After a perfect month of July that saw FC Dallas win four games and only allow two goals, the Captain, Matt Hedges, is up for MLSSoccer.com's Etihad Airways Player of the Month.
Voting for July's Player of the Month will be open until 11:59 pm PT, Wednesday, August 5, so get your votes in now!
Matt Hedges, FC Dallas — With all the attacking talent joining him on this ballot, it would be easy to overlook Hedges' candidacy. You shouldn't. In four games in July, all wins for FC Dallas, Hedges anchored a backline thatn conceded just two goals in four games.
There's another limited-edition scarf on sale now for FC Dallas fans, and this one benefits a great cause. All proceeds from the FC Dallas Foundation's "Give for 90" scarf will benefit the FC Dallas Special Olympics Team, supported by Globe Life, as they get set to face the LA Galaxy Special Olympics Team on August 15.
Fans can secure their scarf by donating $35 to the FC Dallas Foundation, and checking the "Give for 90 Scarf" box in the top section of the donation form. Purchased scarves can be picked up on August 15 during the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy doubleheader featuring the MLS and Special Olympics matchups for both teams. Season Ticket Holders can also pick their scarves up at the Meet the Team event on August 13.
The American Heart Association's annual Dallas Heart Walk is right around the corner, and we want you to join us on Team BR19!
The FC Dallas Foundation has once again organized a team to walk in memory of Bobby Rhine, former Dallas Burn and FCD player and broadcaster who passed away in September 2011 from a sudden heart attack. This year's walk is on Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. starting from Reunion Tower Field in Dallas.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Reunion Tower Field
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Deadline for registration: September 12th
Deadline for registration to receive a BR19 tee: August 26th
Rhine's former Dallas teammates and current MLS head coaches Oscar Pareja and Jason Kreis will both participate in the walk honoring their late friend just hours before FC Dallas and New York City FC square off at Toyota Stadium. Assistant coaches from both clubs will participate as well including NYCFC assistant Miles Joseph who was another close friend of Rhine's from their Dallas Burn days.
You too can join Team BR19 by clicking here to register. Donations are appreciated, but not required. All participants registered by August 26th will receive a Team BR19 t-shirt though registration will remain open until 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 12.
All donations benefit the American Heart Association.
For more info on the event, watch our FCDTV recap of last year's walk:
The August 2015 Scarf of the Month is all about the great state of Texas!
Based on the popular state-centric song "Deep in the Heart of Texas," this month's scarf - "Stars at Night" - follows the popular opening lines of the tune:
The stars at night are big and bright
Deep in the heart of Texas
Fans join together at FC Dallas home matches in the 36th minute to sing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in support of the original Texas MLS team, and now have a scarf to show their pride as well.
Get your limited-edition scarf today at the FC Dallas Team Store!
Watch the full highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
As FC Dallas travels to Chicago to take on the Fire, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
20 - Harry Shipp is the only player for Chicago to feature in all 20 games played for the Fire this season.
4 – FC Dallas saw its summer struggles on the road come to an end when the team defeated Orlando City SC 2-0 on July 11. FCD is searching for its third road win of the season in Sunday’s fixture.
.95 - Chicago's points per game (.95) is the worst in MLS and the Fire currently sit at the bottom of the table.
286 - Chicago has taken the 4th most shots in MLS this season with 286, but are tied for the second lowest amount of goals with 22 and only D.C. United (65) has been offside more often than the Fire (64).
6 – FC Dallas is looking for its sixth straight win this weekend, which would tie a franchise record set in 1999 when the Dallas Burn – coincidentally – beat the Fire 2-1 on October 16, 1999.
111 – Chicago Fire have a familiar foe on the FC Dallas roster in newly acquired defender Bakary Soumare. In five seasons from 2007-09 and 2013-14, Soumare made 111 appearances for Chicago.
2 – 20-year-old Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta heads into Chicago on a two-game goal streak - the first two goals of his MLS career.
0 - FC Dallas is undefeated (7-0-4) when Kellyn Acosta starts.
Starting at Sunday's game in Chicago, FC Dallas will wear special numbers throughout the month of August with fan-submitted pictures.
Back in February, registration was open for fans to submit their pictures to be on the back of the FC Dallas jerseys - and the jerseys of every MLS team - and now we've reached August where the team will wear these special numbers.
Beginning on Monday, August 3rd, you can stop by the FC Dallas team store to get your jersey with the special numbers and we've got a great deal going for you! When you purchase a new jersey, authentic or replica, our amazing team store will throw in the personalization with the special jersey numbers for free! If you want to get the numbers put on a jersey you already own, the charge is just $20. Supplies are limited so get yours now!
Be sure to look closely at the numbers during Sunday's game at Chicago as if you submitted a picture, your face will be on an FC Dallas jersey!
On Wednesday night in Commerce City, Colorado, the MLS All-Stars defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 behind a goal and an assist from All-Star Game MVP Kaka.
FCD's representative, Fabian Castillo, came on at halftime and dazzled the Colorado crowd with his trademark mazy runs and slick moves on the ball. Castillo carved out three or four really good opportunities for the All-Stars including one of his trademark jinks that sent summer transfer signing Kieran Trippier spinning.
Castillo was unable to find the back of the net but impressed throughout the evening earning plaudits from the commentators as well as on social media.
Fabian and FC Dallas are back in action on Sunday as they travel to Chicago to take on the Fire at 6:00PM on Fox Sports 1.
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.