This morning, HSG Chairman Clark Hunt had a lengthy chat with 1310 AM The Ticket's legendary host Norm Hitzges. Norm, who can be seen at many FC Dallas games, has commentated on soccer for decades including the Dallas Tornado and Dallas Sidekicks. Listen to the great interview:
Looking for a place to watch this weekend's game with your fellow FC Dallas fans? July's Party at the Pubs watch party will be held at The Pub in Frisco on Saturday, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. In addition to the game, the FC Dallas girls and Hooper will stop by and you could go home with some free stuff.
Giveaways include Gold Cup tickets, as well as tickets for the Stoke City friendly next weekend and Breakaway Festival, FC Dallas gear, and a shirt autographed by the team.
The Pub is located off Preston Road, past Gaylord Parkway.
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This weekend is a rare first for FC Dallas as they'll make their inaugural trip to the city of Montreal for Saturday's match against the Impact. Montreal is the only team in MLS that FCD has never taken a road trip to, so we thought we'd educate you on the city at the heart of French-Canadian culture.
Montreal has been an incorporated city since 1832 and has been one of the economic centers of Canada since the mid-1800's. By 1930, the Montreal metropolitan area contained over 1,000,000 people and today the Montreal metropolita area population nears 4,000,000.
Montreal is renowned for its beautiful architecture and is one of just ten UNESCO Cities of Design in the world and the only one in North America.
Of course, one of the defining features of Montreal is the fact that most of the people speak French as their native language. Nearly 2/3rds of the population primarily speaks French and all it takes is a simple visit to the Impact's website to get a lesson in French.
From a business perspective, Montreal is a booming city and boasts one of the largest inland ports in the world and also remains the home of many of the top video game developers in the industry.
When it comes to sports in Montreal, the conversation starts with the Montreal Canadiens. One of the NHL's original six, the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup a record 24 times, though they resemble the Dallas Cowboys in that Montreal is mired in a 20-year Stanley Cup drought.
With the Montreal Expos having moved to Washington, the Canadiens and Impact are the only major North American league teams in the city while the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have won the Grey Cup eight times.
You can catch FCD's first ever trip to Montreal on Saturday at 6:00PM and we encourage you to head to The Pub in Frisco for our Party at the Pubs Watch Party Presented by Budweiser where we will be giving away Gold Cup semifinal tickets, Breakaway Music Festival tickets and much more FCD swag!
FC Dallas suffered their first home loss of the season against league leading Real Salt Lake on Saturday, unfortunately dropping them even further in this week’s power rankings. On the brightside, the team didn’t fall entirely out of the top 10.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com dropped FC Dallas six spots to number 10:
The slide goes on for FC Dallas, which has not scored in three straight games, has not won in seven straight games and is falling back to the middle of the pack after setting a torrid pace out of the gate. Getting George John back to 100 percent would go a long way in FCD tightening things up in the back, as the center back has missed the last four matches and seen his team concede seven goals in that time.
FCD fell to number nine in Yahoo Sports’ rankings:
It seems like just yesterday that Dallas were atop MLS power rankings and true Supporters' Shield contenders. Now they're just four points off of sixth place. Yikes.
MLSsoccer.com moved the Hoops down four spots to #11:
No wins since May 25. No real answers anywhere on the pitch. Bad times in Frisco.
ESPN FC continued to drop FC Dallas, bumping them all the way to number 12:
FCD is in freefall after losing at home to RSL, extending its winless streak to seven matches. And after getting shut out for the third consecutive game, the onus is on the attack to begin finishing off some of the team's neat approach work.
We're tracking towards one of, if not the biggest attendance year in FC Dallas Stadium history and the Dallas Morning News' Cheryl Hall talked to HSG's Clark and Dan Hunt about the success and vision of Lamar becoming a reality. It's a great read.
“My dad was always about the fans and the fan experience,” says Clark, 48, chairman of Hunt Sports Group LLC, which owns two Major League Soccer franchises: FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. “Dad’s dream is becoming a reality. The MLS is ready for prime time.”
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Josh Saunders pushes Fabian Castillo's shot over the crossbar.
SAVE: Saunders stops Castillo again by snatching his shot out of the air.
GOAL: Javier Morales scores on the counter attack to give Salt Lake the lead.
GOAL: Ned Grabavoy's strike doubles the lead for the visitors.
GOAL: Olmes Garcia puts away RSL's third goal of the game in the 90th minute.
Congratulations to Raul Fernandez who won his second MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week award for his big stop on Gyasi Zardes in the 61st minute of Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
"Superman" earned 42% of the vote and sits second in MLS with 69 saves in 17 games, just three behind San Jose's Jon Busch who has made 72 saves in 20 games.
Catch Raul in action this weekend as FC Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake in a Western Conference Top-Of-The-Table matchup. TICKETS
Come check out FC Dallas at two major Dallas events this weekend.
Taste of Dallas
Join FC Dallas on Friday, July 12 out at Fair Park where we will be set up at Taste of Dallas near the Taste Tavern area in the Automobile Building. The yearly event draws over 60 of Dallas' top restaurants and chefs. We'll have promotional items and ticket specials so join us from 4PM - 11PM on Friday night!
Too Hot to Handle 5K/15K
On Sunday, July 14, the FCD mobile team will be out at Norbuck Park at White Rock Lake for the Too Hot to Handle 5K/15K. The Sponsor Village in Norbuck Park will be packed with awesome sponsors, various snacks, live music, and a beer garden so look out for the FC Dallas tent!
July didn’t really start with a bang for FC Dallas. Schellas Hyndman’s men started the month with a draw against Chivas USA on the Fourth of July then lost on the road to LA. The disappointing start was reflected in this week’s power rankings, as FCD fell almost entirely out of the top five they had become so used to.
FC Dallas dropped two spots in Yahoo Sports’ rankings, but stayed in the top five:
Unable to defeat Chivas at home. Thoroughly beaten by LA. Dallas have had better weeks this season.
ESPN FC dropped FC Dallas all the way to number 8:
All of a sudden, FCD finds itself with a six-game winless streak after a disappointing home draw with Chivas USA and a road defeat to the Galaxy. The panic button isn't being pressed, but the defense has looked a bit fragile of late.
MLSsoccer.com bumped FCD three spot to seventh:
Since mid-April, the only teams they've beaten are D.C. and San Jose. They're lucky they're not lower.
Goal.com moved FC Dallas down to number eight:
Recent results suggest that FCD may need further reinforcements during the summer window.