As FC Dallas prepares to take on first place D.C. United, here are some numbers to keep in mind:
10,000 - The first 10,000 fans to enter Toyota Stadium on Saturday night will receive an Oscar "Papi" Pareja bobblehead courtesy of MoneyGram!
68 - If Dan Kennedy keeps a clean sheet for at least 68 minutes, it would be the longest shutout streak in MLS this season, reaching 340 minutes.
1 - D.C. United will be without their number one goalkeeper on Saturday. Bill Hamid will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to injury.
5 - Fabian Castillo likes to play at home. He has scored five of his seven goals on the season at Toyota Stadium.
4 - DCU midfielder/forward Chris Rolfe leads MLS in game winning goals with four.
2007 - DCU last won in Frisco in 2007, but FC Dallas has won three of the last five meetings at home between the clubs, drawing the other two.
9 - FC Dallas is undefeated in their last five games at home, haven't allowed a goal in their last three, and have only lost once all season in nine games at home. THIS IS OUR HOUSE!
2 - United hasn't scored in their last two league games. FC Dallas will look to make that three.
1,805 - DCU captain Bobby Boswell leads MLS in minutes played with 1,805.
15 - D.C. United has allowed five of its 18 goals (28%) in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season. DCU has also scored 61% (14 of 23) of its goals in the final 30 minutes.
By Taylor Hester
One FC Dallas team will never forget their trip to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Led by coach Jesse Suarez, the FC Dallas U-15 Pre-Academy team started off the National Premier League Finals hot, winning all three group stage games, outscoring opponents 15-1. Once they reached the knockout rounds, they didn't show any signs of cooling down, winning the semifinal and punching their ticket to the National Championship game.
On Thursday in the first game, Paxton Pomykal and Javier Barajas each scored a brace to lead the U-15s to a 4-0 victory over GPS from Massachusetts, the New England Premier League champions.
On Firday vs. Houston Express, the South Central Premier League champs, FCD won 6-1, with five different goalscorers. Pomykal and Barajas each notched another goal in the tournament, while Rene Arroyo, Jesus Ferreira, Aidan Tibbets, and an Express own goal round out the rest of the goals.
In the final group game on Saturday, FCD defeated the West Florida Flames from the Florida Premier League by a score of 5-0. Pomykal, Ferreira, and Tibbets each got their name on the scoresheet again, while Jomar Reyes scored twice.
In the semifinals on Sunday vs. SC Del Sol from Arizona, the Mountain Developmental League champs, FCD won 4-2 with two goals from Pomykal, and one a piece from Ferreira and Reyes.
Dominating from the beginning of the tournament, it was a shock when FCD found themselves down 2-0 to Chicago Sockers FC, the Midwest League champs, in the National Championship game. But, the U-15s came back in the final 10 minutes of the match, with a goal from Alonso Molina and a late equalizer from Ferreira, eventually defeating Sockers FC on penalty kicks with a game-winning PK from Simeon Salazar.
Finishing undefeated in the Texas Pre-Academy League and winning the NPL Finals, the FC Dallas U-15s can now call themselves National Premier League Champions after an unforgettable year.
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19 after helping FCD earn it's thrid straight shutout and thrid straight win on Saturday in Orlando. This is the defender's second time to make the MLS Team fo the Week this season.
D: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) - Calm but firm, the big center back orchestrated FCD's composed, clean-sheet defensive effort. Third straight shutout, third straight win for the used-to-be-Hoops.
Take a look at the highlights from the first ever MLS meeting between Dallas and Orlando:
When: July 11th
Where: Toyota Stadium
Event title: Footy 5K Presented by VAZATA
Summary: The Tour Stop did not go to Orlando with the Hoops, but they stayed at Toyota Stadium for the inaugural Footy5K Presented by VAZATA. The Footy 5K is part of the inaugural RunDallas Race Series developed by the Dallas Marathon, whose goal is to promote health and fitness in the Dallas community through running and physical activity. Thanks to our sponsors, runners and their loved ones were able to get a first-hand look at our Toyota Stadium, get active and win some cool prizes! Proceeds from the event benefit the FC Dallas Foundation, to help give underprivileged kids in the DFW community an opportunity to play soccer.
When: June 11th
Where: British Beverage Company-Dallas
Event title: Party at the Pubs
Summary: The Tour went to the British Beverage Company in Dallas to cheer on the boys as they took on Orlando City SC. Tex Hooper, the FC Dallas Girls, and El Matador (FC Dallas supporters) also showed up to help pump up the crowd for the game. Fans got free goodies thanks to one of our sponsors and they also were entered to win many prizes thanks to the FC Dallas Girls. The fans enjoyed a fun atmosphere to watch the game and cheered on FC Dallas to an important road victory.
BY JEREMY VILLANUEVA
FC Dallas takes its three-game unbeaten streak into a new city to MLS on Saturday. We have you covered on the matchup by the numbers:
0 – No team has ever won when these two teams face… they haven’t tied either. This is the first meeting in history between FC Dallas and Orlando City SC (minus a preseason scrimmage that we’ll just forget about).
-10 – Orlando City will be without its No. 10, Kaka, after a red card in last week’s 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.
3 – Fabian Castillo heads into Orlando on a three-game scoring streak. He has had one previous three-match MLS scoring streak but has never scored in four straight games.
15 – Aside from Kaka, Orlando City will also be missing Cyle Larin in Saturday’s contest. The two account for 15 of the team’s 23 goals on the season.
5 – Orlando City SC has a way of being fouled inside the box. The team leads the league in penalty kicks attempted with five, scoring four.
181- Although FC Dallas is last in the league in shots with 181; the team is sixth in the league in goals for.
6 – Orlando is the enemy this weekend. Is it any surprise “The Lions” hold a 6-6-6 record heading into the match? (cue the “Twilight Zone” music)
+1 – Both teams hold a plus-one goal differential on the season. FC Dallas has scored 24 goals thus far with Orlando City at its heels with 23.
2 – FC Dallas has had its struggles on the road recently with only two wins on the season and none in their last five games. Could Saturday be their third?
8 – Dallas is in the midst of an eight-day streak of seeing one of its players compete in the Gold Cup. FCD has five players in the Gold Cup, tied for most in the league with Real Salt Lake. Follow how the FCD players are doing at our Gold Cup Central landing page.
By Jeremy Villanueva
FC Dallas may not have a home game tonight, but Toyota Stadium will be packed as four international sides begin their Gold Cup journey.
Panama, Haiti, Honduras and the United States were welcomed to Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center this week as they prepare for tonight’s doubleheader.
“It’s fantastic to see the community involved in the games and to see a training ground full of people coming to see the national teams train and having competition,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said. “…[It’s a] real cup, so it’s great to see how our community can take that opportunity. I like it.”
Five players will represent FCD in the tournament, including forward Blas Perez who will essentially play a home game tonight as his Panamanian squad takes on Haiti. Defender Je-Vaughn Watson, forward Tesho Akindele and midfielder Kyle Bekker open their group stage matches for their respective nations Wednesday. Defender Moises Hernandez will join in on the tournament in Guatemala’s first match Thursday.
“The first time they’re going to play in a Gold Cup for Tesho and Mo means a lot for the club to see how these guys are gaining their spot in the international stage,” Pareja said. “With Blas, Je-Vaughn and Kyle, this is the same. We’re still proud to have players who are important in their national team roster.”
Panama and Haiti will kick off the tournament at 6:00 p.m. tonight(FOX Sports 2) followed by the US and Honduras at 8:30 p.m(FOX Sports 1).
It has been over a year since Mauro Diaz had scored an MLS goal at Toyota Stadium, but he made this one worth the wait. The Argentine maestro pulled a page out of Ronaldinho's book sliding one under the wall and into the back of the next giving Dallas a lead they wouldn't look back from.
Mauro's goal has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week so give him your vote!
WATCH: GOTW Week 18
By Jeremy Villanueva
FC Dallas’ star duo Mauro Díaz and Fabian Castillo and head coach Oscar "Papi" Pareja were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 18 after a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Independence Day. “Super Mauro” played a role in all three goals, including an early free kick sent under the Revolution wall. Castillo extended his goal streak to three games, and Pareja led FCD to its third straight home shutout.
M: Mauro Díaz (FC Dallas) – The "Díaz Show" was on full display against the Revolution, as the Argentine weaved through New England's defense all night, ending up with a goal and an assist.
M: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – The Revolution could not deal with the Colombian's speed on Saturday, as Castillo wreaked havoc all night for FC Dallas.
Coach: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas) - El Profe had his two stars going full throttle Saturday night as FC Dallas collected their second consecutive win.