What a weekend!!! Most of Rivalry Week(end) was actually boring to watch, however the hatred (and goals) were flying in Frisco. If you missed the Texas Derby on Sunday you should be ashamed of yourself! The Hoops took home the victory (and El Capitan) on Sunday and went straight to the top of the Western Conference table.
Kenny Cooper Jr. broke many a Dynamo fan's heart in the 90th minute on Sunday with a game winning strike from a beautiful service from Michel. FCDallas.com has the video highlights of all 5 goals scored on St. Patty's Day. You can also see the official match recap here.
Incredibly, the Dynamo tied things up in the 83rd minute as Fernandez spilled a Cam Weaver cross into the path of Davis. The midfielder, who was quiet for most of the match, easily curled the rebound past Fernandez to pull things level with less than 10 minutes to play.
The Texas Derby had one final twist, though, as Kenny Cooper won "El Capitán" for FC Dallas in the 90th minute. Michel’s cross looped over Watson and while Cooper fluffed his header, he made no mistake when the ball fell into his path, scoring his first goal of the season.
Yes Cooper's goal probably should have been called a handball, HOWEVER, not only did Jackson have a goal (wrongly) disallowed earlier in the match but not one single Dynamo player was calling for a hand ball against Cooper after it was already in the back of the net. To me it all worked it self out in the end.
It should also be noted that all three goal scorers ended up in the top 10 of this week's Weekly Castrol Index. (via Scott Brown for FCDallas.com)
All three FC Dallas players who scored in the club's weekend win over the Houston Dynamo broke into the Top 10 of the Weekly Castrol Index for Week 3. Center back George John claimed the highest spot among FC Dallas players at number five, just ahead of forward Kenny Cooper at number six. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson landed at number nine, rounding out the trio of Dallas goalscorers.
The team website also has the video of post game comments by Schellas Hyndman, and two of the goal scorers in George John and Kenny Cooper. We all knew Kenny Cooper would eventually get his first goal since coming back, what a way to do it.
Young 'uns and Reserve Team
The FCD Academy and Pre Academy teams have been busy over the last couple of weeks going 6-0-5 in that time span. Scott Brown has the full breakdown at FCDallas.com.
The U-18s' winning streak was put in jeopardy over the weekend when the Texans took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. But the team maintained composure and battled back as Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta converted a penalty kick in the 45th minute and Daniel Nevarez headed home the game-winning goal in the 85th minute to finish off the comeback win.
The FCD Youth have been tearing it up this year! Congrats Baby Hoops and keep kicking ass!
After the senior team game on Sunday the FC Dallas and Houston Reserve teams played 90 minutes, with the Dynamo winning 3-1. Bobby Warshaw had the lone goal for Dallas in the 34th minute.
FC Dallas pulled even in the 34th minute on a goal scored by midfielder Bobby Warshaw. Warshaw earned a corner kick for Dallas when he fired a long-range attempt towards the right post. The rising line-drive was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Tyler Deric but Fabian Castillo was able to pick out Warshaw with the ensuing corner. Warshaw did not give Deric a chance to make a second save, hammering home a full volley to the back post to make the score, 1-1.
Unfortunately Houston would put 2 more in the back of the net before the end of the match. The Reserve team next plays April 6th against Toronto FC following the senior team game at BMO Field. Full Reserve schedule here.
U.S. Men's National Team
It's going to be a busy couple of weeks for the Yanks as they play Costa Rica and Mexico in a four day span.
On Wednesday Jurgen Klinsmann released his 23 player call up list for this series of games and there were several glaring omissions. The US is already missing many of it's top players due to injury (Howard, Cherundelo, almost all of the Ger'mericans) and now Carlos Bocanegra has been left off due to lack of playing time with his club Racing Santander in Spain.
Avi Creditor at Goal.com wonders if leaving Boca out of the squad was a wise move from JK, regardless of club playing time.
Klinsmann's decision to drop U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra -- he of the 110 caps and veteran of two World Cups -- ahead of two crucial World Cup qualifiers is putting his methodology and level of respect among players in the U.S. locker room to the ultimate test.
Avi brings up a very good point considering how disorganized the back line was against Honduras. Klinsmann does have Maurice Edu as a veteran option at CB and while it's not his preferred position, JK has played him there before.
Klinsmann spoke to this very point, as well as answering many lingering questions, when he spoke to ussoccer.com about the upcoming matches.
"You can look at Mo in different ways, which is a big plus for us. We already tried him at center back very successfully last year in August, in Mexico. It worked really well. We know he can play on the side, as well, and we know he can play any role in midfield. First of all, I have to give him a big compliment because he worked his way back into this group with his move from Stoke to Bursaspor. We had Andy Herzog go down to watch Fenerbahçe against Bursaspor two weeks ago and he confirmed that Mo is really back. He’s sharp, he’s in rhythm. The team is doing very well right now, they’re challenging for a European spot for next season. It’s just great to have him back in rhythm because that first half a year with Stoke just didn’t work out the way we all hoped it would work out."
Let's hope that Edu and Cameron can play as well together as they did in Mexico. The game against Costa Rico will be played Friday on ESPN2 at 7 pm CT. If you get a chance you should get out to one of the 2 local American Outlaw chapter viewing parties. Dallas holds theirs at The Staggering Irishman while the Fort Worth get together will be at Abbey Pub. I'll be in Fort Worth and hope to see many of you there.
Around The World
Former England great Michael Owen has announced that he will hang up his boots at the end of this season. Via FoxSoccer.com (meaning skysports.com of course).
"Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first-team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career."
Owen's goal against Argentina at World Cup '98 will always be the go to goal when talking about Owen's career with England. It's sad that such a talented player wasn't able to reach the heights that many saw him reaching due to injury.
On the other side of that coin, Eric Abidal has played for Barcelona (reserve but still...) for the first time since a liver transplant last April.
The 33-year-old played 65 minutes of the game against French second division side Istres at Barca's training ground.Abidal has not played for Barca's senior side in over a year after undergoing a liver transplant last April, having previously had surgery to remove a tumour in March 2011
Great news for Barca fans and even better news for Abidal.
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