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08 November 11:39 am

We've reached the final 16 of MLSsoccer.com's 2013 Latino del Año competition and two FC Dallas players have advanced past the group stage..

Placed in a tough group with Erick "Cubo" Torres, Fabian Espindola and Marvin Chavez, FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez advanced out of the group with over 70% of the vote and he's been placed against San Jose's Honduran defender Victor Bernardez. For obvious reasons, we can't let Bernardez win this matchup so vote in the poll and send Raul Fernandez to the final eight!


WATCH: Llave 7


Also in the final 16 is FC Dallas forward Blas Perez who has been matched up against Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso. Blas vanquished Jairo Arrieta, Juninho and Javier Morales to win his group and advance as the top seed from group E.


WATCH: Llave 8

 


As you can see in the bracket above, should they both win, Blas and Raul would be matched up against each other in the final eight, guaranteeing an FCD player in the final four of the tournament so get to voting for our latin duo of Raul and Blas!

 

07 November 3:45 pm

The Conference Finals are almost set as the Eastern Conference Semifinals concluded last night and the Western Semis will wrap up tonight when Real Salt Lake hosts the LA Galaxy on ESPN2 and Seattle Sounders FC visits Jeld-Wen Field to take on the Portland Timbers on the NBC Sports Network.

As a group, our prediction accuracy is coming in just below 50% so far for the Conference Semifinals. None of us picked the dreaded Dynamo to knock out the Supporters Shield-winning Red Bulls, but four out of the five of our guessers correctly called Kansas City to advance over New England. Be sure to tune in to the matches tonight to see which of us correctly picked the Western Conference Final matchup.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Semifinals
Predictions
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: SEA 1-2 POR
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
NBCSN
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: LA 1-0 RSL
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
ESPN2
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: NE 2-1 SKC
LEG 2: SKC 3-1 NE
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: HOU 2-2 NY
LEG 2: NY 1-2 HOU
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

04 November 6:10 pm

After a week of AT&T Goal of the Year voting for Mauro Diaz, Michel and Jair Benitez, we asked you to pull double duty this morning and vote for Raul Fernandez, Blas Perez, Michel and David Ferreira for Latino del Año. Well now Fernandez needs your vote again in the 2013 Save of the Year competition. MLSsoccer.com kicked the competition off with Groups A and B today, and the Peruvian international has candidates in both groups.

Group A features Fernandez's Week 12 stop against San Jose, while Group B includes his Week 29 save versus Colorado. Voting for the first two groups closes at 11:59 pm PT, Tuesday, November 5 - that's 1:59 am CT, Wednesday, November 6 - so make sure your favorite Peruvian goalkeeper makes it to Round Two.


WATCH: Group A


WATCH: Group B

04 November 3:33 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by BB&T and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Segment 1: With the MLS playoffs in full swing, Stein and Steve recap Saturday's first-leg results (Seattle losing at home to Portland and New England edging Sporting KC) and look ahead to Sunday's two big matches (New York at Houston; Real Salt Lake at L.A. Galaxy).

Segment 2: John Cross from the Daily Mirror in London joins the boys by phone to reflect on Arsenal's home win over Liverpool and the five-point gap opened up at the top by Arsene Wenger's side, as well as all the other top storylines fom the Premiership.

Segment 3:  Before taking their first spin of the fall on the Major League Soccer coaching carousel, Stein and Steve talk Ballon D'Or and Champions League. 

Segment 4: ESPN's Adrian Healey, waking up early for Soccer Today  on the day of an evening match he's calling yet again, graciously takes the guys' call at an ungodly hour in L.A. To dive even deeper into the MLS playoff talk.

03 November 3:23 pm

We know you've all been glued to your computers over the last four days voting for Mauro Diaz and then Michel for the 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year, but we need you to keep up the clicking. MLSsoccer.com revealed Groups I-L Sunday morning, and Jair Benitez's audacious midfield bomb against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Week 28 needs your vote in Group K.

Benitez's only goal of the season was a spectacular one, and it's up against strikes by New York's Thierry Henry, D.C. United's Jared Jeffrey and Philadelphia's Kleberson. Voting for Groups I-L is open until 11:59 pm PT, Monday, November 4 - that's 1:59 am CT, Tuesday, November 5 - so get your votes in early and often to help Jair move on to round two.


WATCH: Group K


 

01 November 4:41 pm

The knockout rounds are in the books with Seattle and Houston surviving to go on to the next round and face their respective conference winners in the semifinals that kick off this weekend. The Western Conference Semifinals will see Portland take on Seattle and Real Salt Lake face the LA Galaxy, while the Eastern Conference Semifinals pit Sporting Kansas City against the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo against the New York Red Bulls.

We're back with our picks for the overall series winners as Matt Hedges, Eric Hassli and the FCDallas.com staff try to predict who will make it to the Conference Finals next weekend.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Semifinals
Predictions
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 9pm
NBCSN
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
NBCSN
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 8pm
ESPN
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
ESPN2
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 7pm
NBCSN
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 8pm
MLS LIVE
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 2:30pm
NBC
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 7pm
Univision Dep.
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

01 November 12:21 pm

We know you're all exhausted from voting for Mauro Diaz for 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year nonstop for the last two days straight, but your team still needs you! MLSsoccer.com unveiled Groups E-H this morning, and we need you to focus all your attention over the next two days on making sure Michel's Olimpico against Seattle from Week 12 advances out of Group G.

I mean c'mon, it's an Olimpico. He's going up against strikes by Chris Wondolowski, Juan Agudelo and Jalil Anibaba (WARNING: Definitely DO NOT vote for Jalil Anibaba). Voting for Groups E-H closes at 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, November 2 - that's 1:59 am CT this Sunday - and with Daylight Saving time falling back an hour this weekend, that means you get a whole extra hour to vote for Michel! So get to it!


WATCH: Group G


30 October 2:39 pm

It's playoff time in MLS and all the action started last night as Seattle Sounders FC dropped the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals vs their rival Portland Timbers. Tonight the Houston Dynamo host Montreal in the Eastern Conference Wild Card game at 7:30PM on NBC Sports Network.

In all, the MLS Cup Playoffs feature 15 pulse-pounding games and earlier yesterday, MLS released the full playoff calendar culminating in MLS Cup on Saturday, December 7 at the stadium of the highest remaining MLS Cup Playoff seed. For fun, we polled a couple of the FCD players to give us their predictions on what's going to happen over the next six weeks and added our own picks as well.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Knockout Round
Predictions
Seattle vs. Colorado
(Wed. 10/30 @ 9:30 pm CT - NBCSN)
Houston vs. Montreal
(Thurs. 10/31 @ 7:30 pm CT - NBCSN)
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

30 October 11:39 am

The polls are officially open for 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year voting as MLSsoccer.com unveiled groups A-D today. FC Dallas fans should have a special interest in the outcome of group D, which includes Mauro Diaz's sensational one-time volley strike against Vancouver Whitecaps FC from Week 28.

A great goal for sure, but Diaz's tally is up against stiff competition with candidates by Portland's Will Johnson, San Jose's Alan Gordon and Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio also occupying group D. Voting for groups A-D is open through 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31 - that's 1:59 am CT, Friday, November 1 - so vote early and vote often to push Mauro through to the next round!


WATCH: Group D

 


29 October 1:28 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by BB&T and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

Segment 1: Stein and Steve set up the final day of Major League Soccer’s regular season with a look at the various playoff races and by naming their favorites for both the upcoming MLS playoffs as well as the MVP race.

Segment 2: More talk about what’s happening in the domestic game. One topic: Seattle’s playoff prospects now that the Sounders, after things looked bleak as recently as last week’s show, are in. Another topic: Jurgen Klinsmann’s desire for Graham Zuzi, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan to go out on loan moves during the MLS close season.

Segment 3: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, fresh off dueling U.S. national team teammate Tim Howard in an All-American keeper derby Saturday at Villa Park, returns to the show by phone to talk about his 2013 so far with both club and country.

Segment 4: From the set of the outstanding show Fiebre Maldini, Carlos Castellanos of Canal+ in Spain joins the boys to break down Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the season’s first Clasico.