Here at the Toyota Soccer Center, we're used to having national teams come here to train at our soccer mecca. Earlier this year, before the 2014 World Cup, we were lucky enough to have Ivory Coast, Mexico and Ecuador train before heading down to Brazil.
Trinidad & Tobago is coached by Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum as well as Randy's son Ben who is one of our ECNL coaches here at FC Dallas.
T&T have been paired in a group with the United States, Guatemala & Haiti in World Cup qualifying with the top two teams advancing to the knockout rounds where the top three teams will automatically earn a World Cup spot and the fourth place team will face Ecuador in a playoff.
T&T's matches will be October 15th-20th in Sporting Park, Toyota Park(Chicago) & RFK Stadium, however, you can watch them take on an FC Dallas ECNL All-Star team comprised of our ECNL players on Thursday, October 9th at 8:00PM on the Dr. Pink Field #2 at the Toyota Soccer Center.
Come out and support both FC Dallas ECNL/Trinidad & Tobago as the look to qualify for their first-ever Women's World Cup!
SEGMENT 1: Show hosts Marc Stein and Steve Davis talk all things Landon Donovan as the U.S. Soccer and MLS all-time leading scorer prepares for his national team curtain call, and for a long visit to Dallas.
SEGMENT 2: Former MLS standout and Venezuela international Alejandro Moreno, now with ESPN FC, visits with the hosts. Main topic: Chivas USA's impending shut-down and subsequent re-branding.
SEGMENT 3: Marc and Steve go "quick-hit" over several stories making news in domestic soccer. Topics include Thierry Henry (One more year, please?) and a tight MLS Most Valuable Player race.
SEGMENT 4: Steve gets a few minutes with Lee Nguyen, who is enjoying a fantastic season with the New England Revolution.
Here are the best photos from Saturday's match at Vancouver courtesy of USA Today Sports Images
Here are the match highlights from FCD's 2-0 loss at Vancouver:
Hear from Loyd, Ulloa & Pareja ahead of Saturday's game in Vancouver:
Here are your Toyota Keys to the Match for Saturday's big game in Vancouver:
The MLS season is a marathon, but we've reached the sprint. Just four games are left in the 2014 regular season and things are beginning to define themselves in the Western Conference. Let's take a look at the playoff race with a month to play.
1. Seattle Sounders FC
57 points(+11 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 4-2 win vs Chivas USA - Next match: 9/5 at Colorado - Last 5: W-L-L-W-W
After falling to FCD, the Sounders received a scare against Chivas USA, but ended up getting the home win to stay at the top of the league on goal differential. They face a tricky trip to Colorado this weekend and, should they not win, could relinquish the top spot for the rest of the season.
2. LA Galaxy
57 points(+32 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 4-0 win vs New York - Next match: 10/4 vs Toronto FC - Last 5: W-W-D-D-W
The Galaxy have a relatively straight-forward match at home against Toronto FC this weekend, but their challenges await. A final three matches at FCD, vs Seattle and at Seattle will test whether LA is truly the class of the league like many think they are.
3. Real Salt Lake
49 points(+12 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 loss at Vancouver - Next match: 10/5 at Chivas USA - Last 5: L-W-L-W-D
It's been very up and down for RSL over the last month with two wins, two losses and a draw. They've won against the teams they should and lost their tough games, but it makes you wonder if they can win the road games they'll need to that would earn passage in a playoff series. Two games against Chivas USA in their last four, however, will provide some valuable points.
4. FC Dallas
48 points(+12 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 3-1 win vs Seattle Sounders FC - Next match: 10/4 at Vancouver - Last 5: W-L-W-L-L
A win over Seattle allayed any fears that FCD won't finish top four in the Western Conference and there is still a chance to finish top three but FCD likely needs 10 points from their last four games which is certainly possible. A playoff spot and at least fourth place can be guaranteed with a win this weekend.
5. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
40 points(-2 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 win vs RSL - Next match: 10/4 vs FC Dallas - Last 5: W-L-L-W-D
Vancouver leads Portland by the slimmest of margins and every game is absolutely vital for them from here on out. They really need three points against Dallas to keep realistic playoff hopes alive as they've got two tough road games at Seattle and San Jose awaiting them after this weekend before returning home to close the season against Colorado.
6. Portland Timbers FC
39 points(+3 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 3-2 loss at TFC - Next match: 9/4 at San Jose - Last 5: L-W-D-D-W
Ouch. Up 2-0 at Toronto, the Timbers let all the points slip away and lost Will Johnson for the season with a broken leg. If they fail to make the playoffs, it's that result, along with the home draw against San Jose that they'll look back and regret. Still, the Timbers have two games next back-to-back against San Jose that they need to get six points from before closing the season against RSL and FCD. If they can get to 45 points, there's certainly a good chance of the fifth spot.
IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:
If there were no games left and we were looking forward to the start of the playoffs, here are the current matchups:
WILD CARD GAME
Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Seattle Sounders FC vs FC Dallas/Vancouver Whitecaps FC
LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake
Feast your eyes upon our eighth and FINAL Scarf of the Month! The 2014 Scarf of the Month line concludes in October with this black and white scarf that features neon red accents. It was inspired by the Neon Pop shirt and hat that have been available in the Team Shop and on ShopFCDallas.com this year.
As always, the October Scarf of the Month is a limited-edition scarf. In other words, once they're gone, they're GONE! So get yours today before they sell out!
That Toyota Stadium field is pretty beautiful aint it? Well FC Dallas and lululemon athletica are giving you the opportunity to channel your inner Tex Hooper and enjoy a day of yoga on the Toyota Stadium pitch.
Things get kicked off on Saturday, October 18th from 11:00AM to 12:00PM and we'll have craft beer, DJ, food trucks, games & more!
The cost is just $10 and all proceeds benefit Kicks for Kids & Albertsons Gear Up Project!
He's pretty much the hottest forward in the league with four goals in his last three games and on Wednesday, August 1 you can meet Blas "El Raton" Perez! From 4:30-6:00PM tomorrow, head to Albertsons at 6800 Virginia Parkway in McKinney and you can get Blas' autograph as well as play in our soccer cage, win cool FCD prizes and meet both Tex Hooper and the FCD Girls! All of this goodness is brought to you by MoneyGram!
We'll see you Wednesday afternoon at Albertsons in McKinney!