12 DAYS LEFT

by DFE

12. It’s more than a number. 12 can mean a lot to a fan of soccer. Today, it means even more to fans of DFE.

Not only is DFE and the rest of North End United the 12th man of FC DALLAS, but more importantly, only 12 days remain before the DFE Season Ticket price of $288 goes away, and when it does, go away, it will leave us forever.

If you are reading this right now, it is because you haven’t purchased a Season Ticket with DFE for next season. The blame for this does not rest on your shoulders, but rather mine and mine alone. The only plausible explanation for this hesitation is that I simply have not done a good enough job demonstrating the value of this. So here are some of the Season Ticket Holder Benefits that are included with a DFE Season Ticket:

  • Strongest FC Dallas Schedule Ever (18 games) in 2013 with 5 bona fide Sell Outs
    • TWO LA Galaxy games (Beckham Farewell), Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, 4th of July, and Bonus International Friendly Game
    • You will be PRICE-LOCKED AT $288 ** UNTIL 2015**
    • Food for thought: Section 103 Season Ticket Prices from 2011 to 2013

This is only the trend until 2013. Imagine how much more these will go up in 2014 and beyond…

 

BE SMART! GET IN NOW.

7 Month No Interest Payment Plan – this dwindles the longer you wait!
Save over 60% in total price vs. general public to be in the first 8 rows of the coveted West Side!
• Exchange dates in case you can’t make a match – no tickets go to waste on our watch, so bring friends!
• Entered to win our grand prize – a tour to follow the US Men’s National Team during World Cup qualifying
• Invitation to the Annual 2013 Meet the Team Event (exclusive to Season Ticket Holders)
• Free Parking
• Coupon books for merchandise and food as well as Season Ticket Holder gifts
• Newsletter and access to special pre-sales for concerts and events coming to DFW & FC Dallas Stadium
• Complimentary 2 Month Subscription to MLS Live – watch every MLS game on your phone or laptop

But DFE is more than just those things….

Dallas Football Elite is a sense of community. A sense of belonging. Ultimately, of being a part of something bigger than a piece of cardstock with a seat number printed on it. It’s being an ambassador for the fastest-growing sport in the United States according to ESPN.

It’s beer pong tournaments, away game watch parties, pre and post-game tailgates, soccer teams and tournaments. It’s the euphoria of a high-five or friendly hug when Julian de Guzman rips a volley for a win in the 96th minute in a must-win rivalry game. It’s friendships that will last you a lifetime. Still not convinced? Fine, don’t take it from me. Just ask any of the 32 new members that have already signed up since August 1st, or any of the current 60 plus members now!

Want to go and by game by game next season? Fine by me. Just understand you will be paying $45 per ticket for our blockbuster “A” games for those very same seats. If you plan on making at least 5 out of 18 games next year, you are already saving with a Season Ticket purchase before October 8th. And I don’t want to be the guy that says “I told you so.” I hate that guy…

So Be a Part of the 2013 DFE Class. All it Takes is a Minimum Deposit of $41 before October 8th.

 

Contact Filip Prus today to get in with the DFE and this amazing deal!

Filip Prus

Direct: 469-365-0053 | Fax: 214-705-6799

Email: fprus@fcdallas.com

 

 

The Playoff Race!

by DFE

The race for the final #5 slot is definitely within FC Dallas’ grasp!

It pretty much boils down to this. Dallas and Vancouver are now tied on matches played. Dallas still has to overcome a 2 point deficit, but with both clubs having only 4 matches to play, it all comes down to who will perform the best in those four matches.

 

Vancouver – 38 pts

Seattle (Home)

(48 pts)

Vancouver will have a break since their next 3 matches will be at home. Seattle at home will still be a tough task for them. Seattle is still fighting for playoff position and will want to claim all 3 points.

DFE Prediction: 2-1 Seattle 

 

Chivas USA (Home)

(28 pts)

Chivas is arguably the worst club in MLS. So you can only assume Vancouver will pick up max points in this match.

DFE Prediction: 2-0 Vancouver

 

Portland (Home)

(29 pts)

Portland rises up for big matches. Although this match might look like nothing, anytime any of these clubs from the Northwest meet they have rivalries on the line. I expect Portland to give Vancouver all they can handle.

DFE Prediction: 2-2 Draw

 

Real Salt Lake (Away)

(49 pts)

Vancouver will then head back on the road to face a tough RSL club in their house. I truly cannot see Vancouver pulling out max points Away.

DFE Prediction: 3-1 RSL

 

DFE FINAL POINTS PREDICTION FOR VANCOUVER: 42 points 

 

FC Dallas – 36 pts

San Jose (Away)

(60 pts)

Dallas will get the toughest task in this first match by heading on the road to San Jose. However, let’s not forget Dallas had San Jose in their grasp last time they met. A draw here would go along way, especially if Vancouver drops points to Seattle. San Jose pretty much has the playoffs and supporter shield already in their hands. They may not approach this match with much thought.

DFE Prediction: 2-2 Draw

 

Chivas USA (Away)

(28 pts)

Dallas is starting to play tough. If they want to be in the playoffs they will need to go in and completely abuse clubs like Chivas. Chivas has nothing to play for and Dallas must win this match.

DFE Prediction: 3-1 Dallas

 

Seattle (Away)

(48 pts)

Seattle will be the real playoff test that will challenge Dallas. Dallas has the capabilities to perform big in big moments. I’m not sure that they can pull this match off. I believe a draw is very possible but for the sake of prediction let’s pencil in a loss.

DFE Prediction: 2-1 Seattle

 

Chivas USA (Home)

(28 pts)

Dallas will arrive in this last home match needing to win. Dallas will rise to the occassion and pull off an amazing match at home in front of a packed Sunday house in Dallas since everyone will know this match is for all the marbles.

DFE Prediction: 2-0 Dallas

DFE FINAL POINTS PREDICTION FOR Dallas: 43 points (Dallas claims 5th place spot)

Possible USMNT players

by DFE

 

With plenty to play for last Tuesday against Jamaica, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann pulled out a lot of the offensive stops in search of a much-needed three-point haul. Looking to add some punch after a listless away performance, the coach inserted the attack-mindedGraham Zusi on one side of the field, went with just two defensive midfielders, compared to the three he used in Kingston, and instructed his players to go forward incessantly.

The results were instantaneous. Though they couldn’t put the ball in the net in the first half, the Americans struck the woodwork three times, had a whopping 80 percent of possession and pinned the Jamaican attack in its own defensive third.

It was an impressive display — one American fans will hope to see repeated — but it still wasn’t quite the full-out attack the Americans are capable of. That comes down to personnel. The U.S. once again played without a true creator in the center of the field, and though Jose Torres served admirably as a stand-in left winger, he is miscast out wide.

 

Things of course will change when Landon Donovan returns to the fold. But the veteran’s appearances are becoming fewer and farther between, and the day seems to have arrived when planning for his absence has become a necessity. As far as that No. 10 spot, Klinsmann doesn’t seem to like any of the veteran options — Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber or Freddy Adu, to be specific.

 

But if the coach is to continue getting the most out of the American attack, he’ll need some offensive weaponry to plug in when Donovan or Clint Dempsey is missing, or when the coach simply wants to up the ante in attack.

 

A good example of that will come as soon as Oct. 12, when the U.S. visits Antigua and Barbuda. The Americans will need to win comfortably in the Caribbean to set themselves up and avoid some potential heart-stopping moments in the group finale against Guatemala a few days later. In fact, a sizable goal differential in Antigua could well put the U.S. all but through, so the attack will be crucial.

 

With the options for instant offense limited on last week’s roster, whom could Klinsmann call on to boost the team going forward? Here are some young contenders to consider:

 

Chris Pontius, F, DC United – The DC United attacker is perhaps the uncapped player fans would most like to see get a call from Klinsmann. Thoughts are that he’s earned it with 11 goals and three assists this MLS campaign, while leading a surging DC offense that never fails to provide entertainment.

 

At the national level, Pontius could offer cover on both wings and an ability to attack the goal from a deeper position — something particularly lacking in the away loss to Jamaica. Zusi filled the right wing well enough in the return leg, but it’s hard to argue that Pontius, who unlike Zusi plays out wide for his club, couldn’t do an equally remarkable job if given the chance.

 

Mix Diskerud, MF, Rosenborg – Diskerud has proved to be one of those exceptional players who seldom fails to get the job done when given the chance. The U.S. national team may not have a job for a pure No. 10, but the Norwegian-American has shown a penchant for dropping a little deeper on the field and chipping in with the dirty work in the middle.

 

That said, there’s little indication of where Diskerud stands on Klinsmann’s depth chart, despite a recent impressive run of form at the club level. But should Klinsmann decide that it’s a good idea to have a true ball handler pulling the strings in the middle — instead of the likes of Jermaine Jones – Diskerud should be one of the first young players to get a look.

 

Joe Corona, MF, Club Tijuana – Corona plays a central catalyst role for Tijuana — one of Mexico’s most successful clubs the past year — and also can play out wide on either wing. Perhaps the young midfielder closest to actually making an impact on Klinsmann’s team, Corona has impressed enough in the past few months to have made several camp rosters, but not enough to see the field.

 

That looked set to change with the U.S. needing offense in Columbus. But Klinsmann opted to go with the more experienced Torres on the left and the up-and-coming Zusi on the right, shedding some doubt on Corona’s standing in the pecking order. Still, the San Diego native will make an interesting mid-term option anywhere across the midfield when Klinsmann wants to kick-start the attack.

 

Josh Gatt, MF, Molde – By now, U.S. national team fans likely know Gatt’s star-crossed story: called into the U-20 qualifiers last year, he wasn’t released by his club; summoned for Olympic qualifying camp, he was called back to Norway after Molde suffered early season injuries; and, after being called into Klinsmann’s camp this month, he suffered a hamstring injury.

 

If the speedy winger ever does play for the U.S., it’s easy to see what Klinsmann might have in mind by calling him to the full team so soon in his young career. The American attack counts heavily on speed and guile on the wings for success, and Gatt, 21, is a great young candidate to provide that going forward.

 

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa – One of the early personnel questions of Klinsmann’s tenure has been: What, exactly, does he have against Lichaj? The young right back, who also can play on the left — and did, successfully, in last year’s Gold Cup — is starting regularly in the English Premier League.

 

Lichaj also can help out extensively on offense by getting forward well and putting in a decent cross. He’s not set to take Steve Cherundolo‘s place just yet, but with Timmy Chandler still on the national team fence, the multitalented Lichaj seems like a no-brainer to have in the mix.

USMNT Jermaine Jones

by DFE

 

If Jermaine Jones isn’t the most polarizing player on the U.S. squad, he’s got to be pretty close.

Because for a large contingent of national team observers, it doesn’t seem to matter that Jones is the lone USMNT starter playing in the UEFA Champions League, or that his club team, Schalke, is perennially one of the Germany’s best.

It doesn’t seem to matter that two separate U.S. coaches, current boss Jurgen Klinsmann and his predecessor, Bob Bradley, valued Jones’ pedigree and competitiveness enough to make him a staple in the Yanks’ midfield.

What Jones’ detractors — a group that includes both fans and media members — notice most are the questionable tackles, the imperfect touches and the tendency to roam out of position. They see a red card waiting to happen in the unpredictable world of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

They do have an argument.

On Tuesday, opening day of the 2012-13 Champions League season, Jones got caught upfield during the second half of Schalke’s 2-1 win at Olympiakos. His shot had been blocked at the top of the Greek team’s box, and suddenly David Fuster was on a break that could have easily led to a goal for the hosts had Jones not been able to hack him down.

The tackle earned Jones a caution, but it was a textbook tactical foul. An intelligent play. About 20 minutes later, though, when Jones upended Jose Holebas with a studs-first challenge that miraculously went unpunished — well, that’s the kind of decision that makes the critics cringe.

But there does seem to be a method to Jones’ occasional madness when you look a little closer. For the all the bookings he gets — 14 in 20 Bundesliga games last season — he rarely gets sent off. He hasn’t been red-carded in 26 international matches — hasn’t really come close — and has just one yellow card in the four qualifiers the Americans have played this year.

“He’s not a young kid that’s just running around crazy,” said Mike Sorber, who was Bradley’s top assistant for the final three years of the coach’s tenure. “He’s trying to do it in a way that helps his team.”

Which, for the most part, he does.

At 30, Jones is a key player for Schalke, largely because of the intimidating presence he provides. Opposing midfielders have to be aware of him, and while he’s not a technician with the ball at his feet, his all-world athleticism and booming shot from distance offer a balance to his decidedly defensive game.

Klinsmann clearly values his qualities. Jones has developed a better understanding with his U.S. teammates since the German coach took over last year, and has looked most comfortable occupying the “No. 8″ role. It’s a position he could continue to play if Michael Bradley, who missed the last two matches with a leg injury, is deployed as more of a playmaker in the Americans’ next set of qualifiers. That would allow Jones to again pair with front fellow German-American Danny Williams, a partnership that showed promise in last week’s crucial home win against Jamaica.

“I can learn a lot from him,” Williams said of Jones after the match in Columbus, Ohio. “Whatever I want to know, he gives me advice, and I try to take it because experience is a big thing in soccer.”

It’s a huge thing for the U.S., which can’t afford to keep a player with Jones’ résumé on the bench, regardless of the risks, regardless of what fans and reporters say.

Yes, his critics have a valid argument. But here’s a retort: Legendary hard men like Roy Keane (Manchester United), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan) and Patrick Vieira (Arsenal) were polarizing players who picked up tons of yellow cards.

Their teams did OK, didn’t they?

Notes

• Nordsjaelland may have lost its Champions League opener Wednesday, but U.S. right back Michael Parkhurst still has five more group games to impress potential suitors. “It’s a big opportunity for me,” Denmark-based Parkhurst told the blog in Jamaica a couple of weeks ago. “I’m out of contract at Christmas so it’s a great time for me to play in big games in front of a lot of people. Those are important games to get my name out there. It’s a little easier to watch those games, and of course playing against the best guys in the world is a perfect way to prove yourself.”

 

• Sacha Kljestan has found national team invites hard to come by under Klinsmann, but performances like the one he put in against AC Milan on Tuesday can’t hurt his future prospects if any of the regulars get hurt, especially with the Yanks needing offense heading into to their last two semifinal-round qualifiers. Playing on the left side of Anderlecht’s midfield, Kljestan moved the ball quickly and effectively, and had the Belgian side’s best scoring chance in an entertaining scoreless draw.

 

• Graham Zusi is riding a wave of confidence after his breakout game for the Yanks in Columbus (check out the field-level highlights here). Zusi was involved in both goals in Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 win at the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night that keeps SKC atop MLS’ Eastern Conference.

Dallas Football Elite 2012 Awards

by DFE

Although the season isn’t even close to being over we wanted to take a minute to thank all of our Dallas Football Elite members for their dedication, time, and overall commitment to our group! The DFE is nothing without it’s members. If you all don’t take the time to show up each week and cheer on FC Dallas with the rest of us, we wouldn’t be able to bring the continued support to the club that we do. The DFE is one of FC Dallas’ strongest supporter groups and the main reason is because of the friendships and the quality of people that continue to join us. Once again, thank you all for being apart of our great group! The future is very bright for Dallas Football Elite!

 

A FEW GREAT PICTURES OF OUR SEASON SO FAR! 

 

                                                           DALLAS FOOTBALL ELITE 2012 SEASON AWARDS!!!

All winners were voted on by the DFE group as a whole!

The DFE from day one realized that we were not your typical supporters group. Yes, we enjoy chanting and singing from time to time. However, the one true aspect of our group is the Heckle. The DFE lives to harass the visiting club. This is why we choose to sit where we sit. We have been extremely successful at heckling the visiting clubs each week, but we managed to do this without cursing at them! You try drinking beer and not cursing!? It’s hard!!

      DALLAS FOOTBALL ELITE’S MOST VALUABLE HECKLER AWARD 

“JON”

If you have ever had the chance to sit in section 103 and listen to Jon heckle, you definitely left the stadium with a smile on your face. Jon has been with the DFE from day 1 and is definitely one of our top members!

Most Valuable Heckler; Runner-Up

“Kevin”

 

                                                         DALLAS FOOTBALL ELITE’S “ALCOHOOLIGAN” AWARD

I believe the award is self explanatory! However, we would like to add that we love what these members bring to our group, and the memories they create!! Thank you DFE Alcohooligan’s for not getting arrested!!

DFE “ALCOHOOLIGAN” of 2012 

“ROSS”

DFE “ALCOHOOLIGAN” Runner- Up

“Lavinia”

Top DFE Member! This goes to the member who is always helping with events, showing up at watching parties, showing up at all the matches, always has the DFE Blue on, and lives for Match Day with the DFE!I would like to point out that all though some of these people didn’t win that they did have a lot of votes in their favor. Kyle Turney, Steven Redrick, and Lavinia Dorwaldt. The group recognizes the hard work and dedication you bring each week.

“THE DFE TOP MEMBER AWARD”

“Aaron Wessner” 

“THE DFE TOP MEMBER;Runner-up”

“BJ”

This goes to the DFE member that loves the DFE and shows it by always being there! We always say that the most important part of being in the DFE is just showing up. Thank you!!

“I may be quiet, but I AM DFE in the blood!” Award!

“AMY”

“I may be quiet, but I AM DFE in the blood!” Runner-up!

“MATT”

“Next year, the DFE’s President and Vice President”

“Sean and BJ”

We plan to continue the growth of the group by keeping the DFE as a group that people look forward to coming out and being apart of on match day! The DFE is a family and we look forward to seeing you all each week! 

The last but definitely not the least of the awards!

The DFE’s Most Valuable Player of the year award!! 

The DFE believes this player not only shows the quality and passion it takes to lead FC Dallas each week, but also believes appreciates that this player goes above and beyond to show his fans that they are truly appreciated. Thank you for your hard work on and off the pitch!

“Matt Hedges”

Matt, thank you for all your hard work this season! The DFE believes in you and knows that you are going to be apart of the ingredients that brings the MLS Cup to Dallas! We hope to meet up with you soon to present you with the DFE MVP award!

“Common Sense”

by DFE

Yes, sometimes when you hear the statement, “Season tickets” you can become overwhelmed and think that is way too big of a commitment for you. However, the DFE wouldn’t push for all of its members to be season ticket holders unless we knew how amazing of an opportunity this is for all. 

Being a season ticket holder doesn’t mean that you need to attend every game either. The DFE is about saving you money. The offer that FC Dallas is offering all who join the DFE is section 103 is phenomenal. In no professional sport will you ever have the opportunity to become a season ticket holder for so cheap!

Real quick…let’s think about this? 

Next season if you just come out to 1 match with the DFE in 103, you are going to pay $35 dollars per ticket. Yup, ticket prices in 103 went up! 

BUT, if you get on the 8 month payment plan you can pay $36 dollars a month for 8 months, total of $288. You will get all 18 home matches including all the DFE and FC Dallas benefits that come with being a season ticket holder!

I have heard some people say that they only attend half the matches. So let’s say you only attend half the matches next season. You will end up spending $315 dollars to come out half the time, when you could spend $288 and have tickets for every match regardless. If you wanna sell of the tickets you don’t use, you can. If you want to use the season ticket holder exchange plan to bring people with you, YOU CAN! 

It’s common sense. 

If you have had the opportunity to come out with the DFE in section 103, there is no doubt that you did not have a blast. Our group is open to all, we stand, we chant, we heckle, and we drink. We have families, kids, and people from all backgrounds in our section. As most of you that have been with the DFE know, once you come to our section, you are   immediately apart of our family! 

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT NEXT SEASON’S PRICES SO THAT YOU CAN SEE FIRST HAND HOW MUCH YOU ARE SAVING WITH THE DFE! 

As you can see from the seating chart, the DFE in 103 is now a Red section! This is brand new! 103 in the past was always a blue section. You can also see the regular price for season tickets in that section is now $630 dollars!! Yeah, I know…that’s ridiculously expensive! So think about it...if you call Filip today and tell him that you want in on the DFE deal in 103, he can lock you in for only $288 dollars! AND…he can put you on a payment plan that can be broken down into 8 payments of only 36 dollars!

DO YOU ALL SEE HOW OBVIOUS IT IS THAT FC DALLAS SUPPORTS US AND WANTS OUR SECTION TO GROW!! 

The best news after all that is….you are LOCKED into that price until 2015!! Do you hear that…as you can tell prices are gonna continue to go up. FC Dallas, MLS, soccer, is all growing in our country. FC Dallas is experiencing the highest attendance ever in the history of the club, and we’re losing this season!! If you get locked into this plan now your price moving forward will stay at $288!

This promotion is a once and a life time chance and most likely will never be offered again!

PHASE ONE of this process ends on Oct. 8th!

July 31-Oct. 8, 2012

BUT if you want the 8 month payment plan you need to call Filip today to get it! If you want until Oct 8th your payment plan will be reduced to 6 months, and so on.

***IMPORTANT***

We’re not trying to be salesmen to you all. We’re trying to grow our section in 103 and get you all into the stadium as many times as possible for the cheapest price possible.

THE DFE IS GROWING!! We are a fun group that loves FC Dallas, loves soccer, and loves creating a true soccer atmosphere for all! We want you to be apart of our family! 

Seriously,

contact Filip Prus the DFE’s ticket representative and get locked in today!

Filip Prus

Corporate Sales Representative 

Direct: 469-365-0053 | Fax: 214-705-6799

Email: fprus@fcdallas.com

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