(8:00 p.m. CT, FSSW+).
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & POST-GAME FIREWORKS TONIGHT
Presented by Budweiser
FC Dallas and Columbus will play the second leg of the Pioneer Cup tonight at Pizza Hut Park.
In honor of Independence Day fans have donated 5,000 tickets to treat U.S. troops and their families to Saturday’s game. Pre-game festivities will feature a special skydiving demonstration presented by RE/MAX with Special Forces Airborne Ranger Sgt. 1st Class retired Dana Bowman.
For the third season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. This year’s honoree is Army Staff Sgt. Kevin “Casey” Roberts, who was killed in action on May 7, 2008. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of Roberts that will be unveiled at halftime and presented to his wife and children. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
JULY 2 MATCH DAY INFO:
- 6:30 p.m. Gates open with drink specials on the Budweiser Beer Garden including $2 beers,$4 'ritas and $4 wine
- 7:00 p.m. March to the Match led by Bobby Rhine
- The first 1,000 fans to the Londoner for the March will receive a FREE hand-held American Flag
- Prior to the game we will recognize all Active-Duty, Reserve and Veteran members of the Armed Forces
- 8:00 p.m. Kickoff
- Halftime presentation by the American Fallen Soldiers Project
- Post-game Fireworks as part of the City of Frisco's Freedom Fest celebration
BOBBY RHINE TO LEAD TONIGHT'S MARCH TO THE MATCH
Bobby Rhine was drafted by the then-Dallas Burn sixth overall in the 1999 MLS Draft after playing college soccer at the University of Connecticut. He had his best year in 2002 when he scored seven goals and tallied six assists. Rhine scored a total of 23 goals and had 33 assists over the course of his 10-year MLS career. After Rhine's final career game in 2008, he retired and is now the TV analyst and play-by-play man for FC Dallas.
On Saturday, Rhine will lead the March to the Match. Join us at The Londoner to celebrate Bobby and Uncle Lamar, and get ready to cheer on FC Dallas!
REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez.
MLS Career: 61 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 18; pens: 17
SAR (bench): Bill Dittmar;
JAR (opposite): Paul Scott;
4th: Mark Declouet
FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Maykel Galindo (R hamstring strain) …
COLUMBUS CREW – OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain); FW Emilio Renteria (L quad strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Julius James (R adductor strain); PROBABLE: GK William Hesmer (neck spasms)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Fabian Castillo (Colombia U-20)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CLB: Emmanuel Ekpo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea, Zach Loyd … CLB: Kevin Burns, Tommy Heinemann, Julius James
ALL-TIME (39 meetings):
Crew 16 wins (1 shootout), 54 goals …
FC Dallas 15 wins (1 shootout), 53 goals …
AT DALLAS (18 meetings):
FC Dallas 11 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals…
Crew 5 wins (1 shootout), 20 goals…
- Second-half goals from Mendoza and Eddie Gaven gave the Crew a 2-0 victory in the first meeting between the teams, April 1 in Columbus.
- The Crew haven’t won at Pizza Hut Park since a 2-1 victory, Aug. 30, 2008.
- FC Dallas last won at Crew Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007, the Crew winning the next two meetings before last year’s tie.
Schellas Hyndman v CLB: P7 W1 L4 D2 …
Robert Warzycha vs. DAL: P7 W3 L2 D2
FC DALLAS TEAM NEWS
FC Dallas won for a second consecutive match, rolling to a 4-0 victory against the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD has 31 points from 15 games on the season, in a tie for second place in the Western Conference.
- FC Dallas scored more than three goals in a game for the first time since Sept. 12, 2009, a 6-3 win against the LA Galaxy.
- With striker Fabian Castillo training with Colombia’s under-20 national team in advance of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Hyndman was again forced to reconfigure his attack.
- In addition, Jackson moved into a midfield role, his first start since May 28. He had played primarily as a fullback in each of his previous appearances this season.
- Including Jackson’s late strike, three of the FC Dallas goals were scored by players listed as defenders.
- FC Dallas also scored two goals from corner kicks, giving them five on the season from corners, second-most in MLS (along with Chivas USA) behind Seattle Sounders FC (7).
- On Tuesday, a late Milton Rodriguez goal gave FC Dallas a 3-2 win against USL PRO Orlando City SC in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open Cup. Goals from Jackson (39) and Ricardo Villar (50) answered a Max Griffin goal for Orlando, then a stoppage-time goal from Yordany Alvarez tied the game before Rodriguez’s heroics minutes later.
COLUMBUS CREW TEAM NEWS
The Columbus Crew won their consecutive match in impressive fashion, easing to a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday evening at Crew Stadium. The Crew have 24 points from 16 games on the season, in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.
- The Crew scored four goals in a game for the first time since a 4-0 win against New England on Sept. 6, 2008. They also played with a man advantage for the seventh time this season after an opponent’s red card.
- The Crew once again allowed a goal in the opening 10 minutes of a game. They’ve allowed five in the opening quarter-hour, third-most in MLS, behind Toronto FC (8) and Portland Timbers (6).
- Andres Mendoza has now scored six goals in the last seven games, his seven goals now one behind the league lead held by Charlie Davies (DC), Landon Donovan (LA) and Thierry Henry (NY).
- Tommy Heinemann scored his first MLS goal, making a fifth start in the last seven games.
- Andy Iro made his first start of the season at center back, as Julius James was unavailable after suffering an adductor injury.
- On Tuesday, the Crew were the only MLS team to go down to defeat in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open Cup, falling 2-1 to USL PRO side Richmond Kickers. After Nozomi Hiroyama gave the Kickers a 20th-minute lead, Cole Grossman equalized for Columbus 15 minutes later, but Matthew Delicate hit for the match-winner five minutes from the end.