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FC Dallas Friday Flipside – Oct 24, 2014

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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.

Briefs: Playoff Experience not trivial for FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja

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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 Friday Flurry – 10/17/14

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Here are your FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

ONE ISN'T THE LONELIEST NUMBER AFTER ALL

FCD leads MLS in one-goal games this season, having played 18 of them. Dallas is 9-9-0 in such contests. Seattle, who has played 16 and is 10-6-0, is second in the league in one-goal games.

FC Dallas Thursday Toss-around – Oct. 16, 2014

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Here are a few quick hits for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

THE TWO UTES, I MEAN YOUTHS

Oscar Pareja has earned considerable praise and rightfully so for being willing to give younger players a shot with FC Dallas in 2014.

And thanks to FCD PR whiz Jason Minnick, here are some more great numbers attesting to just how much youth has been served this year:

-FCD has 11 players 22 or younger, 14 under 23 and 16 who are 24 or younger.

FCD Saturday Session – 10/11/14

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ROOKIE WALL A MYTH?

Oscar Pareja isn't a big believer in ideas like MLS rookies hitting a proverbial wall at some point in their debut campaign because they aren't used to playing such a long season.

But looking at the numbers surrounding Tesho Akindele, FCD's candidate for MLS Rookie of the Year, it's rather hard not to believe something like that isn't in play.

FCD Friday Free-for-All (Oct. 10, 2014 edition)

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Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Friday:

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WNT WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON SUNDAY

Members of the women's national team from Trinidad and Tobago, the home country of FCD center back Nicholas Walker, have been in Frisco all week preparing for an upcoming match with the U.

MLS Coach of The Year – A Case for Oscar Pareja

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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.

Major League Soccer

Thoughts and notes in the final two weeks

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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.

What FC Dallas players have MLS playoff experience?

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Here's the list of current FC Dallas players who have experience in the MLS Cup Playoffs:

Player Team, Year(s) Stats
Jair Benitez FC Dallas, 2010 and 2011 5 GP/5 GS, 467 MIN, 1 AST
Fabian Castillo FCD, 2011 1 GP/0 GS, 0 GS, 8 MIN
George John FCD, 2010 and 2011 4 GP/4 GS, 390 MIN, 1 GOAL
Stephen Keel* New York, 2011 3 GP/3 GS, 270 MIN
Zach Loyd FCD, 2010 and 2011 5 GP/2 GS, 311 MIN
Adam Moffat^ Houston, 2011 and 2012; Seattle, 2013 13 GP/13 GS, 1,040 MIN
Hendry Thomas Colorado, 2013 1 GP/1 GS, 90 MIN
Je-Vaughn Watson# Houston, 2011 3 GP/0 GS, 64 MIN

*-Keel also went to the playoffs with New York in 2012 but did not log any minutes.

MLS Scores: DC United and FC Dallas win on Sunday

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DC United beat the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas beat the LA Galaxy in MLS action on Sunday. Read More

Dallas ‘Till I Cry: a book for FC Dallas fans

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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.

TOYOTA STADIUM

What’s happened to the Walk of Fame near Toyota Stadium?

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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?

FC Dallas 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs tickets on sale

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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.

The Rest

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus FC Dallas

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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.

Dynamic midfielder Mauro Diaz ready to return for FC Dallas

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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.

Cookouts have helped playoff-bound FC Dallas build needed chemistry

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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.

FC Dallas Tuesday Twigs

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Here are some FC Dallas quick hits for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014:

A FEW FACTOIDS FROM FCD'S LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

Most Dallas fans would rather forget FCD's last appearance in the playoffs ever happened, a 2-0 blanking at the hands of the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 wild card round and rightfully so.

FC Dallas Sunday Sensibilities (10/19/14)

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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.

Blas Perez scores to lead FC Dallas past Colorado, 1-0

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Blas Perez scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season to help FC Dallas beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday.

Dallas (16-11-6) moved past Real Salt Lake into third place in the Western Conference with its first road victory since Aug. 16 at San Jose. Real Salt Lake tied Portland 0-0 on Friday night.

FC Dallas playoff clinching dates

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As promised, here is the list of clinching dates for the history of the Dallas Burn/FC Dallas:

PLAYOFF CLINCHING DATES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

Season Date Deciding Goal
1996 Aug.

FC Dallas Wednesday Wonderland – 10/15/14

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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.

Hungry Fabian Castillo sends FC Dallas past Galaxy, into first MLS Cup Playoffs since 2011

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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

Special contributor

FRISCO — In the week leading up to Sunday's game, first-year FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said Fabian Castillo was hungry.

FC Dallas Notebook: FCD have decisions to make with expansion draft looming

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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 wants to clinch playoff spot now … and can with win vs. Whitecaps

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STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

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.

Dr Pepper Dallas Cup team application window now open

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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 signs 13th homegrown player, midfielder Alejandro Zendejas

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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.