Big D Soccer News Update September 20

Can the Hoops bounce back from a tough loss in Colorado? - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas

Yet another loss has put a dent in the playoff picture for FC Dallas but the the Hoops aren't out of it just yet.

FC Dallas took a tough loss in Commerce City last weekend at the hands of Vicente Sanchez and the Colorado Rapids. Chris Bianchi's Match Recap can be found at FCDallas.com.

FC Dallas had the early second half lead and looked primed to steal three points in an all-important Western Conference showdown with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Rapids midfielder Vicente Sanchez, however, had other ideas.

The creative veteran turned in a dazzling display, scoring the game-tying goal and sending a cross that led to the game-winner as the Rapids collected three critical points in a 2-1 victory over Dallas on a rain-slicked Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

It's easy to get frustrated about the Hedges OG (I sure was) but unfortunately these things happen, especially on a soaked pitch. In the end Sanchez was just too much for the Hoops to handle.

On Sunday morning the FC Dallas and Colorado Reserves teams played with FCD coming out on top 3-1. This is the second win in a row (and only the 3rd win all season) for the FCD Reserves Team. All three FCD goals came in the second half with the first two scored by Kenny Cooper (his third with the reserves in three matches) and Ramon Nunez. The third goal? You'll never believe this....

As Colorado pushed to get an equalizer, Dallas struck again on the counter, with Eric Hassli playing a low ball to Victor Ulloa just before the final whistle to make the final 3-1.

Yup. I'm not making that up. I didn't expect to see that line in any story this year but there it is. You can see the full recap here.

A third FC Dallas team played against Colorado this past weekend. The FC Dallas Special Olympics team took on the Rapids Special Olympics team on Saturday night. Daniel Robertson has posted pictures from the match for everyone to see.

On Saturday night in Denver, our FC Dallas Special Olympics Team played their first-ever match against another MLS team, tying the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Team 2-2. Stay tuned later this week for a blog post recounting the amazing weekend in Colorado, but until then enjoy these pictures from the fun night.

The next game for the Special Olympics team will be following the October 19th home game against Seattle. I strongly encourage everyone to stick around after the game and cheer on this awesome group.

All week MLSSoccer.com has been releasing their 2013 24 under 24 and sadly only one FC Dallas player made the list. Fabian Castillo jumped from #22 on last year's list to #15 this year. Head over to the MLS website to see what the experts say about Fabian and to see the entire 24 under 24.


Know Thine Enemy

FCD head to New Jersey this weekend to take on the Eastern Conference leading New York Red Bulls for their one and only meeting this year in the regular season. Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle have posted their always great Scouting Report for this game at MLSsoccer.com.

Frank Della Femina at NewYorkRedBulls.com also has up his preview of this game and talks about what NYRB must look out for when dealing with a Dallas team that's hungry for a playoff spot.

FC Dallas enters Sunday’s match sitting just outside the playoff bubble in the Western Conference. The club’s 10-8-10 record has them holding down a 40-point total, which keeps them just three points off the fifth place bid behind the Portland Timbers. Fresh off a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, you can bet Dallas will be looking to answer back right away for fear of losing out on big points at this point in the season. It’ll be up to the Red Bulls to make sure that doesn’t happen.

This is an incredibly important game for Dallas to win. Without 3 points here it gets tough to get into the playoffs as FCD will most likely have to count on other teams missteps to get in.

In his post game comments after the US/Costa Rica game a couple of weeks ago Ticos head coach Jorge Luis Pinto pointed out a weakness in the NYRB . One that Dallas must exploit if they are to walk away with three points on Sunday. Story via Thomas Floyd for Goal.com.

"I can't evaluate [NYRB defender Roy Pinto] just for what he does in New York," Pinto said. "It’s not our fault that they don't have a real concept of a lineal defense. I don't think they work specific concepts for a real back line. … We work a full concept of defensive lines and Roy learned those concepts and used them well."

Harsh but true. While the NYRB backline has one of the better CB in the league in Jamison Olave, they are prone to silly mistakes, especially since the loss of Heath Pearce. FCD must be prepared to act on these mistakes should any arise this Sunday.

There will be more than a few players for both sides this weekend that have plenty of experience playing for the other team. Dax McCarty, Stephen Keel, Eric Alexander, and the injured Heath Pearce have all worn both kits in their career. The NYRB have said that there is one former player of theirs that, regardless of recent form, they will not be taking lightly. NewYorkRedBulls.com writer Franco Panizo has the story.

"Kenny [Cooper] is one of the best goal-scorers that I’ve ever played with in my career," midfielder Dax McCarty told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. "He’s a guy that when given a chance, he’ll probably bury it more likely than not. He hasn’t had the season that he’s wanted to have … but with that being said, he’s going to have a little extra motivation for this game, playing his old team, having something to prove, coming back to Red Bull Arena.

"It’s going to be a big game for him and you have to be wary of him. No other way to put it."

Could Schellas Hyndman give Cooper the start this Sunday in hopes that the big guys motivation to beat his old team will be the spark that's needed to take home 3 points back to Frisco? Tune in Sunday at 4 pm to find out!

USMNT News

The USMNT have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup and may be looking to try out some new faces when they take on Jamaica and Panama in the last round of The Hex in October. Jurgen Klinsmann loves to play around with rosters and these 2 games give him a perfect chance to do so. Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright bring us the latest look at American's Abroad. Reading through his great recap one line really jumped out at me. It's someone I would like to see brought back in to see if he can prove that he deserves a place on this team.

In Austria, Terrence Boyd scored his fourth goal in five games as Rapid Vienna hammered FC Wacker Innsbruck 4-0.

I know it's just the Austrian League but Terrence Boyd has showed a lot of promise in his young career and I for one hope to see him get another shot for the Red, White, and Blue. Who would you like to see get a shot to prove they deserve a spot on the USMNT roster?

Another young player that I know many of us would like to see back in the USMNT picture is former FCD man Brek Shea. Ian Edwards at ESPNFC.com is reporting that Shea is healthy and ready to fight for a spot not only for Stoke but the USMNT as well.

"I feel good, now it’s up to the manager," said the 23-year-old told the Stoke Sentinel. "It’s more likely I have a chance next midweek at Tranmere (in the Capital One Cup) than at Arsenal on Sunday. We’ve been playing well and why change a winning team?

"We’ve picked up seven points from four games in the League and we’ve looked good doing it.

"It’s going to be a good fight. There is a lot of competition for the front three places here and being injured didn’t help my cause. I’ve got to put the injury behind me, get fit and fight for a spot. I’m pretty close to full fitness."

Great to hear that Brek is almost 100% and seems to have his head in a good place. I know we would all love to see him the great player that all FCD fans know he could be.

Thanks as always for stopping by Big D Soccer and don't forget to get out to the official watch party at Lemon Bar in Frisco or any of the other great FC Dallas pub partners. Let us know what you think about these stories and more in the comments below.

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