compare schedules between the two sides but Porter's side has shown amazing resiliency.

FCD PLAYOFF SCENARIOS:

FC Dallas will clinch a home playoff game if:

-Vancouver fails to defeat San Jose

-FC Dallas wins or draws at Colorado

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:

If there were no games left and we were looking forward to the start of the playoffs, here are the current matchups:

WILD CARD GAME

Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Seattle Sounders FC vs FC Dallas/Vancouver Whitecaps FC

LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake

16 October 4:56 pm

Scott and Daniel break down the three keys to Saturday's game in Colorado:

15 October 3:23 pm

Last weekend, the FC Dallas U-16s traveled up to Kansas City for the first weekend of Generation adidas Cup qualifying, a tournament that matches up all the MLS U-16 academy teams against each other.

FC Dallas is paired in a six-team group with Houston, Kansas City, Chicago, Colorado and Columbus, and last weekend faced Houston and Columbus with three more matches coming in February. The top two teams from each group advance to the championship half of the bracket while the bottom four teams will advance to the consolation side of the Generation adidas Cup which will be held next spring.

Here's a rundown of the results from Kansas City:

FC Dallas 2, Houston Dynamo 0

Brandon Terwege & Toshiki Yasuda scored in the win over FCD's in-state rivals to open the weekend off strongly

FC Dallas 1, Columbus Crew 1 (FCD wins on PKs)

Giovanni Montesdeoca scored for FCD in the draw against Columbus. In GA Cup, draws go to a PK shootout with the winner earning an extra point.

FC Dallas 4, Sporting KC 1(Friendly match)

Damian Hernandez, Yasuda, Montesdeoca and Devin Vega scored in the friendly win over SKC. With only five opponents in each group, FCD played two qualifying matches & one friendly last weekend and on the next qualifying weekend will play three qualifying matches.

Up next:

All FC Dallas Academy teams from U-18 to U-13 travel south for a full round of matches against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, October 18th.

14 October 2:31 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by Toyota and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: Show hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis review Landon Donovan's emotional curtain call as a U.S. national team star.

SEGMENT 2: ESPN announcer Adrian Healey joins the hosts for a good chat about European Championship qualifying and weighs in on Major League Soccer's MVP race.

SEGMENT 3: Marc Stein has a visit with the dean of American coaches, Bruce Arena, and the Soccer Today staff puts together some very cool sound clips from Donovan's long days in the game.

SEGMENT 4: Show producer Tyler Kern joins the hosts as they discuss non-Donovan matters with Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. national team.