While it may not have meant anything other than pride, FC Dallas defeated the Seattle Sounders last weekend with a convincing 2-0 win. Relive the fun with FCDallas.com's Social Media Recap and Matt Barbour's weekly Match Recap.
FC Dallas extended Seattle’s losing streak to four games and ended the Sounders’ Supporters' Shield hopes with a 2-0 victory in front of 15,017 fans at Toyota Stadium in Schellas Hyndman’s final home game as coach of the team.
A great victory for sure and a nice way for Schellas Hyndman to end his career at home with FCD.
For his part in Saturday's victory sophomore defender Matt Hedges was named to the MLS Week 34 Team of the Week.
DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – Not only did Hedges lead the FC Dallas defense to a clean sheet in Schellas Hyndman's home farewell, a 2-0 win over Seattle, he got forward to open the scoring and spark the Dallas attack after a choppy first hour of play.
Congratulations to Matt on the well deserved accolades. With an assist and a goal I'm quite surprised that Michel didn't make it on the list. To be fair though Michel didn't come on until around the hour mark.
Our Academy teams played this past weekend and continued to show why FC Dallas is consistently one of the best Academies in MLS. Daniel Robertson has the story.
Congratulations to all the teams on their success so far this season.
Also on Saturday the FC Dallas Special Olympics Team played inside Toyota Stadium after the Senior squad.
With an audience of hundreds of fans, supporters and FC Dallas players, the Special Olympians defeated FCD Youth 8-2 thanks to a hat trick from midfielder Patrick Rooney.
The FCDSO team finishes the season 1-0-1 after a draw in Colorado against the Rapids Special Olympics team last month.
Congratulations to the Special Olympics team on their win!
Scouting the Other Guys
Unless San Jose can somehow make up a 13 goal differential on the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, they will be headed home for the off season just like FC Dallas. That doesn't mean that these two teams don't want to end their season on a high note. Especially after the way things went the last time these two met. You know, that time when Kenny Cooper tried to eat the soul of Victor Bernardez?
Yeah that time. So awesome.
The Earthquakes will be hoping to build on their 1-0 win last night in the CONCACAF Champions League against Guatemalan side CD Heredia at Buck Shaw Stadium. SJEarthquakes.com has the story.
Wondolowski’s 62nd-minute goal proved the difference as the Quakes delivered a 1-0 victory against Guatemalan side CD Heredia on Wednesday to claim first place in Group 5.
The outcome left all three teams in the group -- San Jose, Heredia and the MLS’ Montreal Impact -- tied on six points. The Quakes, making their CCL debut, will move on to the tournament’s quarterfinals next year by virtue of having the group’s best goal differential.
The least surprising news of the night?
San Jose ended the night with only 10 men.
Shockingly though the red wasn't brought on by a horrific and unnecessary tackle.
Defender Clarence Goodson was sent off in the 94th minute, just before the final whistle, after picking up a second yellow card due to time-wasting.
As always go check out Drew Epperley's weekly column for FCDallas.com Know Your Enemy.
San Jose has a mountain to climb to get into the playoffs on the final week of the regular season. The Quakes need to score 13 goals in a win over Dallas in order to pass the Colorado Rapids for the fifth and final playoff spot. They also need the Rapids to lose their game against the Vancouver Whitecaps, so it's more than likely that neither team will be playing after this weekend.
Dallas got the better of San Jose back in their first meeting this season, winning that May 25th match 1-0. Fabian Castillo scored the game’s only goal in the 33rd minute.
The two teams drew their second match of the season back in August, a 2-2 draw.
San Jose has won three out of their last five and are unbeaten in their last six league games after a scoreless draw at LA Galaxy last weekend.
With little to play for besides beating your opponent I would expect some fireworks in this game.
Also don't forget to head over to Goal.com and see their Match Preview and Game Thread.
The Earthquakes won last season's Supporters' Shield, while FCD got off to a scorching hot start this season, but both teams will be on the outside looking in come playoff time.
The Quakes are still mathematically alive but to make the playoffs, San Jose needs to win against FC Dallas, Colorado to lose at Vancouver, and the Earthquakes must outscore the Rapids by at least 12 goals.
With that outcome nearly impossible, the match will instead be a celebration of the career of Ramiro Corrales. The final active player who took part in the league's inaugural 1996 campaign will retire at season's end, and San Jose will pay tribute to one of its finest servants Saturday.
It's crazy to think that there will A.) be no more players from the original 1996 season left in MLS and B.) that there were even any original players from the 1996 season left!
US National Team News
FIFA announced the short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football for 2013 today. Not surprisingly a couple of Americans were nominated for Player of the Year.
Player of the Year 2013:
Nadine Angerer (Germany), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Lena Goessling (Germany), Saki Kumagai (Japan), Marta (Brazil), Alex Morgan (USA), Yuki Ogimi (Japan), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (USA).
There was also one American coach nominated as well.
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football 2013:
Gilles Eyquem (France/France U-19 National Team), Kenneth Heiner-Møller (Denmark/Denmark National Team), Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg), Shelley Kerr (Scotland/Arsenal Ladies FC), Patrice Lair (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Silvia Neid (Germany/ Germany National Team), Cindy Parlow Cone (USA/Portland Thorns FC), Even Pellerud (Norway/Norway National Team), Anna Signeul (Sweden/Scotland National Team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden National Team).
Winners will be announced with the rest of the yearly FIFA awards on January 13th.
Big USMNT news came out a couple of days ago when it was announced that Oguchi Onyewu will be joining Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Goal.com's James Willoughby has the story.
"I'm thrilled to get this period over with and finally secure my future," Onyewu told QPR's official website. "QPR are a club with huge ambitions to return to the Premier League and I wanted to be part of it.
"I've had a really good feeling about QPR from the moment I arrived here. I've been welcomed by the club and I feel good here already. I've already integrated well into the group, so I'm looking forward to what will hopefully be a very successful and happy time here."
This is a great move for Guch who has been without a team since the end of last season. Let's hope he can get quality minutes and make an argument to be included in the trip to Brazil next year.
Liviu Bird at Pro Soccer Talk writes about an interesting report coming out of Germany yesterday.
German news outlet Bild reported on Thursday that United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann has called in Bayern Munich midfielder Julian Green for friendlies in November at Scotland and Austria.
The 18-year-old featured in preseason for Pep Guardiola’s club, scoring two hat tricks in two games — albeit against opposition of much lower quality. Green has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga and appeared three times for the German under-19 team this year.
Just as Aron Jóhannsson did from Iceland, Green would have to file a one-time switch with FIFA before he is eligible to play for the U.S. Also like Jóhannsson, Green was born in the U.S. before moving overseas.
What a coup for Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer if these reports turn out to be true. First JK gets Johannsson to turn and now possibly Julien Green? Lets hope so.
Liviu also reports on a Q&A session that Klinsmann did with USSoccer.com about what the off season will look like for USMNT guys playing in MLS and what will be expected of them if they want to be on the plane to Brazil.
"Whoever won’t be on loan in January or February overseas is going to be part of our mandatory January camp," Klinsmann said (full Q&A here). "We expect everybody comes in. We’ll try to bring in some younger players, have a look at them as well because we want to get a roster together of 20 to 23 guys that is highly motivated and inspired to go into the World Cup year."
"It is very crucial for us that the players understand that everything they do now today has an influence on Brazil 2014 next summer," Klinsmann said. "They can’t take it easy."
Where would you like to see guys like Graham Zusi and Nick Rimando go on loan to?
As always thank for stopping by Big D Soccer! Don't forget to get to a pub for the last game of the season tomorrow afternoon!