Howdy folks! It was a great weekend to be an MLS fan and especially an FC Dallas fan!
Dallas took away 3 vital points from their home opener against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday with a 1-0 victory. Jackson scored the games only goal on a blunder by Colorado backup keeper Steward Ceus in the 11th minute. Here is the full story from Demetrio Teniente for FCDallas.com.
"When I saw that the ball was bouncing I didn’t expect the mistake by the goalkeeper, but I was ready for it," said Jackson via a translator after the match. "I still had to be careful though because it became too easy."
Colorado’s goalie Steward Ceus misplayed a bouncing ball; Jackson took advantage and walked the ball into the net to make the game 1-0 in the 11th minute. Players prepare for a mistake by the goalie – but it doesn’t happen too often. When a mistake happens there is always the danger of over-thinking the play.
It certainly wasn't the prettiest goal we'll see from FCD this year but it's a win and we'll take the points this early in the season. You can also find Daniel's match recap for FCDallas.com here for even more analysis.
Following on the heels of the players Q & A with fans last week, Vice President of Hunt Sports Group, Dan Hunt took to Facebook to answer some questions.
Has FC Dallas ever considered hosting/playing in a tournament like the World Football Challenge? I was at the Inter Milan game a few years back and the atmosphere was incredible. Games like that really expose FCD.
We are chasing a game this summer with an international opponent. I hope to have an update for you in the next two weeks.
Are we any closer to a new stadium sponsor? Is there a new kit to reveal...?
Our 2013 AdvoCare jersey is now available in the Team Shop, we're thrilled to have them as our partner. I currently am working with several companies to see if I can't get naming rights for us and the fans. Please stay tuned!
Hunt also spoke to the concern of many fans about what the Time Warner Cable deal means for exposure of the team.
What was the thinking behind the Time Warner Cable deal? Don't you think it hurts overall exposure to [casual] fans?
We recognize that the service is not as readily available as we've had in the past. However, they've stepped up and offered the best possible platform for us to grow our brand for the future. The deal that we have shows their commitment to FC Dallas and soccer in the United States. As a fan you're going to love the HD broadcasts, the shoulder programming and the general presentation of the broadcast.
With the first away game this Sunday we'll see how the TWC deal effects viewership. I have a feeling it's not going to be good.
FCDallas.com's Demetrio Teniente has up his final two parts of the Supporters Corner series he's been doing. The final two groups are Red Shamrock and the original FCD (Dallas Burn) supporters group The Inferno. Demetrio's entire series spotlighting the four supporters groups has been fantastic and has given the common fan a chance to get to know the SG's better.
Young 'uns and USNT
Despite their best efforts the USMNT U20 team lost to Mexico in the CONCACAF U20 World Cup Qualifying tournament over the weekend by the score of 3-1, with 2 of Mexico's goals coming in extra time. Despite the loss Tom Marshal for MLSSoccer.com writes that US coach Tab Ramos was very pleased with his squads performance.
"There’s no doubt that these are the games where you see the players and how they respond," he said. "I have to give the players a lot of credit because it was their first time playing in this situation like this and I think they respond incredibly. They played a great game and I’m very proud of that."
It was a great performance from the U20 team in one of the most hostile environments possible for US Soccer teams. The U20 World Cup this summer in Turkey is going to be a great tournament to watch.
USMNT player Alejandro Bedoya scored in his return to Swedish side Helsingborg in a 1-1 draw with second-tier side Assyriska in their opening game of the Swedish Cup. Avi Creditor has the story for Goal.com.
Bedoya replicated his goal-scoring form [from last season's opener] by getting on the board in the 41st minute, but Helsingborg had to settle for the draw after Phillipp Hellquist netted an equalizer in the 66th minute.
Bedoya was one of the unfortunate players left out in the cold when Glasgow Rangers were booted out of the Scottish Premier League due to financial issues and was having trouble finding a team this season after playing for Helsingborg last season. It's nice that he's getting playing time again and we'll see if Jurgen Klinsmann brings him back into the USMNT fold on a regular basis again.
The 23-year-old tied the score in the 69th minute, running onto a pass into the penalty area and chipping goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet with a left-footed shot from about 12 yards. Altidore has 17 league goals to go along with seven in the Dutch Cup.
Regardless of the league (meaning it ain't the EPL like Dempsey's was) it's an impressive mark for Altidore to reach. Anyone who watches Jozy play with the USMNT will read this and just scratch their head. Altidor may be fantastic for AZ Alkmaar but for some reason he's never been able to put it together for the US. Let's hope that can change this year.
Some bad news on the USMNT front, Xolos de Tijuana is reporting that Edgar Castillo has multiple face fractures suffered from a rough tackle and will be out an unknown amount of time. A Xolos Facebook fan page was one of the first to report it oddly enough. God bless social media.
The North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Sunday was marred by a fan throwing a banana.....at Gareth Bale. Arsenal have announced that there will be serious sanctions against any fan found to be guilty of the incidence.
Arsenal and Spurs both warned before the match no anti-social behavior would be tolerated at what is one of the most heated fixtures in the English football calendar. Arsenal say they operate a zero-tolerance policy towards any such act, and will therefore ban anyone who is found guilty of throwing the banana.
Here's the full story from Eurosport.com (via Press Association) I don't know what else to say other than wow......
As always guys thanks so much for reading! It was really great to meet everyone out at the game Saturday and I hope to see you all back out there on March 17th for the Houstank game.