Howdy folks! FC Dallas may have given up two late goals to allow TFC to grab a point but that doesn't mean that we aren't still at the top of the Supporter's Shield standings! With a tough opponent in the LA Galaxy coming to Frisco this Saturday the Hoops will look to keep their run of good form going.
As frustrating as giving up two goals in the last 5 minutes (Full video highlights here) was for the team they still have a lot of things to be proud of from their two game road trip and their season in general. FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson (man that's still weird to say...) talked to FCD defender Zach Loyd about what the team should take away from the last couple of games.
"We come out [of the road trip] with four points, so from that perspective it was a great road trip," Loyd said after Saturday's game. "It was frustrating not to get the six points after being up two goals, but we are very happy to come away with four points. Now, we get two home games where we hope to win both of them and stay at the top of the table."
Four points from 2 road games may not be what we've expected this year but compare this to last year and remember that it could always be worse (I'm looking at you Sounders...).
The (3rd place in the Western Conference) LA Galaxy come to FC Dallas Stadium this Saturday for probably the toughest game FCD have had since the Dynamo. This to me is a statement game for the Hoops and offers a chance for FC Dallas to let people around MLS know that this team is for real. Tickets for this game are going quick and if you haven't gotten yours then head over to the team site and grab some for the entire family.
The team is hosting a couple of special events this week for fans. In addition to the open practice at SMU tonight, the club also announced that Kenny Cooper will be signing autographs at the Rally House in Dallas this Thursday from 5-7.
FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper will be making an appearance at the Rally House Thursday, April 11. Cooper will be there from 5-7 p.m. and will be accompanied by the FC Dallas Promo Girls. There will be various giveaways, including autographed cards signed by Kenny Cooper. The Rally House is located off Alpha Road and the Dallas North Tollway, just north of the Galleria.
You have to appreciate how this team does special events and really attempts to reach out to its fans.
The FC Dallas Reserve squad lost 2-0 to TFC Reserves following the first team game on Saturday. FCDallas.com has the full breakdown here.
FC Dallas Reserves (0-2-0, 0 points) fell, 2-0, to Toronto FC Reserves (1-0-0, 3 points) [Saturday] at BMO Field. Toronto FC’s goals were scored by Mark Anthony Kaye and Ashton Bennett.
FC Dallas Reserves next match is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 at Houston Amateur Sports Park.
US National Team
Avi Creditor at Goal.com has the story on the CONCACAF announcement about changes to the Gold Cup to ensure there is never a year the means nothing but bragging rights.
This summer's competition winner will enter a one-game playoff against the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup for the right to represent the region at the FIFA Confederations Cup, CONCACAF announced on Friday. The change alters the nature of the off-year Gold Cup, in which the winner essentially earns bragging rights and little more.
For example, the U.S. cemented a berth in the 2009 Confederations Cup -- the tournament featuring regional champions from around the world, the defending World Cup champion and incumbent World Cup host -- by winning the 2007 Gold Cup, but Mexico earned nothing for winning the 2009 Gold Cup.
I'm glad that CONCACAF has done something about Gold Cup off years. During those years the tournament really didn't make any sense other than to gain playing time for teams.
Also over at Goal.com Alex Labidou writes about a player that will probably be on the Gold Cup team, Jozy Altidor, but has been criticized by many for his seeming inability to recreate his amazing club form for his country. Alex gives a breakdown of some of the possible reasons for Jozy's tough run of form for the USMNT.
Since April 1, 2009, Altidore has scored six goals for the United States. With zero goals in the team's current qualifying cycle, he has drawn criticism from fans, the media and even his current head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Though some of it's been warranted, it's easy to forget the former New York Red Bulls starlet is only 23 years old. Didier Drogba didn't score his first goal for Ivory Coast until he was 25. Yes, Altidore has a lot more appearances than Drogba did but usually more experience isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rather, for strikers, it all comes down to confidence.
I'm as vocal as anyone about Altidor's complete absence of goals when he dons the US kit but Alex brings up some solid points. It's definitely worth a read.
I know that stories about Stuart Holden and his recovery have become a regular thing in my updates but Jeff Carlisle has a piece on espnfc.com about Holden's recovery and what his return to the game has meant for him that's worth checking out.
For his part, Holden stated that while he and Klinsmann have exchanged texts at times during his rehab, he has not heard from the U.S. manager since his loan began. That said, he has an eye firmly fixed on Brazil.
"I've always had the goal of representing the U.S. at another World Cup, and I firmly believe I can be on that plane for Brazil next year," he said.
Holden is under no illusions as to what it will take to get there, however; games -- lots of them -- and everything that entails.
The Wild World Of Soccer
USMNT player Clint Dempsey spoke about the tensions and struggles lately at Tottenham and how it's effecting he and his teammate. Goal.com's Husmukh Kerai has the story.
"I don’t know. It’s something that’s been there. It’s been noticeable in the last three home games," Dempsey said when asked if the mood is affecting the players. "It’s been tense. I’ve felt like that’s kind of what the atmosphere’s been. That’s the way it’s been the last few games.
"You’ve got to keep going. You’ve got to do everything you can to help the team win. You can only try your best. It’s going to be a fight all the way until the end."
I'm sure we all wish Clint had more playing time at Tottenham but it's nice to see him speaking up as a leader and hopefully that can transfer onto the pitch for Spurs.
Yankee Stadium will again host a world class soccer match on when Chelsea meet Manchester City in the Big Apple on May 25th. (via espn.com)
Chelsea will end its season with a second match in the United States, this time a friendly against Manchester City at New York's Yankee Stadium on May 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Also at Yankee Stadium, world and European champion Spain will play an exhibition game on June 11 vs. Ireland.
...The new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009, first hosted soccer last summer when Chelsea played to a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid notched a 5-1 victory over AC Milan.
By all accounts the two games hosted last summer were huge successes. It's always great to have world class clubs come play in the US.
I just want to give you the headline for this story because I don't know what I could add to this to make it any more hilarious: Player hit by pear, match abandoned. Yup....
A Swedish league match between Djurgarden and Mjallby was abandoned Monday after a Mjallby player was hit by a pear.
Angry fans at Djurgarden's home stadium in Stockholm threw bottles, coins, fruit and other objects onto the pitch as Mjallby's players celebrated a goal in the 37th minute.
Television footage showed Mjallby defender Gbenga Arokoyo falling to the ground after an object hit him in the stomach. Swedish broadcaster SVT said it was a pear.
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