Seattle Reign vs Houston Dash Sunday in Frisco

This weekend’s Houston Dash home game against the Seattle Reign will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at 7 p.m. on Sunday (Sept 3rd) in the home stadium of FC Dallas. It will be the Dash’s first ever regular season NWSL home game away from BBVA Compass Stadium. .

"On behalf of the Dash, I want to sincerely thank the Hunt family and our partners at FC Dallas for stepping up to assist our club in this time of need," said Dash president Chris Canetti. "We are thankful for the opportunity to play this match in Frisco and that the FC Dallas Foundation will be using the event as a benefit to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This is a great example of the soccer community uniting to help one another in difficult times."

The match, presented by the FC Dallas Foundation, was relocated to north Texas after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas, resulting in widespread flooding and damage in Houston and the surrounding area. The storm also postponed Houston’s previous home game, scheduled for Aug. 27 against the North Carolina Courage.

"It’s such a challenging time for everyone in the greater Houston area," said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. "We’re happy to partner with the Houston Dash organization and help them work through this situation."

Fans in Dallas-Fort Worth can purchase tickets at FCDallas.com/Tickets or call 888-FCD-GOAL. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The Dash will travel to Frisco Wednesday and train at Toyota Soccer Center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will train at MoneyGram Soccer Park on Saturday ahead of the game.

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Frisco catcher named to Texas League All-Star team

Frisco catcher named to Texas League All-Star team

Jason Janik/Special Contributor RoughRiders player Jose Trevino photographed at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX, on Apr. 4, 2017. (Jason Janik/Special Contributor)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Instant replay and observations from the Rangers’ 8-3 loss to Oakland on Saturday at The Coliseum:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The Rangers lost their second consecutive game to Oakland, which is 57-72. Adrian Beltre has driven in all four of the club’s runs in the series. Beltre put the Rangers ahead at 2-0 with a two-run single in the first inning. Starter Cole Hamels lost the lead on two homers by Chad Pinder in the first three innings. Hamels gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings overall. The Rangers remained two games behind Minnesota, which leads in the race for the second wild-card spot in the American League.

DUDE OF THE DAY: Shortstop Elvis Andrus marked his 29th birthday with three hits and two long running catches on pop-ups in the vast foul territory of the Coliseum. Andrus is hitting .362 for his last 94 at-bats.

ROTATION REPORT: Hamels’ personal winning streak ended at five. He was ineffective with the cut fastball and the changeup, both of which had recently been good against right-handed hitters. In Hamels’ previous four starts, he held right-handed hitters to a .188 average for 85 at-bats. Oakland’s right-handed hitters were 8-for-17 against Hamels.

DID YOU KNOW? The Rangers are 5-5 when Hamels starts after a team loss this season.

OTHER STUFF

MAZARA SITS: To keep Delino DeShields in the lineup, manager Jeff Banister held out Nomar Mazara against left-hander Sean Manaea. Mazara is hitting .207 with a .553 OPS against left-handers.

ON THE BASES: In the fourth, Matt Chapman put Oakland ahead at 3-2 by scoring from first on a two-out single off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre. Chapman was running on contact, and left fielder Ryan Rua made an off-line throw to the plate.

ON THE BASES II: The Rangers had two runners, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli, thrown out trying to steal second. In each case, the runner could not keep contact with the bag.

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Dynamo supporters head to Frisco with reduced numbers

Dynamo supporters head to Frisco with reduced numbers

James Hromadka has attended every Dynamo road game against archrival FC Dallas since the team moved to Houston.

Hromadka, the president of the Texian Army, is going back on Wednesday for the season’s third Texas Derby. He just won’t have as many of his fellow supporters with him.

The biggest reason is the privilege restrictions placed on Dynamo supporter groups by FC Dallas following the first Texas Derby on May 28.

Those restrictions prevent Dynamo supporters from entering Toyota Stadium with flags, banners, instruments or any other implements used to display their support of the team. FC Dallas also is limiting the number of tickets allotted to Dynamo supporter groups to 100.

About 300 supporters attended the first game and sat in a reserved section.

For every other road trip to Frisco, Hromadka has filled a chartered a bus with Texian Army members. That will not happen on Wednesday. Instead, he and about 15 other members will carpool.

"There still hasn’t been anything from Dallas in writing where they have sent us anything (about what we did wrong)," Hromadka said. "People are generally unhappy and pissed off from that. It seems like a tactic to reduce the number of Dynamo fans who come to the game."

All Dynamo supporters had to find out what they did wrong from media reports.

When contacted by the Chronicle the day after the news of the sanctions broke, FC Dallas vice president of media and communications Gina Miller said the specific reasons were that members of El Batallon – another Dynamo supporter group – set off smoke bombs and a flare outside the stadium.

Though FC Dallas singled out El Batallon, the privilege restrictions are for all Dynamo supporter groups. They are in place for the next four regular season games between the Dynamo and FC Dallas in Frisco.

Mannie Gutierrez, president of El Batallon, said a few members of his supporter group are going on their own but that no trip is organized. Instead, El Batallon on Wednesday night will gather at Kings Court Pub across the street from BBVA Compass Stadium for an official watch party.

In Frisco, Hromadka said the Texian Army will stand, sing and cheer as best they can but that it will be tougher because many of their chants and songs go better with the beat of a drum, which they are not allowed to take inside the stadium.

It will not be the same energetic experience as previous Dynamo games in Frisco, but Hromadka said everything will be better if the Dynamo win to clinch the Texas Derby title for the second consecutive year and retain El Capitan.

"We’ll be there and we’ll do what we can to cheer on our team," Hromadka said. "Hopefully we can come out with a win and keep the cannon."

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Major League Lacrosse championship draws 7,500 to Frisco’s Star as league eyes North Texas for its own team

Major League Lacrosse championship draws 7,500 to Frisco’s Star as league eyes North Texas for its own team

In front of 7,543 people at The Star’s Ford Center in Frisco, Major League Lacrosse took center stage Saturday night.

Attendees young and old, and several with lacrosse sticks, filled the lower bowl above the teams’ benches to watch what would end in an Ohio Machine victory over the Denver Outlaws, 17-12.

Some of those fans — the younger ones — got to take the field themselves in a halftime exhibition game.

The Machine scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to seal what was otherwise a closely matched, back-and-forth game. Denver had led 7-6 at the half and went on a 3-0 run to make it 10-6 in the third quarter. But after retaking the lead, the Machine never looked back.

The final result was a flip from last season’s end in Atlanta, when the Outlaws beat the Machine by one, the final goal coming with 13 seconds left in the game.

Hundreds stayed after the game, crowding the front rows with their arms outstretched, hoping their screams for an autograph would catch the players’ attention.

"They get to see some of the guys play that they see on TV," said Armagan Cakir, a coach for the Chaos Lacrosse 2025 club team.

Saturday’s game was an opportunity for league officials to see how the sport would be received in Dallas. MLL Commissioner David Gross has said the league’s been eyeing North Texas, and he has called The Star a perfect venue for lacrosse.

Dallas could have a team as early as 2018’s season opener in April. Nothing has yet been made official.

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Rangers’ Jake Diekman strikes out two in perfect rehab debut

Rangers’ Jake Diekman strikes out two in perfect rehab debut

Texas Rangers left-handed reliever Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect inning for Double A Frisco Thursday night..

It’s Diekman’s first rehab appearance and first game since October 2016. Diekman has been on the disabled list since January after beginning a three-step surgery to remove and reconstruct his colon to treat ulcerative colitis.

The last surgery was on June 9 and Diekman has been working towards this moment in earnest since July 20. Diekman entered the game in the fifth inning and induced a groundout to second base, struck out the second batter looking and got a strikeout swinging to end the inning. He threw eight strikes and five balls. He’s likely to make a few more rehab appearances before joining the Rangers’ roster.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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Fort Worth firm acquires Frisco apartment community

Fort Worth firm acquires Frisco apartment community

Olympus Property acquires The Boulevard at Frisco Square in Frisco, Texas (PRNewsfoto/Olympus Property)

Fort Worth-based Olympus Property has expanded its Texas portfolio with the acquisition of Boulevard at Frisco Square in Frisco. The community will undergo a name change effective immediately to Olympus Boulevard.

Olympus Boulevard is the third apartment community to be added to Olympus Property’s seventh fund, WW Olympus Property VII LLC. This fund provides a geographically diverse blend of several multifamily assets throughout the United States to provide investors stabilized cash flow over time.

"Olympus Boulevard is located in one of the strongest job growth submarkets in the United States. The deal was acquired on an attractive basis with plenty of room for upside," said Chase Bennett, senior acquisitions manager at Olympus Property.

Completed in 2009, the 282-unit luxury mid-rise community is strategically located along the Dallas North Tollway growth corridor, specifically within Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile and north of Legacy Business Park. The Boulevard at Frisco Square is located within Frisco Square, a master-planned development funded in part by the city of Frisco.

Olympus Property, founded in 1992, is a fully integrated real estate investment firm based in Fort Worth.

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Frisco and More North Texas Cities Auctioning Vehicles and City Equipment

Frisco and More North Texas Cities Auctioning Vehicles and City Equipment

Photo: courtesy of The City Of Frisco

Want a used Ford F-350, F-150, motorcyle, trailer?

The City Of Frisco auctions off used property 2-3 times per year, and is now offering a myriad of items:

tractors mowers tools computers traffic signals scoreboards children’s furniture toys home furnishings office furniture

The auction helps the City of Frisco reinvest in it’s resources. Auctions in 2015 and 2016 brought in over $200k to Frisco’s general fund.

Again, see http://www.renebates.com for more auction details.

Auction ends the 25th.

In addition, the cities of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Royse City, Rockwall, plus Kaufman and Tarrant Counties are holding auctions. Info HERE.

You may find the perfect thing you’ve been looking for, save yourself a LOT of money, and help the city you buy it from!

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Frisco RoughRiders: Ricardo Rodriguez Promoted To Texas Rangers

Frisco RoughRiders: Ricardo Rodriguez Promoted To Texas Rangers

The Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, see another member of the roster get a promotion. Relief pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez has been promoted to the Texas Rangers. He has had a phenomenal season for Frisco, and will now look to showcase his talents at the Major League Baseball level. The two clubs announced Tuesday that Rodriguez’s contract has been purchased by the Rangers.

“Rodriguez, 24, is in the midst of a stellar season between the RoughRiders, Texas’ Double-A affiliate, and Advanced-A Down East. In 35 outings, he’s 5-1 with a 1.34 ERA and has converted all 17 of his save chances. He has only permitted runs in three of his 35 appearances this season.

The righty gained notoriety throughout the farm system when he retired 45 consecutive batters in a 12-outing span with Down East from May 14-June 28. He leaves Frisco having allowed two runs in 15 innings, including 11 1/3 consecutive scoreless frames to close out his time with the squad.

Rodriguez will be seeking his Major League debut with the Rangers. He would become the 138th former Riders player to reach the Major Leagues.”

RHP Ricardo Rodriguez, courtesy of MiLB.com

It’s no secret that the Texas Rangers have struggled with reliable bullpen pitchers. The relief effort has been less than desirable. The club has cycled through relief pitchers this season, failing to produce any success. With starting pitching on the fringe, it’s crucial for the Rangers to find some stability in the bullpen.

The Frisco RoughRiders have had some success with relievers, and that has allowed the Rangers a pool to draw from. Hopefully, he can make an impact for the Rangers, and continue to be reliable at the highest level of play.

Follow Blake Cole on Twitter (@blakeacole) for more on Ricardo Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers, and the Frisco RoughRiders.

*Featured image courtesy of the Down East Woo Ducks.

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Ross leads Frisco to 3-1 win over Corpus Christi

Ross leads Frisco to 3-1 win over Corpus Christi

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tyson Ross allowed just four hits over seven innings, leading the Frisco RoughRiders over the Corpus Christi Hooks in a 3-1 win on Saturday.

Nick Gardewine struck Jamie Ritchie out with a runner on first to end the game for his fourth save of the season.

Ross (1-1) allowed one run while striking out eight and walking two to get the win.

Frisco got on the board first in the fourth inning when Andy Ibanez hit a sacrifice fly and Jose Cardona hit a two-run double.

The Hooks cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Ryne Birk hit an RBI single, bringing home Jason Martin.

Alex Winkelman (1-6) went four innings, allowing three runs and four hits in the Texas League game. He also struck out three and walked one.

Despite the loss, Corpus Christi is 18-9 against Frisco this season.

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Best Xi Teams Announced from Us Youth Soccer National Championships

Best Xi Teams Announced from Us Youth Soccer National Championships

FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — The Best XI teams were announced for the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which took place July 25-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The National Championships featured US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups.

The Best XI team was first introduced at the 2011 National Championships. Similar to FIFA’s all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.

+READ: Remaining champions crowned at US Youth Soccer National Championships

The Best XI join the Golden Ball, Golden Glove and Fair Play awards given out annually at the National Championships. The Golden Ball and Glove were first awarded in 1998 to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships, and has featured winners such as Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Freddy Adu, Jordan Morris, Lindsey Tarpley, Christen Press and Emily Sonnett.

Click here to view the full Best XI teams from each age group at the 2017 National Championships.

2017 Golden Ball Award
13U Boys – Jack Wagoner, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO)
13U Girls – Maura Yumul, San Diego Surf (CA-S)
14U Boys – Lance Friedrich, USA/MP 2003 Premier (SC)
14U Girls – Olivia Garcia, LVPSA 03 Red (NV)
15U Boys – Riley O’Donnell, Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker (TX-N)
15U Girls – Kailyn Dudukovich, CUP 02 Gold (OH-S)
16U Boys – Jeffrey Copper, Tampa Bay United (FL)
16U Girls – Madison Medalle, Nationals Union 01 Black (MI)
17U Boys – Justin Gielen, Baltimore Celtic SC (MD)
17U Girls – Anna Podojil, CUP 00 Gold (OH-S)
18U Boys – Vinicius Almeida, BRYC 99 Elite (VA)
18U Girls – Karlie Paschall, TSC Showcase (TN)
19/20U Boys – Chris Brennan, Challenger Crew Jrs Gold 98 (OH-N)
19/20U Girls – Nadiyah Siqueiros, Beach FC 98 Academy (CA-S)

2017 Golden Glove Award
13U Boys – Will Rieves, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Pre Academy 04 (MO)
13U Girls – Claire Heddings, SDFC Yellow (NJ)
14U Boys – Jakob Jorgensen, Beach FC 98 Academy (CA-S)
14U Girls – Keyla Alba, LVPSA 03 Red (NV)
15U Boys – Chris Edwards, Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker (TX-N)
15U Girls – Gabriela Green, Nationals Union 02 Black (MI)
16U Boys – Bryson Najarian, CUP Gold 01 (OH-S)
16U Girls – Keely Monroe, CUP Gold 01 (OH-S)
17U Boys – Ryan Miller, Baltimore Celtic SC (MD)
17U Girls – Mimi Stines, CUP 00 Gold (OH-S)
18U Boys – Alex Barakat, BRYC 99 Elite (VA)
18U Girls – Sydney Malham, TSC Showcase (TN)
19/20U Boys – Alex Dudley, Challenger Crew Jrs Gold 98 (OH-N)
19/20U Girls – Abigail Stapleton, 98 CR Academy (NC)

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