It shouldn't come as a total shock that FC Dallas is involved in a marquee match this weekend because its been featured in plenty of top-notch contests early in 2017. This time, Oscar Pareja's men face Sporting Kansas City in a top-of-the-table clash that highlights the weekend's action in Major League Soccer.
Plus, three different teams provide stadium updates, FC Dallas almost scores a goal, and MLS owners consider more TAM.
FourFourTwo has a feature on how the Sounders make use of data to improve their decision making. It may be an inopportune time to talk about "how the Sounders are staying ahead", but it's a positive article nonetheless.
Week six of the MLS regular season is in the books, and it brought some shakeups to this week's power rankings.
Several teams at the top struggled, as just three of the top ten managed to earn victories this weekend, while the likes of New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo, and the Columbus Crew all lost to lower-ranked opposition.
One of the best managers in Major League Soccer was rewarded for success with a large contract extension on Wednesday.
FC Dallas signed 2016 MLS Coach of the Year Oscar Pareja to a long-term extension, with the terms of the deal not disclosed per club policy. Last season alone, Pareja guided the club to the Supporters' Shield and U.
The Revs have an unfortunate history against the Toros, and four other headlines to track.
Twenty-two Major League Soccer matches have kicked off since the Revolution last played a meaningful game. During that span of time, FC Dallas has played twice—once in regular season action, and again in CONCACAF Champions League play.
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's not often that soccer serves up a historic, life-altering, history-making and possibly changing matchup. While soccer still has not served that one up quite yet in CONCACAF Champions League play, there may be just such a matchup waiting around the corner.
Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.
The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.
An MLS club has never won the CONCACAF Champions League. In fact, only one has even made it to the final.
Before FC Dallas starts its attempts to be the second Wednesday night against Pachuca, the team got an away MLS clash out of the way. FCD left Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City on Saturday night still undefeated in league play after a 0-0 draw with Sporting KC.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — When the FC Dallas lineup for Saturday's match against Sporting Kansas City was unveiled, the home fans at Children's Mercy Park might have thought their team was in for an easy win.
FC Dallas had other plans.
Oscar Pareja chose to rest several key starters ahead of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Pachuca, and went with a young lineup, a lineup that frustrated Sporting Kansas City on the way to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
We have a little more clarity on the 2018 CONCACAF tournament.
We finally have a little clarity on when and how the Seattle Sounders will participate in CONCACAF Champions League. After winning MLS Cup, the Sounders received one of the four automatic bids. They will be joined by FC Dallas (US Open Cup), Colorado Rapids (Supporters' Shield runner-up) and the New York Red Bulls (best record in the East).
Welcome to Wednesday, folks, where tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to earn what FC Dallas could not last night: a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League final. It was a heartbreaking evening for MLS last night, so let's just get right into it:
For years, MLS teams have struggled to find much success on Mexican soil. On Tuesday, that trend continued as FC Dallas became the latest to fall to Liga MX opposition, and they did so in one of themost painful ways possible.
FC Dallas was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night via a 3-1 win for Liga MX side Pachuca at the Estadio Hidalgo.
No Major League Soccer team in the history of the CONCACAF Champions League has taken the competition as serious as FC Dallas has this year.
Oscar Pareja's men took their preseason training to Argentina to prepare for the quarterfinal round and they've spent the last week in Mexico adjusting to the surroundings ahead of their second leg clash with Pachuca on Tuesday night at the Estadio Hidalgo.
After shoveling snow last week, New England is ready for their second MLS game of the year.
Hey! There's a soccer game this week!
The New England Revolution will play just their second MLS match of 2017 after a postponing their home opener against Orlando City last week. The Revs travel to FC Dallas to take on the defending US Open Cup and Supporter's Shield champions.
There's little Kellyn Acosta can do wrong at the moment.
The FC Dallas midfielder, who was called up to the U.S. Men's National Team earlier Wednesday, delivered a fantastic free kick golazo to hand FC Dallas a 2-1 advantage over Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
The 21-year-old blasted a free kick into the top right part of the net in the 58th minute to capitalize on a strong start to the second half by the home side at Toyota Stadium, one that almost produced a Carlos Gruezo stunner in the 49th minute if the ball was a few feet lower than it ended up.
It was deja vu at Dallas for the Revolution on Saturday.
Similar to last year's U.S. Open final, New England found themselves on top early at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. And just like it happened six months ago, that leadevaporated at the hands of a talented Dallas side that claimed a 2-1 comeback win.
For a brief timeduring last year's U.S. Open Cup title match against FC Dallas, the Revolution found themselves in command, poised to secure the club's second Cup title thanks to an early Juan Agudelo goal. Then, within a matter of nine minutes, the dream was dashed.
Rare is the early season match that stokes the competitive fire atthe deepest depthsof an MLS player's soul. So to hear Scott Caldwell attach such significance to his team's the Week 3 contest at Dallas is, well, fascinating.
Coming off a stinging First Kick loss at Colorado, Caldwell believes the Revolution aren't just looking to get a result at Dallas: they're poised to see how they stack up against one of the best clubs in the league.
Maxi Urruti scored two to negate Lee Nguyen's penalty.
The New England Revolution are still winless in 2017, as Maxi Urruti's double negated the visitor's early tally.
The Revolution used the high press early, creating a couple of dangerous chances that resulted in corner kicks. Lee Nguyen's service from the corner arc in the 10th minute led to a penalty when Cristian Colman pulled down Antonio Delemea.
The soccer news starts with an MLS result in the Champions League. FC Dallas came back to take the first-leg of their semifinal series with Pachuca 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. With Omar Gonzalez in Pachuca's starting eleven, Franco Jara put them up in the 3rd minute. Maxi Urruti equalized for Dallas in the 44th with Kellyn Acosta scoring from a free kick in the 58th.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal didn't go Vancouver's way. The Whitecaps lost 2-0 at Tigres to open the series. Tigres benefited from a 66th-minute own goal. Eduardo Vargas doubled the lead in the 87th. Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman didn't have to make a save to keep the clean sheet.
Breaking down the high (and not-so-high) achievers from week three.
Despite scoring an early goal, on the road, against the defending Supporters' Shield champions, the Revolution faltered in the second half in Frisco. Maxi Urruti's two goals downed the visitors, who now sit as the only MLS club without a point.