Big D Soccer News Update June 25

Get out tomorrow and support your Hoops! - USA TODAY Sports

FCD leave it late to pull out a point, Portland back in town, and Spain plays strip poker.

Howdy folks! FC Dallas wanted to make sure they made it exciting for their fans last Saturday. They did not disappoint.

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FC Dallas pulled a point out of their collective asses on Saturday by scoring 2 goals in 3 minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw against Sporting Kansas City. It was a nail biter for sure but in the end 10 man SKC just couldn't hold off the relentless FC Dallas attack. FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson brings us all of the video highlights from Saturday's exciting match.

MLSSoccer.com's Matt Barbour also has his breakdown of the match over at FCDallas.com.

There is stealing back a point, and then there is what FC Dallas did against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

In a wild and physical match at FC Dallas Stadium, the home side scored two late goals in the final two minutes of regulation to complete a dramatic comeback and pick up a 2-2 draw against a Sporting KC side that was down to 10 men after C.J. Sapong was given a red card earlier in the second half. The tie prevented FC Dallas from suffering their first defeat at home this season and extended Sporting KC's current winless run to four games.

I remember hearing from someone after the game something that really stuck out. They said that comebacks like this are proof that this team is going to be a contender all season. This is how champions get results. I couldn't agree more.

Keith Hickey at Goal.com also has a match recap of Saturday's game.

KC was leading as the game entered the 68th minute, but Sporting's dominance was threatened as CJ Sapong picked up a red card for kicking a ball at Andrew Jacobson as the Dallas midfielder lay on the ground.

With the extra man, Dallas found a way onto the scoresheet in the 88th minute. Ramon Nunez's short cross was met by Jacobson, whose acrobatic flick header was brilliantly targeted to loop over the defenders and find the far corner.

It was another corner that gave the Hoops the equalizer seconds later, as rookie Walker Zimmerman powered into the area to meet David Ferreira's excellent corner kick and make it 2-2 with only moments remaining in regulation time.

As Daniel Robertson writes, Saturday's tie extends FCD's home unbeaten streak to 13 and coach Schellas Hyndman couldn't have been happier about the heart his team showed.

The game tieing goal was of course scored by rookie CB Walker Zimmerman (his first MLS goal by the way) who many of us didn't even think would be in Frisco this month. Many people were surprised by the fact that US U20 coach Tab Ramos left Zimmerman off of his roster for the U20 World Cup going on right now in Turkey. As Pro Soccer Talk's Steve Davis points out, maybe Ramos is regretting that decision.

The U.S. center back spot was always an area of concern ahead of the Turkey tournament. So, leaving the FC Dallas rookie off his roster became something of a flashpoint. It became more of one when Zimmerman entered for FC Dallas at halftime Saturday as Sporting Kansas City played in Texas.

Coming in for the injured Matt Hedges, Zimmerman had a couple of initial wobbles, not appearing to gain the speed and intensity of the match (Sporting KC has a lot of both, speed and intensity) but settling in from there.

And when Zimmerman burst forward to score the late equalizer, Ramos’ choice to leave the promising 20-year-old behind gained momentum as an MLS and U.S. under-20 talker.

As Steve notes in his article, Zimmerman's goal was the 1000th player to score a goal in MLS (and it was also the 800th overall goal for FC Dallas!) Every time the youngster has been on the pitch I've been impressed with how mature his game looks. His presence and physicality are something that I'm very excited about for this team's future.

Speaking of young FCD players the US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs started last night for the FC Dallas U18 team with a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew. Daniel Robertson has the story.

In the opening match of the 2013 US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the FC Dallas under-18's were unable to recover from a first half goal by Columbus' Noah Hutchins and fell to the Crew 1-0.

...Dallas must regroup quickly as they'll face the Concorde Fire tomorrow night at 9:30PM on FC Dallas Complex Field 5. FCD is still alive to finish top of their group, but they must win their final two games and hope for some help elsewhere. The under-16's begin their quest for Finals Week tomorrow night against Sockers FC at 7:15PM on Field 11.

Also don't forget to go check out U18 midfielder Marco Carrizales' on-going blog at FCDallas.com about the team's experience in the playoffs.

Tomorrow night FC Dallas take on the Portland Timbers for the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in Frisco at 8pm. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet head HERE to snag some $12 ($12 people!!!) tickets and come out and cheer on the Hoop's quest for 14 straight unbeaten at home and the chance to move on to the semifinal round.

Know Thine Enemy

Yes we all know that Portland is the "hot" team in MLS with only one loss on the season. They also handed FCD only their 3rd loss of the season a couple of weeks ago at JELD WEN Field. Does that mean that they are unbeatable? Absolutely not.

Portland are coming off of a 3-0 victory over the (incredibly) hot and cold Colorado Rapids on Sunday afternoon. William Conwell at Stump Town Footy has the match recap from Sunday.

With a tie for first place within reach, the Portland Timbers did not falter as they beat the Colorado Rapids to the tune of 3-0 at Jeld-Wen Field [Sunday] afternoon. With the win the Timbers extend their unbeaten run to fifteen games and their home shutout street to over five hundred and sixty minutes.

It will be interesting to see what strength of a team the Timbers roll out tomorrow evening considering this will be their third game in 8 days and their 2nd in 3. The one advantage that Portland has is that they have this upcoming weekend off and may be able to risk some players more than they normally would if the schedule were a little different. We shall see. It should be noted that most of their top players played at least 60 minutes on Sunday with Will Johnson, Chara, Wallace, and their back line going the full 90.

Geoff Gibson at Stumptown Footy has his keys to the upcoming match for the Timbers.

Looking to the midfield, you can see similar problems emerging. Diego Chara, Diego Valeri and Will Johnson have all put in considerable time and minutes into games over the last two weeks. While Porter has used Valeri sparingly for this exact reason, Johnson and Chara have been used with every regular MLS season game. Do they play tomorrow night, though? I don't know.

Up top, the Portland Timbers get a bit of a break. Aside from Darlington Nagbe, who again has started most games over the last couple weeks, the return of Rodney Wallace will surely provide some relief. The fact that Porter has successfully used Ryan Johnson and Frederic Piquionne in an alternating pattern should also be a huge gain for the Timbers.

Should be an interesting mix in the lineups.

USMNT U20 World Cup

The US U20 team scraped out a narrow tie against powerhouse France yesterday in Turkey. Daniel Cuevas saved the US from crashing out of the tournament early with an 85th minute goal to salvage the 1-1 tie. Story via Associated Press.

"I feel like they were confused," he said. "They couldn't get the ball out and luckily it took a bounce my way and I got to push it in."

With France and Spain having won their openers, the U.S. needs a victory in its final match against Ghana to advance outright. But it could still advance as one of the four best third-place teams.

"Our team is very united and we are always together and pushing forward," Cuevas said. "If things don't go our way, we keep trying and keep trying until they do. Luckily we got the tie."

What is the damn deal with the US v Ghana?!?! Hopefully the third times a charm. The US will play a deciding match Thursday at 12 noon against Ghana on ESPNU.

WTF?!?!?

Reports have been coming out that 6 Spain players were robbed of money in their hotel room in Brazil. The reported reason??? Strip poker gone wrong....No really. Dermot Corrigan at ESPNFC.com has the story.

Reports filtered out last week that money had been taken from the rooms of some Spanish players during, stories which were subsequently denied by the Spain's head of security Raul Jimenez and the Golden Tulip Recife Palace hotel's manager Eduardo Barbosa.

Brazilian website Globoesporte then claimed - under the headline "Sex, Lies & Videotape" - that the Spain squad had invited a samba band to their hotel to celebrate their 2-1 victory against Uruguay "with music, caipirinhas, beer and women". The story said that five players and a staff member later retired to a hotel room for a private game of strip-poker, and it was only the next morning, when their guests left, that the players noticed the money was missing.

All I can say is that I hope that this story is true. What a stupid way to get robbed.

Well guys that's all I've got for today. Get out to FC Dallas Stadium (man I hope it doesn't become Tundra Stadium) tomorrow and support the Hoops on their quest for Uncle Lamar's trophy.

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