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09 January 3:44 pm

The FC Dallas U-14s continued their journey in Bolivia at the Tahuichi Mundialito, defeating Olimpia of Paraguay on penalty kicks to advance to the final stage of the prestigious tournament.

The back-and-forth game saw Jesus Ferreira open the scoring in the 20th minute, but Olimpia hit back for two goals before halftime to take a 2-1 lead.

Brayan Padilla scored an incredible curling goal to tie the score and with 12 minutes left, Bryan Reynolds put FC Dallas in from 3-2.

Olimpia would score the game-tying goal with just five minutes left and the two sides went to penalty kicks which FC Dallas won 4-3 to advance to the final round.

In the final round, four teams play a round robin series of matches to determine the champion. FC Dallas, the Colombian national team, Cerro Porteno and Tahuichi will face off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the top team winning the championship.

 

 
06 January 6:16 pm

2015 FC Dallas schedule desktop wallpapers:

It's the moment every FC Dallas fan has been waiting for and the moment when the 2015 season starts to come into focus. The 2015 FC Dallas schedule is out and it's definitely got some interesting notes to it so let's break things down:

Home sweet home

Just like last year, FC Dallas opens with five of the first seven at Toyota Stadium. Obviously things can change a lot in an offseason, but five of FCD's first seven are also against teams that missed the playoffs last year, so Oscar Pareja's side will definitely be looking to get out of the blocks quickly.

Early season matchups against Kansas City, now of the Western Conference, and 2014 MLS Cup Playoff foe Seattle Sounders FC will both be home games that fans will certainly circle on the calendar as can't-miss games.

Friday, I'm in love

Perhaps the most noticeable change in the 2015 schedule is the introduction of the weekly Friday night game. Last year FCD had just one Friday night game, but this year there are weekly Friday night games to be broadcast nationally on the Univision family of networks and FC Dallas is a major player in these.

Eight of the first 17 games in 2015 will be played on Friday nights with six of those coming on the road. Personally, I'm looking forward to a little Friday happy hour away game action.

Rivalries renewed

We knew it was coming, but it's still great to see both Kansas City and Houston back on the schedule three times each year. The Texas Derby, presented by Novo Nordisk, will no doubt be spiced up by the return of three games against our rivals to the south each season. While our series with Kansas City may not have quite the same grit to it, our fans are surely looking forward to having more games against a team that is within driving distance.

NYC comes to town

For the second-straight year, the New York Red Bulls will visit Toyota Stadium on Friday, May 15 while new MLS side NYC FC comes to Frisco on Saturday, September 12. Yes, NYCFC will visit late in the season meaning Frank Lampard could be making a stop here...maybe. We'll see.

 

So which road trips are you making in 2015? We're exactly two months away from First Kick!

06 January 4:10 pm

The FC Dallas U-14s are currently in Bolivia playing in the annual Tahuichi Mundialito representing Texas and the USA.

In their first match on Sunday, Chris Hayden's team played against Tahuichi, the host club, in front of more than 20,000 people after the opening ceremonies at the Estadio Ramon Tahuichi Aguilera.

According to Hayden, the team played mostly defensively through the first 20 minutes but settled down and nearly took the lead late in the half when Jesus Ferreira hit the post. FCD conceded two goals in quick succession right before halftime.

In the second half, they conceded once more to fall to a 3-0 defeat.

The U-14s bounced back on day two with a 3-0 win over Brazilian side Corumbaense.

Carlos Garcia opened the scoring in the first half before Adrian Morales and Garcia scored to seal the 3-0 win in the second half.

1-1-0 in the tournament, FCD closes out the group stage against Amador Plaza from Panama today. They'll play one more match after that to determine final seeding. 

05 January 5:03 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:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: Show co-hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis dive right into the week's two news biggies: Steven Gerrard signing up with MLS and Frank Lampard electing to delay his own league entrance.

SEGMENT 2: Former Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, now an ESPN FC analyst, talks about fellow Anfield icon Gerrard and his choice to leave the club this summer.

SEGMENT 3: National soccer journalist Tom Dart, who spent the bulk of his writing career in England, goes deeper into the Lampard and Gerrard stories.

SEGMENT 4: Show producer Tyler Kern joins in as we all discuss Gedion Zelalem and the young Arsenal prodigy's choice (announced this week) to play for the United States rather than Germany.

05 January 10:50 am

US Soccer U-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named his squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship which begins on Friday in Jamaica and, as expected, FC Dallas Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta was one of the 20 players named for the tournament which serves as qualifying for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Acosta, who was also named as the captain, is one of two players who were also a part of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team and is expected to start at central midfield for Tab Ramos' side. Kellyn is not the only player with FC Dallas ties on the roster as former FC Dallas Academy midfielder and Dallas native Emerson Hyndman of Fulham FC was also named to the squad setting up what could be an all-Dallas central midfield duo.

The U-20s get the tournament started on Friday, January 9th and will play Guatemala, Panama, Aruba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago between the 9th and 22nd with all games broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.

Acosta joins Mexican goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez as the two FC Dallas Homegrowns playing in the tournament.

Full release from US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Jan. 5, 2015) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship running Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica. All five of the USA’s matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2. Fans can also follow the action on twitter at @ussoccer_ynt. 

The USA has been drawn into Group A along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala. The U.S. opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21). 

"Selecting the final 20 players was extremely difficult,” said Ramos. “This is a group that has a lot of depth. It's a group that has gotten good results throughout the last 12 to 14 months, regardless of the players we've had in. A lot of players have made a good case for being on the team, but in the end, unfortunately, you can only take so many (players). I am very happy with the group we've selected. 

“Overall, this is a group made up mostly with professional players, and that's a strength. These are players who are completely dedicated to the sport; players who 100 percent of the time prepare to do well, to get better, and be on the National Team.” 

Four countries will directly qualify from this tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The USA is looking to qualify for its 14th trip to a FIFA World Youth Championship or FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

The U.S. roster includes two members of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in midfielder Kellyn Acosta and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Ramos has named Acosta the team captain for the qualifying tournament. Acosta was also a member of the USA’s 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup team, which advanced out of qualifying in Jamaica. Steffen posted a 3-0-1 record for the U-20s in 2014, earning a pair of shutouts during the USA’s championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in Carson, California – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia.

Six players on the USA roster represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls) and Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC), midfielders Acosta (FC Dallas) and Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), and forwards Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes). Gall was the U-20 MNT’s leading goal scorer in 2014 with four tallies in international competition.

Four U-20 MNT players are teammates on Liga MX side Club Tijuana: forwards Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno, midfielder Fernando Arce and defender John Requejo.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Ben Spencer (Molde FK), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes) 

The U-20s went 6-1-2 in international competition and 12-2-2 overall in 2014.

The USA was the runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and advanced to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, where the U.S. earned a draw against eventually World Cup winner France.

This year marks the 25th occasion in which the U.S. U-20 MNT is competing in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

Qualifying Format Change: The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 and is now comprises two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments featured four groups of three teams. Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results to form a playoff group. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Eyes on New Zealand 2015: The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups and has its sights set on No. 14 in 2015. The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand will be held from May 30-June 20 in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei. The final draw will be held on Feb. 10. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

 

02 January 1:21 pm

It's almost time for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships as the North American soccer scene starts to awake from the holiday slumber and FC Dallas Homegrowns will once again play a big part in the tournament which serves as qualifiying for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The Mexico roster was released just a few days ago and for the second-straight cycle, an FC Dallas Homegrown goalkeeper will be between the pipes for El Tri.

Jesse Gonzalez has been called up for the Mexico U-20s as one of two goalkeepers for a Mexico team that will face Cuba, Canada, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti from January 10th through 22nd with the top team from each group advancing to the U20 World Cup and the next four teams playing in playoff matches to also earn spots in the tournament.

The Unites States U-20 CONCACAF Championship team is set to be announced on Monday with Kellyn Acosta expected to be one of the midfield captains for Tab Ramos' squad.

 

31 December 1:10 pm

What a year it was. Here are the best photos of 2014 shot by Rick Yeatts, Olivia Brestal, Erik Davila & USA Today Sports Images

 

30 December 12:17 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:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: Show co-hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis begin going over the 2014 year in soccer, answering the question: "Who did 2014 belong to?"

SEGMENT 2: Brian Sciaretta from the New York Times and American Soccer Now joins to review the year for Jurgen Klinsmann and his U.S. men's national team.

SEGMENT 3: Brek Shea is back in the U.S.A, newly signed to Orlando City's expansion side. Marc Stein got a few minutes with the former FC Dallas winger (who was joined on speaker phone by New England's Lee Nguyen.)

SEGMENT 4: Show producer Tyler Kern joins in as we all talk about our favorite goal from 2014.

29 December 11:29 am

We're nearing the end of 2014 and what a year it was. FC Dallas with Oscar Pareja at the helm set or tied a number of team records, reached the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semifinals and went undefeated through three games in the MLS Cup Playoffs falling to Supporter's Shield winners Seattle Sounders FC on away goals.

2015 is going to be one of the biggest years in team history, but before we turn the page, let's have some fun and see how much you remember from 2014.

Here's our year-end quiz, take it and see how you stack up against the rest of the #DTID nation. Good luck!

23 December 3:37 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:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: Show hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis review some big local happenings, including the announcement that the U.S. National team's Gold Cup campaign will open at Toyota Stadium in July.

SEGMENT 2: D.C. United co-owner Jason Levien joins to talk about last week's big MLS news, that his franchise finally has approval for a stadium. The news has been nearly 20 years in the making.

SEGMENT 3: New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies joins to talk about his long road back to being a productive pro striker.

SEGMENT 4: Some holiday talk from the hosts, who reveal their favorite all-time soccer-related gifts.