Morning Clippings: 3/14

Morning Clippings, Volume 24

FC Dallas hosted the New York Red Bulls last weekend in a season-opening 2-1 win at FC Dallas Stadium; the inaugural MLS match to be broadcasted on the NBC Sports Network. With First Kick in the rearview, FCD now prepare to host the Portland Timbers on St. Patrick's Day. And remember, don't support the Timbers by wearing green at FC Dallas Stadium this Saturday: GO RED instead!

BUY TICKETS: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers, Saturday, March 17

This week's Morning Clippings features a couple of photo galleries, a radio interview with Andrew Wiedeman, an online chat with Kevin Hartman and more.

Read last week’s edition of Morning Clippings

Thursday, March 1: Photos: FC Dallas players show off new jersey with opener looming (Dallas Morning News)

The 2012 FC Dallas kit was unveiled 10 days before the season opener. Several players showcased their new duds in a professional photo shoot, and the Dallas Morning News put together a photo gallery featuring some of the best shots.

Check out the gallery here

Wednesday, March 7: Photos: A look at the career of FC Dallas' towering Texan Brek Shea (Dallas Morning News)

The Morning News put out a second FC Dallas-themed photo gallery the next week. This one spanning the blossoming career of Brek Shea. The gallery includes photos from a shoot at FC Dallas Stadium as well as several MLS and USMNT match photos.

Take a look

Friday, March 9: Andrew Wiedeman in-studio with Vydra (102.1 The Edge KDGE FM)

Andrew Wiedeman paid a special visit to new in-game host Vydra at her day job as the morning host on local alternative radio station 102.1 The Edge. During the interview, Wiedeman talked about the preseason coming to an end, the excitement surrounding First Kick, and the upcoming match on St. Patrick's Day against the Portland Timbers.

Visit Vydra's page here, or watch the video of the interview below

Friday, March 9: FC Dallas' Kevin Hartman: What I chew, and the strikers who stand out (Dallas Morning News)

Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman answered fans' questions in a live chat on the Friday before First Kick. Topics covered included Hartman's abundance of MLS goalkeeping records, his goals for 2012, and what kind of gum he chews.

Read excerpts from the chat here

Sunday, March 11: MLS Gaining Momentum (NBC 5)

With FCD's season opener being the first MLS match aired on the NBC Sports Network, the local NBC affiliate capitalized on the access and aired a feature about the growth of the league and increasing popularity of soccer in this country. NBC 5 Sports' David Watkins interviewed USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann about the league's contributions to the National Team.

Watch the video here, or below

Tuesday, March 13: Power Ranking: West teams romp but champs fall (SoccerAmerica)

Portland's match against the Philadelphia Union rounded out the opening weekend of matches for the 2012 MLS season. SoccerAmerica's MLS Confidential wasted no time publishing their first Power Rankings of the year. FC Dallas checked in at second place this week, second only to Real Salt Lake - who toppled the defending champs over the weekend.

Check out their Rankings here