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FC Dallas needs to turn first clean sheet into momentum

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It took 14 matches into the season for keeper Chris Seitz and FC Dallas to earn its first clean sheet of the season. Unfortunately, the Hoops' offense didn't help the defense out much, not scoring either in a 0-0 draw at Real Salt Lake last Saturday. But the fact that FC Dallas bounced back from a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles a few days prior and earned a point on the road against the defending Western Conference champions is something for this team to take hold of and hopefully use to turn the season around here in the early going.

MLS’ deal with ESPN and ESPN3 a great move for soccer in U.S.

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Just over two weeks ago, Major League Soccer announced a new television deal with ESPN, Univision Deportes and FOX Sports, who takes over the spot vacated by NBC Sports. It's a huge deal for the league with a large sum coming into the league and allowing teams to hopefully sign bigger names over the next few years. But buried in that lead is the fact that MLS games not shown on national television are coming to ESPN3/WatchESPN from the league's own MLS Live and with it, free streaming of games not on ESPN or FOX Sports 1.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas finally picks up first win in almost two months

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It's about time. In a 2-2 game which had seen both FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids come back from one-goal deficits, Fabian Castillo put on an amazing dribbling display and fire a shot inside the near post to put the home side up 3-2. It would be a lead FC Dallas would not blow as the Hoops finally received a full three points. It couldn't come at a better time for FC Dallas. The win was the first for the team since April 19--nearly two months ago.

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FC Dallas wins one battle of Texas, prepares for another in U.S. Open Cup play

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So the World Cup is dominating the soccer and sporting headlines this week and MLS regular season action is taking a break for the tournament, but back here in the states, one soccer competition continues this summer through it all. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, comparable to the FA Cup in English football, is a tournament allowing the little clubs to potentially compete with big bad MLS boys to determine the best club team in the country. MLS teams enter the tournament in the fourth round and that's where FC Dallas found itself squaring off against the San Antonio Scorpions Tuesday night.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

Texas derby takes on new meaning with showdown in U.S. Open Cup

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The World Cup is dominating the headlines all over the world, and with good reason, but back here in the states, there's another tournament that is incredibly important for American club soccer. The U.S. Open Cup now moves into its fifth round this week with 16 squads remaining in the competition. And among the match ups, one sticks out as big battle for soccer supremacy in the state of Texas.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas needs to bring U.S. Open Cup success over to MLS matches

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The Open Cup has been a revitalization for the Hoops. They've scored five goals in those two matches, and while the defense could have been so much better against Houston, they've discovered talent and rhythm that can take them a long way in the future. Now the trick is bringing that over to the MLS action.

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U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal opponent Railhawks no easy task for FC Dallas

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It would be as if the Oakland A's were to play the Round Rock Express in some sort of all-classification American baseball tournament. That's what FC Dallas will be facing tonight when they travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League in the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas faces ‘good’ problem with starters returning from injury

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Things look so much better for FC Dallas. They've yet to lose a game since the calendar turned to June and have won five matches, including three in the U.S. Open Cup to get them through to the semifinals of that tournament. They've scored 17 goals in all competitions as well in the last 46 days. And it's all thanks to the fact that players are coming back from injury and the team is starting to gel.

Time MLS moves to an east versus west All-Star Game

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There are some aspects of Major League Soccer that I think are perfectly fine the way they are, whether they be different from American sports or soccer played around the rest of the world. For example the summer schedule they play is just fine being different from the winter schedule other leagues play for a good number of reasons. But there are some things that I would like to see changed now that the league has a firm footing in the American sporting landscape, namely the all-star game.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas can’t let draw at Vancouver mark beginning of the end

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In the second half against Vancouver, FC Dallas would give that lead back with its own handball in the box for a penalty kick. Pedro Morales easily slotted that home to level the game once again and then Vancouver went on the attack. FC Dallas goal keeper Raul Fernandez had to make save after save to keep it at a draw. While a point on the road is fine, it has put FC Dallas in a bit of a difficult spot in the standings.

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Time for FC Dallas to pad playoff lead

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FC Dallas moved into a tie for third in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Galaxy and is four points ahead of sixth-place Vancouver. And now, with the momentum of a seven-match winning streak, the Hoops must use this opportunity to put some distance between them and the sixth place team to give them some breathing room in the postseason race.