Welcome to the 4th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with Brazilian defender/midfielder Michel.
Michel was born in Vitoria, Brazil and began his professional career in 2000 at Atletico Miniero before he moved to the Belgian Pro League in 2004. After playing two season in Belgium, he returned to Brazil where he played for three different teams. In 2010, he moved to a Greek club, Aris, where he played in almost every match for the club through two seasons. Michel signed with FC Dallas in February of 2013 and scored his first MLS goal a few months later. Internationally, Michel played for the Brazilian U23 team in 2003 where he made four appearances.
- Is there something you do before every single game?
Michel: Not really, I just try to relax that maximum that I can and recover my energy
- What's your favorite place you've ever traveled?
Michel: There's a lot, but Portland and New York.
- What about outside the United States?
Michel: Paris and Greece are two places that I love to be, it's beautiful and amazing atmosphere.
- You payed in Greece for a season, what was your favorite part about the country?
Michel: The beaches, the islands are pretty, the weather is perfect and the life there is really good
- What's your favorite part about living in America?
Michel: The weather too, the clothes, the language, the people are always friendly to me so I love being here.
- We hear you're becoming a Dallas Stars fan, what is it that you like about hockey?
Michel: I like to watch but my favorite part is the fighting. I like to see that
- What's your favorite American movie?
Michel: Anything with Jim Carrey or Ben Stiller I like
- Who's your favorite American musician?
Michel: There's a lot but I love 50 cent. I like rap
- What's one thing you splurge your money on?
Michel: Apartments and houses I invest my money in. All of them are in Brazil.
- Who do you think is the best player in the World Cup right now?
Michel: Messi and Neymar to me. Messi is always one of the best every year
- Do you like to play any other sports when you're not playing soccer?
Michel: I like to play basketball and volleyball for fun
Three FC Dallas Academy players have been called in to U.S. Soccer camps ahead of international youth tournaments for the United States. Defender/midfielder Shaquell Moore will join Tab Ramos' U-20 squad in Carson, CA as they play in the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament against youth national teams from Australia, Bermuda and Chile.
In addition, Alejandro Zendejas and Weston McKinnie from the FC Dallas U-16s recently joined a 38-player U-17 National Team camp that will be used to select the players going to the Nordic Open Cup and Copa de Mexico in late July.
U.S. UNDER-20 MNT HEAD COACH TAB RAMOS CALLS 20 PLAYERS FOR 2014 NTC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
U-20 MNT to Play Australia, Bermuda and Chile in Carson, California;
Final Pair of Tournament Games to be Broadcast on ussoccer.com
CHICAGO (July 10, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament that will take place at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, from July 14-18.
The U-20 MNT will gather for training camp in Carson beginning July 10 before playing its first games of the NTC Invitational against Chile on July 14 and Bermuda on July 16 with both matches scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. PT. The U.S. concludes tournament play against Australia on July 18, a match that will be broadcast on ussoccer.com at 7 p.m. PT. The day’s other match between Bermuda and Chile will also be broadcast on ussoccer.com beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
The U.S. roster for the tournament is made up of a solid group of players with extensive experience in the U.S. Youth National Team Program as 11 players have reached a minimum of 10 YNT call-ups already in their young international careers. Six of those 11, including Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana) and Zack Steffen (Maryland) all have over 20 career YNT events under their belts, with Requejo Jr. leading the way with 33 to his name.
Dating back to last November’s international training camp in Verona, Italy, when this current iteration of the U-20 MNT was assembled, seven players have been included in a roster-high four U-20 MNT events: goalkeeper Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), defenders Donovan, Moore and Requejo Jr., midfielder Marco Delgado (Chivas USA) and forwards Pfeffer and Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC). Steffen, who was part of Ramos’ squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, is also be making his fourth appearance on a U.S. U-20 roster.
The roster blends a good mix of foreign- and domestic-based talents with eight players plying their trade outside the U.S., including Club Tijuana trio Fernando Arce – receiving his first call-up to a U.S. YNT event – Paul Arriola and Requejo Jr., who represent the most players named to the squad from one club.
Arriola, Castano, Delgado, Lopez, Moore, Pfeffer, Requejo Jr., and Steffen are among 12 players on the roster who helped the team to a second-place finish in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2014 Dallas Cup earlier this year in its last international competition.
After the conclusion of the NTC Invitational, Ramos and his staff will look to assemble the team again in early September for an international training camp.
U.S. U-20 MNT NTC Invitational Tournament and Broadcast Schedule:
Date Teams Time [PT] Location Broadcast
July 14 AUS v BER 1 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
USA v CHI 4 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
July 16 AUS v CHI 1 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
USA v BER 4 p.m. Mooch Myernick Field none
July 18 BER v CHI 4 p.m. StubHub Center ussoccer.com
USA v AUS 7 p.m. StubHub Center ussoccer.com
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)
Check out the best photos from Wednesday's Open Cup game!
The US Youth Soccer Region III Championships took place at the end of June in Baton Rouge, LA and FC Dallas Premier had a strong presence.
Seven FC Dallas teams advanced to the regional championships, four teams to the quarterfinals, three in the semifinals and one champion as the '97 Premier Boys took home the Region III Championship.
The big winners of the week were FC Dallas '97 Premier who won all five games in Baton Rouge including shutouts in the semifinals and finals to advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland. Sergio Lara and Reece Shattle led the way for Scott Dymond and Hank Wendorf's team scoring three goals each.
'97 Premier will start their quest for the US Youth Soccer National Championship on Tuesday, July 22 against LVSA in Germantown, MD. Click here for the full schedule.
FC Dallas '96 Premier had a fantastic playoff week making it all the way to the U-18 championship match in Baton Rouge.
'96 Premier won their first five matches of the week before falling 1-0 in the final to GSA Premier of Georgia. Morgan Dizney scored twice for FCD in the week.
FC Dallas '98 Premier advanced all the way to the semifinals in Baton Rouge falling 4-2 to eventual champions Sunrise Elite from Florida. Keegan McCombie led the way with three goals in the week while Gerber Chavez scored twice, both game-winning goals.
The semifinal appearance wrapped up a fantastic season for the U-16 side that won the Classic League and North Texas State Cup for the third straight year, were Dallas Cup finalists and also placed third at the Disney College Showcase tournament. In addition, '98 Premier won the U-16 Region III Fair Play Award.
FC Dallas '00 Premier advanced to Region III playoffs winning one out of three group stage games in Baton Rouge.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup continues for FCD on Wednesday as they take on the NASL's Carolina RailHawks in the quarterfinals of the tournament kicking off at 6:30 CT at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The RailHawks are coming off of a 2-1 win in their international friendly against Puebla FC just a few days ago and will begin the second half of their NASL season next weekend. Their record for their spring season was 4-2-3 which places them in fourth place overall in the NASL standings. The Railhawks are led by former MLS'er Zack Schilawski who is their stand out goal scorer and assist leader with three goals and two assists over the course of the season. Some other names on the NASL side you may remember include Jun Marques Davidson formerly of the Whitecaps, Ty Shipalane and midfielder Enzo Martinez.
Interestingly, Carolina is coached by former FC Dallas manager Colin Clarke. The Northern Ireland native led FC Dallas to an appearance in the 2005 US Open Cup final and playoff appearances in 2005 and 2006.
The RailHawks come into the quarterfinals of the tournament having beaten the Charlotte Eagles 2-0 in the third round. They then went on to play Chivas USA in the fourth round which saw a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. Extra time didn't see a winner so a penalty shootout ensued and the RailHawks came out on top by notching three of their penalty kicks. Moving on to the fifth round, they played another MLS team in the LA Galaxy and won that match 1-0 in another match that went to extra time.
FRISCO - Just over two weeks removed from suffering a broken toe, forward Santiago Agudelo came off the bench to score two goals including a 94th-minute game-winner to give the FC Dallas U-18s a 3-2 win over Colorado Rush in the US Soccer Development Academy national quarterfinal match at Toyota Stadium.
FC Dallas opened up the game early in the 11th minute when Yannick Koffi sent a shot towards the box that was cleared off the goal line straight to Antonio Aguilar. He easily slid it past Colorado goalkeeper to give FCD a first half lead.
Dallas held possession of the ball for the majority of the first half not allowing Colorado to get much of a chance to put the ball in the goal and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
“We were composed in the first half, got a deserved goal and we kept the shutout,” head coach Luchi Gonzalez said about the first half.
The second half saw a lot more action with FCD scoring their second goal of the game in the 58th minute when Santiago Agudelo received a long ball that he was able to flick in for the goal on his first touch of the game after substituting into the match.
Colorado staged a furious comeback, however, late in the match when they were granted two penalty kicks within ten minutes of each other.
In the 76th minute, FCD goalkeeper Charlie Furrer fouled a Colorado player inside the box. Eduardo Reza took the penalty kick and was able to get the away side within one of the lead.
The referee awarded a second penalty kick to the visitors in the 86th minute to the dismay of the Dallas crowd as two players jostled for a long ball in the box. Eduardo Reza took the PK for Colorado again and was able to notch the game at two all with his second goal in ten minutes.
It looked as if the game was going to go into extra time as the clock was winding down, but Agudelo scored the game-winning goal in what was to most likely be the last possession of the game. Agudelo received the ball at the top of the box, turned and found a way to toe-poke the ball into the back of the net in the 94th minute sparking wild celebrations on the Dallas sideline.
For a team that has overcome adversity all season, it was a fitting cap to their playoff run which will now extend into the final weekend of the Development Academy season for the fourth time in the last five years.
“What we did today was a result of us learning a lot of lessons throughout the season and never stopping believing,” said Gonzalez. “They were composed. They were determined, and they didn’t let anyone take this from them.”
"I want to congratulate Colorado Rush on a great season," Gonzalez added. "They are a great team and unit that made the game very difficult for us. I give those players and coaches a lot of credit with the way they played today.”
FC Dallas will travel to the StubHub Center in Carson, CA for their national semifinal on Thursday, July 17th with the semifinal winners playing in the national final on Saturday, July 19.
Check out the best photos from Friday night's win against the Union on July 4th!
FC Dallas rookie Tesho Akindele wowed Friday's sellout crowd at Toyota Stadium with a beautiful volleyed goals in the 26th minute of FCD's 2-1 win over Philadelphia and his goal has been nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week!
Akindele has scored twice in his last three competitive matches and said after Friday's match: "As a striker, you've got to believe in yourself."
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