FC Dallas win insane shootout with Seattle, advance to Western Conference Finals

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An insane final 10 minutes of regular time which saw three combined goals scored by the two clubs, all by second half subs. Tesho Akindele and Walker Zimmerman got on the scoresheet for FC Dallas, while Chad Barrett score for Seattle.

 The match would have to be decided in penalties. Zimmerman would later be called upon the score the winning penalty, which he did. I think you can say the kids, are now men.

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Its All About Michael Barrios

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FC Dallas comes into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Sounders down, 2-1, in the home and away series that will decide this Western Conference Semifinal.

This means Dallas not only has to win, but due to the away-goals rule, has to win by either 2 or more goals or by a 1-0 scoreline to advance. If Dallas wins 2-1 in regulation, the series will go to an overtime period, followed by kicks from the mark, if necessary.

The big question is can Oscar Pareja and his players find a way to crack the inevitable bus that the Sounders are going to park in front of their goal. Considering the scoreline, available players and styles of play, you pretty much can bet the house that Sigi Schmidt will have his team do all they can to keep their shape compact and close to goal as any tie puts them through, and other than a 1-0 loss, any one goal loss either keeps them alive or puts them through.

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FC Dallas come home for Western Conference Semi-finals finale

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Oscar Pareja told referee Kevin Stott he had “no huevos” for not making a decisive call in leg one. Now, it is up to his club to show the huevos they have, officiating mistake or not.

For FC Dallas, it is really do or die on Sunday. Should they lose, the season is over, but the series could still be considered in Dallas’ hands as they do have the away goal.  A 1-0 win for FC Dallas does the trick, but it is hard to keep Seattle off of the scoresheet as we all saw in leg one.

Coming home to Frisco, however, is where FC Dallas find their advantage on Sunday. The club is home, on their home grass, not turf like in Seattle. Making the most of the chances that FC Dallas will earn is also going to be key. Continue reading

FC Dallas 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1 – After The Smoke Clears

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And with this, the best regular season in FC Dallas history comes to a close. 60 points, and a questionable penalty in Chicago the difference between Dallas being the Supporters Shield winners and it ultimately going to the New York Red Bulls.

The broad stroke view is pretty exciting, but also probably worth its own article. For now, let’s focus on the specific game that was yesterday and what takeaways we have in front of us, and there were a lot of really good ones. Continue reading

FC Dallas face San Jose Earthquakes with Supporters Shield glory on the line

Here we are, each squad has played 33 matches, and it all comes down to what is being dubbed #DecisionDay. For FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls, they do not have much to lose, except when it comes to the Supporters Shield. With both squads having clinched the one seed in their respective conferences, they need to pick up results against their opponents should they want the shield. Should Dallas win the shield, it will be their first in club history.

FC Dallas opened their season in Frisco against the San Jose Earthquakes, and that is exactly how they will end their regular season on Sunday with a 6 PM synchronized kick-off with the New York Red Bulls and the Chicago Fire.

The first meeting was won by FC Dallas on a very late Blas Perez header, and the clubs met one more time in a scoreless draw in San Jose highlighted by three red cards. The Quakes come to town with a lot on their mind when it comes to playoff implications.

The Earthquakes have to win against a FC Dallas squad which is firing on all cylinders at this moment. They also need help from clubs around them in the standings. Either Sporting Kansas City or Seattle Sounders FC have to lose or draw should the Quakes want into the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

A player that has played a big role in FC Dallas’ success down the stretch is Michael Barrios. The speedy Colombian winger has scored seven goals since the month of July. The defense for FC Dallas has been absolutely stunning as of late as well.

The defense has allowed nine goals over the past ten matches, showing that they can help protect their homegrown keeper behind them, Jesse Gonzalez. Zach Loyd has played a big part, and will have his hands full again with veteran striker Chris Wondolowski this weekend. The two have met plenty of times before however.

These two clubs have met plenty of times before, and are very familiar with each other. Dallas will have to look to execute their now dangerous dual-winger attack against the San Jose back line. The match is Sunday at 6 PM.

What we learned at the Frisco City Council meeting

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Photo by David Chaffin

Tuesday night, Frisco City Council held their scheduled meeting with the announcement of a public voting of the stadium upgrades and bringing in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame to Frisco. The cost FC Dallas will burden is a million dollar increase in rent until 2037, which is when the current lease runs out. So what caused the city of Frisco to fork over so much money for the upgrades? Well, we learned one main factor was making sure Frisco kept the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision championship game. The current agreement with the NCAA expires after the 2015-2016 game and Frisco wants that game in their city as it was expected to bring in a $6 million economic impact to the city. The NCAA has also expressed interest in bringing other events to the Frisco area, which could possibly be a FBS Bowl game, as ESPN has looked at buying the Heart of Dallas bowl game and moving it to another city.

Many of the changes brought to Toyota Stadium were recommended by the NCAA. Changes include new locker rooms, offices, a team store, video and sound improvements, upgrades to the current press box, and the building of a new press area which will likely be used for camera crew and photographers since it is being built on the lower level. Additional updates to the suites include 2,400 square feet of new construction.  The one burden FC Dallas fans have had is long lines for concessions. FC Dallas submitted research that shows the need for more food service support.

As far as a roof goes, that does not look likely unless a major surprise from Hunt Sports Group is coming. The current plans call for just a canopy over the south end. Toyota Stadium LLC along with Hunt Sports group will have to pick up the bill on any other building done outside of the south end.

The amendment has two more places to pass before a green light is given. It must first be approved by the Frisco Economic Development Corporation, which meets on Thursday. Then it must be approved by Frisco ISD since they will be covering $4 million of the cost.

The puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place, and it will be interesting to see how FC Dallas plans to justify the sharp increase in a lot of season ticket prices from people who have held season tickets for many years

Frisco City Council to meet tonight to discuss improvements to Toyota Stadium

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The Frisco City Council will be having their scheduled monthly meeting tonight at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center at 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.  On the agenda tonight which could be found here is a proposed amendment for Frisco Stadium, LLC and the city of Frisco to act on a renovation process for Toyota Stadium that will cost an estimated 39 million dollars.  The upgrades will benefit FC Dallas, Frisco ISD, and the NCAA FCS Championship Football game which has been a major money maker for the city of Frisco.

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FC Dallas 2, New York City FC 1 – Match Recap

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In Michel’s first match since July 18th, the Brazilian led the way for FC Dallas to their third straight win, assisting a goal and scoring his first of the season. Tesho Akindele was the receiver of the assist, scoring his fifth of the season.

NYCFC started brightly however after Dallas held possession to begin with. New York City would come close to taking the lead in the 20th minute when Andrea Pirlo tried to curl a free-kick in from the left side, Jesse Gonzalez made the save for FC Dallas.

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Conversation with the Captain: September 10, 2015

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FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges knows how important each point is down the stretch and knows how big the 3-0 win was in Columbus.  Hedges was pleased with how well the defense performed in the win.

“The defensive performance was huge for us,” he said. “The first half we did alright, but as soon we got that first goal, I thought it was a good tactical switch to bring Walker into the game to get five in the back and they did not get many great chances after that.”

With all the new faces starting last weekend, Hedges knew he had to really make sure everybody was lined up in the right spot as well as making sure the defense holds a clean sheet.

“Obviously it’s not going to be perfect since they’re new,” he said. “They did pretty well though for it being their first time.”

Hedges was thrilled to see fellow defender Atiba Harris get his first goal in just about one year as the right back headed in a corner kick to give FC Dallas the lead.

“We were all happy to see him score,” he said. “He puts in a lot of work and he is a good guy in the locker room so you want to see him succeed.”

Hedges knows that each point is crucial in the extremely tight Western Conference and he also knows each point could be the difference between first in the west or out of the playoffs.

“Every point is crucial right now,” he said. “The Columbus win was the best possible outcome for us and with one or two more wins we will likely be set for the playoffs and then can focus on getting first in the West.”

Hedges is also relieved knowing FC Dallas controls their own destiny into the playoffs and getting the one seed at the end of the season.

“We just have to focus on our gameplan and focus just on our games,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about what other teams do because having to do that sucks.”

FC Dallas host NYFC this Saturday at 7:30.

FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0 – Match Recap

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Penalties and Fabian Castillo decided a crucial Western Conference match between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake.

Goals from Tesho Akindele, his first since May 9th and Castillo would make the final score line 2-0 in favor of the homeside Dallas. A missed Javier Morales penalty would spell doom for the visiting Real Salt Lake.

Dallas opened the scoring in the 51st minute after Akindele won a penalty after a foul from Demar Phillips. Akindele converted his own penalty for 1-0. Real Salt Lake would have a chance to equalize from the spot in the 78th minute, but Javier Morales smacked the post, and the rebound was skied over the bar.

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Dallas executed on the counter attack to finish off the match with a Castillo goal after the penalty miss.

FC Dallas was in control from the start, with a three chances inside of the first 10 minutes. Je-Vaughn Watson, who was active the entire half in attack, crossed in from the right side towards David Texeira. Texeira’s shot went just over the bar inside the first minute.

Dallas would continue the pressure but only force one save from U.S. international keeper Nick Rimando.  In the 4th minute, Fabian Castillo burst down the left side and found Akindele whose pass deflected to Texeira. Texeira’s shot would be saved by a scrambling Rimando.

In the 6th minute, captain Matt Hedges found Castillo breaking down the left side. The recent Colombia call-up would use step-overs to find space, but his shot hit the side netting.

Real Salt Lake would have one major chance which would come in the 36th minute after a sliding cross effort from Morales. Kyle Beckerman was there with an open net in front of him, but his touch pushed the ball just wide.

Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez, who was making just his second in MLS, kept Real Salt Lake at bay with four saves. Castillo would help his keeper out and put the game to bed after the counter attack off the missed RSL penalty with a shot from just inside the box in the 79th minute.

Both clubs may have missing players next week due to events in this match. Real Salt Lake ran into a problem with yellow cards, as both Tony Beltran and Luke Mulholland with miss next week’s match due to yellow card accumulation that occurred in this match.

FC Dallas will have to keep an eye on Ryan Hollingshead, who took a blow and began to gush blood from his wound the 75th minute. Walker Zimmerman had to take his place. Hollingshead appeared to be ok as he ran back to the Dallas bench under thunderous applause.

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When it was all said and done, FC Dallas walked away with their first three points since July 25th. FC Dallas return to action when they face Columbus Crew SC on Soccer Sunday on September 6th, and Real Salt Lake stay in Texas for their next match as they face the Houston Dynamo on September 12th.