MLS Commissioner, Don Garber (Photo: MLS)
As is traditional, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber gave a big interview at the MLS All Star Game on Wednesday night, and in it gave San Antonio Soccer fans cause for concern by not mentioning San Antonio by name, and suggesting that MLS would not expand further than 28 teams.
One thing that is always asked of Garber at any such fan Q&A event is expansion, and it came up very early, with the first several questions relating to it. That allowed Garber a chance to clarify the expansion plans, and to scare San Antonio soccer fans.
Vancouver score their fourth (Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps)
FC Dallas had a shocking night on Saturday as they fell to a heavy 4-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps at Toyota Stadium .
The result was the first time that Vancouver managed to defeat FC Dallas in eight matches in Frisco, and did so in convincing fashion. It was also only the second time FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja had lost a match in July since joining the club.
Wilmer Cabrera and Ricardo Clark celebrate (Photo: MLS)
A late goal has seen Houston Dynamo salvage a 2-2 draw and remain undefeated at home at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening.
A free-kick was swung in to the box by Memo Rodriguez in the 81st minute, finding Juan Cabezas on the run. Cabezas was able to nod his head down, bouncing the ball past the keeper and in to the back of the net to salvage a point.
Players compete for possession (Photo: FC Dallas)
FC Dallas celebrated America with a 4-2 win over DC United on Independence Day at Toyota Stadium.
After a tight start to the match DC United opened the scoring in the 30th minute after Patrick Nyarko was afforded space. That allowed Nyarko to cross to an inexplicably wide open Ian Harkes who scored with his first touch.
FC Dallas gain possession (Photo: Colorado Rapids)
The defending champions, FC Dallas, has advanced to the US Open Cup Quarterfinals after they managed a 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night at Toyota Stadium.
Right before the break FC Dallas was able to open the scoring as some short passing saw Mauro Diaz brought down in the box by Bismark Boateng. That allowed Diaz to then dust himself off, step up and hit the penalty past Zac MacMath for the opener, giving Dallas a half-time lead.
A hard fought and entertaining Texas derby was played out on Houston with the series still looking for its first winner of 2017 as FC Dallas came back from a half-time deficit to force a scoreless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.
“I think it was a very good game,” said Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera, “it was hot and humid for everyone. Two good teams on the field, we went for the three points but they are a good team… As long as we don’t lose and we continue looking forward and looking to attack we have to be happy.”
Major League Soccer (MLS) is certainly keen on adding a third team to Texas but that may not necessarily be in San Antonio, sources have revealed to San Antonio Soccer News.
San Antonio FC recently gave their presentation to MLS as part of the many expansion bids to the league, which was scarcely publicized by the club. As would be expected from an organization like Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) the presentation to MLS was phenomenally polished, and made a very strong case for San Antonio’s inclusion in the league.
FC Dallas ended their lengthy streak of matches managing a point against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday night.
After a scoreless first half FC Dallas didn’t waste much time getting the opening goal in the second half through Max Urruti. Maynor Figueroa sent a long ball from deep in his own half which Vancouver cleared, only for Urruti to steal possession and run past two defenders before slotting it home.
In the 75th minute a free-kick saw Vancouver draw back to level terms after Cristian Techera was fouled by Michael Barrios. Techera dusted himself off and stepped up, hitting the free-kick from 25 yards, after Fredy Motero ran over the ball.
It was a tight match and FC Dallas was showing some fatigue from their exertions throughout the week that Vancouver was able to capitalize on.
The only chance for FC Dallas in the first half was in just the 12th minute with some beautiful passing allowing Michael Barrios space on the wing. Barrios sent the ball in for Urruti who got a shot away which was well blocked by defender Tim Parker.
Vancouver had the only other chance of the half with two minutes to play in the first half through Roland Lemah. Lemah rose the highest, allowing him to get a header away but he couldn’t keep it down as it went over the bar.
Just four minutes after the equalizer, FC Dallas very nearly restored their lead as Barrios was able to create an opportunity. Barrios stole possession and sent the ball in for Mauro Diazo whose backheel allowed Tesho Akindele to set up Barrios again but his shot was blocked, forcing Dallas to settle for a point.
Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy fighting for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)
Houston Dynamo has continued their poor form on the road as they gave away a winning position in the fifth minute of stoppage time to be forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday night at StubHub Center.
It was a controversial coal in the 95th minute when Romain Alessandri put the ball in to the back of the net. The ball was crossed in from Bradford Jamieson but Alessandri appeared to be in an offside position when the cross came in, only for the assistant referee to keep the flag down.
Photo: Houston Dynamo
With the FIFA international break taking place this week there are plenty of Texas based players who will not get a break as they head off to international duty with various national teams over the globe.
There are three Texas based players in the United States men’s squad on differing ends of their international careers. DaMarcus Beasley of Houston Dynamo is there along with two players from in-state rivals FC Dallas Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges. Both the FC Dallas players played in the USMNT friendly against Venezuela last week.