After a week and a half of fitness drills, FCD finally hit the field for a game on Tuesday and it seems as if the guys were raring to go. While a tenatively scheduled game against their host club fell through, FCD was still able to play an intrasquad scrimmage at the nearly 50,000-seat Zayed Sports City Stadium with the blue team winning 3-2.
According to our trusty reporter on the ground in Abu Dhabi, the red squad took the lead as Blas Perez scored a PK before Peter Luccin tied things up with a long range shot. Cobi Span gave the blue team the lead after rounding the 'keeper on a through ball from Danny Garcia before Kellyn Acosta tied the game with what was described as an "unbelievable" goal from 25-30 yards out into the upper 90.
The game-winner came from new signing Ryan Hollingshead, who volleyed home a cross from Danny Garcia to finish the scoring.
While we have not confirmed this report, Swedish club BK Häcken says there will be friendlies against FC Dallas both on Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10.
Here's a photo gallery of pictures from yesterday's scrimmage:
We have more pictures from UAE! Here's day three of the preseason trip:
Welcome to the 2014 Budweiser Draught Draft! Here's how it works: we have eight Tier 1 Pub Partners and eight road matches selected for our 2014 Party at the Pubs watch party series presented by Budweiser.
Rather than randomly assign matches to our Pub Partners, we're going to let them choose their respective matches. But how do we decide who gets the first pick? Easy, we don't; that's where you come in!
Just cast your vote for your favorite Pub Partner in the poll to the right. When voting ends on Thursday (5pm CT), the pub with the most votes gets to make the first pick in the 2014 Budweiser Draught Draft. The pub with the second most votes gets the second pick, and so on and so forth.
So pick your pub and let us know who you think should get the top spot in our 2014 Party at the Pubs watch party series presented by Budweiser!
SEGMENT 1: Stein and Steve look back extensively at the first match of the year for the U.S. national team, starting with -- what else? -- another round of debate surrounding San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski and what a two-goal performance did for his chances of earning a spot on the 23-man roster that Jurgen Klinsmann takes to Brazil.
SEGMENT 2: New York Times contributor Brian Sciaretta, who keeps track of Americans playing soccer abroad as well as anyone, makes his Soccer Today debut to talk about all the stories with U.S. connections that were in circulation before Friday's closing of the winter transfer window.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Alexi Lalas makes a surprise visit to the show after calling the United States' two-nil win over Korea in Los Angeles with Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman. Which means more dissection of the Yanks' performance ... and a glimpse into Alexi's Super Bowl Sunday plans.
SEGMENT 4: The one and only Pele appeared on ESPN FC earlier in the week and addressed his latest public spat with Argentina's Diego Maradona. The boys touch on that here as well as the rumors out of England that Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is MLS-bound.
FC Dallas has arrived in UAE and here's the first set of pictures from their preseason trip! Photos by Leigh Anne Gullett & Roger Hammerschmidt.
FC Dallas has arrived in United Arab Emirates after the overseas flight and some pictures have begun coming in via Instagram!
Day three of Copa Chivas 2014 turned out to be a wild one for the U-18s as they faced off against hosts Chivas Guadalajara in the third out of five group stage matches.
Having won one and lost one, the match would be crucial to FCD's hopes of advancing to the semifinals and after a wild game, FCD fell 5-4 to Chivas Guadalajara.
Chivas jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just five minutes played, but Dallas fought back. Goals from Diego De La Tejera and Alex Radilla pulled FCD level before halftime and midway through the second half, Santiago Agudelo scored a header to give FCD a shock lead. Chivas tied the game 3-3 before De La Tejera scored to once again give FCD the lead at 4-3. With time ticking down, Chivas found two goals in the last five minutes to earn a crazy win leaving FCD with three points from three games.
Friday is an off day for FCD in Guadalajara before facing Atlas and Vitoria to end the group stage this weekend. Dallas will need to win both matches to have a shot at making it to the semifinals.
The FCD U-18s bounced back from their day one loss to Monterrey, defeating J. League side Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 in their second game of the 2014 Copa Chivas.
FCD fell behind early in the match to a Marinos goal, but Miguel Ojeda pulled FCD level just before halftime. In the second half, FCD pushed for the win and found it through two goals from big forward Santiago Agudelo.
After two rounds of play, FCD sits third in their six-team group with tied with Monterrey on three points. Atlas leads the group with six points while Vitoria sits in second with four. FCD has another tough match today as they'll face off with hosts Chivas Guadalajara at noon.
After today, they'll have a much-needed rest day before rounding out the group stage with games against the two teams above them as they look to finish in one of the top two spots and advance to the semifinals.
The 2014 preseason has officially kicked off, and H&R Block wants to get your ready for the new season by giving you the chance to win a trip to Houston to watch FC Dallas take on the Dynamo on Saturday, April 5 and meet All-Star goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The Sweepstakes runs from now through Saturday, March 15. All you have to do is visit one of the participating H&R Block locations listed below for your chance to win!
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FC Dallas kicked off their participation in the 2014 Copa Chivas on Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Mexican First Division side CF Monterrey.
For those who speak Spanish, the Chivas website has a lengthy writeup of the game in which FCD conceded in the 22nd minute to a Monterrey set piece. Head coach Luchi Gonzalez told the Chivas website that the scoreline was not necessarily indicative of the game and that the team just needs to have a little more concentration at some moments.
FCD continues group stage play today at noon against Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in a game they need a result from to stay in contention for the semifinals.
(Photo courtesy of Chivas)