This week's power rankings results come with good news and bad news. The good news: After a thrilling 2-2 draw against Sporting KC on Saturday, FC Dallas is a unanimous top five team according to power rankers. The bad news: FC Dallas is no longer at the top of the league or or their division, which was enough for them to drop at least one spot in the rankings. However, FCD is still in great a great position heading into their final game of June, a month with only one MLS home game, sitting just one point behind Portland and Real Salt Lake.
ESPN FC kept FC Dallas in the number five spot:
Two goals in the final two minutes of regulation allowed FCD to salvage a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The second came from defender Walker Zimmerman. Uh, shouldn't he be in Turkey with the U-20s?
Fighting back to score twice at the death in order to earn a result is what champions do. Dallas are still flying under the radar, but they are also the real deal.
Soccer America moved FC Dallas down to number 4:
FC Dallas rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the final few minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City. Andrew Jacobson headed home a Michel serve in the 88th minute, and Walker Zimmerman got his head to a corner kick in stoppage time.
Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated dropped FC Dallas all the way to number four from his last rankings two weeks ago:
Dallas looked left for dead trailing Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the final minutes Saturday night, but two late goals, including an equalizer from rookie and U.S. U-20 snub Walker Zimmerman, salvaged a point. Dallas is still winless in three matches and has only beaten struggling D.C. and San Jose in its last eight games, but that is a point that can go a long way in changing the club's mentality, as opposed to dropping a home game to a 10-man opponent.
MLSsoccer.com also dropped FC Dallas one spot to number four.
We're not going to say that the bottom has dropped out, but FCD have won just once in their last five and looked good to take another "L" before some late set-piece heroics.
Finally, Soccer by Ives dropped FCD from third to fourth after Saturday's draw.
One win in five qualifies as a slump, but FCD has to feel good about rallying back to salvage a point against a tough Sporting KC side. Things don’t get much easier though, not with another meeting with red-hot Portland, and a road trip to take on a surging Philadelphia side. Having Walker Zimmerman score a big goal is good news though, as he looks more and more like a viable option in the team’s centerback rotation, which is needed given how often George John and Matt Hedges take knocks.
FRISCO, Texas - In the opening match of the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the FC Dallas under-18's were unable to recover from a first half goal by Columbus' Noah Hutchins and fell to the Crew 1-0.
FCD started the match brightly with Bobby Edet leading the way up front, but an early chance went just wide and, playing against the wind, Luchi Gonzalez's men were unable to muster up much else in attack. The Crew hit Dallas on the break mid-way through the first half and a deep cross flashed across the box to Hutchins. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was able to get a hand on the low, hard shot, but was unable to keep it out of the net and the Crew took a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Dallas pushed hard for the equalizer with Gonzalez bringing on Diego de la Tejera to inject some punch into the FCD attack. The hard-working Crew side kept Dallas at bay, however, and despite holding the majority of possession, Dallas couldn't convert that into meaningful scoring chances.
FCD mustered one final attack late in the second half and a cross from Kris Reaves found Yomeri Reyes, but his hard shot was right at the Crew goalkeeper who did well to hold the shot. A couple late set pieces went begging for Dallas and FCD dropped a disappointing 1-0 result to Columbus.
Dallas must regroup quickly as they'll face the Concorde Fire tomorrow night at 9:30PM on FC Dallas Complex Field 5. FCD is still alive to finish top of their group, but they must win their final two games and hope for some help elsewhere. The under-16's begin their quest for Finals Week tomorrow night against Sockers FC at 7:15PM on Field 11.
Do you follow @FCDallas on Instagram? The club recently hit 5,000 followers and as a celebration, we're offering five (5) FC Dallas fans the opportunity to win an adidas duffel bag and FC Dallas scarf.
How can you win? Follow these steps:
- Take a photo of yourself holding up five fingers as a symbol of our 5,000 followers mark
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- Tag @FCDallas and use the hashtag #FCD5K
The contest runs through Friday, June 28 at Noon. We'll announce the five (5) winners Friday afternoon at 3PM. Good luck, happy Instagramming (get creative!!), and DTID!
The United States Under-20 National Team continued their quest in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup today earning a point against European powerhouse France in a 1-1 draw at the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Instanbul.
Heading into the match, the US needed a point to keep any realistic hopes of a spot in the knockout round alive and things were looking bleak for the United States when France forward Yaya Sanogo smashed home a controversial 48th minute penalty kick.
It looked like the United States' bad luck would continue when Luis Gil had a penalty kick saved with about 20 minutes to play, but second-half substitute Daniel Cuevas eventually finished a free kick in the 85th minute to steal a priceless point for the US.
Given that the four highest-placed third place teams in the group stage will advance to the round of 16, today's point means a win over Ghana on Thursday would almost certainly put the United States into the knockout stage.
From an FC Dallas perspective, Danny Garcia, a starter in the first match, did not feature in today's as he was out with an unspecified injury suffered in Friday's game against Spain. Kellyn Acosta has appeared on the bench for both matches, but has yet to play.
The United States will look to advance to the round of 16 in an all-important game against Ghana on Thursday, June 27 at 12:45PM on ESPNU.
This week on FCDallas.com you're going to be getting a healthy dose of what we call the USSDA Playoffs, so I thought it'd be effective to give everyone a primer on the event that will be filling up the FC Dallas Complex fields for the next five days.
The US Soccer Development Academy is the national league that consists of an under-18 and under-16 league including all the MLS academies as dozens of others, with 80 teams in total. The top 32 teams out of those 80 have qualified for the playoffs which take on the form of eight groups with four teams in each group drawn by national seeding(I.E. seeds 1-8, 8-16,17-24, 25-32). The winners of each group move on to the Development Academy Finals Week played in Houston in mid-July.
In all, a staggering 125 games will be played at the stadium complex in the next five days as every playoff game plus a number of showcase games featuring non-playoff teams will be played. The games start at 5PM on Monday and will be in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while morning games will be played on Thursday and Friday.
For FC Dallas, this week is a huge one as both the U-18 and U-16 teams have real chances to advance to Finals Week. The U-18's just missed out on a top seed finishing 10th overall and their draw includes the Columbus Crew, Concorde Fire and Albertson SC. The U-16's finished as the #2 overall national seed and will play Sockers FC, FC Delco and Real Salt Lake-AZ during playoffs week.
Admission is completely free to every game and even if you can only make it out for an hour, you really should come up to the complex at some point this week to see the USSDA playoff juggernaut in action while cheering on the future FC Dallas first team stars.
FC Dallas extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a dramatic late 2-2 tie. Here's all the best moments from tonight's match:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 2 Sporting KC 2
POST: Kenny Cooper's header beats Jimmy Nielsen but not the post
POST: FCD hits the post again on a David Ferreira free kick
GOAL: Sporting Kansas City takes the lead before the half on a Kamara penalty kick
GOAL: Sporting KC doubles their lead on a Je-Vaughn Watson own goal
RED CARD: CJ Sapong is sent off for kicking the ball at a fallen Andrew Jacobson
GOAL: Andrew Jacobson gives FCD hope, cutting the lead in half on a nice header
GOAL: Walker Zimmerman buries a 90th minute header to blow the lid off FC Dallas Stadium
Attention all FC Dallas fans! We're doing great in 2013 MLS All-Star voting so far with Raul Fernandez 3rd among all goalkeepers, but it's time to ramp things up!
Today, June 20, at 11:00AM MLS All-Star Twitter voting gets underway! Here's the details:
- Voting is open until from 12pm ET Thursday, June 20 to 11:59pm ET Friday, June 21, 2013. A short window, so make sure you get as many tweets in as you can.
An eligible vote consists of the hashtag #MLSAllStar
- AND the player's full name (first and last required) with or without a space (Example: Raul Fernandez, or RaulFernandez);
- OR their twitter @handle (Example: @RaulFernandezV1).
- A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet.
- A user may only vote for players on the All-Star ballot (click here to see the full ballot).
- There is no limit to the number of tweets a user may submit for any one player. Go nuts.
- Each Twitter vote counts equal to one text vote, or one online vote.
So you've got 140 characters to vote for all six of the nominated players. Unfortunately, however much a few of our players may have been snubbed from the ballot(we won't name names), a vote for them isn't valid so focus your tweets on the six players that count!
Tweet suggestion: #MLSAllStar #VoteFCD #DTID @RaulFernandezV1 Jackson DavidFerreira Michel KennyCooper @Superraton7
Get to voting! #DTID
After a brilliant game against Portland which saw him record seven saves, it's no surprise that Raul Fernandez is nominated for Mlssoccer.com's Save of the Week. Fernandez's save in the 39th minute earned the nod. Voting is open until Thursday at 11:59 pm pacific time. Fernandez was also named the #1 performer of the week in the Top 3 Performers for week 16.
Further recognition rolled in for Raul who was also named to MLS' Team of the Week, alongside Zach Loyd, who had a solid defensive effort against Portland in addition to a goal against Houston in Open Cup action. Here's what Nicholas Rosano had to say about the duo:
GK: Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) –Dallas may have lost in Portland,dropping a 1-0 result, but it would have been much worse had the Peruvian 'keeper not made a string of ridiculous saves worthy of any highlight reel.
DF: Zach Loyd (FC Dallas) – Just ahead of Fernández, the right back did the best out of any of Dallas' defenders on the night on both sides of the ball, frustrating Portland out wide for long stretches of the game and getting forward to good effect.
David Ferreira got some attention for his performance on Saturday, as well. The midfielder came in at number 16 on the weekly Castrol Index Top 20, his second time making the list this season.
Castrol Index Week 16 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Colorado Rapids||1,349|
|2||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,326|
|3||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,306|
|4||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||1,246|
|5||Diego Chará||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,085|
|6||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||988|
|7||Brian Mullan||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||981|
|8||Dominic Oduro||Forward||Columbus Crew||89||Montreal Impact||972|
|9||Joe Bendik||Goalkeeper||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||912|
|10||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||821|
|11||Scott Caldwell||Midfielder||New England Revolution||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||811|
|12||Diego Valeri||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||783|
|13||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||760|
|14||Marvell Wynne||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||759|
|15||Dimitry Imbongo||Forward||New England Revolution||22||Vancouver Whitecaps||746|
|16||David Ferreira||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Portland Timbers||745|
|17||Robert Earnshaw||Forward||Toronto FC||79||D.C. United||702|
|18||Chad Marshall||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||698|
|19||Juan Agudelo||Forward||New England Revolution||74||Vancouver Whitecaps||694|
|20||Nick DeLeon||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Toronto FC||
This week’s power rankings results were not too positive for FC Dallas following a loss to Portland on the road. All but one of the weekly rankings moved the team down at least one spot, but the team stil remains in everyone's top five. FC Dallas has a chance to bounce back with a home match Saturday against Sporting KC.
Soccer America moved Portland to the top, dropping FC Dallas one spot to number three.
Even by the stratospheric standards of Jeld-Wen Field, the roars and celebrations that saluted Nagbe’s strike in the 53rd minute skewed off the scale. Rival keepers Donovan Ricketts and Raul Fernandez each had seven saves and FCD, even without Panama striker Blas Perez, could well have departed with a tie. This game showcased the league nicely to an ESPN audience that had just seen Brazil thump Japan in the Confederations Cup.
Yahoo Sports left FC Dallas at number two and had some encouraging words:
They're atop the overall league standings and they won't always be without their key front man. Dallas are going to be just fine.
FC Dallas dropped just one spot to #3 according to mlssoccer.com:
Lost, and were outclassed. But thanks to another spectacular performance from Raúl Fernández, they had a legit chance at a point up until the final whistle. Very impressive, especially considering they were without all three of their target forwards.
ESPN FC dropped FCD two spots to number five after the loss:
Injury, international duty and a family emergency for Kenny Cooper all conspired to rob FC Dallas of any striking threat, yet Schellas Hyndman's side still made a game of it in Portland only to fall 1-0. Raul Fernandez put on a goalkeeping clinic.
ProSoccerTalk switched FC Dallas and Portland, moving FCD to number two:.
The team has three top-shelf strikers, but circumstance conspired to keep all three off the field for most of the 1-0 loss to Portland.
As two FC Dallas Academy alumni on the boys side get ready to represent their country at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, one of FCD's most talented young female players is just starting out her youth national team career.
Midfielder Abby-Grace Cooper, a member of Matt Grubb's under-15 FC Dallas ECNL squad, recently wrapped up a week with head coach April Kater's US Under-14 Girls National Team. Cooper was called up for the eight-day camp, the first for this youngest group of youth national teamers, and she couldn't have been more excited to make the squad/
"I was surprised but in an excited way," said Cooper. "I have worked very hard and I think I deserved the chance. I just didn't expect it to be in the early part of the year."
Just at the start of her budding youth national team career, Cooper says these camps show her exactly the level she needs to attain to represent her country.
"It raises my game, because it gives me a look into the top level of play in the country," said Cooper. "It gives me bench marks to work at and bring back to my club. I learned that if you have the skill that's great, but if you don't have the passion and drive you will not go very far. I do know that I have the passion and the desire to work hard toward the goal of the US National Team."