MLS Regular Season
By Taylor Hester
As FC Dallas gears up to take on the Houston Dynamo, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
1 - For every Tweet using #CrushTheOrange, Dan Hunt will personally donate $1 to the FC Dallas Foundation
5 - FCD finally returns home after a five-game road swing
14 - In their last 16 home games, FC Dallas is unbeaten in 14, winning 12 matches
6 - Houston Dynamo extended their road winless streak to six last weekend, losing 2-0 to the Portland Timbers
4 - FCD has won four of the last five matches agaisnt Houston in MLS play, and two straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches
7 - Houston's Will Bruin is tied for third-most goals in MLS with seven
51 - Houston is last in MLS in terms of Shots on Goal with 51
831 - Friday marks 831 days since the last time FC Dallas hosted the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk in MLS play
0 - Zero is the amount of times the Dynamo have fired El Capitan from 2013-15
250 - Wastewater from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex flows downstream 250 miles in the Trinity River and into Lake Livingston where Houston gets most of its water
It’s derby week once again as FC Dallas returns home from a five-game road swing with the Houston Dynamo making their first MLS appearance at Toyota Stadium since March 17, 2013.
Not only is the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk a heated battle on the field, but through the Derby Donates initiative, it is now a way for both teams to come together and give back to their local communities. This week, there are three different ways that the FC Dallas Foundation and Dynamo Charities are getting involved.
First, through the “Every Save Makes a Difference” initiative and partnership between MLS WORKS, Allstate and Univision Deportes, for every save made in the Texas Derby, $500 will be donated to that team’s designated community organization. The FC Dallas Foundation has chosen Soccer Assist as the beneficiary for each save made, while Dynamo Charities has chosen Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley as theirs.
The second initiative is a friendly competition between each foundation. The losing team’s foundation will be donating $1,000 worth of soccer equipment to a charity in the wining team’s community. Should FC Dallas win, Dynamo Charities will donate equipment to America Scores Dallas. And should Houston win, the FC Dallas Foundation will donate to Neighborhood Centers Inc. Harbach-Ripley.
Finally, FCD president Dan Hunt has personally challenged FC Dallas fans to show their support leading up to Friday’s match. For every tweet using #CrushTheOrange, Hunt will personally donate $1 to the FC Dallas Foundation, up to $1,000. We’ve made it easy for you to do so with the Tweet buttons!
No matter the result on the field, both teams will be contributing to the greater good of their local communities this rivalry week.
A sleepy first half turned into an exciting second half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as FC Dallas and Colorado shared the points in the final game of a five-match road trip for FCD. Here are your highlights:
As FC Dallas travels to Colorado to take on the Rapids, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
5 - This is the last game of a five-game road swing for FC Dallas before returning home to face Houston Dynamo on June 26
1 - Colorado has only won one game at home this season, but have only conceded nine goals
64 - FCD has played Colorado 64 times, winning 31 matches and tying 12
283 - Dallas hasn't scored in the last 283 minutes of league play
13 - Fabian Castillo has been clinical in 13 games played against Colorado, scoring four goals and assisting on five others
3 - Only three active players (Drew Moor - COL, Atiba Harris - DAL, Zach Loyd - DAL) remain on either side from the MLS Cup Final match-up in 2010, which Colorado took over Dallas, 2-1
3.27 - Mauro Diaz ranks first in fouls suffered per match this season with 3.27
45 - Since Oscar Pareja was named head coach of FC Dallas, the club has only lost four games in matches that Mauro Diaz has played at least 45 minutes (13-4-6)
25 - FC Dallas (24.12) and Colorado Rapids (24.9) are two of only four teams in MLS with an average roster age under 25
0 - FCD has never lost in their new secondary kits and will be wearing them against Colorado
As FC Dallas heads to Seattle to take on the Sounders, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
1260 – Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas) and Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) have played every minute of every match this season for their respective clubs
55 – Seattle’s goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the league in saves with 55 on the season
3 – Blas Perez (FC Dallas) and Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) are tied with Chris Rolfe (D.C. United), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), and Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) for the most game winning goals in MLS with three
10 – The Sounders will be without their No. 10 Saturday as Marco Pappa was called up for Guatemala’s World Cup qualifiers June 11 and June 15
9 – Seattle leads the league in goal differential at nine, two ahead of Western Conference foe Sporting Kansas City
6 –Six FC Dallas players were named to Gold Cup provisional rosters, tying Houston Dynamo for most in MLS
1.86 – The Sounders are in a tie for second in the Supporters Shield race, but they lead the league in points per game at 1.86
31 – Michel is the club’s all-time leader in goals (four), assists (three), and shots on goal (six) vs. Seattle
0 – Zero is the amount of games FC Dallas lost to the Seattle Sounders in the postseason last year
16.38 – The difference in amount of inches of rain in the month of May (2015) between Dallas (16.96) and Seattle (0.58)
Sunday’s match against San Jose Earthquakes will air nationally on Fox Sports 1 as part of Soccer Sunday, so we have you covered on how to watch and support your FC Dallas squad to three points from home.
This is the second game against Chris Wondolowski and his squad after defeating the Earthquakes 1-0 to start off the season with a late-goal from Blas Perez.
Be sure to tune in to Fox Sports 1 or use the FoxSportsGo app on your phone or tablet at 6 p.m.
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Second segment … The hosts are joined by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap for further exploration of FIFA president Sepp Blatter the ongoing allegations of bribery and corruption inside his organization.
Third segment … A chat with basketball star (and soccer fan) Dirk Nowitzki, who will soon be on his way to Berlin for the big UEFA Champions League final. We also begin looking at the final: Italy's Juventus vs. Spain's Barcelona FC.
Fourth segment … We finish by talking about the U.S. under-20s, now playing in the FIFA under-20 World Cup, and Steve Davis reveals the story of his personalized, autographed ball from Sepp Blatter.
After five-straight games on the road for FC Dallas, the team returns home for back-to-back matches including a rivalry match and fireworks celebration.
FCD will host Texas Derby-rival Houston Dynamo on Friday, June 26, presented by Novo Nordisk, and then celebrate the Fourth of July against the New England Revolution on Saturday, July 4th, presented by TXU Energy.
The Dynamo haven’t played in Frisco since March 2013 where FCD took a 3-2 win. Houston is back in the Western Conference this season, and this is game two of a three-game Texas Derby season series after Dallas won the first match in dominating fashion, 4-1. FCD can clinch El Capitán in front of an expected sell-out crowd, and it is sure to be a match you don’t want to miss!
Then eight days later, Toyota Stadium will be packed once again - this time it’s for a showdown with the 2014 MLS Cup-finalist New England Revolution. There’s no better way to spend the Fourth of July than with FC Dallas. This is the fourth straight year FCD has celebrated Independence Day with a home match followed by one of the biggest fireworks shows in the metroplex! Secure your tickets today and be a part of history with one of the largest-expected crowds in Toyota Stadium history.