The season is nearly upon us and Friday night at Toyota Stadium, you'll get your first chance to see FC Dallas live and in person as we face DC United in the penultimate preseason match before things get started in full against San Jose. The match kicks off at 7:30PM and general admission tickets are just $10 and available right here.
Here are a few things to watch for in Friday's preseason match:
At this point, head coach Oscar Pareja is probably very close to set on his opening day lineup and Friday's match will give us a huge clue as to which 11 players will be suiting up on March seventh. In Austin, Pareja played a basically full strength lineup for the first hour of the match and indicated after practice on Thursday that he would have the same strategy on Friday against DC.
Keep an eye out on who starts across the back line as well as who starts in goal. Also, that right midfield position is certainly open, and it will be interesting to see whether Tesho Akindele or Ryan Hollingshead gets the nod on Friday night.
Speaking of Ryan Hollingshead, he's certainly been one of the best performers in preseason so far, earning starts in both preseason matches in Austin while scoring two goals in the 3-1 victory over Columbus.
With the right midfield spot open for battle among players like Hollingshead, Akindele and Coy Craft, the second-year Hollingshead has earned some very important preseason minutes and upped his game big time.
The former PAC-12 Player of the Year is now in his second year as a pro and you should watch him closely on Friday night as his work rate and skill on the bar are among the best on the team. Could he be the breakout player of 2015?
FC Dallas and DC United are meeting for the second time in six days on Friday and while they are both just preseason games, familiarity should certainly bring about a nice competitive game. Sunday's matchup was a physical affair that saw plenty of fouls and midfield play with most of the chances falling to Fabian Castillo and FC Dallas.
If FCD can again limit the DC chances to solo efforts from Fabian Espindola and Chris Rolfe while getting the ball to the feet of Mauro Diaz and Fabian Castillo, Dallas should have plenty of opportunities to get the first home crowd of the season on their feet.
For the first time in 2015, we're opening the Toyota Stadium gates for some FC Dallas soccer on Friday night as we host D.C. United in a special preseason friendly and with all the new gear coming in, we thought "Why don't we have a yard sale?"
Come out to Toyota Stadium early on Friday for our FC Dallas Foundation gear sale inside the WinStar River Club. From 11AM-2PM on Friday and then at 6:30PM when gates open for our preseason match, we will be selling anything and everything you can think of.
We're talking everything from puffy jackets to t-shirts to soccer balls to autographed gear to old lightpole banners....as we said, pretty much anything and everything you can think of.
Stop by and see what we've got, all the proceeds go to the FC Dallas Foundation!
CLICK HERE for a special offer on tickets to Friday's preseason match + one of our first two MLS regular season matches.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup has announced four more teams for the prestigious Gordon Jago Super Group at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI and for the fifth time in six years, the FC Dallas U-18 Academy has been invited to the Super Group.
The FC Dallas U-18s, who just returned from the Copa Chivas where they went 0-1-2 in a group against Chivas Guadalajara & Atlas of Liga MX plus Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds, are currently 7-4-2 in the US Soccer Development Academy U-18 Frontier Division. Many U-18 players have been training with the FC Dallas first team through their MLS preseason schedule, and will head into Dallas Cup XXXVI with plenty of previous experience in the tournament.
"I think it’s good for the U-18’s," said head coach Francisco Molina. "It gives them something to look forward to. Right now in the standings we’re not doing great, there’s no excuses, but it’s an extra motivation for the boys to know that they’re going to be in the Super Group and represent the club and the Academy well."
Last year, FCD won one of three Gordon Jago Super Group matches in a tough group with Fulham FC, Coritiba and Brommapojkarna, and has achieved the semifinals of the Super Group once in four previous appearances.
"They are probably a half a step ahead of us just because of the culture," said Molina about playing international opponents. "We’re working very hard to get there, but they’re still a half a step ahead but I think the boys will be motivated and well prepared to represent the club."
FC Dallas joins Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy as MLS academies in the Super Group with international sides Everton FC(England), Valencia CF(Spain), Corinthians(Brazil), Coritiba(Brazil), Tigres(Mexico) and River Plate(Argentina) all confirmed as Gordon Jago Super Group participants.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI begins on March 29th and runs through April 5th. Stay tuned to FCDallas.com for full coverage of the annual international tournament.
The FC Dallas U-16s traveled to Houston last weekend for the final round of qualifying in the 2014-2015 Generation adidas Cup with matches against the Colorado Rapids, Chicago Fire and Sporting KC to decide who would advance to the International Division Championship bracket of the annual tournament.
FC Dallas won all three matches, defeating the Colorado Rapids 3-1 behind goals from Gio Montesdeoca, Eddie Munjoma, Weston McKinnie and an own goal.
They followed that up with a 1-0 win over Chicago Fire on Saturday through a Brandon Terwege goal that clinched qualification into the International Division and then defeated Sporting KC 1-0 through another Montesdeoca on Monday in very difficult weather conditions to clinch the #1 seed in the group.
Since the GA Cup is a U-17 tournament, the FC Dallas team is a combination of U-16 & U-18 players, and they went 4-0-1 in qualifying matches allowing just two goals in the five games. They will play for the GA Cup Championship right here at the Toyota Soccer Center in early April.
FC Dallas U-15's & U-13's sweep Houston Dynamo
The FCD U-15 & U-13 teams were also in Houston this weekend for TPAL league play against the Dynamo.
The U-15s moved to an astounding 10-0-1 in league play defeating Houston 4-0 behind goals from Jommar Reyes, Carlitos Garcia, Paxton Pomykal and Mandel Steward.
The U-13s also defeated the Dynamo 3-2 with goals coming from Luis Pacheco, Roel Pena and Dante Sealy. The U-13s are 7-1-3 on the year and lead their division by five points.
Both teams will host Texas Rush at the Toyota Soccer Center this Saturday at 12PM and 2PM.
What a weekend it was in Austin as FC Dallas got two great games in against two MLS opponents at the ATX Pro Soccer Challenge. Unfortunately, FCD fell just short in their quest for the best trophy in pro sports, but there were still some fantastic moments from the weekend. Here is the weekend in pictures through the lens of Olivia Brestal[and Blas Perez]:
SEGMENT 1: Marc Stein is in New York for the NBA All-Star game, so we start off talking about possible tweaks in the MLS All-Star format that could possibly gin up the wow-factor.
SEGMENT 2: Steve Davis was in Austin, where FC Dallas and two other MLS teams had gathered for preseason. While there, he got time with two promising U.S. internationals, Will Trapp and Bill Hamid.
SEGMENT 3: SI.com's Brian Straus checks in to talk about United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the conflicting mandates of his position.
SEGMENT 4: Show producer Tyler Kern bounces some opinions off Steve Davis; topics include the U.S. national team's recent win over Panama and FC Dallas' policy of building around youth.
FC Dallas may not be bringing home the greatest trophy in the history of mankind after dropping a 1-0 result to D.C. United in the championship of the ATX Pro Challenge on Sunday, but the club will have its chance at sweet, sweet vengeance this Friday when FCD hosts United at Toyota Stadium.
On top of that, Friday night's game is also the first and only chance for FC Dallas fans to see the team in preseason action at home. Sure, plenty of you made the trip to Austin for last weekend's tournament, but there's nothing like cheering on your club from the comfy confines of Toyota Stadium.
Well, lucky for you, we just so happen to have some special offers for the match. You can buy single game tickets here starting at just $10, or you can take advantage of one of our two-pack offers.
You can get a ticket to Friday's game against D.C. United, plus a ticket to the 2015 Home Opener vs. the San Jose Earthquakes on March 7, presented by AdvoCare, for just $22 (30% savings).
OR you can get a ticket to the preseason match on Friday, plus a ticket to our Week 2 match against Sporting Kansas City on March 14 for just $18 (35% savings).
Either way, you're getting a great deal and, most importantly, you get to come back to the place we've all been missing for the last three months.
Say it with me, people: There's no place like home!
FC Dallas takes another big step towards March 7th this weekend as they compete in the ATX Pro Soccer Challenge. The four-team tournament has three MLS teams plus USL's Austin Aztex and FC Dallas will kick things off at 5:45PM against Columbus Crew SC. Here's a few things to keep your eye on this weekend:
Full squad together
With Matt Hedges back from national team camp, pretty much the full roster for FC Dallas should be in Austin and you will likely see a mostly first team lineup on Friday night. Oscar Pareja said earlier this week that he's looking to get the starters at least 60 minutes and with three weeks under the belt in preseason, it's time to stretch those legs a little bit.
We're all excited to see what Mauro Diaz can do this season and these games will be a fantastic barometer to see how Mauro looks in preseason. The little magician burst out of the gates last year winning MLS Etihad Player of the Month in March and everyone knows if Mauro can stay healthy through a full season, a potential MLS Best XI nomination is on the cards. When Mauro plays, you've got to watch.
Atiba Harris in defense
Last season, Oscar Pareja had a brilliant stroke moving Je-Vaughn Watson to right back with incredible results and he's been experimenting with that again this preseason with Atiba Harris. It's, no doubt, a work in progress, but if Harris, who loves to attack down the right wing and scored the only goal of the preseason so far for FC Dallas, can adapt to the position it could provide huge benefits for FC Dallas.
Dallas/ Ft Worth, Texas – 102.1 The Edge KDGE-FM today announced EDGEFEST 2015, which will take place on April 25, 2015 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The double staged, day-long concert event will feature an all star line up including The Offspring, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, AWOLNATION, Hozier, Vance Joy, Dirty Heads, New Politics, Banks, Yelawolf, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Kooks, Joywave and will close with a special guest DJ performance by GIRLTALK.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link above or by calling 855.492.8053.
For over 20 years, Edgeheads have gathered together for this legendary concert event in Dallas / Ft Worth. Tickets go on-sale on Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Fans can listen to 102.1 The Edge to participate in a 'Win It Before You Can Buy It,' promotion beginning Friday, February 13, through Friday, February 20, 2015.
Complete show details are available at www.KDGE.com.
“We are thrilled to bring Edgefest 2015 back to our loyal fans this year,” said Jay Shannon, Program Director, 102.1 The Edge. “This is one of the strongest line ups yet, with some of the biggest names in the alternative rock world right now. We know it will be a win for the Dallas Forth Worth area.”
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About 102.1 The Edge:
102.1 The Edge is the DFW station offering the Dallas / Forth Worth area the best alternative rock music from artists such as Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Green Day and more. Jagger Mornings wakes up the metroplex weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Ayo hits the airwaves during middays. Jessie takes over during rush hour from 3-7 p.m., and Kade rounds out the evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.