There are two new kids on the block in Major League Soccer for the 2015 season. While Orlando City won’t be visiting Toyota Stadium this year, New York City FC will be coming to Frisco on September 12 in our final Premier Match of the schedule.
Although this match is eight months away, there are still plenty of storylines to get excited about.
It marks the return of FC Dallas’ all-time leader in goals, assists and games played in NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis. This is also the first time he’ll face off against fellow FCD franchise icon Oscar Pareja since Oscar returned to Toyota Stadium to take the reins of FC Dallas last year.
This match could also be the return of two men who at one point donned the captain’s armband for FC Dallas. Andrew Jacobson patrolled the Dallas midfield for more than three years before joining the new New York club via trade last July, while imposing center back George John was picked up by NYC in December’s Expansion Draft after making a name for himself over his six-year career with FCD.
In addition to being the first chance to see a new club in-person, September 12 will also be FC Dallas fans’ first chance to boo NYCFC stars like up-and-coming U.S. International Mix Diskerud, former FIFA World Cup champion David Villa and (theoretically) English International and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
If there are this many reasons to come to this match now, think about how much you’ll want to be here in eight months!
One of the really fun aspects of the 2015 schedule is that LA Galaxy comes to town twice this year. We've already talked about how there is guaranteed drama whenever FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy meet so let's not beat around the bush.
This game is going to be known as the "Gerrard" game.
The Liverpool legend is set to join Los Angeles after the EPL season is over and assuming he takes a few weeks off before linking up with the Galaxy, his trip to Toyota Stadium will be one of the first road games for the scouse superstar.
It's going to be absolutely fascinating to see how Gerrard adapts to life in MLS and there's no better way to introduce Stevie G to how we do things in Texas than a steamy summer Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.
You know this one is going to be sold out and it's going to be a huge game in the standings, so no reason to wait and get your tickets.
FCD graphic design/photography gurus Erik Davila & Olivia Brestal got new camera lenses in the mail yesterday. Expect great things to come. Here are a few pics from Friday's morning training session:
By Scott Brown
The Fourth of July is always a big night at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas has hosted an Independence Day match every year since Toyota Stadium opened (well, the matches in 2011 and 2010 were on July 2 and July 3, respectively, but they were Fourth-of-July-themed), and the match is always followed by the biggest fireworks display in North Texas as we celebrate ‘Murica.
Here are four reasons you need to be here on July Fourth:
- 1) Before the fireworks go off, the team always puts on a show on the field, too. FCD has gone undefeated in its last eight July Fourth matches, compiling an Independence Day record of 5-1-3 at Toyota Stadium.
- 2) The 2015 edition will be another entertaining affair, with MLS Cup runner-up New England Revolution coming to town with U.S. Men’s National Team stalwart Jermaine Jones and Texas-native/2014 MVP candidate Lee Nguyen in tow.
- 3) This match has sold out four years in a row, which makes it one of the best nights of the year at Toyota Stadium as far as atmosphere goes. Get your tickets now, before it’s too late!
- 4) This game is a PERFECT patriotic primer for the USMNT’s first match at Toyota Stadium in eight years. You get to come celebrate freedom with an FCD victory on July 4, and then support the USA as Jurgen and the boys kick off the 2015 Gold Cup in Frisco on July 7. (If you eat apple pie and hot dogs for every meal in between you’re a certified American Hero.)
*Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know the red and blue in the FC Dallas shield are the EXACT same red and blue from the American Flag?
So if you don’t come to this game, Abraham Lincoln will judge you. You don’t want to be on that guy’s bad side. He hunts vampires.
The champs visit Toyota Stadium twice in 2015, with the first match coming on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30PM, the third Premier Match of the season.
Any time the Galaxy come to town, it's an occasion not to be missed, and with a Saturday night kickoff in the middle of spring, this one is definitely going to be a packed house at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas is 3-1-1 in their last five at home against Los Angeles and any time FCD faces the Galaxy, you can bet some late drama is in the cards.
While Landon Donovan has ridden off into the U.S. Soccer sunset and Steven Gerrard doesn't arrive until later in the season, the Galaxy still boast perhaps the most fascinating forward in the league in Robbie Keane as well as Dallas-native Omar Gonzalez; so there's plenty of talent to watch on the other end of the field, but this one is all about FC Dallas.
With this game being the sixth of seven home games in the first 11 matches of the season, FCD has a chance to make a real statement to the rest of the league with this one and you definitely don't want to miss it.
Drama happens when FCD and the Galaxy play (see below). Get the best seat in the house now for the next chapter as single-game tickets are available!
It'll be just a little bit longer until Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas joins the FCD first team.
As expected, he's been called back into U-17 Residency as they prepare for the CONCACAF Championships and hopefully U-17 World Cup. Here's the full release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2015 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.
In late February and early March, the U-17 MNT will be participating in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup for the CONCACAF region.
“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”
The U-17 Residency Program roster features 24 players who were with the team during the 2014 fall semester. The four newcomers to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.
The Residency roster also includes 25 players currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and 27 in all with ties to the Academy.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Texas), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves; Grandville, Mich.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)
About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.
Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.
The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas will train this week at Toyota Soccer Center before departing on Sunday, Feb. 1, for a stint at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The team is scheduled to return to Dallas on Sunday, Feb. 8.
During its time in Florida, FC Dallas will face Orlando City SC in a friendly on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. CT at ChampionsGate Sports Field Complex. Dallas will then train for two days before facing Swedish second division side Jönköpings Södra at IMG Academy Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. CT.
FC Dallas players and coaches are available for interviews, only as arranged through FC Dallas Communications, following each training session. Practices vary in length and times are subject to change. Media are encouraged to call FC Dallas Communications ahead of the scheduled times to confirm practice times and player / coach availability.
Weekly Training Schedule (All Times Central)
Date Time Event Location
Tuesday, Jan. 27 10 a.m. Training AdvoCare Field 1
*Wednesday, Jan. 28 9 a.m. Training AdvoCare Field 1
Thursday, Jan. 29 10 a.m. Training AdvoCare Field 1
*Friday, Jan. 30 9 a.m. Training AdvoCare Field 1
Saturday, Jan. 31 10 a.m. Training AdvoCare Field 1
Sunday, Feb. 1 -- Travel to Florida --
* FC Dallas will also train at 4 p.m. CT. Only the morning sessions are open to media.
SEGMENT 1: The United States national team begins its 2015 campaign this week; Marc Stein and Steve Davis talk about what we should expect from Jurgen Klinsmann and his players this year.
SEGMENT 2: Dallas born-and-raised Emerson Hyndman joins us live from Jamaica, where he just helped the U.S. under-20s qualify for this year's FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
SEGMENT 3: NBC's Robbie Earle visits about a glorious FA Cup weekend and about his son, Otis Earle, joining FC Dallas as its first-round draft choice.
SEGMENT 4: The show hosts hop around the domestic news front, starting with some opinions on whether it's time for U.S. Soccer to finally cut ties with troubled goalkeeper Hope Solo.
The players have returned for preseason and the 20th season of FC Dallas soccer is starting to come into focus.
Today, we've released single-game tickets for seven of the biggest games of the season, our 2015 premier matches. Throughout this week we're going to be highlighting each one on FCDallas.com as we celebrate "Marquee Matchups," taking a look towards the 2015 season. Stay tuned each day this week as we highlight one of the seven biggest games coming to Toyota Stadium in 2015.
Marquee Matchups Game One - March 7 vs. San Jose Earthquakes
No matter what sport you're watching, there's nothing like opening day.
Every team is 0-0-0 with championship aspirations and whether you're looking to improve on last season and show that you mean business or simply looking to prove that the previous season was no fluke, the first game of the year is always one you don't want to miss as a fan. There's just something special about that first time you walk through the stadium gates for a new season, getting your first glimpse at the new players while also seeing those familiar faces back on the field for another year.
There's all the new signage around the stadium, the new banners outside(which will be awesome) and that first look at the new pump up videos. On March 7 at 7:30PM, it all gets started again, and let's face it: You're not missing this one.
For FC Dallas, the 2015 season marks the eighth-straight year that FCD will open the season at Toyota Stadium with the team going 3-1-3 in that stretch, having won their last three home openers.
Who can forget last year's season opener in which Oscar Pareja returned to the place he calls home to see Mauro Diaz produce his first of many master-class performances, scoring a brilliant game-winning free kick early in the second half to seal a 3-2 win over Montreal. It would be the first stanza of Mauro's brilliant March that saw him win Etihad Player of the Month while propelling Dallas to a 4-0-1 start to the season.
It's opening night. It gives me chills every time. It's going to be a huge crowd coming off last year's playoff drama. You don't want to miss this one.
Mexico continued their recent dominance of the CONCACAF U-20 championships winning their third in a row as they topped Panama in PKs on Saturday in Jamaica.
FC Dallas Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez proved to be one of the heroes as the netminder saved two PKs in the shootout that saw El Tri take home the trophy.
Gonzalez allowed just three goals in five games for El Tri posting two shutouts for the eventual champions who easily qualified for the U20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.
USA books a spot in New Zealand with win over El Salvador
Despite a rough start, the US U-20s rebounded fantastically well and sealed their spot in New Zealand with a 2-0 win over El Salvador in the winner-take-all knockout game.
Though Kellyn Acosta was forced to miss the second half of the tournament, he expressed his excitement on Twitter yesterday after the US qualified.