Any MLS fan who's watched CONCACAF play over the past decade has hoped, at some point, that Blas Pérez would land in the league. It took a little longer than most wanted, but he's lived up to every expectation in his first two appearances with Dallas.
GK Chris Seitz celebrated his 25th birthday last week and his teammates doused him with water and Gatorade at the end of Friday's training. It's quite the sequence of photos our Jason Minnick captured.
Weekend No. 1 of March Madness is done and the Sweet 16 is set. So now is a perfect time to check in on our FC Dallas Bracket Challenge.
Kevin Hartman is No. 2 overall in the group and leads the group of five players who entered brackets.
Here are the overall leaders right now:
1 The DFE Franchise (50 points)
2 Kevin Hartman – OFFICIAL (49 points)
3 DallasDoozer (48 points)
4 Count Bracula (47 points)
4 imdamon4 (47 points)
4 Texas Super G (47 points)
These are the players' brackets, with overall placement listed:
2 Kevin Hartman – OFFICIAL (49 points)
178 Zach Loyd – OFFICIAL (39 points)
208 Ricardo Villar – OFFICIAL (38 points)
308 Andrew Wiedeman – OFFICIAL (34 points)
316 Brek Shea – OFFICIAL (33 points)
Blas Perez scores his first MLS goal off the rebound of Bryan Leyva's shot
Darlington Nagbe ties the game for the visiting side
Lovel Palmer hits the post
Kevin Hartman denies Portland striker Kris Boyd
Daniel Hernandez tests Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins
Tonight's match between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers is broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. The telecast goes live at 7:30 p.m. CT and features Jonathan Yardley and Dante Washington as broadcasters.
Here's where to find Fox Sports Southwest Plus locally:
Time Warner – Ch. 960 (digital cable)
Charter Cable – Ch. 300
DirecTV – Ch. 677 (677-1 HD)
Dish – Ch. 445 (9515 HD)
U-Verse Ch. 756 (1756 HD)
Fios – Ch. 77 (577 HD)
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Lucky Limerick Giveaway. It was fun to see all the submissions that came in. Here are the winners, who each get two tickets to Saturday's St. Patrick's Day match vs Portland.
Dallas ‘Til I Die I loudly scream
The Timbers are next for us to ream
They don’t stand a chance
And won’t win this dance
As we cut down their entire team
Art & Trinity Cantu:
Uncle Lamar keeps a watchful eye,
So come on in don't be shy,
Red, White, and Blue are our colors,
United We Stand next to our sisters and brothers,
Remember that we are Dallas 'Til I Die!
New York tried to create a disaster
Goals from Loyd and Villar came much faster
Ugo shut down Henry
For the whole crowd to see
And they sent those old Bulls to their pasture
Kevin Hartman and Matt Hedges
Keep FC Dallas fans on the edges
Of their bright crimson seats
With concession stand treats
Like pretzels and potato wedges
Doris & Jon Reutinger:
There once was a man in the goal
Kevin, his name - what control
El gato they say
Could stop balls any day
Few goals scored with him on patrol
Dallas will put excellence on display,
They need no luck to other teams' dismay.
Though the Irish within will inspire fight
The red and the blue will make the score right
It is Portland who will timber today.
There is a goalkeeper from Dallas,
Whose opponents shoot at him with malice.
But their shots he will save
And to the fans he will wave
As he raises the MLS Cup like a chalice.
Ricardo Villar was featured in a story on a big sporting website in Brazil today. You'll want to translate the story to read it since it's written in Portuguese. In it Villar discusses the growth of MLS in the U.S. and the challenge youngsters in Brazil face to follow their sports dreams while also trying to get an education.
The mysterious panel of voters who determine the MLS Power Rankings finally came to their senses this week. After having FCD ranked No. 11 during the preseason, the club jumped six spots (largest move of the week) to No. 5 in the Week One rankings. Here's what they had to say:
70 minutes of comprehensive dominance followed by 20 minutes of holding on for dear life. That’s probably not the way that Schellas Hyndman drew it up, but it was good enough for three points against New York. They’ll need to be more clinical to stay with the West's heavies, though.
The folks from MLSSoccer.com followed Brek Shea to a local hairstylist for a pre-First Kick hair appointment. Even Shea admits partway through the video this might not be the most masculine thing.