Say hello to NATIVO.
Today, just a day after the 2014 MLS season ended, the league, in partnership with adidas, has unveiled the 2015 MLS Match Ball.
Emblazoned with the new MLS logo plus nods to both the United States and Canada, NATIVO will be kicked around at all MLS games next year and uses the same material and technology as the famed "Brazuca" ball used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Our very own soccer ball-kicking, Name That Tune-dominating, best-hair-in-the-league superstar Stephen Keel is in LA this weekend for MLS Cup and he's going to be taking over the @MLS Instagram accounts all weekend as our league determines a champion between LA Galaxy and New England.
FRISCO, Texas (Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014) – FC Dallas defender Stephen Keel is recovering from offseason foot surgery, the club announced today.
Dr. Keith Heier performed a plantar fascia release, great toe cheilectomy and debridement on Keel’s right foot, as well as an injection in his left foot. The procedure was performed at the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery.
Hampered by foot problems for much of the season, the 30-year-old defender partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot during the FC Dallas U.S. Open Cup match versus Philadelphia on Aug. 12. However, Dallas was out of substitutions and the match went into two 15-minute overtime periods, forcing the hobbled veteran to play 75 minutes of the match.
Keel appeared in 16 regular-season MLS matches for the Dallas side, starting 14 and logging 1,307 minutes. He recorded one assist on the season. Keel is expected to recover from the procedures in 8-12 weeks.
The CONCACAF U-20 Championship which doubles as 2015 U-20 World Cup Qualifying is just around the corner in January and Kellyn Acosta has been called in to a week-long camp in Florida starting today. Here's the official release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will meet for a domestic fitness camp from Dec. 3-10 in Bradenton, Florida.
The group features 10 field players, most who play for Major League Soccer clubs. With a little more than a month before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, head coach Tab Ramos sees this stretch as a valuable time to keep his side playing at a high rate with the MLS season nearly in the books.
“It’s finally getting down to that time where we have to focus on the final stages of World Cup qualifying,” Ramos said. “At this point, because the MLS season has ended for a lot of teams, we needed to bring the players who are not continuing to train with their teams and do a fitness camp. Some of the players have been off, and we want to have them catch up a little bit with the guys that we have in Europe.
Following the fitness camp, the U.S. U-20 MNT will conduct a foreign training camp in Honduras later this month starting on Dec. 15, followed by a domestic preparation camp before the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (0): None
DEFENDERS (4): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.)
FORWARDS (3): Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)
The news is out and Tesho Akindele is your 2014 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year, the first ROTY in franchise history!
Let's take a look back at his fantastic 2014 season.
Tesho impressed from the very first whistle scoring twice at the 2014 MLS Combine.
After being selected #6 overall, Tesho scored his first MLS goal on May 21st in a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles
Tesho caught fire in a six-game stretch through July and August that saw the rookie score six goals including the first rookie hat trick in franchise history. Tesho started the streak with a brilliant goal on July 4th against Philadelphia:
He kept it going against New England going beast mode on Andrew Farrell of New England:
Then came the day that thrust him into the national MLS spotlight. Tesho scored the first rookie hat trick in franchise history against San Jose:
Of course, the biggest goal of Tesho's 2014 rookie season would come in the post-season as he became the youngest-ever playoff goal scorer in franchise history, giving FCD the lead against Vancouver in the knockout round playoff game:
We're down to the final four in the 2014 MLS Save of the Year competition and Raul Fernandez has made the cut for his incredible, acrobatic, stupendous and ridiculous double save at Seattle earlier this season. We might be biased, but c'mon this is the best save out of these four. Let's get Raul the win!
It’s that time of year again, and once again, FC Dallas has you covered for all of your Holiday shopping needs. The FC Dallas Team Store, located at the Northeast corner of Toyota Stadium, will be opening at 8 am on Black Friday, November 28.
Everything in the store will be 50% off for the first hour, from 8-9 am. All merchandise will be 40% off from 9-10 am, and 30% off from 10 am-1 pm. Also, ticket representatives will be on-site offering special Black Friday-only deals!
In addition, be sure to bring by a new unwrapped toy for the Champion Waste & FC Dallas Foundation Toy Drive benefiting the Shared Housing Center of Dallas
So be sure to get here early Friday morning to get everything you need for that #DTID fan in your life (or for yourself!).
And stay tuned after Black Friday for Cyber Monday deals on ShopFCDallas.com.
With the top pick in the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft, FC Dallas selected long-time Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
Stay tuned for much more, but Kennedy has posted 25 shutouts in his last four seasons at Chivas USA and earned an MLS All-Star Game appearance in 2012.
2014 Chivas USA Dispersal Draft results
|1||FC Dallas||Dan Kennedy|
|2||New York City FC||Matthew Dunn|
|4||D.C. United||Thomas McNamara|
|5||New England Revolution||PASS|
|6||Montreal Impact||Donny Toia|
|7||Orlando City SC||PASS|
|8||Colorado Rapids||Caleb Calvert|
|9||San Jose Earthquakes||Kristopher Tyrpak|
|10||Real Salt Lake||PASS|
|14||Toronto FC||Marco Delgado|
|15||Columbus Crew SC||PASS|
|18||New York Red Bulls||PASS|
|19||Seattle Sounders FC||PASS|
|20||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||PASS|
Aaron Griffin and FCDTV bring you the best video of every year, the 2014 All FC Dallas MLS Goals video:
The 2014 MLS season is over for FC Dallas, but some players are still playing in 2014 as we go through the final international window of the year.
Je-Vaughn and Reggae Boyz Advance
Je-Vaughn Watson and Jamaica had a busy week hosting the finals of the 2014 Carribean Cup.
After missing the first of three games, Je-Vaughn went 90 minutes in Jamaica's 2-0 win over Antigua & Barbuda on Friday night. The win set up a crucial match with Haiti on Sunday night in Montego Bay in which the winner would advance to the 2014 Carribean Cup Championship.
Je-Vaughn was once again in the starting lineup as Jamaica defeated Haiti 2-0 to set up a championship match against rivals Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday.
Having finished in the top four, Jamaica has automatically qualified for next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup and the winner of Tuesday's match will earn a spot in the 2016 Copa America Centenario to be held in the United States.
Acosta captains US U-20s in win vs Ireland
WATCH: US U20 1, IRE U20 0
As you can see from the highlights, Kellyn was very active in the match playing in central midfield and had two nice scoring chances.
The US U-20s will wrap up their week in Spain on Tuesday in a friendly against the Canadian U-20 national team.
CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying starts in February for the US U-20's.
Raul Fernandez did not feature in goal in Peru's 2-1 loss to Paraguay, but he figures to play in Tuesday's return fixture between the two teams in Lima.