MLS Regular Season
Every year since FC Dallas Stadium opened back in 2005, July 4th has been one of the dates you circle on the calendar as a big night for FC Dallas. FCD has played at home for all eight July 4th weekend games since moving to Frisco with a 4-1-2 on fireworks night and there are so many things happening in and around the stadium on Thursday that we thought it'd be helpful to put all the info in one spot, so here's your official FC Dallas July 4th celebration guide!
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, July 1) – North Texas residents can catch the biggest fireworks show in the area Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium following the team’s 8 p.m. match versus Chivas USA, presented by TXU Energy.
The first 5,000 people at FC Dallas Stadium will receive a rally towel from TXU Energy. There will also be a player autograph session (player to be determined) at 7:15 p.m., soccer tricks by the Futboleros and giveaways along the concourse, including drawstring backpacks.
U.S. Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath will serve as the pregame honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of a fallen soldier, which will be presented to the soldier’s family at halftime. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
Limited tickets are still available with prices starting at $19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625), or purchase online through TicketMaster.com. Fans can also book a ticket and a ride to and from the game on the FCD Express bus program for $25. Visit FCDallas.com/fcdexpress for more information.
Frisco Freedom Fest
Starting at 4 p.m. Frisco Freedom Fest will be taking over Frisco Square for the 11th-straight year. Click here for all the info around Frisco Freedom Fest.
Pre-game with TXU Energy
-First 5,000 fans receive FC Dallas rally towels courtesy of TXU Energy
-TBD FC Dallas player autograph signing at the TXU Energy tent at 7:15 p.m.
-Cash cube with FC Dallas Stadium cash courtesy of TXU Energy
-TXU Energy text to win light bulb guessing game promotion to win an FC Dallas VIP experience
-TXU employees and customers receive 25% off at the FC Dallas Team Store(employees show credentials, customers show mobile app)
-Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony with US Women's National Team star Tobin Heath
-Special The American Fallen Soldiers Project presentation
-20 minute fireworks show, one of the largest in North Texas
-Chance to win a $500 energy bill credit courtesy of TXU Energy
-DJ Sober in the WinStar River Club
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
GOAL: Amobi Okugo's header off a throw-in gives the Union a 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman heads in Michel's corner kick to tie the match.
RED: Je-Vaughn Watson is ejected after receiving a second yellow card for simulation.
GOAL: Second half substitute Aaron Wheeler gives Philly the late 2-1 lead.
NO GOAL: Blas Perez's equalizer goes uncalled after being cleared from behind the line by Sheanon Williams.
GOAL: Perez heads one home in the 97th minute to salvage the road point for FC Dallas.
FC Dallas extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a dramatic late 2-2 tie. Here's all the best moments from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 2 Sporting KC 2
POST: Kenny Cooper's header beats Jimmy Nielsen but not the post
POST: FCD hits the post again on a David Ferreira free kick
GOAL: Sporting Kansas City takes the lead before the half on a Kamara penalty kick
GOAL: Sporting KC doubles their lead on a Je-Vaughn Watson own goal
RED CARD: CJ Sapong is sent off for kicking the ball at a fallen Andrew Jacobson
GOAL: Andrew Jacobson gives FCD hope, cutting the lead in half on a nice header
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman buries a 90th minute header to blow the lid off FC Dallas Stadium
After a brilliant game against Portland which saw him record seven saves, it's no surprise that Raul Fernandez is nominated for Mlssoccer.com's Save of the Week. Fernandez's save in the 39th minute earned the nod. Voting is open until Thursday at 11:59 pm pacific time. Fernandez was also named the #1 performer of the week in the Top 3 Performers for week 16.
Further recognition rolled in for Raul who was also named to MLS' Team of the Week, alongside Zach Loyd, who had a solid defensive effort against Portland in addition to a goal against Houston in Open Cup action. Here's what Nicholas Rosano had to say about the duo:
GK: Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) –Dallas may have lost in Portland,dropping a 1-0 result, but it would have been much worse had the Peruvian 'keeper not made a string of ridiculous saves worthy of any highlight reel.
DF: Zach Loyd (FC Dallas) – Just ahead of Fernández, the right back did the best out of any of Dallas' defenders on the night on both sides of the ball, frustrating Portland out wide for long stretches of the game and getting forward to good effect.
David Ferreira got some attention for his performance on Saturday, as well. The midfielder came in at number 16 on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20, his second time making the list this season.
Castrol Index Week 16 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Colorado Rapids||1,349|
|2||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,326|
|3||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,306|
|4||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||1,246|
|5||Diego Chará||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,085|
|6||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||988|
|7||Brian Mullan||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||981|
|8||Dominic Oduro||Forward||Columbus Crew||89||Montreal Impact||972|
|9||Joe Bendik||Goalkeeper||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||912|
|10||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||821|
|11||Scott Caldwell||Midfielder||New England Revolution||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||811|
|12||Diego Valeri||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||783|
|13||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||760|
|14||Marvell Wynne||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||759|
|15||Dimitry Imbongo||Forward||New England Revolution||22||Vancouver Whitecaps||746|
|16||David Ferreira||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Portland Timbers||745|
|17||Robert Earnshaw||Forward||Toronto FC||79||D.C. United||702|
|18||Chad Marshall||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||698|
|19||Juan Agudelo||Forward||New England Revolution||74||Vancouver Whitecaps||694|
|20||Nick DeLeon||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Toronto FC||
This week’s power rankings results were not too positive for FC Dallas following a loss to Portland on the road. All but one of the weekly rankings moved the team down at least one spot, but the team stil remains in everyone's top five. FC Dallas has a chance to bounce back with a home match Saturday against Sporting KC.
Soccer America moved Portland to the top, dropping FC Dallas one spot to number three.
Even by the stratospheric standards of Jeld-Wen Field, the roars and celebrations that saluted Nagbe’s strike in the 53rd minute skewed off the scale. Rival keepers Donovan Ricketts and Raul Fernandez each had seven saves and FCD, even without Panama striker Blas Perez, could well have departed with a tie. This game showcased the league nicely to an ESPN audience that had just seen Brazil thump Japan in the Confederations Cup.
Yahoo Sports left FC Dallas at number two and had some encouraging words:
They're atop the overall league standings and they won't always be without their key front man. Dallas are going to be just fine.
FC Dallas dropped just one spot to #3 according to mlssoccer.com:
Lost, and were outclassed. But thanks to another spectacular performance from Raúl Fernández, they had a legit chance at a point up until the final whistle. Very impressive, especially considering they were without all three of their target forwards.
ESPN FC dropped FCD two spots to number five after the loss:
Injury, international duty and a family emergency for Kenny Cooper all conspired to rob FC Dallas of any striking threat, yet Schellas Hyndman's side still made a game of it in Portland only to fall 1-0. Raul Fernandez put on a goalkeeping clinic.
ProSoccerTalk switched FC Dallas and Portland, moving FCD to number two:.
The team has three top-shelf strikers, but circumstance conspired to keep all three off the field for most of the 1-0 loss to Portland.
FC Dallas may have lost a heartbreaker in Portland on Saturday, but Raul Fernandez had another amazing game in the goal with seven saves. As a result, the nominations and honors are already pouring in for Fernandez who leads MLS goalkeepers in saves this season.
It's only Monday, but Fernandez has already been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of the Week and El Latino de la Jornada for Week 16. Voting for Top 3 closes tonight at 7:00 and El Latino de la Jornada voting will remain open until the end of the day Thursday. Make sure to vote Raul!
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 road loss to the Portland Timbers.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez scrambles to keep the match level.
SAVE: Fernandez comes up big again on Will Johnson.
SAVE: Jackson tests Donovan Ricketts with a powerful shot.
GOAL: Darlington Nagbe's no-look turning shot beats Fernandez.
SAVE: Fernandez pushes Diego Valeri's attempt over the crossbar.
After a weekend off, there wasn't any movement in this week's power rankings for FC Dallas, meaning that the team remains in the top three in every major list for another week. Dallas has their work cut out for them this week with two games, including a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup matchup against rival Houston on Wednesday before the team travels to Portland to take on the Timbers.
MLSsoccer.com left FCD in the second spot and gave George John some love:
How was George John not on the All-Star ballot? How was he not on the preliminary 35-man Gold Cup roster? Has everybody forgotten that there's soccer happening in Dallas?
ESPN FC once again kept FC Dallas at number three:
Dallas bided its time and prepared for its mammoth Western Conference clash against Portland. Manager Schellas Hyndman will be hoping that the gastroenteritis that sidelined Blas Perez while on international duty doesn't shut the forward down.
FC Dallas also stayed put in Soccer America’s Power Rankings.
Avi Creditor of SI.com kept Dallas in the top spot despite a weekend off:
FC Dallas had the week off, but the club will wait on the word regarding striker Blas Perez, who was ruled out of Panama's World Cup qualifier with the USA with gastroenteritis. Should he have to miss the weekend's crucial bout with Portland, that'd be a big blow for a side whose Western Conference lead continues to shrink.
FCD remained at number two according to Yahoo Sports:
This won't be an easy week for Dallas. They'll have to follow a Wednesday night USOC home game against Houston with a Saturday evening contest at Portland.
It was such a big success the last time we did it, we thought we'd do it again!
We have five pairs of tickets to Wednesday's Texas Derby Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match vs Houston Dynamo just burning a hole in our pocket. We're going to be giving them away through another FCDallas.com scavenger hunt!
The first five entries with all the correct answers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will win the tickets to Wednesday's match. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. Remember, only the first five with the right answers win, so get your answers in quick and if you don't end up winning, click here to get your tickets now and avoid the box office lines on Wednesday!
EDIT: We've found our winners and will be contacting them shortly! See you at the stadium on Wednesday!
- Which FC Dallas player celebrated a birthday on Sunday, June 9?
- What FC Dallas player got called up to the US Under-20 World Cup roster?
- When is the next FC Dallas Reserve League game and who do they play?
- What channel is Saturday’s FC Dallas at Portland Timbers match on?
- Who currently leads FC Dallas in shots on goal?
- What are George John’s two favorite TV shows?
- Who scored the goals for FC Dallas in March’s FCD win over Houston?
- What are the two possible teams FC Dallas will face in the LHUSOC quarterfinals if they beat Houston on Wednesday?
- Which three FC Dallas players were born in Colombia?
- What college did FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck attend?
Good luck and #DTID!
Blas Perez scored FC Dallas' only two goals against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, securing a crucial point on the road to keep Dallas atop the Western Conference standings. Perez's performance has earned him a lot of honors this week, including spots on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20 at number 17 and MLS' Top 3 Performers for Week 14. The striker also earned nominations for Goal of the Week and Latin American Player of the Week and was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. Don't forget to vote for Blas this week!
Castrol Index Week 14 Top 20 Performers
|1||Atiba Harris||Forward||Colorado Rapids||90||FC Dallas||2,003|
|2||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Chivas USA||1,362|
|3||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||LA Galaxy||1,336|
|4||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New York Red Bulls||1,326|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,231|
|6||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,227|
|7||Diego Fagundez||Midfielder||New England Revolution||88||LA Galaxy||1,217|
|8||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,213|
|9||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Houston Dynamo||1,159|
|10||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,120|
|11||Collen Warner||Midfielder||Montreal Impact||90||Sporting KC||1,100|
|12||Warren Creavalle||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||Columbus Crew||1,094|
|13||Jonathan Osorio||Midfielder||Toronto FC||90||Philadelphia Union||1,055|
|14||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,038|
|15||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New York Red Bulls||1,016|
|16||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||87||D.C. United||999|
|17||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Colorado Rapids||972|
|18||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||Houston Dynamo||937|
|19||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||FC Dallas||923|
|20||Ned Grabavoy||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||San Jose Earthquakes||907|