With no head coach announcement and no news about player's options being picked up, or otherwise, things have been a little quiet on the FCD front these past few weeks. Don't fret though because I would expect that to change within the next few weeks. The last day to make decisions about player options is December 1st and that deadline is approaching fast. Make sure to stay tuned as we'll be breaking down all of the team's moves over the next couple of months.
One piece of great news to come out about an FC Dallas player was the U.S. Soccer announcement that young defender Kellyn Acosta has been named a finalist for the U.S. Soccer 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year. Headover to ussoccer.com and go vote!!!
A versatile presence in the defense and midfield, Acosta was the youngest player representing the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Preceding that tournament, Acosta started twice and played in three matches at the 2013 Toulon Tournament as the U-20s competed against an older tournament field in France. A former member of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program and a participant at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta potentially could be a vital figure during the U-20 MNT’s next World Cup qualifying cycle in 2015. Though Acosta did not see game action at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he featured regularly during his rookie season with FC Dallas. The Plano, Texas, native made his Major League Soccer debut on Aug. 3 against Seattle and logged 1,004 minutes, 11 starts and appeared in 13 matches down the stretch.
Congratulations to Kellyn on being a Finalist!
If you haven't gotten a chance make sure to go read Daniel Robertson's excellent article about a person who is an integral part of FCD and someone who as Daniel puts it "You may not know his name, but those who frequent Toyota Stadium will probably recognize his face.'
FC Dallas Assistant Team Administrator Daniel Granados has been with the club full-time for the past two years, but the soft-spoken native of Leon, Guanajuato goes all the way back to 1996 and the opening days of the franchise.
"I was in the stands [at the Cotton Bowl] in 1996 and saw the ball kids," said Granados who was 22 at the time of MLS’ inception. "I thought it was kind of cool, so I asked and they gave me a phone number. I called and never heard back from anyone until 1997 when I was going to renew my season tickets and I got a call asking if I wanted to do it."
The life-long soccer fan who was working as a cook at the time jumped at the chance to be involved with the new franchise and worked his way up from a volunteer to full-time employee.
It's great to see profiles done on FCD employees that are such an important part of the team yet don't really get the recognition they deserve in the public eye. It's a fascinating read.
Yesterday former FCD great Kevin Hartman announced his retirement after 17 years in MLS. Here's a video of some of Hartman's many great saves from his time in the league.
It's certainly sad to see such an amazing player walk away from the league. We will always have fond recollections of your time spent playing for FC Dallas Mr. Hartman. Thanks for the memories.
This week the team announced the launch of their new online retail store shopfcdallas.com. Right now they are running some great deals on jerseys! If you've been looking to pick one up make sure to head over and check it out.
FC Dallas also announced this year's Black Friday deals that they will be having at the Team Shop at Toyota Stadium.
Don't forget that if you have FIFA 2014 on XBox you can go download actual FC Dallas chants to add to your gaming experience! This is a really cool deal that was put together by the front office. Kudos to them on the really unique idea.
2014 All Star Match-up?
ESPNFC.com's Germany Correspondent Stephan Uersfeld has brought to light that a German publication is reporting that Bayern Munich will be the MLS All-Star opponent for 2014.
Bayern Munich are set to play against the MLS All-Stars next summer as part of their preseason campaign, according to Abendzeitung.
...According to Abendzeitung, Bayern are to play the MLS All-Stars in Portland in the summer of 2014, "as part of their attack on the U.S. market."
No date for the fixture has yet been set, but the Bundesliga club plan to field their strongest side in the preseason friendly.
With the 2014 World Cup final to be played on July 13 and the holidays for Bayern’s international players set to follow soon after, it is likely that the game will be played sometime in mid-August.
If true this is great for MLS especially if Bayern bring in an A squad and would offer great exposure for the reigning UCL champions in the United States.
US National Team News
In some news that should be exciting to all FC Dallas fans US Soccer has announced that the US Women's National Team will open their 2014 season in Frisco on January 31st against Canada.
"It’s great to start the year with a game that is going to be a real test for us and a game that is always highly competitive," said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. "It’s a friendly game, but one that’s meaningful for both teams, and it’s an excellent first match in a year that will end with World Cup qualifying. In 2014, it will be important to play as many quality opponents as possible."
We'll let you know as soon as ticket information is available. You won't want to miss this one!
European club soccer starts back up this weekend with many Americans being in action, including against each other. Ives Galarcep has the full breakdown at Goal.com in his weekly American's Abroad column.
USA teammates Jozy Altidore and Geoff Cameron were in the same lineup on Tuesday, but they will be on opposite sides on Saturday, when Cameron’s Stoke City takes on Altidore’s Sunderland. The Black Cats have seen improved results under new manager Gus Poyet, and can pull even on points with Stoke City with a victory, but winning at the Britannia Stadium won’t be easy against a Potters squad that has just one loss there this season.
Lots of great games on the schedule this weekend!
There has been rumblings about a possible landing spot for USMNT star Clint Dempsey to go out on loan back to the EPL, a league that Dempsey is more than familiar with. Richard Farley at Pro Soccer Talk has the story about the rumor that a new team name has popped up in all of the speculation.
As such, teams from Aston Villa to Everton to Dempsey’s former club Fulham have been linked with the U.S. captain. Maybe Liverpool might want to get into the Dempsey game, having barely missed out of him in Aug. 2012. Even with his struggles to get healthy and productive in Seattle, Dempsey has a well-established reputation in England. Somebody will want to take a chance on him.The latest link is an interesting one, mostly because of how much sense it makes. Newcastle United may not have been the first team that came to people’s minds, but given how Alan Pardew his ninth place team playing, it’s not a bad fit.
Where would you like to see Clint go loan?
I leave you with with one of the coolest bicycle kick saves you may ever see. The coolest part?? It took place during a hockey game! MLSSoccer.com has the video.