Big D Soccer News Update 4/2

Another 3 points for FC Dallas! - USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas sit atop MLS (even if the people at MLS don't think they're worthy), 2 Hoops players make the top 10 in the Castrol Index, Argentine GK arrested immediately after his game for harboring a fugitive.

Howdy folks! Our Hoops are sitting at the top of not just their conference, but on top of the league.

FC Dallas

The hoops went 4-1-0 in March to ensure their best start in team history. With a late game winner Blas Perez opened up his FC Dallas account this season with a beautiful header. Kyle McCarthy with MLSsoccer.com has the match recap here.

Both sides enjoyed opportunities to open the scoring before Pérez's decisive tally, but the second-half substitute ultimately decided the match and handed FCD its fourth victory in five matches to start the campaign.

I won't get on my soap box about the BS offside call on Kenny Cooper. Game should have (legitimately) ended 2-0. Oh well though! One goal was more than enough for Dallas to take home the three points on the road and to stay one of the most dominant teams so far in MLS. You can also go check out the video highlights of the game (including the Cooper "offside") right here.

Scott Brown over at FCDallas.com writes that not only are FC Dallas on the hottest start in team history but that leadership and team chemistry have been the key for the Hoops in 2013.

What’s the secret to FC Dallas’ early success? Hyndman says the value of team chemistry can’t be underestimated.

"You never know how important team chemistry is until you lose it," Hyndman said. "We struggled with that the last year and a half. This year, the guys are really playing for each other."

Those struggles with chemistry Hyndman mentioned resulted in the team signing 13 new players since December of 2012. With that much roster fluctuation, nobody could’ve predicted the squad would be so successful so early.

I for one was nervous about the team chemistry this year and it's been nice to see the team gel so early. I'm looking forward to adding a 100% healthy Hassli and Nunez (who's now back in training according to the team FB account) and seeing what they can add to an already talented team.

Both MOTM Raul Fernandez (#1) and Ferreira (#9) made the MLS Castrol Index for their week 5 play.

Very quietly, there's a goalkeeper battle happening at FC Dallas. Two weekends ago, veteran Chris Seitz staked his claim in a 2-0 home win over Real Salt Lake to take the No. 4 spot in the Castrol Index.

This past weekend, Peruvian international Raúl Fernández did him three better.

Fernández returned from a weekend of international action to backstop surprising FC Dallas to a 1-0 win in New England, seeing his team to the top of the Western Conference and himself to the top the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 5. FCD are off to their best-ever start to the regular season, having picked up 12 points from five outings, and stellar play in goal – whether it happens to be Seitz or Fernández – is a big part of the reason why.

Congratulations to both players on their fantastic performances. They deserve all the credit they are getting.

One thing that many FC Dallas fans have always (rightly IMO) complained about our team not getting any respect regardless of how we're doing on the field and in the standings. Well it seems MLSSoccer.com has continued that theme with their weekly "Power Rankings"......

So much for conventional wisdom. With Week 5 in the books, 2013 continues to be the most unpredictable MLS season since at least 2009, but arguably since 2004. Heck, maybe since 2001.

Yeah conventional wisdom surely didn't take precedence in this one. I know that power rankings are completely subjective but FCD is #5 behind Houston (a team we beat), Montreal (a team that lost last week), and Columbus Crew (a team that didn't even play last week!!!!!). No idea folks....no idea...

USMNT News

Steve Davis at Pro Soccer Talk has written about two USMNT players and one of them may surprise you. DaMarcus Beasley has been in top form not only for the US but for his club Puebla as well. Steve writes about this exciting time DaMarcus' career.

Consider that Beasley just firmly inserted himself into the conversation for a fourth World Cup cycle. Fourth – an impressive sum by any measure.

Remember, he had just turned 20 when Bruce Arena approached him on a bus one day in Asia, informing the skinny young winger that he would start the next day against Portugal as the United States opened its World Cup 2002 account. All U.S. soccer patriots know how that one turned out.

Admittedly I have been a big doubter of Beasley's as his previous few games for the US were lack luster at best. However that was before the Costa Rica game where I think he wowed us all. If he keeps up this form I'm more than happy to see him don a USMNT kit.

Steve also spoke with Stuart Holden about his loan to Sheffield Wednesday and about his first game since joining the Owls.

The Bolton man was signed on a month-long loan to Sheffield Wednesday late last week, and the Owls got Holden right into their lineup. The U.S. international worked his way through 62 minutes Saturday in a huge win over local rival Barnsley.

As I said in my last update it's great to see Stuart playing again and I think we all hope that he can get back to top form and be a contributing part of the US run up to Rio '14.

Speaking of the lead up to Rio 2014, FIFA has announced that they will go with goal-line technology provider GoalControl GmbH for Confederations Cup 2013 and World Cup 2014.

The use of goal-line technology (GLT) at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 moved a step closer today, with FIFA confirming the appointment of GoalControl GmbH as the official GLT provider for the tournament.

The announcement follows a comprehensive tender process that began in February and involved bid presentations at the Home of FIFA in Zurich as well as site inspections in Brazil. As part of the tender, GoalControl GmbH is also set to be GLT provider for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ provided that the performance of the system during this year’s Festival of Champions meets all necessary FIFA requirements.

The Germany-based company, which uses 14 high-speed cameras around the pitch as part of its GoalControl-4D system, was selected ahead of the three other FIFA-licensed GLT providers who participated in the tender.

Seems a very complex system to me but what do I know? Hopefully this will take away from another disaster of a call like we saw in the England v Germany game in '10.

WTF?!?!?

Okay so this next story isn't really fit for WTF but it's awesome none the less. Since Baseball season has started I thought this would be a fitting post. Artist Mark Willis has envisioned what MLB jerseys would look like if redone into soccer style jerseys for his series Soccer Out of Context: Major League Baseball. Very cool work and a talented artist.

So to get back to proper WTF? status, news out of Argentina is that San Lorenzo GK Pablo Migliore was arrested immediatly after their game for (allegedly) harboring a murderer.

The goalkeeper of Argentine first division club San Lorenzo has appeared in court in Buenos Aires, after being arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting an alleged murderer.

Well folks as always thanks so much stopping by and giving us a read. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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