Dallas Soccer: Orlando City

Schellas Hyndman: David Ferreira 50/50 for Sunday

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
5:19
PM CT
Tuesday marked FC Dallas’ first training session since they returned from last week’s trip to Orlando. David Ferreira was among several players not participating today as the 2010 MLS MVP continues to recover from an Achilles' injury suffered in last week’s win over Orlando City SC in the Walt Disney World Resort Pro Soccer Classic.

FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman was asked about Ferreira and his status for Sunday’s 2012 season opener with Red Bull New York and here’s what he had to say:

“It’s going to be 50/50 right now. I think he’s in a little more pain than we’d thought he’d be in but it’s really discouraging because he really played well against BK Hacken, went 90 minutes and just got kicked just way too many times against Orlando. We’re paying the price now,” Hyndman said.

The Dallas gaffer also elaborated on how exactly the man known as “El Torito” picked up that rather serious knock in the first place.

“We played in the Disney Tournament. In the first game, he was really very effective and didn’t really take too many nasty fouls. In the second game, it was a lot of after the ball play, when a player passes the ball and somebody comes and kicks your ankle,” Hyndman said. “His Achilles was kicked quite a few times and unfortunately for him, that’s where he has his pain. The good news is it wasn’t his ankle. It’s a different type of an injury.”

With Ferreira on the sidelines, Ricardo Villar is filling in as FCD’s central attacking midfielder as the club looks poised to be in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Panamanian newcomer Blas Perez being the lone striker, but Hyndman has yet to rule him out for Sunday.

“We’ll have to wait and see. We all know David he’s an extremely tough player,” the FCD coach said. “He has a high pain tolerance and it’s very important for himself to be prepared for the first game.”

FC Dallas steamrolls Orlando City

February, 29, 2012
2/29/12
8:46
AM CT


Orlando City has MLS ambitions, MLS Commissioner Don Garber is giving them some serious consideration to be the league's 20th team. But the would-be-MLS side fell short of the mark yesterday in the Disney classic when they ran into FC Dallas.

Orlando was in trouble right out of the gate when former FC Dallas draft pick, and current OC keeper, Sean Kelly was red carded four minutes into the game for a tackle on Blas Perez. David Ferreira converted the PK.

Ferreira later assisted on Fabian Castillo's 33' goal. Blas Perez and Andrew Wiedeman added 2nd half goals to bring the scoreline to 4-0.

FCD Trialist Geoffrey Tulasne got the start for FC Dallas wide in midfield. Tulasne is a left sided Frenchman who plays for Bulgarian side Litex Lovech.

Dallas is back in action on Thursday, when they face Toronto FC at 5 pm CT.

SCORING SUMMARY:

FCD - 5' David Ferreira
FCD - 33' Fabian Castillo (Ferreira)
FCD - 55' Blas Perez (Castillo, Ricardo Villar)
FCD - 89' Andrew Wiedeman (Jair Benitez)

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman (Chris Seitz, 46'); Carlos Rodriguez (Jair Benitez, 81'), Hernan Pertuz (Matt Hedges, 45'), Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd; Daniel Hernandez (Victor Ulloa, 76'), Geoffrey Tulasne (Andrew Wiedeman, 63'), Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira (Ricardo Villar, 46'), Fabian Castillo; Blas Perez (Jonathan Top, 73')

Orlando City: Sean Kelley; Jerome Mechack (Justin Clark, 72'), Rob Valentino (Kieron Bernard, 72'), Wes Allen (Kyle Davies, 46'), Erik Ustruck; Anthony Pulis (James O'Connor, 46'), Don Smart (Dustin McCarty, 60'), John Rooney (Miguel Gallardo, 5'), Molino, Adama Mbenge (Charlie Campbell, 46'), Dennis Chin (Maxwell Griffin, 46')

Goals for Florida trip simple for FCD

February, 24, 2012
2/24/12
11:28
AM CT
On Friday, FC Dallas will head to Orlando, Florida for the final phase of preseason. FCD will play at least four games before returning to Frisco in just over a week. The term measuring stick games is usually reserved for regular season contests, that moniker can definitely be applied to several of the matches they will have during their stay in the Sunshine State.

“It’s our last opportunity to prepare for the season. So the goals for the Florida trip are to try to get the team on the same page, try to figure out where our strengths and areas that we’ve got to be concerned about, try to get guys playing together and playing against good competition,” Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said earlier this week. “We should feel pretty good about ourselves when we get back.”

After facing a number of college foes both before and after their trip to Cancun, Mexico, FCD stepped up the caliber of preseason competition by facing the United States Under-23 team on Wednesday and fell to the U-23s by a 2-1 score line.

Such a step up in terms of quality of competition is something the FCD players definitely welcome going forward. “I definitely think as a group, we’re ready,” starting right back Zach Loyd said. “We’ve been putting in a lot of work with two-a-days, going to Cancun, putting in some work and playing some teams from other countries. So I think the competition is something we definitely invite. We want to play the best competition we can in preseason.”

FCD captain Daniel Hernandez definitely agrees with Loyd that these games in Orlando are going to be crucial to ensuring that the entire club is ready for their 2012 season opener on Sunday, March 11 against New York. “That’s what preseason’s for-to push yourself and get prepared for the opening game. I think the tougher games that we can play the better for us,” Hernandez said. “Those college games are a good test for us but I think they’re more for us to just try to get our legs back and get some rhythm of play. These tough competition games are what is going to get us prepared.”

Earlier this week, Hyndman said he was about three players away from having the roster the way he wanted it, which means this trip could be crucial for several trialists like Scott Sealy, whom the FCD coach confirmed will be making the trip south.

The Dallas gaffer also didn’t rule out bringing in a few more players who would join them in Florida to have a look at them as possible roster additions.

But of course, the ultimate aim is a simple one for this trip-get his club as ready as possible for the season opener with the Red Bulls.

“I think now we’re at the point where we’ve got to start emphasizing the first team or the top reserve players, the players that we can count on to understand what we’re doing, the structure and then measure our fitness level against the opposition because they’ll be good games, MLS teams and then also to measure our standards against the opposition as well,” Hyndman said. “We’re maybe three, four weeks away before we open the season and like all teams, we’re not ready.”

FCD FLORIDA TRIP SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)

Saturday, Feb. 25 BK Hacken (Sweden) 7:00
Sunday, Feb. 26 U.S. Under-20 3:00
Tuesday, Feb. 28 Orlando City SC 7:00
Thursday, March 1 Toronto FC* 5:00
Saturday, March 3 Championship* TBD
*-Walt Disney World Resort Pro Soccer Classic

FC Dallas to host US Open Cup Quarterfinal match if they advance

June, 23, 2011
6/23/11
1:23
PM CT
FC Dallas begins US Open Cup play on Tuesday and if they advance the home town club will host their Quarterfinal match.

If FCD knocks off Orlando they will host their next match on July 12th at 8PM CT. FCD will host either Real Salt Lake (MLS) or another club that has previously caused them USOC heartache, the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO).

In the 4th round of the 2003 USOC, Dallas traveled to Wilmington only to suffer a 4-1 beat down in torrential rain in a match sometimes cited as the biggest win in Hammerhead franchise history. Eddie Johnson scored the loan Dallas goal that day.
FC Dallas has learned their opponent in their initial 2011 US Open Cup match when they begin play on June 28th in the 3rd round: Orlando City. Orlando City knocked off the Charleston Battery in 2nd round play by a 1-0 score line. Former Revolution and Rapids defender Rob Valentino scored the loan goal in the match.

Orlando City, the current club of former FCD stiker Jamie Watson and former draft pick Sean Kelley, are the former Austin Aztex having moved to Orlando this off season. The two clubs also faced each other this spring at the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic with FCD winning 1-0.

Watch FCD's potential US Open Cup opponents tonight

June, 21, 2011
6/21/11
12:55
PM CT
As was released earlier this week, FC Dallas will begin US Open Cup play on June 28th against the winner of the 2nd round match between Charleston Battery and Orlando City. That match takes tonight and can be seen live on the USL's live feed site USL Live.

So if you'd like an early preview of next week's USOC opponent tune in and enjoy the show.

Orlando City is the former Austin Aztex who were moved to Orlando this off-season. Former FCD striker Jamie Watson is a key player for them and they have former FCD draft pick (and a keeper to keep an eye on) Sean Kelley. Their roster has some other ex-MLS players on it. The two sides faced off in the pre-season at the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic with FCD winning 1-0.

The Charleston Battery is a team FCD has run into on multiple occasions in the US Open Cup, including a 3-1 upset win by the Battery in the 2008 Quarterfinals that still ranks as one of the worst defeats in club history. Ex-FCD man Lazo Alavanja played for Charleston for quite a while. The Battery are the true owners of the first soccer-specific-stadium in the US and Blackbaud Stadium is one of the great soccer venus in the US. Awesome soccer pub there too.

FC Dallas to open US Open Cup play on June 28th

June, 16, 2011
6/16/11
2:38
PM CT
US Soccer has announced the 3rd round of the US Open Cup and FC Dallas has drawn a home match on Tuesday June 28th at 8 PM CT. FCD will host either Orlando City or Charleston Battery. Both teams FCD could face have a connection and history with the Dallas.

Orlando City is the former Austin Aztex who were moved to Orlando this off-season. Former FCD striker Jamie Watson is a key player for them and they have former FCD draft pick (and a keeper to keep an eye on) Sean Kelley. Their roster has some other ex-MLS players on it. The two sides faced off in the pre-season at the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic with FCD winning 1-0.

The Charleston Battery is a team FCD has run into on multiple occasions in the US Open Cup, including a 3-1 upset win by the Battery in the 2008 Quarterfinals that still ranks as one of the worst defeats in club history. Ex-FCD man Lazo Alavanja played for Charleston for quite a while. The Battery are the true owners of the first soccer-specific-stadium in the US and Blackbaud Stadium is one of the great soccer venus in the US. Awesome soccer pub there too.

Orlando City SC and the Charleston Battery will battle in second round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, June 21.

FC Dallas beats Orlando City, advances to face Houston

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
9:32
AM CT
FC Dallas defeated Orlando City 1-0 yesterday down at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando and now advnaces to face Houston Dynamo on Saturday at 7 pm CT (live stream on ESPN3.com).

Milton Rodriguez scored the loan goal off a FC Dallas corner.

Due to the glut of injuries at center back, Brek Shea took up a position int he middle of the defense in the 2nd half.

In what has to be a positive boost for coach Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez played 90 minutes in midfield.

Saturday's match against Houston could be a contentious affair after the last meeting between the two teams when Jair Benitez was accused of spitting in a Houston players' face.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Rodríguez (Shea, Ferreira) 30’

Disciplinary Summary:
ORL – Boden, caution (20')
ORL – Bernard, caution (41’)
DAL – Hernandez, caution (43')
DAL – Benítez, caution (71')

Lineups:
FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman – Jair Benitez, Zach Loyd (46’ Andrew Jacobson), Scott Gordon, Jackson Goncalves – Brek Shea, Eric Alexander (83’ Eric Avila), Daniel Hernandez, Marvin Chávez (87’ Bobby Warshaw) – David Ferreira (85’ Bruno Guarda) – Milton Rodríguez (46’ Ruben Luna, 74’ Maykel Galindo)

Orlando City: Miguel Gallardo (46’ Sean Kelley) – Jose Burciaga Jr. (54’ Mechack Jerome), Kieron Bernard, Demar Stewart, Jack Traynor – Lewis Neal, Luke Boden, Yordany Álvarez, Jamie Watson – Ian Fuller (64’ Justin Fojo), Maxwell Griffin

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Kyle Longville
FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC along with Orlando City (USL Pro) to play at Walt Disney World.

Defending MLS Western Conference Champion FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC as well as USL PRO upstart, Orlando City are set to play in the second annual Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic Feb. 24 and 26, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

On Thursday, FC Dallas will face Orlando City at 6 p.m. followed by Toronto FC against the Houston Dynamo at 8 p.m. The FC Dallas game versus Orlando City will stream live on FCDallas.com. Saturday’s games will stream live on ESPN3.com with Thursday’s losing teams kicking off at 6 p.m. and Thursday’s winners meeting in the championship at 8 p.m.
FC Dallas has scheduled a friendly against the New England Revolution on Wednesday, Feb.23 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. The match is set to kick off at 11 a.m. ET.

FC Dallas will be in Orlando to play in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic from February 24th to the 26th against Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, and Orlando City (the old Austin Aztex).

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