Once again, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat with FC Dallas fans on Thursday afternoon. Hunt answered well over a dozen questions in this week's edition of the chat, and topics ranged from the FC Dallas Academy, to this week's fashion shoot with the players in conjunction with Nieman Marcus, to potential improvements to FC Dallas Stadium and more.
FC Dallas defender George John and midfielder Jackson were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 3. Along with second-year center back Matt Hedges (Week 1), they're the only FC Dallas players to make MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week in the young 2013 season. You can read Nicholas Rosano's explanations of why they made the cut below:
MF: Jackson (FC Dallas) – One of the most dangerous men on the field in Dallas' 3-2 win over Houston. His speed and skill caused plenty of issues for Houston, and he had what would have been a Goal of the Week-worthy strike called off by a controversial offside flag.
See the full Team of the Week here.
What do you think? Should any other FC Dallas players have made the cut this week for their performance against the Houston Dynamo?
After beating the Houston Dynamo 3-2 on Sunday in the Texas Derby presented by Novo Nordisk, FC Dallas has climbed four spots in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. FCD landed at number 11 in the rankings for Week 3, up from 15th after Week 2.
You can take a look at the full Power Rankings and see what the MLSsoccer.com Politburo had to say about FCD's Week 3 performance here.
What do you think of FC Dallas' new spot in the Power Rankings? Is it a fair spot or should the team be higher up?
Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly chat with fans on the FC Dallas Facebook page on Thursday morning. During the chat, Hunt addressed a number of topics in response to fan questions; including the result against Chivas USA, the club's recent television deal, expectations for Kenny Cooper's first season back in an FC Dallas kit and more.
The chats are part of Hunt's recent initiative to be as interactive with FC Dallas fans as possible. The chats take place every Thursday, and you can see all of his answers from this week's chat on the FC Dallas Facebook page here.
A Dallas native, Hunt also wants to interact with FCD fans via his new Twitter account, @DanHuntFCD.
"I want the fans of this club to know how invested I am in the continued growth and success of FC Dallas, and the best way to make sure they know that is for me to talk with them directly," said Hunt. "Social media makes that communication extremely easy for me to let them know that we're all hoping and working for the same thing, and that is for FC Dallas to be a championship team."
FC Dallas hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black
*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification
ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs and Outside The Lines recently spent some time with FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz to chronicle the 'keeper's decision to donate bone marrow. Seitz registered to become a donor with a bone marrow center called DKMS four years ago when he was with Real Salt Lake. When he received an email from the organization letting him know that they'd found a match in August, Seitz made a difficult decision to help save a total stranger.
Read the amazing story HERE.
Texas-based artist Brian Broadway brought his family out to FC Dallas’ training session last Thursday to present Panamanian striker Blas Pérez with his rendition of Perez’s father Blas “Toro” Pérez (right). FC Dallas captain Ugo Ihemelu enlisted Broadway to create the painting after Toro Perez passed away earlier this year. Broadway arrived midway through the training session and unveiled the painting for Perez as he walked off the pitch.
“I remember Ugo asking me for a picture of my father a few weeks ago, but I didn’t know why he wanted it,” Perez said through a translator after receiving the painting. “This is a wonderful surprise.”
Perez was back at training for the first time since scoring a goal in Panama’s 2-0 victory over Canada in 2014 World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama, last Tuesday night.
To thank Broadway for his work, Blas gave the up-and-coming artist his jersey from Panama's win.
“I had no idea he was going to do that,” said Broadway. “At first, I thought it was an FC Dallas jersey. Then when he held it up to sign it I saw it was the jersey he wore for Panama. It really was overwhelming. I can’t say the word ‘honored’ enough. I made the painting just to honor Blas and his father. My family and I have watched him ever since he joined FC Dallas. We’re big fans and I knew he was going through a tough time. Losing your father is as bad as it gets. I’m just glad people appreciate what I am doing on that level.”
In addition to Perez’s painting, Broadway presented FC Dallas with an image of Bobby Rhine (above, left), which is to be donated to the University of Connecticut during an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21.
It’s the chance of a lifetime for soccer fans – seeing EVERY U.S. Men's National Team home World Cup Qualifiers in 2013. That's right, not one, but all FIVE World Cup Qualifiers throughout the United States.
You can win it by entering in FC Dallas’ Get in and Win sweepstakes. The trips include tickets, airfare and a hotel for both you and a guest to take in all of the action live and in person.
There's never been a better time to Get In and Win with FC Dallas!
FC Dallas hosted the third annual Budweiser Adult Summer Showdown this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. With $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, 54 teams registered for this year's edition of the tournament. FC Dallas would like to thank all the teams that came out last weekend for making it a great event and congratulate the following champions and runners-up in each division:
North Texas soccer fans made history Saturday night with an all-time attendance record at FC Dallas Stadium.
It's been a record-setting season as well, with three of the top ten all-time attended matches occurring in 2012.
A look at the top ten all-time attended FCD matches at FC Dallas Stadium:
1. July 28, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (0‐1 LA) 22,565
2. May 18, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (5‐1 LA) 22,331
3. May 1, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 21,867
4. July 4, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC (1-1) 21,508
5. July 27, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (4‐0 FCD) 21,020
6. March 11, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. New York (2-1 FCD) 20,906
7. July 2, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Columbus (2‐0 FCD) 20,704
8. Oct. 7, 2006 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 20,500
9. April 22, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Colorado (3‐1 FCD) 20,500
10. Oct. 20, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Kansas City (2‐0 KC) 20,500