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23 April 12:17 pm

For once, there's no argument when it comes to where FC Dallas should stand in the MLS Power Rankings; pundits across the board have ranked FCD number one. The folks at MLSsoccer.com ranked Dallas number one for the first time this season, citing the play of goalkeeper Rauls Fernandez and playmaker David Ferreira as reasons for FCD's rise.

Avi Creditor at SportsIllustrated.com and Ives Galarcep with Soccer By Ives both kept FC Dallas on top of their rankings, with both noting the contributions of a healthy David Ferreira to FCD's success. The rankings on ESPNFC.com and Goal.com both pointed out that Dallas' win was a special milestone for head coach Schellas Hyndman while keeping the club ranked number one. And Yahoo! Sports and the Bleacher Report also both named FC Dallas as the top team in Major League Soccer after week eight.

23 April 9:19 am
   John clears Watson's shot off the line   

FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

   Perez's header gives FCD the 2-0 lead   

John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.

 

Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Thierry Henry Forward New York Red Bulls 90 New England Revolution 2,056
2 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 76 D.C. United 1,583
3 Jimmy Nielsen Goalkeeper Sporting Kansas City 90 New York Red Bulls 1,521
4 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 89 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,451
5 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Chivas USA 1,381
6 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders FC 90 Colorado Rapids 1,351
7 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 Real Salt Lake 1,329
8 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 Chicago Fire 1,319
9 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,293
10 Marcelo Sarvas Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Sporting Kansas City 1,258
11 George John Defender FC Dallas 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,183
12 Patrick Nyarko Midfielder Chicago Fire 86 Columbus Crew 1,147
13 Gonzalo Segares Defender Chicago Fire 90 Columbus Crew 1,142
14 Jeff Larentowicz Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 Columbus Crew 1,134
15 Javier Morales Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 Chivas USA 1,114
16 Jonny Steele Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 New England Revolution 1,094
17 Lionard Pajoy Forward D.C. United 90 Philadelphia Union 1,091
18 Aurélien Collin Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 New York Red Bulls 1,063
19 Austin Berry Defender Chicago Fire 90 Columbus Crew 1,059
20 Justin Braun Forward Toronto FC 90 Houston Dynamo 1,010

You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.

20 April 10:09 pm

Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

SAVE: Blas Perez tests Joe Cannon early.

GOAL: David Ferreira's corner kick goes in off Brad Rusin's back.

GOAL-LINE CLEARANCE: George John hustles back to clear Matt Watson's shot off the line.

GOAL: Perez beats Cannon with a header off Kenny Cooper's deflected shot.

19 April 3:37 pm

Congratulations to goalkeeper Raul Fernandez who was voted MLSsoccer.com Latino de la Jornada for week 7. Raul won the weekly voting with a whopping 94% of the vote beating out Camilo, Jamison Olave and Olmes Garcia. Fernandez is the first FCD player to win the award this season. 

18 April 4:25 pm

On Thursday, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat discussing a number of topics in the FC Dallas world including EPL on NBC, the upcoming summer transfer window and FCD license plates.

Click here to read the full chat transcript.

 

18 April 3:03 pm

FC Dallas hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first game of a home and home series this Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. presented by Albertsons Market, but FC Dallas Stadium is not the only place the club will have a presence this weekend.

If you’re in Carrollton Friday evening, the FC Dallas Tour will be at the Copa ESPN tournament at the McInnish Soccer Complex from 6-9 p.m. You can kick on the inflatable goal or spin the prize wheel and win great prizes including koozies, FCD stickers, pencils, CiCi’s coupons and more!

Also Friday evening, the FC Dallas Girls and staff will be at pub partner Brick House Tap + Tavern during Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. promoting next Saturday’s Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser. The FC Dallas Girls will pose for photos, interact with fans and sign people up to win tickets to Saturday’s game vs. Vancouver. Ticket winners will be selected every 15 minutes, so be sure to arrive early for Happy Hour and your chance to win.

Saturday, the FCD Tour will set up shop at the UT Southwestern "Carnaval de Salud” from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the prize wheel and inflatable goal entertaining fans of all ages.

Lastly, before you arrive at FC Dallas Stadium for Lamar’s Tailgate (6 p.m.) and the club’s eighth game of the 2013 MLS season (7:30 p.m. on TXA 21), walk down Main Street to the Frisco StrEATS event featuring food trucks, live music and the historic buildings of Frisco. The FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper highlight the FC Dallas set up, and if you stop by our tent, you’ll have the opportunity to win four (4) tickets to Saturday’s home game AND a team-signed scarf!

 

17 April 3:14 pm

We're looking forward to another exciting match on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and it's going to be a special evening as we promote the FC Dallas Foundation’s Gear Up collection night presented by Albertsons Market.

Prior to entering the stadium, there will be large donation boxes at each gate where fans can drop off new or used soccer balls, shin guards, and cleats. These items are distributed to children locally and all over the world, so they can have the equipment to play the game!

Everyone that donates will received a 10% off coupon to the FC Dallas Team Store, so remember to Gear Up this weekend before the game!

17 April 1:38 pm

George John and Raul Fernandez have earned another accolade for their solid performances on Saturday night against the Galaxy, being named to the top 20 of the Castrol Index for week seven. With his big PK save, Fernandez comes in at second in the league while a game-winning goal and overall solid defensive play has George John in at 10th. 

Congrats to both! To view the full Castrol Index, click here. 

Castrol Index Week 7 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Seattle Sounders FC 1,544
2 Raúl Fernández Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 LA Galaxy 1,522
3 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,448
4 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,342
5 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,285
6 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,197
7 Conor Casey Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,165
8 Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 FC Dallas 1,153
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 Colorado Rapids 1,142
10 George John Defender FC Dallas 90 LA Galaxy 1,082
11 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 88 Real Salt Lake 1,082
12 Jámison Olave Defender New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,074
13 Joe Bendik Goalkeeper Toronto FC 90 Philadelphia Union 1,041
14 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Chicago Fire 1,022
15 Djimi Traoré Defender Seattle Sounders FC 90 New England Revolution 921
16 Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 Chivas USA 916
17 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 75 Chicago Fire 895
18 Lamar Neagle Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 New England Revolution 890
19 Víctor Bernárdez Defender San Jose Earthquakes 90 Portland Timbers 856
20 Federico Higuaín Forward Columbus Crew 90 Montreal Impact 851

 

17 April 10:34 am

George John may have scored the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy, but center back partner Matt Hedges' defensive performance Saturday earned him Team of the Week honors for Week 7. Hedges had a game-high nine clearances and posted a succesful pass rate of 94% (identical to John's), completing 30 of 32 passes. Hedges was also named one of MLSsoccer.com's top three Men of the Match in the post-game recap.

DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – George John may have gotten the goal and the glory in FCD’s 1-0 win over the Galaxy, but Hedges was the best defender on the field, making plenty of timely interventions to keep LA off the board.

See the full Team of the Week here.

16 April 4:00 pm

Sitting on top of MLS by three points after Saturday's big win over the two-time defending champion LA Galaxy, the weekly MLS Power Rankings make for some nice reading no matter which site you check out. In pretty much all the power rankings out there, FC Dallas is in either first or second place and we've rounded them up to get a good look at what people around the league think of first-place FCD. 

The MLSsoccer.com power rankings have FCD in second place behind Kansas City, jumping all the way up from seventh. Jeff Carlisle's ESPN Power Rankings have FC Dallas in the top spot, up from last week's second place position. Avi Creditor over at SI.com has FC Dallas in first while Soccer By Ives also has Schellas Hyndman's men in the top spot. 

Rounding out our look around the power rankings world, Steve Davis of ProSoccerTalk has FC Dallas in first place and Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com has FCD in first as well.