On day two of FCD Week, we will hold #DigitalTuesday, an all-day celebration of everything FC Dallas digital.
Throughout the day, we’ll be holding live chats with FC Dallas players and staff on a variety of digital channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and FCDallas.com. In addition, we’ll be releasing FCD themed backgrounds for your desktop/Facebook/Phone/Twitter backgrounds as well as running flash deals on social media for merchandise & tickets.
All Day – Giveaways & merchandise/ticket deals on social media
After practice (approx. 12PM) – Blas Perez Twitter Takeover
1:00PM – Chris Seitz Reddit AMA
2:00PM - MLS Commissioner Don Garber live Q&A
3:00PM – Oscar Pareja FCDallas.com live chat
4:00PM – Fernando Clavijo live streaming YouTube Q&A
As you can see, we have a new look to the blog section of the FC Dallas website that we're launching in conjunction with #DigitalTuesday called Red Alert.
Anyone who knew me before I joined FC Dallas, knows that I got my start in the writing world by starting "Big D Soccer" a blog dedicated to FCD and ever since I became a full time contributor to the website I've been wanting to have a dedicated blog on FCDallas.com where the voice can be a little more casual. A place for the hardcore fan.
As happens in just about every line of work, it took a little while to get everything together, but today myself and FCDallas.com Managing Editor Scott Brown are extremely excited to launch Red Alert.
So how is this going to be different than what we have now? Expect a lot more updates from us, but in smaller bits. We're going to have links, analysis, pictures, polls, lots of social interaction and since it's called the Red Alert, you'll never miss a piece of FC Dallas content as I'll post links to every piece of FCDallas.com content on the Red Alert. Think of this as your FCD news stream keeping you updated on everything happening within the club.
I'm excited to see what this will turn into so thanks for reading and be sure to bookmark the Red Alert!
It's #FCDWeek and the countdown to opening day is down to just 5 days left!
You'll see FCD out in the community all week and be sure to tune in as goalkeeper Chris Seitz will be on TXA21's The Fan Sports Show TONIGHT, March 3rd at 7:20PM.
But that's not all, two of our biggest fans are Chris Jagger and producer Josh Hart of The Jagger Mafia on from 6-10AM on 102.1 The EDGE. Tomorrow, March 4, Stephen Keel and Andrew Jacobson will join the Jagger Mafia at 7:45AM, a definite must-listen for anyone on their way to work.
Feast your eyes on the first-ever FC Dallas Scarf of the Month. Pretty sweet, huh?
The Scarf of the Month line is a brand-new merchandise series for 2014, which will feature a unique, limited-edition scarf that will be released on the first of each month throughout the regular season. That's eight one-of-a-kind scarves you'll have a chance to own. But when we say "limited-edition," we do mean limited, so be sure to get yours early before they sell out.
March's scarf (right) has been dubbed "This is Our House." It was inspired by the super-secret, all-new 2014 FC Dallas Home Jersey, presented by AdvoCare, (which will FINALLY be unveiled in a few days at Cocktails & Cleats) and by the "This is Our House" chants that can be heard from our Supporters at every FCD match at Toyota Stadium.
*FACT : In the time it took you to read this blog post, 12 of these scarves have been sold. Avoid sadness and BUY NOW!
We're one week out from Cocktails & Cleats, and even though we're not allowed to show you the all-new 2014 Home Jersey presented by AdvoCare until next Thursday's season kickoff event in downtown Dallas, we are allowed to show you the 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey. As you can see in the picture above, it's pretty sharp.
It looks especially intimidating if you can manage to have smoke rising off your body like Raul. But even if you can't make the smoke thing happen, you can at least get the new jersey if you want to look a little bit more like Fernandez. The 2014 Goalkeeper Jersey is on sale now at ShopFCDallas.com in both short sleeve (right) and long sleeve styles.
We know this isn't quite the new look you're all waiting to see, but we figured this could hold you over until the big unveil next Thursday night. We'll see you then.
Day three of FCD Week will see the FC Dallas Tour travel to some of our partners around Frisco with the FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper to help FC Dallas fans prepare for Saturday’s home opener!
Look out for Tex and the Tour at select locations with FCD swag, giveaways, ticket specials and free 7UP products.
Schedule of FCD Tour stops with more to come:
12:00PM - 1:00PM - Outside of AdvoCare Headquarters - 2801 Summit Ave Plano, TX 75074
1:15PM - 2:00PM - Cici's Pizza Preston - 5580 Preston Rd Frisco, TX 75034
2:15PM - 3:00PM - Cici's Pizza El Dorado - 15962 W. El Dorado Pkwy #400 Frisco TX 75034
An event that needs no introduction, Cocktails & Cleats 2014 is our biggest one yet! Join us at F.I.G in the Dallas Arts District for the party of the year.
Cocktails & Cleats 2014 Highlights:
- Doors open at 7:00PM and arrive early! We're expecting a capacity crowd for this one.
- For the first time, admission to this event will be 100% FREE and held downtown at F.I.G. in the Dallas Arts District.
- The exclusive unveiling of our all-new 2014 FC Dallas jersey presented by AdvoCare.
- The entire 2014 FC Dallas squad will be there to help celebrate the new season.
- Dress to impress for this 21 and up event as we'll have a brand-new club atmosphere with live DJ.
- Complementary food and drinks with six of our pub partners sampling their own specialty drinks featuring El Jimador & Gentleman Jack as they vie for the best drink of the night!
- A silent auction featuring amazing items up for grabs with all proceeds benefitting the FC Dallas Foundation.
- Did we mention admission is FREE with complimentary valet...
It's been a big offseason for Oscar Pareja, Fernando Clavijo and FC Dallas adding names like Hendry Thomas and Andres Escobar to the mix, but just when things seemed to be done they pulled an ace out of their sleeve adding 22-year-old Uruguayan forward David Texeira as a young DP from FC Groningen of the Dutch Eredivisie.
The forward has scored 14 goals in the Eredivisie over the last two years and joins what's looking to be an incredibly young and potent FCD attack.
Here's the always-anticipated highlight video:
With the starters from yesterday’s 5-1 win over South Florida given the day off, the rest of the team was matched up against the U-18 side from the IMG Academy for a last-minute scrimmage on Thursday morning.
Two goals from Danny Garcia plus strikes from Jonathan Top, Cobi Span and academy standout Coy Craft sealed a 5-0 win for FC Dallas.
-Thursday saw the preseason debuts of Hendry Thomas, who played the second half, as well as Peter Luccin who saw action in the final 10 minutes of the game.
-We’re told Danny Garcia’s second goal was quite the stunner. “A left-footed, first-touch strike that gave the 'keeper no chance on its way to the far side-netting.”
-Also, Garcia played 80 minutes in central midfield, a position that’s been hinted at by both Pareja and Clavijo as one that Garcia could find success in.
-FCD is back in action on Saturday when they take on the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 6:00PM Central time in Bradenton.
Danny Garcia 2
Cobi Span 12
Jonathan Top 58
Danny Garcia 80
Coy Craft 85
First half lineup: Sanchez, Michel, Trialist, Ulloa, Meyer(A), Hollingshead, Span, Garcia, Akindele, Trialist, Top
Second half lineup: Sanchez, Michel, Trialist, Ulloa, Meyer(A), Hollingshead, Craft(A), Thomas, Garcia, Akindele, Top