Big D Soccer News Update August 30

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The Hoops may be off this week but there's still plenty going on in the world of soccer. From the NWSL Final to the USMNT World Cup Qualifying roster we've got you covered.

Howdy folks! Last week was a whirlwind for FC Dallas that saw the club take 4 out of a possible 6 points. It finally seems that this team has removed itself from their summer funk.

FC Dallas

After a MUCH needed 3-1 victory Wednesday night over Chivas USA the Hoops welcomed the San Jose Earthquakes to Frisco on Saturday in what was surely one of the ugliest matches of the year so far.

FC Dallas battled back from 2 goals down in the first 20 minutes to snatch a point from the 2-2 draw that saw Blas Perez and Michel both tally goals for FCD. The story of this game had to be the THREE red cards handed out between the two teams and a very controversial PK given to Dallas by the always controversial Baldomero Toledo. Matt Barbour has his Match Recap at FCDallas.com with all the details.

The home team enjoyed a man advantage for the final eight minutes, but could not capitalize after San Jose saw Bernardez and Justin Morrow sent off. Morrow, who came off the bench, was shown a straight red card for taking out Dallas sub Ramon Nunez on a breakaway.

Bernardez was ejected along with Dallas forward Kenny Cooper in the 86th minute. Cooper, who had come on for David Ferreira only minutes earlier, took offense to an apparent stomp from the Quakes centerback and Toledo showed a red card to both players for the altercation.

While the PK call may have been questionable the 3 red cards handed out were not in my opinion.  You can see all of the video highlights at FCDallas.com. Really the only highlight you need to see from the highlights is this.

In over 200 career games this is the FIRST red card ever issued to Kenny Cooper. Stats like that should tell you how furious he was at Bernardez. But then again why wouldn't you hate a guy who kicked you in the head twice, knocked you unconscious, gave you a concussion and then stood on your leg?

Also head over to see FCD's Social Media Recap to get a different kind of view of the goings on of game day.

Kenny spoke to Steve Hunt at 3rd Degree on Monday about his first career red card.

Well, obviously I’m disappointed to have gotten a red card. You never want to get a red card and obviously coming on as a sub and going off two minutes after, it’s not how I would have wanted things to go," Cooper said.

And even though he and Bernardez have a bit of a history with one another as it was the San Jose defender who kicked No. 33 in the head back in late May, which gave Cooper a concussion and netted Bernardez a two-game suspension from the MLS Disciplinary Committee, the FCD forward didn’t really want to talk too much about the entire incident, especially about his history with Bernardez, who appears headed for another suspension on top of his red card.

"I think in the moment I was upset obviously. Obviously it’s intense out there. There’s a lot of passion and guys get fired up. These games are obviously very heated and yeah, it was an emotional moment for me," Cooper said.

The big guy followed up his sending off on Saturday with a goal (the only goal in fact) with the FC Dallas Reserves Wednesday morning as they took on the Columbus Crew. FCDallas.com has the story.

FC Dallas’ goal came in the 77th minute, and was initially set up by Homegrown forward Jonathan Top. The Fort Worth-native had his shot blocked by the Crew’s substitute goalkeeper Brad Stuver before MLS veteran Kenny Cooper slotted home the loose ball to put the visitors on the scoreboard.

FC Dallas Reserves are in action again next Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. CT in New York against the Red Bull Reserves.

The Reserves lost the game 3-1 in the end but it's nice to see KFC get on the scoreboard. It should also be noted that Walker Zimmerman played a full 90' in that game and seems to be 100% and ready to go.

Don't forget to head over to MLSSoccer.com and vote for Raul Fernandez for Save of the Week for his great save last week against Chivas USA.

A piece of good news for FCD fans is that it appears we may actually get to see Peter Luccin in action for the Hoops this year. Yeah remember that guy? Daniel Robertson & Jason Minnick have the story.

"I am very confident that I can make it back and contribute this season. Today, with the Academy, I played about 20 minutes of 11 on 11 and I feel great," Luccin said last Wednesday. "There are eight games left in the MLS season. I would like to make it back for the final few games of the season and help FC Dallas qualify for playoffs."

Luccin, who said he was at 75%, could provide an enormous boost if the veteran can be available even for 15 minute cameos to help close out leads in defensive midfield.

"Getting back to training with the first team was very important for me," said the 34-year-old. "Being out that length of time, five or six months of just watching, was very difficult. So now, I am very happy to come back and train with the team. Being inside the lines is much better."

It would be nice for the team to see some sort of return on this investment and adding depth is always a good thing.....unless it's James Marcelin.

FC Dallas' next game will be at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps on September 7th. Head over to the ticket link and grab your tickets now. It's my birthday game so I expect to see you all out there.

National Team News

Well the big news of course is the release of the roster for the USMNT World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. ESPNFC.com has the full report.

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

Very little surprise here. Of course John Anthony Brooks and his potential cap tieing appearance are the talk right now. Since Brooks is only with the team for the Costa Rica game I would expect JK to take this chance to get him tied to the USMNT. The US take on Costa Rica Friday September 6th at 9 pm. Get out to the local AO watering holes, Staggering Irishman in Dallas and The Abbey Pub in Fort Worth, and support the team.

Goal.com's Thomas Floyd writes that USMNT Midfielder Jermaine Jones, known for rough play, received two yellow cards earlier this week as his club team Schalke was trying to get into the Champions League group stage against Greek side PAOK.

Jones, who has earned a reputation for collecting cautions, received his second yellow card in the 64th minute of Schalke's playoff against Greek side PAOK with the match tied 1-1 and 2-2 on aggregate. Attempting to dribble out of pressure, Jones lost possession and promptly tried to win it back with a lunging challenge from behind that took out Dimitris Salpingidis.

Jones is such a great player but his physicality makes him a loose cannon sometimes. You think the Earthquakes look at Jones and drool at the thought of having him in their midfield?

Jozy Altidor scored his first goal for his new club Sunderland this week in their 4-2 comeback win in the League Cup against MK Dons. Avi Creditor with Goal.com has the story.

Altidore scored in the 78th minute of Sunderland's come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over League One's Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup, kicking off a run of four unanswered goals to open his account in celebratory fashion at the Stadium of Light. Altidore ran onto a chipped ball by Connor Wickham, took a touch to settle in the box and then fired home with his right foot from about 12 yards to get Sunderland on the board.

Great to see Jozy open up his account in the EPL for his new team. I hope we see many more from the US striker.

It's going to be a clash of the USWNT superstars on Saturday night as the Western New York Flash take on the Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural NWSL Championship game on Saturday night. Pro Soccer Talk's Jeff Kassouf has the 5 storylines to watch.

The Western New York Flash and Portland Thorns FC face off on Saturday night in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship, and the league got its star power matchup in its inaugural season. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd lead the Flash against a Thorns side expected to see Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath return from injury for the final, not to mention Christine Sinclair.

Good luck to both teams. It's been great to see the NWSL have some success this season. Let's hope that this league catches on and can be the premier women's league that so many have hoped for.

Well guys thanks as always for giving us a read. Please don't forget to go sign up for the American Heart Association Heart Walk on September 7th. FC Dallas has formed a team to honor the late Bobby Rhine and it's free to go and sign up. Please get out to help a very worthy cause.

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