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Big D Soccer News Update August 20

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FC Dallas

Well guys it's happened again. The Portland Timbers beat FC Dallas for the 3rd time this season and the second in a row at JELD WEN Field. It wasn't a pretty affair for sure. You can go see all of the match highlights here.

The one bright spot for the Hoops was new Midfielder Mauro Diaz getting his first MLS goal for Dallas. This kid is something special and between him, Erick, and Acosta making their presence known we may be on the brink of seeing something finally change for the better with this team. Hopefully pressure from the young bucks will force some of these veterans to get their acts together.

Dan Itel has the full Match Recap up at FCDallas.com.

The Portland Timbers put to rest any question of whether their first-half magic had worn off with a much-needed 2-1 victory Saturday night over reeling FC Dallas at JELD-WEN Field.

Goals by Timbers forwards Ryan Johnson and Darlington Nagbe, both assisted by midfielder Diego Valeri, bookended Mauro Díaz’s first MLS goal for FC Dallas. All the goalscoring action came in the first half, but it was clear both teams were desperate to keep pace in the jam-packed Western Conference playoff race as there was no shortage of offensive-minded action.

With the win, the Timbers – who were without captain and midfielder Will Johnson in addition to first-choice fullback Jack Jewsbury and forward Frédéric Piquionne due to injury – move into third place with 38 points from 23 games, three points behind front-running Real Salt Lake.

The loss drops slumping FCD, the early trendsetter in the West, out of the playoff picture with 33 points from 24 games. Dallas now have gone 11 games without a victory dating back to May 25.

Eleven games without a win....... Ouch....

Against the LA Galaxy on August 11th FC Dallas Defender Zach Loyd became the newest member to arrive at 100 games played for FC Dallas. Daniel Robertson sat down with Zach for the customary Century Club Q&A.

What's your favorite memory with FC Dallas?

I would say the Western Conference Championship and the team barbeques off the field.

What's your favorite thing about living in Texas?

I would say the people, everyone here is really friendly. I lived up north for a little bit and its not the same.

What's the toughest thing to adjust to living in Texas?

There’s nothing to do in the outdoors

What’s the biggest difference between Texas and Oklahoma?

We have hills in Oklahoma

Make sure you go check out all of Danie's questions and congratulations to Zach on being the 5th FCD player this year to reach the 100 game mark.

If you're still bummed about Saturday night's loss here's something that will make your day brighter. They call it the Keel Cam.

Who ever thought this idea up needs a raise ASAP. This is greatness.

FC Dallas has also announced their 2013 Soccer 101 for Women. This year's event will be held September 17th at FC Dallas stadium. Head to the team website to get signed up and for all the details.

Know Thine Enemy

The Hoops take on the only team worse than themselves in Western Conference Wednesday night in Chivas USA. The only problem is that FCD haven't managed to do very well against the worst team in the West so far this year. The first meeting went Chivas' way with a come from behind win in LA and the July 4th match up was a (very, very, very boring) 0-0 tie at FC Dallas Stadium.

Being sued for the second time by former staff isn't the only thing wrong at the dumpster fire that is Chivas USA these days.

FCD got some help from Chivas as it was announced that Gabriel Farfan and Tristan Bowen will both miss the match due to red card suspensions. Thegoatparade.com's editor and main contributor Alicia has the full story.

In news that shouldn't really surprise anybody, two Chivas USA players have been suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. On Friday, the league announced that both midfielder Gabriel Farfan and winger/forward Tristan Bowen were suspended one game and fined for their actions in the Goats' 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids [August 11th].

If you haven't seen Tristan Bowen SPITTING at Rapid's Defender Chris Klute take a look. I was shocked he only got a 2 game suspension.

USMNT

Bad news came out yesterday that Steve Cherundolo was going to have his 3rd surgery of the year on his knee that has caused him so many problems. Yanks Abroad writer Brian Sciaretta reports that there is some good news about "The Mayor of Hannover" today.

The latest procedure completed today was to remove scar tissue. Although Hannover would not give a definitive timeline for his return, the club expects it to be sooner than later.

"The very short operation was today," Hannover press officer Alex Jacob told YA on Tuesday. "The doctor cut a small scar tissue. Stevie will be back soon."

Thankfully the USMNT captain could be back before the end of the year and possibly make the World Cup roster next summer.

I for one have grown a little tired of hearing about the Demspey move to Seattle. However make sure to go check out Jimmy Conrad's fantastic interview of the sometimes USMNT captain about his return to MLS.


WTF?!?!

Well this is certainly an interesting way to try and motivate your players! Story via Foxsoccer.com.

Starting what may soon become a trend across the European soccer landscape, Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen has come up with a special reward for its "Man of the Match" recipient — a personal car wash serviced by three bikini-clad beauties.

The club is hoping that the idea will make a difference in the players’ performances. After finishing in 15th place last season, just four points above the relegation playoff places, any extra motivation would be deemed helpful.

Well I don't think that would fly here in the US but it's certainly......creative?

Thanks as always for stopping by and don't forget to watch the match on Wednesday night at 9:30 on TWC. Let us know what you think in the comments below.