In addition to all the festivities that are taking place in Portland for the MLS All-Star game this week, the Portland Timbers held two Generation Adidas ESP showcases this past weekend and some FC Dallas Academy players were invited to take part.
In the '98/'99 category, the league was divided into three conferences based on location - East, Central, and West. FC Dallas was in the central conference along with Houston, RSL, Colorado, KC, and Chicago. Each conference played the other two in addition to playing FC Bayern Munich's U16 youth team. FCD had four players selected to be a part of the Central team -- Carlos Avilez, Mark Salas, Damian Hernandez, and Lamar Batista.
In the first match of the night last Friday, the East ESP team defeated the West 1-0.
In the second match of the night, the Central ESP team played Bayern Munich and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Carloz Avilez, Damian Hernandez, and Lamar Batista started during the match and Mark Salas of FCD was loaned to Bayern Munich for the match and played the entire second half for the German team.
SEGMENT 1: The show hosts talk about this week's AT&T MLS All-Star game as German champion Bayern Munich and it's embarrassment of riches makes the scene in Portland.
SEGMENT 2: With less than two weeks to go before the next Premier League campaign, Marc and Steve spend a segment on mighty Manchester United, visiting with former Red Devils goalkeeper Gary Bailey.
SEGMENT 3: During Real Madrid's visit to Dallas last week, Marc got a few minutes with retired Spanish footballing legend Emilio Butragueno, a.k.a. The Vulture.
SEGMENT 4: Marc and Steve go over the week's big transfer news in domestic soccer.
Check out the best photos from Sunday's match against Chivas USA!
Rookie forward Tesho Akindele scored his fourth goal of the season and goalkeeper Raul Fernandez made four saves to earn the shutout. Here are your full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over Chivas USA!
You see that date in the top left corner of this blog post? It's the first day of August, guys. And that means it's time for a brand spankin' new Scarf of the Month!
We decided to mix things up this month by going with blue as the predominant color on August's scarf. "Dallas 'Til I Die" is sewn on one side between two FCD shields while the other side reads "FC Dallas" between two #DTID hashtags.
It's simple, yet exquisite. And this month we're sweetening the deal with free shipping on orders of $50 or more (limited-time only). So get yours today!
Here are your keys to the match driven by Toyota for Sunday's match against Chivas USA
Welcome to the 6th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal" . This week I caught up with French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin.
Peter was born in Marseille, France and began playing soccer at a young age in the AS Cannes' youth system. He first started his pro career with Bordeaux for a year and then played for Marseille for two years before playing for another French team, Paris Saint-Germain for another two years. He went on loan in 2002 to Celta which eventually became permanent. A few years later he transferred to another La Liga club, Atletico Madrid where he played for them for three years. He eventually signed with Zaragoza and stayed there for another three years before signing with FC Lusanne-Sport in the Swiss Super League. In 2012, Luccin signed with FC Dallas. Luccin played internationally for the French U-20 National team in 1997 and was the youngest member of the eventual quarter-finalists during the FIFA World Youth Championship.
- What’s your favorite soccer memory from your career?
Peter: In 1998, the final game of UEFA Cup(now Europa League) when I played with Marseille
- You’ve played on a large number of teams and different countries…what’s been your favorite experience so far?
Peter: My favorite experience is probably the same game, it was a big moment for Marseille.
- You played for France in the FIFA world youth championship when you were 18, what was that like?
Peter: It’s a very good and interesting thing to represent my country so it was amazing to play against the best players of the world so it was a good experience and good memory.
- What’s your favorite part about being here in America?
Peter: A lot of things, I love the people because the people here have a very good education and for me it’s very important for my kids that’s why I’m here too so it’s a good thing for my family.
- What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Do they enjoy soccer at all?
Peter: We learn English together, it’s a very important language and we like to learn the culture. My son plays for FC Dallas youth so all my family here is very happy.
- What type of music do you listen to before game to get pumped up?
Peter: Rap music, but I try now to have a selection because rap music has so many bad words but I like the beat but sometimes it’s too hard for me to listen
- Who's been your favorite teammate you've had?
Peter: Jair Benitez. He’s a very good guy, he has a good education but he is very important for the group because everytime he’s smiling and joking with everyone so he’s the best teammate I’ve had.
- You drive a big truck…tell me about that
Peter: I got this truck from Eric Hassli [fomer FCD player] and I needed a car. I love the truck but my wife is the one who loves the truck the most.
- What’s your favorite you’ve scored?
Peter: With Atletico Madrid in 2004 against Barcelona, it was a big shot from far out and it was a very important game for us and I scored this goal and we won the game
- Have you picked up a Texan habit yet?
Peter: Not really because we like to stay with our culture, but I haven’t picked up any habits...yet.
FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez has earned yet another nomination for Save of the Week this season for his sprawling save against Pedro Morales in the 88th minute in FCD's draw against Vancouver on Sunday. You voted it as your favorite save of Raul's in Vancouver and now it's time to vote Raul for MLS Save of the Week!
WATCH: SOTW Week 20
Raul Fernandez also found himself on Team of the Week for week 20!
The members of Real Madrid's squad arrived in Los Angeles on July 22 to begin their two week-long journey in the States. The team began training at the UCLA facilities the day they arrived and continued to have two-a-days until they flew to Oakland on July 26.
While the rest of the team was in Oakland, Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Los Angeles to begin his own training. After the session he signed hundreds of autographs for fans and posed for photos with them as well. Ronaldo joined other teammates who were not on the Inter Milan match lineup.
Famous faces have shown up at the team's training sessions at UCLA including David Beckham, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony who is a big soccer and Real Madrid fan.
On Sunday, the squad faced Italian side Inter Milan at Berkeley University's California Memorial Stadium. At the end of regulation the game was tied 1-1 and a penalty shootout saw the Italian side come out with the win.
Real Madrid arrived in Dallas Monday night to an incredible reception at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Dallas.
Tonight at the historic Cotton Bowl, Real Madrid faces Italian giants AS Roma with the match set to kickoff right around 8:15. It will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports 1.
SEGMENT 1: Show hosts Marc and Steve thoughtfully review recent transfer news, beginning with Frank Lampard's high-profile arrival into New York City FC and continuing with discussion of DaMarcus Beasley's arrival into Houston.
SEGMENT 2: ESPN's Jon Champion joins the guys, talking about his recent World Cup broadcast experiences and the Premier League season ahead.
SEGMENT 3: Pre-recorded interviews with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and former Irish international goalkeeper Shay Given. Both were in town last week for the FC Dallas-Villa friendly.
SEGMENT 4: Marc and Steve talk about the big slate of summer friendlies, starting with this week's Real Madrid-Roma contest at the historic Cotton Bowl. Along the way, Marc helps Steve work through his conflicted feelings on these summer friendlies.