Certain players' contribution goes beyond stat sheets and what appears in the extended highlights. The hardcore fans from each team know them. They are the Most Irreplaceable Players (MIP). Not every club has one, and they may not be all-stars, but they are essential to success. An obvious examplethis yearis.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 23 of the 2014 MLS season. Akindele scored a hat trick, the first of his career, in this week's 5-0 versus the San Jose Earthquakes.
Akindele opened his score sheet in the 43rd minutes, making it a 2-0 lead for FCD, with left footed shot off the far post.
Following a disappointing midweek loss in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, it would have been easy for FC Dallas to enter Saturday's clash with the San Jose Earthquakes with splintered confidence. However, Fabian Castillo wasn't going to let that happen.
There are few players, let alone rookies, that are as hot as Tesho Akindele. Having scored three goals in his previous five games, the FC Dallas rookie put forth his best effortyet in the team's 5-0 destruction of the San Jose EarthquakesSaturday.
The 22-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, with two of his three finishes coming of the poacher variety in displays of positional awareness beyond his years.
The race for Major League Soccer teams to own a USL Pro franchise is heating up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Seattle Sounders FC future USL Pro club could potentially discover them their future Clint Dempsey (Left) and Obafemi Martins (Right), with the young players in the Seattle region getting some playing time to develop.
I had every intention of writing one of these posts last week but never got around to it. I blame some of the expansion news circling around and the MLS All-Star game. Anyways, time for another rendition of the Five Up, Three Down series.
It is worth pointing out again that the lists below are in no particular order like a normal Power Ranking would be.
With just three points separating the two teams entering Saturday's matchup at ToyotaStadium, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas had plenty to play for. However, it didn't take long for the hosts to distance themselves from the opposition due to a pair of quickfinishes.
Count D.C. United as the latest MLS sideto find a European counterpart.
D.C. United announced Friday that they have partnered with Premier League side Sunderland in an effort to expand the two side's global fan base. Sunderland, who features U.S. Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore, finished 14th in the Premier League last season.
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch checks in to talk about new stadiums, California Classico, and MLS playoffs. In the second segment, FC Dallas defender Stephen Keel about IM screen names, the plight of the curly haired man, and of course soccer.
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The stock of one Tesho Akindele is rising — and rising fast.
Akindelehas had little difficulty adjusting to Major League Soccer thus far. The sixth pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft has tallied four goals and an assist in 14 appearances for FC Dallas, and Sunday may have been his best performance to date.
Two hot teams and an even hotter evening set the stage for an unforgettable performance from FC Dallas.
A first-half red card sent off Blas Perez and looked like it might doom FC Dallas, but they scored two goals while down a man to silence Real Salt Lake, 2-1, and vault themselves into a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference.
FC Dallas' captain Matt Hedges (24) objects to the official's call during a Major League Soccer match against Salt Lake at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (Mark M. Hancock / Special Contributor)
FRISCO — Real Salt Sale goalkeeper Nick Rimando played Friday for the first time since fellow American goalkeeper Tim Howard announced earlier this week he was taking a oneyear break from the United States national team.
FC Dallas improved its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in Frisco.
A scoreless first half ended with Blas Perez sent off, leaving FC Dallas with 10 men. But the home team scored twice, with Je-Vaughan Watson scoring 5 minutes into the second half and FabianCastillo hitting the net in the 74th minute.
There are some pretty wonderful things happening up in Frisco but maybe the best is the idea Oscar Pareja has magical confidence in his players. Right or wrong, previous coach Schellas Hyndman, never seemed comfy dipping into his roster, always sticking with a very limited group and it rarely paid off.
You couldn't have blamed FC Dallas one bit if, after traveling from Texas to California following a grueling U.S. Open Cup semifinal loss to the Philadelphia Union, Oscar Pareja's would have shown up at Buck Shaw Stadium tired and lethargic.
Instead of a tired FC Dallas, the San Jose Earthquakes ran into an inspired FC Dallas, which delivered their best performance of the season in a 5-0 blowout win on Saturday night.
It took penalty kicks, but the Union did it, and the U.S. Open Cup Final will be played in PPL Park with a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League on the line.
It is not the Supporters' Shield or the MLS Cup, but the Philadelphia Union will play for a trophy. Following a 1-1 deadlock after 120 minutes, the Union survived in 4-3 in penalties to advance over FC Dallas Tuesday night in Frisco.
The Union head back to Texas to take on FC Dallas in the semifinal match of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. From previews to post-match reviews, this is The Whole Story.
The last time the Philadelphia Union lost a match (other than a friendly) was July 4th against FC Dallas in MLS play. Tonight, the Union head back to Frisco, TX in the club's biggest match ever - a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinal match against the 1997 winners.
FRISCO — FC Dallas scored twice in the opening 11 minutes and again early in the second half to hand Colorado a 3-1 defeat Saturday night at Toyota Stadium, extending its unbeaten streak to eight games.
FCD (10-7-6, 36 points), which hasn't lost in league play since May 31 against San Jose, got goals from Matt Hedges in the ninth minute, from Michel off a penalty kick in the 11th minute and from Fabian Castillo in the 56th minute.
It is no secret FC Dallas does not like to talk player injuries. History tells us the team chooses to stay quiet about player issues until the last possible moment usually after a surgery has taken place. The team will go so far to decline comment even when a player is walking around in a cast, or admitting it publicly.
Aug 12, 2014; Frisco, TX, USA; Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath (18) attempts to block a shot in the second half against FC Dallas during the U.S. Open Cup at Toyota Stadium. Philadelphia defeated FC Dallas 4-3 on penalty kicks. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
As mentioned in today's soccer notes published here in the blog and in the paper, FC Dallas' President, Dan Hunt, discussed with our Steve Hunt the progress on the team forming a USL Pro team. Here is the full transcript of that conversation.
Where is the club at as far as either naming a USL Pro affiliate for 2015 or starting its own franchise?
In a critical game where FC Dallas was roundly defeated on the stats sheet they had only 38% possession, and were out shot 23-7 Oscar Pareja's squad beat Colorado 3-1 and the coach won't apologize or feel bad about how they went about it.
The long anticipated signing of a defender for FC Dallas happened. Twenty four year old, Walter Carbrera, a Paraguayan defender was brought in, on loan, from General Diaz a 1st division Paraguayanteam.
Dallas has been in need of resources at center back all season. Once the team's deepest postion, the George John knee issues/surgery and the slow development of 2nd year player Walker Zimmerman left the team with only Matt Hedges and Stephen Keel.
FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, Aug. 7) – FC Dallas has picked up defender Walter Cabrera on loan from Paraguayan Primera Division side General Diaz, pending a P-1 Visa, the club announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.