Wednesday night the Hoops crashed out of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a 3-2 heart-breaker against the Portland Timbers. Matt Barbour has his always great quality Match Recap of the game up at FCDallas.com.
The Portland Timbers beat the heat and FC Dallas on Wednesday night, 3-2, to move on to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the first time in team history. The victory was also Portland’s first ever in the state of Texas and FC Dallas’ first home defeat of the season.
After coming back from two goals down to tie Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, FCD nearly repeated the act tonight as Blas Perez pulled FCD within a goal in the 86th minute. David Ferreira nearly completed the comeback with the last kick of the game, but his curling shot hit the post and bounced agonizingly away as the referee blew the final whistle.
This game stung bad. If Walker Zimmerman doesn't have his inaugural "major rookie screw up" moment the game is tied 2-2 and who knows what can happen in OT. Oh well.... Doesn't help to sit here sounding like a Dynamo fan making excuses.
Here's coach Schellas Hyndman's post game press conference.
The FC Dallas U16 and U18 teams have been competing this week in the USSDA playoffs in Dallas with mixed results. FCDallas.com brings us the updates from the tournament about how the baby Hoops have been doing.
The FC Dallas under-18s needed to win by two goals to advance to finals week, but the home team only managed a 1-1 draw against Albertson SC.
The game was mainly a defensive battle, with both teams struggling to score for most of the match. Both teams had plenty of opportunities, but a combination of defense in front of the goal and strong performances from both goalkeepers made it a low-scoring affair.
...As FC Dallas battled the Portland Timbers inside the stadium [Wednesday] night, the under-16s continued their solid playoffs run beating FC Delco 4-0 in their second USSDA playoff game.
Santiago Agudelo was the star again for FC Dallas scoring goals in the 15th and 28th minute to put FCD out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Coy Craft and Christian Ramirez added goals in the second half to give FCD the emphatic 4-0 win.
That win, coupled with RSL-AZ's 0-0 draw with Sockers FC, means that FC Dallas under-16s can advance to Finals Week for the first time since 2009 with a win or a draw against RSL-AZ on Friday. That game will be played at 11:00AM on field 7.
Unfortunately @FCDallasYouth just posted this update about the RSL v FCD game that was played this morning.
RSL wins a wild one 6-3 over FCD to advance to finals week— FC Dallas Youth (@FCDallasYouth) June 28, 2013
Still a great effort by both teams and certainly hurts that neither team could advance further at home.
FC Dallas U18 midfielder Marco Carrizales has been blogging about he and the teams experience at the USSDA playoffs over the past week and now that it's over he reflects back on his journey through the FCD youth ranks and what his time there has meant to him.
Sitting here in the locker room, reminiscing on the past 5 years is tough. I find myself inside my locker, not able to leave. I can't get up, I don't want to get up. I want to stay here as long as possible, I don't want to believe its over. But reality is telling me it is.
It's been a great ride I've had here, there's many people I won't forget and memories I will always get to keep. From my first training kit that was two sizes too big for a scrawny 13-year-old, to being given a hand exercise machine in hopes that I would give a firmer handshake, to my very last time to take the pitch as an FC Dallas player, I've bled the FC Dallas red, white, and blue for a long time now.
I will always bleed these colors. I am happy that I can at least say I was here from the start, a pioneer at the club. A part of the team that was fortunate enough to be held at the number one spot for the first time in FC Dallas and MLS history. But my time has come to leave this place and travel along a new path.
I will always keep this place very close to my heart, and I am proud of my group this year. We gave it everything we had, and we left our lives out on the field. I can't complain about that.
To everyone at FC Dallas, the staff, the trainers, the pro staff, and anyone else I am forgetting. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, carry on and stay Dallas Til You Die. I know I will!
Sorry guys, I know it's a long quote but I hated to break that up in any way. Thanks so much for your contributions Marco and good luck in the future.
Know Thine Enemy
The Torro's head to Philly this weekend to take on "Jack Mac" and the Philadelphia Union at 4:30 ct tomorrow. While the hot player in Philadelphia is of course Jack McInerney, Justin F at Brotherlygame.com writes that the hero of the Union's last game (a 3-0 spanking of NYRB) was the veteran Conner Casey.
With the New York Red Bulls missing key starters and with the looming possibility that the Union will be without Jack McInerney for a few weeks due to his getting called up to the U.S. Men's National Team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup , the Union's game at home against New York Red Bulls was seen as a must win. Luckily, thanks to two goals from Conor Casey, the Union delivered in a big way, routing the Red Bulls in emphatic fashion by a score of 3-0.
The Union do have the advantage over FCD in that they didn't have a USOC mid week game to deal with. And now with the news that George John and Zach Loyd didn't travel to Philly this weekend the rest of the FCD squad are going to have to step it up against Jack Mac, Casey, and the rest of the offense heavy Union attack.
Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle from MLSSoccer.com have their Scouting Report up for this weekend's game.
Kevin Kinkead at PhiladelphiaUnion.com has an awesome breakdown of FC Dallas and what the Union should be worrying about on Saturday.
...[FC Dallas] remain a top team, sitting in third place in the Western Conference with 29 points and a record of 8-3-5. Dallas' points-per-game rating of 1.81 is second-best in the league.
Philadelphia has yet to beat Dallas since joining Major League Soccer in 2010. In five total meetings, the Union is just 0-2-3 all-time against their Western Conference foe.
Stopping the attack of the Union is by far the biggest challenge for FC Dallas but if the patchwork defense can hold up then FCD have a great chance at taking 3 points on the road for only the 2nd time this year in MLS league play.
USMNT and U20 World Cup
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), Tony Beltran (Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana, Mexico), Clarence Goodson (Brondby, Denmark), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga, Spain), Michael Orozco (Puebla, Mexico), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg, Germany)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg, Sweden), Joe Corona (Tijuana, Mexico), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway), Josh Gatt (Molde, Norway), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Jose Torres (Tigres, Mexico)
Some interesting additions/subtractions but it should be noted that teams are allowed to add/retract players after the Group stage. Could we see Carlos in the knockout round? Another point of note: Kyle Beckerman is the only true DM on this roster, which for a Jurgen Klinsmann roster is very odd.
Kyle Bonn at Pro Soccer Talk makes the argument that while this may seem like a weird USMNT roster, in actuality it's a passing of the torch from the old guard to the new.
Whether they’re young or old, each player has plenty to prove in the Gold Cup this year.
While it’s not the most important competition on the United States’ calender, it is of vital importance to just about every member on the roster.
If the kids make their mark, the country will have watched the passing of the baton, assisted by some of the bigger names in United States soccer over the last decade who may fade into the shadow of youth.
I'm not sure this is a clear "passing of the torch" but the youth on this team can certainly make sure that they are in the forefront of Klinsmann's mind when he selects his roster for the World Cup next year.
Seth Vertelney at Goal.com writes about the reason that JK has given for leaving Boca off of the final call up list.
"With Carlos, I had a long talk, he basically is in the middle of another move, he's in the middle of another change," Klinsmann said Thursday on a conference call. "He's going to leave Racing Santander and he is in the middle of making up his mind of where he wants to go, where he wants to continue his career.
"We simply agreed to leave him out of the roster in order for him to have all options open, to join a new team, right away from the start in preseason and not come in kind of late into this new opportunity," Klinsmann continued.
This makes you wonder why Jurgen even put Carlos on the preliminary Gold Cup roster if this was going to be going on. To be fair though I've stopped trying to figure out what's going on in Jurgen Klinsmann's head.
Also from Goal.com, Avi Creditor tells us about the set back of the recovery of another USMNT veteran.
Veteran U.S. right back Steve Cherundolo will need to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday after experiencing an injury setback in training, his club, Hannover 96, announced on its official website on Thursday.
The surgery will be the second one of its kind this year for the 34-year-old Cherundolo, who also went under the knife for an arthroscopic procedure for the same left knee in February. That surgery forced him to miss the USA's World Cup qualifier against Honduras, and he missed the ensuing two months before returning in April.
Hate to hear that Steve has had another set back. Best wishes go out to him in his recovery. Since he has been gone the US have been struggling to find a viable replacement at LB.
Last but not least is the news that the USMNT U20 team has been knocked out of the U20 World Cup in Turkey by, wait for it..........GHANA!! Via ESPNFC.com.
The U.S. was knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana on Thursday night at Kayseri.
The American U20s were outscored 9-3 in the tournament, opening with a 4-1 loss to Spain and then coming from behind to tie France 1-1. They were outshot 25-10 by Ghana.
With as many US coaches that have been fired after loosing to Ghana they should start calling themselves the "Black Widows" instead of the "Black Stars". Will Tab Ramos be the next to fall? (Magic 8 ball says "Oh hell yes!")
Well that's all I've got today. Thanks so much for stopping by and giving us a read. Don't forget that the FCD/Union game is at 4:30ct and will be broadcast on NBCSports Network.