Dallas Soccer: Alexis Pradie
Brazilian midfielder Bruno Martins was released from camp On Thursday.
Alexis Pradie has elected to pursue further education and left camp on Friday.
Coach Schellas Hyndman named Brek Shea, David Ferreira, and Marvin Chavez as the stand out performers for his team and also praised his defense's performance.
What we've come to recognize as the first eleven played the first half with Ruben Luna getting the start instead of Milton Rodriguez. "I thought Ruben did a good job considering it was the first time he really started for us," coach Hyndman said. "He was strong, physical and became a real handful for them."
Alexis Pradie and Zach Loyd continue to get the bulk of time at center back for the injured Ugo Ihemelu and George John.
DAL - Marvin Chavez (Brek Shea) 21
DAL - Brek Shea (David Ferreira) 27
DAL - Jackson (caution) 19
SEA – Danny Earls (caution) 26
SEA – Servando Carrasco (caution) 33
SEA – Michael Tetteh (caution) 70
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (ejection) 75’
FC Dallas - Kevin Hartman (Chris Seitz 46), Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez 46), Alexis Pradie (Scott Gordon 58), Zach Loyd, Jackson (Andrew Wiedeman 65), Daniel Hernandez (Bobby Warshaw 46), Eric Alexander (Andrew Jacobson 46), David Ferreira (Maykel Galindo 46), Brek Shea (Paul Ogunyemi 67), Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 59), Ruben Luna (Milton Rodriguez 46, Bruno Guarda 75).
Seattle Sounders FC - Terry Boss (Bryan Meredith 46), Richard Martinez (Roger Levesque 46), Zach Scott (Taylor Graham 64), Tyson Wahl (Leone Cruz 64), Danny Earls (Michael Tetteh 46), David Estrada (Pat Noonan 64), Servando Carrasco (Osvaldo Alonso 64), Brad Evans (Mike Seamon 30), Lamar Neagle (Jonathan Prieto 64), Blaise Nkufo (Miguel Montaño 46), Mike Fucito (Fredy Montero 64).
Just a few days after making the trek up to Frisco to catch FCD against Houston Baptist University, I once again found myself on that familiar field 4, this time for a night scrimmage that saw FCD cruise past SMU 3-1. During the Schellas Hyndman regime, SMU has become a sort of minor league farm system for FCD recruits, so I was interested in catching this one. The turn out from those supporting both FCD and SMU seemed to bring out the energetic atmosphere in fans and players alike. Here's how it panned out:
Final : FC Dallas 3 -1 SMU
15' SMU Goal
18' Rodriguez Goal on header (Shea assisted with cross)
56' Luna Goal (unassisted)
77' Ogunyemi Goal (Luna assisted)
FIRST HALF (4-1-4-1)
D: Jackson - Loyd - Pradie - Benitez
M: Chavez - Alexander - Ferreira - Shea
SECOND HALF (4-4-2)
D: Weidemen - Warshaw - Gordon - M. Hernandez
M: Avila - Guarda - Martins - Lleyva
F: Luna - Galindo
The changes in the second half at the 70th minute were expectedly wholesale, but they also changed the formation back to the 4-1-4-1, so here's how it moved around:
SECOND HALF VERSION 2 (4-1-4-1)
D: Ulloa - Pradie - Gordon - M. Hernandez
M: Merosovic - Avila - Guarda - Ogunyemi
- Chavez looked especially strong in the first half, darting up and down the field chasing transfers most players would give up on. He also made quite a few nifty moves on defenders, using his speed to go around them, or just as easily straight through them. It will be nice to see if he can bring that sort of work rate a full 90 minutes.
- On the defensive side of the ball, Dallas is obviously trying to find any sort of chemistry in the back four. Hard to blame them, considering the absence of George John in center and Heath Pearce out wide. Nonetheless, Alexis Pradie is making a case for himself as a bench player, and Zach Loyd's maturity seems to be helping, even if his first touch fails him on occasion.
- Speaking of Pradie, it was interesting to see him come back on in the 70th minute after being subbed at the half. It's apparent after 90 minutes on Tuesday, and 65 minutes Friday, Hyndman's wanting to see what this guy can do. In my opinion, he handled himself quite well.
- Hernandez doesn't seem to be too troubled by the knee at this point. He was solid in linking play from the back, and got forward as a disrupter often.
- Of course we can't make any post regarding FCD without mentioning the striker situation, and this won't be the first. While FCD remains committed to finding a top caliber striker, it's becoming apparent that both Rodriguez and Luna don't want to be forgotten. Rodriguez found the net again against SMU, after finding it twice against Houston Baptist. He seems to have found some chemistry with the midfield that will be interesting to watch this season. Luna, on the other hand, is a player that has proven himself at every level as he has progressed. He fought through traffic to score his goal, and was instrumental in providing service to Galindo in the 5th minute (whose 1v1 shot was saved, though it should've been finished), and service to Ogunyemi, who found the net in the 77th. I'm not ready to say we'll be fine without a striker signing, but it's nice to see these guys performing well so early.
“It’s not the plan to come in here and lose 4-0, but we’re so far behind right now compared to where they are with training time,” said FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman. “But, it gives us a chance to look at players. All four goals had the same characteristics (set pieces). What we need to do is just continue to work.”
The first goal came in the 9th minute on an own goal by rookie draft pick Alexis Pradie, meaning FCD starts 2011 how they ended 2010.
Goal number two came off a corner when Jeff Cameron headed in the Brad Davis corner in minute 29.
In minute 39 Brad Davis notched goal three for Houston on a free kick.
After wholesale changes for the second half, the final Houston goal came in injury time when Dallas rookie Scott Gordon took down Jamaican Steven Morrissey in the box. Danny Cruz took the PK which Chris Seitz couldn't save.
One alarming incident of note occurred in the first half, according to this report in the Houston Chronicle, Jair Benitez got into some kind of altercation with Cameron and Davis in which Benitez spit in Jeff Cameron's face.
Seconds after the third goal, the players had to be separated before they lined up for the kickoff. The game was marred when Benitez and Cameron exchanged more than words.Soccer America also had a few quotes form some Houston players, some of whom accused Benitez of being a dirty player.
“I think he’s an unprofessional player,” Cameron said of Benitez. “It’s just one of those things that he came up to me and it took me every ounce of my energy not to punch him in the face, hit him or retaliate. But I’m a better professional than he is. I just kind of turned my shoulder a little bit and shrugged it off.
“The scoreboard speaks for itself. It was 3-0 and it was on his field when he played. It’s one of those things that you have to let it rub off and not focus on it.”
Benitez appeared stunned when asked about the incident.
“No, he also spit (at) me,” Benitez said in Spanish. “That’s why I spit (at) him, but it’s because he spit. He’s a player that was telling me about everything. That’s why he spit (at) me and I also spit (at) him.”
Ching's view: “I think he’s a dirty player. We don’t need that type of player in this league. He’s a good player. But you definitely don’t need that extra antic on the field. There’s no room for it.”
As of this morning, FC Dallas says there have been fines, suspensions, or repercussions from the incident.
Coach Hyndman wasn't particularly pleased with the result. “We’ve got to get our guys healthy,” said Hyndman. “I think it’s a different game with George (John) and Heath (Pearce) and Ugo (Ihemelu) out there. I’m more concerned about our performance in the first half than in the second half. In the first half, we went against, basically, their first team and we had what we consider some of our better players on the field, but the thought right now is let’s get back to work.”
You can find some pictures of the action here at the bottom of the page. Strangely Alexis Pradie (#33) is in almost every pic.
FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
February 12, 2011 -- Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi TX
HOU -- Own goal (Alexis Pradié) 8
HOU -- Geoff Cameron (Brad Davis) 29
HOU -- Brad Davis (unassisted) 40
HOU -- Danny Cruz (penalty kick) 93+
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman (Chris Seitz 46), Jackson (Andrew Wiedeman 46), Bobby Warshaw (Bruno Guarda 71), Alexis Pradié, Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez 46), Marvin Chavez (Sheldon Palmer 46, Jason Yeisley 71), Eric Alexander (Bruno Martins 46), Eric Avila (Ricardo Villar 42, Brayan Martinez 72), Brek Shea (Bim Ogunyemi 46, Bryan Leyva 71), David Ferreira (Scott Gordon 46), Milton Rodriguez (Ruben Lunan 29, Maykel Galindo 71).
Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46), Kofi Sarkodie (Lovel Palmer 46), Eddie Robinson (Bobby Boswell 46), Andrew Hainault (Jermaine Taylor 46), Mike Chabala (Hunter Freeman 46), Corey Ashe (Danny Cruz 46), JeVaughn Watson (Richard Edwards 46), Geoff Cameron (Lester Peltier 46), Brad Davis (Josue Soto 46, Francisco Navas Cobo 76), Brian Ching (Cam Weaver 46), François Swaby (Steven Morrissey 46).
FCD -- Eric Alexander (caution) 10
Referee: Jasen Anno
Referee's Assistants: Sean Hurd; Adam Garner
4th official: Ismail Elfath
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