We're just a couple weeks away from the start of the NCAA season and the newly-formed American Athletic Conference has announced that their 2013 Men's Soccer Conference Championship will be played at Toyota Stadium on November 15 and 17.
Consisting of SMU, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Temple, Central Florida, UConn & South Florida, the American Athletic Conference boasts some NCAA soccer powerhouses and this tournament will be the first time Toyota Stadium has hosted a major NCAA post-season soccer event since the 2008 NCAA College Cup. The semifinals will be held on Friday, November 15 with the championship game held on Sunday, November 17.
"As an SMU alumnus, I'm especially excited to bring the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship to Toyota Stadium," said Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt told the AAC website. "We have more than 4,500 players in our youth system, ages 7 and up, while more than 80 earned college soccer scholarships or Financial Aid this past year alone. Our Development Academy consistently ranks among the best in North America, while our professional team has spent the majority of the 2013 season at the top of the table in MLS. We are committed to growing soccer in North Texas and look forward to showcasing yet another level of elite play at our stadium."
- Purchase tickets to the semifinal matches on Friday, November 15 here.
- Purchase tickets to the championship game on Sunday, November 17 here.
- Secure a two-day pass to see all three matches here.
FC Dallas returns to Portland this weekend to take on the Timbers for the fourth and final time in 2013 barring a possible playoff pairing. The teams faced off twice in MLS play and once in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinals this year, including one game in Portland and two in Frisco. The season series hasn't failed to entertain thus far, with one draw and a comeback win, as Portland has the 2-0-1 advantage going into the upcoming game.
May 8 - FCD 1- Portland 1
WATCH: Kenny Cooper's PK evens the score
With both teams in the midst of unbeaten streaks and FC Dallas still undefeated at home, the season's first matchup between these teams did not disappoint. Despite a scoreless deadlock for much of the game, both teams had quality scoring opportunities early on, with FCD ‘keeper Raul Fernandez coming up with impressive saves on Portland's best chances.
Finally, in the 70th minute, Portland opened scoring when Darlington Nagbe sent in a cross from Rodney Wallace. Seven minutes later, after a penalty against Portland in the box, Kenny Cooper converted his penalty kick to pull FC Dallas even with the Timbers.
The 1-1 draw extended FCD’s unbeaten streak at the time to eight games, while the team remained undefeated at home on the season.
June 15- Portland 1- FCD 0
FC Dallas made their first trip to Portland in June in a nationally televised game between two of the league’s hottest teams at the time. Just like in their first meeting, the game went to half time scoreless with both teams failing to take many shots.
It didn’t take the Timbers long to get going after halftime and once again, Darlington Nagbe was the difference maker. The Timbers midfielder took Kalif Alhassen’s throw-in and turned it in to a nearly unstoppable goal from the corner of the penalty box, putting Portland up 1-0 in the 52’.
After the opening score, Portland had a number of opportunities to increase their lead, but Fernandez came up with big saves. Jackson had the only real chances for Dallas, including a shot that went just high in the 72nd minute.
June 26- Portland 3- FCD 2
WATCH: FCD falls to PTFC in USOC Quarters
The Western Conference sides matched up for the second time in less than two weeks in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. In the first half, it looked to be all FCD, thanks to a 15’ goal from Je-Vaughn Watson, sending the home side into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
The Timbers easily bounced back in the second half, though. Darlington Nagbe (notice the pattern?) sent a shot past FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz to put Portland on the board in the 61st minute. Less than two minutes later, Nagbe had a hand in his team’s second goal of the evening, sending the ball to Diego Valeri, who converted his 1-v-1 shot against Seitz.
Frederic Piquionne put the game away for Portland with a goal in 72nd minute to put the visitors up 3-1. In typical FC Dallas style, the team tried to spark a comeback late in the game. Blas Perez headed the ball into an empty net to bring FCD within one, and David Ferreira hit the post on the last shot of the game, leaving Dallas just short of advancing to the Open Cup semifinals.
As we prepare for some marquee international friendlies this afternoon, headlined by the United States trip to Sarajevo to face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Raul Fernandez and Peru faced South Korea in Suwon overnight playing the Asian side to a 0-0 draw.
According to reports from the match, FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez came up huge for the Peruvians making some big saves in the shutout. This report from El Comercio said Fernandez was Peru's man of the match and has video of an incredible save by Fernandez.
Raul is expected to fly directly to Portland to meet up with FCD in plenty of time for Saturday's match against the Timbers and as the evidence shows, he's in fine form.
OK, this is pretty awesome.
Today SB Nation released an app called MLS 12th man that helps you choose your MLS team. Now we all know you're #DTID and bleed red & white but this is still good for a laugh.
Unfortunately, I got paired with the New York Red Bulls, but FCD was the 3rd closest match for me. Which team did you get?
FC Dallas currently has three players out on loan: Richard Sanchez & Bradlee Baladez with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Moises Hernandez with Saprissa of the Costa Rica Primera Division, here's a recap of their weekends.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, featuring FC Dallas homegrown signings Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez, dropped their second straight game Saturday, falling to Minnesota United FC 3-1 at home. Sanchez started in goal for the Strikers, while Baladez made his debut for the team coming off the bench for a 19-minute appearance.
The Strikers held off United for well over half the game before conceding two goals in a matter of minutes. Minnesota's Max Griffin finally opened scoring with his close range goal in the 73rd minute to put his side on the board. Two minutes later, Minnesota's Matt Can Oekel's shot from way out was headed past Sanchez by the Striker's Rafael Alves.
Fort Lauderdale pulled within one in the 80' after a Martin Nunez goal. The Florida side had a chance to tie it late with a one-on-one shot from Nunez, but the shot Van Oekel blocked the shot. Minnesota's Pablo Campos put the game away three minutes into stoppage time with his well-placed goal from way out, securing the 3-1 victory for United FC. Baladez entered the game in the 71st minute to make his debut for the NASL side. CLICK HERE for a full recap of the game. The Strikers travel to Texas next weekend to take on the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Moises Hernandez is still on loan to Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Premier Division. The team returned to league action over the weekend with a 4-2 win over Perez Zeledon, however Hernandez did not clock any minutes. Jon Arnold of American Soccer Now wrote about Moises Hernandez and life at Saprissa in a piece definitely worth checking out.
Also, we'll be adding another name to the loan list as midfielder Bobby Warshaw has been sent to Angelholms FF of the Swedish Superettan.
(Photo courtesy of Jon van Woerden)
Here at FC Dallas, we take social media very seriously, as you can see from our social media recaps! We hit a huge milestone yesterday becoming the 10th team in MLS to pass the 100,000 fan mark on Facebook!
In celebration, we've got a huge giveaway on our Facebook page that we want to make sure everyone knows about!
Simply LIKE us on Facebook and share this post to your Facebook wall to be entered!
We are giving away a once-in-a-lifetime special lunch for you and a friend with Hunt Sports Group VP Dan Hunt and FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo as well as a field side table for four to our game on Saturday, August 24 against San Jose. In addition, you'll get an FC Dallas team signed ball! The winner will be announced at noon on Wednesday, August 14.
A sincere thanks to all our #DTID fans!
Hear from Schellas Hyndman, Blas Perez, Kellyn Acosta & Chris Seitz after tonight's wild 3-3 draw with Los Angeles:
Hyndman post-game press conference
Blas Perez post-game audio
Kellyn Acosta post-game audio
Chris Seitz post-game audio
What a game in Frisco tonight. We saw both teams lead, plenty of controversy and FCD come inches away from an unforgettable winner. Here's all the highlights from tonight's 3-3 draw with the Galaxy.
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 3
GOAL: Matt Hedges breaks the FCD scoreless drought and puts the home side in front
GOAL: Landon Donovan hits a backbreaking equalizer just before halftime
GOAL: Blas Perez puts FCD back in front with a goal early in the second half
GOAL: Landon Donovan gets his second of the night on a wonderful volley
GOAL: Landon Donovan finishes his hat trick with an opportunistic effort
GOAL: Blas Perez dramatically ties the game at 3-3
POST: Jackson just misses a stoppage time goalazo hitting the post from 30 yards out
FC Dallas hopes to return to their early-season form on Sunday when the LA Galaxy come to town. The teams have one win apiece in this season's series and a win would move the Hoops ahead of the California side in the Western Conference standings, a result that would put them back in a playoff spot. With so much on the line for Sunday's game nationally televised game, we thought it was a good opportunity to look back at some of the recent history between the teams in Texas. FC Dallas is 14-8-6 all-time at home against the Galaxy, including a 2-1 advantage in the last three games played at FC Dallas Stadium.
May 1, 2011- FCD 2- LA 1
WATCH: Brek Shea Wins it Late for FCD
After an hour-long lightning delay, former FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left to secure the victory for FC Dallas in a bizarre match.
Fabian Castillo notched his first career MLS goal to open scoring for both teams just after halftime, but Landon Donovan got the equalizer five minutes later. Just as the teams seemed destined for a tie, Shea’s last-minute goal stole two more points for FCD at home and end LA's five-game unbeaten streak.
Despite playing without Landon Donovan and David Beckham, the Galaxy still had the best scoring chances in this one. After a near goal by Robbie Keane in the 35’, Mike Magee got the winner in the 62nd minute off an assist from Keane to put LA up 1-0, a lead that would hold through full time.
The game put FC Dallas 11 points behind LA in the Western Conference standings heading into the month of August as the Galaxy went on to win their second consecutive MLS title.
WATCH: George John's Late Header Wins it for FCD
FC Dallas hosted LA for the first time in 2013 during the team’s original hot streak back in April. The Galaxy entered Frisco unbeaten and late in the game it looked like they would leave town the same way, despite playing a man down for the last 30 minutes after a red card.
Both teams failed to take any shots on goal early in the game, but the turning point came in the second half. Both teams had a chance to go ahead, however both missed their penalty kicks, with Kenny Cooper failing to convert his for FC Dallas, and Raul Fernandez diving to save Landon Donovan’s PK attempt. Finally, FC Dallas defender George John headed the ball past Galaxy keeper Carlo Cudicini in the 88th minute to give FCD the victory and hand the Galaxy their first loss of the year.
In a five-day camp designed to build the core of the Under-18 Men's National Team pool, U.S. Soccer, in association with Nike, has called together a 64-player national combine of players aged 15-17 and six FC Dallas players have been included, most of any team in the nation.
Fresh off winning the Frontier Division of the 2012-2013 US Soccer Development Academy, defenders Wilifred Williams and Jordan Cano have been called into the camp. Williams, a dynamic left back, has started the last two MLS Reserve League games for FC Dallas while Cano started all three USSDA Playoff games playing up with the U-18's.
Also called into the combine were midfielders Coy Craft, Alex Radilla and Martin Salas as well as Christian Ramirez. All four were major parts of the U-16 team with Craft, Salas and Ramirez as '97's who have three years left with the FC Dallas Academy.
In all, the six players are the most of any team in the nation, two more than the next-closest team, Real Salt Lake-AZ.
CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2013) – U.S. Soccer has invited 64 of the country’s elite 15- to 17-year-old players to participate in a National Combine from Aug. 9-13 at Nike’s World Headquarters in Portland, Ore. The event is part of U.S. Soccer’s expanded Training Center program launched in partnership with Nike in 2013.
This five-day camp is designed to evaluate and build the core for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team pool. Led by U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore, men’s Youth National Team staff will run the sessions.
The player pool was selected by U.S. Soccer scouts through assessment at Training Centers and Local Combines, Development Academy events and other youth soccer programs over the past year. This National Combine is a premier opportunity for the nation’s top high school-aged boys to be evaluated by National Team staff and scouts from around the country.
Many players were selected for the National Combine through a series of seven Local Combines in the following locations: Los Angeles (June 7-9), Chicago (June 10-11), Dallas (June 14-16), Philadelphia (June 14-16), New York/New Jersey (July 5-7), Washington, D.C. (July 8-10), and most recently San Francisco (July 26-28). The Combines targeted key markets to evaluate players in youth national team-caliber training sessions held over three days.
Each year, U.S. Soccer holds more than 200 Training Center sessions, which are a one-day National Team player identification program that connects the top local players with Youth National Team scouts. The Training Centers are free and invitation-only, featuring the best local players and competing in a quality YNT environment to open the door toward U.S. Soccer’s youth national squads, college and the professional level.
The National Combine in August features players who were born in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The following players have been invited:
West Region (6):
No previous combine:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Avery Miller (Crossfire; Selah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (2): Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Joshua Doughty (Real Salt Lake AZ; Phoenix, Ariz.)
FORWARDS (2): Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Phoenix, Ariz.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Park City, Utah)
Northern California Region (6):
San Francisco Combine participants:
GOALKEEPERS (1): JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (2): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Luis Urias (SCC Breakers; Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): DJ Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.)
FORWARDS (1): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes; Cupertino, Calif.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (1): Sam Junqua (De Anza Force; Saratoga, Calif.)
Southern California Region (10):
Los Angeles Combine participants:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Dakota Havlick (Irvine Strikers; Murrieta, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (3): Felipe Liborio (Strikers FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Alex Ramos (LA Galaxy; Reseda, Calif.), Juan Reyna (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Joab Santoyo (Arsenal; Fontana, Calif.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (2): Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.)
FORWARDS (1): Alejandro Vergara (Chivas USA; Long Beach, Calif.)
Southeast Region (6):
Chicago Combine participant:
MIDFIELDERS (1): Abuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Gotha, Fla.)
No previous combine:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Marius Heislitz (Georgia United (Cumming, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Tommy Redding (FC America; Ovieda, Fla.)
FORWARDS (3): Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Lake Worth, Fla.), DeAndre Robinson (Concorde Fire; Miramar, Fla.), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithonia, Ga.)
Midwest Region (13):
Chicago Combine participants:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carter Richardson (Crew Soccer Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Parker Siegfried (Crew Soccer Academy; Granville, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (2): Shannon Seymour (Chicago Fire; Bourbonnais, Ill.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Kosti Moni (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Brad Dunwell (Vardar; Grand Rapids, Mich.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (1): Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio)
FORWARDS (3): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Mark Segbers (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.)
Northeast Region (10):
Philadelphia Combine participant:
DEFENDERS (1): Brian White (PDA; Flemington, N.J.)
N.Y./N.J. Combine participants:
DEFENDERS (3): Brandon Tetro (New York Red Bulls; Freehold, N.J.), Henry Martin (New York Red Bulls (New York, N.Y.), David Manzinares (Albertson SC; Hempstead, N.Y.)
No previous combine:
GOALKEEPERS (1): Austin Aviza (New England Revolution; Medway, Mass.)
DEFENDERS (1): Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic; Arlington, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Declan McCabe (New England Revolution; Weston, Mass.)
FORWARDS (3): Matt Vasquenza (Oakwood SC; East Hampton, Conn.), Brendan Constantine (Oakwood SC; Glastonbury, Conn.), Mohamed Kenawy (FC Bolts Celtic; Boston, Mass.)
Mid-Atlantic Region (6)
Philadelphia Combine participant:
DEFENDERS (1): Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.)
Washington, D.C., Combine participants:
MIDFIELDERS (1): Connor Smith (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.)
FORWARDS (2): Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda Olney; Bethesda, Md.), Umar Bangura (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Sykesville, Md.)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (1): Chase Gaspar (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (1): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Glade Springs, Va.)
Texas Region (7):
Dallas Combine participants:
DEFENDERS (1): Wilfred Williams (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Martin Salas (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas)
FORWARDS (1): Christian Ramirez (FC Dallas; Farmer’s Branch, Texas)
No previous combine:
DEFENDERS (3): Alex Radilla (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sergio Ruvalcaba (Alianza Houston; Austin, Texas)
FORWARDS (1): Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas)