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15 June 2:36 pm

Today and tomorrow are decisive ones across the CONCACAF region as the World Cup Qualifier second legs are played for many nations on the quest to Russia 2018. As we have previously mentioned, the FC Dallas trio of Tesho Akindele, Atiba Harris and Moises Hernandez are representing their nations in this pair of matches. Let's take a look at how they did in their first legs and what's ahead over the next 24 hours.

-Tesho Akindele played 74 minutes in his international debut for Canada as the Maple Leafs defeated Dominica 2-0 in the first leg. They host Dominica at BMO Field on Tuesday night needing anything better than a two-goal loss to advance to the next two-legged knockout round.

-Atiba Harris and St. Kitts & Nevis played El Salvador to a 2-2 draw at home. Harris captained the St. Kitts & Nevis side who head to San Salvador on Tuesday night needing a result to advance. 

-FC Dallas Homegrown Moises Hernandez became the first Homegrown player to play in a World Cup Qualifier, going 90 minutes for Guatemala in their 0-0 draw with Barbados. They'll need to win the return leg on Monday in Devonshire to advance through to the next knockout round.

12 June 1:44 pm

By Taylor Hester

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the U.S. under-20s are back in Auckland to face Serbia in the quarterfinals tonight at 11:30PM on Fox Sports 1.

The expectations for this team before the tournament began were high with the amount of talent on the roster. Guys like Gedion Zelalem, Emerson Hyndman, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Rubio Rubin are potential USMNT stars. The U.S. didn't win their group, but did advance to the quarters for the first time since 2007. They will now look to advacne to the semi-finals for only the second time and first time since 1989 when Kasey Keller led the U.S. to a Fourth Place finish.

The U.S. should feel confident heading into their game with Serbia. However, they must be careful. The Serbs already knocked CONCACAF rivals Mexico out of the tournament in the Group Stage and the U.S. is now short on attacking power with the injuries to Maki Tall and Bradford Jamieson IV. The U-20s will have to shut down Serbian wonderkid Andrija Živković and win the midfield battle to come out victorious.

The U.S. started off defeating Myanmar 2-1 and host country New Zealand 4-0 in their first two matches. They went into the last match against Ukraine looking like the favorties to win Group A, but fell 3-0, finishing in 2nd place behind Ukraine's seven points. The U.S. were 1-0 winners over Colombia in the Round of 16, advancing to the quarters to play Serbia.

In Group D, Serbia lost to Uruguay 1-0, but won 2-0 agaisnt Mali and Mexico, finishing at the top of their group. Serbia defeated Hungary 2-1 in the Round of 16 because of a 118th-minute own goal by a Hungary defender.

After playing in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the US squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Acosta played every minute of all four games in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup before recieving a red card against Colombia. He will now have to sit out tonight due to the red card suspension, and the semi-final match (if the U.S. advances) because of yellow card accumulation. 

Should Acosta and the U.S. U-20s advance to the semi-finals, they would play the winner of Germany and Mali on June 17.

Here's the schedule/results and how to watch on your TV, phone, computer, and tablet:

USMNT U-20s vs. Myanmar

Fox Sports 1 Channel Listings

DirecTV: 219

Time Warner Cable: 56

AT&T U-verse: 652

Dish: 150

Final: USA 2, Myanmar 1

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm CT

USMNT U-20s vs. New Zealand

Final: USA 4, New Zealand 0

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Ukraine

Final: USA 0, Ukraine 3

Friday, June 5 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Colombia (Round of 16)

Final: USA 1, Colombia 0

Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Serbia (Quarterfinals)

When: Saturday, June 13 at 11:30pm CT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Computer/Tablet/Phone: Fox Sports Go

 
11 June 11:31 am

By Jeremy Villanueva

The FC Dallas Academy’s regular season might have wrapped up this past Monday, but that was only the beginning of the real fun.

The U-16 and U-18 academy teams found out their fate for the Development Academy playoffs yesterday, which begins June 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After winning its conference with a 19-3-5 record and finishing fifth overall in U-16 Development Academy, FC Dallas was in Pot 1 of the draw and were drawn into Group B.

FCD-16s will face SC United Battery (17-10-9) on June 23 at 2:30 p.m., St. Louis Gallagher Missouri (13-6-8) on June 24 at 2:30 p.m. and LA Galaxy (22-7-10) on June 26 at 11:15 a.m.

The U-18s (15-6-6) were drawn into Group B of the U-17/U-18 Development Academy playoffs. FC Dallas opens with Chicago Magic PSG (14-6-7) on June 23 at 10 a.m. before taking on Real Salt Lake AZ (32-3-4) on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. and finishing with Concorde Fire (17-12-7) at 9 a.m. on June 26.

The group winners will advance to the Developmeny Academy Finals Week in July where FC Dallas has had a team in either the U-16 or U-18 division in five out of the last six seasons.

11 June 11:01 am

 

As FC Dallas heads to Seattle to take on the Sounders, here are some numbers to keep in mind:

1260 – Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas) and Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) have played every minute of every match this season for their respective clubs

55 – Seattle’s goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the league in saves with 55 on the season

– Blas Perez (FC Dallas) and Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) are tied with Chris Rolfe (D.C. United), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), and Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) for the most game winning goals in MLS with three

10 – The Sounders will be without their No. 10 Saturday as Marco Pappa was called up for Guatemala’s World Cup qualifiers June 11 and June 15

9 – Seattle leads the league in goal differential at nine, two ahead of Western Conference foe Sporting Kansas City

6 –Six FC Dallas players were named to Gold Cup provisional rosters, tying Houston Dynamo for most in MLS

1.86 –  The Sounders are in a tie for second in the Supporters Shield race, but they lead the league in points per game at 1.86

31 – Michel is the club’s all-time leader in goals (four), assists (three), and shots on goal (six) vs. Seattle

0 – Zero is the amount of games FC Dallas lost to the Seattle Sounders in the postseason last year

16.38 – The difference in amount of inches of rain in the month of May (2015) between Dallas (16.96) and Seattle (0.58)

10 June 2:37 pm

CONCACAF unveiled today the provisional 35-man rosters submitted by the 12 associations participating in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and FC Dallas players are all over the rosters. FCD is tied with Houston for most players named to the provisional rosters with six.  (Canada: Tesho Akindele, Kyle Bekker; Guatemala: Moises Hernandez; Jamaica: Je-Vaughn Watson; Panama: Rolando Escobar, Blas Perez).

It's important to note these rosters are not final. They will be narrowed down to 23 players ten business days before the tournament is played July 7-26 beginning right here at Toyota Stadium with a doubleheader featuring Panama vs Haiti and the United States vs Honduras.

The twelve national teams qualified for this year’s tournament are, in alphabetical order: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

 

09 June 2:52 pm

By Taylor Hester

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team are in Wellington prepping for their Round of 16 match with Colombia tonight at 2:30AM on Fox Sports 1. 

The expectations for this team before the tournament began were high with the amount of talent on the roster. Guys like Gedion Zelalem, Emerson Hyndman, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Rubio Rubin are potential USMNT stars. The U.S. didn't win their group, but did reach the Round of 16 for the first time since 2007.

James Rodriguez and the Colombian Men's National Team were the breakout team of the 2014 World Cup last year, but the Colombia U-20s aren't following the same script. The team scored only three goals in the Group Stage and just squeaked by Senegal for 2nd place. However, the U.S. can't overlook this Colombian team that has a lot of flair and speed. 

The U.S. U-20s started off defeating Myanmar 2-1 and host country New Zealand 4-0 in their first two matches. They went into the last match against Ukraine looking like the favorties to win Group A, but fell 3-0, finishing in 2nd place behind Ukraine's seven points.

In Group C, Colombia beat Qatar 1-0, tied Senegal 1-1, and lost to Portugal 3-1 in their final match. Colombia finished tied with Senegal on four points, recieving 2nd place because of goal differential.

After playing in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the US squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Acosta has played every minute of all three games in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, helping the U.S. to their 2nd place finish in Group A. He's now gearing up for one of the most important games of his young career, hoping to lead the U-20s to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.

Should Acosta and the U.S. U-20s advance to the quarterfinals, they would play the winner of Serbia and Hungary on Sunday June 14.

Here's the schedule/results and how to watch on your TV, phone, computer, and tablet:

USMNT U-20s vs. Myanmar

Fox Sports 1 Channel Listings

DirecTV: 219

Time Warner Cable: 56

AT&T U-verse: 652

Dish: 150

Final: USA 2, Myanmar 1

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm CT

USMNT U-20s vs. New Zealand

Final: USA 4, New Zealand 0

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Ukraine

Final: USA 0, Ukraine 3

Friday, June 5 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Colombia (Round of 16)

When: Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30am CT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Computer/Tablet/Phone: Fox Sports Go

 

 

09 June 1:37 pm

The Dallas hub of the non-profit organization Lionsraw is looking for teams and individual players to take part in the 24-Hour Soccer Marathon beginning at 11 p.m.on June 26th after FC Dallas' game against Houston and running non-stop until 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th. 

This unique fundraising event works to raise funds benefitting both the Lionsraw organization and the FC Dallas Foundation. Lionsraw is a movement seeking to Create Chances for Change by harnessing the passion of football fans, enabling them to serve others at home and away.

The Lionsraw team is in need of 50 players that would like to take part in the soccer marathon for the entire 24-hour event. In addition, the organization is looking for 24 teams to each play an hour-long match against Lionsraw team. 

For more information on the event, click here. If you or your team is interested in taking part in the marathon, please contact dallasevents@lionsraw.org.

08 June 4:12 pm

By Jeremy Villanueva

It's tough to believe, but less than a year after last year's festivities in Brazil, the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup continues this week with the second round of CONCACAF qualifying and three FC Dallas players will battle for their countries.

Tesho Akindele(Canada), Atiba Harris(St. Kitts & Nevis) and Moises Hernandez(Guatemala) compete in a home-and-home series for their respective countries beginning Thursday and wrapping up next Tuesday.

Akindele’s Canadian squad is the favorite in their battle with Dominica. Akindele accepted the Canada call-up for the World Cup qualifiers, defining his allegiance to the neighbors north of the border. Canada will take on Dominica at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica before hosting the second leg next Tuesday at BMO Field in Toronto.

St. Kitts and Nevis looks for continued success in the qualifiers after defeating Turks and Caicos Islands in aggregate 12-4 in the first round. Harris and St. Kitts and Nevis faces El Salvador – who had a bye in the first round – on Thursday at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis and then will play in San Salvador, El Salvador on June 16 in Estadio Cuscatlan.

Hernandez received a call-up for Guatemala, and the leftback hopes to make his competitive international debut against Bermuda on Friday at Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The team will then travel to Hamilton, Bermuda for the second leg. 

The winners of this week's qualifying duels will advance to a third round where they will face off in another two-legged knockout series to be held later this year.

FC Dallas World Cup Qualifying Schedule

Home Away Date Time Location
Dominica Canada June 11 5:00PM Roseau, Dominica
St. Kitts & Nevis El Salvador June 11 6:00PM Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
Guatemala Bermuda June 12 8:00PM Guatemala City, Guatemala
Bermuda Guatemala June 15 4:30PM Devonshire, Bermuda
Canada Dominica June 16 6:30PM Toronto, Canada
El Salvador St Kitts & Nevis June 16 7:00PM San Salvador, El Salvador

 

07 June 8:48 pm

There were three red cards but no goals on Sunday as FCD earned a point at San Jose. Here are your highlights: