Big D Soccer News Update 9-13

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FC Dallas heads to Colorado hoping to take 3 huge points away from the 4th place Rapids and the USMNT is going to Brazil.

FCD is coming off of a huge win against the Whitecaps. Can they take 3 more from the young and talented Colorado Rapids?

FC DALLAS

Before last Saturday's game Team FC Dallas walked in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in memory of Bobby Rhine. Daniel Robertson has posted pictures and a video from the event.

Our team had 125 members and raised over $9,000!

It was a great event that helped raise awareness for a great cause. Thanks to everyone who showed up and walked.

Later that evening FC Dallas got a much needed win against the Vancouver Whitecaps with a 3-1 victory. This one was a must win and the Torros won it convincingly with 3 goals that could have all been Goal of the Week nominees. Go check out Matt Barbour's Match Recap at FCDallas.com.

FC Dallas forced themselves back into the Western Conference playoff picture after beating Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-1 with two stunning late goals on Saturday night.

Substitute Mauro Diaz showed great quality when he volleyed a Fabian Castillo cross with serious power past a helpless Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted in the 87th minute.  That game-winner would probably be an MLS Goal of the Week shoe-in, were it not for the 50-yard bomb that defender Jair Benitez lofted over Ousted minutes later to ice the result.

You can also check out MLSSoccer.com's recap with full stats and video highlights.

It's a shame that the first two goals are over shadowed by Jair's ridiculous strike. Quality all around for the Hoops, especially considering Perez, Cooper, and Fernandez were all not available. Is the Benitez goal a contender for Goal of the Year?

Also go check out FCDallas.com's Social Media recap from last Saturday's game.

Je-Vaughn Watson scored FCD's opening goal and had his best game in a Hoop's kit. Watson was rewarded by being named to the MLS Week 28 Team of the Week.

Well deserved recognition for the Jamaican. I'm glad to see him being played in his natural position finally and coming into his own on this team. He seems to be a player that FCD are going to need to make a push towards the playoffs.

WIth 2 strikers out for the match on Saturday, and Hassli being....Hassli, many fans wondered if HGP Jonathan Top would get his first minutes of the season for the senior team. 3rd Degree spoke with coach Schellas Hyndman about what Top must do to get playing time.

"Jonathan is really an active player. He’s very active on the field, makes his runs. To get opportunities for playing time he just has to get a little bit better on his conversions. If he gets four chances, he might make one. I think what we’re trying to do now is get him to shoot the ball a little bit better," Hyndman said. "He hits it very well but sometimes maybe he’ll do better if he takes something off of it and keeping it off the frame. I think that’s the next step he has to get to."

Hassli ended up getting the sub minutes at the end of the game and was actually decent in helping to create a few chances. What do you guys think the future of Jonathan Top at FC Dallas is? Should he being seeing minutes?

Today is the day MLS clubs must freeze their rosters for the rest of this season. FC Dallas will be adding a surprising name to their 'available" list: Peter Luccin. Matt Barbour has the story.

French midfielder Peter Luccin will be added to the active roster and could see playing time after suffering a preseason knee injury that has left him sidelined for the entire season.

FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo told MLSsoccer.com in a phone interview from South America that the Spanish and French league veteran will soon be available for coach Schellas Hyndman’s selection to the match-day roster.

"Yes, this is our next move for sure," Clavijo said. "We feel very strongly that right now his addition is going to be very welcomed not only by the coach … but also by the team. It surprised us all that he’s ready to add minutes and to give us a push at the end of the season. I’m really pleased and happy for him."

After scoring just last week for the Reserve squad this is the news that many FCD fans have been waiting for. Luccin is yet another person who will be fighting for field time and should be able to push the other players even harder to step up their game. It's amazing that for a team that started off the year with a deep set of forwards and thin at midfielder has now become deep at all positions. Let's hope he helps make a difference on this team as they head into the end of the regular season.

Now that NCAA Soccer is in full swing, Daniel Robertson and Maggie Jones bring us the first edition of the 2013 FCD College Round-up.

We hope you enjoy our new format as with literally dozens of players in the NCAA game between the women and the men, it's become impossible to follow them all on a weekly basis and we've chosen to highlight five performances each week from our boys and girls.

Great addition guys! It's a nice and easy way to keep up with the goings on of FC Dallas youth in the college arena.

Don't forget to go vote for Blas Perez to be on the cover for the new FIFA 2014 game from EA Sports!!

The Game Ahead

Tomorrow night FC Dallas will take on the Colorado Rapids (if the field is playable). This will be the third meeting this year between the two as FCD took a win away from the first game and a tie in Colorado on June 1st. Here's the FC Dallas Match Preview by Scott Brown.

Also check out our own Drew Epeerley's Know Your Enemy at FCDallas.com.

Colorado is 4th in the Western Conference and just two points ahead of Dallas in the current standings. Oscar Pareja’s club is 2-1-2 in their last five games. Between the end of June and the end of August, the Rapids enjoyed a nine-game unbeaten run that saw them win games against league heavyweights LA, New York and Montreal.

The weather has been a bit of a concern around the Denver area and many have wondered if the game tomorrow night will even be able to go on. The Rapids have released an official statement on their website about weather concerns.

"We expect the Colorado Rapids match on Saturday night against FC Dallas to proceed as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as the stadium and surrounding parking lots have not suffered any damage. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation to make sure that our event is safe for fans, staff and players.

We will be updating our website (www.ColoradoRapids.com) and social media sites (www.facebook.com/ColoradoRapids and www.twitter.com/ColoradoRapids) throughout Friday and Saturday to keep fans informed about travel routes and road closures, parking options, and any other pertinent information about the match."

Keep checking back for updates. Our thoughts are with everybody in Colorado. Please be safe.

Here is Burgundy Wave's report about the weather conditions around the stadium.

The Rapids announced a slew of activity's before the game Saturday night including Special Olympics games, Hispanic Heritage Night and a sidewalk sale to raise money for a special cause.

Open Closets, Open Hearts – The Colorado Rapids Sidekicks, made up of the wives and girlfriends of Rapids players, are hosting a sidewalk sale and auction of Rapids players’ new and gently used gear to raise funds and awareness for the Myocarditis Foundation. The sidewalk sale will take place outside of Eighteen76 before the match and on the concourse during the match. The events is held to honor Elysa Rojas, daughter of Head Athletic Trainer Jaime Rojas and wife, Jana. Elysa passed away suddenly in January as a result of viral myocarditis. READ HER STORY HERE.

Please go donate even if you won't be Commerce City tomorrow.

Take a look at Burgundy Wave's breakdown of the recent Good, Bad, and Ugly moments for the Colorado Rapids.

The race to the postseason continues as Colorado Rapids took another major step towards capturing a berth in MLS Cup Playoffs. A 1-0 victory over the two time defending MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy was fueled by the playmaking of Vicente Sanchez, a superb strike by Edson Buddle and excellent goalkeeping by Clint Irwin. The Rapids now sit fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 11-8-9 and have lost once in the last ten matches.

The 'Pids have definitely stepped up their game since last time these two teams met. It's sure to be an exciting game tomorrow night. And if you don't have Time Warner Cable don't fret!!  You can catch the game starting at 8 pm on TXA 21 or head out to one of the many pubs that will be showing this game all around the metroplex.

WE ARE GOING TO BRAZIIIIIIIIIL!

The USMNT clinched their spot in the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday night with a (what else?) 2-0 win in Columbus against Mexico. Seth Vertelney was at the game in Ohio and has the full breakdown at Goal.com.

On Tuesday night, a psychologically fragile Mexico side took the field at what has become its own personal house of horrors. After a decent first half for Mexico, Eddie Johnson scored off a corner early in the second half.

Down a goal and with 40 minutes to play, Mexico was beaten.

"I noticed a big change once we scored that first goal," U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez said. "You could see it in their eyes, they were just really defeated and that's when we really started to pick up our game."

Inevitably, a second goal would arrive.

FC Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman spoke with Daniel Robertson about the USA's win and what it means for soccer in this country.

"We have always talked about that were growing tremendously as a participating country, but we haven’t grown as spectators and I think you’re starting to see that now," said Hyndman. "It’s now cool to be a soccer fan and now it’s cool to wear your club’s shirts and to make it a priority to find places to go to see games. I think it’s really a great step in the right direction for us."

The game had the highest ratings of any qualifier in US history and also filled 9 sections of the stadium in Columbus with just US supporters groups. Impressive by any standard in the US for sure.

Steve Davis at Pro Soccer Talk has a US World Cup Qualifying page full of links, stats, and commentary that is worth checking out.

Q: Will Mexico make it?

Best guess, 50-50. Third-place Honduras has a home game against already qualified Costa Rica, then a road game against bottom-of-group Jamaica. That’s ample opportunity for points collection, so I see Honduras keeping its lead on Mexico.

That means Mexico has to collect more points than Panama – just to get 4th-place and that playoff spot against New Zealand!

FIFA announced their updated World Rankings and (while I hold very little faith in these) the USA has moved up 6 spaces to number 13 on the list. Really these lists mean very little unless your in the top 7 (8?) and can get seeded in the World Cup draw. Still it shows the improvement that Jurgen Klinnsmann has made on this team and it's nice to be recognized for their hard work. Full listing here.

Former USMNT Coach Bob Bradley has moved the Egyptian National Team up 11 spots in the ranking to 50th in the world in the latest poll. Bradley and The Pharaohs just wrapped up their semi final round of qualifying with six wins in six games and are poised to make it to Brazil next year. There are still a few tough tests ahead of them though. Goal.com's Avi Creditor has the story about their last win against Guinea earlier in the week.

Bob Bradley's Egypt is still the only perfect team in the world going through World Cup qualifying following a 4-2 victory over Guinea behind closed doors at El-Gouna Stadium in El-Gouna, Egypt, on Tuesday.

Egypt, which already had cemented its place in the final round of African World Cup qualifying prior to the Group G finale, finished off the semifinal round with a 6-0-0 mark in group play, as Mohamed Salah broke a 2-2 draw with an 83rd-minute goal, his African-best sixth goal in the round.

Best of luck to Bob and the Egyptian team in their next round of qualifying. What an amazing story it would be if they could advance to the World Cup. I see a movie in the future. Who would play Bob Bradley?

It has just been announced that the USMNT will play at Hampden Park against the Scottish National Team this November on the 19th at 2 pm CST. MLSSoccer.com has the report.

"The game against Scotland is crucial for us because we have so few games between now and when we name the roster for the FIFA World Cup," Klinsmann said in a statement. "It's a huge opportunity for the players, and we are excited to play against a team and in a venue that has so much tradition and history in football."

The US have played Scotland seven times in its history, holding a lifetime record of 2-3-2 in a series dating back to 1949. The teams last met on Scottish soil in 2005, nearly eight years ago to the day of the November match, when Josh Wolff converted a penalty and the Americans finished with a 1-1 draw. Most recently, a Landon Donovan hat trick paced the USA to a 5-1 win on May 26, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Thanks as always for stopping by the site. Let us know what you think about these stories and others in the comments below.

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