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27 January 4:59 pm

It'll be just a little bit longer until Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas joins the FCD first team. 

As expected, he's been called back into U-17 Residency as they prepare for the CONCACAF Championships and hopefully U-17 World Cup. Here's the full release from US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2015 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

In late February and early March, the U-17 MNT will be participating in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup for the CONCACAF region.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The U-17 Residency Program roster features 24 players who were with the team during the 2014 fall semester. The four newcomers to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.

The Residency roster also includes 25 players currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and 27 in all with ties to the Academy.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Texas), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves; Grandville, Mich.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)

FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

About the U-17 Residency Program:

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

26 January 5:21 pm

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas will train this week at Toyota Soccer Center before departing on Sunday, Feb. 1, for a stint at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The team is scheduled to return to Dallas on Sunday, Feb. 8.

During its time in Florida, FC Dallas will face Orlando City SC in a friendly on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. CT at ChampionsGate Sports Field Complex. Dallas will then train for two days before facing Swedish second division side Jönköpings Södra at IMG Academy Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. CT.

Interested in traveling? Visit the IMG Academy MLS HQ

FC Dallas players and coaches are available for interviews, only as arranged through FC Dallas Communications, following each training session. Practices vary in length and times are subject to change. Media are encouraged to call FC Dallas Communications ahead of the scheduled times to confirm practice times and player / coach availability.

Weekly Training Schedule (All Times Central)
Date                                Time            Event                              Location 
Tuesday, Jan. 27            10 a.m.         Training                          AdvoCare Field 1
*Wednesday, Jan. 28       9 a.m.           Training                          AdvoCare Field 1
Thursday, Jan. 29           10 a.m.         Training                          AdvoCare Field 1
*Friday, Jan. 30                9 a.m.           Training                          AdvoCare Field 1
Saturday, Jan. 31            10 a.m.         Training                          AdvoCare Field 1
Sunday, Feb. 1                --                   Travel to Florida            --

* FC Dallas will also train at 4 p.m. CT. Only the morning sessions are open to media.

26 January 2:25 pm

Here’s the show recap from Sunday’s latest episode of Soccer Today presented by Toyota and co-hosted by Marc Stein and Steve Davis on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio:

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SEGMENT 1: The United States national team begins its 2015 campaign this week; Marc Stein and Steve Davis talk about what we should expect from Jurgen Klinsmann and his players this year.

SEGMENT 2: Dallas born-and-raised Emerson Hyndman joins us live from Jamaica,  where he just helped the U.S. under-20s qualify for this year's FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

SEGMENT 3: NBC's Robbie Earle visits about a glorious FA Cup weekend and about his son, Otis Earle, joining FC Dallas as its first-round draft choice.

SEGMENT 4: The show hosts hop around the domestic news front, starting with some opinions on whether it's time for U.S. Soccer to finally cut ties with troubled goalkeeper Hope Solo.

25 January 7:35 pm

The players have returned for preseason and the 20th season of FC Dallas soccer is starting to come into focus.

Today, we've released single-game tickets for seven of the biggest games of the season, our 2015 premier matches. Throughout this week we're going to be highlighting each one on FCDallas.com as we celebrate "Marquee Matchups," taking a look towards the 2015 season. Stay tuned each day this week as we highlight one of the seven biggest games coming to Toyota Stadium in 2015.

Marquee Matchups Game One - March 7 vs. San Jose Earthquakes

No matter what sport you're watching, there's nothing like opening day.

Every team is 0-0-0 with championship aspirations and whether you're looking to improve on last season and show that you mean business or simply looking to prove that the previous season was no fluke, the first game of the year is always one you don't want to miss as a fan. There's just something special about that first time you walk through the stadium gates for a new season, getting your first glimpse at the new players while also seeing those familiar faces back on the field for another year. 

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There's all the new signage around the stadium, the new banners outside(which will be awesome) and that first look at the new pump up videos. On March 7 at 7:30PM, it all gets started again, and let's face it: You're not missing this one. 

For FC Dallas, the 2015 season marks the eighth-straight year that FCD will open the season at Toyota Stadium with the team going 3-1-3 in that stretch, having won their last three home openers. 

Who can forget last year's season opener in which Oscar Pareja returned to the place he calls home to see Mauro Diaz produce his first of many master-class performances, scoring a brilliant game-winning free kick early in the second half to seal a 3-2 win over Montreal. It would be the first stanza of Mauro's brilliant March that saw him win Etihad Player of the Month while propelling Dallas to a 4-0-1 start to the season. 

It's opening night. It gives me chills every time. It's going to be a huge crowd coming off last year's playoff drama. You don't want to miss this one.

25 January 7:06 pm

Mexico continued their recent dominance of the CONCACAF U-20 championships winning their third in a row as they topped Panama in PKs on Saturday in Jamaica.

FC Dallas Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez proved to be one of the heroes as the netminder saved two PKs in the shootout that saw El Tri take home the trophy.

Gonzalez allowed just three goals in five games for El Tri posting two shutouts for the eventual champions who easily qualified for the U20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.

USA books a spot in New Zealand with win over El Salvador

Despite a rough start, the US U-20s rebounded fantastically well and sealed their spot in New Zealand with a 2-0 win over El Salvador in the winner-take-all knockout game.

Though Kellyn Acosta was forced to miss the second half of the tournament, he expressed his excitement on Twitter yesterday after the US qualified. 

24 January 5:10 pm

When: January 24th

Where: Toyota Soccer Complex

Event title: Michael Brown Winter Classic

Attendance:

Summary: The Mobile Marketing Tour visited the Michael Brown Winter Classic at Toyota Soccer Complex on January 24th from noon – 2 pm. Participants in the tournament, families, and spectators alike were eager to spin the prize wheel for prizes including Cricket soccer balls, Texas Health sunscreen, FC Dallas pencils, and Toyota jump ropes. Soccer players of all ages greatly enjoyed shooting on the goal to attempt to win extra prizes from our Tour sponsors. The tournament was a great success, consisting of 199 teams from around the country, which provided a plethora of visibility for Tour sponsors and FC Dallas.

23 January 5:19 pm

Day one of the 2015 FC Dallas preseason is in the books and like every first day it was full of optimism as Oscar Pareja and FCD look to improve on their Western Conference Semifinal finish last season. Here's a little bit of news, notes, pics and quotes from today's practice.

Notes: 

  • Today was mainly a fitness day for FC Dallas as the team works under new fitness coach Fabian Bazan. There was a notably long stretching session before the team did some more running drills. After that the balls came out and some short-sided passing drills ensued before the players went on a long run around the complex finishing up with more running inside AdvoCare Field 1. 
  • Yep, it was basically a training full of running. 
  • FC Dallas will continue their week of training in Frisco before departing for the IMG Academy in Florida with two practices on Saturday at 9AM and 4PM and one practice on Sunday at 10AM. 
  • Except for the players away with their respective national teams, nearly everyone was out at training today including all the draft picks, though new midfielder Kyle Bekker was absent and is set to train tomorrow for the first time
  • By my count there were four trialists besides the draft picks at training today including two familiar faces in former FCD Academy standouts Jack Coleman and Damian Rosales. Jack played 17 games at Duke as a senior scoring one goal and one assist while Rosales was a four-year standout at SMU earning Second-Team All-AAC honors as a senior finishing second on the team in goals with six playing in an attacking wing back role.

Quote of the day:

"I’d say that he’s one of the best signings that we can have here. I’m very proud of the club and really grateful for the support of the ownership and front office putting into the project. Fabian is going to help our players tremendously. He’s a high level fitness coach and not just that, but he’s another assistant due to his knowledge about the game so it’s a great package to have."

-Oscar Pareja on new fitness coach Fabian Bazan

Pictures:

Here are some fanastic pics from practice courtesy of Olivia Brestal -

 

 

 

 

23 January 2:37 pm

By Demetrio Teniente

With Houston moving back into the western conference this season, FC Dallas will play the Dynamo three times in 2015, intensifying the tension and excitement of the Texas Derby pres. by Novo Nordisk. Two of those games will be right here at Toyota Stadium and the June 26 matchup, the first MLS visit from Houston in over two years, is our fourth Premier Match of 2015.  

For those of you unfamiliar with the rivalry, you should know that the Texas Derby is kind of a big deal; just ask FC Dallas defender Stephen Keel and former FCD defender George John.

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The winner of the series is crowned the best team in Texas and gets to take home a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon, affectionately named El Capitán. The games are full of passion, tension and controversy both on the field and in the stands. 

Last season, FC Dallas swept Houston in the season series with two emphatic wins at BBVA Compass Stadium, winning  4-1 win in MLS play and 3-2 in overtime in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - keeping El Capitán in Frisco. FCD hasn’t lost to Houston since 2012, winning four times in a row in all competitions.  

Not only will this be a great rivalry match in the middle of the season, but it’s also a chance to catch two of the most dynamic forwards in MLS go head-to-head in FC Dallas’ Blas Perez and Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes. Both Barnes and Perez finished the 2014 MLS season with 11 goals.

The Texas Derby is, hands down, FC Dallas’ biggest and most heated rivalry. And since this match is the second of three, it is quite possible that either team could secure the series title with a win (though we all know there's really only one team that will come into this one with a chance to clinch the cannon).

22 January 2:53 pm

Let the 2015 preseason begin. 

FC Dallas announced today that they will officially open 2015 preseason camp on Friday, January 23rd at 10:00 A.M. on AdvoCare Field 1 outside Toyota Stadium. 

FCD will continue preseason training with two practices on Saturday, January 24th at 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. with their final practice of the weekend on Sunday at 10:00 A.M., all on AdvoCare Field 1. 

FC Dallas will train in Frisco throughout the next week before heading to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL on February 1st where they will train for a week with games to be announced before returning back to Frisco. 

Here is the full FC Dallas roster as we open 2015 preseason:

Goalkeepers:  Jesse Gonzalez***, Dan Kennedy, Chris Seitz. 
Defenders:  Kellyn Acosta, Otis Earle, Matt Hedges*, Moises Hernandez, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd, Will Seymore, Walker Zimmerman.  
Midfielders:  Kyle Bekker, Coy Craft, Mauro Diaz, Danny Garcia, Atiba Harris, Jaineil Hoilett, Ryan Hollingshead, Michel, Cobi Span, Victor Ulloa, Alejandro Zendejas**. 
Forwards:  Tesho Akindele*, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez, David Texeira.
*Currently in training camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team
**Currently with the U.S. U-17 National Team
***Currently with the Mexico U-20 National Team

NOTE: FC Dallas players and coaches are available for interviews,only as arranged through FC Dallas Communications,following the morning training sessions. Practices vary in length and times are subject to change. Media are encouraged to call FC Dallas Communications ahead of the scheduled times to confirm practice times and player / coach availability.

 

22 January 1:32 pm

As you probably already know, FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges and reigning AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele are currently in training camp with the U.S. Men's National Team. Before heading to Santiago, Chile next week for the USMNT's first friendly of the year, the boys have been training in Carson, CA at the StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy.

Our friends at the Galaxy were kind enough to snap some training photos and send them our way this week. So we picked out EVERY photo featuring Matt or Tesho (whether they were the focus of the picture or not) to share with you. ENJOY!

Photo Credit: Hana Asano (Click on photo for larger version)


Headers with Matt!

Kicks with Tesho!

Blurry Matt.

Blurrier Matt!

Tesho lurking in the background.

How many differences can you spot in this photo?

"Do blondes really have more fun?"

Tesho vs. Jermaine! Fourth of July preview, anyone?

Tesho wins!

Blurry Tesho photobomb!