Austin Aztex and Portland Timbers 2 Match Preview

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The Austin Aztex (7-9-3) return home this weekend to take on Portland Timbers 2 (7-11-2) Saturday, August 1st at Kelley Reeves Athletic Complex.  The Aztex are building momentum towards a strong end to their inaugural […]

Looking ahead: Why the schedule favors FC Dallas late.

With FC Dallas now in first place, a lot of people will start schedule watching. The western conference can be pretty insane, and it seems to bring something new each week. Here we will break down seven teams in the west and D.C. United to see why Dallas has a good chance for the Supporters’ Shield. We will re-visit this after the bye week Dallas has in a few weeks.

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After The Smoke Clears – FC Dallas 4, Portland Timbers 1

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Usually, when we do After The Smoke Clears, we try to cover a variety of points, hitting the key things to take away from the game.

Today, though, we think there is one big point that overshadows all others. In large part, the victory over Portland MAY indicate a very large turning point for the team.

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Three FC Dallas Homegrowns Stand Out In MLS Homegrown Showcase

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All three of FC Dallas’ representatives in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game (the most representatives in the league), played 45 minutes under the leadership of manager Landon Donovan. Jesse Gonzalez was the only starter of the three, and played the entire first half. Dallas’ other two players, Coy Craft and Alex Zendejas, entered the match at halftime and played the whole second half.

Jesse Gonzalez kept The Homegrowns in the match during his time with two big saves. The first came in the 9th minute as Gonzalez made a save on a half volley shot from very close range with fast reflexes. Continue reading

Tulsa Roughnecks Dominate Vancouver Whitecaps II, 4-0

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By Rich Lohman

Legacy fans of the Tulsa Roughnecks hold a special place in their hearts for Vancouver, British Columbia as it was there, in 1983, the Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League defeated the Toronto Blizzard 2-0 to earn the original club it’s only world championship and Oklahoma it’s only major league title in any sport.

The Roughnecks of the USL made their first trip north of the border on Friday to take on the Whitecaps 2 and it was a tight match through the first 45 minutes. Both teams had quality chances in the first half but outstanding goaltending kept the score knotted at nil at the break.

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FC Dallas 4, Portland Timbers 1 – Player Ratings

barrios IMG_6607FC Dallas put in yet another outstanding team performance, possibly one of their best performances of the year, to beat a Portland side that has shown promise at times during this season 4-1. Let us look at each player individually.

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Mexico 3, Jamaica 1 – Gold Cup Final

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Mexico had said from the very beginning that they were going to win the Gold Cup; however, all of the preliminary as well as the final few games looked to prove otherwise. Mexico either tied or kept a close match to every country they came up against. Critics assumed that they would not make it very far. This final game against Jamaica heightened the spirits of Mexico after an obviously dominant match and a 3-1 win.

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Houston Dynamo 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

All it takes is one.

The Dynamo entered Saturday night in ninth place in the MLS standings. With an offense that has been struggling as of late, Houston needed their attack to come together to pick up one big win to start a streak, and possibly even make a run at the playoffs.

They got that win on Saturday in the form of a 3-0 lashing of the Los Angeles Galaxy (9-7-7), who sit in second in the Western Conference, in Houston.

FC Dallas’ Homegrown Product, Kellyn Acosta, Shines Yet Again

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Acosta celebrates his second MLS goal in the 70th minute of Saturday night’s match against the Portland Timbers. Photo by: David Chaffin for Soccer Information Network

In recent weeks after returning from the FIFA U-20 World Cup where he represented the United States, freshly turned 20 years old FC Dallas homegrown academy product Kellyn Acosta has shown a spike in confidence. A rise in confidence that has made people take notice of his skill, and has bagged him his first two goals in MLS. Acosta has now scored in two straight matches.

“My confidence is very high. Oscar (Pareja) always encourages us to shoot, and we’ve been higher up the field allowing us to shoot more. My confidence is high, and I think I’m progressing tremendously.”

Acosta and his midfield partner Victor Ulloa, who is also a homegrown player, have a record of 6-0-2 in games in which they feature together in front of the FC Dallas backline. Acosta feels as if they have a great understanding of each other.

“It’s not just us, as a team we’ve been playing very well. More importantly, me and Victor have been pushing higher up the field to win the ball and help the attack. We recognize what we need to do. When one of us steps up, the other has to hold back and control the middle.”

Acosta scored one of the better goals of FC Dallas’ season against the Portland Timbers on Saturday night. Acosta burst forward with speed and corkscrewed a Timbers’ defender into the ground. He then rocketed a shot from the top of the box and into the back of the net. Acosta took his time, and learned from his past mistakes of missed chances from rushing his shot.

“I thought the defender was going to step up which helped me actually. I picked my head up, took my time and found the corner. I thought about taking the shot the first time, but I thought maybe I could get a little closer. After I cut past the first defender I knew I could shoot. Everything worked out.”

FC Dallas improved their lead in the Western Conference to four points ahead of second place LA Galaxy, and six points above the final playoff spot in which the Portland Timbers call home. Acosta understands just how important these three points are.

“This win is very big. The gap is getting bigger, and the team is going higher. We’re getting closer to reaching our goals of winning the Supporters Shield and making the playoffs.”

FC Dallas fans should be excited, as Acosta has built hype around him that he is living up to. He will continue to be a big part of FC Dallas’ winning ways as it gets down to crunch time towards the end of the season, and for seasons to come.

Austin Aztex Defeat Arizona United SC Again

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The Austin Aztex have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.  The Aztex (7-9-3) visited Scottsdale Stadium and defeated Arizona United SC (7-10-1) for the second time in a week. The Aztex controlled […]