Recently, FC Dallas welcomed a delegation of teams from their new affiliate in Monterrey, Mexico.
The trip and the new affiliation have been spearheaded by FC Dallas Under-14 Development Academy Head Coach Francisco Molina, a Monterrey-native.
“I think they’re going to represent our brand very well in Monterrey,” said Molina. “[Liga MX clubs] Monterrey and Tigres had both approached them and that’s not what they want. They want to be able to take advantage of our tournaments and try to promote the Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational to make it international.”
After nearly a two-year process, the club formerly known as Virgin Soccer officially became an FC Dallas affiliate recently. Led by club directors Gabriel Moreno, Patricio Guerra & Miguel Mendoza, the club has six teams from U-15 to U-9 level and over Labor Day weekend brought teams to scrimmage the FCD U-16, U-15 and U-14 sides.
“It was competitive and more than I thought because that older age group that they had was only four months old,” said Molina. “All the kids we’re excited to be here and wanted to prove to us that they could play. I knew they were going to be organized, but the quality of the players they brought was really very exciting for me.”
Molina added that one player will be invited to Frisco to join the FCD ‘98’s and that he’s extremely excited about how the affiliation will develop over time. Coaching clinics with FC Dallas Academy coaches traveling down to Monterrey is planned for the future and also in the plans is using the FC Dallas ECNL teams to help start a girls team.
“With the guys who are running FC Dallas in Monterrey, I think it’s going to be very successful,” said Molina. “Monterrey and Tigres both have academies here in Dallas and we’re definitely more organized in Monterrey than they are here.”
Over Labor Day weekend, the FC Dallas '03 Boys Premier team traveled to Austin to play in the U-12 Gold division in the Austin Labor Day Cup.
It was a big weekend for the boys as they won three games and tied one to earn first place and come home champions!
Several players scored for FC Dallas in a full team effort with the boys working hard in the central Texas heat to bring home another trophy for FC Dallas Youth.
HIGHLIGHTS: Strikers 0 Scorpions 0
It was back to action for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last weekend as they extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 0-0 shutout against San Antonio Scorpions.
For FCD's on-loan players it was a solid weekend as goalkeeper Richard Sanchez extended his out shutout streak to 315 minutes with a third-straight shutout in the scoreless draw.
In addition to Sanchez's shutout, forward Bradlee Baladez returned from a minor calf strain to play 14 minutes.
FTL returns to the field on Saturday in Canada where they'll face FC Edmonton.
Baladez and Sanchez also had media duty last week as Sanchez was on with the legendary Fernando Fiore and Republica Deportiva.
Baladez appeared on the Ultras Alive podcast(his interview starts around 9:00)
In Sweden, Bobby Warshaw and Angelholms FF had the weekend off while Moises Hernandez was an unused substitute in Deportivo Saprissa's 0-0 draw with Puntarenas.
WATCH: Watson scores vs Whitecaps
Je-Vaughn Watson said after Saturday's game that his eyes are on nothing but qualifying for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs and his contributions were huge for FC Dallas on Saturday in the 3-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Watson dominated the left side on Saturday completing 26 of 31 passes as well as his wonder-strike past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted early in the first half.
For Watson's 84-minute contributions, he earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors, his first appearance this season.
MF: Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas) – The outstanding two-way display in Dallas' 3-1 win over Vancouver might have been enough to secure his place here, but he made sure of it with a fine long-range strike to bring his team level.
CLICK HERE to see the full MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week comments.
Mauro and Jair may have gotten the love for MLS Goal of the Week, but Je-Vaughn Watson was also honored for his Saturday night performance as a nominee for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of Week 28!
The Jamaican terrorized the Whitecaps back line all evening scoring a wonder-goal in the eighth minute while combining with Jackson and Fabian Castillo to nearly put the ball past David Ousted a few other times.
Watson is enjoying the best form since joining FCD having started nine of the last 12 games for Schellas Hyndman's men.
Click here to vote for Je-Vaughn and get him some recognition for his fantastic game!
This week there's not one, but two FC Dallas players nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Amazingly, the goals came within two minutes of each other as Mauro Diaz's 87th minute game-winning volley and Jair Benitez's 89th minute blast from midfield are up for the weekly award.
Diaz now sits with two goals and an assist in just 226 minutes of action since joining FC Dallas from River Plate of Argentina while Benitez's strike was his second MLS goal with FCD in the left back's 121st appearance with the club.
Watch the video, pick out your favorite in the poll to the right and let us know who you voted for!
All eyes in the North American soccer world this week are turned to Columbus where the United States will host Mexico on Tuesday in a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier, and MLSsoccer.com did a feature video looking at two players with hispanic heritages, Richard Sanchez of FC Dallas/Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Jose Villarreal of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
It's a great watch so check it out below:
FC Dallas vaults back into a playoff position defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 tonight behind three spectacular goals and two late bombs. Here's all the action:
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
GOAL: Daigo Kobayashi puts the Whitecaps in front with an early goal
GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson ties things up with a laser from outside the box
WIDE: Jackson nearly scores on a nifty flick
GOAL: Mauro Diaz's brilliant volley gives FCD a priceless lead
GOAL: Jair Benitez scores a goal of the year candidate from midfield to ice the game
Congratulations to our #Vancouvering Instagram contest winners @AmyGym and @Tomerbarazni10!
As FC Dallas finishes up final preparations for tomorrow's huge Western Conference showdown with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (TICKETS), both Raul Fernandez and Blas Perez are about to take part in crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that will play a massive part in deciding whether Peru and Panama make historic World Cup appearances. Let's take a look at the situations for both countries heading into tonight's matches:
Raul Fernandez & Peru
It's make or break time for Raul Fernandez and Peru tonight as the South American country looks to qualify for their first World Cup since 1982. La Blanquirroja sits seventh out of nine teams in CONMEBOL qualifying, but just two points behind Uruguay and Venezuela for the fifth-place playoff spot.
Tonight in Lima, Peru will host Uruguay in a match that could propel them into that final playoff spot with a win. Just four games remain in Peru's World Cup Qualifying schedule and if they win all four, they will finish in at least the fifth-place playoff spot. You can catch tonight's Peru vs Uruguay match live on BeIn Sport Espanol at 9:30PM. Seeing as how it's during the USA vs Costa Rica match, you may want to set your DVR.
Blas Perez & Panama
Tonight is equally huge for Blas Perez and Panama as La Marea Roja host lowly Jamaica. Panama currently sits in fifth place just one point behind Honduras for the fourth-place playoff spot and two points behind Mexico for the third-place automatic qualifying spot. With four games left and remaining matches at Honduras, at Mexico and against the United States, grabbing three points against the Reggae Boys tonight is an absolute must if Blas and Panama want to keep their dreams alive to qualify for a first World Cup. This match starts at 10PM and will not be available on TV.