FCDTV brings you The Final Word after Saturday's epic win
FC Dallas opened the 2015 season in dramatic fashion with a 92nd minute game winner from Blas Perez! Here are all the highlights from the first three points of the season:
We're finally here! It's time to raise the curtain on the 2015 Major League Soccer and FC Dallas opens the campaign on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30PM. Here are the 10 things you need to know before we pack the Toyota Stadium stands:
1. Saturday's match is presented by AdvoCare and they're giving the first 7,500 fans through the gates an FCD rally mini-scarf! It's the first of four this season and you can read about the whole collection here.
2. We've got a very special Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony on Saturday night as MLS Commissioner Don Garber will have the honors. Come to Lamar's Tailgate on the north concourse right around 6:55 for that one.
3. After what feels like two weeks of ice and snow, mother nature has smiled on FC Dallas, bringing temperatures predicted to be near 60 degrees on Saturday afternoon with temps right around 50 at kickoff. Bring a jacket and your tailgating gear as the Toyota Stadium parking lots will be hopping well before kickoff.
4. Saturday's match is the first one on TXA 21 as part of our brand new TV deal. Also new in 2015 is an extended post-game show on our radio broadcast on 100.7FM The Word with Steve Davis. Be sure to turn on 100.7FM as you're leaving Toyota Stadium as Steve and Peter Welpton, co-host of 1310AM The Ticket's "The Kickaround," will break down the action after the 90 minutes are up while on the Spanish side, long-time host Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon are back on 1270AM. Additionally, outside the DFW metroplex, our game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports Texas Channel 323 so we've got you covered from all angles!
5. Be sure to stop by the FC Dallas Team Store at Saturday's game for all your FCD gear needs including the brand new 2015 secondary jersey as well as our game-exclusive match poster which is VERY limited edition.
6. If you think Tesho Akindele is headed for a sophomore slump, think again.
7. As with any new year, there are a ton of new things around Toyota Stadium, be sure to check out all our new things around Toyota Stadium including a brand new merch store in the northwest corner, the new LHK DJ Booth next to the Lamar Hunt Statue, an updated Chase Seat Store, brand new LED field boards around the pitch and our pre-game show at the MoneyGram desk.
8. Saturday's matchup features two teams that were headed in different directions at the end of 2014 and San Jose added a new coach because of it. We break it down in our Keys to the Match driven by Toyota.
9. Saturday is your FINAL chance to get your season ticket package including the July 7th US Men's National Team CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader. Don't miss out, secure your season seats here!
10. Limited tickets are still available for Saturday's match and you can avoid the box office lines by securing your seats here. See you Saturday night!
Show up early tomorrow to get your hands on a very limited edition match poster exclusive to Saturday's match only available in the Toyota Stadium Team Store!
Pretty isn't it...
The season is back! FCD kicks things off on Saturday night against San Jose and we've got you covered with FCDTV's Keys to the Match driven by Toyota
What better way to prepare for the regular season home-opener against the San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow, than by reading all of them.
After all the awards talk, the staff highlighted Diaz in a feature that supports his inclusion in the superlative conversations.
And last but certainly not least, there was a piece on Blas Perez’ soccer career- which spans 15 teams, seven countries and four continents. Not surprisingly, Perez’ four year stint with FC Dallas is the longest in his career.
Just a little bit of reading to pass the time between now and 7:30PM on Saturday night!
One of the coolest parts of last fall's double dose of MLS playoff games at Toyota Stadium was seeing the fans standing and waiving the "Red For Glory" mini-scarves handed out to nearly everyone in attendance.
They were so popular, that we're bringing them back in 2015 with a special twist.
At four games this season, the first 7,500 fans into Toyota Stadium will be receiving collectible mini-scarves with Saturday's home opener the first chance to get your hands on the first of the four-scarf set.
As you can see, the scarf we're handing out on Saturday, which is presented by AdvoCare, has our "Red for 90" tagline on there but if you look closer you can see a "D"...this is where having all four is awesome. When you have all four of the scarves, it will spell out DTID and we don't think we need to tell you what that means.
Remember, the scarves are only being handed out to the first 7,500 fans on Saturday so GET THERE EARLY! MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:00PM so there's really no excuse to not get in your seats early on Saturday night and get the first of four mini-scarves!
If you don't have your tickets yet, click here to order yours!
2015 Collectible Mini-Scarf Schedule:
- 3/7 vs San Jose pres. by AdvoCare
- 3/28 vs Seattle pres. by Toyota
- 7/25 vs Portland Timbers FC pres. by Chase
- 8/15 vs LA Galaxy pres. by Toyota
FC Dallas spent the first week of preseason on the road at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
What happened: Orlando City defeated FC Dallas 4-0
Where and when it happened: Champions Gate Sports Field Complex Feb. 4th
How it happened: In the first match of the pre-season, FC Dallas couldn’t slow down Orlando City’s offense and fell 4-0. It was the first match as a Lion for Ricardo Kakà and he tallied an assist and a goal on a penalty kick in his debut.
What happened: FC Dallas tied Jönköpings 1-1
Where and when it happened: IMG Academy Stadium on Feb. 7th
How it happened: FC Dallas’ Atiba Harris drew first blood with a goal in the last ten minutes of the first half. However, the Swedes tied the match at 1-1 minutes later. Neither side managed to score in the second half- and both teams left IMG Academy with a draw.
After the week at IMG Academy, FC Dallas traveled to Austin for the ATX Pro Challenge.
What happened: FC Dallas beat Columbus Crew SC 3-1 (ATX Pro Challenge)
Where and when it happened: Mike A. Meyers Stadium, Feb. 13th
How it happened: Fueled by two first-half goals by Ryan Hollingshead, FC Dallas blew past Columbus Crew SC in the ATX Pro Challenge. Blaz Perez got the scoring started with a goal in the 29th minute. By the 44th minute, FC Dallas had a 3-0 lead and Columbus didn’t get on the board until the 65th minute.
What happened: FC Dallas fell to D.C. United 1-0 (ATX Pro Challenge)
Where and when it happened: Mike A. Meyers Stadium Feb. 15th
How it happened: The final round of the ATX Pro Challenge was decided by a 54thminute goal by D.C. United’s Chris Rolfe. FC Dallas had several opportunities to take a 1-0 lead but couldn’t get any shots to go in. Rolfe’s goal came off a Fabian Espindola free kick- Espindola’s kick was headed away by David Texeira, but Rolfe was there to collect the ball and fire it into the net for the game-winner.
FCD hosted their only home preseason match against DC United the next weekend.
What happened: FC Dallas beat D.C. United 3-1
Where and when it happened: Toyota Stadium Feb. 20th
How it happened: After falling to D.C. United just five days earlier, FC Dallas exacted its revenge in a 3-1 win at home. Ryan Hollingshead scored his third goal of the pre-season. Fabian Castilllo gave FC Dallas a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute by beating DC United keeper Andrew Dykstra to a loose ball and tapping it in for the easy score. Tesho Akindele closed out the scoring with a penalty kick in the 88th minute. The reigning MLS Rookie of the Year fired a shot over the right shoulder of Dykstra to put FC Dallas up 3-1.
What happened: FC Dallas fell to San Antonio 2-1 (deeproot Funds Cup)
Where and when it happened: Toyota Field Feb. 28th
How it happened: In its final preseason match, FC Dallas fell to the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1. Despite a lot of action in the first half, the first goal didn’t come until the 70th minute when Chrstian Palomeque put the Scorpions up 1-0. FC Dallas couldn’t find the back of the net until the 89 minute- Michel delivered a free kick from the left sideline to FC Dallas Academy’s Santiago Augdelo who finished off the play and cut the Scorpions lead in half. That was as close as FC Dallas got and the defending North American Soccer League Champion Scorpions held on for the 2-1 victory.