Originally, Thursday night's FC Dallas ECNL vs Trinidad & Tobago Women's National Team match at the Toyota Soccer Center was simply a fun friendly to help the T&T WNT prepare for next week's 2014 CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifiers, but it quickly became more than that.
T&T head coach Randy Waldrum, a long-time Dallas resident, Texas native and current Houston Dash head coach, put the notice out on Twitter early Tuesday morning that the T&T Women arrived with no money, food or equipment to Dallas where they would be training for the week leading up to the tournament.
The Dallas soccer community quickly mobilized with FC Dallas supporters Dallas Beer Guardians & American Outlaws Dallas supporters donating hundreds of dollars worth of supplies, FC Dallas donating equipment and fields for training as well as meals through both FCD's concessionaire, Legends and FCD's partners including CiCi's Pizza & Chipotle.
Thursday's match became a charity effort for the T&T Women with full proceeds going to the team and a chance to provide some normalcy to what has no-doubt been a wild week for the team known as the "Soca Princesses."
The well-played match ended 1-0 with T&T coming out victorious, and over $1,500 was raised for our guests.
The T&T women will be special guests of FC Dallas at Sunday's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy with team captain Maylee Johnson scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue prior to kickoff, so be sure to arrive early and join the festivites at 5:30PM on the north concourse!
All you Chipotle fanatics in Dallas rejoice! Join us at Chipotle at Preston & Warren in Frisco on Thursday, Oct. 9th from 3:00 - 4:30PM as two of our Homegrown stars, Victor Ulloa & Moises Hernandez, will be signing autographs, taking pictures and even rolling a burrito or two.
Come get your Chipotle fix on Thursday afternoon with Vic, Mo & FCD!
What a wild and wacky weekend it was in Major League Soccer as RSL fell at Chivas USA while LA and Seattle rolled on. Here's a look at the playoff picture with just three weeks left:
1. Seattle Sounders FC
60 points(+14 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 4-1 win at Colorado - Next match: 1/10 vs Vancouver - Last 5: W-W-L-L-W
The Sounders won their second straight, throttling a hapless Colorado Rapids team that hasn't won in quite a long time. Seattle ends the season with three toughies, starting with Vancouver this weekend and two games against Los Angeles.
2. LA Galaxy
60 points(+35 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 3-0 win vs Toronto FC - Next match: 10/12 at FC Dallas - Last 5: W-W-W-D-D
Los Angeles rolled along again last weekend beating Toronto FC handily at the StubHub Center. There's no doubt the Galaxy are incredibly formidable at home, but they'll have two tough road tests to end the year with FCD and Seattle. They'll play this weekend at FCD without at least Robbie Keane and Marcelo Sarvas while Omar Gonzalez is also a question mark.
3. Real Salt Lake
49 points(+11 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 1-0 loss at Chivas USA - Next match: 10/11 vs San Jose - Last 5: L-L-W-L-W
Is it time to panic in Sandy, Utah? A shock 1-0 loss at Chivas USA has Jeff Cassar's side on a bit of a dip. A win against Chivas would've propeled RSL into an almost insurmountable lead for the 3rd place spot, but now things are wide open especially considering RSL will be missing five players on international duty this week.
4. FC Dallas
48 points(+10 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 2-0 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps - Next match: 10/12 vs Los Angeles - Last 5: L-W-L-W-L
It wasn't a good weekend for Dallas who not only lost by a two-goal margin for just the second time this season, but saw Portland come back to win in San Jose nixing any playoff clinching hopes. However, the last three games are all manageable for Dallas with two home games and a road game at Colorado. Three wins could see Dallas jump into third place. They'll clinch with a Portland loss on Wednesday or a win on Sunday against Los Angeles.
5. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
43 points(+0 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 2-0 win vs FCD - Next match: 10/10 at Seattle - Last 5: W-W-L-L-W
Another HUGE home win for Vancouver against FCD to keep pace for the fifth and final playoff spot, but the Whitecaps aren't even remotely out of the woods. Two road games out of three remaining for Vancouver who has been poor on the road this season. Still, they're in with a shot.
6. Portland Timbers FC
42 points(+4 GD) - 3 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 win at San Jose - Next match: 10/8 vs San Jose - Last 5: W-L-W-D-D
A gift from the heavens brought Portland back from the brink of elimination, coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at San Jose. They'll face the Quakes again tonight and desperately need to put their home woes behind themselves with a win as their last two matches are against RSL and FCD.
FCD PLAYOFF SCENARIOS:
FC Dallas will clinch a 2014 MLS Cup Playoff Spot if:
-Portland loses to San Jose on Wednesday
-FC Dallas defeats LA Galaxy on Sunday
-Portland ties San Jose on Wednesday & FC Dallas ties or defeats LA Galaxy on Sunday
FC Dallas will clinch at least fourth place and a home playoff game if:
Vancouver loses or draws at Seattle on Friday and FC Dallas wins or draws against LA Galaxy
IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:
If there were no games left and we were looking forward to the start of the playoffs, here are the current matchups:
WILD CARD GAME
Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Seattle Sounders FC vs FC Dallas/Vancouver Whitecaps FC
LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake
It was back to work for the FC Dallas Academy as they took the trip down I-45 to take on Texas Rush in a full set of weekend games on Sunday from U-18 all the way down to U-13. Here's a recap of the action(Stay tuned for our FCDTV Academy Update later this week talking to coaches and players about the games):
Texas Rush U-18: 1
The U-18s moved to 3-0-0 on the season with 5-1 win over Texas Rush. Homegrown signing Coy Craft joined the U-18s for his first game of the season scoring a hat trick in the win. Caleb Young added two goals to take his tally to three on the young season.
Texas Rush U-16: 0
Giovanni Montesedoca scored twice while Devin Vega, Toshiki Yasuda & Isaac Albaradei also tallied goals in the first shutout of the season for the U-16s who are 3-0-0.
The FCD U-16s head to Kansas City this weekend for the first round of Generation adidas Cup qualifying where they'll play Houston Dynamo & Chicago Fire.
Texas Rush U-15: 0
The U-15's moved to 2-0-0 on the season with a 5-0 win over Texas Rush. Abelardo Escalante, Jommar Reyez, Mandel Steward, Alonzo Molina and Carlos Garcia scored in the victory.
Texas Rush U-14: 2
The U-14s fell to Texas Rush 2-0, with goals scored in either half.
Texas Rush U-13: 2
Bryan Reynolds and Johan Gomez scored for the U-13's in their first win of the season over Texas Rush.
Here at the Toyota Soccer Center, we're used to having national teams come here to train at our soccer mecca. Earlier this year, before the 2014 World Cup, we were lucky enough to have Ivory Coast, Mexico and Ecuador train before heading down to Brazil.
Trinidad & Tobago is coached by Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum as well as Randy's son Ben who is one of our ECNL coaches here at FC Dallas.
T&T have been paired in a group with the United States, Guatemala & Haiti in World Cup qualifying with the top two teams advancing to the knockout rounds where the top three teams will automatically earn a World Cup spot and the fourth place team will face Ecuador in a playoff.
T&T's matches will be October 15th-20th in Sporting Park, Toyota Park(Chicago) & RFK Stadium, however, you can watch them take on an FC Dallas ECNL All-Star team comprised of our ECNL players on Thursday, October 9th at 8:00PM on the Dr. Pink Field #2 at the Toyota Soccer Center.
Come out and support both FC Dallas ECNL/Trinidad & Tobago as the look to qualify for their first-ever Women's World Cup!
SEGMENT 1: Show hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis talk all things Landon Donovan as the U.S. Soccer and MLS all-time leading scorer prepares for his national team curtain call, and for a long visit to Dallas.
SEGMENT 2: Former MLS standout and Venezuela international Alejandro Moreno, now with ESPN FC, visits with the hosts. Main topic: Chivas USA's impending shut-down and subsequent re-branding.
SEGMENT 3: Marc and Steve go "quick-hit" over several stories making news in domestic soccer. Topics include Thierry Henry (One more year, please?) and a tight MLS Most Valuable Player race.
SEGMENT 4: Steve gets a few minutes with Lee Nguyen, who is enjoying a fantastic season with the New England Revolution.
Here are the best photos from Saturday's match at Vancouver courtesy of USA Today Sports Images
Here are the match highlights from FCD's 2-0 loss at Vancouver:
Hear from Loyd, Ulloa & Pareja ahead of Saturday's game in Vancouver:
Here are your Toyota Keys to the Match for Saturday's big game in Vancouver: