Dallas Soccer: Doug Quinn
"We tripled season tickets last year. We have doubled season tickets this year," Quinn said at the team's final practice before the season opener. "There's so much positive energy at almost every metric you can possibly look at. Somebody's liking us."
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said it's not just good for the fans. His players are responding to the hype.
"Our administration has worked so hard for this game to be a sellout," Hyndman said. "I think that's so inspiring for any athlete. We're hoping we can play well."
Soccer still isn't near the level of traditional American professional sports like football or baseball, but Quinn said he believes it's getting closer every day.
In fact, thanks to big fan bases like Seattle and Los Angeles, Major League Soccer had a higher average attendance last season than the NBA or the NHL.
If that wasn't enough evidence, FC Dallas has 17 fields at its complex in Frisco that are used 350 days per year, according to Quinn.
"Frisco is not that far. That's the one thing I always say," Quinn said. "It's a great day of entertainment. We hope more and more will continue to follow those who are already coming out."
Nothing would build up the momentum better than beating the team that took FC Dallas out of the playoffs last season.
"It's no mystery that we're not in love with New York," Quinn said. "It's big for us. They're a big team and people like to see them. An opening-day win is always a positive."
Hyndman said he knows a big win would be a good start to keep fans coming back for more.
"The fans want to go home winners," Hyndman said. "This is their team."
Sunday's game starts at 2 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium.
“I want to thank Clark and Dan Hunt, Doug Quinn and Coach Schellas Hyndman for the opportunity to be a part of FC Dallas,” said Clavijo. “I’m very excited to be part of the technical staff and am eager to use my experience in helping FC Dallas be the best professional soccer team and the best player development academy in North America. Coach Hyndman already took us to the MLS Cup, now we need to get there again and win it.”
A native of Maldonado, Uruguay, Clavijo played three seasons in the American Soccer League, two in the North American Soccer League and 10 in Major League Soccer before transitioning to a spot on the sidelines. Inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Clavijo earned 61 caps for the U.S. National Team.
“After spending much time evaluating candidates for our technical director position, I am very happy we have Fernando joining our staff,” said Hyndman. “He brings experience as a coach and as an excellent recruiter in identifying talent. I truly believe he will make a positive difference in the direction of FC Dallas.”
When his playing career ended, Clavijo stepped to the sidelines and was head coach of the Colorado Rapids from 2005 to 2008. He also served as an assistant with the MetroStars in 1998 and head coach of the New England Revolution from 2000 to 2002. At the international level, Clavijo was an assistant coach with the Nigerian national team in 1998 and head coach of the Haitian national team from 2003 to 2005.
Most recently, Clavijo has served as executive director of soccer for Traffic Sports USA in Florida.
“We are very excited to bring a person of Fernando’s caliber to FC Dallas,” said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. “It was difficult to find an individual who had the specific skills and experience that fit our unique needs for the pro team, our youth development program and the Academy; Fernando is the complete package. As a player, Fernando excelled on the field representing our national team and earning an induction into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. As a coach, both internationally and in MLS, Fernando cultivated the skill and knowledge needed to help our professional team, academy and youth programs rise to the next level.”
Buzz's knee-jerk reaction: While I don't love Clavijo's record as a coach, I do like his connections and time he's spent in scouting/talent evaluating as well as his level of MLS experience. The key to this hire will be his interaction with coach Hyndman. To often Barry Gorman's transactions seemed to be contrary to Hyndman's desires or plan. If Clavijo and Hyndman are on the same page this could work.
How do you feel about this year’s draft pool?
Hyndman: I think it’s a good pool of players with different varieties as far as positions. I think when the 11th pick comes around, I feel like there’s going to be a player that can help us. We’re looking more than likely at getting some support and more balance in our team.
What do you see as your side’s biggest need right now?
Hyndman: I think right now, it’ll probably be in the defense. It could be a center back. It could be a right back. It could be a left back. It also could be a flank midfielder. I think that’s where we’re probably focusing. Then there’s the other thought of do you select the best available player?
With the recent signing of Blas Perez, is it safe to say that you won’t be taking a forward at No. 11?
Hyndman: I think we’ve worked awfully hard in that area. We’ve got Blas Perez and we’re working very hard on another international striker or another striker. And I think we’ll have that covered and that may not be the area that we’ll need the balance in. If one of the best strikers did become available, I think we’ve got to look at it seriously.
Speaking of Perez, do you expect him and fellow newcomer Hernan Pertuz to be in town in time for the start of preseason early next week?
Hyndman: Yeah, we hope so. A big thing with international players is getting their P-1, getting their passport, visa and everything in place. If they’re not there, I think they will be there shortly.
Is there any update on the George John situation?
Hyndman: Right now, that’s still up in the air.
Are you ready for the start of preseason?
Hyndman: Yeah, there’s not much of a break, is there? We start on Monday. I think the final’s on Dec. 1. It’s going to be a long season. Yes, I know we’re ready. I know all the coaches in the league are ready. We’re hoping our players are ready.
How has the draft process changed without Gorman being involved?
Hyndman: Barry was a big part of helping us identify players throughout the college season. His reports and recommendations were very helpful up to the draft. But once we get to the draft, it’ll be our coaching staff, Doug Quinn but we also have a competition committee that meets regularly, about every week. There’s Clark Hunt, Dan Hunt and Jimmy Smith, who’s our chief financial officer. We’ll meet every week to discuss players, allocation money, the financial side of it, salary cap, draft, trades, acquiring players. Barry was a part of that until he moved to college recruiting. Now we’re in the process of trying to identify a very good technical director that can help us in that full process. That person will not be on board by the time the draft takes place, but we wanted to really take our team and try to find the right person.
With just one pick in this year’s draft, do you feel any added pressure to hit a home run with your only choice?
Hyndman: No, not really, there’s always the pressure of getting the right person. I think soccer wise, you spend a lot of time identifying players and during the combine, you’re trying to see if what you’ve identified meets the level of competition. And then you try to project how that player might be fitting into your team. When is he going to get on the field? Is it this year? Is it a reserve role? Is it a starting role? A lot of work goes into that but the biggest part is really doing the background check on the person’s character, work ethic and team chemistry. Those are the things that we really don’t want to miss on.
Is trading up into the top six a possibility?
Hyndman: It was a huge discussion three, four weeks ago. Probably within the last seven days, the discussion has gone to no, we’re probably not going to do it. And I think a big part of it is we still think we’ll get a good player on the 11th pick. I want to say good player, somebody that’s going to be able to contribute to the team and the team’s needs.
Have you finalized what players you’re going to bring in for preseason yet?
Hyndman: Yeah, we’ve got a few trialists coming in. We’ve got Scott Sealy coming in from San Jose. His option wasn’t picked up at striker and then we’ve got a boy coming out of Canada who has U.S. citizenship, his last name is Horton. And then we have the boy we put on our Discovery List and has been with us, Chris Ispienza. I can’t pronounce his last name. We’ve got a couple more that we will be able to look at to see if they are going to be able to contribute to our roster.
Do you feel pretty good about how your roster is shaping up heading into preseason?
Hyndman: Yeah but there’s always little thunderbolts here and there with players’ injuries or players’ mentality, but I think the key part for us is getting David Ferreira back and getting him into a leadership role and getting his confidence to where he can contribute to the success of the team this year.
This year marks your fourth draft. How do you think your approach has changed if at all since that first draft you had back in 2009?
Hyndman: I think our approach has always been to be fair to kind of do a mock draft of where we think we’re going to end up with players. Then, we look very closely at the opposition and kind of think what their needs might be. All of us here probably pick the first six that are going to go in the draft because they’re pretty exceptional. Those are the six that every team would want because they probably are gifted enough to help immediately. The next six, there’s probably going to be a lot of movement. There could be some surprises. Somebody could have done really well at the combine that we didn’t rate prior and all of a sudden, that person sticks out. I think the big thing for us is to just be prepared, which we are and then to go into it with some scenarios of who do we think will be available at our draft pick. Right now we’ve got for the 11th spot, we think four players potentially could be available. We list those four players if all of them are available, who’s our No. 1 pick, our No. 2, our No. 3 and our No. 4. Those top six, we’re not going to get unless we move up. When we get to the pick and one of those four are available, we’ll go ahead and make that decision to take that player. We’ve really done our homework and we’re prepared for it.
You mentioned Perez might not be the only forward you add. Discuss.
Hyndman: We’re trying to add another forward whether it’s an international or another player in the league. This is an area that we think we couldn’t deal with this past year. We did everything right but in front of the goal we didn’t score enough. The second thing is we had to move people around to try to get some speed into the attack whether it was Jackson, Chavez, whether it was Castillo. We were looking for a striker, a Santos. We kept trying to find that player that was the right forward. And then you have to understand we’re sitting in a situation where Blas Perez will probably be getting call-ups from the national team. So even though he’s on your roster, you’re paying him and he’s your forward, there’s going to be plenty of times he’s probably not with us. So, for security purposes, call-ups or whatever, we need more than one forward that we can really count on. And we’re hoping for a breakout year from Ruben this year.
FC Dallas El Paso joins FC Dallas Emerald Coast in Florida and FC Dallas West in Midland, Texas. The El Paso alliance marks the first Tier 1 affiliation for the club under the framework of Major League Soccer’s player development guidelines. Players from Tier 1 affiliates qualify as Home Grown players for the parent MLS Club.
“Our goal is to be the best youth development system in Major League Soccer and North America”, said club President and CEO, Doug Quinn. “The principal function of our affiliate program is to further support that goal, and to identify and develop the most talented athletes from not only within the DFW Metroplex, but also across the entire southwest region. El Paso has a wealth of talented soccer players and Texas Fire has a long and distinguished tradition of producing capable athletes. We are confident that this partnership will help strengthen both of our programs and we are proud to welcome them into our FC Dallas family.”
The 10-year old El Paso club currently includes 22 teams with more than 400 players thanks in part to its recent merger with Mexicas Soccer Club. The club and its dedicated staff in El Paso have produced many notable players, including 2011 first round MLS draft pick Omar Salgado (Vancouver), FCD U18 Academy Captain and U.S. Youth National Team veteran Michael Ambrose. Recently five youth athletes from the El Paso program joined the development program in Frisco for the 2011-12 Academy season: Alonso Gallegos (U18), Aaron Guillen (U18), Cesar Murillo (U15), James Olmos (U15), and Jose Livano Salas (U15).
“The opportunities and exposure that FC Dallas will provide for the city of El Paso and the soccer community are going to be extraordinary” said FC Dallas El Paso Director of Coaching Ralph Sifuentes. “We welcome FC Dallas to El Paso with open arms and with great pride. Our alliance with FC Dallas will allow us to provide an even higher level of coaching and development of our players for their potential collegiate, professional, and national team careers. We will work diligently to properly implement the FCD Way.”
FC Dallas players, staff and fans will join together to pay tribute to Bobby Rhine at Saturday’s match versus Red Bull New York with black arm bands and a moment of silence, as well as a video tribute to the beloved player and broadcaster at halftime.
Rhine’s initials will be painted on the field and a special banner will hang from his regular broadcast booth during the match. Defender Zach Loyd, who has worn Rhine’s No. 19 for the past two seasons, will change to No. 12 for the remainder of the season.
Brek Shea will join MLS Commissioner Don Garber, FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn and members of the Rhine Family in leading the pre-game March to the Match, which will leave from The Londoner Frisco at 7 p.m. Fans can collect their own black wristbands in Rhine’s honor at the gates in exchange for a donation (amount of the fan’s choice) in Rhine’s honor to the FC Dallas Foundation. Collected funds will be put in a trust for Rhine’s two children.
The game, presented by Subaru with associate sponsors Cash America and Gruma, is also a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Night with Latin music in the Budweiser Beer Garden and regular Beer Garden specials of $2 beer and $4 wine and Hornitos margaritas.
"Despite mutual interest, Blackburn Rovers and George John have decided not to enter into a contract," FC Dallas president and CEO Doug Quinn said. "Blackburn had significant interest in acquiring George; however, for the time being, they decided not to finalize the deal. We are excited to have a player of George's caliber back at FC Dallas."
The defender will be available for Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against Seattle.
"To be clear my FCD supporters No deal to transfer John is done!! Yes we r talking but NOTHING is done #FCDallas DTID"
So, it's probably just a matter of time, but as of Wednesday night no deal is done.
Now, first time, there is direct evidence he is. Doug Quinn in a one on one with Bobby Rhine says...
The Designated Players that have been brought in up to this point have been older players that might have a few years left on their career, but brining in a young 18 year old in of his caliber to Major League Soccer, and specifically to our club, it shows that we're dedicated to long term development and long term success on the field.
So, Fabian Castillo is a designated player... or am I misinterpreting Quinn?
Edit: I confirmed it with FC Dallas, Castillo is indeed a Designated Player but it's only for this season. Castillo's transfer fee kicks his cap number up for this year, but next year he won't be a DP.
Daniel Hernandez, Ugo Ihemelu, Kevin Hartman, FC Dallas CEO Doug Quinn, Brek Shea, Eric Avila, Eric Alexander, and Andrew Wiedeman will all be working to earn your tips, a.k.a. charity donations. All tips earned by FCD will benefit the FC Dallas Foundation, which works to positively impact youth through soccer, whether it’s with scholarships or healthy lifestyle education.
Here's some more PR on the event from FCD.
Sláinte! FC Dallas players pour green beer for charity on St. Patty’s Day
FC Dallas Foundation “Week of Giving” continues with celebrity bartending at Ringo’s Pub
FC Dallas players and CEO Doug Quinn are joining the St. Patty’s Day party Thursday night as celebrity bartenders at the Ringo’s Pub Annual St.Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Shops at Legacy.
Team captain Daniel Hernandez and veteran defender Ugo Ihemelu will take the first shift from 4 to 5:30 p.m., followed by legendary MLS Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and FC Dallas CEO Doug Quinn from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fan favorites Brek Shea and Eric Avila will be tending bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m., while Eric Alexander and Andrew Wiedeman have the final shift from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
All tips earned by the eight celebrity bartenders will benefit the FC Dallas Foundation, which works to positively impact youth through soccer, whether it’s with scholarships or healthy lifestyle education.
The Ringo’s Pub Block Party, ages 21 and up only, features live music, green beer, burgers and dogs with gates opening at 2 p.m. Beat Machine takes the stage at 3:30 p.m., followed by American Outlaw at 5:30 p.m. and Petty Theft at 8 p.m. The Spazmatics headline the live entertainment with a 10 p.m. show. The Ticket Sports Radio will broadcast live on site featuring Grubes at 7 p.m.
We had a deal that was pretty much done over the holidays. Unfortunately the CEO and president didn’t make it through the holidays that we had the agreement with.
Ouch, tough way to lose a deal.
Quinn does say that the club has some meetings with new potential companies, as many as five, over the next 30 days or so. I think he may be a bit optimistic to expect a deal by the All-Star break though.
Quinn re-emphasizes that this is a very important branding issue and the team wants something both local and international. I think he's right to be careful here, brand identity can be strong with a jersey sponsor and a bad sponsor can be embarrassing to the club and player.
FC Dallas will travel to Mexico on March 23rd to open the two game set with sister club Tigres. The return leg will take place in September at Pizza Hut Park.
FCD and Tigres last played for the Rio Grande Plate in 2008, won by Tigres in PKs. Tigres holds a 2-1 series advantage in the friendly competition as they also won in 2007. FCD won the initial competition in 2006 also on PKs.
Various reports from South America have indicated a FCD purchase of half the players pass for a fee in the range of $700,000 to $800,000 but that price has yet to be confirmed by any domestic based source.
Here's the club's PR on the signing.
FC Dallas acquires forward Fabian Castillo from Deportivo Cali
U-20 Colombian International set to join Dallas side pending visa, medical exam and ITC
FRISCO, Texas (March 7, 2011) – FC Dallas has acquired 18-year-old Colombian striker Fabian Castillo from Deportivo Cali, the club announced today. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed per league and team policy, and are subject to receipt of the player’s visa, International Transfer Certificate and a medical exam.
“Fabian is a talented, young player who has shown considerable potential in his time with Deportivo Cali and the Colombian U-20 National Team,” FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman said. “He’s very athletic, quick, explosive and capable of beating opponents with the ball, and we think he has a chance to be a key contributor for us in the future.”
A member of the Colombian U-20 National Team, Castillo began his career in the Deportivo Cali youth ranks before making his first team professional debut during the 2010 season. He appeared in 10 games during the 2010 campaign, notching three goals and logging 768 minutes.
“FC Dallas, dating back to our days as the Dallas Burn, has had a long line of talented Colombian players wear our colors,” said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. “Fabian is an exciting young talent who joins an outstanding group of current and former FC Dallas players from Colombia including Leonel Álvarez, Juan Toja, Oscar Pareja and reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira.”
Name: Fabian Castillo
DOB: June 17, 1992
Birthplace: Cali, Colombia
Previous Club: Deportivo Cali
But first, FCD is closing down their blog. CEO Doug Quinn says everything from there is now on FCDallas.com and the blog is redundant. I could have told them that when they made the thing.
The Steve Hunt Stuff
Steve Hunt says FCD hasn't won in Columbus since 2007. Interestingly Hyndman says his team is now good enough to focus on the opposition.
“This is the first time that we’ve been able to start thinking about what our opponents are doing because we’re doing a lot of things better,”
That's something I've talked to Hyndman about a couple times. He's always spent most of his time trying to "fix" FCD and get them playing they way he wants. Now for the first time Hyndman apparently believes his team is good enough and he can focus training on the opposition. That's a really big step in this current regime.
Hunt also defends Atiba Harris' place in the lineup, despite the lack of stats.
Then in a non-MLS paid gig, Hunt speculates on FCD breaking the Crew's 19 game unbeaten streak record.
Now for the rest of the writers...
Andrew Slevison has a blurb on Brek Shea with quotes from Shea's high school coach and his pops.
Justin Henley & Greer Wilson-Chavez have a nice preview of FCD vs Cbus. Steven Lenhart is on fire for the Crew with 4 goals in 4 games.
Here's one more power rankings, this one from someone in DC and it has Dallas tied for 3rd with RSL.
Here's a story from a couple days ago that I missed about former Dallas Burn defender and bee keeper Brandon Pollard.
The Lakewood couple isn't shy about their bee-centric lifestyle. Susan wears a silver bee necklace and earrings. Brandon wears a full bee costume when they give presentations to children. Their voicemail is a verse from "The Humble Bee," a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson.And another article on Pollard from D Magazine. He must have a new PR person.
The Pollards manage some 100 hives producing 7,000 pounds of honey annually. They label the jars by ZIP code to indicate the Dallas neighborhood from whence the honey came—the “eat local” movement’s version of micro-loaning. Currently they produce honey in more than 20 of Dallas County’s 43 ZIP codes, selling it in markets and restaurants such as Bolsa in Oak Cliff.
For your enjoyment, the FC Dallas Dancer photo shoot.
For example, Quinn has not only made a bet with his high school buddy and Chivas USA President & CEO Shawn Hunter, he's also put out a press release about it including a "your club is going down" statement.
The two men are betting four season tickets to the charity of the opponents choice, not exactly chump change. Is this kind of bet unheard of? Certainly not.
But this kind of bold in your face marketing and fanfare is new to FCD. At least it feels new and fresh to me.
And I like it.
Here's FCD press release.
FC DALLAS PRESIDENT AND CEO DOUG QUINN ISSUES CHALLENGE TO CHIVAS USA LEADER AND CHILDHOOD FRIEND SHAWN HUNTER
Quinn to Hunter: Your club is going down Saturday
FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 19, 2010) – FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn and his Chivas USA counterpart Shawn Hunter go way back 6 like when J.R. Ewing was still alive way back. Classmates at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kan., during the late 70s, both men now lead Major League Soccer clubs.
Saturday, Aug. 21, their respective sides meet in a 7:30 p.m. tilt at Pizza Hut Park, airing live on Fox Soccer Channel, and Quinn is throwing down the gauntlet. Loser buys four 2011 season tickets for the winner’s charity of choice.
FC Dallas and Chivas USA last met June 26 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles with Dallas netting a 2-1 victory thanks to an own goal from Ante Jazic and a successful penalty kick by David Ferreira. The only Chivas USA goal came from newcomer Osael Romero, who coincidentally Chivas secured the rights to via a trade with FC Dallas earlier this season.
The June win at Chivas USA marked game three in the Dallas side’s current 10-game unbeaten streak. Should the two sides play to a draw on Saturday, each CEO will purchase two tickets for the opponent’s charity of choice.
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