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Revolution Sneaks Win Over Dallas – Match Report

On Friday night the New England Revolution behind first-half goals from Adam Cristman and Steve Ralston beat F.C. Dallas 2-1. Cristman scored his third goal of the season in the fifth minute, sending a diving header into the left corner off Sainey Nyassi’s cross from the right wing.

Ralston scored his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute on a penalty kick to help the Eastern Conference-leading New England (7-3-2) extend its unbeaten streak to five matches. New England midfielder Jeff Larentowicz was flagrantly fouled by Dallas defender Drew Moor in the penalty box area and Ralston converted the free shot to the lower right corner past goalkeeper Ray Burse.

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FC Dallas Fires Coach

I admit I was shocked to read that FC Dallas had fired their coach  Steve Morrow earlier this week. The hammering by the LA Galaxy last week was Dallas’s third loss in four games, but even still they are still in the thick of things out west,being only only 3 points out of first place.

Morrow a former FC Dallas player and assistant manager went 13-12-5 last year and led Dallas to the playoffs for an MLS record-tying 10th time where Dallas were knocked out once again in the first-round.

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Borussia Moenchengladbach to tour US

Germany club Borussia Moenchengladbach has announced that they will tour the U.S. this summer and that they will play exhibition games at FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids in July. Moenchengladbach will begin a 10-day preseason training camp in the United States on July 13 at Commerce, Colo. Dates for the matches have not been set.

Moenchengladbach will play in Germany’s Bundesliga next season after gaining promotion this year.

Dates for the games against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids have not been announced yet. When we get them, we will update the post.

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FC Dallas 2008 Season Preview

FC Dallas

2007 Record: 13-12-5 (3rd in West)

Coach: Steve Morrow (2nd Year)

Key Players: Kenny Cooper, Pablo Richetti, Juan Carlos Toja

Key Pickups: Brek Shea (Drafted 2nd Overall), Dulio Davino (from Club America)

Key Losses: Carlos Ruiz (to L.A. Galaxy), Chris Gbandi (to FK Haugesund)

2008 Outlook: Average

The Hoops approach the 2008 season poised to improve on last year’s successful run. It should not be difficult for them to do so either so long as their fortunes continue to be controlled by their two South American stars.

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LA Galaxy Get Stronger

The LA Galaxy got much stronger this week when FC Dallas traded its leading scorer Carlos Ruiz back to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy knows has three attacking players, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and now Carlos Ruiz that are the class of the MLS.

Ruiz who was traded from the Galaxy to FC Dallas in 2005 scored 31 regular-season goals in 68 appearances and five additional goals in six playoff games. He is eighth in career goals in MLS history, with 81 in 140 games. Last year Ruiz led FC Dallas with seven goals in MLS games last season and 11 goals total, including SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup games.

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Two Players To watch in 2008

While MLS stars like Juan Pablo Ángel and David Beckham will get most of the preseason headlines, there are a couple of MLS players poised to have breakout years. Here are two potential stars that you will be hearing a lot about in 2008.

Ray Burse Jr:
Burse, 23, is improving fast, and he could be next in the long line of successful American goalkeepers. He should confirm his spot as the No. 1 keeper at FC Dallas this season, raising serious questions over Dario Sala’s future in Texas.
Athletic and fearless, Burse reads the game well. Bruse has the potential to follow the paths blazed by the likes of Friedel, Keller and Howard to Europe in a couple of years.