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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
FC Dallas scattershooting: June 27, 2011

By Todd Date

Several interesting thoughts on FC Dallas covering a wide array of different subjects, so here are a few random things about the reigning Western Conference champions.

Shea’s Art a Big Seller

The art show that included several pieces from FCD midfielder Brek Shea on Sunday was a big success. Shea said every one of his pieces got sold and that all told, the event raised some $10,000 for the FC Dallas Foundation. He had 10 total pieces in Sunday’s exhibition but the most interesting story might have surrounded the one work that wasn’t officially in the show. That piece, which was on display, was seen by Hunt Sports Group President Dan Hunt and he promptly bought it. Shea said he goes to his studio to work on his art usually on Mondays after a game and also on Tuesdays, which is usually the team’s day off during the week.

Gaffer Absent

Speaking of Schellas, he wasn’t in attendance for Monday morning’s workout on the stadium field in advance of Tuesday’s third-round US Open Cup match with Orlando City SC. Hyndman had what was termed a family emergency and top assistant John Ellinger led the team through drills on Monday morning. Schellas will be back at the helm on Tuesday and will coach the team in their first match of the 2011 USOC.

McCarty Dealt Yet Again

From the category of no one saw this one coming, DC United has traded ex-FCD midfielder Dax McCarty to the Red Bulls for Dwayne DeRosario. It’s the second time each player has been traded in the past year. Of course, Dallas fans remember McCarty being taken by Portland in last fall’s MLS Expansion Draft before being dealt to the Red-and-Black while De Ro was traded to the Red Bulls in the off-season after basically going scorched earth during his time with Toronto FC.

McCarty even served as Ben Olsen’s captain for much of the 2011 season but it looks like this deal had been in the works at least for the last week, especially since McCarty lost the captaincy in favor of Josh Wolff for DC’s last game. As for De Rosario, he never came close to being the player in New York that Red Bulls brass thought he’d be. Then again, he didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Toronto either. His best days were in Houston and before that San Jose and maybe it’s time to say that De Ro has had it. Still, have to feel for Dax getting dealt yet again but maybe this is a much better situation for him than he was in with DC. At least the Red Bulls made the playoffs last year, something United still looks to be light years away from doing.