Dallas Soccer: Peter Vermes

Bold Predictions 2012

March, 15, 2012
The good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.

It's time again for the rarely imitated, never duplicated, original, BOLD PREDICTIONS.
(Which have been running since 1998).

I do this bit every year, and you can look back at all the previous versions on this site if you like, they're at the bottom of this page.

Here's last year when I posted a 5. Boo, 5 stinks.

So here they are…

Twenty Bold Predictions for 2012

(For recreational purposes only, no wagering please.)

1. David Ferreira will be MLS Comeback player of the Year. Former MVP is back and will be in the running for MVP again. …If he can stay healthy.

2. Brek Shea and company will make if to the semi-finals of the Olympics. After which someone will offer $15 million for Shea, which FCD will turn down.

3. Wilman Conde will quit New York during the season. Why? Cause the Red Bulls aren’t coached by Juan Carlos Osorio.

4. West Finish: LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, Seattle, Vancouver, Colorado, Portland, San Jose, and Chivas USA. It’s hard to get better in the best conference. Not much has changed. LA depth carries them. LA depth is their key.

6. East Finish: Sporting KC, Houston, Philadelphia, New York, DC United, Columbus, Chicago, Toronto FC, Montreal, New England. I believe in Peter Nowak. The 5th spot and down is all up for grabs.

5. MLS will announce the newest expansion franchise to New York and it won’t be the Cosmos. Yes, again. I predicted this last year and I’m sticking with it. Garber wants him soome NYC FC, it’s gonna happen… eventually.

7. Jamison Olave will be Defender of the Year for Real Salt Lake. Big, physical, good positioning, and enough speed to handle most strikers. Plus RSL is really good.

8. Eddie Johnson will become a full time starter for Seattle and have a good season. Eddie needs a little love, Sigi has lots of love to give. Johnson will hit 10+ goals.

9. Seattle Sounders will be US Open Cup Champions. As long as they continue to value it and buy the home games, you can’t bet against them.

10. George John will re-sign with FC Dallas. It will catch fans & media by surprise, but Big John won’t go overseas. Not only will he stay in MLS he will sign a four year deal with FCD.

11. Peter Vermes will be MLS Coach of the Year. Sporting wins the East and gets Vermes the nod.

12. The Rookie of the Year will be Luis Silva. Silva will score just under 10 goals this season for TFC… says my magic 8-ball.

13. Frank Yallop will be fired midseason. I feel like there is a disconnect between the players Yallop wants and the players his FO gets him.

14. LA Galaxy will win the Supporters Shield. It’s starting to get annoying but they have the talent and depth to be tops again.

15. Fredy Montero will win the MLS Budweiser Golden Boot for the Sounders. Teal Bunbury would win it if he weren’t going to miss so many games with the Olympic team.

16. Real Salt Lake will be MLS Cup Champs. Someone will upset the Galaxy, FCD will get thugged out of the playoffs, and Sporting will lose to RSL in the final in Salt Lake City.

17. Sebastien Le Toux will be MLS MVP. He’s going to raise Vancouver up this year as he goes 10+ and 10+.

18. Brad Davis will finally get a recall to the US senior team. After another great season Klinsmann will want to look at Davis for the CONCACAF Qualifying slog.

19. San Jose will trade Chris Wondolowski. After Yallop gets canned, SJ will look to rebuild their team and trade older Wondo for some young talent and picks.

20. Blas Perez will be the MLS Newcomer of the Year. I think Perez is going to have a terrific season.

If you're bored and curious, you can read the previous decade plus worth of prediction here:1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Quote sheet: FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City

August, 28, 2011
Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes…

General thoughts on the match …

Look, we did more than enough being up two goals at home to secure the win. It’s not even closing down the game. At the end we weren’t competing enough. They got two balls in from the outside, which we should be close enough to even block them. Then we let two guys get in on the back door not necessarily unmarked but not challenged like they should be and they scored two goals which is a credit to them.

On the performance of FC Dallas…

They played well. The whole game through they tried to just grind it out because obviously they are just coming backfrom their road trip in Toronto and I give them all the credit in the world for coming back. Great goals they scored.

On the red card…

The three red cards in the last five games at home doesn’t help. We could talk all day about that stuff but we’ve been down that road so many times. It’s old for me there is nothing to talk about on that side. It is what it is. We have to be able to play in those situations and we have to be able to compete and we didn’t do it and that is something that we will be dealing with this week.

On dealing with crosses and set pieces coming into the area…

It’s not that everybody stopped competing. When there’s balls on the outside getting played in. First off the cross can be denied and then also you can still get on your men. The guy doesn’t always have to hit a good cross. Sometimes he over hits it or its to short and we’re not close to men. I have to see it again, but on the set piece goal they score after we were up 2-0 I think we only had one person in the wall. And that is lack of organization so these are some things I’ll have to review.

On the first half performance…

I think the first half for a while there we were very good, we were on them. They took it over a little bit. Not took it over but had a little too much of the run of play in between our two lines. I thought we definitely sorted that out in the second half. But you can talk about that all day.

On missing the chance to move closer tothe top of the Eastern Conference…

The fact of the matter is we had a chance with all the other results that were out there and the way we played today we could have easily put ourselves in a very good position here being one point behind Columbus. We didn’t take advantage of it. Teams that want to have success, you have towin these types of games and we didn’t do that today so we have some work to do for sure. We have some real work to do. There is no doubt that I know that it stings in all the guys right now but winning is everything and giving upgoals at the end like that is something that you have to compete for and wedidn’t do that.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza

General thoughts on the match…

I thought we did really well, I mean even though they scored one goal we weredoing pretty well with 10 men on the field. Our mental breakdown was in the80th minute when they scored their second goal and at that point I said ‘OK, I’ll take the point”.

On losing the lead…

I don’t know what happened from there, we lost concentration. It’s frustrating this is about the fourth time this has happened this season, we either have to settle for a point, or we lose. This is the second time at home.

On positives to take away from the match…

First half was really tough for us. I thought the game was kind of crazy, everybody was flying into 50/50 balls, but I thought in the second half we were able to play a little bit and I thought we were able to keep the ball. When we wereable to keep the ball we already thought we had won it.

Thoughts on the atmosphere tonight at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…

It’s great for us we need to win games if we want fans to keep coming. If we are losing, people aren’t going to want to come. So hopefully next game against the LA Galaxy we’ll be able to show them a good game and win the game.

Sporting Kansas City defender Michael Harrington

General thoughts on the performance…

Obviously just disappointed. Another 2-0 lead and we’re thinking we have the game pretty much won and we fell apart. Obviously the red card didn’t help us it put us down a man, with a lot of pressure at the end they were able to find the goal. Disappointed we thought we had the game there. We thought we had it won there.

On what can be improved upon moving forward…

We need to continue to take advantage of our chances and continue to put pressure on teams right away. Just playing as a team, just have to find a way to close it out.

FC Dallas Manager Schellas Hyndman

On his team’s attitude…

I said to our players what is it about you? You never give up when things are going against you. We were playing against a very good team at home. We have had a very difficult couple of weeks or I should say a couple months. A sellout atmosphere, a tremendous atmosphere, what is it about you guys? It really comes down to leadership and character. I don’t think anybody should ever expect FC Dallas to give up. I think tonight was an example of great leadership and character.

On the performance of Brek Shea…

I think at the end Brek sent some quality balls in. I think the field itself wasn’t really quality enough for either team, but I think what it does is really help theattacking team. Brek got free a couple of times there at the end, served some great balls and obviously being down a man it was really difficult for Sporting Kansas City to get players to attack and defend.

On the dynamics of a 2-0 match…

When you’re up two goals it’s a dangerous time in a game. A lot of people don’t realize when you’re up two goals its not a great time in a game. You have to kill the game and if you give a team a chance to get one then they have the confidence to get more.

On the timing of the first goal for FC Dallas…

It is always about timing isn’t it? While they are still celebrating on their second goal we get a free kick and I think it was probably Brek that got fouled and Hernandez hits it into the box trying getsomebody to get a head on it and it just gets through everyone. Unassisted goal but it was huge timing.

On Sporting Kansas City and LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…

I think Sporting Kansas City had such a difficult start being on the road as much as they were. Coach Vermes did a fantastic job keeping the guys confident to keep them within striking distance once they got the stadium built.

The atmosphere is fantastic. You guys should all be very proud of your team. Your front office, what a great job they’ve done getting people here in the stands and very passionate people. When we talk about passionate soccer and Kansas City, I mean, it’s fantastic.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman

General thoughts on the match...

I’m just really excited about the guys really hanging in there. We made a mistake on the first goal, their guy came through and we couldn’t really do much about it, and the second goal is us needing to work on our marking on free kicks. There are things we can improve on certainly, but I think the most important thing is that we were a group that stayed level-headed and continued to compete and have opportunities. To walk out of KC with the three points is crucial for us. Tonight was really a good step for us.

On returning to Kansas City and playing at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…

I saw Cliff [Illig] before the game and I congratulated him. It’s something they should be proud of. The field obviously needs to continue to come along, but it’s kind of new growth, it doesn’t have deep roots yet. The field will come along and will get to a point where they’ll be able to play the kind of soccer that they really want and play more possession and get results they’re looking for, they’ve certainly done really well so far.

FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea

General thoughts on the match…

First off, great stadium, great crowd, I really enjoyed the environment. I think it was back and forth pretty much all game. They went ahead in the first half, and could’ve been up 2-0, I thought maybe we could have got a goal as well. The second half they got up 2-0, but this team showed what we’re all about and we didn’t give up, we kept fighting.

On playing their second match this year against Sporting Kansas City…

I think Kansas City after that 4-1 win in Dallas, they were on a roll and were playing really well. I think we really wanted to come in here and get a win. On a personal level, they came into our house and beat us, we wanted to come in and do the same thing. We pulled it out.

On 3.5 games in a week…

I love playing games, but I don’t know if my body agrees with me right now. But we’re trying to do everything we can to get ready for it. I think we’re excited, it’s the semifinals [of the Lamara Hunt US Open Cup]. Hopefully we get a win there then win the final.

FC Dallas forward Maicon Santos,

General thoughts on the match…

We knew this was going to be a tough game for us. To come back in a game like that, is very difficult. We kept pressing and pressing and got our first goal and then we kept it going and got three goals.

We’ve been fatigued with travel, but as a team, we should not give up. We play well, and want to keep up and score goals.

FC Dallas defender Bobby Warshaw

On his goal…

That’s why Brek [Shea]’s the man. He can win you a game, save you a game any moment. That’s why he’s Break Shea right now. When Brek gets the ball, you know he’s going to do special things, you work hard, get in the box and hopefully a good thing happens.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

I was very disappointed in the performance. Give credit to Kansas City. They’re a team that’s desperate. They haven’t been able to get a lot of good results this year. They came in here with missing players and they came in here and really frustrated us. They were in a 4-5-1 system and we couldn’t break it down. I’m disappointed that we didn’t create a lot of scoring chances. We were always back on our heels with their counters. There were a lot of misconnections in our passing. They wanted the game more than us and I can’t say that has occurred very often here. For us, this is an opportunity to re-group and find out a little bit more about ourselves. In sports sometimes you have players who are off. I thought we had too many players who were off. We didn’t have enough people that looked like they were playing in the culture we have developed, the winning culture and the culture of fighting for the ball. As frustrating as that was for the coaches, I know the players were very frustrated as well.

On the third goal (free kick from distance) kind of sucking the wind out of the team…

It didn’t help us. I think even the second goal came so quick in the second half. As a team, we can’t have these types of performances. We’re a much better team than what we showed today. It’s an embarrassing moment for the coaches and the players.

On halftime substitutions…

One of the things we were struggling with was holding the ball up front. There was a lot of dribbling and a lot of individual players playing on an island and we didn’t get much done. The idea was having Milton [Rodriguez] who’s a little bit stronger in the box, can hold the ball a little bit better and then also getting Jackson on so we could attack from that right side.

Did the team look tired…

They looked very tired. They looked tired before the game started. It was just one of those days. You really can’t put anything on it. If they all went to the same restaurant, you could say it was the food. But, I think something was just missing and we really have to realize that we’re a much, much better team when we play together and we fight for every ball. That’s what’s given us the success up until now. Today, they just didn’t. They didn’t bring it.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman

It was a pretty poor representation of who we are as a group. It's unfortunate that we had to do it against a very motivated Kansas City team. It's one of those games you have to move on quickly from. Take your lessons from [it] and get on to the next game. I didn't think any of us really had a good enough game to make up for the amount of guys who were off [their games]. We knew going into the game that Kansas City was a better team than their record showed.

On long goal from Zusi…

I tried to keep our guys high so that it would maybe force them to play short. He hit it and the wind was going that direction so it picked up speed. I had started six or seven yards out and it got over me at some point. It was well struck.

On upcoming games…

Unfortunately we're less than a week from playing Chivas in L.A., which is another tough task, but at least we are going to be back out on the field.

FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson

In this league, it doesn't matter where one team is [in the standings]; everyone can compete, every game is pretty close. [Sporting Kansas City] wanted it more. They showed they wanted it more than us and they got the result for it.

On SKC formation change…

I don't think [the formation change] was why we lost. They just executed better than us, and deserve the three points.

On what he takes from the loss…

It's a good time to get a reminder of how much work you put into winning a game. Every game that we've won up to this point, we put a ton of effort into it and no game did we just cruise through it to win. This game shows how small a line it is between winning and losing.

FC Dallas forward Marvin Chavez

We just weren't good enough today. More than anything else, that was the problem today, not that it was too physical for me or us. We have to keep our heads up. Maybe as a group, as coach said, there was a little bit of fatigue. We're coming off of a long run of games that took a lot out of us in which there were positive results, but credit to Kansas City because they came in and were a tough team to play against and we were not.

Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes

This was a tough one for us. We expended a lot of nervous energy Thursday night and to come back down here in such a short turn around knowing full well the game was played at six o’clock and knowing the heat was going to be factor. Omar is out from the tackle, we have another player that came back from Grenada, Craig Rocastle, so we’ve lost some players and we have guys that are on national team duty as well for Guadalupe, Honduras and Jamaica, so it is definitely a testing period for us, but I give a lot of credit to the guys for their commitment physically.

How excited you are to win here in Dallas…

We are undefeated since our New England game, which is like five games now, and we have been right there. There is not a lot that has gone our way this season, but credit to the guys because they have been committed. They have not got off the beaten path. They’ve stayed focused and committed on what we are trying to do and believe in each other and that’s a great thing.

Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi

Thoughts on first goal…

The first one was a classic counter attack, working the ball from left to right. C.J. made a good run across the top of the box, which opened up space for me, took a couple touches, got inside and found the far post.

On the heat…

We were very disciplined. It was extremely hot today and we came in with a game plan and stuck to it throughout the whole game.

On quick turnaround from opening of new park on Thursday to tonight’s game…

That’s though especially when you’re on the road as well, after a midweek game. To be honest, we were disappointed we didn’t get the win on Thursday, so for us to come here on the road and get a win was huge for us.

Sporting KC defender Luke Sassano

On first career goal…

I’m very happy. My first job is to help the team defensively, when I can help them score a goal that is even better. I hope I score a lot more and I’m very happy.

On weather…

It was crazy. I have never played in these conditions before. I was so tired and it was very, very hard.

Will this victory turnaround the season…

Of course, but it’s not this game, we’ve been good and concentrated the last four games, but I believe we are on our way to beating stronger teams.