FC Dallas is in Bradenton, Florida this week for the second phase of preseason and we have the first pictures from the IMG Academy. FC Dallas will take on USF tomorrow afternoon in Bradenton.
FC Dallas added another piece to their attack on Friday announcing the loan acquisition of Andres "Manga" Escobar from Dynamo Kiev. The 22-year-old Colombian is close friends with Fabian Castillo and looks to be another exciting addition to an FCD attack that has added a number of young players this offseason.
Here's the always-anticipated YouTube highlight package for our newest young star :
FC Dallas wrapped up their preseason slate in the UAE with another game against Sweden's BK Hacken on Monday in Dubai. This game was not streamed, but BK Hacken has provided highlights shown above. Fabian Castillo opened the scoring for FCD early in the first half, but some lax defending allowed BK Hacken with three goals to win the rematch of Friday's 3-0 FC Dallas win.
FC Dallas first half lineup:
Seitz(Sanchez 30), Warshaw, Walker, Hernandez, Benitez, Jacobson, Moffat, Castillo, Diaz, Watson, Perez
FC Dallas second half lineup:
Sanchez(Zobeck 60), Warshaw, Walker, Hernandez, Michel, Hollingshead, Watson, Garcia, Span, Diaz(Top), Akindele(Baladez)
FC Dallas played their first official friendly of the 2014 preseason on Friday morning, defeating Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Hacken 3-0 in Abu Dhabi.
FCD got the scoring going early in the match as Fabian Castillo turned on the afterburners to glide past the Hacken defense before slotting home far post to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.
After a big save from Richard Sanchez, FCD doubled the lead through Blas Perez. A cross was sent in to the Panamanian with his defender having fallen down. Blas easily curled one in to the far post to give FC Dallas the 2-0 lead they would hold at the halftime interval.
The second half saw both sides make wholesale changes and FCD capped a fantastic opening match with a late goal as Danny Garcia's wonderful through ball found Ryan Hollingshead making a streaking run into the box. The California-native rounded the keeper and finished from close range to round out the scoring.
"It was a great exercise against a good team. It was very competitive and gave us different challenges," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "At this stage of the preseason, it has a great value to come and get 90 minutes for a team like ours that is in preseason mode. I thought we took the best out of the game and that makes me happy."
FC Dallas is set to play BK Hacken again on Monday in another preseason match. Follow @FCDallas on Twitter for news on whether that one will be streamed or not.
Starting XI: Sanchez, Michel, Hernandez, Hedges, Acosta, Moffat, Jacobson(C), Diaz, Watson, Castillo, Perez
Second-half Subs: Seitz, Walker, Warshaw, Ulloa, Luccin, Hollingshead, Span, Akindele, Garcia
After a week and a half of fitness drills, FCD finally hit the field for a game on Tuesday and it seems as if the guys were raring to go. While a tenatively scheduled game against their host club fell through, FCD was still able to play an intrasquad scrimmage at the nearly 50,000-seat Zayed Sports City Stadium with the blue team winning 3-2.
According to our trusty reporter on the ground in Abu Dhabi, the red squad took the lead as Blas Perez scored a PK before Peter Luccin tied things up with a long range shot. Cobi Span gave the blue team the lead after rounding the 'keeper on a through ball from Danny Garcia before Kellyn Acosta tied the game with what was described as an "unbelievable" goal from 25-30 yards out into the upper 90.
The game-winner came from new signing Ryan Hollingshead, who volleyed home a cross from Danny Garcia to finish the scoring.
While we have not confirmed this report, Swedish club BK Häcken says there will be friendlies against FC Dallas both on Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10.
Here's a photo gallery of pictures from yesterday's scrimmage:
We have more pictures from UAE! Here's day three of the preseason trip:
Welcome to the 2014 Budweiser Draught Draft! Here's how it works: we have eight Tier 1 Pub Partners and eight road matches selected for our 2014 Party at the Pubs watch party series presented by Budweiser.
Rather than randomly assign matches to our Pub Partners, we're going to let them choose their respective matches. But how do we decide who gets the first pick? Easy, we don't; that's where you come in!
Just cast your vote for your favorite Pub Partner in the poll to the right. When voting ends on Thursday (5pm CT), the pub with the most votes gets to make the first pick in the 2014 Budweiser Draught Draft. The pub with the second most votes gets the second pick, and so on and so forth.
So pick your pub and let us know who you think should get the top spot in our 2014 Party at the Pubs watch party series presented by Budweiser!
SEGMENT 1: Stein and Steve look back extensively at the first match of the year for the U.S. national team, starting with -- what else? -- another round of debate surrounding San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski and what a two-goal performance did for his chances of earning a spot on the 23-man roster that Jurgen Klinsmann takes to Brazil.
SEGMENT 2: New York Times contributor Brian Sciaretta, who keeps track of Americans playing soccer abroad as well as anyone, makes his Soccer Today debut to talk about all the stories with U.S. connections that were in circulation before Friday's closing of the winter transfer window.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Alexi Lalas makes a surprise visit to the show after calling the United States' two-nil win over Korea in Los Angeles with Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman. Which means more dissection of the Yanks' performance ... and a glimpse into Alexi's Super Bowl Sunday plans.
SEGMENT 4: The one and only Pele appeared on ESPN FC earlier in the week and addressed his latest public spat with Argentina's Diego Maradona. The boys touch on that here as well as the rumors out of England that Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is MLS-bound.
FC Dallas has arrived in UAE and here's the first set of pictures from their preseason trip! Photos by Leigh Anne Gullett & Roger Hammerschmidt.
FC Dallas has arrived in United Arab Emirates after the overseas flight and some pictures have begun coming in via Instagram!