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.

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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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Dallas Cowboys Have Themselves a Masterpiece in ‘the Star’

Dallas Cowboys Have Themselves a Masterpiece in ‘the Star’

Ford Center at The Star (Cowboys/Jeremiah Jhass and James D. Smith)

FRISCO, Texas — No offense to Jerry Jones, but maybe he’s spoiled.

Because when Sporting News asked the Cowboys owner whether he considers the extravagant palace that is The Star to be the masterpiece of his Hall of Fame career in football, Jones’ mind dismissively turned to high school football. He’s proud to have manufactured a direct link between pro and amateur sports.

“That’s the biggest thing we’re getting out of it,” Jones said during a recent conference call.

But when a person walks through The Star, the multi-million-dollar world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, its connection to Frisco, Texas, high schools is the last thing that enters a mind overwhelmed by the size and luxurious nature of the facility. The walls, adorned with an endless enshrinement of Cowboys history, trap occupants in an echo chamber that leaves room for nothing but admiration for the franchise.

The Star, Cowboys headquarters entrance (Cowboys/Jeremiah Jhass and James D. Smith)

Located about 40 miles northeast of AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play their home games, is the place they now call home. Construction of facility in Frisco, a Dallas suburb, was completed before the 2016 season, but the final group to leave the Cowboys’ former home in Valley Ranch, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, arrived this summer.

As of late July 2017, though, only a portion of a 91-acre development was completed. An adjacent Omni Frisco Hotel, which will be the tallest building in town, was on the verge of business. Surrounding restaurants and shops were still being constructed. Two miles of new roadways and associated civil infrastructure were being created to support The Star, which is part of what’s called the $5 Billion Mile, a group of mixed-use developments along the Dallas North Tollway. Frisco is in Denton and Collin Counties, which are expected to grow to over 2.6 and 3.8 million residents, respectively, by 2050.

So perhaps that’s why Jones, who purchased the Cowboys in 1989, does not consider this his NFL masterpiece after more than 28 years. It’s not yet finished.

Upon approach via the Tollway, the Ford Center, a state-of-the-art, 510,000 square foot indoor athletic facility that’s shared by the Cowboys, the City of Frisco, and Frisco ISD’s eight high schools, stands out amongst widespread construction. The scene becomes increasingly inviting as one approaches the Tostitos Championship Plaza, complete with an open football field, a 2,270 square foot video board and what’s called the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Walk.

The over-the-top experience begins before one even reaches the front door.

Tostitos Championship Plaza (Cowboys/Jeremiah Jhass and James D. Smith)

The true astonishment begins when one walks through The Star’s entrance and into a massive atrium. In view ahead, through glass windows, are the Cowboys’ outdoor fields. Above is a custom, ceiling-mounted LED light sculpture by renowned artist Leo Villareal. (We’re talking 19,200 lights.)

To the right, behind more glass, is the room where Cowboys press conferences take place. To the left is a security desk, intimidating yet inviting in its glitz.

In plain sight also are the five Vince Lombardi Trophies the Cowboys have earned with their five Super Bowl wins.

We’re told they’re the real things.

Atrium area of The Star (Cowboys/Jeremiah Jhass and James D. Smith)

More of the standouts inside the mammoth facility:

There’s a wall of helmets representing all 32 NFL teams. Each helmet can be illuminated, so during a game week, the Cowboys’ opponent will be highlighted. If Dallas is playing Atlanta, for example, the Cowboys helmet and the Falcons helmet will the two illuminated on the wall.

There’s a state-of-the-art television studio and control center. In a separate location is an entire studio dedicated to podcast recording.

There are separate walls that monumentalize the top 10 moments in Cowboys history, the Cowboys’ five Super Bowl wins and Cowboys Pro Bowlers, among other tributes. A cluster of manikins displays the evolution of the Cowboys uniform.

There’s a cafeteria run by master chefs. In that cafeteria are commemorative displays of “firsts” — the Cowboys’ first game, for example. One of Tom Landry’s old hats rests in a glass case a few yards away from where Jason Garrett eats his lunch.

The Cowboys’ locker room, weight room and training room, of course, are all as big and fancy as they come. Their main meeting room looks more like a deluxe movie theater.

There’s a brand-new NFL draft war room, which was used for the first time this year. Outside that room is a display case featuring the actual pre-draft evaluations of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

And so on — around each corner is a different nugget of Cowboys glory.

Cowboys by the numbers (Cowboys/Jeremiah Jhass and James D. Smith)

The idea is for current players to be surrounded by and constantly reminded of the legacy they’re playing to uphold. The same effects are felt by the general public, for which two clichés come to mind while roaming The Star: “everything is bigger in Texas,” and “no expense spared.”

The Ford Center, which houses the Cowboys football operations facilities mentioned above, is a beast in itself even though it’s only a portion of The Star.

In addition to Cowboys practices and high school football games, Ford Center hosts soccer games, marching band competitions, track meets and commencement exercises. Its 12,000-seat capacity will expand to a currently unknown figure when it hosts concerts.

Ford Center at The Star (Cowboys/Jeremiah Jhass and James D. Smith)

The four locker rooms in Ford Center are more lavish than most visiting locker rooms in NFL stadiums. Which brings us back to why Jones made the connection to amateur sports.

Youth football is important to Jones, who played at the high school level in Little Rock, Ark. It was at that level where he learned a valuable life lesson.

“I had the honor of playing in the high school all-star game, and I went as a linebacker and a running back,” Jones said. “When I got to the all-star game I stayed at linebacker, but (my) position on offense was a lineman. So they were just beating the hell out of me. I quit and went home.

“My father came in from traveling and he said, ‘Son, if you lay in this bed, you’ll be a quitter the rest of your life.’ He said, ‘Do you like football?’ And I said, ‘Of course I do.’ And he said, ‘If I were you and they moved me to be the water boy, I believe I’d drown them. I wish you would get up, re-think your decision and go on.’

“That’s tough love, but that was an important time for me because it showed me that the game is not necessarily about how it’s dealt to you, it’s how you respond to it.”

Jones, a man who already has done enough for the NFL to earn his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, still refuses to quit. Now he hopes his sharing of a new facility will start another trend.

“The point is it tangibly links the two together,” Jones said. “It really is a great example of how professional football can be a big facilitator to the success of amateur sports. You literally can have a quarterback of a high school team walk out there and basically see and maybe get a conversation with Dak Prescott, who’s walking off the field after practice.”

MORE: Stunning photos of The Star

Of course, for a man who’s worth more than $5 billion, looking beyond The Star’s wow factor is easy.

It’s not as easy for anybody else on the planet.

The Star is a modern football castle. It’s as much of a Cowboys museum as it is the Cowboys’ mansion. Even if Jones chooses not to admit it, the place is a football masterpiece.

And it’s not even finished.

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Cane Rosso Adds ‘Cowboys’ Oven at the Star in Frisco

Cane Rosso Adds ‘Cowboys’ Oven at the Star in Frisco

FRISCO, TEXAS – Talk about team spirit!

Dallas pizza chain Cane Rosso is opening a new location at The Star in Frisco. Their oven is shaped and decorated like a giant Dallas Cowboys helmet.

The restaurant posted on Twitter photos of it earlier this week.

We Dem Boyz. Opening Soon. pic.twitter.com/w8SeIxpO38

— Cane Rosso (@canerosso) July 25, 2017

It hasn’t announced an opening date yet.

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