The English Premier League's Aston Villa arrived in Frisco on Saturday morning to mark the beginning of their 2014 Texas Tour. The team attended the FCD vs. New England match in Frisco Saturday night to try and get a little scouting in before they face off against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.
Aston Villa trained for the first time in Frisco on Sunday for only a light training session and later that night former Aston Villa player who traveled with the team, Lee Hendrie, made a visit to the authentic Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Dallas. He gave the restaurant a jersey and team pennant.
Monday saw a more intense, fast paced training session inside the stadium in order to get them ready for the heat they will face in their two upcoming games in Texas. After training, Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, an avid Aston Villa fan, gave the team a visit on location in Frisco.
Today, the team took a tour of the Cowboys stadium ahead of tonight's open training session at Toyota Stadium in preparation for the 8pm kickoff Wednesday night.
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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."
It's a busy week at Toyota Stadium as we prepare for Wednesday's match between FC Dallas and English Premier League side Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram and Tuesday is one of the biggest days annually at Toyota Stadium as we host our Season Ticket Holder Meet The Team day. Here's all the info on tomorrow's big event:
*NOTE* If you are not a season ticket holder, you can still gain access to Meet The Team day by calling 888-FCD-GOAL and getting your 2015 season tickets.
6:00 - West gate opens for STH's only
6:15 - Free dinner available for STH's in the El Jimador Cantina(Northwest terrace)
6:30 - Special Fan Q&A session in the WinStar River Club with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert & players Shay Given, Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, Fabian Delph & Gary Gardner. (Open to STH's only)
6:30 - East gate opens for non-STH's with a ticket to Wednesday's match for Aston Villa open training session. (You must have a ticket to Wednesday's international friendly for access to Tuesday's open training session)
7:00 - Aston Villa open training session begins
7:15 - FC Dallas players out to locations for Meet The Team day.
After a tough start to the season, Andres Escobar is red hot with four goals and an assist in his last eight games in MLS/USOC and he scored his first game-winning goal on Saturday night in the 2-0 win over New England. According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Escobar led all players with four key passes on Saturday night and his 92 actions were third highest on the team.
Andres' 29th minute goal was #10 on ESPNFC's goals of the weekend and it has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week, so show your appreciation for his game on Saturday by voting for him early and often this week!
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FCDTV brings you The Final Word after tonight's 2-0 win over New England:
Here are your match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over the New England Revolution Saturday night:
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Hear from Oscar Pareja, Moises Hernandez & Zach Loyd ahead of Saturday's game vs New England: