The polls are officially open for 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year voting as MLSsoccer.com unveiled groups A-D today. FC Dallas fans should have a special interest in the outcome of group D, which includes Mauro Diaz's sensational one-time volley strike against Vancouver Whitecaps FC from Week 28.
A great goal for sure, but Diaz's tally is up against stiff competition with candidates by Portland's Will Johnson, San Jose's Alan Gordon and Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio also occupying group D. Voting for groups A-D is open through 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31 - that's 1:59 am CT, Friday, November 1 - so vote early and vote often to push Mauro through to the next round!
WATCH: Group D
It was a banner weekend for FCD's loanees last weekend with four goals scored and some huge wins. Here's the roundup:
HIGHLIGHTS: Strikers 6, Silverbacks 2
Forward Bradlee Baladez doubled his goal tally for the season scoring twice in Fort Lauderdale's 6-2 thumping of Atlanta. Baladez entered in the 64th minute and subsequently scored the Strikers' final two goals in the 67th and 83rd minutes of the big win. Baladez has four goals in ten appearances this season for the NASL side. Fort Lauderdale encourages you to vote Baladez for NASL Play of the Week!
Goalkeeper Richard Sanchez tallied his fifth win of the season in goal for the Strikers who have two games left in the season.
Warshaw scores twice in Sweden
In Sweden, Bobby Warshaw continued his red-hot time with Angelholms FF. Warshaw scored the first two goals of Angelholms' 5-2 win over Varnamo, their second-straight win and fifth-straight game unbeaten. Warshaw has six goals in seven appearances for the Superettan side that sits comfortably in mid-table with two games left to play.
Down in Costa Rica, Saprissa defeated Limon 5-1 moving back into first place in the league, though Moises Hernandez did not feature in the game.
Last week was a good one for the FC Dallas players out on loan. In the NASL, Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez both made starts on the road against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Baladez played 60 minutes at forward for the Strikers and scored the game-winning goal off a header in the 34th minute. Sanchez, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes in goal for Ft. Lauderdale and made several clutch saves to pick up the clean sheet in the 1-0 victory. The young 'keeper was named the NASL Player of the Week for his performance. Ft. Lauderdale is now 2-2-0 on the season. The FC Dallas Homegrown duo will have their next shot at action Friday night when the Strikers host the Carolina Railhawks.
Match Highlights: Atlanta 0, Ft. Lauderdale 1
In Costa Rica, after making 16 starts in 17 appearances for Deportivo Saprissa last season, defender Moises Hernandez has yet to make an appearance through the club's first four Primera Division matches this season. Saprissa is currently 3-1-0 with a match against Uruguay coming up this Sunday.
In Sweden, midfielder Bobby Warshaw made his debut for Ängelholms FF on Wednesday, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 Swedish Cup win over Skövde AIK. Warshaw also made the gameday roster for the club's league match against Jönköpings Södra, but was an unused sub in the 2-2 draw. Ängelholms FF is 7-7-6 this season with a league road match against GIF Sundsvall coming up on Wednesday night.
2013 has been a big year for Richard Sanchez as he starred for Mexico in goal at both the CONCACAF U-20 Championships and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and the homegrown signing achieved another significant goal on Saturday making his professional first team debut on loan at the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Sanchez started in goal for the Strikers on a momentus night as they were the visitors to the New York Cosmos' first game in nearly 30 years. The Cosmos scored a late 2-1 victory, but Sanchez played all 90 minutes in goal making six saves on the evening. CLICK HERE for highlights from the match.
FC Dallas acquires additional international roster spot for the remainder of the 2013 season in trade with Columbus Crew
FC Dallas has sent a fourth round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft to the Columbus Crew in exchange for an additional international roster spot for the remainder of the 2013 season, FC Dallas announced today.
The international roster slot will return to Columbus on January 1, 2014. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, further details of the trade were not disclosed.
Following the trade, FC Dallas now has nine international slots in 2013 – eight of which are currently filled by players under contract: Fabian Castillo (Colombia), Raul Fernandez (Peru), Jackson (Brazil), Eric Hassli (France), Peter Luccin (France), Michel (Brazil), Blas Perez (Panama) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamacia).
Following a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Fourth Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, FC Dallas (8-2-4, 28 points) faces the Portland Timbers tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT live on ESPN.
After their key plays over the weekend, Kenny Cooper and Michel found themselves among the weekly Castrol Index Top Performers and Team of the Week honorees, respectively.
Michel’s strong play in Saturday’s game against Seattle, including his olimpico goal and his service on Cooper's goal, earned him a spot on MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week. Read what Nicholas Rosano had to say about Michel below.
MF: Michel (FC Dallas) – His prowess on set pieces was on display once more in Seattle, where he scored an olimpico and delivered an assist for Dallas' other goal on the night. Complemented this with another strong performance in the center of the park.
Meanwhile, Cooper’s goal earned him the #9 spot on the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. The forward’s set piece goal in the 54th minute put FC Dallas on the scoreboard, setting the stage for Michel's game-tying olimpico.
Castrol Index Week 12 Top 10 Performers
|1||Eddie Johnson||Forward||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,838|
|2||Landon Donovan||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Philadelphia Union||1,683|
|3||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Toronto FC||1,653|
|4||Lamar Neagle||Midfielder||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,568|
|5||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,415|
|6||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Chicago Fire||1,317|
|7||José Correa||Forward||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,236|
|8||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,145|
|9||Kenny Cooper||Forward||FC Dallas||64||Seattle Sounders||1,058|
|10||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,023|
FC Dallas midfielder Michel is nominated for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for his olimpico againts Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night and rookie defender London Woodberry is up for MLS Save of the Week for his goal-line clearance of a Lamar Neagle header just two minutes earlier.
You can see all the nominees for Goal of the Week and Save of the Week in the videos below and vote for your FC Dallas nominees in the polls to the right.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.
Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers
|1||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||2,056|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||76||D.C. United||1,583|
|3||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,521|
|4||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||89||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,451|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,381|
|6||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Colorado Rapids||1,351|
|7||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,329|
|8||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Chicago Fire||1,319|
|9||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,293|
|10||Marcelo Sarvas||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,258|
|11||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,183|
|12||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||86||Columbus Crew||1,147|
|13||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,142|
|14||Jeff Larentowicz||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,134|
|15||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,114|
|16||Jonny Steele||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||1,094|
|17||Lionard Pajoy||Forward||D.C. United||90||Philadelphia Union||1,091|
|18||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,063|
|19||Austin Berry||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,059|
|20||Justin Braun||Forward||Toronto FC||90||Houston Dynamo||1,010|
You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.