Big D Soccer New Update July 3

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FC Dallas make it a nail biter again this past weekend, Chivas USA come to town for the 4th, And the Gold Cup is less than a week away!

FC Dallas once again wait until the closing seconds of a game to tie it up and take a point home.

FC Dallas

When I say the Hoops left it until the last minute to steal a point on the road I mean it. When Blas Perez scored the tying goal the clock was a minute past the 5 minutes of allotted extra time. Sweet justice for Perez considering he had a no call on a ball that appeared to be over the line but was cleared off by RB Sheanon Williams with no goal awarded. Dave Zeltlin for MLSSoccer.com has the match recap.

Just minutes after seeing a game-tying goal go uncalled, Blas Pérez netted a last-gasp equalizer very late in stoppage time to lift shorthanded FC Dallas to a wild 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at PPL Park.

The goal negated what would have been the Philadelphia Union’s first-ever win over FC Dallas, as well as some unlikely heroics from reserve striker Aaron Wheeler.

Making just his second MLS appearance, Wheeler put the Union ahead 2-1 in the 87th minute on a cross from right back Sheanon Williams.

Williams finished with two assists, as well as the dramatic goal-line clearance in stoppage time against Pérez. But Pérez got his revenge when he headed in the tying goal after Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath failed to catch a free kick delivered into the box.

Walker Zimmer scored the opening goal for the Hoops in the 23rd minute in just his 2nd start of the year. It was great to see the young center back rebound after a tough game against Portland in the USOC earlier in the week. There were a few questionable calls in this game outside of the no call goal, mainly the red card against Je-Vaughn Watson in the 68th minute for diving. To me it's only a second yellow card if Watson is looking to draw a foul. At no point did he throw his hands up, yell at the ref, or for that matter even LOOK in the refs direction. It seemed to me that Watson had shifted his weight while trying to make a pass that's it. The wrong call in my book. What did you guys think?

On the topic of the uncalled goal for FC Dallas, Steve Davis at Pro Soccer Talk makes the argument that it's time for MLS to step into the new age by installing goal line technology by next year.

Goal-line technology is expensive, and it really does not come into important effect very often.

Then again, it’s like insurance: when you need it, you really, desperately need it.

For those who didn't see it here's the replay from Saturday.

A close one for sure. I know refs are only humans and they make mistakes. This one stings all the same.

June was a roller coaster of a month with Dallas taking only 3 points out of a possible 12 in league play and while they beat Houston 3-0 in USOC play, the team would crash out of the Open Cup 2 weeks later with a 2-3 loss to the Portland Timbers. FCDallas.com has all of the highlights from the month of June.

While on paper 0-1-3 in league play may seem like bad month Daniel Robertson makes the point that this teams "Refuse to Lose" mentality is why they always seemed to pull through in the end.

Has FC Dallas been great over the last few weeks? No, Hyndman and the FC Dallas defense will be frustrated by seven goals given up in four games - well above its season average. The manner in which Dallas dropped out of the Open Cup will sting for quite some time as well, but there is good news on the horizon.

With Open Cup play, Dallas was forced to cram six games into 29 June days, leaving little time to recuperate the knocks received in rough-and-tumble MLS games. However, after this weekend's Thursday-Sunday turnaround, Dallas, a team that's 7-2-4 in games with a week's rest, will play just one two-match week for the rest of the season. Additionally, a month-long stretch at home, interrupted only by a road trip to Montreal awaits Dallas upon returning from LA next Monday.

While June wasn't kind to FC Dallas, we've seen a return of the "Refuse to Lose" mentality the team was notorious for in it's run to MLS Cup 2010, and better days await Hyndman's men as this season rolls into the second half.

True champions find ways to get results in the face of adversity and while FCD couldn't find ways to pull out wins the fact that they had two (almost 3) comebacks in the finals minutes of games and the only league match they lost was without a Striker says loads about this team. Months like this show the character of a team and this team has both character and heart in spades.

For those who missed it MLS Insider did a special about Hoops net-minder Raul Fernandez and what playing for both FC Dallas and his home country of Peru has meant to him and his family.

FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson points out that July 4th will not only mark the 237th anniversary of our beautiful country, it also marks 1 year since the full time return of David Ferreira in the FCD lineup.

"It was great to get him back July 4th of last year," said head coach Schellas Hyndman. "When he came back, he really inspired the team to make a real run at getting into that last spot in the playoffs…I think the telling truth of how valuable David is to the team is to just look at our record when he’s on the field and look at our record when he’s not."

Indeed, the numbers behind Ferreira’s last 12 months are staggering when you take into account that the 2010 MLS MVP could suffer such a tragic injury and return to the field more than a year later without missing a step. The Colombian’s 15 assists since July 4, 2012 represent the second-most among all MLS players behind only Landon Donovan(16) and this all while remaining the most fouled player in the league.

The return of the FC Dallas captain helped to turn this team around last year and has been the glue that has held the team together during rough spots this year. The effect his presence has on the Hoops cannot be understated. The team will look to David again tomorrow when FC Dallas look to take revenge on Chivas for the embarrassing loss the Toros suffered earlier in the year to the Goats.

Daniel also has the full rundown of July 4th events at FC Dallas Stadium, including post game fireworks.

North Texas residents can catch the biggest fireworks show in the area Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium following the team’s 8 p.m. match versus Chivas USA, presented by TXU Energy.

The first 5,000 people at FC Dallas Stadium will receive a rally towel from TXU Energy. There will also be a player autograph session (player to be determined) at 7:15 p.m., soccer tricks by the Futboleros and giveaways along the concourse, including drawstring backpacks.

U.S. Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath will serve as the pregame honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt Statue at 7:30 p.m.

For the fifth consecutive season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of a fallen soldier, which will be presented to the soldier’s family at halftime. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.

Get out early and be prepared to stay late! It's going to be a great day in Frisco.

Know Thine Enemy

Chivas USA and FC Dallas have only played once this year in what could easily be considered the Hoops most embarrassing loss so far this season. FCD look to take revenge on a team that hasn't won in their last 11 games and is diminished in several areas since the two teams last met. On MLSSoccer.com our own Drew Epperley breaks down this mid season matchup.

The 2013 season has been rather interesting for Chivas USA. The first month of the season saw plenty of new faces and three surprising wins, including a 3-1 win over FC Dallas. But ever since the month of April, the Goats have been in a fast downward spiral.

Chivas USA is winless in their last 11 matches dating back to April 13th. During that stretch, they removed their head coach Jose Luis "El Chelis" Sanchez Sola and replaced him with interim manager Jose Luis Real.

Chivas USA is currently 9th place in the Western Conference with 12 points on the season.

As drew points out in his article, Chivas USA have been shaking things up over the past week.

First came the news that the Goats had cut ties with 4 players early in the week. Alicia Ratterree with TheGoatParade.com has the story.

Chivas USA made official several personnel moves Sunday, cutting ties with Miller Bolanos, Laurent Courtois, Joaquin Velazquez and Giovani Casillas.

Very quickly though Chivas USA made a huge announcement that made sense of why the team was so willing to cut ties with so many players. MLSSoccer.com had the announcement.

Nearly a decade later, Carlos Bocanegra is back in MLS.

Chivas USA on Monday announced that the former US national team captain has put pen to paper on a deal that will bring him back to his native Southern California.

The 34-year-old defender was acquired when Chivas USA traded up to the first spot in the allocation order, sending a natural first-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft and an international roster spot to Toronto FC in exchange.

Bocanegra will join his new teammates in Philadelphia, where the Rojiblancos will be training prior to their Friday game against the Union. The Upland, Calif., native will be eligible to play for Chivas USA once the summer transfer window opens on July 9, and pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

This is huge news for, last in the West, Chivas USA. With all of the upheaval this team has dealt with and the constant questions of whether the team would even stay in LA, Goat fans finally have something to smile about. This move is good for both Chivas USA and Bocanegra. It was looking as if Boca would be back playing for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland's third tier until reports surfaced that he was actively looking for a move to a higher league. While Chivas may not a move to the pinnacle of the game, it's much better competition than the former USMNT Captain would have found in the lower divisions of Scotland. One thing to note however is that Bocanegra won't be available for Chivas tomorrow against FCD.

Another positive piece of news came out for Chivas USA yesterday when reports started to surface that midfielder, and former FCD man, Eric Avila may be back from Mexico and, if true, would be available for selection on the 4th. Again Alicia Ratterree with the story.

Multiple reports have circulated that Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila, last seen saying goodbye to his teammates so he could go on trial at Chivas de Guadalajara, has returned. While several fans said they saw him at practice yesterday....

I was always a fan of Avila when he was playing in Frisco, and with Oswaldo Minda still out with an injury, Avila could majorly contribute to Chivas USA on Thursday.

USMNT

The USMNT open up group play in this year's Gold Cup next Tuesday against Belize and the team captain has been selected......but no one knows who it will be. MLSSoccer.com's Alicia Rodriguez (the same Alicia who writes Goat Parade but uses different last names....) writes about what Klinsmann said in a pretournament presser about his team and choice of captain for the Gold Cup.

When asked Tuesday at the team hotel if he had selected a captain for the upcoming stretch of games, Klinsmann replied with a laugh, "Yes, but I haven’t communicated it yet to the guy, so that will wait for a few days more."

Potential options to wear the armband are Landon Donovan, who leads the squad in appearances for the US, and Kyle Beckerman, who has captained the national team in the past and seems to be a favorite of sorts with Klinsmann, and who will almost certainly be starting every game as a holding midfielder.

Other experienced players who could serve as captain include DaMarcus Beasley, who recently earned his 100th cap, or defenders Clarence Goodson and Oguchi Onyewu, both of whom have extensive tournament experience with the US.

Landon Donovan makes the most sense to me but as I've said before on here, I'm done trying to figure out Jurgen Klinsmann. Who would be your vote to wear the captain's armband for the Gold Cup?

While being called up to the Gold Cup is a great honor for any player but can be a real pain in the ass for MLS coaches as their best players get cherry picked out of their squads during a crucial time of the season. Kyle McCarthy at Goal.com breaks down who will be missing from what teams across MLS and how it makes their coaches jobs just a little harder.

The conflicting schedules – both the Gold Cup and MLS operate during the month of July – inevitably create availability conflicts. It poses a rather difficult tug-of-war between clubs trying to hold onto their players and countries trying to select them for international duty.

As Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen can attest, the countries – at least in this instance – emerge victorious with the backing of FIFA in this particular instance. And 16 of the 19 clubs will feel some impact from the decisions made by the 12 participants and the pact reached between MLS and U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann to restrict some selections in the wake of World Cup qualifying.

Thankfully for FC Dallas, Blas Perez will be their only player missing any time because of the Gold Cup, and it was reported that he'll even miss Panama's first game of the Gold Cup in order stay with FC Dallas through the LA game this Sunday.

As a final bit us USMNT news for you, it is being reported that AZ Alkmaar have turned down an offer from EPL side Sunderland for highly prized US striker Jozy Altidor. ESPNFC.com's Kristan Heneage has the story.

Sunderland have seen a bid for United States striker Jozy Altidore rejected by AZ Alkmaar.

Originally emanating from RTV Noord Holland, a club official revealed: "The first offer was not sufficient. We have let them know. Now it’s wait and see."

Altidore scored 23 goals last season, generating interest from a number of clubs in England, Germany and Italy, including Lazio.

Personally I hope Jozy ends up in England, but that's just because I'm selfish and I want to be able to watch him every chance I get. Where would you like to see Altidor land?

Well guys that's all from me for today. If you haven't gotten your tickets to tomorow's game head to THIS LINK and get them now! It's only supposed to be a high of 91 tomorrow and with all of the goings on it's sure to be a blast. Hope to see you there!

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