Late last week when the new TV deal with Time Warner Cable was announced, I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin Hartman for the first time in quite a while. Kevin is a guy who commands respect and certainly gives it back when it's earned and I couldn't be more excited to have him as a part of the FC Dallas broadcast team.
While I was a member of the independent press, Kevin was, without a doubt, a go-to-guy after countless practices and games as someone who would always tell it like it is in an eloquent, clever and experienced way. There's not a doubt in my mind that his style will carry to the booth seamlessly. 2014 is going to be a great year both on the field and in the booth.
P.S. I'll always take any opportunity to post what might be the best picture in FC Dallas history.
ESPNFC's Taylor Twellman & Alexi Lalas, AKA Big Head Red Head, are doing a series of MLS team previews which I highly recommend. Today they're breaking down FC Dallas. You've got to love Alexi's prediction of "I predict FC Dallas will win a playoff game before the Dallas Cowboys."
Last night at the city council meeting at Frisco City Hall, Mayor Maher Maso welcomed VP of Ticket Sales Kris Katseanas and FCD defender Walker Zimmerman to the proceedings as he officially declared every Friday before FC Dallas weekend home games as Red Friday Frisco.
Head to www.redfridayfrisco.com to see what it's all about and watch the video below to let Kris explain things.
We've got some great news for all FCD fans who frequent Toyota Stadium. The ever-popular Cane's Challenge is returning for 2014!
Every time FC Dallas scores in a home game at Toyota Stadium in 2014, take your game ticket to any DFW area Raising Cane's to score a buy one get one free combo through close of business the day after game day.
FCD goals = Free chicken fingers!
FC Dallas has partnered with the popular transportation service Uber to help fans get to and from two of the biggest events of FCD Week safely and in style. Uber will be providing a special offer to FC Dallas fans looking for a ride to Cocktails & Cleats (7-10 p.m.) in downtown Dallas this Thursday and to Toyota Stadium this Saturday when FC Dallas kicks off the 2014 season against the Montreal Impact, presented by AdvoCare (7:30p.m. kickoff).
First-time Uber users who enter the promo code FCDALLAS will receive their first ride FREE, up to $30 off. Just sign up for an Uber account here, and the code will automatically apply to your first ride!
Whew, #DigitalTuesday was a busy one!
In our second day of FCD Week, we chatted with FCD President Dan Hunt, forward Blas Perez, goalkeeper Chris Seitz, head coach Oscar Pareja & Technical Director Fernando Clavijo. Let's recap the day!
Our favorite Facebook chatter FCD President Dan Hunt, kicked off the day joining the fans for one of his famous Facebook chats!
After a little break, FC Dallas forward Blas Perez took over our Twitter to answer questions on a wide range of topics in just 140 characters!
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 4, 2014
Up next, Chris Seitz hopped on Reddit for an AMA (Ask me anything) with the ever-growing Reddit.com/r/MLS community.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 4, 2014
After a break for MLS Commissioner Don Garber's YouTube Q&A , we were joined by FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja for an engaging chat with the fans on our brand new Red Alert blog!
And finally, late in the afternoon, technical director Fernando Clavijo took some time out of his busy schedule to answer your Twitter questions live on YouTube!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the awesome chats! Less than four days left until opening day!
Thank you for joining us for #DigitalTuesday! Leave your question now and join us at 3PM as FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja joins us on FCDallas.com.
On day two of FCD Week, we will hold #DigitalTuesday, an all-day celebration of everything FC Dallas digital.
Throughout the day, we’ll be holding live chats with FC Dallas players and staff on a variety of digital channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and FCDallas.com. In addition, we’ll be releasing FCD themed backgrounds for your desktop/Facebook/Phone/Twitter backgrounds as well as running flash deals on social media for merchandise & tickets.
All Day – Giveaways & merchandise/ticket deals on social media
After practice (approx. 12PM) – Blas Perez Twitter Takeover
1:00PM – Chris Seitz Reddit AMA
2:00PM - MLS Commissioner Don Garber live Q&A
3:00PM – Oscar Pareja FCDallas.com live chat
4:00PM – Fernando Clavijo live streaming YouTube Q&A
As you can see, we have a new look to the blog section of the FC Dallas website that we're launching in conjunction with #DigitalTuesday called Red Alert.
Anyone who knew me before I joined FC Dallas, knows that I got my start in the writing world by starting "Big D Soccer" a blog dedicated to FCD and ever since I became a full time contributor to the website I've been wanting to have a dedicated blog on FCDallas.com where the voice can be a little more casual. A place for the hardcore fan.
As happens in just about every line of work, it took a little while to get everything together, but today myself and FCDallas.com Managing Editor Scott Brown are extremely excited to launch Red Alert.
So how is this going to be different than what we have now? Expect a lot more updates from us, but in smaller bits. We're going to have links, analysis, pictures, polls, lots of social interaction and since it's called the Red Alert, you'll never miss a piece of FC Dallas content as I'll post links to every piece of FCDallas.com content on the Red Alert. Think of this as your FCD news stream keeping you updated on everything happening within the club.
I'm excited to see what this will turn into so thanks for reading and be sure to bookmark the Red Alert!
SEGMENT 1: Steve Davis sets up a big week in soccer, with the United States national team meeting Ukraine in one of its final friendlies prior to World Cup training camp and Major League Soccer beginning its 19th season.
SEGMENT 2: Steve talks to former FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman about the upcoming MLS season, about FCD and about his new role as Mark Followill's partner in the TV booth.
SEGMENT 3: Steve goes over the United States national team roster for the upcoming match with Ukraine, talking about which players still have a chance to make a big impression on U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
SEGMENT 4: Stevie Ray and Landry track down Stein minutes after he exited Wembley in the wake of the 3-1 victory over Sunderland for his beloved City in the League Cup final. Stein tries to share some of the Wembley scene to put a bow on the show.