FC Dallas will take on a familiar opponent in their third and final group match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic this evening. Dallas faced off against Toronto four times last season between the MLS regular season and the CCL group stage - twice in Frisco and twice at BMO Field.
FC Dallas won each of the first three matches by a score of 1-0, but FCD fans will remember the fourth meeting all too well. Toronto came down to Texas and handed Dallas a 3-0 loss that put TFC through to the quarterfinal stage of the 2011-12 CCL and eliminated FCD from the tournament.
Tonight will be the first meeting since that match, and once again, advancement is at stake. The winner of tonight's match advances to the final to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. In the event of a draw, FCD would still advance to the tournament championship on goal differential.
The match kicks off at 5 p.m. CT and will be streamed on MLSsoccer.com's live Channel 2. Or, you could make your way down to Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station where they'll be having a watching party in conjunction with the release of the 2012 FC Dallas kit. It'll be your first chance to buy the new kit, and what better way to break it in than cheering FCD on to the Disney Pro Soccer Classic final for the second straight year?
Big day for the national team as the U.S. defeated Italy 1-0 for its first-ever victory over Azzurri. The important details from MLSSoccer.com:
The pivotal moment came in the 55th minute when Fabian Johnson whipped in a teasing ball that Jozy Altidore laid off superbly for the on-rushing Dempsey, who drilled his shot hard and low past the despairing dive of Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
The win marks the first time the US have defeated Italy in 11 attempts since the nations first met 82 years ago. It also marks the first time Italy have lost in Genoa since 1924.
Facing the three-time World Cup champions was clearly the biggest test yet for US manager Jurgen Klinsmann, and his side passed with flying colors, earning a fourth straight victory. The USMNT's record under Klinsmann is now 5-4-1.
FC Dallas' Brek Shea started the match for the USMNT. It was his 10th appearance for Klinsmann and the only player to play in all matches for the manager. Shea was subbed out in the 73rd minute.
Join us for a party to celebrate the release of the FC Dallas 2012 kit. The FCD pop-up shop will be located inside Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station in Dallas and will be the first place for you to see and purchase both home and away jerseys.
This event is a celebration for the fans and includes free food and drinks for those in attendance. Thursday will also feature the live-streaming of FCD's match vs. Toronto.
Trinity Hall pop-up shop hours are: Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday: 5-10 p.m. and Sat: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘12 home jersey
‘12 road jersey
FCD t-shirts and hats
MLSSoccer.com chatted with FCD coach Schellas Hyndman about the status of George John. John's original loan term to West Ham United is set to end soon. Bottom line - no update, yet, on John's status with FCD for 2012.
FCD takes the pitch tonight against Orlando City. The OC website has a preview of the game and asks a question I never thought I'd see - can David Ferreira hold up against their squad's back line.
FCD beat Orlando twice last year - once in the same Disney tournament and again in U.S. Open Cup.
Tonight's game gets going at 7 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on MLSSoccer.com's live Channel 2.
The first chance to check out the 2012 FC Dallas kit will be at a pop-up shop that opens this Thursday. The shop will be located at a fun Dallas location (nope, we aren't telling you where and when yet) and will have the new jersey, scarf, t-shirt and hat for sale. This will be a chance to mingle with fellow FCD fans and be the first to see and purchase the new jersey. The pop-up shop will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
FC Dallas had one training session this morning in Orlando before getting the afternoon off. It's a deserved break for the squad, who played two scrimmages over the weekend.
The 2012 FC Dallas home and away kits will be unveiled this Thursday. Each day this week we'll reveal certain details about the event and how fans are invited. You will want to be part of this!
FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar recently welcomed a new member to his family into the world - son Lucas. It's the first child for Villar and his wife. Congratulations!
New MLS on NBC announcer Arlo White made a visit to NBC Sports Talk to discuss the upcoming season and managed to work in some FC Dallas talk. Check it out: