Howdy folks! It's a busy weekend in the world of MLS and the LA Galaxy are headed our way.
As you know the LA Galaxy come into Frisco on Saturday night for what's sure to be a true test for the Hoops. It's going to be a packed game and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet make sure to grab some before they are all gone!
FC Dallas hosted an open practice on Tuesday at SMU's Wescott Field and in case you missed it there was a solid turn out of fans there. FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson spoke with SMU alum Ramon Nunez and former Mustangs coach Shellas Hyndman about what it meant to be back on their old grounds again.
"26 years here, I’ve worked and seen a lot of really good things happen," Hyndman told FCDallas.com. "It’s great to be back. You’re in a place for so many years, you develop a lot of really good memories and you develop a lot of really good friendships. SMU’s a place I love. I always will and it was great being here tonight."
Here's the FCD TV piece on the practice. The open practice was a lot of fun and just showed how much this team cares about its fans. When was the last time the Cowboys had an open practice for fans followed by the ENTIRE team signing autographs?
FC Dallas' first trophy of the year has finally arrived in Frisco.
From what I understand it won't be fired at the game on Saturday but will hopefully be ready to go by the Vancouver game on the 20th. Either way it doesn't matter because it isn't in Houstank anymore.
The team announced that the FC Dallas U-15 Pre Academy team will be heading to Poland in a few weeks to train and play against international talent. Daniel Robertson has the story.
With a 29-man squad composed primarily of 97s with five 96s and two 98s, Molina’s teams will play games against six Polish teams including six-time Polish champions Lech Poznań as well as taking in local culture with tours of the cities of Poznań, Wronki and the Basilica of Licheń.
"The opportunity and the cultural experience that these boys will have will be really amazing," said Molina. "We will see another style of soccer and experience different circumstances that these players could see in future games like a long flight, different food, etc."
What an amazing opportunity for these young players to not only gain experience playing international squads in Europe but also being able to have such a culturally enlightening trip. Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated on their progress.
The FC Dallas Academy teams had a busy, and very successful, last weekend with 4 wins and a draw between the five teams. Daniel has the full breakdown complete with video (fancy) here.
The FC Dallas Academy teams returned from a three-week break to face local rivals Andromeda FC while the Pre Academy took on Texans SC Houston. In all, the five teams combined to post a 4-0-1 record with both the Under-18 and Under-16 Development Academy teams posting shutouts.
Great performances from all teams and what a year it's been for the Academy squads. Keep up the good work.
Know Thine Enemy
The LA/FCD matchups have been a lot of fun over the years but FC Dallas hasn't had a win against LA since 2011. It's definitely time to change that tomorrow!
Goal.com's Zac Lee Rigg has the simple breakdown of tomorrow's match including injury reports.
As we all know LA took a tough loss on Wednesday night against Monterrey in Mexico to get booted out of the CCL in the semi final round. LAGalaxy.com has the full collection of stories and commentary from Wednesday's match.
As in the first leg, LA Galaxy had the chances yet again, but could not find the back of the net against Monterrey.
This was most apparent early in the first half as the Galaxy repeatedly tested Monterrey’s back line with a pair of clear chances. The best chance came in the 31st minute as Omar Gonzalez had a point blank finish saved by Monterrey goalkeeper Juan de Dios Ibarra who then saved a Juninho shot from distance only a few seconds later. Following the early flurry, the Galaxy struggled to generate opportunities as Monterrey settled into the game. After De Nigris put Monterrey up 1-0 in the game and 3-1 on aggregate, the Galaxy continued to press, but were unable to generate any true chances on goal.
This loss could either demoralize or reinvigorate Los Angeles. With a squad this talented you should never count them out regardless of recent games. As I said before this is a statement game for Dallas and they can really prove a lot to MLS with a good showing tomorrow.
MLSsoccer.com has their Scouting Report for tomorrow's Western Conference clash.
It's going to be a fun one so get your butts out there!
US National Teams
The USMNT U-17 squad finished top of their group to advance to the U-17 championship quarterfinal match up with Honduras with the winner guaranteeing themselves a spot in the U-17 World Cup. Recap via MLSSoccer.com.
Thanks to Corey Baird’s 49th-minute strike, the US defeated Guatemala 1-0 in Panama City on Thursday to finish the qualifying tournament's group stage with two wins in as many games. As group winners, the Americans will face Group D runners-up Honduras, who lost to Mexico 2-0 in Thursday’s later game.
The squad play Honduras at 5pm CT on Sunday with the game being broadcast on Fox Soccer.
Clint Dempsey fired two goals for Spurs in their 2-2 Europa League tie with Swiss side FC Basel but unfortunately it wasn't enough to put Tottenham through to the next round. ESPNFC.com (via Press Association) has the story.
Tottenham's rollercoaster ride in the Europa League came to a dramatic end Thursday as it suffered a 4-1 penalty shootout heartbreak in Basel.
A great effort by the east Texas boy but not enough in the end. The red card to Vertonghen was the killer for Spurs (although two missed PKs didn't help).
You've seen me post several "things thrown at players" stories in this section before. ESPNFC.com's Robin Hackett, who writes for their First XI column, has the top XI Missile throwing incidents in soccer history.
After a match in Sweden was abandoned when Mjallby players were pelted with beer bottles and fruit, we pick out a selection of missiles thrown from the stands.
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