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Weekly Soccer Notes-June 17, 2017

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week.

United Soccer League (USL):

Rio Grande Valley FC (RGV FC)

Local UTRGV graduate makes professional debut in the Valley. (goutrgv.com)

http://goutrgv.com/news/2017/6/14/mens-soccer-garcia-makes-usl-debut-with-rgv-fc.aspx

Future El Paso USL team:

In a profile in El Paso Inc. on businessman and energy mogul Paul Foster, there was discussion about the future of soccer in that border city.  El Paso has a rich history of soccer in recent years. In a variety of configurations and names, most famously the El Paso Patriots, professional soccer existed in El Paso from 1989 to 2013.  A return would certainly be welcome by those supporters.

Foster and the other members of MountainStar Sports Group, which is involved in minor league baseball and has investors who are also involved in the second division Mexican team in Ciudad Juarez, are working to bring a USL team and a new soccer-specific stadium to El Paso.

In the article Foster stated: “I can almost guarantee that we’ll have soccer in El Paso within a couple of years.”  (elpasoinc.com)

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.elpasoinc.com/news/local_news/article_4f8a4638-4eb6-11e7-88cf-0ff7824961f8.html

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):

  • After a week off, the Houston Dash will host the Orlando Pride at BBVA Compass Stadium tonight.  This match will mark the return of the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd, to the Dash after a loan to Manchester City ended.  The last place Dash travel to Orlando next weekend for the return leg in a back-to-back. (houstondynamo.com)
  • The El Paso Times published a profile story documenting the steady path up the coaching ladder that has led El Paso native Omar Morales to be named interim head coach of the Dash.  Below is a link to the story:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/sports/soccer/2017/06/15/bel-air-alum-makes-mark-head-coach-houston-dash/397690001/

United States Youth National Teams:

  • U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team has announced a 20-player roster for the team’s second international tournament of 2017, that started on June 6 and ends on Monday. After three days preparation, the team flew to Japan for the 2017 U-16 International Dream Cup.  Four Texas players are on the roster (all part of the FC Dallas Academy):  Goalkeeper:  Michael Collodi from Frisco, midfielders Adrian Munoz from Richardson and Thomas Roberts from Frisco and forward Bryan Reynolds from Little Elm.  (ussoccer.com)
  • Last week the Under-18 Men’s National Team named a 20-player roster for the team’s second international tournament of 2017, currently taking place in Portugal. Three Texas midfielders were named to the roster and, surprisingly, two are not from the FC Dallas Academy!:  Christian Cappis (Texans SC Houston; West Chicago, Ill.), Koby Carr (Texas Rush; San Antonio, Texas) and Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.) (ussoccer.com)

MLS Week 16 and USL Week 13 Preview

Major League Soccer (MLS):

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas (FCD)

BC Place-Vancouver, B.C., Canada-9:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 17, 2017

Record and Standings:

Vancouver Whitecaps:  6-6-1-19 points (Tied for fifth place in the Western Conference)

FC Dallas:  6-3-5-23 points (Tied for third place in the Western Conference) 

An extra time own goal allowed FCD to beat Tulsa 2-1 and advance to the 5th round of the U.S. Open Cup, where they will host Colorado Rapids on June 28.

A Key Question:

Can FCD return to the dominating early season performance after experiencing a slump where it has only won once in the last six league matches?

https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2017-06-17-vancouver-whitecaps-fc-vs-fc-dallas/preview

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo

Stub Hub Center, Los Angeles, CA-10:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 17, 2017

Record and Standings:

LA Galaxy:  5-5-3-18 points (Eighth place in the Western Conference)  

Houston Dynamo:  7-6-2-23 points (Tied for third place in the Western Conference) 

Memo Rodriquez scored in the 109th minute to lead the Dynamo to a 3-2 U.S. Open Cup win in added extra time against North Carolina FC in Cary, NC.  The Dynamo played exclusively with a squad consisting of reserves and short-term contract players from Rio Grande Valley.  Houston will now host Sporting KC at BBVA Compass Stadium in the next round June 28.

A Key Question:

Can the Dynamo build on its first road victory and also secure its first MLS road win, against an in-form but short-handed Galaxy, in the same week?

https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2017-06-17-la-galaxy-vs-houston-dynamo/preview

United Soccer League (USL):

San Antonio FC (SAFC) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks

Toyota Field-San Antonio-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017

Record and Standings:

San Antonio FC:  9-0-4-31 points (Second place in the Western Conference)

Tulsa Roughnecks:  5-6-0-15 points (Eighth place in the Western Conference)

A Key Question:

Is Cyprian Hedrick ready to step back in for the full 90 to replace suspended Steven McCarthy at center back?

http://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/804606?referrer_id=2430124

Los Angeles Galaxy II (Los Dos) vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (RGV FC)

H-E-B Park, Edinburg-7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017

Record and Standings:

Rio Grande Valley FC:  5-4-2-17 points (Tied for fifth place in the Western Conference) 

LA Galaxy II:  2-8-2-8 points (Fourteenth place in the Western Conference)

A Key Question:

How many Toros players returning from their stint with the Dynamo in NC will be in the lineup tomorrow?

http://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/804608?referrer_id=2430124

Major League Soccer (MLS) Season 22 Texas Preview-Week 1

This Saturday the two Texas Major League Soccer teams-FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo-begin their 2017 MLS regular seasons.  These teams will play a 34 game regular season schedule, 17 home and away, finishing on Sunday, October 22.  Both clubs compete in the MLS Western Conference, with the initial goal of being 2 of the 6 (out of 11) conference teams to qualify for the MLS Playoffs.  The three playoff rounds lead to MLS Cup in early December when the conference champions will play a single game, at the home of the club with the most regular season points, to crown the MLS Champion

Both clubs start with dramatically different expectations.  FC Dallas, which won the Supporters Shield (best record) and the US Open Cup in 2016, has high aspirations to win multiple trophies again this year.  The club has already begun its season through participation in the knock-out stages of the Region’s club championship, the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champion’s League.  The Dynamo are in a significantly different place.  A last place finish in the Western Conference last year, combined with 3 years out of the playoffs, resulted in major changes at the club.  A new manager and substantial turnover in the roster have arrived with a goal to return to the playoffs in 2017.

Unfortunately, the oddsmakers don’t provide a lot of hope for the Dynamo this season. Whereas FC Dallas is rated as the 5th most likely team (8/1 odds by Bovada) to win the 2017 MLS Cup, the Dynamo are ranked 21st out of the 22 team league at 100/1.  To further throw salt on the wound, only one of the two new expansion teams, Minnesota United, face more daunting odds this year.  The other expansion team, Atlanta United, despite never having played a game, are more highly rated than the Dynamo.  Embarrassing to say the least.

Both Houston and Dallas face tough Saturday opening week games.  The Dynamo open at home (7:30pm CST) against 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders.  After (hopefully) successfully completing the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round against Arabe Unido in Panama tonight, FC Dallas opens in the Stub Hub Center against perennial championship contenders LA Galaxy (3pm CST).