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SportsDay 6 hours ago
The Breakdown: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas

The Breakdown: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas

On Saturday night, after more than a 2-hour rain delay, FC Dallas put on a comprehensive display against Minnesota United. Granted, after the delay the Loons might now have been up for it and they are a poor road team anyway, now 1-10-1 on the road in 2018.So we could write down a whole bunch of positive stuff on every player in the game. But there's not much use in that. So instead I'll try and keep it short'ish and hit on one of two unusual items or particular highlights.Let's break it down.Formation and TacticsFC Dallas in a 4-2-3-1 with Pablo Aranguiz as a false left wing. Aranguiz and...
SportsDay 7 hours ago
Locker room leftovers - Minnesota United at FC Dallas

Locker room leftovers - Minnesota United at FC Dallas

After some matches, I have leftover quotes that I do not use for my articles on ProSoccerUSA.com. Starting today, I'm going to share those quotes with y'all! Here are some leftover quotes from Dallas' 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.Reggie Cannon:Post-Game thoughts..."I think we played really well. It was one of those games where you have to score first. You could kind of feel them giving up in the final minutes. Our midfield was doing a great job of winning the balls back. We were preventing well, our forwards were checking in behind and created very many chances. I feel the...
SportsDay Aug 19, 2018
Worth the wait: FC Dallas earns milestone-victory over Minnesota United after long lightning delay

Worth the wait: FC Dallas earns milestone-victory over Minnesota United after long lightning delay

FRISCO -- FC Dallas had to wait to get started, but once the ball got rolling it had little trouble topping Minnesota United 2-0 on Saturday. The win snapped a two-match losing streak and helped allay fears the Western Conference leaders would slip into a funk like the 10-match winless spell that doomed last season's playoff hopes. It also marked several milestones, with FCD coach Oscar Pareja notching his 100th MLS victory, the club winning its 200th home match in club history and the 200th MLS appearance for captain Matt Hedges. "Our players made today a great night for the club, a very...
SportsDay Aug 17, 2018
Pablo Aranguiz shows he's ahead of the curve in debut with FC Dallas; Reto Ziegler suspension upheld

Pablo Aranguiz shows he's ahead of the curve in debut with FC Dallas; Reto Ziegler suspension upheld

It could have been a disastrous debut. Pablo Aranguiz had never played a minute in MLS, but FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja felt confident enough to bring him off the bench in the 62nd minute of a league match against the Seattle Sounders.In one of the league's toughest environments, on a turf field no less, the Chilean instead had a strong start to life in North America in a debut that hinted at a quick adaptation to MLS."The fans truly surprised me. I didn't think there would be that many people there," said Aranguiz, who signed with FCD in July from Santiago-based Union Espanola. "You rarely...
SportsDay Aug 16, 2018

FC Dallas Roster Ranking: August 16, 2018

Saturday was a rough night all round but we've got to power through it ahead of Seattle. The good news is we have a couple more additions to the active roster, which now stands at 29 players. So let's not waste time!Starting XI1 - Reggie Cannon (-) Cannon looked fine going 90 minutes after his injury scare last weekend and played well, looking more and more confident on the ball with his sharp turns. 91% passing. As Buzz mentioned in the Breakdown, it's clear that Reggie needs a rest. It's his first true season playing in MLS and it will catch up to him.High: 1, Low: 82 - Carlos Gruezo (-)...
SportsDay Aug 14, 2018
FC Dallas appealing Reto Ziegler's red card

FC Dallas appealing Reto Ziegler's red card

FC Dallas has appealed the red card issued to Reto Ziegler in the 91st minute of its 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders. Ziegler saw red after striking Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz, who had moved his head back toward the defender just before. Ziegler also made contact with an official while protesting the decision. Ruidiaz wasn't disciplined, nor was VAR utilized on the play. The appeal process sounds simple but in reality is a tightly governed process. Teams must submit a written appeal on official letterhead to the league's VP of competition within 24 hours of the match in question...
SportsDay Aug 13, 2018
The Breakdown: FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC

The Breakdown: FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC

FC Dallas lost at Seattle 2-0 on Sunday night, giving the Frisco Toros only 1 win and 1 tie in 11 trips to Seattle. It's just not a place FCD does well. It was a game of drama from the referee and VAR, or lack thereof, standpoint. Most certainly not a result FCD wanted... even if they didn't play that badly. This was also Seattle's 5th consecutive win, which tied a franchise record for them.All of which is not how you stop second half swoon talk.Let's break it down.Formation and TacticsFC Dallas starts in a 4-2-3-1, which I'm a little surprised with. I expected more of a 4-4-2 look with...
SportsDay Aug 13, 2018
Questions of a sequel to the ‘Great Collapse’ goaded by FC Dallas form

Questions of a sequel to the ‘Great Collapse’ goaded by FC Dallas form

If Oscar Pareja wants fans and media to stop asking about the "Great Collapse of 2017", then maybe he and his team should find a way to put the brakes on what, at the moment, has the similar feel of a sequel.No one really believes the same fate befalling The Huntsmen in consecutive seasons, but Pareja's facial expression tightens and his tone turns whenever the topic comes up and according to him it's "...the only question I receive from journalists". Sure, it's an annoying question, but as long as his team struggles and its lead in first place dwindles, it all just fuels the fire. As...
SportsDay Aug 13, 2018

Sounders edge FC Dallas 2-1 as Oscar Pareja still hunts 100th MLS victory

SEATTLE -- Nicolas Lodeiro's free-kick goal in the 63rd minute was the winner as the Seattle Sounders defeated FC Dallas 2-1 on Sunday night for their franchise-tying fifth straight victory.Seattle (9-9-5) is unbeaten in eight matches to improve to seventh place in the Western Conference. Despite the loss, Dallas (12-5-6) still leads the conference standings.The Sounders set a club record by earning 11 corner kicks in the opening half, the 10th of which was headed into the net by Chad Marshall off a cross from Lodeiro, the Uruguayan international's team-leading seventh assist of the...
SportsDay Aug 11, 2018
FC Dallas' deadline acquisitions already know that three points is the goal

FC Dallas' deadline acquisitions already know that three points is the goal

The MLS trade deadline came and went Wednesday, but FC Dallas had wrapped up its business well before the last day.How the new additions adapt to the team will determine whether the 2018 season is a success for FCD or another forgettable season like 2017. The team parted ways with players who had been associated with the club for years but felt the time was right to bring in players like forward Dominique Badji and midfielder Pablo Aranguiz.Both players traveled to Seattle and could debut in Sunday's league match against the Seattle Sounders as FCD looks to bounce back from last week's shock...
SportsDay Aug 10, 2018
FC Dallas Roster Ranking: August 10, 2018

FC Dallas Roster Ranking: August 10, 2018

Saturday was a rough night all round but we've got to power through it ahead of Seattle. The good news is we have a couple more additions to the active roster, which now stands at 29 players. So let's not waste time!Starting XI1 - Reggie Cannon (-) Reggie limped out after tweaking his hamstring. He's been running on it, but don't expect the team to want to risk a dud hammy on Seattle's turf. High: 1, Low: 82 - Carlos Gruezo (+1) After a rough start to the season, Gruezo has turned it around, providing a calm midfield presence. He's been very consistent and was not bad during the San Jose...
SportsDay Aug 9, 2018
Ten DFW players see time with the national teams

Ten DFW players see time with the national teams

It's a busy time for national team soccer at the youth levels in Dallas-Fort Worth, so let's take a look at the ten local players representing their countries this week.FC Dallas has two players at the Concacaf Girls' U-15 Championships in Bradenton, FL. Jaedyn Shaw is representing the United States, while Melania Fullerton is on the roster for Grenada. There isn't a great deal of information available for the tournament, which kicked off on Tuesday, but Shaw did score the fourth American goal in an 8-0 win over Jamaica before being replaced at half time. You can keep up with the tournament,...
SportsDay Aug 9, 2018

Looking back at FC Dallas' summer transfer window

No team in Major League Soccer has come close to the amount of activity FC Dallas has seen during the summer transfer window with five players arriving at Toyota Stadium. As we enter the final day for trades in MLS, let's take a look at the changes over the window, and the weeks prior as the Huntsmen lost two key pieces of the plan coming into the 2018 season.Anton Nedyalkov - OUT - 06/23/18: The Bulgarian left back had impressed in his early games in Dallas, getting forward well but providing a defensive quality the team had been searching for at left back since Jair Benitez and his crazy...
SportsDay Aug 8, 2018
Outside The Box: Week 23 in the world of Soccer

Outside The Box: Week 23 in the world of Soccer

The Football League started, the European qualifiers are well under way, the first bit of silverware was given out, and the FA Cup begins this weekend! Oh and some little known French and English leagues kick off this weekend too. We're definitely back in the swing of things in Europe, and the US keeps kicking on as FC Dallas suffer their first kicking at home this year to lowly San Jose. On with the show.ScreamerThe tweet does this more justice than I can, so here goes with Danny Collins' finest moment.Seeing StarsIt's okay Mariners fans (There really are some in Dallas), Forest Green...
SportsDay Aug 8, 2018
MLS Power Rankings for the week of August 7, 2018

MLS Power Rankings for the week of August 7, 2018

You can really see which teams are hitting their stride going into the last stretch and those who ... well, lose to the last place team in the league. Sorry, FC Dallas, but that was really bad, and it was not the first time they had laid an egg like that. Just the first time they did it to a team in the bottom tier.FC Dallas is not alone, though. A number of teams, including some good ones, had poor showings. And some teams with very poor records showed that they have some life in them yet. Specifically, as we have noted the past few weeks, watch Seattle and Toronto closely. They may or may...

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