FC Dallas traveled north to Kansas City this weekend as a U-17 squad mixing the two oldest Academy teams began their Generation adidas Cup qualifying circuit in style with three wins from three matches setting themselves up in great shape to once again qualify for the Championship Division.
In the first match on Friday, FC Dallas defeated the Columbus Crew 4-0 behind goals from Alberto Carrillo, Cole Guindon, Alonso Molina and Paxton Pomykal.
FCD followed that up on Saturday with a 4-1 win over the hosts Sporting Kansas City. Jommar Reyes opened the scoring for FC dallas but Sporting KC equalized mid-way through the second half.
Luchi Gonzalez's side re-took the lead in the 56th minute through Daniel Evans while Jesus Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal added insurance goals late to seal the 4-1 win.
In Monday's finale, FC Dallas scored another emphatic 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire to finish the weekend 3-0-0 with a +10 goal differential.
The FC Dallas Academy teams continue US Soccer Development Academy season play on Sunday as they host Solar Chelsea in league play.
For most MLS teams, just two matches remain in the season as we count down to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, but for FC Dallas, Wednesday presents a fantastic opportunity as they play their crucial game in hand on most of the rest of the Western Conference against Vancouver.
Let's take a look at the Western Conference playoff picture ahead of Wednesday's massive match.
As you can see, FC Dallas is sitting in pretty position at the top of the table tied with Los Angeles and that crucial game in hand on Wednesday. Here is what each scenario on Wednesday would mean for FCD:
For FCD, a win at home on Wednesday would put Oscar Pareja's club on 54 points with 16 wins which would guarantee finishing above every Western Conference team except for Los Angeles, and Sporting KC meaning a win on Wednesday would guarantee at least a top 3 seed and a home playoff game.
It would also put FCD in a commanding position for a top two seed which would be assured if FCD wins and Sporting KC fails to win at San Jose on Friday. That's because Sporting KC plays the LA Galaxy on the final match of the season so one team or the other could reach above 54 points and 16 wins, but not both of them.
Basically, if FCD wins on Wednesday, the only way they finish outside the top two and miss out on the wild card round bye is if they lose their last two games, SKC finishes win, win, draw and LA finishes win, draw. A win would also push FCD within three points of securing the #1 seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs.
If FCD draws Vancouver on Wednesday, Oscar Pareja's side will still need to win one more game to assure a top two seed. A point on Wednesday, would push FC Dallas to 52 points but still within six points of the four teams below them meaning the possiblity of dropping in the standings is still there should Dallas slip up in their final two matches.
The point would be crucial in keeping Vancouver below Dallas so it's certainly nothing to sniff at considering it leaves FCD within just one win of securing that crucial top two seed, but as you can see the difference between a win and a draw is massive for Dallas.
Should FCD lose to the Whitecaps on Wednesday, it suddenly makes Saturday's match at RSL a massive one.
While Dallas would still control their destiny in the Western Conference, a loss would vault the Whitecaps to the top of the Western Conference standings two points above Dallas, though FCD would still have a game in hand on the Whitecaps meaning if Dallas could win their final two matches and get to 47 points, the #1 seed would still be assured for the club.
However, as mentioned, a tricky trip to RSL who pretty much have to win on Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive awaits Dallas on Saturday and while a win or draw means you still have your home game on the final day of the season against San Jose to fall back on, a loss would send FCD to Utah needing a result to avoid a precarious Decision Day match.
As the organization, U.S. Soccer, the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD announce the National Soccer Hall of Fame and major Toyota Stadium upgrades coming to Frisco, many exciting things are happening around FC Dallas’ game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, October 14 at 8 pm. Be a part of an historic night in FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium history!
Fans can get their first look at what the renovations to our beautiful home and the National Hall of Fame will look like in the coming years with renderings and videos on display around the concourse.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy that the U.S. Women’s National Team won in July will be on hand on the North concourse and fans will have an opportunity to take their photo with the iconic trophy beginning at 6 p.m. In order to allow the most time for fans to see the trophy, the gates on the North side will open up two hours before kick for this special occasion (at 6 pm), with the West gates opening up at 6:30 pm. Arrive early for your chance to see a part of U.S. Soccer history!
Also on Wednesday, the first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Red For Glory playoff cup and poster as FC Dallas gears up for a 2015 playoff run, presented by Toyota. And be sure to hold on to your cup and get 50 percent off refills throughout the 2015 playoffs!
As if that weren’t enough, fans can play the all new FIFA ’16 from EA Sports prior to the contest and will also have an opportunity to win your very own copy of the game! Fans can also register for a chance to take home a new Xbox One gaming console as well!
You won’t want to miss this exciting night in FC Dallas history as the team chases the Supporters’ Shield and the top spot in the West. Secure your seats now!
Here are your highlights as FCD secured a crucial road point at Vancouver
It's a light match week for MLS with just two games this Wednesday and one on Saturday but you can still hop on DraftKings and play one-day fantasy with a team loaded with two offensive juggernauts in FC Dallas and Vancouver plus two other Eastern Conference powerhouses in Montreal and New York Red Bulls. Here are a few players to look out for tonight:
FC Dallas -
Michael Barrios - With Fabian Castillo out tonight on international duty, FCD will be looking to attack down the wings with Michael Barrios. The Colombian has been lethan this year and at a $6,500 price tag, he's not going to break the bank. This is a guy you want in your lineup.
Kellyn Acosta - The 20-year-old midfielder has been spectacular this season and added his third goal last weekend. He earns extra points for those corner kicks and fills up the stat sheet big time. At only $4,700 he's a bargain for your team.
Rest of league -
Didier Drogba - He's pricey at $10,400, but with seven goals in seven games how can you not have this guy in your team? If you break the bank on one player tonight, this is the one to have
Christian Techera - The tiny Uruguayan has been good for the Whitecaps this year and scored against Dallas in the previous meeting this season. Of course, as FCD fans, we hope he stays off the scoreboard but he's a guy that's going to be very active tonight in the Whitecaps attack
David Texeira returned to the FCD lineup in a big way on Sunday scoring two beautiful goals as Dallas defeated Houston for the fifth straight time in MLS play.
Texeira became the sixth FCD player to score at least five goals this season and his beautiful go-ahead effort in the 49th minute is nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for week 31!
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 4-1 win over Houston that clinches a 2015 MLS Cup Playoff spot and the season sweep of Houston:
It's that time of year again for the State Fair of Texas! This Saturday is the second weekend the fair is open and with our game on Sunday, it's the perfect day to go as you can meet FC Dallas players and win tickets to the big Texas Derby on Sunday!
From 1:30 to 3:00 on Saturday, our team will be out and about hiding Oscar Pareja bobbleheads and FC Dallas tickets around the fairgrounds. The first one to find the bobblehead at each spot will win two tickets to Sunday's game and their very own Oscar Pareja bobblehead! Be sure to follow us @FCDallas on Twitter & Instagram and "FCDOfficial" on Snapchat for clues on where we will be so you can be the first one to snag the tickets!
From 3:00PM to 4:30, Homegrown players Danny Garcia, Moises Hernandez and Victor Ulloa will be signing autographs and taking pictures at the big outdoor Toyota area near the car show while Tex Hooper, the FCD Girls and FC Drum will also be keeping the crowd hyped for Sunday's big Texas Derby.
Be sure to wear your FCD gear to the fair on Saturday, follow us on social media for how to win tickets and get your autographs from three of our Homegrown players!
FC Dallas is excited to have a brand new partner in DraftKings and they're coming in strong offering one FC Dallas fan an opportunity to be GM for a Day during the Wednesday, October 14th match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC!
Follow this link to sign up for Saturday's contest which is free for first-time deposits.
Whoever takes first place will win the grand prize which includes a pre-game meet and greet with Technical Director Fernando Clavijo, VIP field access before the game, dinner in the WinStar River Club, four primo seats and access to the post-game press conference! The experience even includes $1,000 travel budget and one-night hotel accomodations if you're coming from outside the metroplex.
There are six games on Saturday to pick from as part of the contest so brush up on your knowledge, pick your best team and if you finish in first place you'll have the chance to be GM for a Day at our next home match!
Our October Scarf of the Month is a look ahead to 2016!
Prominent in the scarf a style reminisant of the Texas Flag, with the state and FC Dallas colors - red, white and blue. Also prominent on the scorf is the team slogan, DTID - or Dallas Till I Die.
You don’t want to miss your opportunity to get your one-of-a-kind scarf. Be sure to stop by the team store or buy it at the October 4th match against Houston!