Dallas Soccer: Scott Sealy

FC Dallas' slump continues with loss to Dynamo

June, 16, 2012

HOUSTON -- Adam Moffat scored his first goal of the season in the 76th minute to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Moffat converted a big rebound for Houston (5-4-4) after FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made a save on a corner kick by Brad Davis.

FC Dallas (3-9-4) is winless in its last 10 games and played the last 26 minutes with just 10 players after Jair Benitez was given a red card. Benitez hit Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark in the head.

That play started a minor scrum between both teams, but cooler heads prevailed.

Jackson Goncalves tied the score in the 59th minute when he put a rebound past Tally Hall after Scott Sealy's initial shot caromed off Dynamo Houston defender Jermaine Taylor.

Both teams created multiple scoring chances in the first half, but Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third minute on Bruin's goal. FC Dallas defender Hernan Pertuz tried to clear the ball, but his attempt deflected off Bruin and past Hartman from about eight yards out.

Dallas had six shots in the first half and nearly tied the score twice. The best chance came in the 16th minute when Sealy beat Hall from 15 yards out, but his left-footed shot hit the far post.

Hall finished with three saves, and Houston improved to 9-3-7 all time against FC Dallas and 6-1-3 at home against its intrastate rivals.

Five quick hits heading into Seattle game

May, 9, 2012
We’re a day, give or take, from FC Dallas hosting Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night in Frisco, so here are five quick hits on the game.

1. Hartman or Seitz in Goal? ---FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said after Sunday’s
2-0 loss to Colorado that he’d like to give one of the next two games to Chris Seitz. Will this be the game where the ex-Maryland Terrapin gets the nod or will Hyndman wait until Saturday night when Dallas visits Columbus to face the Crew? That decision was likely made after a short training session on Tuesday morning on the FC Dallas Stadium field.

2. Shea Back or Not? ---Brek Shea missed Sunday’s loss with a case of turf toe that has been bothering him for the last few weeks. He didn’t train on Monday but could still be in Hyndman’s first 11 for Wednesday. However, for that to happen, the 6-foot-4 native Texan will most likely have to have gone through Tuesday’s practice with little or no issues. If Shea was to miss the Seattle game, he would have to be considered a near lock to return to the pitch on Saturday night against the Crew.

3. Who’s in for Blas Perez Up Top? ---Hyndman may or may not have a tough decision on his hands. It all depends on how one views the situation. Conventional wisdom says the Dallas gaffer sticks with veteran Scott Sealy here even though Sealy’s results haven’t been all that notable since he returned to full health. Hyndman rolling the dice with a youngster like Ruben Luna would be an interesting move, but is likely not one he’d be willing to make, especially in the wake of having two starters out on suspension.

4. Is Marcelin Ready for Prime Time? ---Newly signed Haitian midfielder James Marcelin made his FCD debut on Sunday night, playing the entire second half at holding midfield and did well enough to earn solid reviews from Hyndman. The ex-SMU coach admits Marcelin isn’t match fit, but what other choice does he have than to start him at d-mid with starter Daniel Hernandez serving a suspension for this game? Not much of a choice at all, does he?

5. How Much Will FCD Have in the Tank for This One? ---Forget the fact that Dallas has just under 72 hours between games. Sunday’s loss took a lot out of FCD in several ways but playing two men down for the final 56 or so minutes will do that. And now that Hyndman’s club will hit the pitch on Wednesday night minus two starters, this is clearly an uphill battle for them to get any kind of favorable result against a team that is playing some good football right now. Schellas labeled Sounders FC as a tenacious team that is like a shark when they smell blood in the water. If that doesn’t describe FCD right now, then it’s hard to say what does.

6. (Bonus) Who Starts for Ugo Ihemelu? ---The captain is out with concussion symptons, either Matt Hedges or Hernan Pertúz will take his place. Earlier this year Pertúz would have been the obvious choice, but of late Hedges has done well filling in. Best guess at this point is Pertúz... or it could be Hedges... wait...

Options are thin for FC Dallas at striker

May, 8, 2012
With Blas Perez suspended for Wednesday’s game with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman has a decision to make as far as who’s going to replace “Super Raton” in the first 11 at striker or does he?

On one hand, Hyndman could go with the proven, veteran commodity in Scott Sealy. Sure, the native of Trinidad and Tobago hasn’t done all that well since returning, but he is a veteran presence who has the benefit of a strong and successful track record behind him.

“He’s done OK,” Hyndman said of Sealy’s performance to date. “He didn’t have much of a preseason. He’s a fighter. He’s out there because we need him out there. If Brek Shea was healthy and so forth, Scott would be a great guy to bring off the bench and building his way into the first team. He’s just kind of been thrown out there and I don’t think he’s at his best whether it’s game sharpness, match fitness or whatever it might be, he’ll tell you the same but hey, I’m awfully glad he’s here.”

Then again, the FCD gaffer could go with young homegrown striker Ruben Luna, who has yet to see any time with the first team this year. Luna has been playing well of late for the Dallas reserve team, but has he done enough to earn a shot, much less a starting role, even if it is only for one game?

“Maybe, I don’t know if I need to see more [from Luna],” Hyndman said. “I think what happens now is what are our options?”

Practice observations: May the 4th be with you

May, 4, 2012

Your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them. - Obi-Wan Kenobi

It's been a while since I've done a practice observations, life can sometimes get in the way. But I was in town so I stopped by Frisco for Friday's session.

- Based on what I saw today I wouldn't think Brek Shea would play this weekend. FCD has shut him down as a precaution, today he just did some light jogging and walking. Shea has a turf tow injury he picked up in Vancouver. He did play on it in LA and technically he's a game time decision. Coach Schellas Hyndman seems to think Shea can go, but with three games in seven days they may not risk him for this one.

- If Shea is out Scott Sealy seems the most probably to start in his place with Jackson just back and Adnrew Wiedeman & Carlos Rodriguez both injured.

- New trialist... or really a new signing. James Marcelin a Hatian holding mid recently waived by Portland Timbers (to make room for Steven Smith). Marcelin is a big kid, looks athletic and rangy in training, his touch looks good. FCD has requested to claim him off waivers after he played in the FCD Reserve game this week. There is an order to the waiver process, so once he clears to FCD he will be added to the FCD roster. That should happen today. He's a replacement for Bobby Warshaw, although even without Warshaw being on injured reserve FCD does have an open space.

- Fernando Clavijo is down in Panama scouting players. FCD may look to bring someone into the club next window. They have some room, a mid tier number perhaps. A "big" move would require FCD clearing some cap... The latter is what I expect to happen this summer.

- Bryan Leyva was missing today, he called in sick. Yes, seriously.

- Carlos Rodriguez was outside jogging for the first time since he was injured. He looks to be way off a return to me, couple weeks to my non0doctor eye. Hyndman confirmed C-Rod is not close.

- Ricardo Villar is jogging and doing some ball work. Moved better than Shea I thought. Getting close on Villar return to training.

- Kevin Hartman is back to full training and Hydnman says he had a great week. Hyndman hasn't made a cal yet as to who will start.

- FCD ran shot training sessions all this week, the hope is it will help their recover time in the short window before their next game after playing Colorado this weekend.

Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 draw in MLS Reserve League action Tuesday evening at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park, Kansas City. With the draw, FC Dallas Reserves move into first place in MLS Reserve League standings.

Sporting KC rookie Dom Dwyer netted a goal in the 87th minute that negated a go-ahead strike from Ruben Luna in the 51st minute. Luna scored both of Dallas’ goals. His first came in the 39th minute on a pass from fellow FC Dallas Academy product Danny Garcia. Luna scored 10 goals to lead the MLS Reserve League in scoring last season.

Tuesday’s match began with Sporting Kansas City taking a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute after earning a corner kick. Soony Saad played the set piece short to Luke Sassano, who played a one-touch pass back to Saad. The Michigan native sent the ball into the mix, with Michael Thomas in prime position in front of FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to give Sporting Kansas City the 1-0 lead.

In the 39th minute, Luna capitalized on his chance at redemption as he received a heavily-weighted pass from FC Dallas Academy player Danny Garcia, who had just finished an aggressive run down the left sideline. Luna took a touch and buried his shot into the top of the Sporting Kansas City net despite Kempin getting a hand on the close-range attempt.

Starting the second half tied 1-1, it wasn’t long before Luna struck again. In the 51st minute, Luna combined with Scott Sealy and calmly finished to the near post. The goal marked Luna's sixth goal in his past two Reserve League matches against Sporting Kansas City after scoring four in the teams’ previous meeting in 2011.

In the 87th minute, it was Korede Aiyegbusi's run up the left sideline that led to the game's final goal. Aiyegbusi beat his defender to the endline before sending a cross to the middle of the area. Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City's first round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, beat Sanchez to the right side for the late equalizer and his second goal in the Reserve League this season.

With the draw, FC Dallas Reserves (3-1-1, 10 points) move into first place of the Central/Mountain Division and the MLS Reserve League overall standings. Sporting Kansas City (1-2-2) picked up its fifth point at the half-way point of the 10-game season. FC Dallas Reserves next match is set for Saturday, June 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The FC Dallas Reserves will face the Houston Dynamo Reserves at 6:30 p.m. CT. The match will follow the teams’ MLS match, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CT

Goals by Period 1 2 F
Sporting Kansas City (1-2-2) 1 1 2
FC Dallas (3-1-1) 1 1 2

Scoring Summary:
KC – Michael Thomas (Saad) 16
DAL – Ruben Luna (Danny Garcia) 39
DAL – Ruben Luna (Scott Sealy) 51
KC – Dom Dwyer (Korede Aiyegbusi) 87

Disciplinary Summary:
DAL – Alex Lee (Caution; Reckless Foul) 34
DAL – Moises Hernandez (Caution; Dissent) 92

FC Dallas Reserves – Richard Sanchez; Alex Lee, Matt Hedges, Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez; Jonathon Top (Bryan Leyva 85); Bobby Warshaw, James Marcelin* (Aaron Guillen** 69), Danny Garcia** (Michael Ambrose** 46), Scott Sealy, Ruben Luna.

Subs not used: Eduardo Cortez**

Sporting KC Reserves – Jon Kempin; Korede Aiyegbusi, Konrad Warzycha, Lawrence Olum, Kevin Ellis; Luke Sassano, Michael Thomas, Peterson Joseph (Leo Gibson*66); Jacob Peterson (Kyle Miller* 66), Soony Saad (David Leichty**), Dom Dwyer (Teal Bunbury 88).

Subs not used: Jacole Turner**, Erik Palmer-Brown**

*Guest trialist
**Juniors Academy player

Who will start in Perez's place up top tonight?

April, 25, 2012
With FC Dallas forward Blas Perez out for tonight’s game with Real Salt Lake due to a one-game suspension he received for an elbow thrown in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Vancouver, the big question is who will head coach Schellas Hyndman decide to start in his place?

Here are several possibilities:

Fabian Castillo

One scenario that could play out sees Castillo moving from a flank midfield role to forward. Of course, were Hyndman to employ this scenario, it would require other moves. If Castillo were to move up, then it looks like Carlos Rodriguez could fill in at left mid. With Jair Benitez now over left knee tendonitis and available for selection, it’s likely he returns to the first 11 at left back tonight, especially since Hyndman was concerned about the lack of getting forward when he had Rodriguez and Pertuz, two guys not considered attacking players, manning the left side, meaning FCD was basically attacking from only the right and middle.

Likelihood: Very Possible

Ruben Luna

Some are clamoring to see homegrown striker Ruben Luna get a start, but it was just last week that Hyndman said he wanted to see the guy who led the Reserve League with 10 goals in 2011 deliver better results in reserve games. He has played better lately, but is it enough? Here is what the gaffer had to say about Luna last week:

“Ruben’s a player that has kind of been off and on. I think he’s a player that came in and got an injury in preseason. Because we’ve been working so hard, he’s been trying to catch up. I think for him to get on the field and be of help to us, he’s got to be a little bit more productive in reserve games. So we’ve been watching him very closely. All players, especially young players, have peaks and dips. Right now I think he’s working his way back up to develop self-confidence.”

Likelihood: Remote

Scott Sealy

Besides the Castillo scenario, seeing Scott Sealy make his first start for FCD appears to be the most likely of choices for Hyndman. The Dallas gaffer loves the experience and savvy that the striker from Trinidad and Tobago brings up top and now that Sealy is healthy, how better to get an accurate read of how he can contribute to this thing than in a game where Perez is unavailable?

Hyndman had the following to say about Sealy, who made his FCD debut as a second-half sub against Vancouver, earlier in the week:

“It’s good to see him there. He brings a lot of experience in the league and he’s awfully fit. He works extremely hard. He’s a player that can deal with the physical play from the league and I thought he did fine.”

Likelihood: Very Possible

Brek Shea

Others think one possibility is moving Brek Shea from his customary flank midfielder role to forward. But anyone who knows Hyndman at all and how he thinks realizes this scenario might result in too many moving parts when it comes to making out the first 11, something the FCD gaffer isn’t a big fan of. Had Jackson already arrived in Frisco and were the versatile Brazilian available for tonight’s game, then this could be more of a realistic possibility. But were Shea to move up, Hyndman could very well go with Rodriguez and Castillo as his flank midfielders, but think the gaffer’s pretty happy with where he’s had Shea for the last few seasons and it’s unlikely he’d move him even if it were for one game.

Likelihood: Remote

Jonathan Top

If there is a wildcard in all this talk about who will fill in for Super Raton, it could be Jonathan Top. He has been tearing it up in the reserve league so far this year and was on Hyndman’s 18-man gameday roster for the Vancouver game, but is he ready to start with the first team? Some might be quick to say that the Dallas gaffer has never been one to throw young players in there to see what they had, but that argument is quickly diffused when mentioning the time Bryan Leyva saw with the first team earlier this season. Top would be an intriguing possibility and while it wouldn’t be a shock to see Hyndman start him, the more likely scenario sees him on the bench for the Salt Lake game, possibly as Hyndman’s primary option should he need to see something different up top in the second half.

Likelihood: Moderate yet Intriguing

Blas Perez's impact on new teammates has been immeasurable

April, 25, 2012
Where exactly would FC Dallas be right now without Blas Perez? That’s a scenario FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman and his entire roster would rather not envision. That’s because not only has the veteran forward known as “Super Raton” been every bit as good as advertised, if not even better, as he current leads Dallas with three goals and three assists, but his impact in the locker room has been equally huge.

One player in particular he has had a huge impact on is 19-year-old Colombian forward/midfielder Fabian Castillo. “He’s a really smart player that makes a difference in everything he does. He moves differently. I haven’t scored a goal but I’m learning the different moves he makes on the field,” Castillo said. “So I’m just going to keep learning his moves and it’s going to benefit me in the future.”

Fellow striker Scott Sealy has plenty of MLS experience and has played alongside his fair share of quality forwards, but even he admits there is one thing in particular about Perez that has especially impressed him during their short time as teammates with FCD.

“I think for me the most impressive thing is his work rate. He works very hard when he doesn’t have the ball and it’s infectious. Other guys see it and they feed off of it. It’s something that lifts the team. The game against Montreal where he was able to score that goal, that was really the point that the game turned and the energy started to flow. His work rate for me is the biggest thing. Everyone can see his qualities as a striker in terms of the finishing and stuff like that but it’s the stuff that people don’t expect a striker to do, those are the things that he does pretty well and I think it’s helped the team a lot,” Sealy said.

And while it might sound cliché, the veteran forward from Trinidad and Tobago has no doubt that the Panamanian-born forward is one of those rare players who possesses that unique ability to make every player around him even better.

“I think on a team where your forward is one of your hardest-working guys, it makes everyone else try to give that extra effort,” Sealy said. “I think the games we’ve won and done very well in are the ones he’s kind of led from the front and everyone else followed.”
The FC Dallas Reserves left Sandy’s America First Field wet and cold, but with three points in tow courtesy of a comprehensive 3-0 victory over their Real Salt Lake Reserves counterparts on Tuesday. With the win, the FC Dallas Reserves move to 3-1-0, their nine points good for a share of the Central/Mountain Division lead alongside the Houston Dynamo, while the RSL Reserves’ third straight defeat dropped the Utah side to a disappointing 0-4-1 halfway through their 2012 MLS Reserve League calendar.

Rainy conditions in the first half made for some slippery footing, hearty challenges and tense moments, culminating with a 34th minute altercation that followed Dallas forward Ruben Luna’s sliding challenge into RSL goalkeeper Kyle Reynish, which resulted in a yellow card shown to the Dallas attacker. Luna would help move the scoreboard shortly thereafter in the 41st minute, his lobbed ball across the six finding midfielder Jonathan Top, who slammed a side-volley past Reynish and inside the bottom left corner to put the visitors up 1-0.

The FC Dallas Reserves doubled the advantage shortly after halftime off a penalty kick opportunity, created in the 49th minute when RSL defender Chris Schuler clipped Luna inside the box. Midfielder Bruno Guarda would earn a caution for dissent shortly after the foul, but he was composed enough to bury the spot kick low and inside the right post seconds later to put Dallas up 2-0. Five minutes later the visitors tacked on a third, as defender Mike Ambrose swung a ball in from the left wing to on-rushing striker Scott Sealy, who placed his re-directed header off the right post and in.

Tensions once again rose to the forefront in the 80th minute, when RSL Reserves forward Paulo Junior was shown a red card for a reckless challenge in the center circle against Top, followed shortly thereafter by Guarda’s ejection for making contact with the referee in the ensuing scrum. The Claret-and-Cobalt’s best chances of the day came in the 88th minute from midfielder Jordan Allen, but the RSL-Arizona Academy product saw both of his shots from within 10 yards blocked by a scrambling Richard Sanchez, who entered the match at goalkeeper at the halftime break and combined with starter Chris Seitz for the shutout.

The FC Dallas Reserves will resume play with a road challenge against Sporting Kansas City Reserves (1-1-1) at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Tuesday, May 1 (7:30 p.m. CT).

MLS Reserve League Box Score

Real Salt Lake Reserves 0 : 3 FC Dallas Reserves

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

America First Field Sandy, UT

Scoring Summary:
FCD – Jonathan Top (Ruben Luna) 41
FCD – Bruno Guarda (penalty kick) 49
FCD – Scott Sealy (Mike Ambrose) 54

Disciplinary Summary:
FCD – Ruben Luna (caution, Reckless Tackle) 34
FCD – Bruno Guarda (caution, Dissent) 49
FCD – Bruno Guarda (ejection, Unsporting Behavior) 80
RSL – Paulo Jr. (ejection, Reckless Foul) 80

Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-4-2): Kyle Reynish (c) (Lalo Fernandez 67); Terukazu Tanaka, Leone Cruz, Chris Schuler, Chris Estridge (Carlos Salcedo** 75); Yordany Alvarez, Enzo Martinez (Jordan Allen** 60), Jonny Steele, Sebastian Velasquez; Paulo Junior, Emiliano Bonfigli

Substitutes Not Used: Taylor Bowlin*, Luis Gil

FC Dallas Reserves (4-4-2): Chris Seitz (c) (Richard Sanchez 45); Alex Lee, Matt Hedges (Aaron Guillen** 88), Mark Barone*, Moises Hernandez; Jonathan Top (Flavio Guzman** 81), Bruno Guarda, Victor Ulloa, Michael Ambrose; Scott Sealy (David Robledo** 60), Ruben Luna

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Leyva
*Guest player
**RSL-Arizona/FC Dallas Academy player

Referee: Alex Krelo
Referee Assistants: Hamed Sadeghi, Alan Jimenez
4th Official: Brad Jensen

George John, Scott Sealy solid in return

April, 13, 2012
Even though David Ferreira, Ricardo Villar and Andrew Wiedeman remain out for FC Dallas with injuries, there were two bits of favorable news on the injury front this week as both George John and Scott Sealy returned to training.

John had missed the first few days of this week’s practice while going through league concussion protocols after he took a ball to the face in last Thursday’s win over the Revolution while Sealy has been out since preseason with a hamstring issue.

FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman elaborated on how both of them have looked in their first few days back on the practice field.

George John

Hyndman: Yeah, George, very good. I think as far as the health issue, the reason I say very good is he was out all preseason with us, so we’ve been working him a little bit hard. The common exercises that we do with our players are so different than what he’s been doing at West Ham for two months. Starting him, we’re starting to see some of the rustiness come out, so it’s good to see some of the confidence on the ball, the possession. He’s quickly getting back on track.

Scott Sealy

Hyndman: Very well, obviously this is going to be a timing thing for two weeks. I think he’s been out for four solid weeks. Just prior to that, he was out for four weeks after he had hurt himself. He’s looking good in training the last three days. We’ve been pushing him pretty hard. No issues. I talked to him. He says he’s fine, but he thought it was better not to come back until he was completely there and that paid off.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman offered updates on several injured players after almost a two-hour training session on Tuesday morning. Here’s what he had to say:


What is the latest on George, who was working on the side during training on Tuesday?

Hyndman: George I think has done his testing. Anytime you are dealing with concussion, head injuries, you’re always going to waver to the side of safety and we’re doing that. He did some running yesterday, some training yesterday and some basic heading yesterday, so those were real encouraging. Today I think he went to whatever doctor it is to get a follow-up and then more testing there. I see him down there now training and seems to be OK so hopefully he’ll be fine for this weekend.


Is he close to returning to training?

Hyndman: Good question, I think the reports I’ve gotten from the trainer is he could be out there training with us as early as tomorrow.


Talk about the nature of his injury

Hyndman: Ricardo, he ended up with mid-foot sprain. What ended up happening when he was taken down, he came down and then Shalrie Joseph’s body came back on top of it [his foot] and twisted it in the ground, so it was a mid-foot sprain.

Did the foul by Shalrie Joseph that led to the injury look worse than it actually was since you had a good view of it as it happened right in front of you?

Hyndman: I think if you look at it, it was really an intent to stop a player from going anywhere because he came from behind and took the leg down. Was there intent to hurt him? No, and it probably would have been just a rolled ankle or something just on that alone because his body kept on going because once he took him down, he went straight down and his body fell on top of him. It definitely was not an intent. Injuries like that, now he’s out and the other guy has a yellow card. It doesn’t seem fair.

What is the timeframe for Villar’s return at this time?

Hyndman: We’ll take it week-by-week but it’s really a backwards step for the team because he’s such an important player for us and he was really getting into his own groove. He’d scored two goals. He’s an important player. Every team has their injuries. We just want to get him back as soon as we can.


Did this injury pop up during preseason or has it been lingering with him for some time?

Hyndman: It lingered at the end of last year. We were a little bit conservative with it and just kept on working with him. He came back for preseason and you know how preseason is. You’re doing two-a-days and you’re going pretty hard and he started feeling a little bit of a pull. I think at first we had diagnosed it as more of a hip flexor and then it turned into OK, it’s not really that hip flexor. Maybe it’s more of an abdominal, hernia, sports hernia, whatever. So we got that taken care of because he was just getting to the point he was working hard out here but you could see his lost his explosion and all those quick things he used to do. We knew he wasn’t going to be out on the field. We’re looking at probably four to six weeks on him.

Is it similar to the injury Dax McCarty had in 2010, which was originally thought to be a hip flexor only to later be deemed as a sports hernia which needed surgery?

Hyndman: Yeah, I think it’s probably similar to that.

Luis Perea situation just didn't work out

April, 5, 2012
Most observers were caught off guard by Wednesday’s announcement that FC Dallas had agreed to a mutual parting of the ways with forward Luis Perea. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman was asked about the situation after a closed practice Wednesday on the FC Dallas Stadium field, and here’s what he had to say:

“Luis Perea came in and he was a player we were looking for special things from and it didn’t take us very long to find that it wasn’t a very good fit for us,” Hyndman said. “Now through mutual consent with Perea and FC Dallas, we felt like the best thing for both parties was to terminate the contract.”

And it wasn’t like FCD didn’t try to make this thing work with Perea.

“We tried to work with him, counsel him, do some of the things we needed done and he tried but I think at some point in time we just both mutually agreed that this wasn’t the best place for him,” Hyndman said.

Maybe we should have all seen this coming. After all, the matter-of-fact gaffer said several weeks back when asked about Perea that he was already having fitness issues and that he was concerned about how quickly he’d be able to adjust to MLS.

Hyndman also brought into question his newest striker’s work ethic, which is never a good thing for a player new to an organization to hear from his head coach. So, maybe Perea came here with the intention of killing some time until a better opportunity opened up or maybe it was something else but we may never know the truth.

Perhaps, it’s better to cut him loose and find another forward because they are definitely out there. With the beating Blas Perez has been taking thus far in his MLS career and the fact that it looks like FCD has little faith in young striker Ruben Luna at the current time, combined with the fact that preseason addition Scott Sealy can’t make his way back from injury, adding some more depth up top is now definitely at the top of Dallas’ list of priorities right now.

That and adding some more depth in the midfield.

Ex-Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo was brought in as Dallas’ new technical director for a reason. Now it’s time for him to work his magic.

Fabian Castillo out for DC Game, Ricardo Villar Returns to Practice

March, 29, 2012
It was a day of mixed news from FC Dallas’ final practice before hopping a flight to the nation’s capital in advance of tomorrow night’s match with DC United at RFK Stadium. On the positive news front, FCD saw both Carlos Rodriguez and Ricardo Villar return to training and it looks like both will be in the first 11 against the Black-and-Red. Thursday also marked the second practice for flank midfielder Brek Shea after returning from Olympic qualifying earlier in the week.

Villar went through the full yet abbreviated session at the No. 10 spot and did so with no issue. “We got him padded up a little bit to protect the ribs but he’s a very, very important player for us, so we wanted to make sure that we got him back out there still capable of doing what we hope he can do,” Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. “Whether he starts or whether he goes the full game, that’ll all be determined closer to game time.”

The FCD gaffer also offered a quick appraisal of how he thought Rodriguez did in his first session back with the club. “A little bit tired, the same thing with Brek, still trying to get, probably, over the emotional disappointments plus the fatigue, the flying, all that kind of stuff,” Hyndman said.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, one player who did not practice was speedy Colombian Fabian Castillo, who spent the entire session on the sideline with his left knee wrapped. After an encouraging practice on Wednesday, he was not able to go this morning and has been ruled out for Friday.

“Yeah, it is precautionary. He’s not traveling,” Hyndman said.

Center back George John participated in part of the session before having to take himself out due to an injury of his own, one that sounds all too familiar.

“Yeah, there’s a bit of a strained hamstring from yesterday. So, we’ll be making final decision on him [about if he travels or not],” Hyndman said. “At the same time, this may give Matt Hedges a great opportunity to get on the field.”

Forward Scott Sealy also continues to work on the side, but there isn’t a timeframe as to when he might be able to return for Dallas.

“Scott’s really frustrated and disappointed. He went through the whole preseason with two-a-days and not a beep of a problem,” Hyndman said. “And then as soon as we go to Orlando, it must have been that flight coming in from San Jose to Orlando. He got out there in training and tweaked a hamstring. Now it’s tweaking again, so it’s really been frustrating for him and for us because especially in the last few weeks, we’ve really needed some extra help. But I think what we’re going to do is sometimes a player accelerates and they pull a hamstring. Him it’s been more the deceleration, trying to slow down and all of a sudden, the hamstring is unable. So we’ve got to be really careful how we do our rehab to see if we can get him back.”

And 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira went to his first doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and is now scheduled for another visit as FCD tries to figure out exactly why the Colombian playmaker’s recovery from an Achilles injury suffered during preseason has come to a screeching halt.

“He had a doctor appointment yesterday and I think it went well. We’re doing another doctor appointment because we wanted to have another opportunity to see another doctor as well,” Hyndman said.
One of the burning questions on the mind of every FC Dallas fan is when 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira will return to the pitch for his first game since breaking his ankle last April? Supporters probably also wonder when fellow Colombian Fabian Castillo, who suffered a knee contusion in last weekend’s 2-1 win over New York, an injury that forced him to miss a 1-1 draw with Portland on Saturday, will return.

Ferreira continues to experience pain after suffering an foot injury during the final week of preseason training in Florida and it doesn't sound good for him to be back for Sunday’s first road match of the year at Sporting Kansas City.

“With David it’s kind of a day-to-day. He still has pain in his movements,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “It seems to be more of a bone bruise from what I’m understanding and with bone bruises, you’ve got to wait for it to heal and the more you push it, the more the bone bruise lingers on.”

And the news is somewhat nebulous when it comes to the status of Castillo and striker Scott Sealy, who was signed during preseason and has been bothered by a knee issue.

“Castillo I haven’t gotten a report on yet this week but I know both he and David and Scott Sealy were all out of training today. They were all doing extra things on the side to recover from their injuries,” Hyndman said.

None of the three traveled with the FCD reserves for Tuesday’s match with the Colorado Rapids reserves.

Monday Morning Gaffer: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

March, 18, 2012
FC Dallas went into this game missing a bunch of pieces, David Ferreira still hurt, Break Shea out with the U23s, and Fabian Castillo banged up. George John still hasn’t regained his starting spot but that may be close to happening now.

It was a good result for us considering we were without three of our most important attacking phase players: Fabian Castillo, Brek Shea and David Ferreira. I was really pleased with the effort the boys put in. I was very happy we fought all the way to the last second. – FCD Head Coach Schellas Hyndman

El Bueno (The Good)

I don’t think you can under sell what a big addition Blas Perez has been. He’s exactly the kind of high striker FCD has needed. Ability to hold the ball, positioning in the box, laying the ball off to attacking midfielders, defense form the front… everything FCD needed.

Zach Loyd has been terrific this year and continues his great form in this game. He’s amazingly fit and is getting down the field even late in games.

I like what I’m seeing from Ricardo Villar in the David Ferreira spot. Villar is linking play well, getting into good spots in the final third, holding for transition, and earning fouls in dangerous spots. I’m beginning to think he might make a good linking mid when Ferreira comes back, giving Jacobson a challenge.

I felt we started off well, thought the first 20-25 minutes we did a lot of things right. Ricardo was getting a lot of touches on the ball. - Hyndman

El Camino Central (Middle of the Road)

Fantastic for Leyva to get his first start, I thought he was solid, even getting in on the goal. Leyva’s sub was about the dangerous crosses and getting a defender into the game, you can see Hyndman say that to him and gesture to the defensive end. Still, that has to be a gutting blow to the kid, I was afraid for a second he might tear up.

He’s a Homegrown player. He has been with us three years and this is the first time he played any minutes. We all felt like he did a very good job, but we may not be able to dodge that bullet if we did not get George John on the field. - Hyndman

Andrew Jacobson for me was a bit hit or miss in this one. He had some solid play defensively, helping clog the midfield, but didn’t add a lot going forward. I’d like to see more box penetration and long range shooting from him.

2 games, 2 starts for Daniel Hernandez... I know the season is young but if he starts all 34 games FCD is going to have a big problem.

No Tan Bueno (not so good)

I’ve long admitted to not being a fan of Jair Benitez’s game, he takes to many risks for me and relays on his pace to recover. As he ages, and he’s not young at 33, that strategy won’t work as his pace diminishes. His form this year isn’t great and I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end. He’s been outplayed in back to back games by both Carlos Rodriguez and Hernan Pertuz was subbed in the first game and shifted to midfield in this one. It won’t shock me to see George John back in the starting lineup with Pertuz wid lefte in the next game.

The fact FCD played the 2nd half with two outside backs at wide midfield (Jair Benitez and Carlos Rodriguez) clearly demonstrates a roster problem. There simply isn’t enough wide mids on the roster. Shea is missing, Castillo hurt, Scott Sealy, who can play there, is banged up… SH clearly has no faith in Andrew Wiedeman. That’s how you end up with Bryan Leyva, who is traditionally more a central player, out wide in the first half and two defenders in the 2nd. FCD needs to find at least one more wide mid Hyndman can actually feel good about putting in a game. Someone like Eric Alexander maybe… oops.

I just think we are very thin right now. I didn’t want to put a player late in the game and have him try and get into the rhythm of the game. That is why we only used one substitution. - Hyndman

FC Dallas hosts Portland on Saturday night

March, 16, 2012
The Portland Timbers getting 2012 off to a strong start at home didn't come as a surprise.

Finding success on the road would be a welcome change.

Portland opens its road schedule Saturday night when it visits FC Dallas for the first time since being handed its heaviest defeat in MLS.

The Timbers (1-0-0) scored three unanswered goals to rally for a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Monday, opening the year with a strong effort at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field, where they went 9-5-3 last year as an expansion club.

Success away from their raucous home was fleeting in 2011, as they posted a 2-9-6 record that was a major reason they finished four points out of a playoff spot.

That discrepancy was clear in Portland's two meetings with Dallas (1-0-0), a 3-2 home win April 17 and a 4-0 road loss June 25 that was its most lopsided defeat of the season.

"We've got to play well on the road," coach John Spencer told the team's official website. "I think we're a little bit more mature this year, hopefully, and I'd like to see us go down to Dallas and put on a similar type of performance."

After a stop in Dallas, the Timbers visit New England next Saturday.

Continued production from Kris Boyd may be just what Portland needs to find that road success. The star forward scored the winner against the Union, heading in a cross from Kalif Alhassan in his Timbers debut.

He's expected to be a force up top, having finished his career in his native Scotland as the Premier League's all-time leading scorer with 164 goals with Kilmarnock and Glasgow Rangers.

A newcomer also has Dallas looking to build on an impressive start, as Blas Perez assisted on goals by Zach Loyd and Ricardo Villar in a 2-1 victory over New York on Sunday.

The Costa Rican forward will be relied upon again since Dallas is dealing with the extended absence of star midfielder Brek Shea, who is with the United States Under-23 team as it prepares for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament later this month.

Shea had a goal in each of the two meetings with Portland last season.

Fabian Castillo's status is also unclear after the forward exited in the first half Sunday with a knee injury.

"He got a pretty good hit on the inside of his knee. My first thoughts are a knee contusion or maybe a strained ligament," Hyndman told the team's official website. "He's a very good young player. As he continues to mature, he'll make better decisions."

Dallas made three signings this week, inking forwards Luis Perea and Scott Sealy and defender Alex Lee, a supplemental draft pick out of Maryland.

Perea is expected to have a more prominent role than Sealy -- a journeyman -- and Lee.

The son of former Colombian national team defender Luis Carlos Perea, Perea was most recently with Peru's Universidad San Martin de Porres before the club folded earlier this month.

His most successful spell came in 2010, when he had 22 goals in 36 games for Leon de Huanuco in the Peruvian Primera Division.