Other Texas Soccer news of interest this week:
Major League Soccer:
- Renderings were revealed this week for the FC Dallas’s ongoing Toyota Stadium renovation. Plans are for the renovations to be completed in December of this year. The new stadium updates will also include the relaunch of the relocated National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2018. (Dallas Morning News)
- The US U-20 Men’s National Team qualified for the FIFA World Cup to be played in South Korea starting May 19. The draw to determine who the US will play in the tournament group stage will be conducted next week. Only one Texan was part of the team that participated in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament over the last few weeks. FC Dallas Homegrown midfielder, Coy Craft, played a total of 137 minutes in six games in this competition. (Soccer America)
- Two Los Angeles Galaxy players were retroactively suspended and fined for actions taken in the loss to FC Dallas last weekend by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Jermaine Jones was suspended for his tackle on Dallas forward Cristian Colman and Galaxy defender Dave Romney was also suspended for embellishing a fall in the penalty box that led to a Galaxy penalty-kick…their only goal last Saturday. (mlssoccer.com)
- FC Dallas established an extremely creative new program that will pay 1% of their portion of the fees from the recent transfer of Fabian Castillo to a Turkish club (and any future transfers also) to current season ticket holders. The fees MLS clubs gain by selling players to other leagues, a process which occurs regularly throughout the world, is split according to a set formula between the League, which officially owns all player contracts, and the selling club. FCD believes this is the first time a portion of a transfer fee has been paid out by a team directly to their fans. In this case, the pay-out was $5.40 per seat owned on an official FC Dallas account. (mlssoccer.com)
- FC Dallas’s April 1st game against Colorado has been moved to October 7th. The game has been rescheduled to provide additional rest for FCD prior to the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Pachuca in Mexico. (fcdallas.com)
- Dynamo Rommel Quioto’s 42nd minute highlight-reel goal against Seattle last Saturday was voted as MLS Goal of the Week. Quioto and FCD’s Kellyn Acosta were also named to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. Finally, Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera was named MLS Coach of the Week (houstondynamo.com)
United Soccer League (USL):
- The Dynamo’s USL hybrid-affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC (RGVFC) announced on February 13 that they will face LigaMX power C.F. Monterrey Rayados in the inaugural game at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, TX. This new stadium will seat 9,700 and was designed as a smaller scale version of Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. (rgvfc.com)
- Three 2016 RGVFC players signed contracts with the Houston Dynamo on March 1. They were defenders George Malki, Taylor Hunter and midfielder Jose “Memo” Rodriquez. Malki came to RGVFC from the Arizona of the USL before RGVFC’s inaugural season last year. Hunter and Rodriquez both began the 2016 season with the Dynamo but were released, before signing with RGVFC. Hunter was a 2016 College draft selection and Rodriquez, who had been promoted from the Dynamo youth Academy, was loaned to Charleston in the USL in 2016. They join Kevin Garcia and Jose Escalante as promoted Toro players on the Dynamo roster.
- San Antonio FC added two new players to their rosters this week; goalkeeper Diego Restrepo and forward Aly Alberto Hassan. Hassan scored 2 goals in 20 appearances for the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL and Charlotte Independence of the USL. Restrepo comes to San Antonio from the NASL’s Ft. Lauderdale Strikers where he made 11 appearances and finished with a 1.36 Goals Against Average.