We are a family here at FC Dallas and we tragically and unexpectedly lost one of our own on Thursday. Please see the note below on "Fino" Garcia and consider donating to support the Garcia family after this unspeakably sad passing.
Delfino "Fino" Garcia, of FC Dallas' Premier 98s, was a gifted and tremendously talented young man. His passion for the game of soccer was evident in his play on the pitch. His style was nothing less than a graceful mastery of domination on offense. The young men who shared the field with him were more like true brothers than teammates. After a match, they often said "Fino had my back."
Well known and respected in our North Texas soccer community, Fino Garcia has a lengthy list of accomplishments, including playing for his current team, FC Dallas' Premier 98s, as well as FC Dallas' Pre-Academy from 2010-2014 and FC Dallas' Development Academy. Fino was part of a three-peat Championship win at North Texas' 2014 State Cup, wins at the 2013 Region III Championship and play at the 2013 National Championship in addition to another visit to this year's 2014 Regional Championship and the Dallas Cup Finals. He was also named ESPN's 2012 Copa Most Valuable Player.
On Sunday, August 24, 2014, while at home, Fino suffered a ruptured blood vessel in the brain, depleting his brain of oxygen, leaving him with no brain activity and unable to breathe on his own. He was placed on life-support at Children's Hospital of Dallas. After extensive testing, doctors determined the condition was present since birth and could not have been prevented. No treatment was possible. Fino passed peacefully on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
The sudden and tragic loss of this young man has been felt by so many. Family, friends, former and current teammates and coaches, Fino touched all of our lives. Out of this great heartache, Fino still finds a way to bless others. It was his wish to be an organ donor. In this way, Fino's spirit will live on.
Please consider donating to support the Garcia family. All donations will go toward Fino's medical expenses and related costs. Please share this link with others to increase the opportunity for others to give their support.
Our deepest thanks to everyone for your amazing generosity and continued thoughts and prayers. Our soccer community is rallying for support. This time Fino, we have your back.
FC Dallas 01 ECNL forward Hollyn Torres is currently in Orlando, Florida, having been recently called up to the US U-14 Girls Training camp. Torres is one of 36 players called into the camp which runs through Saturday.
"Being called to the National Team means the world to me," said Torres. "It makes me feel like all my hard work and dedication is paying off."
Torres has been with FC Dallas for four years, since she was nine, and says her favorite part about being with FC Dallas is the quality coaching and first class facilities.
"By going to National Camp, I hope to learn and grow as a player," said Torres. "I also hope to represent Texas and my FC Dallas club well."
CHICAGO (August 18, 2014) – U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team head coach April Kater has called up 36 players for the second U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team training camp of the year which will run from August 23-30 in Orlando, Fla.
All the players invited were born in 2000 or 2001. The U-14 GNT is scheduled for one more training camp this year in November which should also feature 36 players.
U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Katherine Asman (Concorde Fire; Roswell, Ga.), Mattison Interian (Arsenal; Pasadena, Calif.), Alyssa Minnick (Premier Soccer Club; Baltimore, Md.) Madison Murphy (FC Stars of Massachusetts; South Grafton, Mass.);
DEFENDERS (11): Addison Clark (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Plymouth, Minn.), Isabella Cook (Chicago Magic; Elmhurst, Ill.), Chai Cortez (Surf Hawaii; Wailuku, Hawaii), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad United; Cardiff, Calif.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion; Sewell, N.J.), Karlina Sample (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Kailey Smith (West Coast FC; Lake Forest, Calif.), Skylar Smith (So Cal Blues; Coto De Caza, Calif.), Jillian Wachira (PDA; Plainsboro, N.J.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.);
MIDFIELDERS (10): Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Luisa Delgado Heinz (Real So Cal; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Hannah Gallegos (Rio Rapids SC; Albuquerque, N.M.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alexandra Palangi (Santa Barbara SC; Arrayo Grande, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Mackenzie Pluck (FC Bucks; North Wales, Pa.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier; Wadsworth, Ohio), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Crossfire United; Redmond, Wash.);
FORWARDS (11): Olufolasade Adamolekun (Lonestar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Erin Hohnstein (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class F.C.; Washington Township, N.J.), Nikki Lee (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Catiana Lychywek (Solar Chelsea Elite; Plano, Texas), Amelia Paternoster (Gunners; Wall, N.J.), Nicole Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), Allison Schlegel (Colorado Storm; Parker, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas Youth Premier; Frisco, Texas), Audrey Weiss (Colorado Rush; Greenwood Village, Colo.)
After FC Dallas' 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids ealier this month, the FC Dallas Special Olympics team played the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics squad in the second match of a doubleheader that evening.
The event was a resounding success, and one part of what made it all possible was the volunteerism of a handful of FC Dallas Youth players. With 10 players on the roster, the Special Olympics team needed a few volunteers in order to accomodate an 11v11 full-field game.
They got the extra players they needed in FC Dallas U-18 ECNL players Jordan Mulnix, Makenna Johnson and Ashley Bishop and ECNL U-23 forward Hannah Higgins [above, bottom row, left four].
"It was an incredible atmosphere," said Higgins, a recent University of Texas graduate who has played for FCD's U-23 team for the past three summers. "I know the [Special Olympics players] were super excited to get out there and play."
Higgins' younger brother is a Special Olympics athlete and her father is president of the Flower Mound Special Olympics. She said as soon as the opportunity came up she knew she wanted to help any way she could.
"I definitely try to give back to Special Olympics," she said. "Whenever I can I try to go out and help coach my brother’s Special Olympics team or just volunteer, whether it’s hanging out with the kids or coming to cheer them on."
That kind of volunteerism is something encouraged through the PRACTICE program, which is a character-building initiative FC Dallas Youth uses to reinforce traits such as Compassion, Respect and Integrity in players both on and off the pitch.
"It was a really fulfilling experience for me," said High School senior Ashley Bishop, a midfielder for the U-18 ECNL team. "[The Special Olympics players] were so pumped to play in the stadium. They were super excited and I think they all had a lot of fun. It was a really good experience for everyone."
With the support from FC Dallas Youth, the front office and the thousands of fans who cheered the team on throughout the match, the Special Olympics athletes got the memorable night they deserved.
"To have the opportunity to play on a professional field in front of professional athletes; I think they felt like superstars that night. For all of us that volunteered, that’s what we wanted; we wanted them to feel like superstars."
It's about that time again. The college soccer season starts this weekend with exhibition matches before things truly get ramped up across the nation and here at FCDallas.com we'll do our best to keep you up to date on everything our FCD Academy alumni are doing in the college game.
One of the brightest stars for FC Dallas is Boyd "OC" Okwuono, a senior defender at North Carolina. The Edmond, OK native who was a part of the FCD U-18 team that went to the USSDA national championship in 2011, has had an illustrious college career earning ACC Defender of the Year in 2013, two-time All-ACC honors and a national championship in 2011 playing next to a defender FCD fans might be familiar with named Matt Hedges.
In this, his senior season, OC has been named to the pre-season watch list for college soccer's version of the Heisman, the MAC Hermann Trophy. Certainly one to watch for FCD fans as a possible Homegrown signing after his senior season is done at UNC, Okwuono and the Tar Heels begin 2014 season play on Friday, August 29th as they'll host California and UCLA over the first weekend of the season.
Four FC Dallas Academy members had the amazing honor of being called into the Generation adidas ESP Showcase taking place in Portland around the MLS All-Star Game activities this week and for one FC Dallas U-14 Academy member, the experience was made even more special.
Defender Mark Salas was invited to play on the Bayern Munich U-16 team for the second half of one of the ESP Showcase games, an experience he'll never forget.
"It was a great experience because I was playing with older guys who were born in 1998 and in our first game my team was going to play against Bayern Munich but they needed extra players so they invited me to play with them," said Salas. "I played the second half with them and it was a great experience because they’re to me the best club in the world and it was great because they’re really good with the ball. What I learned from them is how important it is to keep the ball in tight spaces with high pressure."
Salas, a defender with US U-15 National Team experience, was also one of four FC Dallas players who had the amazing chance to be taught from one of the best. Bayern Munich's legendary coach Pep Guardiola led the boys for 15 minutes in a 7v7 training session.
"We played 7v7 and he emphasized that if you can play the ball with one touch to do that and to always take quick touches," said Salas. "It was really fun."
Salas and the three other FCD youngsters, Carlos Avilez, Damian Hernandez and Lamar Batista will watch Wednesday's All-Star Game vs Bayern Munich in person before coming back to Dallas on Thursday.
(Salas, Hernandez, Avilez, Batista)
In addition to all the festivities that are taking place in Portland for the MLS All-Star game this week, the Portland Timbers held two Generation Adidas ESP showcases this past weekend and some FC Dallas Academy players were invited to take part.
In the '98/'99 category, the league was divided into three conferences based on location - East, Central, and West. FC Dallas was in the central conference along with Houston, RSL, Colorado, KC, and Chicago. Each conference played the other two in addition to playing FC Bayern Munich's U16 youth team. FCD had four players selected to be a part of the Central team -- Carlos Avilez, Mark Salas, Damian Hernandez, and Lamar Batista.
In the first match of the night last Friday, the East ESP team defeated the West 1-0.
In the second match of the night, the Central ESP team played Bayern Munich and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Carloz Avilez, Damian Hernandez, and Lamar Batista started during the match and Mark Salas of FCD was loaned to Bayern Munich for the match and played the entire second half for the German team.
Fresh off their strong performance at the Region III Championships, FC Dallas 97 Premier is enjoying a fantastic week at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland.
FCD 97 Premier have gone 2-0-1 in their three group stage matches to advance to the national semifinals on Saturday where they'll play Cincinnati United Premier from Ohio.
In their first match of the week, Kamar Marriott and Sergio Lara scored for FCD in a 2-2 draw with LVSA. They then defeated Smithtown Arsenal 2-0 on Wednesday behind goals from Lara and Sergio Benitez. Lara scored in his third straight game on Thursday in a 3-1 win over Fullerton Rangers that sealed the group stage victory.
FCD 97 Premier will play in their semifinal match on Saturday at 9:00AM vs Cincinnati United Premier from Ohio and the game will be streamed live. CLICK HERE for more info on the US Youth Soccer national championships.
On Saturday, you can watch the national semifinal live right here.
Three FC Dallas Academy players have been called in to U.S. Soccer camps ahead of international youth tournaments for the United States. Defender/midfielder Shaquell Moore will join Tab Ramos' U-20 squad in Carson, CA as they play in the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament against youth national teams from Australia, Bermuda and Chile.
In addition, Alejandro Zendejas and Weston McKinnie from the FC Dallas U-16s recently joined a 38-player U-17 National Team camp that will be used to select the players going to the Nordic Open Cup and Copa de Mexico in late July.
U.S. UNDER-20 MNT HEAD COACH TAB RAMOS CALLS 20 PLAYERS FOR 2014 NTC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
U-20 MNT to Play Australia, Bermuda and Chile in Carson, California;
Final Pair of Tournament Games to be Broadcast on ussoccer.com
CHICAGO (July 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament that will take place at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, from July 14-18.
The U-20 MNT will gather for training camp in Carson beginning July 10 before playing its first games of the NTC Invitational against Chile on July 14 and Bermuda on July 16 with both matches scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. PT. The U.S. concludes tournament play against Australia on July 18, a match that will be broadcast on ussoccer.com at 7 p.m. PT. The day’s other match between Bermuda and Chile will also be broadcast on ussoccer.com beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
The U.S. roster for the tournament is made up of a solid group of players with extensive experience in the U.S. Youth National Team Program as 11 players have reached a minimum of 10 YNT call-ups already in their young international careers. Six of those 11, including Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana) and Zack Steffen (Maryland) all have over 20 career YNT events under their belts, with Requejo Jr. leading the way with 33 to his name.
Dating back to last November’s international training camp in Verona, Italy, when this current iteration of the U-20 MNT was assembled, seven players have been included in a roster-high four U-20 MNT events: goalkeeper Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), defenders Donovan, Moore and Requejo Jr., midfielder Marco Delgado (Chivas USA) and forwards Pfeffer and Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC). Steffen, who was part of Ramos’ squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, is also be making his fourth appearance on a U.S. U-20 roster.
The roster blends a good mix of foreign- and domestic-based talents with eight players plying their trade outside the U.S., including Club Tijuana trio Fernando Arce – receiving his first call-up to a U.S. YNT event – Paul Arriola and Requejo Jr., who represent the most players named to the squad from one club.
Arriola, Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Moore, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., and Steffen are among 12 players on the roster who helped the team to a second-place finish in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2014 Dallas Cup earlier this year in its last international competition.
After the conclusion of the NTC Invitational, Ramos and his staff will look to assemble the team again in early September for an international training camp.
U.S. U-20 MNT NTC Invitational Tournament and Broadcast Schedule:
Date Teams Time [PT] Location Broadcast
July 14 AUS v BER 1 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
USA v CHI 4 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
July 16 AUS v CHI 1 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
USA v BER 4 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
July 18 BER v CHI 4 p.m. StubHub Center ussoccer.com
USA v AUS 7 p.m. StubHub Center ussoccer.com
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)
The US Youth Soccer Region III Championships took place at the end of June in Baton Rouge, LA and FC Dallas Premier had a strong presence.
Seven FC Dallas teams advanced to the regional championships, four teams to the quarterfinals, three in the semifinals and one champion as the '97 Premier Boys took home the Region III Championship.
The big winners of the week were FC Dallas '97 Premier who won all five games in Baton Rouge including shutouts in the semifinals and finals to advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland. Sergio Lara and Reece Shattle led the way for Scott Dymond and Hank Wendorf's team scoring three goals each.
'97 Premier will start their quest for the US Youth Soccer National Championship on Tuesday, July 22 against LVSA in Germantown, MD. Click here for the full schedule.
FC Dallas '96 Premier had a fantastic playoff week making it all the way to the U-18 championship match in Baton Rouge.
'96 Premier won their first five matches of the week before falling 1-0 in the final to GSA Premier of Georgia. Morgan Dizney scored twice for FCD in the week.
FC Dallas '98 Premier advanced all the way to the semifinals in Baton Rouge falling 4-2 to eventual champions Sunrise Elite from Florida. Keegan McCombie led the way with three goals in the week while Gerber Chavez scored twice, both game-winning goals.
The semifinal appearance wrapped up a fantastic season for the U-16 side that won the Classic League and North Texas State Cup for the third straight year, were Dallas Cup finalists and also placed third at the Disney College Showcase tournament. In addition, '98 Premier won the U-16 Region III Fair Play Award.
FC Dallas '00 Premier advanced to Region III playoffs winning one out of three group stage games in Baton Rouge.
FRISCO - Just over two weeks removed from suffering a broken toe, forward Santiago Agudelo came off the bench to score two goals including a 94th-minute game-winner to give the FC Dallas U-18s a 3-2 win over Colorado Rush in the US Soccer Development Academy national quarterfinal match at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas opened up the game early in the 11th minute when Yannick Koffi sent a shot towards the box that was cleared off the goal line straight to Antonio Aguilar. He easily slid it past Colorado goalkeeper to give FCD a first half lead.
Dallas held possession of the ball for the majority of the first half not allowing Colorado to get much of a chance to put the ball in the goal and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
“We were composed in the first half, got a deserved goal and we kept the shutout,” head coach Luchi Gonzalez said about the first half.
The second half saw a lot more action with FCD scoring their second goal of the game in the 58th minute when Santiago Agudelo received a long ball that he was able to flick in for the goal on his first touch of the game after substituting into the match.
Colorado staged a furious comeback, however, late in the match when they were granted two penalty kicks within ten minutes of each other.
In the 76th minute, FCD goalkeeper Charlie Furrer fouled a Colorado player inside the box. Eduardo Reza took the penalty kick and was able to get the away side within one of the lead.
The referee awarded a second penalty kick to the visitors in the 86th minute to the dismay of the Dallas crowd as two players jostled for a long ball in the box. Eduardo Reza took the PK for Colorado again and was able to notch the game at two all with his second goal in ten minutes.
It looked as if the game was going to go into extra time as the clock was winding down, but Agudelo scored the game-winning goal in what was to most likely be the last possession of the game. Agudelo received the ball at the top of the box, turned and found a way to toe-poke the ball into the back of the net in the 94th minute sparking wild celebrations on the Dallas sideline.
For a team that has overcome adversity all season, it was a fitting cap to their playoff run which will now extend into the final weekend of the Development Academy season for the fourth time in the last five years.
“What we did today was a result of us learning a lot of lessons throughout the season and never stopping believing,” said Gonzalez. “They were composed. They were determined, and they didn’t let anyone take this from them.”
"I want to congratulate Colorado Rush on a great season," Gonzalez added. "They are a great team and unit that made the game very difficult for us. I give those players and coaches a lot of credit with the way they played today.”
FC Dallas will travel to the StubHub Center in Carson, CA for their national semifinal on Thursday, July 17th with the semifinal winners playing in the national final on Saturday, July 19.