Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:
Major League Soccer (MLS):
An article by Anne M. Peterson from AP Sports reported on the recovery of FC Dallas’s Ryan Hollingshead, who was severely injured early this year when acting as a Good Samaritan on a Metroplex roadside. (AP Sports)
Sticking with national coverage of FC Dallas players, USA Today published a profile this week on goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and the difficult decision he has made to represent Mexico in any future national team career. Despite rumors that FC Dallas continues to look at players in Mexico to fortify the goalkeeper position, Gonzalez was signed to a new deal this week that will keep him in Dallas until at least 2020. (Multiple sources)
United States Men’s National Team (USMNT):
- World Cup qualifying resumes next Thursday night when the U.S. plays Trinidad and Tobago in Colorado. Ahead of this qualifier, the USMNT will play a friendly against Venezuela in Sandy, Utah tonight. (ussoccer.com)
- The 26 man roster (Timothy Chandler withdrew from the original 27 named) includes 5 players with Texas ties: FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges and midfielder Kellyn Acosta, Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley, Nacogdoches-native and Seattle forward Clint Dempsey and Dallas-native and Pachuca defender Omar Gonzalez. (ussoccer.com)
- The next goal Dempsey scores will be his 57th and will tie Landon Donovan for the U.S. goal scoring record. Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) from SB Nation’s Sounder at Heart Blog put together a list of all of Dempsey’s U.S. goals from his first against England in 2005 to his 56th which was scored in the draw with Panama on March 28th. He will certainly break this record (maybe tomorrow night, Thursday or in Mexico City Sunday) and hopefully play a key role in a deep U.S. FIFA World Cup run in Russia next year. I have been fortunate enough to be in the stadium to see him score 4 of the 56:
- #6 against Ghana at the 2006 World Cup in Germany
- #10, 11 against Barbados in a 2008 World Cup qualifier in LA.
- #22 a game-winner against Panama in a 2011 Gold Cup semifinal in Houston (sounderatheart.com)
- Former Houston Dynamo star, Geoff Cameron, is also on this USMNT roster named by head coach Bruce Arena. Good news for his future career came this week as Cameron and Stoke City announced a contract extension that will keep him in England through 2020. (ussoccer.com)
United States Youth National Teams:
- U.S. Soccer released additional details and renderings this week of the National Training and Development Center currently under development in Kansas City.
- The state-of-the-art facility will include five full-size fields, an 80,000-square-foot building and the nearby Wyandotte Youth Soccer Complex. This facility will also serve as the first ever permanent home for the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department (which includes referee development). Here is a link to the article on ussoccer.com.
- Three young forwards from North Texas were named to 24 player roster for the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team camp in Chula Vista, CA that started yesterday: Enzi Broussard (IMG Academy; Carrollton, Texas), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks SC; Dallas, Texas) and Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas)
- U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Clint Peay named a 20-player roster for the team’s second training camp of the year, that started earlier this week in Zagreb, Croatia. During the camp, the U-14’s will play friendlies against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb, Bosnia, and will twice face Croatia. Two Texas players were named to this roster, and as is becoming common, both represent FC Dallas: midfielder Reece Frage from Plano and forward Dante Sealy from Frisco. (soccerwire.com)
Central American Soccer News:
According to a report from United Press International, four people tragically died and several others were injured in a stampede before a soccer game in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Apparently fans tried to force their way into a section of the sold-out stadium last Sunday for a Honduran league championship between Motagua and Honduras Progreso. Details are in the wire service story below: (upi.com)