What a weekend it was in Austin as FC Dallas got two great games in against two MLS opponents at the ATX Pro Soccer Challenge. Unfortunately, FCD fell just short in their quest for the best trophy in pro sports, but there were still some fantastic moments from the weekend. Here is the weekend in pictures through the lens of Olivia Brestal[and Blas Perez]:
SEGMENT 1: Marc Stein is in New York for the NBA All-Star game, so we start off talking about possible tweaks in the MLS All-Star format that could possibly gin up the wow-factor.
SEGMENT 2: Steve Davis was in Austin, where FC Dallas and two other MLS teams had gathered for preseason. While there, he got time with two promising U.S. internationals, Will Trapp and Bill Hamid.
SEGMENT 3: SI.com's Brian Straus checks in to talk about United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the conflicting mandates of his position.
SEGMENT 4: Show producer Tyler Kern bounces some opinions off Steve Davis; topics include the U.S. national team's recent win over Panama and FC Dallas' policy of building around youth.
FC Dallas may not be bringing home the greatest trophy in the history of mankind after dropping a 1-0 result to D.C. United in the championship of the ATX Pro Challenge on Sunday, but the club will have its chance at sweet, sweet vengeance this Friday when FCD hosts United at Toyota Stadium.
On top of that, Friday night's game is also the first and only chance for FC Dallas fans to see the team in preseason action at home. Sure, plenty of you made the trip to Austin for last weekend's tournament, but there's nothing like cheering on your club from the comfy confines of Toyota Stadium.
Well, lucky for you, we just so happen to have some special offers for the match. You can buy single game tickets here starting at just $10, or you can take advantage of one of our two-pack offers.
You can get a ticket to Friday's game against D.C. United, plus a ticket to the 2015 Home Opener vs. the San Jose Earthquakes on March 7, presented by AdvoCare, for just $22 (30% savings).
OR you can get a ticket to the preseason match on Friday, plus a ticket to our Week 2 match against Sporting Kansas City on March 14 for just $18 (35% savings).
Either way, you're getting a great deal and, most importantly, you get to come back to the place we've all been missing for the last three months.
Say it with me, people: There's no place like home!
FC Dallas takes another big step towards March 7th this weekend as they compete in the ATX Pro Soccer Challenge. The four-team tournament has three MLS teams plus USL's Austin Aztex and FC Dallas will kick things off at 5:45PM against Columbus Crew SC. Here's a few things to keep your eye on this weekend:
Full squad together
With Matt Hedges back from national team camp, pretty much the full roster for FC Dallas should be in Austin and you will likely see a mostly first team lineup on Friday night. Oscar Pareja said earlier this week that he's looking to get the starters at least 60 minutes and with three weeks under the belt in preseason, it's time to stretch those legs a little bit.
We're all excited to see what Mauro Diaz can do this season and these games will be a fantastic barometer to see how Mauro looks in preseason. The little magician burst out of the gates last year winning MLS Etihad Player of the Month in March and everyone knows if Mauro can stay healthy through a full season, a potential MLS Best XI nomination is on the cards. When Mauro plays, you've got to watch.
Atiba Harris in defense
Last season, Oscar Pareja had a brilliant stroke moving Je-Vaughn Watson to right back with incredible results and he's been experimenting with that again this preseason with Atiba Harris. It's, no doubt, a work in progress, but if Harris, who loves to attack down the right wing and scored the only goal of the preseason so far for FC Dallas, can adapt to the position it could provide huge benefits for FC Dallas.
Dallas/ Ft Worth, Texas – 102.1 The Edge KDGE-FM today announced EDGEFEST 2015, which will take place on April 25, 2015 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The double staged, day-long concert event will feature an all star line up including The Offspring, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, AWOLNATION, Hozier, Vance Joy, Dirty Heads, New Politics, Banks, Yelawolf, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Kooks, Joywave and will close with a special guest DJ performance by GIRLTALK.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link above or by calling 855.492.8053.
For over 20 years, Edgeheads have gathered together for this legendary concert event in Dallas / Ft Worth. Tickets go on-sale on Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Fans can listen to 102.1 The Edge to participate in a 'Win It Before You Can Buy It,' promotion beginning Friday, February 13, through Friday, February 20, 2015.
Complete show details are available at www.KDGE.com.
“We are thrilled to bring Edgefest 2015 back to our loyal fans this year,” said Jay Shannon, Program Director, 102.1 The Edge. “This is one of the strongest line ups yet, with some of the biggest names in the alternative rock world right now. We know it will be a win for the Dallas Forth Worth area.”
Fans can listen to 102.1 The Edge on the station’s website, kdge.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service. iHeartRadio is available across web, mobile phones, tablets, automotive partners, smart TVs, gaming devices and more. iHeartRadio is always free for listeners to use, with no capped hours or monthly subscription fees. It delivers everything listeners want in an all-in-one platform: Instant access to more than 1,500 radio stations from across the country, user-created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song, thousands of curated digital stations "Perfect For" any mood or activity, and a Shows & Personalities feature giving users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today. To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit iHeartRadio.com/apps.
About 102.1 The Edge:
102.1 The Edge is the DFW station offering the Dallas / Forth Worth area the best alternative rock music from artists such as Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Green Day and more. Jagger Mornings wakes up the metroplex weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Ayo hits the airwaves during middays. Jessie takes over during rush hour from 3-7 p.m., and Kade rounds out the evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Next Friday night, February 20th at Toyota Stadium we have a friendly against DC United in the penultimate preseason tuneup for FC Dallas before the season starts on March 7th.
Now for our regular season MLS games, there are regulations in place for just about everything you can think of from sponsors to game presentation to the way the field is mowed....but those don't count for preseason friendlies so we thought we'd have a fun vote to determine which field pattern we will have for the beautiful Toyota Stadium pitch next Friday night.
Below are the four options we can have for Friday night's game. Allen Reed and his groundscrew team need a few days to fully mow in the pattern, so get your vote in before Monday then come out to Toyota Stadium and come back next Friday to see which option won!
Tickets are still available for next Friday's friendly which is complementary for season ticket holders, $10 for general admission & $25 for reserved seating.
Option 1 - Bullseye
Option 2 - Traditional
Option 3 - Checkerboard
Option 4 - Plaid
SEGMENT 1: Marc Stein and Steve Davis talk fitness. Not their own, but the hubbub over U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann's comments about his team.
SEGMENT 2: Commentator Don Hutchison, a former Scottish international who had spells at both Liverpool and Everton, joins to talk about Premier League and the latest Merseyside Derby.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN announcer Adrian Healey joins the show just hours before he calls the U.S.-Panama friendly in California.
SEGMENT 4: Stein and Davis talk about coaching legacies in the United States and about Brek Shea's conversion to left back for the national team.
(Hana Asano/LA Galaxy)
In front of more than 20,000 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, the US Men's National Team won their first game of 2015 defeating Panama 2-0.
For FC Dallas fans, there was plenty of excitement as forward Blas Perez started, making his 87th appearance in a national team jersey. He went 56 minutes in Sunday's match, playing a typically active game that you see from Perez.
In the second half, a long-awaited moment happened as FC Dallas captain and defender Matt Hedges was brought on in the 72nd minute to make his first national team appearance at any level from youth to senior.
Jon Arnold of Goal.com talked to Matt after the match with Hedges saying “It was really exciting. [Klinsmann[ told us to go warm up and I knew I was going to be getting in. I was buzzing, I was ready.”
The next match for the USMNT is March 25 against Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark while Hedges and Perez now return back to FC Dallas as the full squad is set to head to Austin next weekend for the ATX Pro Soccer Challenge.
FC Dallas completed their week at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida with a 1-1 draw against Swedish second division side Jönköpings Södra IF.
Atiba Harris opened the scoring with FCD's first goal of the preseason with just over ten minutes left in the first half with the Swedish side equalizing just minutes later to send the match into halftime tied 1-1.
Neither side could find a goal in the second half as substitutions were made with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.
FC Dallas will play the rest of their 2015 preseason slate at home in the state of Texas with the next matches scheduled for next weekend in Austin as part of the ATX Pro Soccer Challenge.
FC Dallas will face Columbus Crew SC in a semifinal on Friday afternoon at 5:30PM and either play in the third place or championship match on Sunday afternoon.
FC Dallas lineup: Seitz, Harris(Rosales, Zimmerman, Loyd(Saco-Vertiz), Hernandez, Ulloa(Hoilett), Michel, Diaz(Chavez), Castillo(Hollingshead), Akindele(Toja), Texeira(Bekker)
FC Dallas plays their final preseason game outside the state of Texas on Saturday when they take on Swedish second division side Jönköpings Södra IF at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, FL. FCD will be looking to rebound after their 4-0 preseason-opening loss to Orlando City on Wednesday in a match that saw mostly trialists and reserves get a run out.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on in Saturday night's game which kicks off at 6:00PM(it's unlikely the match will be streamed, but we will let you know for sure on social media closer to game time).
While only a few of the contributors from 2014 saw time against Orlando City SC on Wednesday, Oscar Pareja told Steve Hunt of the Dallas Morning News that first team regulars will be featuring in Saturday's game.
With this being the only match before next week's ATX Pro Soccer Challenge, it's important to get those guys some minutes and for many, this game on Saturday will be their first minutes of 2015 against non-FCD players.
Look out for guys like Mauro Diaz and Fabian Castillo to have their first minutes of the year and for FCD to be much more competitive in this one.
The youngest player
16-year-old Homegrown midfielder Alex Zendejas who is currently in residency with the US U-17 National Team has had the opportunity to train with FC Dallas this week in Bradenton and by all reports he has impressed.
Alex turns 17 on Saturday and he could be given another opportunity to get some minutes on Saturday night. Alex and the US U-17s begin World Cup qualifying at the end of February in Honduras.
A little bit on the opponents
Saturday's opponents Jönköpings Södra IF, are nearly 100 years old and have spent the last nine years in the Swedish second division.
That's about all I got.