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06 January 3:41 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: As Jurgen Klinsmann prepares to open his first national team training camp of 2014 on Monday in Los Angeles, Stein and Steve talk about their own World Cup plans and the pros and cons of actually making the trip to Brazil this summer.

SEGMENT 2: The boys pay tribute to Portugese legend Eusebio after news breaks of the 71-year-old’s passing. They also react to the new jobs landed by U.S. national team winger Brek Shea and Klinsmann’s predecessor Bob Bradley.

SEGMENT 3: FC Dallas play-by-play man Mark Followill returns to the show to make a passionate plea to MLS officials to leave the league’s March-to-November calendar just the way it is.

SEGMENT 4: Former Dallas Burn and FC Dallas goalkpeeper Jeff Cassar makes his Soccer Today debut to talk about his selection as the new head coach for Real Salt Lake … which means replacing the highly successful Jason Kreis.

03 January 5:53 pm

Fresh off scoring four goals in a 4-4 draw with New England Revolution at December's US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, U-18 forward Coy Craft has been called up to US U-18 National Team camp ahead of an upcoming tournament in the Canary Islands. Craft leads the U-18s with eight goals in ten games despite being the youngest player on the roster. Here's the full release from US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez called 24 players for a week-long training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., to prepare for the upcoming Copa del Atlantico in the Canary Islands.

The training camp runs from Jan. 4-11 and precedes the tournament in Spain, which is scheduled to be played Feb. 4-7.

Twenty-one of the 24 players currently play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams while the remaining three also play for domestic-based clubs. Nine MLS Academies are represented, with Real Salt Lake AZ leading the way with three players receiving call-ups.

Five players – Mukwelle Akale, JT Marcinkowski, Erik Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding and Ben Swanson – saw playing time for the U.S. U-18 MNT that took second place at the Limoges Tournament in France in October. Palmer-Brown started all three matches at the tournament and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 U.S. win over the Czech Republic, while Akale and Marcinkowski earned starts in two games. 

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Orlando, Fla.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6):  Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Gerves Fagan (Sereno SC; Peoria, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.), Kendall Stork (Chicago Magic PSG; Barrington, Ill.)

01 January 2:00 am

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If you have received an @FCDallas giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 75 miles from the field where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, @FCDallas may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower.

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01 January 2:00 am

Official Social Media Giveaway Rules

Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of FC Dallas, MLS member teams, Soccer United Marketing, L.L.C. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any @FCDallas giveaway. @FCDallas will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion.

If you have received an @FCDallas giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 75 miles from the field where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, @FCDallas may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower.

You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient.

Contests, trivia and giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations. See applicable giveaway description for exact details of when and how to enter.

FC Dallas reserves all rights.

31 December 4:15 pm

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: Preseason

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: March & April

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: May, June & July

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: August, September, October & offseason

After a rough July in which Dallas struggled majorly to score goals, the offense roared back to life in August with nine goals scored in five games with both Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz making their MLS debuts.

FCD and Los Angeles played one of the most exciting games of the season in August, a heart-stopping 3-3 draw.

There was another exciting moment for the team in mid-August as the entire squad crashed the 2013 AdvoCare Success School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington kicking FCD soccer balls to the tens of thousands in attendance. Stephen Keel was rolling for the event as we got our first Keel Cam experience with FC Dallas.

FCDallas.com caught up with Zach Loyd to talk about his durability and how it's been on display through his four years with FCD.

FCD scored a huge win at Chivas USA coming from behind to score three goals late in a 3-1 victory. Head Coach Schellas Hyndman praised his team after the game.

“I think it just comes down to the character of the players and determination of the players,” Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com by phone from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. “They were determined to come away with three points. A lot of teams would have sat back and said, ‘We’re down a man, let’s get a point on the road and we’ll feel good about it.’

After yet another thrilling home game, a press conference was called for early in September to make a major stadium announcement. FC Dallas and the city of Frisco welcomed Toyota as the official stadium naming rights partner.

“This partnership with FC Dallas is just another demonstration of our love for the Lone Star state,” said Hillyer. “Toyota prides itself in stepping up to be a good community leader and partnering through support of great organizations like FC Dallas. We look forward to a successful long-term partnership with this outstanding team and organization.”

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month in September, we sat down with Blas Perez for an in-depth interview.

Back on the academy front, we talked to U-18 head coach Luchi Gonzalez who is part of an 18-month course in partnership with the French Football Federation designed to help our youth and upcoming coaches in MLS.

“You can know the game like a book, but if you don’t know how to stand on the field and adjust space or put in a player in a specific spot or a specific adjustment [it’s useless],” said Gonzalez. “To them it’s an art form, it’s not about what you can put on a paper or writing an essay, it’s how well can you manage a group.”

FCD's playoff hopes came to an unfortunate end after a loss to Chicago, but a day later there was some happy news as the sports hall at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was renamed the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall.

“We know that Mr. Hunt was curious, inventive and fun-loving, and those qualities align perfectly with the museum’s mission of inspiring minds through nature and science,” said Perot Museum Board Chair Carolyn Perot Rathjen. “Our hope is that the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall will not only inspire learning about the sciences, but represent the important lessons that sports teach.”

Before the home finale against Seattle, long-time head coach Schellas Hyndman announced he would be stepping down after his fifth full season in charge.

The home slate came to a close with an uplifting 2-0 win over Seattle that saw Michel put a fitting cap on his fantastic 2013 season.

“I feel like above the players, above the directors, above the coaches, above everything is the club,” Michel explained through an interpreter after FC Dallas' 2-0 win at Toyota Stadium. “That was my homage to the club. The club opened their doors for me at a tough time for me in my career.”

After the game, the FC Dallas Special Olympics team won their first ever game.

With Hyndman's coaching career coming to a close, we took a look at the top ten moments of the Schellas Hyndman era ahead of the 2013 finale at San Jose.

For that final game, Kenny Cooper, Stephen Keel and a special guest invited everyone out to four final #WatchParty of the season.

After his last game in charge, coach Hyndman encouraged all FCD fans to look to the future.

“What I would like to say to the FC Dallas fans is that this has been a wonderful experience for me for the last five and a half years coaching their team ” Hyndman said. “Our fans should be excited about the future and I look forward to FC Dallas competing in the near future."

As we headed into the long offseason, a chance to take on some fun projects presented itself. We took the homegrowns out to a haunted house in downtown Dallas.

We put together a compilation of all the goals scored in 2013 and profiled Daniel Granados, the assistant equipment manager who has been with the team in one capacity or another since the beginning in 1996.

“I’m responsible for helping players when they get here with apartments, cars, drivers license, the proper visas they need for pre-season, just helping all the foreign players adjust to the city,” said Granados. “Whatever they need, I’m here to help them.”

The inevitable roster decisions came in early December as it was announced that FCD would not be renewing the contract of 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira.

Around Thanksgiving, we profiled academy left back Wilfried Williams and his journey from Liberia all the way to the FC Dallas Academy.

"It was awesome because I’m not only coming here to represent myself, but represent my city because they believed in me and put everything into it for me, so I knew I have to do it,"

In early December, FC Dallas announced the signing of 2013 2nd round draft pick Ryan Hollingshead, a man who's career path has not taken the typical road.

“It was really a rollercoaster over this last year trying to figure out if it’s going to work out or not,” Hollingshead told FCDallas.com. “When they came to me about a month ago, they were basically saying they wanted me out here and I said the same thing that I want to come and want to make this work.”

And finally, we crowned a 2013 Goal of the Year champion.

2013 was certainly a year of ups and downs for FC Dallas but with major sponsorships in place and an exciting young roster, we couldn't be more thrilled to head into the 2014 journey with you here on FCDallas.com. We'll see you at Toyota Stadium in March!

 

 

31 December 11:33 am

It's the final day of 2013 so we thought we'd test your memory on the 2013 FC Dallas season. Take the quiz and let us know how you did!

30 December 12:04 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:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: The last Soccer Today of 2013 starts with Stein and Steve reflecting on all the big stories from the footy year that was to cap an eventful 12 months in American soccer especially.

SEGMENT 2: The audience gets a chance to join in as the boys -- as promised -- scroll through the boldest footy predictions for 2014 tweeted in by listeners.

SEGMENT 3: With technical difficulties disrupting plans to catch up with U.S. Soccer men's player of the year Jozy Altidore, Stein and Steve carry on as best they can with a chat about Jozy and his AZ Alkmaar heir Aron Johansson.

SEGMENT 4: ESPN FC's Craig Burley, former Chelsea and Scotland midfielder, dials in at halftime of the Chelsea-Liverpool match at Stamford Bridge to help us assess the Premiership exactly halfway through the 38-game season.

29 December 11:53 am

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: Preseason

Best of FCDallas.com in 2013: March & April

Best of FC Dallas.com in 2013: May, June & July 

We reached the summer in Frisco and it brough some fantastic drama and FCD players going all over the world to represent their national teams. 

FCD and Portland came into May's game as the two hottest teams in MLS and in one of the most enthralling games of the season, drew 1-1 thanks to a Kenny Cooper PK

George John, Stephen Keel and Bobby Warshaw took you around the stadium to check out the annual Jimmy Buffett concert and tailgate. 

We invited our academy to play inside the stadium for our first-annual Academy Day

FC Dallas played in one of the most exciting games of the season in a 4-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC

The game featured one of the best goals in FCD history, a goal that was voted by the fans as the 2013 goal of the year. 

In late May, three FCD players headed south to represent their respective national teams in huge World Cup Qualifiers. 

Another FC Dallas player joined the FCD Century Club as George John made his 100th start for the club

After a win at Fort Lauderdale in the third round, FCD was drawn at home against the Houston Dynamo in the fourth round and Crushed the Orange for the second time this season.

Late in June brought the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey and three FC Dallas players took the trip with Richard Sanchez representing Mexico while Kellyn Acosta and new Homegrown signing Danny Garcia represented the United States. Firstly, we caught up with Chris Seitz to recount his 2007 U-20 World Cup experience.

“When you look back and look at the team we had, we were stacked,” said Seitz. “I think it’s one of those things where a group of young guys got together and went out there with the attitude that we are as good as anyone and you can see what happened."

Richard Sanchez blogged for us from Turkey

"Today is the start of the World Cup. Our first game isn't until tomorrow, Saturday, but I will be watching my teammates Danny Garcia and Kellyn Acosta take on Spain. Be sure to follow the U-20 World Cup. You wouldn't want to miss out on any good talent!"

June also brought the US Soccer Development Academy playoffs to Frisco and FCD U-18 Captain Marco Carrizales blogged for us throughout the week which ended in disappointment for the U-18s. 

"I will always keep this place very close to my heart, and I am proud of my group this year. We gave it everything we had, and we left our lives out on the field. I can't complain about that."

Back to the first team, FCD extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a heart-stopping 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City

“It’s like the beginning of the season, because everyone just keeps running. Everybody is fighting because in the locker room here we never give up.”

Back in the Open Cup, FCD crashed out in heartbreaking fashion falling 3-2 to Portland in a game that saw David Ferreira hit the post on the last kick of the match.

On July 4, we were pleased to welcome USWNT midfielder Tobin Heath to Frisco to scarf the Lamar Hunt Statue

We also saw goalkeeper Raul Fernandez start for the MLS All-Stars against Italian giants AS Roma while FCD made one of their biggest signings of the season, adding midfield maestro Mauro Diaz from Argentine side River Plate. 

Finally, one of the biggest soccer events to hit DFW in recent memory took place as AT&T Stadium hosted the Gold Cup semifinals. FC Dallas forward Blas Perez made all the headlines scoring in Panama's 2-1 upset of Mexico in front of over 75,000. 

24 December 2:24 am

Today on Twitter, we received a fantastic picture from @RealGerm75 showing his Christmas tree decked out in FCD scarves and we're sure there's more of you out there raising your red during the holiday season so we thought we'd put together a little contest. 

Over the next two days, send us your pictures and videos on Twitter and Instagram using #FCDChristmas showing us how you inject a little #DTID into your holiday season! Whether it's red and white hoops on your cookies, wearing your FCD jersey while having a family kickaround or showing us those great gifts you received from ShopFCDallas.com, submit your holiday pictures and videos to us using #FCDChristmas! 

We'll put our favorite submissions into a Storify that will be featured on the FC Dallas website and one randomly selected submission(only one prize entry per account) will win four tickets to a 2014 FC Dallas home game

Send us those pictures and show us how you raise your red during the holidays! 

#DTID

23 December 3:09 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:

Now available on iTunes!

SEGMENT 1: With the balloting complete and results announced on U.S. Soccer’s All-Time Best XI, Stein and Steve dissect the selections and snubs made by the panel of 57 voters …. one of whom was named Steve Davis.

SEGMENT 2: Fresh off becoming the first man in Major League Soccer history to win MLS Cup as both a player and a coach with the same franchise, Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes joins the guys to talk about SKC’s special 2013 season.

SEGMENT 3: Rebecca Lowe, host of all NBC’s Premier League coverage, dials in from the studio to talk about her big move to America and the season in England so far.

SEGMENT 4: Clint Dempsey, Aron Johansson and some potential January loan moves for other American stars … Stein and Steve wrap up the morning with some Yanks Abroad talk.