James Marcelin has now been with FC Dallas just over a month and in that time he has played in five matches, four of them starts. And while there have been some flashes of what the big man from Haiti can do in the middle of the yard, his addition to the central midfield of a depleted Dallas squad really hasn't brought all that much in the way of measurable results. Maybe some of us are starting to see what Portland head coach John Spencer saw that prompted him to cut him loose this spring. Either way, here’s FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman’s take on how the big fella has done thus far.
“He’s adjusting to what we’re doing. I thought there was a good improvement from the Chicago game to the Real Salt Lake game,” Hyndman said. “We sat down and talked with him. One of the things we wanted him to do was be more dominant in the air. Sometimes it’s really frustrating when you’ve got a guy that’s 6-foot-3 that’s not winning head balls or not attempting to win head balls and we talked about that. He had a head injury, so I think he’s a little hesitant sometimes but I saw some great improvements in Salt Lake because he understands this is something we’re looking for.”