USSF responds to FIFA investigation


The fallout from the explosive events from yesterdays arrests, the U.S. Soccer Federation released a statement on the current events.







CHICAGO (May 27, 2015) – The United States Soccer Federation firmly believes there is no higher priority, and nothing more important, than protecting the integrity of our game. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and business practices, and we will continue to encourage CONCACAF and FIFA to promote the same values. Out of respect for the ongoing investigation, we will not speculate or comment further on this matter at this time.

FC Dallas takes down Chivas USA 3-1

Game Observations:



* Papi-ball is taking shape. Nice spells of free flowing football with flair
* Je-vaughn Watson had a horrid 1st-half. You can see it either half full or empty but he needs to finish those chances.
* Je-vaughn’s half full part is his pace and athleticism will give any team trouble. Atiba Harris 2.o
* Early impression on Fabian Castillo this season, could be a MVP candidate. There is no answer for his pace and 1v1 attack.
* Three points last night cost FC Dallas three defensive midfielders but seeing the glimpse of Hendry Thomas’ role on this team will give this year’s squad a real bite and toughness.
* Surprise Chivas USA Center-back starter Eriq Zavaleta was red meat for FC Dallas attack.
* Chivas USA had a very defensive game plan flowing. Mauro Rosales was their only bright spot.
* Kellyn Acosta finally went full 90. A solid game for the 18 year old.
* Mauro Diaz is filling the role of ex-FC Dallas David Ferreira playmaker quite nicely. Oscar needs to avoid the trap his predecessor of not spelling him from the hot and hard-fouling season ahead.


Scoring Summary:

DAL – Fabian Castillo (Hendry Thomas, Mauro Diaz) 72

DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson 78

CHV – Erick Torres (Kristopher Tyrpak, Adolfo Bautista) 81

DAL – Michel 86


FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta, Hendry Thomas, Adam Moffat (Andrew Jacobson 11, David Texeira 67), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Je-Vaughn Watson, Blas Perez (Michel 76).

Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Danny Garcia, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (JaVaughn Watson 3, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Je-Vaughn Watson, Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez 1); FOULS: 14 (Hendry Thomas 3, Blas Perez 3, Andrew Jacobson, David Texeira 2); OFFSIDES: 7 (Fabian Castillo 3, Je-vaughn Watson 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Diaz 2); SAVES: 3 (Chris Seitz).

Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Carlos Bocanegra, Tony Lochhead, Eric Avila, Eriq Zavaleta, Oswaldo Minda (Marco Delgado 46), Thomas McNamara, Leandro Barrera (Kristopher Tyrpak 72), Mauro Rosales, Erick Torres, Luke Moore (Adolfo Bautista 78).


Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, Dani Fragoso, Matthew Fondy, Andrew Ribeiro.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Luke Moore 3, Erick Torres 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Thomas McNamara, Erick Torres, Luke Moore 1); FOULS: 14 (Tony Lochhead, Thomas McNamara 4, Carlos Bocanegra 3); OFFSIDES: 0 ; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Mauro Rosales, 3); SAVES: 2 (Dan Kennedy 2).

Misconduct Summary:

CHV – Tony Lochhead (caution) 33

CHV – Erick Torres (caution) 34

DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution) 38

CHV – Oswaldo Minda (caution) 42

DAL – Michel (caution) 84

CHV – Marco Delgado (caution) 85

CHV – Kristopher Tyrpak (caution) 87

DAL – Hendry Thomas (caution) 91+

DAL – Hendry Thomas (ejection) 90+4


Referee: Fotis Bazakos

Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Brian Poeschel

Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo

Attendance: 15564

Time of Game: 1:55

Weather: Cloudy, 55 degrees



FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match…

I liked our game. I have to say that I’m very proud of this team – the way they executed the plan. It was very good, especially in the first half when I saw the first team creating many options; being in front of the goal four times is not easy in the game.

I like our team and I have to reward the guys because they were the ones that came with that energy and fought hard that whole game.

They have been training a lot on finishing. Castillo is a player who needs to practice that and he knows; it’s time for him to show that he can create options and that he can also finish.  Having Fabian in the mode of contributing to the team is crucial for us.

I thought that this is one of the best games I’ve seen since I’ve been with JeVaughn Watson.  His work ethic is outstanding.

The first half of the game was very good for us. In terms of the game, the way we wanted to play, the pressure, the intensity, the options we created.  If you measure the fundamentals with the game, the first half was a good example of the way we want to do it. I knew that a goal was coming and that was the message in the locker room.

On scoring with set pieces…

We will be pleased to score from set pieces on tight games like tonight’s when it seemed like you cannot seem to bring the ball back to the net. In the first half, especially, when we created five chances but couldn’t score, we kept depending on set pieces. I thought we all saw a team that deserved to win tonight and that’s the bottom line.

What I liked from our team the most today is that we saw a team with intensity and character.  We played the first game against Montreal where we scored goals and we got the three points but I knew that my team wasn’t very happy with its performance to be honest. In Kansas City we had a team that didn’t possess as much but we were very disciplined with a lot of character and energy.  Today it was that plus discipline and intensity – which is a good way for us to grow.


FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo
Is finishing the number one thing you are working on right now?

Yes. We work on it at least two or three times a week, all the forwards together. It has been paying off because we get into the matches and we have had some success scoring goals this season.

How close is the team to reaching its full potential?
Little by little we are working on bringing our game together. Every game is different, so we have to adapt. We are fortunate that so far, things have been going our way. We will continue to work hard and try to be a better team each day.

Do you feel you are close to reaching your full potential personally?
I feel better, but it’s more a matter of gaining confidence. The coaching staff is comfortable letting me attack. They work with me a lot in training and the coaches give me the confidence to be creative. It is very helpful to be able to play with confidence.


FC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta
General thoughts on the match…
It was a tough game. I thought the team showed well. We had some positive moments. We need to build on those and take that momentum into our match next week.

How do you feel about the team’s chemistry three weeks into the season?
We’re gelling pretty well. We know one another. We made a few changes in the lineup today and we still played well, played as a team…

Was it as a physical a game as it looked on the score sheet?
For sure, both teams were out there to win. We were all fighting for every loose ball to try and get three points.


FC Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson
On his goal…
I felt that I could have done better with the chance I had in the first half, so I thought to myself ‘when the next one comes you gotta finish it.’ I made a hard run and the ball got through. I stayed focused and was able to finish the goal.

What was it like to score three goals in 15 minutes?
We have a good team. The guys were running really hard… To score three goals so fast… We had them on their back foot from the get-go. The guys came out in the second half and decided that we were going to go for the kill.

On the ball Mauro Diaz played to set up his goal…
It was the perfect ball because I was running all the way from our half of the field. I was all by myself making a hard run. I felt I was faster than the defender. It was the perfect ball. There was nothing he could have done.

On dribbling around the goalkeeper rather than shooting…
It was a beautiful moment for me. It was one of my best goals. When it went in, I felt like I was on cloud nine or 10, just to score my first goal of the season. I was enjoying it.


Chivas USA Head Coach, Wilmer Cabrera

On tonight’s loss…

When you make those mistakes on set pieces, and lose concentration, you don’t deserve to win. You have to get punished in order for us to improve because we’ve been working on set pieces, and today we lost concentration and then we got punished. Two set piece goals and then one more. That happened last weekend against Vancouver in the last 10 minutes, and happened to us again today. So, we have to continue working. It’s not like we’re too far off, but we still need to improve in those aspects if we want to continue moving forward. We want to be a little bit more competitive.


How frustrating is it for three mistakes in 10 minutes to nullify 70 minutes of hard work?

It is frustrating, but at the same time it shows we have to continue working because we cannot change the whole mentality in this short period of time. We have to continue improving in a lot of things, but the concentration and the discipline for 90 minutes has to get better.


On Eriq Zavaleta’s first start…

It was very solid, very solid. Throughout the 90 minutes it was simple, solid. It was a good showing for him.



Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy
Thoughts on the second half…

In the second half, we actually came out a little more courageous on the ball, a little bit better in possession. We were definitely more dangerous. Unfortunately, we gave up the first set piece goal. That changed up the tempo of the game and we gave them some momentum. It must have come in the 71st minute, and the game got away from us.


Did you feel the first half was more of a wide open game?

That was what we felt when we got to halftime. We were able to come in here and regroup. We thought we had a good chance to get something out of this game because we had some issues in the first half, but it’s tough when you give up two set piece goals to get a result on the road.


With the changes made in front of you, how confident are you as the season progress?

There have been a lot of great additions to this team and you’ve seen the rewards of that through our first two results at home. Certainly, we’ve got a lot of new guys on this team, to this league, so we need to make sure we all get on the same page for these roads games and make sure we’re putting in a good shift on the road.



Chivas USA defender Eric Avila
On returning to Dallas…

It’s always nice coming back. It’s where it all started and it feels nice to see the fans and Toyota Stadium.


On his position change to defender…

It’s different than what I usually play. It’s more of a defensive role. The thing about me is I’m just trying to help the team out as much as possible. The position was still up in the air in preseason. I’m still learning about it, but it’s going well.


On the culture change in the locker room with all the new additions…

I think it’s a lot more mature in the locker room. All the guys are so great. Everyone’s still willing to work hard. It’s a good group of guys.

Sydney Leroux completes a solid team victory over Canada

In front of sold out Toyota Stadium on  a perfect night for soccer, the U.S. Women National Team completed a hard fought workman like victory over Canada. Canada , a team that has become one of U.S. Women toughest opponents the past few years presenting a veteran corp of players that matches up well with the current U.S. Women team.


Coming into the 2nd year of his tenure, Coach Tom Sermanni is still exploring the quality of his depth combining 1st time 20-year old starter Morgan Brian and veteran center-backs Stephanie Cox and Becky Sauerbrunn. Missing from the ususal starting XI were the injured Alex Morgan and red-card suspension Carli Lloyd.


The game was a chess match of two well organized teams. The U.S. Women held the majority of the possession as Canada bunkered against the potent attack of the U.S. front four of Abby Wambach, Megan Ripone; Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux. The winning goal spawn from well-timed run by U.S. Women center-back Becky Sauerbrunn deep into the box with clever give and go pass with 2nd half substitute, Christen Press. Becky centering pass to a wide open Sydney Leroux finishes the sitter in front of the open net. With that moment of brilliance in the 78′ minute and locking down the Canada’s big offensive threat of Christine Sinclair, Becky Sauerbrunn earned the Budweiser Woman of the Match.


Per U.S. Soccer, last night’s crowd of  20,862 was the largest crowd for a WNT home game in more than a decade, when 23,176 fans watched the USA beat Mexico 3-1 on Nov. 2, 2003, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. This sell-out followed 2012’s thriller at FC Dallas stadium between U.S. Women vs New Zealand of 20,677.


-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada

Date: Jan. 31, 2014

Competition: International Friendly

Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT

Attendance: 20,862

Weather: 62 degrees, clear


Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA 0 1 1

CAN 0 0 0


USA – Sydney Leroux (Becky Sauerbrunn) 78th minute



USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 77), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 25-Morgan Brian, 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe (8-Amy Rodriguez, 88); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 74)

Substitutions Not Used: 7-Crystal Dunn, 19-Kristie Mewis, 21-Jill Loyden, 22-Julie Johnston

Head coach: Tom Sermanni


CAN: 1-Erin McLeod; 7-Rhian Wilkinson (3-Sura Yekka, 74), 14-Kadeisha Buchanan, 10-Lauren Sesselmann, 20-Marie-Éve Nault (4-Carmelina Moscato, 81); 8-Diana Matheson (16-Jonelle Filigno, 86), 11-Desiree Scott, 13-Sophie Schmidt; 9-Josée Bélanger (17-Brittany Baxter, 71), 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 19-Adriana Leon (6-Kaylyn Kyle, 61)

Substitutions Not Used: 21-Stephanie Labbe, 33-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Emily Zurrer

Head coach: John Herdman


Stats Summary: USA / CAN

Shots: 15 / 7

Shots on Goal: 6 / 1

Saves: 1 / 4

Corner Kicks: 6 / 2

Fouls: 3 / 16

Offside: 3 / 0


Misconduct Summary:

CAN – Josée Bélanger 29th minute

CAN – Kaseisha Buchanan 33

CAN –Lauren Sesselmann 38



Referee: Mirian León (SLV)

Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)

Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo Gómez (MEX)

Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)


Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn


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FC Dallas gets their man: Oscar Pareja returns as Head Coach












“We are thrilled to welcome Oscar back to FC Dallas as head coach,” FC Dallas Chairman Clark Hunt said. “In addition to his stellar career as a player in our league, Oscar has an outstanding track record of success as a coach at every level of MLS. After an extensive search process, we concluded that Oscar’s experience, teaching ability, personal integrity and passion for our club make him the ideal choice to lead FC Dallas in 2014 and beyond.”


Pareja joined the Dallas Burn in August 1998. The Colombian star hung up his boots in 2005 after tallying 13 goals and 47 assists (second all-time) in a Dallas kit. He spent the next two seasons as an assistant coach for FC Dallas before joining long-time friend and former Colombian National Team teammate Wilmer Cabrera’s staff with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team.


“I spent 14 years in Dallas and both the club and the Hunt family hold a special place in my heart,” said Pareja. “While I am forever grateful to the Colorado Rapids for giving me my first head coaching job in MLS, my family and I have decided to take this opportunity to get back home to Texas. I believe we can build something really special in Dallas, and I am thankful for the opportunity, and thankful to the organization, its fans and ownership for believing in me.”


In 2008, Pareja rejoined FC Dallas as Director of Player Development for the FC Dallas Youth system, a program he quickly established as one of the nation’s best.


In the 2010-2011 season, Pareja was named the U-18 Academy Coach of the Year before taking the U-18s to a runner-up finish at the national championship. U.S. Soccer rated the FC Dallas Academy best in the nation among more than 70 different clubs in 2011. In 2011, Pareja also served as an assistant coach for the FC Dallas first team and head coach of the FC Dallas Reserves.


In 2011, six years to the day after he scored his last goal as a player for FC Dallas, Pareja was inducted into the Walk of Fame alongside former teammate and friend, Bobby Rhine, who passed away unexpectedly one month before the induction.


The Colorado Rapids named Pareja head coach following the 2011 season and in two seasons, the former Dallas man went 25-30-13, orchestrating a 2013 turnaround that saw the Rapids back into the postseason and had Pareja widely featured among Coach of the Year chatter throughout the season.


“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing Oscar home to Dallas,” said Dan Hunt, vice president of Hunt Sports Group. “Oscar has been part of our FC Dallas family for more than 10 years and helped shape our youth development and academy programs into what they are today. We couldn’t imagine a better fit for our professional team and our goal of building a championship club.”


As a player, Pareja appeared in 385 games for Independiente Medellín and Deportivo Cali before joining MLS in 1998. He then played 183 games in MLS (New England and Dallas). Pareja also earned 11 caps with the Colombian National Team, scoring three goals for his country from 1991 to 1996.


The Colorado Rapids will receive a first round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick (the second of two belonging to Dallas) and allocation money as compensation for Pareja.


Pending his return from MLS Combine and SuperDraft, Pareja will be available for his first official press conference at a date to be determined.


FC Dallas reports for 2014 preseason on Jan. 25, and will spend the following weeks preparing for the 2014 season opener against Montreal, presented by AdvoCare and slated for March 8 at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas falls, 1-0, in friendly to English Premier League side Stoke City FC

FC Dallas falls, 1-0, in friendly to English Premier League side Stoke City FC
FC Dallas’ newest signing, Mauro Diaz, plays 28 minutes in debut

FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, July 27) – FC Dallas dropped a 1-0 decision to Stoke City FC in an exhibition tonight at FC Dallas Stadium.

FC Dallas had three quality scoring chances in the first 21 minutes of the match. The first two were shots on goal that were bent in from the right corner flag by the left-footed Brazilian defender, Michel. Stoke City FC goalkeeper Asmir Begovic punched both efforts off the line before making a block with his right knee to deny Kenny Cooper of a goal in the 21st minute. The play began with Jackson, who ran at a defender before slipping a shot inside the area for Fabian Castillo. Castillo opened the door for a shot from Cooper by allowing the ball to roll through his legs and continue on to the forward, who was behind him. Cooper struck the ball with his first touch to force the save from Begovic.

Against the run of play, Stoke City FC took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute on a goal scored by Jonathan Walters. The Potters connected a few passes in their offensive third of the pitch when a partially deflected pass rebounded to the feet of Erick Pieters. The defender quickly pushed a pass inside to Walters, who turned, faked a shot and finished low to the left side of FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.

Stoke City looked poised to take a 2-0 lead when Cameron Jerome earned a penalty kick for the visitors in the 81st minute. Jerome took the kick and attempted to beat Chris Seitz, low to his right side but the goalkeeper came up with a diving, right-handed save to keep Dallas in the game.

Less than a minute later, FC Dallas gained a man advantage when Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson was shown a straight red card for a hard tackle on FC Dallas Homegrown player Danny Garcia.

After receiving some treatment on the sideline, Garcia returned to the match and earned Dallas’ best opportunity for an equalizer in stoppage time when he drew a foul 23 yards from goal. Ramon Nunez opted to take the free kick, bending a hard shot around the wall, but Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson came across the goal line to make a spectacular save to preserve the shutout for the English Premier League side.

Scoring Summary:
SCFC – Jonathan Walters (Erik Pieters) 25

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez (Chris Seitz 46), Michel (Mauro Diaz 31, Jonathan Top 59), Jackson (Zach Loyd 46), Stephen Keel, George John (London Woodberry 63), Kellyn Acosta, Jair Benitez (Danny Garcia 67), Je-Vaughn Watson (Victor Ulloa 70), David Ferreira (Ramon Nunez 46), Fabian Castillo (Bradlee Baladez 65), Kenny Cooper (Eric Hassli 46).

Substitutes Not Used: Matt Hedges, Kyle Zobeck.

TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Ramon Nunez 5, Kenny Cooper, Michel, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Ramon Nunez 2); FOULS: 8 (Stephen Keel 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Kellyn Acosta 1); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Michel 4, Mauro Diaz 2, Ramon Nunez 9); SAVES: 3 (Raul Fernandez 1, Chris Seitz 2).

Stoke City FC – Asmir Begovic (Thomas Sorenson 46), Erik Pieters (Andy Wilkinson 71), Robert Huth (Ryan Shotton 73), Glenn Whelan (Charlie Adam 46), Wilson Palacios (Marc Wilson 71) , Kenwyne Jones (Peter Crouch 46), Steven N’Zonzi (Michael Knightly 71), Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Walters (Cameron Jerome 46), Geoff Cameron (Jordan Keane 89), Matthew Etherington (Marc Muniesa 46).

Substitutes Not Used: Florent Cuvelier.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Jonathan Walters 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (); FOULS: 14 (Wilson Palacios, Andy Wilkinson 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Cameron Jerome 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Charlie Adam, Michael Knightly 1); SAVES: 4 (Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorenson 2).

Misconduct Summary:
SCFC – Steven N’Zonzi (caution) 12
SCFC – Wilson Palacios (caution) 52
SCFC – Andy Wilkinson (caution) 82

SCFC – Charlie Adam (caution) 90+

Referee: Ted Unkel
Referee’s Assistants: Scott Kcahmarik, Jonathan Johnson

4th Official: Younes Marrakchi
Weather: Clear, 88 degrees


Day 1 of 2013 USSDA Playoffs

Day 1 of USSDA completed under the best of condition. All games had schedule water breaks in each half. The first day brought some major upsets. Some major upsets with the higher ranked teams and only a few MLS Academy teams meet expectations.



* #1 NYRB rescued a point against the lowest ranked playoff team, Strikers FC.


* Sounders, Whitecaps and Galaxy star players performed as advertise


* DeAnza Force defeated the #2 ranked Baltimore Bay with a stellar 2-0 victory. Jacuri Hayes and Yaw Amankwa was shut down by a very organize defense.


* Indiana Fire Cameron Lindley put his signature in the 2-0 victory over Chivas USA. Chivas USA Caleb Calvert subbed out shortly before halftime and looked to be sporting a knock.


* Local Clubs; FC Dallas, Solar and Dallas Texans all stumble out of the gate and will have an uphill battle for the rest of the week.


5 Games to Watch:

5:15 pm Solar Chelsea SC U-15/16 vs Chicago Magic PSG U-15/16
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 13


5:15 pm Solar Chelsea SC U-15/16 vs Chicago Magic PSG U-15/16
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 13


7:15 pm New York Red Bulls U-15/16 vs PA Classics U-15/16
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 13


7:15 pm Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18 vs Players Development Academy U-17/18
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 6


7:15 pm Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16 vs FC DELCO U-15/16
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 12


Players to Watch U16’s

* Obinwa(#33)/Novakovich (#38) – Chicago Magic


* Dixon (#7)/Wade – NYRB


* Pulisic (#8) – PA Classic


* Lennon(#29)/Saucedo(#50) – RSL


* Winn (#18) – Solar


* Craft (#26) – FC Dallas

2013 USSF Development Academy Playoffs Preview

FC Dallas Complex hosts the Academy Playoffs for the 3rd straight year. U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment. U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs kicks off for Monday, June 24, in Frisco, Texas featuring 32 teams in each U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups competing for the Academy Finals in Houston next month. Follow @TXFutgol for coverage this week.


  • Teams in the Playoff are schedule in the late and early time slots away from the heat of day
  • U-17/18 Playoff Group Play Starts Monday June 24th and U-15/16, Tuesday June 25th
  • Each Group stage winner in the round robin format advances to Finals Week in Houston, July 14-20th

5 Players to Watch (U18)

Seattle Sounder – Jodan Morris (#19)
Houston Dynamo – Bryan Salazar (#7)
Chivas USA – Caleb Calvert (#78)
Solar Chelsea – Trevor Haberkorn (#7)
DeAnza Force – Michael Amick (#25)
5 games to Watch – June 24th

7:00 pm Players Development Academy U-17/18 vs IMG Academy U-17/18
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 8

7:00 pm Real So Cal U-17/18 vs Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 9

7:00 pm PA Classics U-17/18 vs Houston Dynamo U-17/18
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 6

9:15 pm Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18 vs Chivas USA U-17/18
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 13

9:15 pm Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy U-17/18 vs Pateadores U-17/18
FC Dallas Sports Park – Field 4


2013 Playoff Schedule

U-17/18 Group Standings

U-15/16 Group Standings

U16 Overall Ranking:

1 01. New York Red Bulls U-15/16
2 02. Players Development Academy U-15/16
3 03. FC Dallas U-15/16
4 04. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16
5 05. Chivas USA U-15/16
6 06. Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U-15/16
7 07. De Anza Force U-15/16
8 08. Solar Chelsea SC U-15/16
9 09. Houston Dynamo U-15/16
10 10. D.C. United U-15/16
11 11. CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-15/16
12 12. Seattle Sounders FC U-15/16
13 13. Oakwood Soccer Club U-15/16
14 14. Real Salt Lake AZ U-15/16
15 15. Chicago Fire U-15/16
16 16. Albertson SC U-15/16
17 01. Texans SC Houston U-15/16
18 02. Real So Cal U-15/16
19 17. Georgia United U-15/16
20 03. Colorado Rapids U-15/16
21 04. FC DELCO U-15/16
22 05. FC Bolts Celtic U-15/16
23 18. Concorde Fire U-15/16
24 06. Crossfire Premier U-15/16
25 19. Chicago Magic PSG U-15/16
26 07. Orlando City U-15/16
27 08. Arsenal FC U-15/16
28 09. Sockers FC U-15/16
29 10. PA Classics U-15/16
30 11. South Carolina United Battery Academy U-15/16
31 12. Texas Rush U-15/16
32 13. Revolution Empire U-15/16

Overall U-17/18 Playoffs Pool

1 01. New York Red Bulls U-17/18
2 02. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18
3 03. Players Development Academy U-17/18
4 04. Albertson SC U-17/18
5 05. Shattuck-Saint Mary’s Soccer Academy U-17/18
6 06. LA Galaxy U-17/18
7 07. Real Salt Lake AZ U-17/18
8 08. Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-17/18
9 09. D.C. United U-17/18
10 10. FC Dallas U-17/18
11 11. Indiana Fire Academy U-17/18
12 12. New England Revolution U-17/18
13 13. Solar Chelsea SC U-17/18
14 14. Weston FC U-17/18
15 01. Real So Cal U-17/18
16 02. PA Classics U-17/18
17 15. Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18
18 16. Houston Dynamo U-17/18
19 03. Dallas Texans U-17/18
20 17. CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-17/18
21 18. Chicago Magic PSG U-17/18
22 04. Crew Soccer Academy U-17/18
23 19. Kendall SC U-17/18
24 05. Chivas USA U-17/18
25 06. De Anza Force U-17/18
26 07. Chicago Fire U-17/18
27 08. IMG Academy U-17/18
28 09. San Jose Earthquakes U-17/18
29 10. Pateadores U-17/18
30 11. St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-17/18
31 12. Concorde Fire U-17/18
32 13. Strikers FC U-17/18

FC Dallas defeats Memphis 2-1 in first scrimmage of 2013

Brazilian trialist Michel involved in both of FC Dallas’ goals
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FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, Feb. 2) – SMU product TJ Nelson put away the game-winner in stoppage time off a cross from Brazilian trialist Michel to give FC Dallas a 2-1 win over the University of Memphis, today on the adidas Field at FC Dallas Stadium.

Michel assisted on both of FC Dallas’ goals, the first of which was scored by Homegrown player and Mesquite native, Bradlee Baladez.

FC Dallas had its first decent scoring chance in the seventh minute, when Bobby Warshaw earned a free kick 30-yards from goal. David Ferreira stepped to the kick and lobbed a pass to the back post, where Warshaw found enough space to volley a shot on goal with his first touch. Fortunately for Memphis, the shot was directly at goalkeeper Conor Hurley, who made an easy save.

Mark Sherrod nearly gave Memphis a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. The forward made a deep run towards the back post and was rewarded with a perfect cross in from the left flank by Benji Ciosanski. Sherrod attempted to volley the cross out of the air but had the attempt skip wide of the net behind FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

In the 33rd minute, Ferreira played a through ball to Baladez, who timed his run perfectly to beat Memphis’ offsides trap. In alone on goal, Baladez tried to knock a low shot to the far corner behind Hurley, but the attempt went just wide of the right post.

Just before the conclusion of the first half, Ferreira combined with right back Zach Loyd on the flank to set up a chance for trialist Ryuta Sasaki. Loyd played a perfectly-weighted cross to the back post but the Japanese forward pushed his header wide of the right post.

Following the scoreless first half, Memphis’ Sherrod tested FC Dallas’ Supplemental Draft pick Kyle Zobeck at the near post in the 57th minute. The former Valparaisogoalkeeper positioned himself well at the near post and was able to catch and hold the shot without allowing a rebound.

FC Dallas took a 1-0 lead on a goal scored by Baladez in the 66th minute. The sequence began with Michel on the left flank. The Brazilian played a long cross to the back post that was tracked down by second-half substitute Cam Wilder and centered for Baladez, who finished into the empty net behind Memphis goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui.

Sherrod got his second opportunity of the half in the 74th minute and leveled the score 1-1. The play began with a goal kick taken in Memphis’ defensive third by Uzcategui. The lobbed ball skipped through the FC Dallas defense at midfield and was controlled by Sherrod. Memphis’ captain beat a defender at the top of the box before slotting a left-footed shot to the back post, beyond the reach of Zobeck.

FC Dallas appeared to be heading for a draw but Nelson slipped in-behind the Memphis defense seconds before the final whistle. Once again finding space on the left flank, Michel played a 30-yard cross to Nelson’s foot at the far post and the former SMU captain struck a right-footed volley past Uzcategui to give FC Dallas the 2-1 victory.


Scoring Summary:
DAL – Bradlee Baladez (Cam Wilder, Michel) 66
MEM – Sherrod 74
DAL – TJ Nelson (Michel) 91+


First Half
FC Dallas Reserves – Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Michel, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd, Bobby Warshaw, Jackson, Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira, Bradlee Baladez, Ryuta Sasaki.


Memphis – Conor Hurley, Adam Camilo, Chandler Gagon, JJ Greer, Will Linder 23), Austin Stone,  Liam Collins, Chris Gardia (Patrick Toh 28), Shane Keely, Dennis Kennetz, Benji Ciosanski (Austin Gross 36), Mark Sherrod (Paul Langford 36).


Second Half
FC Dallas Reserves – Kyle Zobeck, Michel, Stephen Keel, London Woodberry, Kellyn Acosta, Victor Ulloa, Jackson (Cam Wilder 54), Cameron Brown, David Ferreira (TJ Nelson 61), Bradlee Baladez (Ryuta Sasaki 75), Jonathan Top.


Memphis – Cody Uzcategui, Adam Camilo, Chandler Gagon, JJ Greer (Patrick Toh 82), Will Linder, Austin Stone, Liam Collins, Shane Keely, Dennis Kennetz, Chris Gardia, (Benji Ciosanski 77), Mark Sherrod.


Misconduct Summary:
MEM – Austin Stone (caution) 50


Referee: Elie Agvilar
Referee Assistants: John DeArmond, Adam Garner


It’s official: Brek Shea joins EPL side Stoke City

FC Dallss and MLS have reached an agreement to transfer 22-year-old midfielder Brek Shea to English Premier League side Stoke City F.C. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.


“We appreciate Brek’s many contributions to FC Dallas during the last five years and wish him the best with Stoke City F.C.,” said Dan Hunt, vice president of Hunt Sports Group. “The standard is high and still rising in our league, and this is another testament to the regard that clubs and leagues around the world have for Major League Soccer. We’re also excited about what this means for FC Dallas moving forward as it opens up many possibilities to improve our team.”


According to Hunt, FC Dallas will use proceeds from the transfer to strengthen its current roster.


FC Dallas selected Shea second overall in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft as a 17-year-old member of the Generation adidas initiative. The Texas native went on to play 98 games for FC Dallas, tallying 19 goals and 14 assists. In 2010, Shea scored his first MLS goal, earned a starting spot for FC Dallas and made his first appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team.


“This is one of those bittersweet situations,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “We are very excited for Brek to take this important step in his career, but we’re also going to miss him here. This will be a good, fresh challenge for Brek, and we believe he is well-prepared and ready to make an impact for Stoke.”


A finalist for the 2011 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player award, Shea was named to both the 2011 and 2012 MLS All-Star teams and the 2011 MLS Best XI. During his breakout 2011 season, Shea led FC Dallas with 11 goals and tied for the league lead with five game-winners.


“I am incredibly grateful for my five years with FC Dallas,” said Shea. “I want to thank the Hunt family, my teammates, the coaching staff, everyone in the front office and especially the FC Dallas fans for their support and encouragement over the years. I also would like to thank MLS and Generation adidas for making it possible for me to start my professional career in the U.S., as well as my family and agents at Wasserman for their never-ending support. Dallas will always be a special place to me and I feel my time here has prepared me well for this exciting, new challenge with Stoke City FC in the Premiership.”


On the international stage, Shea has become a mainstay on Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. squad. He earned his first career assist for the United States on the equalizer against rival Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011. One year later, he created the goal-scoring opportunity for the U.S. that helped the side to its historic first victory on Mexican soil. He was one of three players to appear in every game in 2011 under Klinsmann and was the first player born in the 1990s to earn a cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team when he started on Oct. 12, 2010, against Colombia. Following his breakout 2011 season, Shea was named U.S. Soccer’s Best Young Male Athlete.


Stoke City currently holds the 10th spot in the Barclays Premier League. Founded in 1863, the Potters are the oldest club in the Premier League. Fellow U.S. International and former Houston Dynamo star Geoff Cameron joined Stoke City six months ago, making his debut for the Potters on Aug. 26, 2012. Another U.S. teammate and MLS product, Maurice Edu, is on loan from Stoke City to Turkish club Bursaspor.

Brek Shea off to Stock City FC


Reports from @soccerbyives and @bigdsoccer, Brek Shea is on his way to England on a agree deal with Stoke City FC. It’s been an up and down week of speculations of the deal being off or on. Now, we are left wondering who force this move and the relationship Brek Shea had with FC Dallas was irreconcilable. FC Dallas release a statement tonight:


“We have received interest from a number of European clubs regarding Brek Shea. Brek is traveling there this evening and as a result, he will not be in attendance at training tomorrow. Currently, there is no deal in place with any club and we have no further details at this time. ”


2012 Highlights – Best of Brek Shea

Former FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez announces retirement

Four-time MLS finalist to join FC Dallas coaching staff


FRISCO, Texas (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012) – After 15 seasons of professional soccer, former SMU product and Tyler, Texas, native Daniel Hernandez announced his retirement today. Effective immediately, Hernandez will transition into a coaching role with FC Dallas.


“Being able to play out the past four seasons of my MLS career in front of my friends and family here in Dallas has been very memorable,” said Hernandez. “I am excited to start the next phase of my MLS career with FC Dallas.”


Hernandez signed with FC Dallas on Sept. 8, 2009. The 36-year-old midfielder played in 89 matches for FC Dallas between 2009 and 2012, scoring two goals and adding five assists. FC Dallas compiled a 34-26-29 record including 26 shutouts in games in which Hernandez played. He captained the 2010 squad to the club’s first Western Conference Championship and appearance in MLS Cup. He played every minute of FC Dallas’ four playoff matches in 2010 despite suffering a torn lateral meniscus, which required postseason surgery.


“FC Dallas appreciates all the hard work and leadership that Daniel Hernandez has demonstrated over the past four seasons,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “We look forward to working with Daniel as he steps into a coaching role with the club.”


In 13 seasons of MLS soccer, Hernandez logged 15,105 minutes in 204 career matches between 1998 and 2012. Drafted in the second round (18th overall) of the 1998 MLS College Draft by Los Angeles, Hernandez played in 115 matches for the Galaxy, Tampa Bay Mutiny, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution before joining FC Dallas.


Outside of MLS competition, Hernandez also played with Necaxa, Puebla and Jaguares de Chiapas of the Mexican First Division. Hernandez was called into U.S. National Team camp for a friendly against El Salvador on Nov. 17, 2002 and a World Cup Qualifier vs. Panama on Oct. 12, 2005.


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MLS Cup to be David Beckham’s final match with Galaxy

By Nick Firchau


The Galaxy revealed in a release Monday that the 37-year-old face of the franchise will leave the club after appearing in the MLS Cup on December 1, bringing a sudden end to a six-year stay in Los Angeles that saw the English soccer icon firmly plant his flag on American soil and help the Galaxy become the most successful MLS franchise of the past four years.


“I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career,” Beckham said. “I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.” …. More

FC Dallas CEO Doug Quinn on indefinite leave of absence for his arrest over the weekend

Hunt Sports Group stating that club CEO Doug Quinn will be “taking an indefinite leave of absence from the club to attend to personal matters”.

HSG VP, Dan Hunt, will take over the position on an interim basis.

“We are aware of the report regarding Doug Quinn,” said John Wagner, president of Hunt Sports Group. “We are in the process of gathering additional information and will have no further comment at this time.”


NY wife-beat rap for Dallas soccer team’s CEO by Jaime Schram

A birthday weekend in New York turned ugly for the hulking CEO of Dallas’ professional soccer team when he was busted for allegedly beating and suffocating his wife in their luxury hotel room, law-enforcement sources said yesterday…. NY Post

2012-2013 FC Dallas Academy U18 Preview

Each week, Texasfutgol will feature a local youth team . We start with the defending champions FC Dallas Academy U18 Squad who will debut in their USSF home opener this weekend with local rival Solar Chelsea, 1pm at PHP Complex.


The FC Dallas Academy 2012-13 U18 Squad represent the next stage of FC Dallas Academy Program. Gone are the 1st and most of the 2nd class of FC Dallas Academy players. New players and a new head coach, Luchi Gonzales, will bare the burden to uphold the reputation the FC Dallas Program has established from the past 5 years. The 2011-12 U18 FCD Championship season represented the culmination of the hard work and dedication of the staff and players. Overcoming series of off-field tragedies, the 2011-12 U18 team triumphed over you standard roadblocks. Although the senior team struggles to find their footing, the FC Dallas Academy has become the bell weather  youth program in the USSF.


Gone are Home Grown player Jonathan Top, YNT players Daniel Garcia, Mike Ambrose and super sub Jose de la Tejera; The 2012-13 squad has a mix of new player, up and coming academy players and small mix of championship veterans from last season.


We take a look at some of the key players for this season:







Chris De Luna is a player transferring from San Jose Earthquake  Academy. He’s spent time in the U.S. Youth National Team program at the U14 and U15 level.  He immediately takes the #3 role and has made his debut in FC Dallas Reserve games.







Alejandro Dominguez, ex- Real Salt Lake Academy player, transferred from  RSL’s Casa Geande Residency program. Wearing the #4 jersey, Alejandro plugs right into the starting XI.







Kris Reeves come from Georgia’s Georgia United Academy.  Another representation of how FC Dallas Academy is attracting players from all parts of this country. Kris has started the 1st 2 games with the U18 squad going full 90′.







Yannick Koffi joined the FC Dallas U16 squad in the 2nd half of last season. His citizenship listed as Ivory Coast, Yannick started locally with Solar SC.  Yannick maybe looked upon along with Bobby Edet  to help filled the scoring void left by Top, Garcia and De la Tejera.


The Marcos’, Carrizales and Ortiz, are returning midfielders from last championship squad. The duo will be counted on to continue the possession style play the FC Dallas youth teams are known. Both players have also been logging minutes in recent FC Dallas Reserve games


Kellyn Acosta, maybe one of the best players FC Dallas will ever produce. It’s going to be an interesting season for  the  most recent home grown signee. If Kellyn plays close to FC Dallas coaching staff’s expectation,  you may not see much of Kellyn in academy league play. Kellyn’s Michael Essien style of play will make impact at the Senior, Academy and Youth National Team level in this coming season.


Home Opener: Saturday 1pm, PHP field #4

FC Dallas U18 2012/13 Schedule


Three points from this very winnable game could of kept the slim FC Dallas hopes alive.  LA Galaxy without Landon Donovan and David Beckham disposed FC Dallas 1-0 in an efficient non-descript effort. The Galaxy control the game for the 1st 35′ minutes.  Galaxy FW and Designated Player Robbie Keane applied consistent pressure to FC Dallas’s back-line.  The combination of  miscommunication with fellow Forward Mike Magee in the final third and the play of FCD Dallas GK Kevin Hartman kept the game scoreless to the half. The big story of the game was FC Dallas once again without the services of Brek Shea. Although returning to training this week after the previous week’s bust up with Coach Schellas,  Brek did not make the final 18 for this weeks game vs LA Galaxy. In a must win game for FC Dallas, the FC Dallas organization did not sacrifice discipline for urgency.  FC Dallas’s  impotent attack offer no real chances as the Galaxy defensive efforts clamped down on the only credible threat of FC Dallas, David Ferreira. A pretty quiet night for the playmaker.


The 2nd half breakthrough came from the industrious play of Galaxy Robbie Keane and amd Mike Magee at the 62′ minute. The 2nd effort of Robbie Keane allowed to recover a loose ball in FC Dallas’ final third. Galaxy FW Keane deftly slotted the ball to Mike Magee at the top of the box. With no one closing down the forward, Magee left-footed the ball pass the helpless FC Dallas GK Hartman. FC Dallas has some real chances in the final 15′ minutes but exemplifying the season in a nutshell, the 2nd and 3rd options at FW for FC Dallas just could not finish the attack. With a sell-out stadium and 100° degree condition, FC Dallas could not rise to the occasion that was needed for this critical match viewed by a national audience on NBC’s MLS game of the week. 12 games are left on the remaining 2011-2012 season. It will be interesting to see what goals FC Dallas will take for the final games of the season.


FC Dallas: Hartman; Loyd, Hedges(George John 46′), Pertuz, Benitez; Jackson, Hernandez(Julian de Guzman 78′), Jacobson, Rodriguez(Fabian Castillo 47′); Ferreira; Sealy


Sub not used: Marcelin, Luna, Seitz,  Ulloa



LA Galaxy: Saunders; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Lopes, Gaul; Franklin, Juninho, Sarvas, Jimenez(Michael Stephens 78′); Magee(Jose Villarreal 69′), Keane

Sub not used: Walker, Meyer, Noonan, Perk, Jordan,


Attendance: 22,565


REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. SAR (bench): Peter Manikowski; JAR (opposite): Eric Proctor; 4th: Armando Villarreal


Game Highlights: