Dallas Soccer: Bruce Arena


On the performance:

“We withstood a lot of pressure. I’m really proud of the guys. They played as hard as they have, this is our third game in seven days and you couldn’t tell that we had just played on Wednesday night.”

On building consistency:

“This is our ninth game and we’ve had nine different lineups. We’ve yet to get any consistency, because people are getting call-ups or injuries or suspensions from the disciplinary committee, so for us to come out tonight and fight as long as we did against a very good team … I’m not worried about us.”

On how even the game was:

“We played a very good team tonight. I think if you look at everything from the stats we’re very similar all the way across. Both teams had great scoring chances. I think what we take away from this is, if you’re a fan watching it on TV you’ve got to love this type of soccer from both teams.”

On the Galaxy offense and the tying goal:

“I can’t think of a team in the league that you would want to be one goal up on at their home (less) than the Galaxy. Because they have so many weapons, they serve the ball so well, they’re very physical in the box, they’ve got a lot of firepower. That goal they got at the end was probably one of their weaker chances.”

On getting the first road point:

“Your whole mentality is to get points. For us we were talking about, we have yet to win on the road and we have yet to get a point on the road. We were two minutes away from getting that first win, but I’m proud that we come away with not only a point but, I think, one of our better performances to date.”


On FC Dallas’ first road point:

“Obviously we’ve had a nasty bit of luck as of late on the road so to get out of LA with a draw is not a bad thing. At the same time, we put ourselves in a great situation to win and I think the team defense for the majority of that game was outstanding. The guys put a lot of heart into what we were doing and the game plan.”

On the Galaxy’s late pressure and the tying goal:

“I don’t know how many guys they had forward at the end, but they definitely didn’t make it easy. They had great services coming into the box and they had big guys in there trying to win first and second balls. For a good 10-15 minutes we won the majority of the second balls, one squirted out and a guy was in the right place at the right time. It’s unlucky; we put in a heck of an effort.”

On Robbie Keane’s penalty kick:

“It’s one of those things where you just try to stay big. I thought he was going one way and he ended up going the other. I don’t know what he saw, but when you go to a side you just try to stay as big as possible and those things happen, so we were a bit fortunate with that.”


Overall thoughts on the Galaxy:

“They spread us out well, they kept the ball well. They were hitting long balls into their forwards and they have big forwards that like to fight. I think our center backs and defenders did well, just unlucky.”

On getting the road point:

“Obviously we’re excited for the point, but it also sucks because I think we should’ve had three. I guess we’ve got to start somewhere. As much as it sucks, we have to look at it as a positive because it is our first point on the road.”


On the team’s performance:

“It’s a long season, a lot of games, if you can play like that for a whole season you’re going to gain a lot of points. Maybe this time you gain one point, but if you can do that consistently, you’ll be getting three points a lot.”

On playing with the lead:

“We have a lot of great attacking players and we can’t try to be something we’re not. We need to come out and attack. We want the ball, we’ve got guys that can beat guys and if we come and sit back we’re not using them.”

On playing three games in seven days:

“Three tough games, going into Vancouver, flying home two days later playing Salt Lake, then flying out the next morning to play LA. We got two points out of the week, but it was good performances, those were very good teams. Everyone’s going to be up there at the end of the season, so it’s something we’re going to have to draw on later on in the season when we have that third game in a week again.”


On Landon Donovan not taking the PK:

“I don’t know the detailed discussion Robbie (Keane) and Landon (Donovan) had. Robbie wanted to take the kick and Landon said ‘fine’. Now I’ll be honest with you, if any team has the choice between Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan or (David) Beckham taking penalty kicks, you’re real happy. The easiest thing to do in the aftermath is be critical and say ‘missed a kick.’ There aren’t any better players in the world to take penalties than Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. We missed it tonight.”

Overall thoughts on the game:

“Both teams played real hard and getting a goal in extra time (we) can’t be complaining about the point (gained). It’s that simple. We missed the penalty. We had some good chances during the game. There weren’t a whole lot of chances in the game by the teams. But we had enough to get ourselves two or three goals and didn’t, so we put ourselves in that position. It was a great finish opposite by Pat to get us the point.”

On David Junior Lopes:

“I thought he made a couple of mistakes, that’s obvious. He’s aware of that. We have to try to grow with the player. Give him more experience with our team and hopefully eliminate those mistakes. He’s a good defender, you just have to cut down a few mental errors and he can be a very capable center back. I don’t know if you can call it concentration—mistakes. It is very easy for all of us. We’re the experts when we’re sitting on the bench or the press box or whatever. It is not as easy as it looks out there. I don’t think it is concentration, but there were certainly some mental lapses.”


On Robbie Keane’s penalty:

“He did everything right he just miss hit it a little bit. The guy has taken many penalties and has made many penalties. I am sure the next time he takes one it will go in. It’s been a while since those guys have hit the net and we are trying to get them more chances we are not doing a good enough job getting them chances in front of the goal so I thought I would help a little bit.”

On his missed opportunities:

“The first one got a way from me a little bit. I was a little bit in between steps but I should have done better. The second one I just kind of reacted and (Chris) Seitz made a good save. It was sort of one of those nights that we need one of those to fall our way if we were going to win this game but still a great effort to get something out of it.”

On Bill Gaudette’s performance:

“It was great. It was seamless. We are all thinking about Josh (Saunders) and making sure that everything is going okay with him. For coming in on short notice I thought he was great. We probably should’ve had a shutout tonight.”


On the game-tying goal:

The ball was up in the air and landed at Chad’s feet and he did a nice job of pulling the ball up and he laid it off perfectly for me. I just tried to put it on net. I’m looking at him, I don’t think he was looking at me, but he heard me— that’s what he said. He laid it off perfectly.

On the Galaxy creating scoring chances:

“We are creating chances that is the positive if we weren’t then we would be worried about that but we are creating chances and sooner or later they are going to go in and when they go the flood gates are going to open.”


On getting the start tonight:

“Every player in this locker room wants to be on the field, that is what we are all here for and that is what we work hard for everyday. My number was called and I was excited obviously I would have been more excited if we would have gotten the three points.”

On tonight’s game:

“I felt like we created the better chances, but things didn’t fall (our) way. That’s part of the game. Some days they are going to fall your way some days they won’t. But luckily Pat (Noonan) was able to come in and provide a huge boost for us in that tie. Sometimes a tie is a good thing. We are not happy. We are not satisfied. Obviously we are home and we want three points but at the end of the day it is a hard fought tie. Dallas came in did their job sat back counter attacked us hard and that is what teams are going to do here at home. They are not going to come out and push numbers forward they are going to wait for us to kind of get stretched out and create chances like that. At the end of the day we are happy that we came out with a point but we are not satisfied with the result.”


On tonight’s game:

“I think it’s a good point at the end of the day because we both had luck at times but we also had a lot of chances throughout the game. I think we had more chance in the first half than the second half. Our overall play wasn’t as sharp as it has been in the last few weeks but we definitely deserved the point, so we’ll take it. Dallas came here and have had a couple of hard games recently and they came here, worked hard and made it hard for us and good pace on the break. It’s up to us to come back but we are happy with the point.”

On the missed penalty kick:

“Landon (Donovan) is obviously a penalty taker. Robbie [Keane] is a penalty taker. So between them two they decided. It is just one of those things; you’re brave enough to step up for a penalty kick. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss, but I have always thought anyone who steps up is a brave person.”

On LA’s goal in stoppage time:

“I think it shows the character of the team, getting it back late. Sometimes you have to fight all the way to the end of the game, the final whistle. If you do that, there is always a chance you will get a goal. We felt we should have had a couple goals in the first half. We had some really good chances in the six yard box. We might have been fortunate to get the draw but we also could have won the game. I think you’re always proud as a player of a team that comes back from a goal down or comes back to win a game or draw a game. We’ve done well to come back from this tonight.”

On Bill Gaudette’s performance:

“It is great for Bill (Gaudette) to come in. He’s done a great job and to fill Josh’s [Saunders] boots after last week is difficult but he came in and had a strong performance. He kept a few good shots out and also he’s very commanding in coming for the ball. It was a good night for him.”

Galaxy a team making steady progression according to Schellas Hyndman

April, 28, 2012
On Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, FC Dallas gets their first look at the reigning MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy this season to finish up a stretch of three games in a week’s time. Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman was asked for his thoughts on the Galaxy and here’s what he had to say.

General thoughts on L.A.

Hyndman: They’re a team that just kind of progresses each week. I think Bruce [Arena] recognizes it’s more of a marathon season. You’ve just got to get better and better.

His take on facing a team with so many attacking options

Hyndman: Everybody’s looking for forwards and all of a sudden, they get Edson Buddle back. Are you joking? So you’ve got [Robbie] Keane, Buddle, you’ve got [David] Beckham, you’ve got [Landon] Donovan and now [Chad] Barrett’s getting on the field. They’ve got a very good, hard-working strike force and of course it’s going to cause some problems for us but at least our defense is prepared.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
On tonight’s game…

“I thought it was a very fast paced game. Unfortunately it was a physical game. I know we were tired and it kind of showed in the second half. We started off very well and scored a great goal then we gave up three goals on set pieces. For us we are disappointed but at the same time we got the best we could out of the boys.”

On the physicality of the game…

“I think part of it was LA came in and was being very disruptive. I think [Adam] Cristman did his job, whatever that job was, it was to bang for every ball. There was a lot of physical play there and then I think because they got beat pretty well in Portland I think it was a game to show off character. They came back and played very hard and there were a lot of fouls going back and forth and I think it turned out a very disruptive game.”

FC Dallas midfielder Marvin Chavez (Translated from Spanish)
On the game…

“It was a difficult game. We knew that the Galaxy had a great team but we came here to try and get the three points but we weren’t able to. It’s time to go back and work hard and continue going forward.”

On his goal…

“I am happy about the goal but I would have been happier if we would have gotten the three points but that’s how the game is. We have to focus on the next game and not let this game worry us and focus on winning the next game.”

On the second half…

“We lost our concentration and that was fatal for us. They started to attack us and they took advantage of their set pieces and that hurt us so we have to go back and work on that.”

FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea

On tonight’s game…

“They had more chances in the second half than us. They came out and outplayed us in the second half. Unfortunately we were tied at half time but that’s soccer.”

On the flow of the game…

“I think over the past couple of years there has been a rivalry going between us. Like you said there were a lot of stops in the game we couldn’t get any rhythm there were a lot of fouls. The rhythm kept getting disrupted.”

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena
On tonight’s game…

“We beat a good team tonight. I think both teams were fatigued from not only a long week but a pretty busy schedule to date. It wasn’t going to be easy and I thought perhaps the difference in the game is that out team showed a lot of determination. They fought real hard over 90 minutes but it was something we had to do to neutralize Dallas. I thought Dallas came out and played real well and gave us a lot of trouble in the opening 20 minutes of the game.”

On Juninho’s game…

“He played well. He’s logged a lot of minutes this year. He’s been a little bit fatigued. I’ve been concerned, but I think tonight he stepped up. And certainly, the goal he scored was a great one. You know, when we get Juninho in or around the box, it’s good for our team because he strikes the ball quite well. I was please with him. Another good effort. Also so happy to announce his wife arrived last week. He was married months ago, and they’ve been apart. He’s a much happier person now.”

On the team not having another game until August 16…

“We have a little bit of time off now before the Champions League game. We need it. We’re a team that needs a couple of days of, get a little bit of rest, get our legs back, and get ready for what’s going to be a real difficult August, September and October for us. I think the little bit of the break we have right now is a real plus. I think for players like Juninho, Dunivant and others who have played a lot of minutes this year need a little time off.”

LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan
On the game…

“It was a good game. I didn’t think it was all that chippy, but it was a good, hard game with two teams that, in my opinion, are the best in the league right now. We are happy that we won.”

On the team’s goals…

“We have our goals that we have set. The first one is winning the Supporters Shield and this was a big step in that direction. Not only that, but for the rest of the year we don’t want to play like we did on Wednesday against Portland. If we are going to play like that, we aren’t going to win many games. We wanted to make sure we played the right way. This was a much better performance and a step in the right direction to winning the Supporters Shield this year.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham
On the match…

“It’s nice to set up goals, but it’s more important that we are six points clear to be honest. That’s something we aimed to do, and it was a good performance to night. We started off slow in the first 15 minutes. I think, we were still in Portland, but then our character came through. Then we started fighting.”

On the team’s performance…

“Obviously, we wanted to get the three points, but I think our performance was more important tonight after we let ourselves down in Portland. I think that was the biggest thing tonight. Character wise it was a really good performance… all around the pitch everyone worked hard for each other, and that’s the only reason we won tonight.”
US Soccer dropped Bob Bradley today as it's coach of the national team. I for one think it's time for a change and Jason Kreis should be the guy.

I've know Kreis a long time because of covering FCD. He's been planning to be a coach for years. He started studying and planning way back in his 20s to be a pro coach. He learned a lot about what it takes to be a pro and what it takes to win from Leonel Alvarez and Oscar Pareja.

So here's five reasons for the US to tap Kreis...

1. He wins. The guy is already a proven winner. He turned RSL, with some help I'm sure, into a winner fairly quickly. He was the youngest coach to ever win MLS Cup and he took the first ever MLS team to the CONCACAF Champions League final. Winning is the bottom line is it not? It's the reason our team competes, it's what we are after.

2. RSL plays a modern, flexible system. They have a deep squad with some interchangeable parts. Given the limitation of MLS Kreis still has a good set of depth and pieces he can move. RSL has show the ability to adapt, staying toward the top of the standings despite losing their best player.

3. Kreis has proven he can win in a non-league cup type competition. Winning on the road in foreign/hostile countries isn't easy to do. Sometimes it takes a tough tie-on-the-road and survive mentality. This is exactly like playing in World Cup Qualifying. Group play followed by knockout play is just like a World Cup. He already knows what it takes in these environments and he did it while playing a regular season schedule.

4. Kreis has shown a willingness and ability to look and find talent outside of the normal channels. Small schools, community colleges, non-US youth national teams, and some lesser know foreign locations. Point being that be may be willing to explore some of the untapped sections of our country to look for some top tier talent. Perhaps he may look outside the same old same old youth nats and maybe find some diamonds.

5. Lastly I'd like to see Kreis get the nod because he's not part of the Bruce Arena clan. No offense to Arena or his fellow coaches all of who appear to be excellent coaches, but it's been darn near 15 years with the same people running the US National team in essence. It's time for some fresh blood and some fresh ideas. Its time for someone not raised on Bruce Arena's method to run things. Sometimes change for change sake is good, and Kreis is a good change that would serve the US well.

So that's why I hope Jason Kreis gets the nod.

MLS All-Star Game roster announced

July, 19, 2010
Major League Soccer has released their complete roster for the All-Star game on the 28th of July at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2, TeleFutura). As we reported last week, FCD midfield general David Ferreira and standout defender Heath Pearce have been named to the team by coach Bruce Arena.

Here's some more info from MLS...

The 2010 Commissioner's selections are Houston Dynamo star forward Brian Ching and "MLS Original" Jaime Moreno of D.C. United.

Due to international club competition for five members of the All-Star First XI and an injury to midfielder Kyle Beckerman, Arena selected 11 additional players for the game day roster:

Goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake); defenders Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) and Heath Pearce (FC Dallas); midfielders Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution) and Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids); as well as forward Juan Pablo Angel (NewYork Red Bulls).

Commissioner's Selections:

Brian Ching has been an integral part of the Dynamo squad and Houston = community since 2006. He scored four goals in the club's inaugural game, a 5-2 victory against Colorado. During the team's first season in Houston, Ching led the Dynamo to the MLS Cup, scoring the tying goal in = extra time against New England Revolution and his team's final goal in the penalty kick tiebreaker. The following year, Ching helped the Dynamo win their second MLS Cup with seven regular season goals and two in the playoffs.

Ching has been the Dynamo's Budweiser Golden Boot winner for the past three seasons -- 2007, 2008, and 2009. Among active players, his 68 = career goals rank 10th in MLS and are just two behind ninth-place Dwayne De Rosario. Since earning his first cap with the U.S. Men's National Team on May 26, 2003, Ching has worn his country's shirt on 45 occasions, recording 11 goals. This year, in conjunction with Dynamo Charities, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Habitat for Humanity, Ching launched "The = House that Ching Built", a campaign to raise $75,000 to build a home for a deserving family.

Jaime Moreno is the League's all-time leading goal scorer and currently = is the only player to appear in each of the first 15 seasons of MLS. Moreno joined MLS and D.C. United midway through the League's inaugural year, 1996. The crafty Bolivian forward helped lead United to the first MLS Cup championship and has since won three more MLS Cups with United in 1997, 1999, and 2004.

In 2005, Moreno was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI and has been named to the single-season MLS Best XI five times. Now 36, he leads the MLS all-time goals chart with 132 and is fourth all-time in assists with 102 in 333 regular season games. He also ranks fourth all-time in playoff goals (12) and assists (10). Moreno has served his country well, scoring nine goals in 75 appearances for the Bolivian national team before retiring from his international career in October of 2008.

Arena and his staff will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations. Under the CBA, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the 23-man game day roster, the remaining nine players receiving that title will come from the weighted voting, but will be inactive for the All-Star Game. The inactive, or alternate All-Star roster, will be announced at a later date.

2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Roster:

Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)*, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)&

Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)*, Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) *, Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)*, Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) &, Heath Pearce (FC Dallas) &, Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) &, Kevin Alston (New England Revolution) &.

Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) *, Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)* Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) *, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew) *, Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union) &, David Ferreira (FC Dallas) &, Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) &, Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution) &, Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) &.=20

Forwards: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) *, Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) *, Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls) &, Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) +, Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) +

Unavailable: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)

* Denotes selection to First XI Team

+ Denotes a Commissioner's Selection

& Denotes Coach's Selection

Online fan balloting comprising 25 percent of the combined First XI vote, with MLS coaches and GMs (25 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent) accounting for the remainder. Players and coaches/general managers could not register votes for players on their own teams.