MLS Regular Season
As FC Dallas prepares to take on first place D.C. United, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
10,000 - The first 10,000 fans to enter Toyota Stadium on Saturday night will receive an Oscar "Papi" Pareja bobblehead courtesy of MoneyGram!
68 - If Dan Kennedy keeps a clean sheet for at least 68 minutes, it would be the longest shutout streak in MLS this season, reaching 340 minutes.
1 - D.C. United will be without their number one goalkeeper on Saturday. Bill Hamid will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to injury.
5 - Fabian Castillo likes to play at home. He has scored five of his seven goals on the season at Toyota Stadium.
4 - DCU midfielder/forward Chris Rolfe leads MLS in game winning goals with four.
2007 - DCU last won in Frisco in 2007, but FC Dallas has won three of the last five meetings at home between the clubs, drawing the other two.
9 - FC Dallas is undefeated in their last five games at home, haven't allowed a goal in their last three, and have only lost once all season in nine games at home. THIS IS OUR HOUSE!
2 - United hasn't scored in their last two league games. FC Dallas will look to make that three.
1,805 - DCU captain Bobby Boswell leads MLS in minutes played with 1,805.
15 - D.C. United has allowed five of its 18 goals (28%) in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season. DCU has also scored 61% (14 of 23) of its goals in the final 30 minutes.
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19 after helping FCD earn it's thrid straight shutout and thrid straight win on Saturday in Orlando. This is the defender's second time to make the MLS Team fo the Week this season.
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) - Calm but firm, the big center back orchestrated FCD's composed, clean-sheet defensive effort. Third straight shutout, third straight win for the used-to-be-Hoops.
Take a look at the highlights from the first ever MLS meeting between Dallas and Orlando:
BY JEREMY VILLANUEVA
FC Dallas takes its three-game unbeaten streak into a new city to MLS on Saturday. We have you covered on the matchup by the numbers:
0 – No team has ever won when these two teams face… they haven’t tied either. This is the first meeting in history between FC Dallas and Orlando City SC (minus a preseason scrimmage that we’ll just forget about).
-10 – Orlando City will be without its No. 10, Kaka, after a red card in last week’s 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.
3 – Fabian Castillo heads into Orlando on a three-game scoring streak. He has had one previous three-match MLS scoring streak but has never scored in four straight games.
15 – Aside from Kaka, Orlando City will also be missing Cyle Larin in Saturday’s contest. The two account for 15 of the team’s 23 goals on the season.
5 – Orlando City SC has a way of being fouled inside the box. The team leads the league in penalty kicks attempted with five, scoring four.
181- Although FC Dallas is last in the league in shots with 181; the team is sixth in the league in goals for.
6 – Orlando is the enemy this weekend. Is it any surprise “The Lions” hold a 6-6-6 record heading into the match? (cue the “Twilight Zone” music)
+1 – Both teams hold a plus-one goal differential on the season. FC Dallas has scored 24 goals thus far with Orlando City at its heels with 23.
2 – FC Dallas has had its struggles on the road recently with only two wins on the season and none in their last five games. Could Saturday be their third?
8 – Dallas is in the midst of an eight-day streak of seeing one of its players compete in the Gold Cup. FCD has five players in the Gold Cup, tied for most in the league with Real Salt Lake. Follow how the FCD players are doing at our Gold Cup Central landing page.
By Jeremy Villanueva
FC Dallas’ star duo Mauro Díaz and Fabian Castillo and head coach Oscar "Papi" Pareja were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 18 after a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Independence Day. “Super Mauro” played a role in all three goals, including an early free kick sent under the Revolution wall. Castillo extended his goal streak to three games, and Pareja led FCD to its third straight home shutout.
M: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – The "Díaz Show" was on full display against the Revolution, as the Argentine weaved through New England's defense all night, ending up with a goal and an assist.
M: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – The Revolution could not deal with the Colombian's speed on Saturday, as Castillo wreaked havoc all night for FC Dallas.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - El Profe had his two stars going full throttle Saturday night as FC Dallas collected their second consecutive win.
Take a look at the fireworks on the field from FC Dallas' 3-0 win over New England Revolution on July 4th:
As FC Dallas prepares to take on New England on July 4th, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
1 - New England has only won once in their last 10 MLS matches
3 - FC Dallas has won the last three matches between the clubs
2008 - The Revolution haven't won in Frisco since 2008 and are winless in their last five road games
1000 - There will be over 1000 fireworks as part of the post-match fireworks show
8 - FCD will be playing their third game in eight days on Saturday
2 - Fabian Castillo has scored in two consecutive matches for Dallas, can he make it three against the Revs?
7 - Charlie Davies leads New England with seven goals in 2015
257 - New England has commited 257 fouls this season. They have also suffered 257 fouls this season
13 - FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja played 13 games for New England before being traded to the Dallas Burn on May 26, 1998
The FC Dallas design team of Erik Davila & Olivia Brestal has done a fantastic job this year with their match posters and scarves of the month, but this might take the cake.
If the official match poster for Saturday's July 4th extravaganza vs New England looks a little bit off to you, there's a good reason. This week's match poster is a special 3D version bringing Zach Loyd to life(though don't worry, you can also see him on the Toyota Stadium field Saturday night as well).
The poster is available in the FCD Team Store on gameday and, of course, for every poster you purchase for $5, you'll get a pair of 3D glasses to enjoy it in all its glory. Quantities are very limited so be sure to arrive early and get yours before they sell out!
Our July Scarf of the Month is dedicated to the patriotic-filled month in North Texas.
FC Dallas will face the New England Revolution on Saturday, July 4, with the annual post-match fireworks show - one of the largest shows in the metroplex!
Then on Sunday, July 5, the U.S. Women's National Team will play for the 2015 Women's World Cup title at 6 p.m. - be sure to join us for our watch party at the Granada Theater!
Finally, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup will kick-off on Tuesday, July 7, with a doubleheader right here at Toyota Stadium - Panama will get the evening started as they play Haiti at 6:00 CT followed immediately by the U.S. Men's National Team facing Honduras at 8:30!
You don’t want to miss your opportunity to get your one-of-a-kind scarf celebrating America. Be sure to stop by the team store or buy it at the July 4 match-up against New England!
SPECIAL STORE HOURS THIS WEEK ONLY
Wednesday July 1st : 10am – 9pm
Thursday July 2nd : 10am – 7 pm
Friday July 3rd: 10am – 3pm
FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 17. This is the first time Ulloa has been named to the Team of the Week this season, and the first time an FC Dallas player has been nominated since Week 12.
M: Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas) – Was active and didn't give the ball away in the Texas Derby. He also made a ridiculous cross-field pass to get Fabián Castillo into position to score the team's second goal.
Castillo was included as a bench player for TOTW with one goal and a cross that was deflected in for an own goal.