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FCD News Update 7/13

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Last night, FCD booked their first trip to a USOC quarterfinal since 2007. In that edition, they would go all the way to the final losing a heartbreaker to New England. 

Steve Hunt writes for the Dallas Morning News that heroics from the last round were not needed last night. 

It took a stoppage-time goal by Milton Rodriguez on June 28 to beat Orlando City and get FCD to the quarters. Tuesday, the club took charge in the early going and never let up.

It was a strong performance against a tough MLS opponent three days after Real Salt Lake defeated FC Dallas, 2-0, in Utah. With the loss, RSL is 0-10-1 at FCD in all competitions, including 0-9-1 at Pizza Hut Park.

Peter Welpton has game grades for 3rddegree and a great stat. 

Schellas on the other hand was forced (or was he?) to start with a midfield with a combined number of MLS starts of 48. Kyle Beckerman alone has 231. Just let that soak in for a minute. 

Jair Benitez scored a fantastic free kick goal last night and Robert Casner writes that it's something he's practiced a couple of times. 

Before traveling to Salt Lake [last Friday], I did two of the same goals [in practice],” Benítez told reporters after the win. “The spot was a good location for me and I had the opportunity to score. Luckily I did it tonight.”

 

Keep reading for the RSL side, National Team callups and more

Steve Hunt has a story for the Deseret News where Kreis says it was all about energy levels.

"I think just the energy level [was the biggest difference]," Kreis said. "We've seen it lots and lots of times here in Dallas where we can't just seem to get the energy level right."

 

In addition to his post on Facebook, Beckerman took another opportunity to take a shot at Dallas fans....pretty classy guy, taking shots at a team for Open Cup attendance. Pretty funny stuff considering Dallas sold out their last MLS game. While Beckerman makes himself sound like a real clown(not to mention looking like one), he raises an interesting point.

I believe that Open Cup is a perfect opportunity for FCD to play in a smaller stadium closer to downtown Dallas and reach out to a different audience. The 3,000 people at the game last night would have been a fantastic atmosphere in a smaller stadium....hell Seattle plays their USOC games at a stadium that seats less than 4,000. 

"It's a shame. It seemed like a high school match tonight, with how many in the crowd? 3000? Ha, good one," he said. "It wasn't the greatest atmosphere, which is a shame."

FC Dallas will face off against either Seattle or Los Angeles in the semifinals. That game will be played tonight in Seattle. I hear it will be streamed live at Soundersfc.com.

Because of FC Dallas' 2-0 quarterfinal win Tuesday night against Real Salt Lake, the Sounders still stand to host an Open Cup semifinal on Aug. 30 should they beat the MLS-leading Galaxy. But with league-wide attention and commitment to the tournament increasing, Seattle's road to a third-straight Open Cup championship will be harder than ever.

On the other half of the bracket, Chicago defeated New York in a game that NYRB head coach Hans Backe valued so much, he couldn't even be bothered to go. 

The Chicago Fire brought the bulk of their best personnel and the New York Red Bulls did not. 

That was the clear-cut difference in Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match, and the Fire took advantage of the situation. Orr Barouch led the way with two second-half goals, and Dominic Oduro and Yamith Cuesta also added tallies as the Fire prevailed, 4-0, at Toyota Park. 

Kansas City lost a shocking 2-0 home result to lower league Richmond Kickers. 

Obviously, I’m ticked,” he said. “I’m ticked because you don’t give stuff like that away. We probably had it wrapped up to have the semifinal here, and to give that away — absolute embarrassment.”

 

The U18 Academy's season will either be over or extended tonight as they face Weston FC in their last Finals Week game. Dallas sits tied with CASL at the top of their group but sit 2 goals behind on goal difference. CASL has a tough final game against Baltimore Bays Chelsea. If Dallas can better CASL's result, they will advance to the Development Academy championship game. 

The U-17/18 age group concludes group play today with six teams still in the running to qualify for the championship final, which will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com at 12 p.m. CT. Pateadores and Dallas Texans both have four points sitting atop Group 1, while CASL Chelsea FC Academy and FC Dallas also share four points in the lead for Group 2.

FC Dallas Academy defenders Boyd Okuwono and Michael Ambrose have been called up by the U18 national team for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. 

U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has finalized his 18-player roster for the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, which will be held from July 21-30 in Coleraine and Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Following the opening ceremony on July 24, the U.S. will play Israel on July 25 and Mexico on July 27 before a placement match on Friday, July 29.