FC Dallas is in the midst of their second five-game MLS unbeaten streak of the season that's seen Oscar Pareja's men rise back up into a tie for second place in the Western Conference and the accolades are rolling in for FCD this week.
After his second MLS goal and first game-winner, Colombian winger Andres Escobar earned the top spot on the MLS Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, who had his first MLS shutout of the season, came in at 6th on the top 20 while the other goalscorer, Tesho Akindele, earned the #20 spot on the list.
The MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings were very kind to FC Dallas who rose five spots from #10 to #5 on the list.
In addition, Escobar earned his first nod to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. We'd like to think a couple other guys would be eligible for the list as well, but it's great to also see Moises Hernandez earn a spot on the ToTW bench.
They had this to say about Escobar's weekend: "Nearly unplayable, racing up and down the wings and wreaking havoc as Dallas was able to oust the Revolution 2-0."
Hear from Oscar Pareja, Moises Hernandez & Zach Loyd ahead of Saturday's game vs New England:
Matt Doyle & Dan Haiek of MLSsoccer.com break down Saturday's game vs New England:
Here are your Keys to the Match pres. by Toyota for Saturday's match against New England:
Exactly one year ago today, FC Dallas signed Mauro Diaz and since it's 'throwback Thursday' we've compiled videos of all of Mauro's goal since he's been with the team. Watch and enjoy!
1. August 17th, 2013 - FCD vs. POR
2. September 7th, 2013 - FCD vs. VAN
3. September 29th, 2013 - FCD vs. CLB
4. March 8th, 2014 - FCD vs. MTL
5. March 29th, 2013 - FCD vs. POR
6. April 26th, 2014 - FCD vs. DC
The World Cup might be over, but for FC Dallas and fans, the next 30 days are going to be action packed and filled with soccer. The next month sees FCD hit the field for six crucial games with four of those taking place right here at Toyota Stadium. To get you all set for the busy month of summer soccer, here's a rundown of what awaits FCD:
Saturday, July 19 vs New England pres. by Albertsons Market - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
After ten days without a match, FCD returns to the Toyota Stadium field versus New England at home this Saturday on July 19th at 8:00pm pres. by Albertsons Market. The Revolution are in current playoff standings in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. FCD is currently in fourth in the Western Conference only one and two points behind third and second place, respectively, so a win and three points would be a huge boost in the standings for the team.
Wednesday, July 23 vs Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
A few days after that, FCD is back at Toyota Stadium for their second-ever EPL friendly, this time against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa on July 23rd pres. by Moneygram. Not only is this game a great chance to see an EPL team up close, but it's a vital chance for some of our reserve players to make a name for themself in front of a big crowd and push for first-team minutes, since the game is strictly for bragging rights.
Sunday, July 27 at Vancouver Whitecaps - 4:00PM BC Place
To cap the three-match week, FCD takes on Vancouver away on the 27th at BC Place north of the border. The Whitecaps are just one point behind us in the standings currently and are in direct competition with FC Dallas for a Western Conference playoff spot, so this one is a biggie and the first of three matches FCD and Vancouver will play over the next three months. There will be an FC Dallas Party at the Pubs watch party for this game at Brickhouse Tavern + Tap where prizes and merchandise will be given away, so you'll want to make plans to join your #DTID faithful to watch this one on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, August 3 at Chivas USA - 9:00PM StubHub Center
The two-game road swing wraps up for FCD to kick the month of August off, as FCD takes on Chivas USA in LA. Chivas has been playing well lately as they are currently on a four-game MLS win streak. They are only 3 points behind FCD in the rankings and with two games before ours and momentum on their side, they could easily climb the standings and give FCD a tough match. Last time the two teams met the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Saturday, August 9 vs Colorado Rapids pres. by Raytheon - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
On August 9th, Colorado travels to Toyota Stadium looking to get revenge from the last time these two teams met back in June when FCD took the win from them at home. Colorado stands in third place currently in the west, one place ahead of Dallas and this match will be the second of three meetings between the clubs in 2014. With FCD and Colorado just one point apart in the standings, this will be another huge Western Conference matchup.
Tuesday, August 12 vs Philadelphia Union - 8:00PM Toyota Stadium
FCD closes out the busy 30 days with arguably the biggest match as FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will be hosting the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semi-final game against the Philadelphia Union. FCD just recently played the Union winning 2-1 on July 4th and this will be FCD's first semifinal appearance since 2011. This match will be the latest round LHUSOC match at Toyota Stadium since hosting the final in 2007 and the winner will move on to play either Seattle Sounders FC or Chicago Fire in the Final.
Buckle up, it's about to get very busy around here!
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup continues for FCD on Wednesday as they take on the NASL's Carolina RailHawks in the quarterfinals of the tournament kicking off at 6:30 CT at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The RailHawks are coming off of a 2-1 win in their international friendly against Puebla FC just a few days ago and will begin the second half of their NASL season next weekend. Their record for their spring season was 4-2-3 which places them in fourth place overall in the NASL standings. The Railhawks are led by former MLS'er Zack Schilawski who is their stand out goal scorer and assist leader with three goals and two assists over the course of the season. Some other names on the NASL side you may remember include Jun Marques Davidson formerly of the Whitecaps, Ty Shipalane and midfielder Enzo Martinez.
Interestingly, Carolina is coached by former FC Dallas manager Colin Clarke. The Northern Ireland native led FC Dallas to an appearance in the 2005 US Open Cup final and playoff appearances in 2005 and 2006.
The RailHawks come into the quarterfinals of the tournament having beaten the Charlotte Eagles 2-0 in the third round. They then went on to play Chivas USA in the fourth round which saw a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. Extra time didn't see a winner so a penalty shootout ensued and the RailHawks came out on top by notching three of their penalty kicks. Moving on to the fifth round, they played another MLS team in the LA Galaxy and won that match 1-0 in another match that went to extra time.
FC Dallas is back at home for the first MLS game at Toyota Stadium in almost a month! Here's your Toyota Keys to the Match:
After predicting five matches correctly in eight tries through the group stage of the World Cup, Tex Hopper (right) is about to put in some overtime as the knockout rounds begin on Saturday. That's because the Mean Green Prediction Machine (yes, it's a thing) will be predicting every single match of the tournament from here on out.
Which means the red-hot fire belly toad will be pulling double duty on match days through the quarterfinals. Don't worry, he'll be fairly compensated for his services (It's about to rain crickets in that aquarium). Check out the Toad to Brazil page to see Hopper's full prediction schedule and don't miss his live predictions on YouTube every World Cup match day at 10am CT!
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup begins for FC Dallas tonight in the fourth round against the San Antonio Scorpions at 8pm at Toyota Stadium. FCD played in a total of three game last year winning two before falling in the quarterfinal round. Let's take a look back at how the tournament went for FCD last year.
Game 1 - Third round - May 29th, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0: The first half saw clean sheets from both sides until ultimately Blas Perez and Matt Hedges were able to come through to help FCD gain the win in the second half played at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
In the 54th minute, Je-Vaughn Watson sent a cross to Castillo at the far post who then kicked the ball to Blas Perez who was unmarked in front of the goal. Perez slid under Strikers goalkeeper to give FCD the lead. They scored their second goal in the 64th minute that would eventually be the last goal of the match. Michel took a free kick that found Hedges at the far post and he was able to easily head the ball into the goal.
USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 3, HOU 0
Game 2 - Fourth Round - June 12th, 2013 - FC Dallas 3, Houston Dynamo 0: The scoring opened for FCD in the 38th minute when Michel sent a ball to Jacobson at the far post who then tapped the ball to Cooper in front of the goal who was able to send it past the Dyanmo goalkeeper. The second goal came just before the 60th minute when MIchel again served a corner kick right to Cooper in front of the goal who headed it home. Dallas closed out the game in the 76th minute when Dynamo keeper fumbled a ball that came back out in front of Zach Loyd who chipped the ball over the keeper from 20 yards out.
USOC HIGHLIGHTS: FCD 2, PTFC 3
Game 3 - Quarterfinals - June 26th, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Portland Timbers 3: FCD opened up the game in the 15th minute with a strike from Je-Vaughn Watson. As quick as FCD gained the lead, they lost it. Portland responded to Dallas' goal with three goals for their own. Perez was able to notch FCD their second goal to come within reach of the Timbers and David Ferreira hit the post with the final kick of the match, but ultimately it wasn't enough as the TImbers advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup eliminating FCD.