MLS Cup 2012 has arrived -- LA Galaxy hosts Houston at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN. It's a rematch of last year's Cup, which the Galaxy won.
Don't forget to come out to the FCD MLS Cup Watch Party on Saturday at The Allen Wickers.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win:
Scott Brown: LA 2 HOU 2 (Houston wins on PKs)
Robert Casner: LA 3 HOU 2
Mark Norris: LA 3 HOU 1
It's time for the first of three categories where FC Dallas fans can pick the Best of 2012. Our first week features the FC Dallas goalkeepers. Watch the five saves below and vote for which one you think is Save of the Year. Voting closes at the end of the week.
No. 1 - Hartman at Kansas City
No. 2 - Seitz at LA Galaxy
No. 3 - Hartman at Houston
No. 4 - Hartman at San Jose
No. 5 - Hartman at Seattle
FC Dallas hosted the second annual Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram this past weekend on the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium. The tournament tripled in growth from the 2011 edition, with more than 60 teams competing in Frisco over the Thanksgiving weekend for a chance to qualify for the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. The four age-eligible champions and one out-of-town finalist quaified for next year's Dallas Cup by virtue of their performances at the Bobby Rhine Invitational. FC Dallas would like to congratulate all five teams that qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV and thank every team that participated in the 2012 Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram for helping to carry on Rhine's legacy of growing the sport in the DFW area.
Champion - FC Dallas Blue
Finalist - FC Dallas El Paso Red*
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - Solar Chelsea U-14 Pre Academy
Champion - FC Dallas El Paso Red
Finalist - FC Dallas U-13 Pre Academy
Champion - Texas United Gunners Black
Finalist - Wizards FC
Champion - Solar Castro
Finalist - Dallas Juventus Black
*-qualified for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV as out-of-town finalist
**-not age-eligible for Dallas Cup qualification
The 2012 MLS season culminates Saturday, December 1 with MLS Cup 2012 - featuring the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo in a rematch of MLS Cup 2011.
Join fellow soccer fans at the Allen Wickers Pub in Plano as we watch MLS Cup 2012 and celebrate another MLS season. Event begins 3 p.m. CT.
The FC Dallas Foundation asks that each person bring a new or used soccer ball to help the foundation's soccer ball Christmas drive.
There will also be great door prizes and appearances from the FC Dallas Girls and Tex Hooper.
The first 50 people in attendance will get an FC Dallas neon logo t-shirt (pictured right).
Thanks to all of our fans who made it out to the FC Dallas Team Shop for our Black Friday sale.
The deals don't end there, though.
Be on the lookout for a fantastic ticket offer exclusively on the web for Cyber Monday - Monday, Nov. 26.
Details will be released soon on FCDallas.com and our social media channels.
George John and Mark Followill are tied for the lead after Week Eleven of Futbol and Football. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
11/26 UPDATE: George John takes the overall lead with just one week left of selections
|Stoke City vs Fulham|
|Chelsea vs Manchester City||DRAW||DRAW|
|Tottenham vs West Ham||DRAW|
|Florida vs Florida State|
|Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State|
|Notre Dame vs USC|
|Seahawks vs Dolphins|
|49ers vs Saints|
|Packers vs Giants|
|Week Twelve results||6-3||5-4||2-7||6-3|
|Season to date results||64-44 (.593)||56-43 (.566)||60-48 (.555)||42-66 (.388)|
Chicago's Austin Berry was named 2012 Rookie of the Year on Monday morning. Of interest to FC Dallas fans is how rookie defender Matt Hedges did. The top five of voting was released to MLSSoccer.com and there's no Matt Hedges.
|PLAYER||% Club Votes||% Media Votes||% Player Votes||WEIGHTED TOTAL|
|1. Austin Berry (CHI)||51.79||56.92||31.96||140.67|
|2. Nick DeLeon (DC)||25||26.15||22.68||73.83|
|3. Darren Mattocks (VAN)||7.14||4.62||14.43||26.19|
|4. Luis Silva (TOR)||10.71||1.54||7.22||18.93|
|5. Connor Lade (NY)||0||1.54||7.22||8.76|
Chicago's Logan Pause won the XBox Fair Play Award for individuals with just 11 fouls and no caution cards for the season.
The New England Revolution won the team XBox Fair Play Award.
What are your thoughts on the first batch of MLS awards?
George John and Mark Followill are tied for the lead after Week Ten of Futbol and Football. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
|Arsenal vs Tottenham||DRAW|
|Newcastle vs Swansea||DRAW|
|West Brom vs Chelsea|
|USC vs UCLA|
|Oregon vs Stanford|
|Kansas State vs Baylor|
|Browns vs Cowboys|
|Colts vs Patriots|
|Ravens vs Steelers|
|Week 11 Results||3-6||4-5||3-6||4-5||2-7|
|Season to date results||41-49 (.455)||58-41 (.585)||51-39 (.566)||58-41 (.585)||36-63 (.363)|
The second and final matches of the conference finals are both this Sunday. DC United hosts Houston at 3 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network. Seattle hosts LA Galaxy at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Houston currently has a 3-1 aggregate lead over DC, while LA has a 3-0 aggregate lead over Seattle.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg Two match:
Scott Brown: DC 2 HOU 1 (HOU advances); SEA 0 LA 2 (LA advances)
Robert Casner: DC 2 HOU 1 (HOU advances); SEA 2 LA 1 (LA advances)
Mark Norris: DC 3 HOU 1 (DC wins series in PKs); SEA 3 LA 2 (LA advances)