On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!
I've been terribly busy when it comes to updating this space anymore. The day job, the managing Big D Soccer and well...life all have gotten in the way of this place. What can I say, it happens.
So much has happened in the last couple of weeks in Major League Soccer.Between the end of the season, the playoffs ahead, the millions of drafts that MLS will go through, the CBA and of course the SuperDraft, the next few months appear to be a wild roller coaster ahead of us here.
Plenty of season awards require observations that are not always rational or accurately measurable. Aside from the Golden Boot, personal judgment is necessary. Great stories and season long narrative supersedes evidence. As the season winds down, the coach of the year race centers on the men managing the top sides.
The Portland Timbers were hoping against the odds that they could sneak their way into the MLS postseason, but they would need a win versus FC Dallas and a Vancouver draw or loss to Colorado later in the day. While the Timbers did their part in getting a win in Texas behind Darlington Nagbe's first goal of the 2014 regular season, but Vancouver beat Colorado to earn the fifth spot and end the Timbers' season.
After an emotional week that saw the Portland Timbers bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League, the team turns their attention to their final regular season match in 2014 in Dallas. There is still a chance for the playoffs, but they will be facing an FC Dallas team that has something to play for as well in addition to needing help from Vancouver in their match hosting Colorado.
Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014:
ULLOA JOINS THE POLAR BEAR CLUB
The emergence of young holding midfielder Victor Ulloa has been one of the best and most inspiring stories to come from this year's FCD team. And Ulloa admitted after training yesterday that he has done one thing to tweak his off-field routine this year.
COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Oscar Pareja leads FC Dallas against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on October 18, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado. FC Dallas defeated the Rapids 1-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
FRISCO —Oscar Pareja knows a great deal about every member of his roster.
FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz (right) (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor
FRISCO Earlier this year, Mauro Diaz was kind of a big deal. The 23-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder was a big reason why FC Dallas got off to a 5-0-3 start. In March, Diaz was named MLS Player of the Month after contributing two goals and one assist in four games.
FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo (center) visits with academy coach Victor Medina (blue shorts) and head coach Oscar Pareja (left) during a cookout for players coaches and staff recently. (Tom Fox / Staff Photo)
By MEGAN RYAN / Staff Writer
FRISCO — Bustling crowds and the smell of grilling food are familiar on Toyota Stadium's concourse during FC Dallas games.
Here are a few FCD quick hits for Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014:
BLAS REELS IN A FISH
Blas Perez's penalty kick goal in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win at the Colorado Rapids gives the Panamanian striker 31 for his FCD tenure, which ties him with Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz for fourth-most in franchise history.
Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Wednesday:
CASSAR KEEPS HIS WORD
Former FCD goalkeeper and keepers coach Jeff Cassar, who is in his first year as the head coach for Real Salt Lake, truly is a man of his word. Of course, this is far from news to anyone who knew him from his time here in Dallas.
LA Galaxy defender Leonardo does the splits as he tries to defend FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo (11) who went by Leonardo in the first half as FC Dallas hosted the L.A. Galaxy at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Sunday, October 12, 2014. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)
By STEVE HUNT
FRISCO — In the week leading up to Sunday's game, first-year FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said Fabian Castillo was hungry.
In this photo taken on March 20, 2014 and provided by New York City Football Club, New York City Football Club head coach Jason Kreis, left, sporting director Claudio Reyna, center left and chief business officer Tim Pernetti, right, join Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, center right, as the club unveiled their new team badge in New York.