Dallas Soccer: Kyle Davies

FC Dallas new player signing announcement Thursday

May, 11, 2011
5/11/11
12:37
PM CT
FC Dallas has scheduled a press conference for Thursday to announce a new player signing.

With the waiver of Kyle Davies last week opening a spot, logic says FCD will be adding a defender. Possibly the mystery trialist that was in camp about a month back. FCD has been looking to waive Davies for a while in order to make room but had to wait for the player to fully recover.

2nd possibility is recent trialist Ryan Guy, but that hardly seems a name worthy of a PC, not to mentions the positional difference from Davies.

Most player acquisitions do not warrant press conferences, so it will be interesting to see who this is. If memory serves, the last few players to get a press conference was for the home grown signings last season.

FC Dallas waives Kyle Davies

May, 5, 2011
5/05/11
10:48
AM CT
FC Dallas has parted ways with defender Kyle Davies after three injury plagued seasons. While he had showed promise on the several occasions when he got starting runs, a string of unpredictable and unfortunate injuries kept Davies out for several long stretches.

Schellas Hyndman has never had much patience for players who are frequently injured, even if through no fault of their own. It was only a mater of time before he was waived this season. FC Dallas had to wait for the player to be fully recovered before he would be waived.

If Davies clears waivers he will almost certainly land with another club somewhere as he is sill quite young and talented, depite the injury troubles.

Here's the FCD PR on the move.

FC Dallas places defender Kyle Davies on waivers
FC Dallas has waived 22 year-old defender Kyle Davies, the club announced today.

After logging 795 minutes for FC Dallas during the 2009 season, Davies started the 2010 season-opener alongside George John at center back before fracturing his right arm in the 55th minute. The injury kept Davies out for a large part of the season. He eventually rehabbed and returned to lineup on Sept. 11, 2010 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Davies played 21 minutes in the 0-0 draw that extended FC Dallas’ MLS record road unbeaten streak to 11 games. Davies made his second start of the 2010 season and played the full 90 minutes three games later against Kansas City. FC Dallas won that match 3-1 to extend the longest road unbeaten streak in MLS history to 12 games.

Davies joined FC Dallas on April 28, 2009 from Real Salt Lake in exchange for a second round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He made his MLS debut with FC Dallas on June 13, 2009 in a 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo at Pizza Hut Park.

Davies captained the U.S. team in the 2009 Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. Prior to that, Davies was a consistent member of the youth and reserve teams of Southampton FC.

Missing in action for today's Houston game

February, 12, 2011
2/12/11
11:19
AM CT
According to FC Dallas here is the list of player missing from today's scrimmage down in Corpus against Houston.

Heath Pearce - back/hip problem
Zack Loyd - got poked in the eye in training
Daniel Hernandez - recovering from off season surgery
George John - recovering from bone spur removal
Kyle Davies - ankle surgery
Ugo Ihemelu - surgery this week
Charlie Campbell - hamstring injury this week ("tweaked")
Peri Marosevic - foot problem
Edson Edward - ACL tear

As a reminder today's scrimmage at 2 PM CT will be streamed live on FCDallas.com.

Practice Notes February 8th

February, 9, 2011
2/09/11
9:40
AM CT
PRACTICE NOTES

FC Dallas had their second practice of the week but their first of preseason on the Adidas field. There were a number of players not participating. Here’s a look at the injury report:

Kyle Davies D---Was seen walking around the practice field with a boot on his foot. He’s expected to miss the next 3 months. Davies was in good spirits despite his obvious disappointment.

Daniel Hernandez M---Was doing side work with one of the club’s trainers. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said the team is taking a slow and cautious approach to both Hernandez and George John, both of whom had surgery in the off-season.

Jackson D/M---Versatile Brazilian took a pretty nasty fall late in practice and didn’t return but doubt his injury is a serious issue.

George John D---Has yet to practice this preseason after having bone spurs removed from one of his ankles during the off-season. Hyndman doesn’t know exactly when he’ll return. Hyndman said John is fine running in a straight line but has issues when he tries to cut.

Heath Pearce D---Besides hamstring a hip issue last week that caused him to pull himself out of training on Thursday, Pearce has more recently been bothered by a back strain. He did get a shot in his back earlier this week but it looks like he won’t play this weekend against Houston in Corpus Christi.

MORE ON BRUNO MARTINS

“He’s from Sao Paolo but he was with Paulista, which is a second-division team in the city of Sao Paolo. He’s another midfielder, a holding midfielder and he was a player that Barry Gorman saw when he went down to Brazil. We had been looking for a striker for how long? This was a player that Barry came back to me and said I know we’re not looking for another central midfielder but this might be a player you might want to consider. So, we made the decision to bring him. It’s the protection of Daniel Hernandez or if we need some more help in the center. Losing Dax McCarty was a blow to us not only because you’ve got a talented player but he also understands what we’re doing. Bruno, Ricardo and Jackson are all coming from not doing anything for two months. Jackson, the last time he played was with us two months [ago]. Yeah, they’ve gone out and done some jogging and stuff like that but that doesn’t prepare them for two-a-days.”

AVILA’S BIG CHANCE?

Hyndman lauded the play of Eric Avila in the linking midfield role on Wednesday.

“Today, Eric Avila was very good. Eric Avila could be a player that could do that,” the FCD gaffer said. “Part of this league and you saw with Brek Shea last year, he was given a chance and he embraced that. We don’t want to miss the chance to give Avila the same opportunities.”

FORWARD THINKING

On the team’s forward situation in general

“If you look at our team, we’ve always had multiple, different looks in the attack because we attack with our fullbacks,” Hyndman said. “Our flank players are very active. Our central midfielders are very active. We have a very good strike force. It’s always good to have that one striker there that can stretch the defense or run by people. So, we’re still in the process of trying to find that striker, that perfect fit for us.”

On his 2011 expectations for Milton Rodriguez

He also discussed his expectations for 34-year-old veteran Milton Rodriguez in 2011.

“I would expect Milton to be in a position where maybe he’ll score 10-12 goals. I think last year, he scored 5 goals in a very short time and he was injured a few times,” Hyndman said. “I think he is a very good finisher and hopefully we have Chavez, Brek Shea and everybody running hard, causing problems and Milton ends up with the ball. I think realistically, we could count on 10-12 goals. I think that’s a realistic number for him.”

On trialist Sheldon Palmer

“He’s very athletic. He’s a hard player. He works on both sides of the ball. He’s quick. We haven’t seen enough from him yet on shooting or finishing. He’s a little bit like a Dominic Oduro type-very athletic and very explosive, works on both sides of the ball. We just want to see if he can contribute to this team.”

On fellow trialist Maykel Galindo

“He’s a very good player. Maykel Galindo’s a very good player. He’s played in the league. Every day, Galindo looks better. Every day, he looks a little bit sharper. It’s not been an easy road for him recently. He’s lost a little bit of his fitness and that’s the key thing right now. When would he be at this best?”

On Ruben Luna being with the Mexico Under-20 team

“I think the opportunity is here but as much as going to Mexico and playing with the Under-20s is nice, we need him here.”

GETTING DEFENSIVE

On the injuries to the back line

“You look at our defense, which is one of our strengths with Hartman, Seitz and Lambo. You look at our back four and you’ve got Jair, who we’re very happy with. Then you’ve got Ugo, who is injured. He left today for surgery. George, injured with his ankle. Right side, Heath is injured so Jackson [fills in there]. Go back to the middle and Zach Loyd [fills in there] with maybe Bobby Warshaw or Scott Gordon. We have some players. I think we’re picking up a lot of injuries right now, silly injuries. I think every team has that but it seems like they’re right here.”

LEYVA 2.0

Hyndman made no bones about expecting more from the team’s first Homegrown player, young midfielder Bryan Leyva.

“He’s playing his best right now. Last year when we brought him in, I thought he had a very good preseason. Then, he hit a wall and just kind of disappeared. I think that’s part youth, part immaturity and that’s part of a blasé attitude of where I’m not playing so it doesn’t matter what I do. So we had some strong conversations with him saying Brian, you have a lot of ability but ability is what got you here. What keeps you here is your character, hard work, determination and improvement. It’s nothing any different than what I’d tell my grandson. Hey, you have ability but if you don’t put the ability to use, you might as well not have ability. I think he’s come back in with a good attitude. He works very hard and looks very good in training. Sometimes when you’re given something very quickly, you don’t appreciate how much you have. How many people have been here for years and never had that? What he needs to do is buckle down and get better every day.”

GOAL-ORIENTED

On the team’s goalkeeping situation

“Yeah, I am happy with them. First of all, I think Kevin looks like Kevin last year. He’s injury free, got a great attitude and he’s playing well. Chris Seitz is a new person for us, so we’re still watching and evaluating. But he seems to be what we had thought we would get. Lambo looks the best since I’ve been here. He’s playing with a lot more confidence. What he needs is game time and opportunities. This is the thing that stops a lot of goalies from development is lack of playing time because so much of goalkeeping is decision making. It’s not like a field player where one day you can play right back and another day you play right midfield. Goalkeeper, you only play goalkeeper. What he’s lacking is playing time. We’re hoping that the reserve league and things like that will help.”

FC Dallas practice notes from spring session two

February, 3, 2011
2/03/11
5:10
PM CT
It was the second day of preseason training on Thursday and once again, the club trained indoors at Fieldhouse USA, which is right down the street from Pizza Hut Park. Here are some recent odds and ends from the session.

Take it Outside

FCD gaffer Schellas Hyndman’s team will likely be indoors for at least one more day but the veteran coach said in an ideal scenario his team will return to the outdoor practice field on Saturday for the first workout of the day. Dallas would also do two-a-days on Sunday and Monday in advance of Tuesday’s scrimmage with Houston Baptist. The plan is for FCD to do morning sessions which are actual practices and then head to Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney for fitness work in the afternoon.

Injuries Already Mounting in Back?

There were a number of injuries at today’s session. Here’s a breakdown:

Kyle Davies D---Should miss between the next 3-4 months after having ankle surgery in January.

Edson Edward D---Backup defender twisted knee and had to leave building on crutches. Hyndman said he’ll be evaluated further tomorrow.

Ugo Ihemelu D---Veteran defender trained on Wednesday but will have sports hernia evaluated on Thursday morning and could need surgery.

George John D---He’s not cleared to return to full practice yet after having surgery in the offseason to remove a bone spur from his ankle, but John is close.

Zach Loyd D---Missed morning session on Thursday with minor ankle issue, but his absence is considered precautionary.

Heath Pearce D---According to Hyndman, Pearce is over the hamstring issues that plagued him last fall but he pulled himself out of practice because of a tight hip flexor. He did so as a precaution so it wouldn’t carry forward into next week.

Present and Accounted For

Daniel Hernandez M---The FCD captain is practicing but not at 100 percent after having offseason knee surgery. Hyndman said Hernandez is still having some issues when he pushes things a bit too hard. He doesn't know when his captain could be at full strength.

Jackson M/D—The versatile Brazilian who played a key role at several spots during last fall’s run to the league final made his preseason debut on Thursday. He had missed the first practice on Wednesday because of a visa issue.



Pearce Needs to Kick it Up

Hyndman made no bones about raising the bar higher for Pearce, who started much of the year at right back before an injured hamstring shelved him for the team’s entire playoff run.

“I think Heath’s got a lot of things he needs to get done this season,” Hyndman said.” He’s one of our more highly-recognized players and we went through the whole playoffs without him. How much better would we have been if we had been there? He picked up his silly fifth yellow in the last minute of a game. And then when he wasn't with the team, he did some extra sprints to pull his hamstring. And then he felt like he was ready to play in the championship game, which he wasn’t. Obviously, if he didn’t go into national camp [in January], he wasn’t ready for that. I think he’s got some things he needs to get done for us this year.”

No More of Wiedeman or Yeisley in Back

Last fall, FCD experimented with rookie strikers Andrew Wiedeman and Jason Yeisley in the back late in the year. Wiedeman saw time at right back while Yeisley, who got several games with the first team early in the season, played some center back. Hyndman said FCD fans shouldn’t expect to see either player in the back this year.

“No,we’ve been able to go out and find players now. Andrew Wiedeman, we played at right back last year when we needed this and that,” the FCD gaffer said. “I think now we’re able to help fix our roster.”

Bloody Well Right

When FCD lost Atiba Harris in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, the conventional wisdom was that Honduran speedster Marvin Chavez, who was a much more effective player on the right side of the midfield when healthy than Harris, would become the new starter there.

And when FCD gave Chavez a new contract in January, that belief was driven home even further. But Hyndman did say he wants Chavez to win the position as it looks like super sub Eric Avila, who had two big goals in 2010, is his biggest competition for the spot in the first 11.

“I do think that there always should be competition. At the same time, we worked awfully hard to bring him [Chavez] back,” Hyndman said. “We were a much more dynamic team with him on the field. He was really playing his best soccer. I think he’s playing his best soccer right now coming off the Honduran national team. He’s sharp. He’s quick. We know what Marvin can bring for us. For Avi and others, it’s just continue to work. Avi wants to play. Looking at this league and the number of games that we have, it’s not very realistic to think people are going to play the whole season.”

Galindo Gets a Look

FCD has two forwards in preseason camp on trial and one, ex-Chivas USA striker Maykel Galindo, who had 18 goals for the Red-and-White in 2007 but struggled the last few years with injuries, is a name very familiar to local fans.

“I think he’s a very good player. He went through a difficult time after that ’07. I think ’08 he had a sports hernia and it never really felt right,” Hyndman said. “I don’t think the last two years, he’s shown his best. Now that could be by design, the way he is with the team, fitting in or not fitting in, not being completely at his fitness level, mentally, there are a lot of players you can look at in the league who are up and down. I think he’s a player that has hard as we’ve been looking for a striker, we’ve found a guy who might have fallen in our lap. We’re happy to have him here at camp. He’ll be with us through Florida. We’ll be able to have not only an evaluation of his abilities and where he is but also his character.”

Hyndman admits FCD had looked at bringing in the Cuban international last year before they settled on signing 34-year-old Colombian Milton Rodriguez.

“Yeah, last year we were looking at bringing in a player before we brought in Milton. There was some discussion there but it didn’t pan out,” the FCD gaffer said. “We’re very happy with Milton but I think what you find with Galindo is he’s an experienced player, good speed and quickness and can stretch a defense. We’ve just got to see where he is with his fitness, sharpness and all those things.”

FCD pre-season injuries and invites

January, 31, 2011
1/31/11
3:43
PM CT
FC Dallas sent out their pre-season roster today and it included a couple surprises.

First two trialists are in camp, Maykel Galindo, the Cuban defector formally with Chivas USA, and Sheldon Palmer out of Jamacia and Essex County CC. Obviously of the two, Galindo is the more exciting. If he can stay healthy and regain his form this could be a really exciting pick up. That is a big IF of course.

The second surprise is the injury report. Daniel Hernandez is recovering from off-season knee surgery and George John had a bone spur removed from his left ankle in December (close to 100% according to FCD). Those two we know about.

Uncomfortably the two we didn't know about are Ugo Ihemelu and Kyle Davies. Ihemelu is scheduled to have surgery this week to repair a sports hernia and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of training. Davies had a microfracture procedure on his left ankle Jan. 10 to repair a bone defect and is expected to be out at least three months.

Edit: I should have mentioned the three names missing, Jackson, Josh Lambo, and Milton Rodriguez. I checked with FCD and it was just a mistake on their part. All three should have been listed as all three are on the Spring Roster.

Here's the official roster list.

2011 FC Dallas Preseason Roster
No. Player Pos.
1 Kevin Hartman GK
2 Daniel Hernandez M/D
3 Ugo Ihemelu D
4 Heath Pearce D
5 Jair Benitez D
6 Jackson M/D
7 MIlton Rodriguez F

8 Bruno Guarda M
10 David Ferreira M/F
12 Eric Avila M
14 George John D
15 Kyle Davies D
16 Bobby Warshaw M
17 Peri Marosevic F
18 Marvin Chavez M
19 Zach Loyd D/M
20 Brek Shea F
21 Bryan Leyva M
22 Josh Lambo G
23 Andrew Wiedeman F
24 Eric Alexander M
25 Scott Gordon D
26 Charlie Campbell D
27 Edson Edward D
28 Victor Ulloa M
29 Moises Hernandez D
30 Chris Seitz GK
31 Jason Yeisley F
32 Jonathan Top F
33 Alexis Pradie F
34 Ruben Luna F
35 Paul Ogunyemi D
36 Brayan Martinez M
37 Sheldon Palmer F
39 Maykel Galindo F
40 Craig Hill GK

Head Coach: Schellas Hyndman
Assistant Coaches: John Ellinger, Marco Ferruzzi, Drew Keeshan
Head Athletic Trainer: Joshua Watts
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Alan Reid
Director of Team Administration: Bobby Hammond
Team Doctor: Virgil Medlock, M.D.
Equipment Manager: Marcus Owens
Assistant Equipment Manager: Daniel Granados

2010 Expansion Draft: FC Dallas protected list predictions

November, 21, 2010
11/21/10
9:48
PM CT
One of the downsides of getting all the way to MLS Cup, ok there aren't really any downsides, is that there is very little time to talk expansion draft protection lists for FCD. The club has to turn in their list tomorrow, so we'll know who they protected or not quickly. But with MLS Cup now over, I'll take a shot at what you might see tomorrow.

A quick rules overview. Each team can protect 11 player, and must protect at least three internationals, Generation adidas player are auto-protected, as are home grown players. So here's our guess prediction of the FCD list.

FCD Protected List Prediction

1. David Ferreira - The MVP. Enough said. (International 1)

2. Marvin Chavez - His play over the stretch run made him a lock. (I2)

3. Jair Benitez - The first choice left back all year, it makes sense he would be protected. (I3)

4. Kevin Hartman - After the season he had, he's a no brainer as well. Set the league record for GAA.

5. Daniel Hernandez - Hyndman's captain. Is the coach brave enough to expose him thinking DH would retire rather than leave? Doubtful and Hernandez deserves more respect than that.

6. Ugo Ihemelu - Another one of the coach's guys. He's also the leader of the back four.

7. Jackson - New signing, the guy played 6 spots and was the starter down the stretch at right back. (I4)

8. Dax McCarty - Now that he's on the bus, he's a vital part of this team.

9. Brek Shea - The future is bright, and FCD won't want to lose him.

10. George John - Hyndman picked him two years ago and won't let him go now. First choice center back.

11. Zach Loyd - The coach really likes this kid, he did pick him in the first round. Loyd would be tempting for a team to take. He can and does spot start in a few spots. The only reservation to protect him might be the Jackson signing.

Protected by Rule

The following players are exempt form being picked by rule as either home grown or generation adidas.

Josh Lambo
Bryan Leyva
Ruben Luna
Peri Marosevic
Andrew Wiedeman
Moises Hernandez
Victor Ulloa

Exposed Prediction

You may notice I left some key names off. I'll go into each of them.

1. Heath Peace - Let me say that the club was less than pleased with the nature and timing of Heath Pearce's injury late in the year. Pearce also mouthed off enough the week before MLS Cup on his twitter account about how healthy he was and if he didn't play it was 100% on coach Hyndman. Pearce's tweeting was bad enough the club had his account closed down (according to the ESPN broadcasters). Add to that the end of Pearce's current contract and his own desire to play in Europe (remember Pearce only came to MLS cause his deal in Turkey fell through on a contract paperwork technicality). Hyndman recently said the team was almost all his, 85% I think was the number. I think Pearce was who he was talking about.

2. Jeff Cunningham - When you make over $200k, don't start, don't talk to media all year, cause your coach headaches, and don't score as much as you used to, then you don't get protected. Would an expansion team risk him at his age? Doubtful.

3. Milton Rodriguez - To old, not enough production, probably to expensive for anyone to pick even if he is a great team guy and hard worker.

4. Atiba Harris - Lost his job to Marvin Chavez late in the year, played some striker but almost in a desperation move by the coach. Sure he's not to pricy and not to old. I just don't think he's worth a protected spot when he likely isn't a starter here anymore. Could be up for that last spot for Hyndman, but wouldn't be on my list for sure.

5. Dario Sala - A great servant of the club and solid MLS keeper. But with Kevin Hartman's season I'm not even sure Dario would say to protect himself.

6. Eric Alexander - Eric will, I believe, be the first player Hyndman protects if he losses someone. (You get to "pull back" a player if you lose a player.) Coach loves this kids calmness, heart, skill, and toughness. Does he love him enough to protect him in the first 11? Maybe. It was a close call on my list with Loyd.

7. Eric Avila - You may ask why a player this talented is not protected. The answer is you can only protect 11. Avila doesn't play enough defense to be a starter for Hyndman. His role is as a late game offensive sub. Is he talented? For sure. But he's behind Harris, Shea, and Chavez for a starting spot. Maybe even Alexander. Could he be protected over Loyd? Maybe, but Loyd starts frequently, Avila doesn't.

8. Kyle Davis - a young defender with potential. But not a enough PT to protect him.

9. Bruno Guarda - He's one of the coach's guys, but he doesn't play enough to protect.

10. Jason Yeisley - A taller center channel type striker, but not a big prospect. To far down the roster.

11. Edson Edward - No chance a player this far down the roster gets protected. He is going to have a real fight on his hands to make this squad in 2011.

That's our list, we'll find out soon how on the money we are. Who would you have protected or left off.

Practice Observations: Pre-Revolution

September, 20, 2010
9/20/10
3:49
PM CT
A beautiful day to be out at Pizza Hut Park for practice – while sunny all morning, the temperature stayed fairly cool (for Texas) up until the last half hour or so. Despite the nice weather, the team ran a fairly low intensity session, mostly focused on quick accurate passing and shooting, rather than on any particular set pieces.

The entire team was out on field 1 for the duration of this practice session. While Ugo Ihemelu and George John joined the rest of the team for the warm-up drills, Kevin Hartman and Daniel Hernandez worked on the stationary bikes on the sidelines. Once the warm-up drills were completed, these four did rehab work with the trainers on the sidelines. More on the injury list later.

The main training session involved two different scrimmages, both with goalkeepers. MLS pool keeper Chris Sharpe won’t arrive in Dallas until tomorrow, so a local player stepped in to help out the team as Dario Sala’s opposite number.

The first scrimmage allowed each player only 3 seconds on the ball when in possession, forcing the team to focus on quick one- and two- touch passing and looking for space to receive the ball. For this drill, both teams appeared to be playing a 4-4-2, with a team of mostly starters in front of Sala. Jason Yeisley played alongside Milton Rodriguez, while Peri Marosevic played left mid, and Andrew Weideman and Jackson switched between playing right mid and center back for the “starters”, while Atiba Harris, Brek Shea and David Ferreira all played with the “reserves”. Zach Loyd, Kyle Davies, Marvin Chavez and Bryan Leyva all took turns being the man to sit out.

The second scrimmage appeared to be a chance for what looks to be Wednesday’s starting 11 to gel. While the starters reverted to their usual 4-1-3-1-1, the reserves played in the diamond 4-4-2 that many believe is favored by Hyndman.

Some notes and plays from the session:

- The best play of the session belonged to Rodriguez. During the first scrimmage, he brought down a long pass from Eric Alexander and jinked it past Loyd in one fluid movement. With the keeper closing down the shooting angle, he faked the shot before playing a beautiful backheel to the feet of Marosevic. Unfortunately, Peri scuffed the shot, but it’s pretty clear that Rodriguez has some moments of brilliance in him.

- Davies was playing some exceptional defense, including blocking a shot from Cunningham, then getting up quickly to throw himself in front of the rebound from (I think) Ulloa. His tackling and passing were also very tidy, and he’s clearly pushing to get back into the starting 11.

- Speaking of Cunningham, he and Luna were combining very well in the second scrimmage. Despite the starters controlling most of the possession, the reserves, and particularly Luna through Cunningham’s passes, made the most of their chances in front of goal. At one point, Luna picked up a loose ball that was bobbling on the edge of the box with his back to goal, spun on his planted foot and blasted the ball past Sala. FCD is lucky to have such a talented youngster on the roster, but I can only imagine what could have been if he’d been able to sign in the pre-season.

- Dario had a bandage wrapped around his knee for this session and looked a little stiff when walking. However, he seemed to be moving just fine when in goal.

- Avila, Cunningham, Moises Hernandez, Leyva, Loyd, Luna, Marosevic, Shea, Ulloa, Weideman and Yeisley all stayed out late to work on crossing, shooting and heading, with the local keeper in net. Hernandez and Weideman were providing some nice crosses, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t really see a whole lot from Bryan Leyva. Unlike Luna, he doesn’t seem to have quite taken the step up to the pro level yet.

And finally some quotes from Schellas Hyndman, who apparently took Saturday off to go to the Kiss concert:

On New England Revolution:

“They’re a team that’s had some bad breaks, they’ve had some injuries and don’t seem to have everything going in place. They had a tough game in Colorado and [Steve Nicol]’s a very good coach who asks a lot from his players. I think when you lose a game, you want to play the next game as quick as you can so you it’s an opportunity to put that game behind them.”

On the injury list:

“I don’t expect to see either of [Kevin Hartman and Daniel Hernandez] out here on Wednesday. Daniel has a pulled hamstring, he’s feeling a lot better, but with most hamstrings there’s a point of recovery and sometimes if you come back too soon, you’ll reinjure it and make it worse. Kevin with that knee strain, I also don’t expect to be back for Wednesday but we have a very capable experienced goalkeeper in Dario Sala who I thought played very well coming in the other night.

On Hernandez’s MRI, Friday:

“2-3 weeks, but sometimes those MRIs lie to you”

On George John:

“We’ll wait and see. Last year he missed 17 games on a hamstring injury and part of the reason he missed those games is because we kept trying to bring him back too soon, so we have to be careful we don’t ask him to do the same again.”

On Ugo Ihemelu:

“He’s getting closer. It’s killing him not being able to be out here, it’s killing me that he’s not out here, but it’s one of those things we have to handle very cautiously.”

On Dax McCarty:

“I was hoping to give him 20 minutes; he ended up playing 60 minutes and I thought he had a very good game considering we were down a man. [Starting Dax] may not be a conversation if Daniel Hernandez was there, but it could be in this situation”

On Eric Alexander:

“He was more of a flank midfielder in college than a central midfielder, but we see his qualities and what he brings [in the middle]. [Like Brek Shea], when you’re getting more opportunities to play, you start to play with more confidence, and I think that’s what’s happening with Eric, and with Zach Loyd.”

On the starting lineup changes:

“We’re not quite sure yet. We do know who’s replacing Kevin Hartman, but we don’t know about the other ones. We’re trying to fit in the changes that will be the least conflict to another player. The more we move one player to a position and another player to another position, the more we lose that team cohesion.”

On the backup goalkeeper situation:

“[Chris Sharpe] may be the best pool keeper the league has. Last time we had an injury, playing Colorado in Colorado, we brought Lambo back, as we still had a roster spot open. Now that the roster is frozen, we can’t bring Lambo back.”

On the status of the team:

“We’ve proven that we’re a good team that plays with a lot of intensity, a lot of passion and intelligence. We’re a team that’s hard to beat. We keep testing ourselves, losing our two centerbacks, losing our goalkeeper, losing our defensive midfielder and having to put other players in. Thank goodness our depth has been strong and people have really stepped up. There are still little mistakes being made that can lead to goals, but I think we’re in a good position. We’ve got six games left, three at home, three on the road. Tough teams on the road, Kansas City’s playing extremely well, and of course LA and Real Salt Lake. Then at home you’ve got New England, Chicago and Colorado. Kansas City and Chicago still believe they have a chance to make the playoffs, Colorado believes they can get themselves into a better position so we have to make sure we don’t slip up with the injuries we have. By the time we’re getting healthy, we’re going on the road against Salt Lake and LA.”

I wasn’t able to get the quote on record, but Brek Shea told Steve Hunt that he lost his head and was very disappointed in himself.

Line Up Prediction

As far as the lineup goes, this is about the clearest the picture has ever been when I’ve been out at a practice session. Given the second scrimmage lineup, the injuries, the substitutions against the Red Bulls and Schellas’ quotes, barring George John being ready to play, this is what you’ll see take the field Wednesday night:
Rodriguez
Chavez McCarty Ferreira Harris
Alexander
Benitez Loyd Jackson Pearce
Sala

On the pitch, the midfield behind Ferreira is likely going to appear to be a flatter 4 than when Hernandez is playing. Both Alexander and Dax were taking the opportunity to get forward and join the attack in the scrimmages – with the pace that Dax showed to get back and tackle Marquez on Thursday, there shouldn’t be too much worry about him leaving the back four exposed by getting forward, either.

Zip it: FC Dallas at San Jose

September, 12, 2010
9/12/10
9:16
PM CT
FC Dallas extended their remarkable run of form to 14 consecutive matches without a loss with a goalless draw against San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. FC Dallas earned their 41st point in 23 matches, good for third place in the Western Conference and three points shy of Real Salt Lake.

After an early barrage by San Jose, FC Dallas managed to take control of the first half of action. Only a few mistimed runs and breakdowns in the attacking third kept Dallas off the scoreboard in a half well-dominated by Dallas. Brek Shea’s open header in the 15th minute went wide of goal and Daniel Hernandez well-hit free kick was gathered at ground-level by Jon Busch keeping the score level at 0-0.

San Jose fought back to even the play in the second half and might have even taken the three points when Geovanni’s perfectly weighted pass was touched down by fellow Brazilian Eduardo inside the box. However, Eduardo’s shot was sent harmlessly outside Kevin’ Hartman’s post. Dallas shot the ball eight times in the final frame although none required a save from Busch.

The star in Dallas current streak is their defense. It all starts with Hartman at the back, who despite a few “human” bobbles here and there, always seems to come up with at least one game-changing save. His organization on set-pieces has been nearly flawless. That Dallas has continued this streak through what has become a rotating cast of central defenders makes it all the more impressive. Injuries could have been disastrous to this club, yet even when newest center back Jackson went down with a knee injury; almost-forgotten Kyle Davies emerged with a strong, confident match.

The continuity of defense rests almost solely on the shoulders of Schellas Hyndman. Hyndman’s insistence that every player on the field competes day in and day out for their position has instilled a passion in his side; players know their roles. The results are self-evident. Dallas will be looking to move their streak to 15 matches Thursday against New York Red Bulls. Think of the disaster this side could have had with all the injuries. Instead, Dallas has not given up a goal in four straight matches and only one in their last five.

Injuries may make things more difficult yet. Depending on the status of Jackson, Dallas may be left to start the second year player Davies and rookie Zach Loyd. Any more injuries will certainly send Daniel Hernandez to the back line, leaving Eric Alexander to switch positions again. Honestly, the possibilities make my head hurt, but thankfully that is what Hyndman is paid to do. Realizing that Dallas has kept the pieces in place missing Dax McCarty, Ugo Ihemelu, and George John is impressive. But how much more can this side take?

Hopefully, McCarty, Ihemelu, and John are able to come back and contribute before season’s end. Dallas is now firmly engaged in a fight with Real Salt Lake for the second-place position in the West, ensuring home-field advantage through the first round of the playoffs. But almost more important than the home-field advantage is getting these players back to match-fitness and in the first team. Injuries are part the game, but it’s important to Dallas’ chances that these players are available for selection in the physically and mentally demanding world of MLS playoff soccer.

Just seven matches remain in the 2010 regular season, with much left to decide. The September grind continues. Dallas has had a remarkable- even impressive- season. Injuries are a real and important part of the game. The question is whether Dallas can continue to overcome and maintain their momentum.

FC Dallas at San Jose: Who's in

September, 9, 2010
9/09/10
2:22
PM CT
FCD was missing five starters last week but the suspensions for two of them are over. Daniel Hernandez and Atiba Harris are eligible again and should start this weekend.

Milton Rodriguez is back in training after a weekend off. Yet Jeff Cunningham played well last week and will probably keep his place. FCD coach Schellas Hyndman called this one a game-time decision.

George John had to leave last week's match with a hamstring problem and is doubtful. My last info had him likely not traveling with the team, but I'm trying to confirm. My spies say Jackson is candidate one to fill in for John as he did last game. Hernandez and Kyle Davies are also under consideration for the spot.

Zach Loyd will continue in Ugo Ihemelu's spot.

Dax McCarty is finally back in training, but only for one day this week, so Eric Alexander will hold onto midfield for one more week at least.

That leaves us with...
Cunningham
Shea Alexander Ferreira Harris
Hernandez
Benitez Loyd Jackson Pearce
Hartman

FC Dallas news recap (8/25)

August, 25, 2010
8/25/10
2:32
PM CT
FCD Technical Director Barry Gorman is starting a travel blog. This could be interesting. Gorman says Bryan Leyva and Ruben Luna are just the tip of the local talent iceberg.

Wednesday's official training report.

Here's an un-official training report from our sometimes contributor Daniel Robertson. He talks to Hyndman, Hartman, Pearce, and John. He also mentions what I had heard this morning, that Kyle Davis is back in training, Dax McCarty is in rehab phase, and Ugo Ihemelu isn't doing anything.

FYI I hear it's a week or two before Ihemlu can train.

Pat Martin of the Miami Herald writes about Schellas Hyndman and the good results FCD is getting. Interesting quote...
"Going from an environment like SMU where you are very comfortable after 26 years and everybody loves you and expects a winner, and you've become a winner, to an environment where people are questioning your coaching abilities, your managing abilities, that was tough," Hyndman told The Sports Network. "It's a different level, there are different expectations. I'm hoping those were the worst of times."
Steven Sandor of ClamSports says the West is the best and FCD is one of the two hottest teams in MLS.

In his weekly notes, Joshua Mayers talks some FCD playoff spots and gives us some notes on the Crew game.

Robert Walker of the Dallas Examiner has seven things he learned from FCD vs Chivas. Although I think Jackson would go right with Pearce left IF Benitez sits.

Steve Davis says FC Dallas is "in" the playoffs.

Columbus Crew, the next FCD opponent.

J Hutcherson of USSoccerPlayers.com says the Crew have a though burden with the CONCACAF schedule.

Possible names for Friday's FCD signings

July, 29, 2010
7/29/10
9:45
PM CT
FC Dallas has a press conference set for 10:30 AM tomorrow to add three players. Here’s a look at who these new faces could be:

Jackson - Brazilian right back was on trial during World Cup break back in June and played in friendly at West Texas United Sockers. Consensus on him is that he’s OK but wasn’t all that impressive in practice. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman does have a serious affinity for South American players. With Zach Loyd recently playing in middle, does Jackson automatically become Heath Pearce’s backup on the right? It looks that way. FCD officials have been saying for the last few weeks that this signing was in the works and that things were progressing.

Ruben Luna - Many FCD fans probably say about time concerning this addition. Luna has been a standout from the Juniors program and will occupy the team’s second Homegrown Player spot, which means the club doesn’t have to clear a spot for him. Luna is a great kid and a talented forward. Like Bryan Levya, who was signed in 2009, he has an incredible upside, potential that Hyndman would like to see develop through more first-team action.

Another Forward - It’s unclear where FCD might go with the third player added but that individual could very well be another striker. Jeff Cunningham is clearly not cutting it and he could be at the end of his rope with the club even though he’s set to make over $200,000 this year. The early returns on Milton Rodriguez are good and for now, he remains the club’s lone striker. However, Hyndman has made no bones about wanting to go into a 4-4-2 in the future and since it looks like Cunningham won’t be up top alongside Rodriguez, there aren’t any other realistic possibilities on the roster. Generation adidas player Peri Marosevic is nowhere near ready and while Atiba Harris has played some up top, Hyndman likes him where he’s at, on the right flank.

IMPLICATIONS

As noted, no roster move will be necessary to add Luna but adding Jackson and another player means roster moves could be made. Here’s a look at who could be headed out of town:

Eric Avila, M - At one time, Avila had found a niche with Hyndman as his preferred “energy guy” off the bench and there has never been any question about the immense potential the easy going kid from San Diego had. However, while he has made strides toward being the type of two-way player Hyndman wants in his first 11, Avila has recently fallen out of favor with the FCD gaffer, around the time that Marvin Chavez was getting minutes in the starting lineup and also off the bench. By all accounts, he hasn’t responded in a positive way and has been left off the 18-man game roster for the last few games, meaning he could be headed elsewhere.

Marvin Chavez, M - The sample size for Chavez’s body of work isn’t that big but after a run of several games where he got considerable minutes, the Honduran has seen his playing time dry up entirely. When he was on the field in starts at Chivas USA, at home against Kansas City and at Seattle, the Son of the Wind displayed his considerable pace but as fast as he was, he was just as bad at finishing his chances. Sounds like a forward FCD had a few years back who is now playing in Houston. Maybe Hyndman now realizes what Chavez truly is and decides to go in a different direction.

Jeff Cunningham, F - It’s no big secret that with just four goals this year, including just one from the run of play, Cunningham has struggled mightily. This is a contract year for the veteran striker and while he has gotten over a spell where he was sulking and wasn’t one of the last players to leave the field, now that newcomer Milton Rodriguez is scoring goals, it looks like his time with FCD is nearing an end. His big salary might be a deal breaker for most teams but if FCD can find a taker, wouldn’t be shocked to see Cunningham head to another team.

Kyle Davies, D - Davies played well for the first hour of the season opener on March 27 against Houston. That was before he suffered a broken right arm that put him on the shelf for several months. He has returned but has found playing time non-existent since Ugo Ihemelu and George John are both durable and consistent in the middle. Davies is still just 23 and could be swapped for some allocation money or a late-round pick. It was interesting in Saturday’s game against Toronto FC that when John left the field with an injury in the second half, Hyndman went to Loyd instead of Davies for a full-in at center back. That move might speak volumes about where Davies ranks on the depth chart these days.

Edson Edward, D - The big Canadian impressed many by making FCD’s roster out of preseason but like Davies, he hasn’t had any opportunities with the first team. Hyndman regarded Edward as a project with a big upside when he signed him. Now the question is whether or not he still sees that same upside or feels like it’s time to go in a different direction.

Anthony Wallace, D - A first-round pick in 2007 under then head coach Steve Morrow, Wallace or “Wally” as he’s called, has never really blossomed into the player many thought he would become. He has had his fair share of opportunities but he’s just never been able to exhibit the strong mental game to accompany what is an impressive set of physical skills. Wallace could also be dealt for allocation money or a pick because he did just turn 21 and could still thrive in another setting.

COULD THE THIRD SIGNING BE A DP?

There is some speculation that the third signing could indeed be a Designated Player. Given what a catastrophic FCD’s first venture into the DP world was, Denilson, who was clearly past his prime and contributed very little, have to say this scenario is pretty unlikely. Hyndman has stated that bringing in a DP would be a huge move the club wouldn’t be willing to make. However, since the only glaring need for the team currently exists up top, if they could find a striker to play alongside Rodriguez up top, which would allow Hyndman to shift into a 4-4-2. If they do sign a DP, conventional wisdom has to be that player would be a forward.

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