Well Hoops fans I've returned from Colorado and with 14 games played FCD are still at the top of the MLS heap! And what's even better news? Houston's heading back up this way next week.
May was a decent month for FC Dallas that saw the team take 7 points out of a possible 12 from league play and also a win in the 3rd round US Open Cup game against the Ft. Lauderdale Striker. FC Dallas Media Service brings us the monthly recap to relive all the exciting moments from May.
Saturday night's game was an exciting affair (at least the second half was) with the Hoops coming from behind not once, but twice to earn a point in the Rocky Mountains. Blas Perez twice, very quickly, canceled out Attiba Harris' (I mean really?!?) goals. MLSSoccer.com's Chris Bianchi has the Match Recap here.
It was a perfectly clear night at Dick’s Sporting Park on Saturday night, until it started to rain goals for a 10-minute span in a 2-2 draw between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids.
Atiba Harris and Blas Perez each had a brace in a wild 15-minute span midway through the second half.
After a scoreless opening 50 minutes of play, Colorado and Dallas went on a scoring frenzy, compiling four goals in just 10 minutes to account for all the fireworks on the evening. Harris started the scoring with his third goal of the season in the 56th and it was capped with Perez finishing his brace in the 66th.
Despite the draw, Dallas stays atop the MLS standings with 28 points, while Colorado moved into a level mark with the LA Galaxy on points in the West.
Between the two teams there were only 5 shots on goal (3 from CO and 2 from FCD) with four goals scored by only 2 players. It was a very tight game that the Rapids controlled for the first 35 minutes but opened up to become a fairly even match after that.
Daniel Robertson at FCDallas.com has compiled all of the video highlights from Saturday night for us.
Both goals were quality from Blas as he took the team and put them on his back to earn this road point.
The second goal from Blas Perez has been nominated for MLSSoccer.com's Goal of the Week. Here's a look at the 25 yard blast:
Go vote for Blas here at MLSSoccer.com!
I was at the game in Colorado and when that ball went straight up in the air with no one in front of Blas, the stadium was the quietest it had been all night. It seemed like the play happened in slow motion. It was a beautiful strike and made sure we didn't have to hear it too bad from the local fans.
Blas also made the Castol Index Weekly Top 20 with his two strikes, coming in at #17 on the list this week. Congrats Super Raton!
Unfortunately Blas Perez is one of 5 players that FCD will be missing over the next couple of weeks due to International Friendies and of course World Cup Qualifiers. Beth Anne Carroll of FCDallas.com has the full breakdown of players that will be gone to represent their countries.
While FCD is off until hosting next week's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match against Houston on Wednesday, June 12, five FC Dallas players were called up for national team duty and qualifying for next summer’s World Cup.
Missing both Fernandez and Perez next week will be rough. Chris Seitz has proven himself worthy of being #1 so I guess there shouldn't be too much worry there. Blas being out though?? Well that's a different story. With Blas gone and Cooper (potentially) still being out next week, FCD are left with Eric Hassli as their only true striker with any MLS experience. Can Hassli go a full 90? Will we see the debut of Bradlee Baladez? We may find that out sooner rather than later.
The Hoops are off this weekend but will welcome (not really) the hated Houston Dynamo to Frisco on Wednesday June 12th for the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The team has announced the ticketing information and are making sure it's affordable for everyone to attend.
FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo are bringing their Texas Derby to the centennial edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a fourth round matchup at FC Dallas Stadium on Wednesday, June 12. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
All tickets for the match will be $20 general admission seats with the exception of season ticket holders. All full season ticket holders can reserve their normal seat location with a $12 donation to the Tickets for Troops program, while partial plan holders can reserve seats with a $15 donation. The Budweiser Beer Garden will also be open for the match, while the River Club by WinStar World Casino will be open to everyone.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 888-FCD-GOAL (323-4625).
It's going to be a great match that I think should see a pretty close approximation of our normal starting XI, save for those out on international duty. Get out and support your Hoops and don't miss your chance to see a second Texas Derby this year.
US National Team News
It's been a busy week for US National Team's and is only going to get busier for both the USMNT and USMNT U20's.
Before I get into the men's side of things I want to talk about what happened when Sydney Leroux scored against her "home" country as the USWNT thumped Canada 3-0 in Toronto on Sunday. Watch the video below not just to see the goal, but for the reaction of the Canadian broadcaster for Sportsnet, Craig Forrest and Gerry Dobson. (video via Checkered Suit)
Where to start with this..... First off I can't understand why Leroux was given a yellow card for the celebration. It wasn't excessive, she didn't go into the stands,or take off her kit. I would love for someone to explain that to me. It's funny to me that Craig Forrest and Gerry Dobson called Leroux classless while never calling out the continual boos and harassment that rained down on Sydney the entire time she was on the pitch. What was classless was the Canadian fans not the actions of SL. And as a personal note to Craig Forrest: We here in the US are MORE than happy to have her, thanks for your approval. I know we were all waiting with baited breath for you to give your OK for us to keep her.....moron. I'd also like to let Mr. Forrest know that if Canada acted a little more "American" they might actually win something in [insert sport here]. No really Canada, you don't win at anything.
One of the best articles I found about the incident has to be ESPN.com writer Bonnie D. Ford's take on what happened. Go check it out.
Leroux, 23, was a member of the U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal last year in London, and scored a goal in the quarterfinal against New Zealand. The U.S. team's controversial overtime semifinal victory over Canada injected new vigor into a historical rivalry heavily tilted toward the United States. Leroux competed for UCLA and currently plays for the Boston Breakers of the new National Women's Soccer League.According to the U.S. Soccer statement, Leroux, whose mother is Canadian and father is African-American, "has endured abuse both verbally and in social media" since she decided to represent the United States on the women's national team in 2008. She had previously played for teams in the Canadian development system.
The USMNT had an up and down week loosing to Belgium 4-2 on Wednesday night (highlights here) but bounced back on Sunday by defeating Germany 4-3 in Washington DC. Highlights for the win against the Germans can be found here.
The highlight (low-light really) of the night was one of the worse keeper mistakes since Steward Ceus. Video via NBCSports.
Michael Bradley as the essential linchpin
It’s not enough at this point to say the team is better with Michael Bradley in the lineup. Everyone knows that. Let’s walk a step further and say this: The team just doesn’t work without Michael Bradley on the field.
The team just moves forward with such improved clarity and balance when he’s around. Bradley’s elemental movement and ability to direct others is absolutely essential. His touches are so clean. And when the United Sates loses possession, the pressure in midfield arrives so much more reliably when Bradley partners with Jermaine Jones.
Goal.com's Avi Creditor thinks the USMNT roster choices are starting to fall into place, finally, for Jurgen Klinsmann.
The USA's 4-2 loss to Belgium and 4-3 victory over Germany this past week proved to be useful exercises in that the Americans came away from the latter friendly with confidence while also getting a greater sense over the course of both games for who truly belongs where. After being able to examine his myriad of options, and with the dust settling as the next three World Cup qualifying matches approach, Klinsmann's tiers of players are finally taking a true form.
Creditor is one of my favorite footy writers but I have to disagree with him on this one. To me their is no rhyme or reason to JK's picks and his explanations have sent mixed messages to many players. Lets just hope he gets it all figured out and gets the squad qualified for Brazil '14.
The next World Cup Qualifier is this Friday against Jamaica in Kingston at 7:30 CT.
The U20 USMNT play their final game of the Toulon Tournament in France against South Korea tomorrow 10 am CT. Story via ussoccer.com.
Though the USA is coming off a 1-0 victory against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 1, Monday’s other group results officially eliminated the U-20 MNT from advancing to the third-place game on June 8. Colombia (3-0-0, 9 points) clinched a spot in the championship with a 3-1 win against France (2-1-1, 7 points) while Korea Republic (1-1-1, 4 points) edged last-place Congo 2-1.
Korea Republic still has an outside chance of catching up to France for the second-place group finish and a spot in the third-place game on June 8. The USA has an opportunity to finish third in the group with a win on Wednesday.
Not the best showing from the youngsters but hopefully Tab Ramos has seen enough to know who he's going to take to Turkey for the U20 World Cup.
As a final note I wanted to personally thank Centennial 38, Rapids fans, and everyone who was so nice (except the guy in the parking lot that flipped us off and tossed an F bomb. You sir are NOT thanked.) to all of the FC Dallas fans that traveled to Commerce City to see the game this past weekend. It was a great experience and you made us feel welcomed. Also a special thank you to BurgundyWave.com writer/editor Chris White for hanging out with us. It was great to finally meet you.
Thanks as always guys and let us know what you think in the comments below.