FC Dallas is in the midst of their second five-game MLS unbeaten streak of the season that's seen Oscar Pareja's men rise back up into a tie for second place in the Western Conference and the accolades are rolling in for FCD this week.
After his second MLS goal and first game-winner, Colombian winger Andres Escobar earned the top spot on the MLS Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, who had his first MLS shutout of the season, came in at 6th on the top 20 while the other goalscorer, Tesho Akindele, earned the #20 spot on the list.
The MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings were very kind to FC Dallas who rose five spots from #10 to #5 on the list.
In addition, Escobar earned his first nod to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. We'd like to think a couple other guys would be eligible for the list as well, but it's great to also see Moises Hernandez earn a spot on the ToTW bench.
They had this to say about Escobar's weekend: "Nearly unplayable, racing up and down the wings and wreaking havoc as Dallas was able to oust the Revolution 2-0."
It's a busy week at Toyota Stadium as we prepare for Wednesday's match between FC Dallas and English Premier League side Aston Villa pres. by MoneyGram and Tuesday is one of the biggest days annually at Toyota Stadium as we host our Season Ticket Holder Meet The Team day. Here's all the info on tomorrow's big event:
*NOTE* If you are not a season ticket holder, you can still gain access to Meet The Team day by calling 888-FCD-GOAL and getting your 2015 season tickets.
6:00 - West gate opens for STH's only
6:15 - Free dinner available for STH's in the El Jimador Cantina(Northwest terrace)
6:30 - Special Fan Q&A session in the WinStar River Club with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert & players Shay Given, Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, Fabian Delph & Gary Gardner. (Open to STH's only)
6:30 - East gate opens for non-STH's with a ticket to Wednesday's match for Aston Villa open training session. (You must have a ticket to Wednesday's international friendly for access to Tuesday's open training session)
7:00 - Aston Villa open training session begins
7:15 - FC Dallas players out to locations for Meet The Team day.
After a tough start to the season, Andres Escobar is red hot with four goals and an assist in his last eight games in MLS/USOC and he scored his first game-winning goal on Saturday night in the 2-0 win over New England. According to the OPTA Chalkboard, Escobar led all players with four key passes on Saturday night and his 92 actions were third highest on the team.
Andres' 29th minute goal was #10 on ESPNFC's goals of the weekend and it has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week, so show your appreciation for his game on Saturday by voting for him early and often this week!
WATCH: GOTW Week 19
FCDTV brings you The Final Word after tonight's 2-0 win over New England:
Here are your match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over the New England Revolution Saturday night:
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Hear from Oscar Pareja, Moises Hernandez & Zach Loyd ahead of Saturday's game vs New England:
The FC Dallas Foundation has partnered with Friends of Rob to sponsor the TX Shootout benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund, which raises money to provide access to rec soccer to underprivileged young players.
SIGN UP for the TX Shootout benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund
Rob Harper grew up in Richardson, Texas. He began playing soccer at age 8 in youth leagues and went on to play for select teams, JJ Pearce High School and SMU. He loved the game and continued playing on adult recreational teams and served as a referee and youth team coach for many years. Upon his untimely death at age 52, Rob's former teammates and associates (Friends of Rob) were so moved by Rob’s memory and the impact he made on their lives that they have established this Memorial Fund to realize Rob’s hopes of helping introduce young kids to the sport of soccer who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
DONATE directly to the Rob Harper Memorial Fund
The TX Shootout benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund will take place Friday, October 17 at Elm Fork Shooting Range in Dallas. Details for the event are as follows:
Schedule: Check-in at 8 am; Competition begins at 9 am
Teams: Four-person teams
Awards: Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
Entry Fees: $150 per shooter
Extras: Raffles & Silent Auction will be held during lunch
All participants MUST sign a waiver of liability form on-site
Lunch, golf cart, score card and goody bag provided
Bring your own guns and ammo. Gun rental is available and ammo can be purchased on site
Click here for the Elm Fork Shooting Range rules and regulations
Sponsorships: The Sponsorship team deadline is September 15.
- Exclusive presenter of the event with logo placement with the TX Shootout logo
- Logo on promo give away + Assassin privileges
- Includes one four-man team
- Logo on the e-vite, event website, media release and onsite signage + Sure Shot Partner privileges
- Includes one four-man team
Sure Shot: $1,000
- Name recognition onsite as well as on the event website + Station Partner privileges
- Includes one four-man team
Station Partner: $500
- Logo at a station along the course
- DOES NOT include team registration
SIGN UP as a sponsor of the TX Shootout benefiting the Rob Harper Memorial Fund
If you'd like to donate an auction item for this event, please email Melissa Reddick at firstname.lastname@example.org.