Every year since FC Dallas Stadium opened back in 2005, July 4th has been one of the dates you circle on the calendar as a big night for FC Dallas. FCD has played at home for all eight July 4th weekend games since moving to Frisco with a 4-1-2 on fireworks night and there are so many things happening in and around the stadium on Thursday that we thought it'd be helpful to put all the info in one spot, so here's your official FC Dallas July 4th celebration guide!
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, July 1) – North Texas residents can catch the biggest fireworks show in the area Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium following the team’s 8 p.m. match versus Chivas USA, presented by TXU Energy.
The first 5,000 people at FC Dallas Stadium will receive a rally towel from TXU Energy. There will also be a player autograph session (player to be determined) at 7:15 p.m., soccer tricks by the Futboleros and giveaways along the concourse, including drawstring backpacks.
U.S. Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath will serve as the pregame honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of a fallen soldier, which will be presented to the soldier’s family at halftime. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
Limited tickets are still available with prices starting at $19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625), or purchase online through TicketMaster.com. Fans can also book a ticket and a ride to and from the game on the FCD Express bus program for $25. Visit FCDallas.com/fcdexpress for more information.
Frisco Freedom Fest
Starting at 4 p.m. Frisco Freedom Fest will be taking over Frisco Square for the 11th-straight year. Click here for all the info around Frisco Freedom Fest.
Pre-game with TXU Energy
-First 5,000 fans receive FC Dallas rally towels courtesy of TXU Energy
-TBD FC Dallas player autograph signing at the TXU Energy tent at 7:15 p.m.
-Cash cube with FC Dallas Stadium cash courtesy of TXU Energy
-TXU Energy text to win light bulb guessing game promotion to win an FC Dallas VIP experience
-TXU employees and customers receive 25% off at the FC Dallas Team Store(employees show credentials, customers show mobile app)
-Lamar Hunt Statue scarfing ceremony with US Women's National Team star Tobin Heath
-Special The American Fallen Soldiers Project presentation
-20 minute fireworks show, one of the largest in North Texas
-Chance to win a $500 energy bill credit courtesy of TXU Energy
-DJ Sober in the WinStar River Club
Russell Moore was our grand prize "Get In and Win" season ticket holder winner, getting a free trip to every United States home World Cup Qualifier. Here is his blog from last month's big 1-0 win over Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City!
Our third trip took us to Salt Lake City, Utah where we got to see USA take on Honduras. Once again the USA fans were loud and proud!
Our seats were behind the goal which gave us and excellent view when USA scored the only goal of the game to take the win over Honduras. The game Was fantastic. Honduras had many of their fans at the Ggme this time which made the game more exciting.
Our great seats gave us a really good view of the players and the field. USA Soccer is so exciting to watch, you get a chance to see all the great players take part in supporting their country.
Salt Lake City is really nice, there are many things to do there, and it was great to enjoy the USMNT with all of the other USA fans.
Thank you again FC Dallas for this GREAT opportunity!.
Russell and Renee Moore
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
GOAL: Amobi Okugo's header off a throw-in gives the Union a 1-0 lead.
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman heads in Michel's corner kick to tie the match.
RED: Je-Vaughn Watson is ejected after receiving a second yellow card for simulation.
GOAL: Second half substitute Aaron Wheeler gives Philly the late 2-1 lead.
NO GOAL: Blas Perez's equalizer goes uncalled after being cleared from behind the line by Sheanon Williams.
GOAL: Perez heads one home in the 97th minute to salvage the road point for FC Dallas.
It's been a tough road for Richard Sanchez and Mexico in the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, but there was certainly a light at the end of the tunnel.
After losses to Greece and Paraguay left the Mexicans on the brink of elimination, they've clawed their way back to the knockout round by defeating Mali 4-1 today.
Sanchez, who has started all three games for Mexico, had another strong performance in goal and with the top four third-placed teams qualifying for the round of 16, the emphatic win has Mexico in on goal differential.
With three points and a +1 goal differential, Mexico is currently in second place out of the six third-placed teams and with only Uruguay and England able to top them, Mexico is guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage.
It's unknown who Mexico will play until tomorrow's final group stage games are played, but Mexico will play on either July 2 or July 3.
Congratulations to Richard and Mexico!
Congratulations to our FCD Instagram 5K celebration winners and thanks to everyone who submitted an entry!(especially Casey Loyd for the picture on the bottom right)
The FC Dallas under-16 academy headed into the final game of the USSDA playoffs needing a draw against RSL-AZ to advance to Finals Week. In a wild, back-and-forth battle, FC Dallas fell to their MLS rivals 6-3, ending the FC Dallas run in this year's playoffs.
In an indication of what was to come throughout the match, the goalfest started with RSL jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. A pair of uncharacteristic defensive mistakes from FC Dallas resulted in Sebastian Saucedo sneaking in for two huge goals to open the match.
Real Salt Lake grabbed a third goal through a long-range shot in the 36th minute to stunningly take a 3-0 lead. Needing a spark before halftime, FC Dallas got it on a well worked corner that eventually found its way into the net through a scrum of players to send the teams to halftime with RSL up 3-1.
In the second half, RSL seemed to put the game out of reach finishing a rebound off a fantastic save from goalkeeper Estevan Vasquez to restore their three-goal lead.
The fightback from FCD began, however, with Patrick Khouri bundling in another set piece opportunity from FC Dallas with 20 minutes to play. Soon after Santi Agudelo headed in his fifth goal of playoffs week to pull FCD within a goal sparking wild celebrations.
As FC Dallas pushed for the goal that would take them through the group, Real Salt Lake hit the U-16s on the counter restoring their two-goal advantage. They would soon grab another as Sebastian Gordillo took down an RSL attacker in the box and as the last man back, Gordillo was shown a red card. The penalty kick was converted and FC Dallas fell to RSL 6-3 ending the season for both academy teams.
Despite falling at the final hurdle before Finals Week, both the U-18 & U-16 teams can hold their heads high as they finished at the top of the Frontier Division. They'll return to action for the 2013-2014 season with a new U-14 division in late September.
By Beth Anne Carroll & Daniel Robertson
Under-18s fall just short in comeback attempt, finish USSDA Playoffs 1-1-1
FRISCO, Texas - The FC Dallas under-18s needed to win by two goals to advance to finals week, but the home team only managed a 1-1 draw against Albertson SC.
The game was mainly a defensive battle, with both teams struggling to score for most of the match. Both teams had plenty of opportunities, but a combination of defense in front of the goal and strong performances from both goalkeepers made it a low-scoring affair.
Albertson had a couple of opportunities in the first, but two went wide and Dallas keeper Caleb Underwood saved another two. FCD also missed a chance in the closing minutes of the half when a shot hit the post, sending the game into halftime scoreless.
Needing to win by two goals to advance, FCD was forced to push forward leaving them exposed at the back. Albertson finally opened the scoring on a counterattack, giving them a 1-0 advantage with 30 minutes left in the game.
FC Dallas never quit and finally got a goal of their own, but with just seconds left in the match it wasn't enough and the 1-1 draw means the under-18s won't be advancing to Finals Week for a fourth straight year as they finished 1-1-1 in the group.
Under-16's lead group with one game remaining
As FC Dallas battled the Portland Timbers inside the stadium last night, the under-16s continued their solid playoffs run beating FC Delco 4-0 in their second USSDA playoff game.
Santiago Agudelo was the star again for FC Dallas scoring goals in the 15th and 28th minute to put FCD out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Coy Craft and Christian Ramirez added goals in the second half to give FCD the emphatic 4-0 win.
That win, coupled with RSL-AZ's 0-0 draw with Sockers FC, means that FC Dallas under-16s can advance to Finals Week for the first time since 2009 with a win or a draw against RSL-AZ on Friday. That game will be played at 11:00AM on field 7.
By Beth Anne Carroll & Daniel Robertson
Agudelo Double Propels Under-16s to 4-2 Win Over Sockers FC
FRISCO, Texas -- The FC Dallas under-16's kicked off group play in the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy playoffs with a bang, recording a 4-2 win over Chicago's Sockers FC.
Neither team was able to get much going in the opening minutes of the game. Each team had a few shots on goal, including a freekick for FC Dallas, but were unable to finish. Santi Agudelo finally opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a header to put FC Dallas up 1-0.
The Sockers wouldn't give up that easily, though. The visitors had multiple shots on goal in the closing minutes, as well as missed chances on a freekick and a corner kick within a couple minutes of each other. The Sockers managed to find the back of the net late in the half, but the goal was called back due to offsides, giving FC Dallas the one-goal advantage going into halftime.
The second half got off to a much quicker start than the first, with FC Dallas getting their second goal of the game just minutes into the half through a Miguel Ojeda strike. This time the Sockers had an answer, scoring a minute later to bring the score to 2-1. The Sockers had several more chances to tie the game, but could never quite finish, thanks in large part to a series of fantastic saves by FC Dallas keeper Estevan Vasquez.
After the score remained the same for most of the second half, Santi Agudelo got his second goal of the night, firing into an open night after drawing the keeper out of the goal. Agudelo's score put the home team up by two late in the game, but FC Dallas weren't finished yet. Alex Radilla added to the scoring with a shot across the goal to put the score at 4-1. A last minute penalty kick for Sockers FC cut the lead to two, but it was all FC Dallas with a final score of 4-2, leaving them with a great start to the playoffs week.
The U16s will have a quick turnaround with a game tomorrow night at 9:00 PM against FC Delco on Field 8.
U-18's take back control of their destiny with 3-0 win
FRISCO, Texas - After yesterday's 1-0 loss to Columbus, FC Dallas needed a better performance on Tuesday plus some help from elsewhere to remain alive in the USSDA Playoffs.
They got both.
While Dallas struggled to find the net yesterday, it took them just 30 minutes to take the lead a night later. Diego de la Tejera found some space 25 yards from goal and let fly, curling an incredible strike around the keeper and into the upper 90 to put FCD in front. Ten minutes later, Luchi Gonzalez's men doubled the lead as Marco Carrizales scored a similar goal to Tejera's strike smacking one low and hard past the keeper from 20 yards out to give Dallas a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Dallas, knowing goal differential could play a huge part in who advances to Finals Week, pressed hard for a third goal and found it in the 68th minute as Yomeri Reyes rose to head home a corner from Carrizales. FCD pushed for a fourth, but couldn't find it, though they'll surely be thrilled with the 3-0 victory over Concorde Fire.
That win, coupled with Albertson SC's 4-1 victory over Columbus Crew, means FCD, on three points with a +2 goal differential, can advance to Finals Week if they can manage a two-goal victory over Albertson SC on Thursday morning. While it's certainly a tall task, after Monday's loss it's one they'll gladly accept.
FC Dallas will look to advance to yet another Finals Week on Thursday against Albertson SC at 9:00 AM on Field 11.
This week's power rankings results come with good news and bad news. The good news: After a thrilling 2-2 draw against Sporting KC on Saturday, FC Dallas is a unanimous top five team according to power rankers. The bad news: FC Dallas is no longer at the top of the league or or their division, which was enough for them to drop at least one spot in the rankings. However, FCD is still in great a great position heading into their final game of June, a month with only one MLS home game, sitting just one point behind Portland and Real Salt Lake.
ESPN FC kept FC Dallas in the number five spot:
Two goals in the final two minutes of regulation allowed FCD to salvage a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The second came from defender Walker Zimmerman. Uh, shouldn't he be in Turkey with the U-20s?
Fighting back to score twice at the death in order to earn a result is what champions do. Dallas are still flying under the radar, but they are also the real deal.
Soccer America moved FC Dallas down to number 4:
FC Dallas rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the final few minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City. Andrew Jacobson headed home a Michel serve in the 88th minute, and Walker Zimmerman got his head to a corner kick in stoppage time.
Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated dropped FC Dallas all the way to number four from his last rankings two weeks ago:
Dallas looked left for dead trailing Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the final minutes Saturday night, but two late goals, including an equalizer from rookie and U.S. U-20 snub Walker Zimmerman, salvaged a point. Dallas is still winless in three matches and has only beaten struggling D.C. and San Jose in its last eight games, but that is a point that can go a long way in changing the club's mentality, as opposed to dropping a home game to a 10-man opponent.
MLSsoccer.com also dropped FC Dallas one spot to number four.
We're not going to say that the bottom has dropped out, but FCD have won just once in their last five and looked good to take another "L" before some late set-piece heroics.
Finally, Soccer by Ives dropped FCD from third to fourth after Saturday's draw.
One win in five qualifies as a slump, but FCD has to feel good about rallying back to salvage a point against a tough Sporting KC side. Things don’t get much easier though, not with another meeting with red-hot Portland, and a road trip to take on a surging Philadelphia side. Having Walker Zimmerman score a big goal is good news though, as he looks more and more like a viable option in the team’s centerback rotation, which is needed given how often George John and Matt Hedges take knocks.