The Dallas Sidekicks officially announced their return in a press conference this afternoon. The indoor franchise begins play in November after an eight year absence. FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn had this to say Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the FC Dallas organization:
"Our appreciation for the history of soccer in North Texas makes the return of the Dallas Sidekicks very special to us. The return of the Sidekicks is a testament to the strength of soccer in America and North Texas. We look forward to sharing our quest to grow the game we all love."
A good crowd filled FC Dallas Stadium for First Kick on Sunday. Whether it was people checking out Lamar's Tailgate or fans filling the new field level seating in front of the Budweiser Beer Garden, fans enjoyed the festivities of the season opener.
U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday to watch FCD vs. New York Red Bulls. Before the match, he participated in the scarfing ceremony of the Lamar Hunt statue.
Fans attending the FC Dallas Home Opener against the New York Red Bulls this Sunday, March 11 are in for a special pregame treat. U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is coming to the match, and he'll serve as the honorary scarfer of the statue of Lamar Hunt on the North Concourse before the game kicks off.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman reached out to Klinsmann ahead of last week's historic 1-0 USMNT win over Italy, and FCD/USMNT midfielder Brek Shea seconded the invitation when he joined the team in Genoa.
Klinsmann's role in the scarfing ceremony will cap off the pregame festivities of Lamar's Tailgate.
Lamar's Tailgate starts 90 minutes before first kick (so 12:30 p.m. for March 11) on the North Concourse and features BBQ, street tacos and other food. Even better - different food and drink specials prior to every game.
The fun continues on the Budweiser Beer Garden with live music, pool ball, Bud promo girls, prizes, and more food and drink specials extended through the whole game.
The culmination of the tailgate party is the return of the scarfing ceremony of the Lamar Hunt statue, which will be performed by Klinsmann on March 11. It's sure to be a special day, so get your tickets now while they're still available.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening of the FCD pop-up shop inside Trinity Hall. Those who came out enjoyed themselves and getting to check out the new FC Dallas gear. The pop-up shop is open Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Here it is . . .
Join us for a party to celebrate the release of the FC Dallas 2012 kit. The FCD pop-up shop will be located inside Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station in Dallas and will be the first place for you to see and purchase both home and away jerseys. The pop-up shop at Trinity Hall is the ONLY place you can buy your 2012 FC Dallas kit this weekend.
This event is a celebration for the fans and includes free food and drinks for those in attendance. Thursday will also feature the live-streaming of FCD's match vs. Toronto FC.
Trinity Hall pop-up shop hours are: Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday: 5-10 p.m. and Sat: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘12 home jersey
‘12 road jersey
FCD t-shirts and hats
The 2012 FC Dallas home and away kits will be unveiled this Thursday. Each day this week we'll reveal certain details about the event and how fans are invited. You will want to be part of this!
(Photo courtesy Rick Yeatts)
The U-18s celebrate Danny Garcia's goal against Barcelona at last year's Dallas Cup.
Dallas Cup has officially announced that the FC Dallas U-18 Academy team will be facing the Manchester United Reserves at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, April 1 in the third and final match of the traditional Sunday triple header on Opening Day of Dallas Cup XXXIII. Man U's Academy squad will be participating in the AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam Easter weekend, so Dallas soccer fans will be thrilled to hear that Manchester United Reserve coach Warren Joyce will be bringing a roster of age-eligible second-string professionals to Frisco.
"We're going to the Dallas Cup in the US," Joyce told Inside United. "There are a lot of good teams going and we felt it would be valuable experience for this group of boys."
“We are excited to participate again in this year’s Dallas Cup and playing in the Super Group will be a great opportunity to compete against some of the best teams from around the world," said Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Chris Hayden. "Opening up on April 1 against Manchester United, one of the world’s most storied and prestigious clubs, will be a great way to measure our players and team and we are looking forward to the competition.”
FC Dallas will once again be participating in Dallas Cup as members of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Last year they played Barcelona on the Stadium Field, and the year before that they faced off with Chelsea in the stadium.
"(It will be) a great opportunity for the young FC Dallas players to go up against such a famous club team and for the FC Dallas supporters and Dallas soccer fans to cheer them on in such a prestigious game," said Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago.
The other two opening day games feature 2011 English Premier Academy League Champions Everton FC facing 2012 Copa Sao Paulo semi-finalists from Brazil, Coritiba FC at 1:30 p.m. and French Academy League Champions Paris Saint-Germain vs. Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Sub 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Sad news for our friends at Women's Professional Soccer. The WPS announced today it's suspending operations for 2012.
The news comes just days after the U.S. Women's National Team earned a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
We're also less than two weeks away from the USWNT making an appearance at FC Dallas Stadium against New Zealand on Sat. Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.
Here's some details from MLSSoccer.com:
WPS issued a statement on Monday afternoon announcing that the league’s board of governors voted to suspend operations in 2012 “to permit the league to focus on the resolution of certain pending legal issues and the challenges that now face the league as a result of its ongoing dispute with a former owner.”
Although not mentioned by name in the press release, that former owner is magicJack’s Dan Borislow, who has been engaged in a legal battle with WPS after the league terminated his Florida-based franchise last year in the midst of a publicly contentious relationship.
Earlier this month, a judge ruled in favor of Borislow in stating that WPS did not follow procedure in eliminating the club. The court case is ongoing with further hearings set to be held.
"We have diverted so many resources into litigation,'' WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan told The Associated Press. "This is something that needs to be resolved before we can move forward with play.''