The FC Dallas homegrown trio shined on Tuesday night in the 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game as the Club America U-20s took the 1-1 contest over the MLS Homegrowns on PKs after each team tallied in the opening 90 minutes.
Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez got the starting nod from head coach Landon Donovan against Club America and made two key saves to keep a clean sheet in his 45 minutes of action on the night.
Coy Craft and Alex Zendejas came on as substitutions to start the second half and immediately had an impact on the game. Zendejas was credited with one shot on target in the half and had a goal-line clearance of a Club America corner to maintain a 1-0 MLS lead. He also had a PK attempt stopped in the loss. Craft registered a shot in his 45 minutes of action and drew a free kick as well.
The 2015 MLS All-Star festivities will continue on Wednesday night with first-time All-Star Fabian Castillo in action for the MLS team against Tottenham at 8 p.m. CDT on Fox Sports 1.
Five-straight wins, five-straight MLS Team of the Week nods for FC Dallas players. Michael Barrios and Kellyn Acosta each earned their first TOTW nominations of the season for Week 21. Barrios had a break-out performance on Saturday with his first-career brace, while Kellyn Acosta added his second career MLS goal. Oscar Pareja was also named Coach of the Week.
M: Michael Barrios (FC Dallas) – Sent Dallas on their way with two-first half goals, the first on a clinically finished counter. Had Timbers’ defenders spinning in circles all night.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - Despite the absences of some key players, El Profe has led his team to five consecutive wins behind a young core.
Take a look at the highlights from FC Dallas' fifth consecutive win:
Winners of four straight games, FC Dallas takes the Toyota Stadium field for the last time until August 15th on Saturday night when they host Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers FC. Sitting at the top of MLS, Saturday's match has huge playoff implications on the line so don't miss this one. Here are the 10 things to know about Saturday's match.
1. Be sure to arrive early as we are handing out the third in our collectible mini-scarf series. This one, presented by Chase, has the "Unite for 90" tagline and you want to get there early to grab one of those at the gate.
3. Our graphic designer Olivia Brestal has crafted up another awesome match poster for this weekend's game honoring 2015 MLS All-Star Fabian Castillo. Cop one in the team store on Saturday night and maybe Fabian will autograph it for you sometime.
4. Saturday's match is on TXA21 with the All-Star team of Mark Followill and Brian Dunseth on the call! If you can't catch the broadcast, tune to 100.7FM for the English call with Steve Davis or the legend Carlos Alvarado on 1270AM with the Spanish radio call.
5. Things have gotten very heated(no pun intented) between FC Dallas and Portland over the last couple of years. Check out some of the controversies bubbling under the surface as we head into this match.
6. One huge thing to watch on Saturday night is birthday boy Kellyn Acosta. The man who turns 20 on Friday scored his first MLS goal last week and the way he pushes into the attack makes FC Dallas an even more dynamic team. We talk about it in our Keys to the Match driven by Toyota.
8. Saturday night is Season Ticket Holder kids' night at Toyota Stadium and in honor of that Houston Rogers of the Rogers' family will be the honorary Lamar Hunt Statue scarfer at 7:30PM on the north concourse!
9. Check out our #FCDvPOR match preview infograph to get all caught up on Saturday's match.
10. There's still time to get your tickets for tonight's match HERE or you can call 1.888.FCD.GOAL and they'll get you set up with the best remaining seat in the house!
By Jeremy Villanueva
It’s not a rivalry like the Texas Derby, but when it comes to FC Dallas and Portland, there’s definitely still some Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” between the two clubs.
For the most part, the series that began in 2011 has been pretty even with the Timbers leading the all-time series at 5-3-4. Portland took the first meeting between the two teams this season in 3-1 fashion at Providence Park on April 4; a match notably remembered for the infamous “TissueGate.” The win was Portland’s first of the season, and FCD’s first loss.
The two clubs went 1-1-1 in last year’s three meetings. FC Dallas took the first match 2-1 on March 29, 2014 with a last-minute goal from Mauro Diaz before drawing 2-2 on June 11 in a match that saw controversial red cards and a hotly-debated last-second equalizer from the Timbers. They ended that season in a 2-0 loss at home; the only win Portland has in Frisco (minus a 3-2 victory in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open quarterfinal dual on June 26, 2013) and a win that created some nervy moments for FC Dallas who was forced to host a play-in playoff game after losing that match.
The teams combined for 13 yellow and two red cards last year in their meetings and Saturday's showdown with huge Western Conference playoff implications should bring yet another firey affair at Toyota Stadium. Get your tickets now!
As FC Dallas looks to continue their dominance at home on Saturday vs. Portland, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
4 - FC Dallas won its fourth consecutive game -- matching the club’s longest winning streak since a club‐record six‐game winning run in 1999 -- and will look to win its fifth this weekend.
15 - Both teams combined for 15 cards (13 yellows and two reds) in last year's three meetings.
1 - The Timbers have only won once in six trips to Frisco.
0 - Saturday’s match features two of the top teams in MLS when scoring first. Both FC Dallas and Portland are 9‐0‐2 when finding the back of the net first for a combined 18‐0‐4 record.
8 - Portland forward Fanendo Adi leads the Timbers in scoring with eight goals on the season. No other player on the team has more than three.
.55 - Since selecting Atiba Harris in the MLS Re‐Entry Draft and converting him to right back, FC Dallas is 8‐1‐2 (18GF, 6GA) when starting the St. Kitts and Nevis native on defense. The team has a goals against average of 0.55 in those matches and Dallas has recorded seven of its eight shutouts with Harris at right back. The only match FC Dallas lost in which Harris started was against Portland on April 4.
349 - Dan Kennedy and the FC Dallas defense own the longest shutout streak in MLS this season with 349 minutes.
12 - Portland's goalkeeper, Adam Kwarasey (#12), and Seattle's Stefan Frei, lead MLS in shutouts with eight on the season.
3,510 - Dallas is leading the charge in MLS again this season with 3,510 minutes (17.7%) played by Homegrown players Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Kellyn Acosta and Alejandro Zendejas.
FC Dallas’ newest acquisition Ezequiel Cirigliano arrived in Frisco today and FCDallas.com caught up with him briefly, through a translator, for his first interview as a member of FCD.
On joining FC Dallas:
I am very happy to be here. I know that the team is in first place and playing very good soccer right now. I am very excited for the change [to be] here and I’m just excited to get out there and play and prove that I deserve [this] chance with the team.
On re-joining his friend, Mauro Diaz:
We were together for a few years at River Plate. I haven’t been able to see him yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing him and being [on the same team] with him here.
On his skill set and what he can bring to Dallas:
I’m a defensive midfielder. I feel like I’m best at recovering balls and passing them to a guy like Mauro or the forwards to create chances for the team.
Chandler Parsons wasn’t the only Dallas sports figure trying to recruit someone to the metroplex the summer.
FC Dallas has added another key cog to their midfield in Argentine Ezequiel Cirigliano and his countryman, midfield maestro Mauro Diaz, played a big part in selling Cirigliano on what the Frisco club can offer the 23-year-old.
“They asked me to invite him here,” said Diaz through a translator. “I gave a great recommendation as this is a great place to live, a great team with great coaches and I’m very happy he’s coming.”
Diaz said he and Cirigliano have known each other since they were 13 years old and played together through the ranks at Argentine giants River Plate including one year together in the first team. Their career paths have been remarkably similar as well and Diaz thinks the 23-year-old can be another great addition to a team already competing for the top spot in MLS.
“I’m very happy, he’s a player that I’ve known since I was young. He’s a great player and someone who will bring a lot for FC Dallas,” said Diaz. “He’s a player who knows how to play well with the ball, loves to win and is going to bring a lot of quality.”
“Mauro was a big part of recruiting Ezequiel to MLS on the phone talking and texting him and he helped make this happen for the club,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “Mauro is not the kind of player who would just bring a buddy here, he wants to win and is so competitive. He was really high on the player too and was a huge help in the process so the club is very thankful for that.”
Of course there may have one ulterior motive to the recruiting efforts.
“It adds one more friend to drink mate with,” said Diaz, with a laugh.
Both FC Dallas U-17 and U-18 boys premier teams earned draws in their opening games of the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday.
97 Boys Premier
A diving header in stoppage time helped the U-18s earn a point vs. Manhattan SC PSG 96 in Group B. After finding themselves down 2-0, the U-18s quickly responded with a Kevin Rodas goal to bring them within one. Matthew Rochowski managed to find the equalizer after putting one past the keeper on a diving header.
Next up for the U-18s is FC Golden State White tomorrow, and LVSA 97 Red on Thursday to round out Group B play. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals.
98 Boys Premier
The U-17s also earned a point today after tying Arlington Impact Red, 1-1. Gerber Chavez scord early for FCD in the 13th minute, but Arlington Impact found the equalizer in the 53rd minute.
FCD will play Sunrise Elite 97/98 tomorrow, and Chicago Magic PSG pre-academy on Thursday to finish group play. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals.
Even after hoisting the U-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship, FC Dallas Academy had more awards to garner.
The Development Academy announced its end-of-year honors, and FCD picked up a handful of individual and team awards.
Winger Devin Vega was named the U-16 Central Conference Player of the Year after finishing the season with a team-leading 21 goals. His teammates Ben Hale (goalkeeper), Reginald Cannon (defender) and Weston McKinnie (forward) were named to the conference’s Starting XI as well.
The U-16s collectively won the best Style of Play for the Central Conference.
As a whole, FC Dallas won the Central Conference's Most Comprehensive Club.