FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a late 2-1 victory over DC United. The win moves FC Dallas to 6-0-1 at home and puts Schellas Hyndman's club seven points clear of second place in the Western Conference.
Here's the full match highlights from Saturday night's win:
GOAL: Jackson gave FC Dallas an early 1-0 lead with an 11th minute goal off a nice feed from Eric Hassli
SAVE: Dwayne De Rosario nearly pulled DC United level in the 30th minute, but Chris Seitz came up huge with a big stop
GOAL: United finally tied things up in the 44th minute as De Rosario finished an indirect free kick, the first goal allowed by FCD in the first half this season
OVER THE BAR: Eric Hassli nearly gave FC Dallas a second half lead in the 61st minute but put his header over the bar
GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson got on the end of a Michel corner kick to put FC Dallas up for good, sealing a vital three points.
We're rolling out full details on Monday, but wanted to let everyone know to save next Saturday morning for a special event we'll have going on at FC Dallas Stadium.
Our first-place and defending USSDA National Champion FC Dallas Academy is inviting everyone to Frisco for FC Dallas Academy Day on Saturday, May 18th.
The Under-18s will play a crucial division match against Real Colorado starting at 10:00AM while the Under-16s will play at 12:30PM.
Admission is free to the event and we will have many of the game elements you see during FC Dallas games including FC Drum and the FC Dallas Girls.
Stay tuned for more information coming next week!
Calling all ballers!
The Dallas Beer Guardians want to invite you to participate in their 2nd annual 3v3 soccer tournament.
This day-long event will take place on May 11 to coincide with FC Dallas's home match against DC United. DBG is partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to set up a donor drive for registration. All funds collected for this tournament will go directly to Delete Blood Cancer!
This year's tournament will include:
- Up to 40 team slots (32 men's and 8 women's)
- Teams made up of 3-4 players (we are allowing each team to have a sub this year)
- Matches with 4-minute halves that will be played with a Group Stage, followed by the Knockout rounds
- Signed FC Dallas jerseys to the winners of the men's and women's divisions
- A raffle with grand prize of Chris Seitz's game-worn jersey from Saturday's DC United game
Once you have finalized your 3-4 person roster, email the following to email@example.com
- Team name
- Individual player names with contact phone number for each
* The Delete Blood Cancer donation tent will open promptly at 9:45am on May 11 to collect donations, so be sure to get there early if you plan on donating.
FC Dallas came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games with a thrilling 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. Check out the full match highlights:
MISS: Ferreira sends an early chance over the crossbar
SAVE: Fernandez denies Valeri from close range
SAVE: Fernandez palms Piquionne's shot off the post
POST: Blas Perez's header is denied by the woodwork
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe opens the scoring for Portland
PENALTY: Blas Perez taken down in the box
GOAL: Kenny Cooper tucks home the penalty for his second goal of the year
SAVE: Ricketts sprawls to deny Kenny Cooper late
April was a good month for FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The Peruvian was unbeaten for the month scoring two shutouts while going 2-0-2 overall.
Due to his solid performances, Fernandez was up for the MLSsoccer.com Top 3 Performers of the Month award and FC Dallas fans came out in force voting Fernandez to the top spot.
The Top 3 Performers for April (as voted by the fans):
3. Ryan Johnson (POR) – 3 goals, 1 assist in 4 games
2. Jack McInerney (PHI) – 4 goals in 4 games
1. Raul Fernandez (DAL) – 16 saves, 1.00 GAA in 4 games
Congratulations Raul, here's to an even better May!
An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.
Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!
By Jesse Suarez
Tuesday April 30
Day five was a day to go shopping and sight-seeing. We started the day with a light training session working on stretching, technical skills and a possession game. Our goalkeepers were trained by a special guest coach Mr. Maciek Kowal.
Thereafter, we headed to Poznan to visit the Plaza of Stary Rynek, which is a place where the Polish people shop, dance and eat. We took pictures, purchased items for the families and spent hours enjoying the scenery. We also visited the soccer stadium Lech Poznan Stadion Na Ulicy Bulgarskiej, that hosted the UEFA cup and Europa League games where the Lech Poznan pro team plays. We were hosted by the Sporting Director of Lech Poznan, Mr. Piotr Barlog. Back at the hotel, the boys watched the semifinals of the champions league between Real Madrid vs. Borrusia Dortmund, then had to pack because we were leaving the next day.
Wednesday May 1
The first goal came at the 18 minute when Jason Saco-Vertiz dribbled past the back line and took a shot to the far post which was blocked by the keeper. The ball was left in front of the net and Teague Loughmen scored. The second goal came in the second half when Alejandro Martinez slipped a pass by the defense and Richard Tapia ran on to it to score the goal.
FC Dallas 97 Pre academy - 2
Warta Poznan 96/97's - 0
FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Eric Davies, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Bernie ZuaZua (Irving Dominguez 52) , Alejandro Martinez, Duncan James (Daniel Kiser 47), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie, Teague Loughmen (Richard Tapia 47)
Teague 18' (Jason Saso-Vertiz)
Richard 68' (Alejandro Martinez)
The second game our 96 team played vs Warta Poznan 95-96' and they won 3 to 1. In the first half, Brent Mandelkorn took a right footed shot past the keeper outside the 18 yard line to score a beautiful goal. The second goal was scored by Sergio Lara who intercepted a back pass to the keeper and scored. Warta got a free kick goal right after which Krystian Lukaszyk scored. The third goal came after a great challange by Jeff Whiters who won the ball against their defense and Christian Ramirez first-timed a shot from about 25 yards and scored.
FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 3
Warta Poznan 95/96's - 1
FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Kody Korleski (Livano Salas 56) , Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios, Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Irving Dominguez 75), Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sebastian Gordillo (Jeff Withers 69), Christian Ramirez (Bernie ZuaZua 75), Sergio Lara
Brent 39' (Unassisted)
Sergio 48' (Unassisted)
Christian 71' (Jeff Whiters)
Krystian lukaszyk- 50'
After the game we drove two hours away to the city of Slesin where we will be staying the rest of our trip. Once we arrived at Wityng Hotel, coach Molina had a recovery session next to the beautiful lake. Now the boys are watching Barcelona against Bayern Munich.
Dobranoc (Good night in Polish),
D Magazine has put out their annual 2013 Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice Poll and FC Dallas was nominated for three awards!
For Best Athlete, Kenny Cooper is up against some stiff competition with names like Tony Romo, Dirk Nowitzki and Yu Darvish on the ballot.
First-place FC Dallas was also nominated for best local sports team and FC Dallas Stadium was nominated for best local sports venue.
Click here to vote FCD!
With his 47th minute goal as well as an amazing 14 clearances according to the OPTA Chalkboard, Matt Hedges earned a spot on the weekly Castrol Index, coming in at 20th overall. With George John out for the second half, Hedges had to come up huge on multiple occasions in Vancouver, leading the back line.
Castrol Index Week 9 Top 20 Performers
|1||Camilo Sanvezzo||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||FC Dallas||2,088|
|2||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Philadelphia Union||1,546|
|3||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||Chicago Fire||1,461|
|4||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||Toronto FC||1,401|
|5||Chance Myers||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Portland Timbers||1,393|
|6||Brian Rowe||Goalkeeper||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||1,371|
|7||Lee Nguyen||Midfielder||New England Revolution||88||Philadelphia Union||1,368|
|8||Mike Magee||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||1,332|
|9||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,325|
|10||Brad Davis||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||90||Colorado Rapids||1,293|
|11||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Chivas USA||1,245|
|12||Ryan Johnson||Forward||Portland Timbers||71||Sporting KC||1,232|
|13||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||Sporting KC||1,143|
|14||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||Houston Dynamo||1,097|
|15||Diego Fagundez||Midfielder||New England Revolution||90||Philadelphia Union||1,071|
|16||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Portland Timbers||1,065|
|17||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,058|
|18||Dwayne De Rosario||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Columbus Crew||1,002|
|19||Dominic Oduro||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||983|
|20||Matt Hedges||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||974|
After Saturday's draw in Vancouver, FC Dallas slid to the second spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings saying "On the face of it, a 2-2 draw on the road is a pretty good result. But it came at the price of two starters going off injured, a third going off under the influence of the red mist and a two-goal lead coughed up in the interim. Hey, at least they got the point."
FCD also dropped to the #2 slot in the Soccer by Ives rankings, also noting that FCD struggled a bit when George John and Andrew Jacobson had to come out of the lineup. Dallas retained the top spot in the Soccer America power rankings staying above Los Angeles while the Sporting News rankings dropped FC Dallas to number two.