With his 47th minute goal as well as an amazing 14 clearances according to the OPTA Chalkboard, Matt Hedges earned a spot on the weekly Castrol Index, coming in at 20th overall. With George John out for the second half, Hedges had to come up huge on multiple occasions in Vancouver, leading the back line.
Castrol Index Week 9 Top 20 Performers
|1||Camilo Sanvezzo||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||FC Dallas||2,088|
|2||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Philadelphia Union||1,546|
|3||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||Chicago Fire||1,461|
|4||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||Toronto FC||1,401|
|5||Chance Myers||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Portland Timbers||1,393|
|6||Brian Rowe||Goalkeeper||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||1,371|
|7||Lee Nguyen||Midfielder||New England Revolution||88||Philadelphia Union||1,368|
|8||Mike Magee||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Real Salt Lake||1,332|
|9||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,325|
|10||Brad Davis||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||90||Colorado Rapids||1,293|
|11||Chris Wondolowski||Forward||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Chivas USA||1,245|
|12||Ryan Johnson||Forward||Portland Timbers||71||Sporting KC||1,232|
|13||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||Sporting KC||1,143|
|14||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||Houston Dynamo||1,097|
|15||Diego Fagundez||Midfielder||New England Revolution||90||Philadelphia Union||1,071|
|16||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Portland Timbers||1,065|
|17||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,058|
|18||Dwayne De Rosario||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Columbus Crew||1,002|
|19||Dominic Oduro||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||983|
|20||Matt Hedges||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||974|
After Saturday's draw in Vancouver, FC Dallas slid to the second spot in the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings saying "On the face of it, a 2-2 draw on the road is a pretty good result. But it came at the price of two starters going off injured, a third going off under the influence of the red mist and a two-goal lead coughed up in the interim. Hey, at least they got the point."
FCD also dropped to the #2 slot in the Soccer by Ives rankings, also noting that FCD struggled a bit when George John and Andrew Jacobson had to come out of the lineup. Dallas retained the top spot in the Soccer America power rankings staying above Los Angeles while the Sporting News rankings dropped FC Dallas to number two.
An FC Dallas team made up of mostly Under-15 Pre Academy players is currently in Poland touring the country while playing games against Polish sides. For more information on the trip, click here.
Thank you to FCD U15 assistant coach Jesse Suarez for the updates!
By Jesse Suarez
Sunday April 28th
Day three was a special day. We drove about one and half hours north to the city of Wagrowiec to play MKS Nielba Wagrowiec. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the city mayor and the entire MKS club!
The stadium was outstanding and the fans were excited to see the FC Dallas team. Autographs were signed by the players and coaching staff and the introduction to the game was full of excitement with local tv stations present. The boys were nervous and with a little bit of jet lag they didn't start the game well. However, we managed to get an early goal on a hand ball called in the box and Joel Aviles made the penalty kick.
In the 16th minute, FC Dallas was awarded a corner kick and Weston McKennie scored an "Olimpico" goal straight from the corner. After the game, coach Molina and Weston did an interview with the Polish national press which was aired the next day. Immediately after, the team was greeted by the city mayor who invited us for lunch and then the team took pictures and exchanged gifts.
FC Dallas Pre Academy 97 -2
MKS Nielba Wagrowiec 97 -0
FC Dallas XI: Matthew Karasinski, Eric Davies (Teague 65), Joel Avilez, Phillip Ponder, Pablo Ocampo, Alex Lim, Irvin Dominguez (Bernie ZuaZua 63), Alejandro Martinez, Daniel Kiser (Duncan James 50), Jason Saco-Vertiz, Weston McKennie
6'- Joel Avilés PK
16'- Weston McKennie corner kick
In the second game, the FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy traveled about one hour away to a city called Szamotuly. The club we played is called MSP Szamotuly who had a mixture of older players. A similar display of gratitude and greeting was displayed by the club. The boys managed to keep a 0 to 0 score at the end of the half. In the second half, MSP scored two early goals and the final score was 3-1 MSP with Sergio Lara scoring for our 96 team.
MSP Szamotuly 94,95,96,97 - 3
FC Dallas 96 Pre Academy - 1
FC Dallas XI: Charlie Furrer, Kody Korleski, Ryan Jakszta, Antonio Trespalacios (Eric Davies 54), Clay Ritterhaus, Brent Mandelkorn (Livano Salas 54'), Reese Schattle, Martin Salas, Sebastian Gordillo (Bernie ZuaZua 59), Christian Ramirez (Richard Tapia 78) Jeff Withers (Sergio Lara 45)
0-1 50' min zandecki
0-2 53' min kitlinski
0-3 76' min lagodzinski
1-3 89' min Sergio Lara
Sunday, April 29
The boys had an easy day. We drove back to the training academy facilities of MKS Blekitni Wronki. We were treated by Lech Poznan coaching staff and players to a soccer tennis tournament and barbecue.
The boys had wonderful time meeting new friends. Later in the day, we took a trip to the town square of Szamotuly, but unfortunately everything was closed. The tradition is to close at 6pm here in Poland. The boys still had a great time walking around, taking pictures and being asked for autographs by locals.
This week we got a bonus double dose chatting with Dan Hunt on Facebook as well as an impromptu Twitter discussion looking at a number of topics including some nuggets about a possible future USL team, a marquee upcoming friendly and much more!
Click here to read the full Facebook recap.
Click here to head over to Dan's Twitter page and be sure to follow him if you don't already!
It truly is a full team effort for FC Dallas right now in their six-game unbeaten streak and two players have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. With a three-game home defensive scoreless streak going, George John earned a nod to the TOTW while team captain David Ferreira also earned TOTW honors. In addition, Schellas Hyndman, who set a franchise record on Saturday, found himself as coach of the week. Read below to see Nicholas Rosano's comments on each of the three honorees.
DF: George John (FC Dallas) – While Dallas dominated the Whitecaps in their 2-0 home winover the weekend, they still needed that bit of defensive stability to keep things tight on their own end, and John did just that while even helping to set up Dallas' opener.
MF: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – At his irrepressible best in Dallas' win over Vancouver. You won't see his name on the scoresheet, but Ferreira pulled all the strings in midfield, made a number of key passes and was effective in his passing in Vancouver's half of the field.
Coach: Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas) – The transition to 4-2-3-1 has well and truly worked for Hyndman's team, and the weekend's 2-0 win over Vancouver was perhaps its best iteration so far. FCD nearly ran Vancouver off the field, and Hyndman deserves a good deal of credit for getting his team humming.
We're looking forward to another exciting match on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and it's going to be a special evening as we promote the FC Dallas Foundation’s Gear Up collection night presented by Albertsons Market.
Prior to entering the stadium, there will be large donation boxes at each gate where fans can drop off new or used soccer balls, shin guards, and cleats. These items are distributed to children locally and all over the world, so they can have the equipment to play the game!
Everyone that donates will received a 10% off coupon to the FC Dallas Team Store, so remember to Gear Up this weekend before the game!
George John and Raul Fernandez have earned another accolade for their solid performances on Saturday night against the Galaxy, being named to the top 20 of the Castrol Index for week seven. With his big PK save, Fernandez comes in at second in the league while a game-winning goal and overall solid defensive play has George John in at 10th.
Congrats to both! To view the full Castrol Index, click here.
Castrol Index Week 7 Top 20 Performers
|1||Bobby Shuttleworth||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Seattle Sounders FC||1,544|
|2||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||LA Galaxy||1,522|
|3||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,448|
|4||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,342|
|5||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||New York Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,285|
|6||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,197|
|7||Conor Casey||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||Toronto FC||1,165|
|8||Carlo Cudicini||Goalkeeper||LA Galaxy||90||FC Dallas||1,153|
|9||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Colorado Rapids||1,142|
|10||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||LA Galaxy||1,082|
|11||Camilo Sanvezzo||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||88||Real Salt Lake||1,082|
|12||Jámison Olave||Defender||New York Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,074|
|13||Joe Bendik||Goalkeeper||Toronto FC||90||Philadelphia Union||1,041|
|14||Brad Davis||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||90||Chicago Fire||1,022|
|15||Djimi Traoré||Defender||Seattle Sounders FC||90||New England Revolution||921|
|16||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Chivas USA||916|
|17||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||75||Chicago Fire||895|
|18||Lamar Neagle||Midfielder||Seattle Sounders FC||90||New England Revolution||890|
|19||Víctor Bernárdez||Defender||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Portland Timbers||856|
|20||Federico Higuaín||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||851|
Sitting on top of MLS by three points after Saturday's big win over the two-time defending champion LA Galaxy, the weekly MLS Power Rankings make for some nice reading no matter which site you check out. In pretty much all the power rankings out there, FC Dallas is in either first or second place and we've rounded them up to get a good look at what people around the league think of first-place FCD.
The MLSsoccer.com power rankings have FCD in second place behind Kansas City, jumping all the way up from seventh. Jeff Carlisle's ESPN Power Rankings have FC Dallas in the top spot, up from last week's second place position. Avi Creditor over at SI.com has FC Dallas in first while Soccer By Ives also has Schellas Hyndman's men in the top spot.
Last Wednesday, Zach Loyd, Kenny Cooper, Blas Perez and Chris Seitz partnered with the Texas Back Institute, official spine specialist of FC Dallas, and Dr. Michael Hisey, M.D. for a photo shoot promoting an upcoming media campaign. Check out some of these behind the scenes pics!