Once again, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat with FC Dallas fans on Thursday afternoon. Hunt answered well over a dozen questions in this week's edition of the chat, and topics ranged from the FC Dallas Academy, to this week's fashion shoot with the players in conjunction with Nieman Marcus, to potential improvements to FC Dallas Stadium and more.
Registration is now open for the third annual adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by AdvoCare, returning to the FC Dallas Stadium Complex March 9-10, 2013.
The adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare is limited to U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18/19 Boys and Girls Teams. Coaches representing NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs, as well as Junior Colleges will be in attendance. Each College/University coach who attends the event will be provided with a player resume book detailing each player’s academic and athletic data.
In 2012, 180 college coaches attended the College Showcase, and even more are expected to flock to Frisco in 2013.
Format and Cost: Each team will have the option to play two or three 80 minute matches. The cost for two matches is $650 and the cost for three matches is $850. The cost includes parking at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex. In order to comply with NCAA recruiting rules, points will be awarded for each game to determine a bracket winner, but no awards will be presented.
Team Requirements: Each U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 team is allowed a maximum of 22 players with five guest players per roster. However, only 18 players will be allowed to participate in each game. Each U-15 team is allowed a maximum of 18 players with five guest players per roster.
Hotels: Out of town teams are required to stay in an FC Dallas College Showcase designated hotel. The list of hotels can be seen here.
Other Important Information: Instructions for completing player profiles, schedules, field maps, hotel information, and all other pertinent information regarding the weekend’s events will be made available on the adidas FC Dallas College Showcase presented by Advocare web page here.
The FC Dallas U-14 Pre Academy team coached by Francisco Molina claimed the U.S. Club National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in Waukegan, Ill. on July 31. A national tournament open to all of the regional premier league champions, FC Dallas U-14s advanced to the competition by winning the Texas Pre Academy League’s U-14 division with an undefeated record of 16-0-5.
The U-14s opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over South Carolina United Battery on Friday, July 27. Goals were scored by Weston McKennie, who scored 10 goals in the regular season, and leading scorer Christian Ramirez, who tallied 19 goals to lead the U-14s during the regular season.
The next day FC Dallas faced HBC Fusion of New York. Richard Tapia and Bernie ZuaZua scored in that game to give the U-14 side its second straight 2-0 win. The team's final group stage match was a must-win against the Chicago Fire. Ramirez came through in the match, putting away a cross from teammate Eric Davies to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win and a spot in the semifinals.
FCD met DMS of California in the semifinals on the morning of Monday, July 30. After 70 minutes of scoreless regulation time, the sides played two 10 minute overtime periods. The breakthrough came in the second overtime when Ramirez scored his third goal of the tournament off a ZuaZua corner kick to give FC Dallas a late 1-0 lead. Minutes later Delfino Garcia put a shot on goal that the DMS 'keeper deflected, but Tapia pounced on the rebound to put the game away with a 2-0 win.
FC Dallas faced the New York Red Bulls in the championship game on Tuesday, July 31. New York dominated large portions of the match, but the Dallas defense held strong to maintain a scoreless match through regulation. Early in the first overtime period, FC Dallas established possession and strung together a series of passes that ended with Jessi Najera playing a through ball to Tapia. Being chased by two Red Bulls defenders, Tapia didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a shot that beat the New York goalkeeper to give FCD the 1-0 lead in overtime. After some stellar defending in the dying minutes, FC Dallas won the match with yet another shutout to claim the championship.
After an undefeated season that started in Sptember of 2011, the U-14s won five games in five consecutive days without allowing a goal against and outscored their opponents 8-0 to win the national title.
Christian Ramirez - 3
Richard Tapia - 3
Bernie ZuaZua - 1
Weston McKennie - 1
The FC Dallas U-18 and U-16 Academy teams have qualified for the U.S. Soccer Develoment Academy Playoffs for the third straight year. The event will take place on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium for the second year in a row, with games being played next Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.
The FC Dallas U-18s enter the playoffs as the top seed from the Texas Division, having clinched the title weeks ago thanks to an impressive season that saw them go 24-4-3 for 75 points overall. They were drawn into Group 5 along with Sockers FC of Illinois, Real Salt Lake AZ of Arizona, and McLean Youth Soccer of Virginia.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 18, 2012
The U-16s qualified for this year's playoffs as the sixth seeded wildcard after finishing fourth in a competitive Texas Division. They were drawn into Group 1 and will face CASL Chelsea FC Academy of North Carolina, the New York Red Bulls and Georgia United.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) June 18, 2012
At the end of each season the top two teams from each of the Academy's 10 divisions qualify for the playoffs along with 12 wildcard teams. The wildcard teams are determined by a points per games played average. At the end of the season, 64 teams (32 from each age group) make the playoffs.
The 32 teams in each age group are ranked based on overall points per game and placed into four pods. Teams are then drawn at random from the four pods into eight groups comprised of four teams each.
Each team plays three games during the playoffs, facing their group opponents once apiece. Upon the conclusion of the playoffs the winner of each group will advance to Finals Week, which will take place from July 16-23 in Houston.
Visit FCDallas.com later this week for an in-depth break down of all six FC Dallas opponents and check in throughout next week for full coverage of FC Dallas in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.
(Photo courtesy Rick Yeatts)
The U-18s celebrate Danny Garcia's goal against Barcelona at last year's Dallas Cup.
Dallas Cup has officially announced that the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team will be facing the Manchester United Reserves at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, April 1 in the third and final match of the traditional Sunday triple header on Opening Day of Dallas Cup XXXIII. Man U's Academy squad will be participating in the AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam Easter weekend, so Dallas soccer fans will be thrilled to hear that Manchester United Reserve coach Warren Joyce will be bringing a roster of age-eligible second-string professionals to Frisco.
"We're going to the Dallas Cup in the US," Joyce told Inside United. "There are a lot of good teams going and we felt it would be valuable experience for this group of boys."
“We are excited to participate again in this year’s Dallas Cup and playing in the Super Group will be a great opportunity to compete against some of the best teams from around the world," said Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Chris Hayden. "Opening up on April 1 against Manchester United, one of the world’s most storied and prestigious clubs, will be a great way to measure our players and team and we are looking forward to the competition.”
FC Dallas will once again be participating in Dallas Cup as members of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Last year they played Barcelona on the Stadium Field, and the year before that they faced off with Chelsea in the stadium.
"(It will be) a great opportunity for the young FC Dallas players to go up against such a famous club team and for the FC Dallas supporters and Dallas soccer fans to cheer them on in such a prestigious game," said Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago.
The other two opening day games feature 2011 English Premier Academy League Champions Everton FC facing 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semi-finalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC at 1:30 p.m. and French Academy League Champions Paris Saint-Germain vs. Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 at 3:30 p.m.
National Signing Day isn't just for high school football - it's fútbol, too. Five players in the FC Dallas Academy signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Congrats to them and their families on this big day.
Michael Ambrose, defender – University of Maryland
Ambrose has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He was one of eight MLS developmental players invited to play with U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup last summer and is currently serving as captain of the FCD U-18 Academy squad.
Mark Ashby, defender – Harvard University
Ashby has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He currently attends Denton Ryan High School where he participates in the Student Council and National Honor Society. Ashby has SAT/ACT scores of 2140/30. He was the District 4-A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman before joining the FC Dallas Academy.
Danny Garcia, midfielder – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Garcia has played with the FC Dallas Academy team since 2008. Garcia collected 16 goals in 14 appearances with the U-18s so far this season. He attends W.T. White High School where he has a 3.45 GPA. Garcia has also appeared in the MLS Reserve League with FC Dallas, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City last season.
Aaron Guillen, defender – Florida Gulf Coast University
Guillen is a left-footed defender who joined the FC Dallas Academy this past summer from affiliate club FC Dallas El Paso.
Nicholas Rochowski, defender – University of New Mexico
Rochowski is ranked among the ESPNHS Top 150 as well as the ESPN RISE Top Defenders for 2012 graduates. Part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2008, he maintains a 3.9 GPA at Flower Mound High School.