Every year since FC Dallas Stadium opened back in 2005, July 4th has been one of the dates you circle on the calendar as a big night for FC Dallas. FCD has played at home for all eight July 4th weekend games since moving to Frisco with a 4-1-2 on fireworks night and there are so many things happening in and around the stadium on Thursday that we thought it'd be helpful to put all the info in one spot, so here's your official FC Dallas July 4th celebration guide!
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, July 1) – North Texas residents can catch the biggest fireworks show in the area Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium following the team’s 8 p.m. match versus Chivas USA, presented by TXU Energy.
The first 5,000 people at FC Dallas Stadium will receive a rally towel from TXU Energy. There will also be a player autograph session (player to be determined) at 7:15 p.m., soccer tricks by the Futboleros and giveaways along the concourse, including drawstring backpacks.
U.S. Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath will serve as the pregame honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of a fallen soldier, which will be presented to the soldier’s family at halftime. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
Limited tickets are still available with prices starting at $19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625), or purchase online through TicketMaster.com. Fans can also book a ticket and a ride to and from the game on the FCD Express bus program for $25. Visit FCDallas.com/fcdexpress for more information.
Frisco Freedom Fest
Starting at 4 p.m. Frisco Freedom Fest will be taking over Frisco Square for the 11th-straight year. Click here for all the info around Frisco Freedom Fest.
Pre-game with TXU Energy
-First 5,000 fans receive FC Dallas rally towels courtesy of TXU Energy
-TBD FC Dallas player autograph signing at the TXU Energy tent at 7:15 p.m.
-Cash cube with FC Dallas Stadium cash courtesy of TXU Energy
-TXU Energy text to win light bulb guessing game promotion to win an FC Dallas VIP experience
-TXU employees and customers receive 25% off at the FC Dallas Team Store(employees show credentials, customers show mobile app)
-Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony with US Women's National Team star Tobin Heath
-Special The American Fallen Soldiers Project presentation
-20 minute fireworks show, one of the largest in North Texas
-Chance to win a $500 energy bill credit courtesy of TXU Energy
-DJ Sober in the WinStar River Club
Head coach Schellas Hyndman said defensive errors allowed Chivas USA to win 3-1 over FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon at the Home Depot Center.
Hyndman regretted that the match opened up after David Ferreira’s goal early in the second half put FCD up 1-0. The coach would have preferred that FCD tighten the run of play.
“I think we played well enough to win the game, we just did not play smart enough,” Hyndman said after the match to reporters.
Chivas USA’s Juan Agudelo got by Matt Hedges for the tying goal in the 68th minute and a miscommunication between midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and George John resulted in the winner from Oswaldo Minda in the 76th minute.
The lapses on defense and in the midfield along with missed chances by the forwards means there’s plenty to work on for Hyndman and crew as FCD gets ready to welcome the Houston Dynamo to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday (12 p.m. CT on ESPN2).
“[There’s] a lot of things going on in the field that we are going to have to get better at, like the spacing,” Hyndman said, adding that FCD did have opportunities in front of the goal early on that the squad failed to convert.
“I think we are a better team than what we showed today,” Hyndman said.
David Ferreira scores first goal of the match to give FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.
Agudelo gets first goal of 2013 for Chivas USA, tying match 1-1 in 68'.
Minda goal gives Chivas USA a 2-1 lead in 76'.
Casillas scores stoppage time goal to put Chivas USA up 3-1.
FRISCO – No team was worse in the Western Conference last year than Chivas USA.
The Goats finished with 30 points and just seven wins, for a measly .88 points per game.
Those numbers are just one of the reasons FC Dallas’ play against Chivas USA in 2012 was disappointing to head coach Schellas Hyndman.
FCD never beat the Goats last season, instead drawing all three matches.
None was more frustrating to Hyndman than the season finale of 2012.
“There was no way for us to get in the playoffs, but we wanted to finish on a high,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas wound up blowing a 2-0 lead in the final minutes of the match at FC Dallas Stadium to draw Chivas USA, 2-2. FCD conceded goals in the 90th and 94th minute.
“I think that kind of spoke volumes about where we were last year,” Hyndman said, adding that the match was just one of several where FCD failed to maintain leads late in games.
The opposite happened against Colorado last Saturday, when FCD was able to hold onto a 1-0 lead for the win despite a frenetic final 10 minutes from the Rapids.
It’s a difference Hyndman hopes to build on in the early weeks of the 2013 regular season.
“Things kind of worked out for us,” Hyndman said of the season opening win. “I think we got a lot out of that game.”
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: David Ferreira sets up Jackson for the opening goal of the game in the 73rd minute.
GOAL: Ferreira gets his second assist as he feeds Fabian Castillo on the wing for the 2-0 lead.
GOAL: Second half substitute Laurent Courtois pulls one back for Chivas USA in the 90th minute.
GOAL: Juan Agudelo ties the match in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: Blas Perez puts away a rebound off Dan Kennedy to put FCD up 1-0.
SAVE: Hernan Pertuz clears Miller Bolanos' header off the line to preserve the lead.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jorge Villafana the equalizing goal.
SAVE: Hartman pushes Juan Pablo Angel's chance over the crossbar.
GOAL: Villafana ties the game for Chivas USA in the second half.
SAVE: Hartman's kick save denies Juan Agudelo's attempt at the go-ahead goal.
FRISCO – FC Dallas has been keeping an eye on Vancouver as they chase the Whitecaps for the fifth and final playoff spot.
Tonight they will multi-task: keep tabs on the ‘Caps and scout their next opponent, Chivas USA.
Vancouver hosts Chivas USA in a Wednesday night match-up at BC Place (9 p.m. CT on MLS Live) and FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman says he and his players will be watching.
“Will they experiment with new players and give them a chance? Maybe a card. Maybe an injury. There’s a lot of things we’ll be interested in,” Hyndman said of Chivas USA.
Hyndman said FCD has already drawn up a game plan that they’ve been working on in training this week for Chivas USA, so the serious scouting has been done. But the coaching staff will be looking to see if there’s any changes or adjustments they might need to make.
The mid-week match is also a potential advantage for FC Dallas.
“Our schedule now is lightening up where we have games once a week. We’re starting to find other teams now having games twice a week.,” Hyndman said. “Chivas is playing on the road in Vancouver then they get us at home. That’s two games to be played in a short window.”
FRISCO – FC Dallas had its first training session of the week Tuesday in preparation for Sunday’s match at Chivas USA (6 p.m. CT on FSSW Plus).
While the team is looking ahead for what is a must-win to keep pace with Vancouver for the final playoff spot, head coach Schellas Hyndman addressed FCD’s 3-3 draw Saturday night at San Jose one last time with reporters.
“I think you have to realize it was a game we really played quite well,” Hyndman said, reflecting on the match nearly 60 hours after it concluded. “We had the lead twice against the No. 1 team in MLS – on their field, sell out crowd. Still frustrated, still disappointed that we didn’t manage those last few minutes.”
Hyndman said the team was prepared for an aggressive attack in the final minutes of the match, but that “we didn’t have the size to match them.”
However, the coach doesn’t fault the effort his players and said he couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Hyndman said he and the team ultimately share the same frustration – having a chance to control their playoff destiny and then having it slip away. FC Dallas remains just two points behind Vancouver for the final playoff spot.
But with a new week, it’s time to move forward.
“We all recognize that we can’t change that, so what we need to do now is be concentrating on the next three games,” Hyndman said.
Hartman save on Chivas USA challenge from Juan Agudelo.
Hernan Pertuz attempts a header in second half.
Brek Shea shot on goal with a follow by Jackson in second half.
FC Dallas challenges in the final seconds of the match.