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.
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.
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.
We each have our own story of what brought us to FC Dallas. Some of us have been here since the beginning, maybe even way before the beginning. Many of us played the game, and I dare say there are some fans that even played for the FCD Youth teams. Perhaps some were bought a beer by friends with an invite to enjoy a game.
Reading about the Vancouver Whitecaps honoring former Vancouver 86ers standout Domenic Mobilio by inducting him into the club's ring of honour (Canadian spelling) prior to Saturday's game with FC Dallas got me thinking about two things.
It made me wonder why FC Dallas doesn't have a ring of honor?
2014 MLS Cup Playoff tickets for FC Dallas matches at Toyota Stadium are now on sale.
FC Dallas, currently in 4th place in the Western Conference, can clinch a berth in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win at Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend. If FCD makes the playoffs it will be the club's first appearance since 2011.
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.
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.
FC Dallas has one sure-fire way to clinch a playoff spot this weekend-win at Vancouver. And if FCD coach Oscar Pareja has his way, that's exactly what his club will do this weekend, beat the Whitecaps at BC Place to clinch FCD's first playoff spot outright since 2011.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup has announced they are now accepting team applications for the 2015 tournament.
Premier under-13 through under-19 youth teams from across the nation and from around the world can apply for the invitation-only tournament. This year's Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI will be held from March 29 through April 5, 2015.
FC Dallas has signed it's league leading 13th player to a home grown contract. Midfielder/Forward Alejandro Zendejas has been signed from FC Dallas El Paso and will join the roster for the 2015 season.
"Zendejas is a very complete player," said FC Dallas assistant coach Josema Bazan. "He is a left-footed midfielder that can pass very well and be creative.