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FC Dallas News Update 5/17

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FRISCO, TX - MAY 14:  Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman #1 of FC Dallas celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on May 14, 2011 in Frisco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - MAY 14: Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman #1 of FC Dallas celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on May 14, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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A little news update on Tuesday morning....I really should do these more often. 

Who doesn't love power rankings? Steve Davis has FC Dallas 7th, behind LA, Colorado and Philadelphia, teams they've beaten in the last month...oooook.

Kyle McCarthy of goal.com has FCD in a more reasonable fourth

4. FC Dallas – Interest in the Ewing Theory has somewhat unexpectedly picked up over the past few weeks in Frisco. (9)

Soccer America has FCD in sixth

6. FC DALLAS (5-3-2).  Back-to-back shutout wins at home propelled FCD into second place in the West. Daniel Hernandez converted a PK to down TFC, 1-0, on Wednesday, and teenage DP Fabian Castillo set up a goal for Brek Shea and scored one himself in a 2-0 defeat of Philly Saturday. That’s five games unbeaten, during which FCD has allowed only two goals. A big test comes Sunday: at home against RSL. Last week: 9.

Keep reading

SBI has Dallas in fourth

Outlook: Kevin Hartman is in the zone. In the midst of another one of his trademark shutout streaks, the FC Dallas goalkeeper is at the heart of the team's latest run of form. Fabian Castillo and Brek Shea, he of the recent contract extension, are stepping up in David Ferreira's absence as well, as the Red Stripes seem to have found their way.

Herculez Gomez was at the FC Dallas game on Saturday prompting some speculation but this article by Brian Sciaretta should pour some water on that spark 

"I had a meeting myself with the club a week before they made the announcement," Gomez said of his standing at Pachuca. "It was about my future and they made it clear they didn't want to sell me but if an offer came about that was good for the club, they would take it. I understand that and I know where they're coming from. It's part of the sport."

Shin Guardian has a very interesting Q&A up dealing with ticket sales in MLS and they talk to the FCD director of sales

What’s a challenge that is unique to marketing and selling tickets for your specific team?

KK, FC Dallas: Relevance in the marketplace…going head to head with long-standing traditions of the Cowboys, Mavs and Rangers…we’ll get past it, but it is the biggest battle we face.