Howdy folks! It was a very busy week last week with most MLS squads playing two games and many of the European leagues wrapping up their season.
The Hoops followed up their 1-1 draw with Portland last Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over DC United on Saturday night at FC Dallas Stadium. With the loss, DCU extends their losing streak to 7 games....ouch. Steve Davis from Pro Soccer Talk writes about DC creeping up on the record no team in MLS ever wants the honor of holding: longest losing streak in league history.
United has lost seven in a row, which is already a club record. That puts the club just one wee loss away from establishing the 7th longest streak of loss-related woe over 18 years in Major League Soccer.
I know that’s not what anyone around RFK Stadium wants to hear, least of all Olsen, but them’s the facts.
I would be very surprised if DC breaks the loss record despite the tough competition ahead for them in the near future. With Nick Deleon now healthy you have to think that DC can break through on at least one of their next 5 games. Kansas City and Portland will both be tough but the following three games after that are against Chicago, New England, and Toronto. If they can't win one of those games then I have a feeling Ben Olsen will be ousted in a quick and unceremonious manner.
On Saturday FC Dallas fans finally had a chance to see Eric Hassli get his first start in a Hoops jersey and EH made the most of it by assisting on Jackson's goal in the 11th minute. FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson has the story about the Frenchman's first start of the season.
"It’s great to be on the field," Hassli said after the game. "I didn’t have a great first half, but thanks to my teammates. They helped me a lot, because it was really hard for my first start in maybe six months. Blas helped me a lot and all the guys around me."
Indeed Saturday night was Hassli’s first start since October 20, 2012 as a member of Toronto FC, and with international absences quickly nearing for Perez, the Frenchman should play a huge role in the coming weeks as FC Dallas looks to stay at the top of the MLS table.
If Hassli thinks he had a bad first half then I for one can't wait to see what a good half looks like for him. His physical presence on the field is immediately apparent anytime he's around the ball and any teams that have a small back line should take notice. Portland (a small team overall) had trouble containing his runs into the box and DC, at times, couldn't do anything with him. I'm incredibly excited to see him get more time.
Great to see the city supporting FC Dallas!
This Saturday FC Dallas take on the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 9;30 pm (really MLS?!? 9:30?!?). There will be an official Party at the Pub watch party at the Allen Wickers in Plano starting at 9 pm hosted by the FCD front office.
This Saturday is also Academy Day as both the FCD U-18 and U-16 Academy's will be taking on Real Colorado inside FC Dallas Stadium and the teams are inviting everyone out to come check out the action. Daniel Robertson has the story.
The gates open at 9:30AM as we invite all FC Dallas fans up to the stadium to watch our defending national champion academy take on Real Colorado in one of their last games before the US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.
The first 100 people through the gates will receive a free ticket to the Saturday, May 25 game against the San Jose Earthquakes while FC Dallas Homegrown players not traveling to Seattle will be on hand to sign autographs. FC Drum will be rocking their beats during the game and the FC Dallas Girls will be on hand as well!
Admission to the games are free! The U-18's start at 10 am and the U-16's kick off at 12:30. Come out and support the "Baby Hoops"!
The team also announced that they will be kicking off their Albertson's Gear Up Project this Thursday.
Join Ugo Ihemelu and Jonathan Top out at Albertsons Market in McKinney this Thursday, May 16 as we kick off the Albertsons Gear Up Project!
We will be giving away tickets to the May 25 game vs the San Jose Earthquakes and have the soccer cage kick (above) there for the kids to enjoy.
Also, you can donate new or used soccer balls, shinguards or cleats and you will receive a coupon for 10% off in the FC Dallas Team Store.
Join us on Thursday, May 16 as we kick off the Albertsons Gear Up Project at Albertsons Market in McKinney!
Between this and the academy games that's two different events that FCD is offering FREE tickets to the May 25th game! Get out to one (or both) and grab your free tickets and help to bring the sport of soccer to those that may not have a chance to enjoy it (plus who doesn't like free sports tickets?).
US National Team News
With attendance numbers far better than anyone would have thought the NWSL has made a strong showing in its first few months. USWNT and Portland Thorns FC striker Alex Morgan sat down with Access Hollywood (really?) and talked about her commitment to the success of the new NWSL. Via NBC Sports Network.
I would love to eventually see DFW get a NWSL team.
After appearing in just one English Premier League contest with Stoke over the first half of the season, the American has been a standout in most of his 13 matches in Turkey and a quick fan favorite at Bursa Atatürk Stadium since arriving in January. Bursaspor supporters have taken to holding up signs asking the club to sign both Edu and QPR loan defender Anton Ferdinand on a permanent basis.
Edu has thrived since moving to Turkey and I for one hope this deal gets done. His time at Bursaspor has benefited both EDU and the USMNT and can only mean good things for the midfielders future.
Few people understand the stigma of Tourette's syndrome (TS) as well as Tim Howard, whose condition was mocked by the English press when the American goalkeeper first moved overseas to play for professional club Manchester United in 2003. A longtime stalwart for the U.S. World Cup soccer team who now plays with pro club Everton, Howard was often called "retarded" by British tabloids because of his TS.
Great article that really brings to light some of the things Tim has dealt with in his not so personal life.
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