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I think it's appropriate to congratulate an FCD favorite as Jeff Cunningham scored a 90th minute winner for Columbus last night in Vancouver to tie Jaime Moreno's all-time MLS scoring record at 133. The guy gave nothing less than 100% while he was in Dallas and he deserves this honor over a guy who had 40+ penalty kick goals. Click the link to leave a kind message for him.

Today is the biggest day of our young 17 year old homegrown keeper's life as Richard Sanchez and Mexico will face Germany in the semi-finals of the U17 World Cup. Both teams have won all five of their games in the tournament so this one should be a classic. You can see it at 5:45 this afternoon on ESPN3 and Galavision. 

Sanchez checked in from Mexico for FCDallas.com

The ref blew the whistle and everything went silent. It was just me and the ball. Before I knew it, the ball was traveling to my left. I threw myself to my left and stretched my arms out. The ball hit my hands and rebounded into the feet of another Dutch player. He took the shot trying to chip me, but I saved it. At that point, I felt a sense of euphoria and couldn't believe that I blocked a PK during a World Cup.

Back here in Frisco, Steve Hunt has a story up on fssouthwest.com about how balanced scoring has been one of the keys to FCD success. 

Ferreira and versatile Brazilian Jackson are tied for second on FCD in goals with three apiece while a trio of players, a group including the team's two starting center backs in SMU product Ugo Ihemelu who also recently received a contract extension of his own and George John, each have two tallies on the year. There are also five players with one goal each. 

But Dallas isn't just balanced when it comes to goal scoring, they are also getting assists from a similar number of players. So far, 11 different players have assisted on the team's 26 goals scored. 

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Todd Date has a Q&A up with Schellas over at 3rd Degree that touches on a few hot topics. I thought this was the most interesting part...

We did not find we had anybody on our team who had the luxury of switching on and switching off, switching on when we had the ball and switching off when we don’t. David doesn’t do that. If David doesn’t do that, we can’t accept that from anyone else. 

It's looking like Rodolfo Zelaya, a possible target of FC Dallas, will be heading to Russia. Great news for FCD as Alianza has lost their best player before the Champions League showdown in a couple of weeks. 

The great Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad has an article up predicting the Olympics roster and he has an FC Dallas player on there. I want to slap anyone that suggests Brek Shea should be a defender though. 

Brek Shea (FC Dallas) – For most of his young career, Shea has been a versatile player that has never quite settled in a specific position. While mostly playing left midfield at FC Dallas, Shea will be most valuable to the US Olympic team in the backline either at left back or central defense. This US team has a lot of wingers in Chandler, Gyau, Gatt, and Hurzeler but Shea could add much needed size and strength to the defense.

 

Whenever Jonathan Wilson writes an article, you need to read it. Last night Argentina stumbled to their second straight draw in the Copa America and he attempts to explain what is going wrong for the Albiceleste. 

 

To an extent the issue is generational. Younger fans accept that players leave for Europe as soon as they can; older fans seem still to find it hard to accept that the primera has become a diminished league. After the first game a taxi-driver even claimed that Argentina would be better picking only four Europe-based players if they wanted the team to play with pride.

 

 

Finally check out this shocking picture from Netherlands where FC Twente has had renovations on their stadium go horribly wrong with a roof collapsing...Soccernet has more on the story