“BLUE MOON DALLAS”

Blue Moon Dallas is the official Branch of the Manchester City supporters club in Dallas, Texas. While we are headquartered in Dallas, Texas, we welcome and encourage membership from all regions of the United States and abroad. Our HQ in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex is at the Frisco Londoner, our home pub!  Please check our “Pub watching schedule” to find out when we will be congregating for each match.

Our group was formed in 2011 by Sean Dorwaldt a Frisco, Texas native whose main objective was to bring all Manchester City supporters together and unite us under one flag. The group started off our 2012 campaign by bringing in strong Blue Moon Dallas leaders in Joey McCune, and Mark Mulv. The group in less than three weeks doubled it’s membership and made a strong statement to Manchester City Supporters club that Blue Moon Dallas was ready to become an official Branch in their supporters club.

Blue Moon Dallas

This website seeks not only to serve as a home for members of Blue Moon Dallas but also to facilitate the supporting of Manchester City F.C. for all fans in the USA and across the globe. Please let us know who you are and where you live, and even find us on one of our social networks.

Twitter: @bluemoondallas1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bluemoondallas?ref=hl

Become A Member Of Blue Moon Dallas

You may or may not wish to become a formal member of our club. If not, please feel welcomed to participate with us at any of our pub watching parties. But if you are interested in joining, then we would be happy to have you. Right now our membership requirements are still in the works, however right now we ask that you get on the Blue Moon Dallas emailer by emailing bluemoondallas@gmail.com and requesting to be added to the group.

Once you have decided to join the group please request to be apart of our facebook group so that you may participate in group discussions and events.

Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/416505275072578/

 Thanks!

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West Ham Preview!

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Who: West Ham United v Manchester City

When: October 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM (6:45 AM CST)

Where: Boleyn Ground, London, England

Where to watch: Londoner Frisco

 

Pre Match Facts Run Down

  • West Ham have earned only 1 point in their last 6 Premier League meetings with Manchester City
  • Manchester City beat West Ham 4 times last year (twice in the Premier League, twice in the League Cup)
  • West Ham have 4 wins this season, a number they didn’t reach until January of last season
  • City are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League matches, the second longest streak in the league
  • Sergio Aguero’s 9 goals in the opening 8 matches has never been bettered in Premier League history. He has 4 away goals already this season, Aguero has never scored more than 7 on the road in a season
  • Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history to score in each of his first 5 starts
  • West Ham have only allowed 7 clear chances on goal this season

 

Manchester City Injuries

Samir Nasri (surgery) – Out

Frank Lampard (hamstring) – Out

 

West Ham Injuries

Mauro Zarate (knock) – Questionable

James Tomkins (hip/thigh) – Questionable

Guy Demel (hip/thigh) – Questionable

Cheikhou Kouyate (groin) – Questionable

Andy Carroll (ankle/foot) – Out

 Possible Line-up for God’s Own team

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Our Blues will be looking to rebound after a sub-optimal match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. The Hammers will be looking pick up at least a point and move themselves up the table as they try to avoid the drop zone this season. A City win would be a huge boost for the club as it would begin to inch the boys closer to league leaders Chelsea. Last year City battered West Ham 4 times, and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again! So set multiple alarms, put on your kit, and get up to the pub! Get ready to sing loud BMD, because the sound of Fat Sam’s lips smacking together could drown out a jet engine! We can’t wait to see you up at the Heart of the City and cheer on THE CHAMPIONS!!

(Who da fuq is) Joey McCune

 

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Tottenham Preview!

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Who: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

When: October 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM (6:45 AM in Dallas)

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Where to watch: Londoner Frisco

 Pre Match Facts Run Down

  • City have won 6 out of the last 7 against Tottenham
  • The last 6 matches between the two clubs have produced 30 goals; City have scored 22 of the 30
  • Dzeko has scored 6 in 6 against Tottenham, Aguero has scored 5 in 5
  • Manchester City have gone 2 home matches without a win (L1, D1)
  • Tottenham have won just 3 out of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League
  • City will be without Fernandinho (hamstring) , Mangala (gingivitis) and Samir Nasri (groin surgery)
  • Spurs will be without Kyle Walker (surgery) and Kyle Naughton (ankle); they will also have Nacer Chadli (hip/thigh) and Hugo Lloris (groin) facing late fitness tests

Probable Line-Up for THE CHAMPIONS

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This match is crucial for both clubs coming off an international break. Our Blues will be looking to right some of the recent wrongs at home, and to continue their recent dominance of the north London club. Spurs will be looking pick up at least a point and move themselves into the top 4. A City win would be a huge boost for the club as it would inch the boys closer to league leaders Chelsea. This fixture has rarely been boring over the past 3 years, and surely will be one that you will want to catch live! So set 5 alarms, put on your kit, and get up to the pub! We can’t wait to see you up at the Heart of the City and cheer on the Pride of Manchester!!

Love always,

Joey McCune

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Roma Preview!!!

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Who: Manchester City v AS Roma

When: September 30, 2014 at 1:45pm

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Where to watch: Londoner Frisco

Pre Match Facts Run Down

  • Manchester City have lost 3 straight in European competition
  • Manchester City have only won 1 out of their last 7 against Italian clubs
  • Roma has not a kept a clean sheet in their last 9 Champions League matches
  • Roma’s last match in the Champions League was a 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow
  • 3 out of City’s last 4 European matches have ended 1-1
  • Aguero has scored 5 in the last 5 Champions League matches at the Etihad
  • The top 3 passers on CL match day 1 were Miralem Pjanic, Radja Nainggolan, and Seydou Keita. These three players all play in Roma’s midfield triangle
  • Roma are undefeated this year in Serie A (W5 L0 D0) and have only conceded 1 goal
  • Roma average 61.66% possession in Serie A
  • Roma manager Rudi Garcia is the former manager of Lille. Some call him “The Gervinho Whisperer” as only he seems to be able to get the Ivorian winger to play up to his potential
  • Roma have a long list of injured players: Kevin Strootman, Frederico Balzaretti, Davide Astori, Marco Borriello, Leandro Castan, Juan Manuel Iturbe, Salih Ucan, and Daniele De Rossi.
  • Most of the injured players for Roma are defensive players, which could mean that City could run riot on an aging back line.

This match is sure to be full of excitement with two very attacking clubs going at it. If City win, it will put them in 1st place in the group headed into their matchup with CSKA Moscow. If you can get off work, we’d love to see you up at the Heart of the City and cheer on Manchester City!!

Joey McCune

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Arsenal Away Pre-Match Rundown

link-sopcast-arsenal-vs-man-city-1Who: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Where: Emirates Stadium, London

Where to Watch: Londoner Frisco

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6:45 AM

 

Injury Report

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey – Ankle, must pass a late fitness test

Mesut Ozil – Ankle, questionable

Olivier Giroud – Foot, out

Serge Gnabry – Knee, out

Theo Walcott – ACL, out

 

Manchester City

Stevan Jovetic – Hamstring, out

Pablo Zabaleta – Knock, probable

Fernando – Groin, out

 

Storylines

After purchasing Manchester born Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on Deadline Day, do Arsenal finally have a striker that will fit into their very technical system? Also, can Danny Welbeck prove his former club wrong and become a top striker?

Can Joe Hart prove his detractors wrong and get a firm grip on the number 1 shirt at Manchester City? While his failure to stop a goal against Stoke was not the sole reason for the loss, many people are already calling for new boy Willy Caballero.

Can Manchester City avenge their Community Shield loss to Arsenal? The Blues were beaten 3-0 at Wembley the weekend before the season started, and will be eager to right their previous wrong.

How will Manchester City kick off their “Hell Week?” Arsenal away on Saturday, followed by a trip to Munich on Wednesday, and wrapped up with a home game against Chelsea. A rough week for any club, surely. Will our boys be up for the hardest test of the season?

 

Set a few alarms, put on your sky blue, bring a friend, and get up the pub for what is sure to be a fantastic match! Can’t wait to see you all there as our boys take on the hipsters Gooners!!

 

Minister of Propaganda

Joey McCune

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A Citizen Abroad : Newcastle Away Review

445812_heroaThe Champions started the season off on the right foot with a 2-0 win away to Newcastle. While not the crispest performance you’ll ever see, the signs are there that our Blues are ready to make another run at the title.

Manuel Pellegrini set the team out in the same 4-4-2 (4-2-2-2 if you want to be picky) that he used for most of last season, and for the most part it looked just as good as last year. In attack it is very free flowing, with plenty of interchanging and overlap. While in defense there are two very rigid banks of four, and usually one striker tracking back to help out as well. My only two gripes with this system come down to squad selection, and how we use some of our players.

David Silva and Samir Nasri are two brilliant attacking players. No one would argue that. But, when you play them both the pitch becomes very narrow when we have possession. Defensively it is great to be compact, but when we have the ball, we need to be able to spread the opposition out. Silva and Nasri both tend to drift centrally to create for the strikers. When both of them drift towards the middle, and Yaya pushes up, and Jovetic drops back everything becomes extremely congested, and therefor easier to defend. This leads to our fullbacks being the only source of width in attack. This in turn leaves us susceptible to the counter attack. Don’t get me wrong, I love when fullbacks start bombing down the wing, but I’m not a fan of them being our only source of width.

Secondly, and this is more personal preference than anything else, I believe that Fernando could be one of the best players in the Premier League if we didn’t give him a partner in front of the back four. Fernando will cover every blade of grass from sideline to sideline whether he has a partner or not, he did this for years at Porto and that’s why we’ve bought him. So I suggest that we let him do just that. He clearly loves defending and breaking up play and going in for a tackle. His partner, Yaya, is not always so willing to get back in a hurry and defend. Eliminate this problem by playing Yaya ahead of Fernando. I know that I’m creating the congestion up the field again, but if Pellegrini is dead set on two strikers then I see this as a solution. 4-1-3-2. Fernando behind Yaya, Silva, and Nasri, who are behind two strikers. Even if our fullbacks go forward, we still have two center backs and Fernando waiting for the counter attack. But that’s just me thinking out loud.

Now that I’ve talked about the nerdy bits of football, let’s get down to how our boys actually performed today. I think all around we have to be very pleased by the squad. We looked much sharper than some of the other potential title contenders did this weekend, and that can only be a good thing. So now, let’s have a quick look at how we played today.

Joe Hart may not have had a whole lot to do, but when he was asked to do his job he performed well. Since it is early in the season, normally I would expect Joe to make a few mistakes, but this year is different. Joe has a genuine competitor for his spot for the first time since Shay Given was still at the club. You’ll remember that the last year Shay was around Joe was on fire. The competition created by Willy Caballero joining the club will only help Joe Hart perform better in goal than he has in the past few years.

In defense I think that we looked very solid today. The Kompany-Demichelis pairing looks to have picked up right where it left off last year. The two big men at the back kept everything organized and looked to very close to the best. Happy days. On the left, in my opinion, Aleks Kolarov looked magnificent. Under Pellegrini he has blossomed into one of the best left backs in the league, and his confidence seems to grow with every match. On the right…..here’s where people may disagree with me. I genuinely like Gael Clichy as a member of our back four. But I would never stick him on the right. He still gets forward well, but he’s only got one foot. So once he’s made it to the by-line he has to cut back to his left, or pass the ball. I thought defensively today he looked alright, but he definitely doesn’t seem comfortable having to defend to his right. Once our right backs are fit, I look forward to the rotation of Kolarov and Clichy on the left.

Fernando. What can you say about our new boy that hasn’t been said already? The man is an absolute rock in the middle of the park, and he never seems to tire. He has the brains of Gareth Barry, the engine of James Milner, and the tenacity of Nigel De Jong. I’m not sure you could ask for more from a defensive midfielder. His partner today was Yaya Toure, who definitely was not at 100%, but you could still see flashes of his brilliance. A few more matches and our Ivorian freight train will be back on the tracks. David Silva looked, if I may borrow from my idol Ray Hudson, MAGISTERIAL today. The little Spanish wizard popped up all over the pitch, and always seemed to find space. His goal was calmly taken, and hopefully we can get even more from Spanish Dave this season. You’d be hard pressed to find many better creators in the world game than David Silva. Samir Nasri, who I’ve not always been the kindest to, has really impressed me in the past 9 months. Today he showed a desire to get back and win the ball that I’d never seen from him before. Also, it looks as though he spent his summer in the gym when he wasn’t laying poolside with his smoking hot girlfriend because he is noticeably stronger and playing a much more physical style than I’d seen him do in the past. I’m expecting very big things from our midfield this year, and suspect that most clean sheets will come from the hard work of the men in the middle of the park.

Up front big Ed looked fantastic. While his first touch may not be as silky as some of his smaller teammates, the big man worked very hard today to hold up play and to track back. If we are lucky, we will see the classic number 9 that we bought from Wolfsburg a few years back. Pellegrini seems to have lit a fire in him this offseason, and with Negredo being injured, I suspect we will see the Bosnian Diamond doing his best to show that he deserves to be the number one big man in the squad. I would be remiss to not mention his assist for David Silva’s goal. Dzeko brought down a long pass from Yaya Toure and then, with telepathic accuracy, back heeled the ball into the path of Merlin who slotted it home. Brilliant stuff from the big man. His striker partner, Stevan Jovetic, has been absolutely lethal in preseason. Something about being in the US really woke up the Montenegrin, and he was scoring goals for fun. Today we saw a player who didn’t seem to understand what his role was, or what type of player he wanted to be. This is something that has been consistent throughout his career. Stevan Jovetic is not a classic striker, but he also isn’t a classic number 10. The problem is, he knows this. Stevan spends a lot of time trying to create chances, but no one is sure if he’s creating for himself or a teammate. It may sound as though I’m being negative about the player, but I can promise you that I am one of his biggest fans. Stevan, it seems, is trying so hard to prove that he belongs in the squad that he tends to overcook things. If he could calm down a bit, and know when to play simple and when to put on a show, I think that we would see his true quality. If he can figure out who he is, and what type of player he is going to be, Stevan Jovetic will be a world class player. But this, sadly, is a huge if. Jovetic was replaced by Kun Aguero late in the match, and the little Argentine did what he does best. Score. While we just got a small glimpse of the former Atletico man, there were some interesting points. First of all, Aguero looks like he’s been taking very good care of himself since the World Cup. His work ethic on the pitch seems to be very high as usual, and I expect to see him play with a bit of a chip on his shoulder this year. He’s just as sick as we are of seeing him go down injured every few matches. He has stated multiple times that he has started a new fitness regimen, and for his sake (and ours) I hope it works. A healthy Sergio Aguero, who plays 35-40 matches in all competitions, is easily capable of scoring 30 goals for us this season.

There are many things to be happy about if you’re a Blue these days. I think the most important thing for us today was our team spirit and belief. You didn’t see players having a go at each other. When mistakes were made, one player owned up to it, and everyone got on with the match. The players are happy and they want to work. The gaffer has got the players to work harder than they ever have, and they do it with a smile on their face. We are seeing the start of something very special my friends. Will there be ups and downs? Of course, this is Manchester City we’re talking about. But you can feel that something is happening. There is a sky blue storm brewing at Carrington, and we are all at the heart of that storm as it makes its way across the country, and the continent. Strap in blues, we’re in for one hell of a ride.

 

Until next time…

 

The Citizen Abroad

Joey McCune

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A Citizen Abroad : 2014/15 Season Preview

After a very long hiatus, I am back to talk to everyone about the upcoming season for the CHAMPIONS, Manchester City! So, let’s get into this thing. As opposed to some long winded post (like I normally do), I will attempt to streamline this one, and just give you the meat and potatoes.

Who’s new? Who’s gone?

Players IN Players OUT
Willy Caballero

GK

Malaga

Gareth Barry

CDM

Everton

Eliaquim Mangala

CB

Porto

Joleon Lescott

CB

West Brom

Fernando

CDM

Porto

Costel Pantilimon

GK

Sunderland

Bruno Zuculini

CM

Racing

Karim Rekik

CB

Loan to PSV

Bacary Sagna

RB

Arsenal

Emyr Huws

CM

Loan to Wigan

Frank Lampard

CM

Loan from New York City

Marcos Lopes

CAM

Loan to Lille

 

Who could challenge us for the title?

Chelsea

With Jose Mourinho entering his second season back at the club, he has been able to open the war chest and bring in some quality players. I don’t expect them to change their style drastically, so expect plenty of bus parking, but I do think that they will be much faster on the counter and will try to catch teams out on the break. Mourinho has brought in Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, and allowed Thibaut Courtois to stay at the club. This means that in midfield they are very deep, and in defense/goal they will have plenty of experience and talent to shut down most clubs in the Premier League. I fully expect them to pick up plenty of points by winning matches 1-0 and having less than 50% possession. I don’t see them dropping many points this season, unless they get hit by an injury bug or Mourinho makes too many people mad.

Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has sold racist cannibal striker Luiz Suarez, and has spent the money from that transfer to try and strengthen his squad so that they can compete on four fronts. The Scousers are coming off one of the better seasons in the club’s recent history, but this season they will have to cope with being back in the Champions League. While they have bought half of Southampton, along with some other players, two questions still remain. Can Liverpool succeed without Suarez? And, can Liverpool compete on four fronts? We know that they will still play a very attacking style of football, but should a few players get injured, I’m not so sure that style will be as potent. This season should tell us whether or not the bin dippers are back.

Arsenal

I guess Arsene Wenger has finally decided that if you can’t beat them, join them, because he has finally decided to spend some money. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect he’s been told that if they don’t win a major trophy, he may be on the way out. He has added some players in defense and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. What Arsenal lacks in the defensive depth, they more than make up for in quick, creative, attacking players. As always, we have to ask if Arsenal can keep the pedal down for the entire season. The last few years we have seen them start like a house on fire, but fall off towards the end of the season. Some of this is down to injuries to key players, the rest seems to be down to the players forgetting how to defend. If they can stay healthy, and they can be consistent from August to May, I think Arsenal could definitely be around come the end of the season.

 

What should be considered a successful season for City?

For me, I think that we need to win at least one domestic trophy (preferably the Premier League), and a quarter or semi-final run in the Champions League. While I do believe that we will be competing for the Champions League trophy soon, I don’t think it’ll be this year. Not that I don’t think our squad isn’t strong enough, I just have a feeling about it I guess.

Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to bring you more (hopefully somewhat decent) content this season!!

The Citizen Abroad

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Joey McCune

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BMD Biography – Liz Inga (5/28/14)

Introducing one of our members since Day 1 of Blue Moon Dallas. Liz Inga!

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-Would you like to introduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

Hi all! I’m Liz, born and bred in Dallas. My parents are from Peru so I was practically raised with a soccer ball at my feet-it’s in my blood. I’m a pediatric occupational therapist which can be stressful, so I look forward to letting loose every weekend-though City can be a different kind of stress! I’ve even converted my brother, Marcus, and we’ve become even more close through our love of City. PS-We’re working on our other brother, and the big fish-our dad!

-Everyone has a personal reason why they choose to join up with an organization. Why did you choose to join BMD?

I grew up going to the old Dallas Tornado games and made it to one in Lima, Peru-ultras made it scary yet thrilling. BMD is about as close as I can get to that kind of game experience until I get to one. I’m just glad everybody is so active and loud. I’ve never been a cheerleader type, but you can’t help but lose your voice and I love it.

-What is your experience with Manchester City that made you fall in love with the club?

No. 1 has to be the fans, esp the life long fans that have followed City through it all and the Manc humor that I’m still getting used to-those chants! Then you see what Sheikh Mansour is doing in Manchester and how can you not be proud? Ofc, there’s the never say die, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat players and manager.

-If you had to pick just one player to call your favorite, who would it be and why?

David Silva. Muy hermoso…oh yeah and he’s great player!

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-Best ever City goal?

Yaya’s for the FA win…Kompany’s header vs Rags…technically? I’ll be biased and say Silva’s 1st PL goal for City vs Blackpool. It had jinking and passed 3 players.

-Have you seen City play in person?

This SUMMER i will!!!

-As a member of BMD, how has your experience been so far?

Wonderful. It’s such an open, friendly group. My family is impressed I actually wake up early on a weekend morning, and it’s worth it.

-Blue Moon Dallas watches matches at The Londoner Frisco. What are your thoughts on the pub?

I’ve always liked The Londoner. Great beer, good atmosphere.

-Most memorable game or moment with BMD?

Has to be the conga line vs Rags at the Addison Londoner. Even though we lost and I didn’t join in, that’s when I knew I had found truly passionate and proud fans. I was hooked.

-Last question. Where were you when Aguero scored?

LOL, I had left Marcus and my dad to go home to rant and rave alone. When Agueroooo happened, I was running around my house screaming and crying at the same time!

 

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