FRISCO – A future MLS star could take the field on Saturday when 4v4 tournament Futbolito takes place at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
If that thought seems ridiculous, talk to FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar.
He was on a team that won Futbolito nearly a decade ago in Houston.
Villar visited Houston to see his girlfriend at the time and went to a local park to workout and stay in game shape. He had just finished a season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds shortly after graduating from Penn State.
He wound up meeting some local soccer players who were playing a pick-up game in the park.
“I played a little bit with them, they said I could do this Futbolito thing and split the money with them,” Villar said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing anything’.”
Villar and his three impromptu teammates played in 7 matches in one day, winning each one – including the title match.
“We had no subs, it was just four of us,” Villar said. “It was competitive, little short games. Short-sided, small goals.”
Villar remembers the prize money being $500-$700 per person. It wound up being incredibly important cash on hand for him.
He had been waiting for a call from an overseas team to come over and play. A week after winning Futbolito, he got the call.
The money he won was used to buy a one-way plane ticket to Germany.
“It was funny, it was a time in my life where I was almost going away from soccer for good. Not that because of winning I stayed [with soccer]. But I played, took the cash and went to Germany,” Villar said.
Full match highlights - FC Dallas 5, Portland 0
FC Dallas gets on the board first with an own goal by Portland.
Strike outside the box by Andrew Jacobson gives FCD 2-0 in 26'.
Jackson scores three minutes into 2nd half to make it 3-0 FC Dallas.
Scott Sealy scores to make it 4-0.
Ruben Luna scores in 81' to give FCD a 5-0 lead.
Hernan Pertuz heads in free kick late in 2nd half for FCD goal.
Kevin Hartman makes save on Chris Wondolowski penalty kick.
FC Dallas gets penalty kick in stoppage time.
Alan Gordon scores to make it 2-0 San Jose.
Marvin Chavez scores to make it 1-0 San Jose.
FC Dallas lost a beloved member of our family, Bobby Rhine, to a sudden heart attack in early September 2011 at the age of 35. Bobby played for FC Dallas from 1999 until 2008 when he joined the staff of FC Dallas as a broadcaster and became the voice of the club. To honor Bobby’s life, the FC Dallas Foundation has created the Bobby Rhine Heart Project. The project includes two elements:
- To raise funds to help organizations obtain the necessary training for AED and CPR.
Many organizations cannot afford the cost of training that is needed to use the AED that they have. The FC Dallas Foundation reaches out directly to non-profit organizations, including schools, through the American Heart Association and the Red Cross to offer assistance to cover the high cost of the training.
- To raise funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) and promote good heart health by walking annually in the Dallas Heart Walk in September.
The Foundation is creating a team comprised of all members of the FCD family, including fans, players, staff, and anyone who wants to join us on this journey. Members of Bobby’s family will be walking with us as well. Walkers will be given a team shirt and are asked to donate $25 and encourage others to join the team. Each member of the team will be given a team t-shirt prior to this non-competitive walk.
The 2012 Dallas Heart Walk is Saturday, September 8th at 8:30 a.m. at Victory Park.
The FC Dallas Foundation will be providing FCD <3's BR19 t-shirts to all team members. Team members will receive an email with details (i.e. meeting location, shirt sizes, etc.) closer to the date of the Walk.
To register for our team, FCD <3’s BR19, please click here.
The Complex at FC Dallas Stadium hosted the firs-ever FC Dallas MoneyGram Nations Cup last month, and the tournament had a great turn out. The tournament was played in a round robin format consisting of 16 select teams representing their respective countries and/or continental regions. Identifying soccer as the common language among all nationalities, FC Dallas in conjunction with DFW International created this World Cup-style tournament to provide the international community in DFW a chance to play and celebrate the Beautiful Game. Take a look at pictures from this year's tournament below.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Rapids defender Luis Zapata.
SAVE: Brek Shea's shot caught and held by Matt Pickens.
GOAL: Omar Cummings scores on the pass from Conor Casey.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo sends in a cross that's headed home by Carlos Rodriguez.
GOAL: Rodriguez returns the favor by setting up Castillo's game-winner with some help from David Ferreira.
FRISCO – FC Dallas MoneyGram Nations Cup is set to kick off this Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.
A round robin tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, FC Dallas MoneyGram Nations Cup will feature 16 DFW-based select teams representing their respective countries and/or continental regions; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cameroon, Iran, Argentina, Turkey, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, Albania, Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire, USA, Maghreb, Sierra Leona and two Mexico teams. Identifying soccer as the common language among all nationalities, FC Dallas and MoneyGram in conjunction with DFW International created this World Cup-style tournament to provide the international community in DFW a chance to play and celebrate the beautiful game.
Each player participating in the tournament will receive a free ticket to FC Dallas’ July 28 match versus the L.A. Galaxy. The tournament champion will be awarded a trophy during halftime of that match at FC Dallas Stadium, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
For additional tournament information, contact Jesse Arroyave at 469.365.0029 or email@example.com.
Join fellow FC Dallas fans this Saturday for the Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser at The Fan Sports Lounge in downtown Dallas next to the American Airlines Center.
Event begins at 7 p.m. with the match against the Colorado Rapids kicking off at 8 p.m. on TXA21.
The first 100 fans through the door will receive Party at the Pubs Tour shirts.
Door prizes include an autographed, game-worn item from Kevin Hartman’s 400th match; autographed posters from Zach Loyd, Brek Shea and Kevin Hartman; tickets to upcoming July home matches and more.
Also, Tex Hooper, the FC Dallas Girls, and the Budweiser Promo Girls will be on-hand to interact with fans.
For driving instructions, click here for a map.
For fans who want to use light rail, you can travel to the DART Victory Station and make the short walk over.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
BLOCK: Jason Hernandez blocks Fabian Castillo's shot on goal.
CLEARANCE: Hernan Pertuz clears Chris Wondolowski's chip off the line.
CLEARANCE: Carlos Rodriguez clears Ramiro Corrales' attempt off the line.
TACKLE: Pertuz makes goal-saving tackle on Alan Gordon.
RED CARD: Corrales sees a second yellow and is ejected from the match.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Wondolowski.
SAVE: Matt Hedges and Hartman combine to deny Shea Salinas.
UPDATE 7/6, 2 p.m.: We have our winners. Congrats to Derrick Doyle, Elizabeth Torres & John Woodard. Thanks to everyone who participated.
We have three pairs of west sideline seats for Saturday's match vs San Jose up for grabs in another FCDallas.com Scavenger Hunt, presented by Novo Nordisk, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and American Diabetes Association.
First three entries with all the correct answers will win the tickets to tomorrow's 8 p.m. match. All the answers can be found on FCDallas.com. We had strong responses when we did this previously, so get your answers in quick!
- Who is FC Dallas’ new jersey sponsor?
- Name the three goal scorers in FCD U-18’s last playoff game
- Who was the goalkeeper Kevin Hartman faced in his first MLS match?
- How many minutes did David Ferreira play Wednesday night?
- What team does the FCD WPSL team play tonight?
- Where is the 7/14 Party at the Pubs event going to be?
- What is George John’s favorite song & who is the artist who sings it?