FRISCO – A future MLS star could take the field on Saturday when 4v4 tournament Futbolito takes place at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
If that thought seems ridiculous, talk to FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar.
He was on a team that won Futbolito nearly a decade ago in Houston.
Villar visited Houston to see his girlfriend at the time and went to a local park to workout and stay in game shape. He had just finished a season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds shortly after graduating from Penn State.
He wound up meeting some local soccer players who were playing a pick-up game in the park.
“I played a little bit with them, they said I could do this Futbolito thing and split the money with them,” Villar said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing anything’.”
Villar and his three impromptu teammates played in 7 matches in one day, winning each one – including the title match.
“We had no subs, it was just four of us,” Villar said. “It was competitive, little short games. Short-sided, small goals.”
Villar remembers the prize money being $500-$700 per person. It wound up being incredibly important cash on hand for him.
He had been waiting for a call from an overseas team to come over and play. A week after winning Futbolito, he got the call.
The money he won was used to buy a one-way plane ticket to Germany.
“It was funny, it was a time in my life where I was almost going away from soccer for good. Not that because of winning I stayed [with soccer]. But I played, took the cash and went to Germany,” Villar said.
Full match highlights - FC Dallas 5, Portland 0
FC Dallas gets on the board first with an own goal by Portland.
Strike outside the box by Andrew Jacobson gives FCD 2-0 in 26'.
Jackson scores three minutes into 2nd half to make it 3-0 FC Dallas.
Scott Sealy scores to make it 4-0.
Ruben Luna scores in 81' to give FCD a 5-0 lead.
Hernan Pertuz heads in free kick late in 2nd half for FCD goal.
Kevin Hartman makes save on Chris Wondolowski penalty kick.
FC Dallas gets penalty kick in stoppage time.
Alan Gordon scores to make it 2-0 San Jose.
Marvin Chavez scores to make it 1-0 San Jose.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Rapids defender Luis Zapata.
SAVE: Brek Shea's shot caught and held by Matt Pickens.
GOAL: Omar Cummings scores on the pass from Conor Casey.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo sends in a cross that's headed home by Carlos Rodriguez.
GOAL: Rodriguez returns the favor by setting up Castillo's game-winner with some help from David Ferreira.
Join fellow FC Dallas fans this Saturday for the Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser at The Fan Sports Lounge in downtown Dallas next to the American Airlines Center.
Event begins at 7 p.m. with the match against the Colorado Rapids kicking off at 8 p.m. on TXA21.
The first 100 fans through the door will receive Party at the Pubs Tour shirts.
Door prizes include an autographed, game-worn item from Kevin Hartman’s 400th match; autographed posters from Zach Loyd, Brek Shea and Kevin Hartman; tickets to upcoming July home matches and more.
Also, Tex Hooper, the FC Dallas Girls, and the Budweiser Promo Girls will be on-hand to interact with fans.
For driving instructions, click here for a map.
For fans who want to use light rail, you can travel to the DART Victory Station and make the short walk over.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
BLOCK: Jason Hernandez blocks Fabian Castillo's shot on goal.
CLEARANCE: Hernan Pertuz clears Chris Wondolowski's chip off the line.
CLEARANCE: Carlos Rodriguez clears Ramiro Corrales' attempt off the line.
TACKLE: Pertuz makes goal-saving tackle on Alan Gordon.
RED CARD: Corrales sees a second yellow and is ejected from the match.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Wondolowski.
SAVE: Matt Hedges and Hartman combine to deny Shea Salinas.
FRISCO – Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant will be the honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt statue for FC Dallas’ next home match on Saturday, July 7.
The ceremony, where a notable figure hangs an FC Dallas scarf around the statue of past FC Dallas owner Lamar Hunt, will take place approximately 30 minutes before first kick of FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes.
The Cowboys wide receiver has developed a friendship with FC Dallas’ Brek Shea and an interest in soccer.
Shea and Bryant recently played in the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game and exchanged jerseys last season. Bryant and FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman were teammates at the Heroes game.
Lamar’s Tailgate starts 90 minutes before first kick (so 6:30 p.m. for July 7) on the North Concourse and features BBQ, street tacos and other food.
The culmination of the tailgate party is the scarfing ceremony of the Lamar Hunt statue. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki and U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann have been previous scarfers this season at an FC Dallas match.
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC.
GOAL: Zach Loyd puts in a diving header to give FC Dallas the 1-0 lead.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Ryan Johnson the game-tying goal.
GOAL: Danny Koevermans scores in his fifth straight match to tie it up for Toronto.
SAVE: Hartman makes a late save on Koevermans to preserve the draw.
Wednesday was a big day for FC Dallas with the unveiling of AdvoCare as the new jersey sponsor. Enjoy pictures from the press conference Wednesday morning.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was the honorary scarfer for Saturday's match vs Chivas USA. The big German was a big hit during the ceremony and post-match, when he took the field for nearly an hour to play goalkeeper and take some penalty kicks.