FRISCO – Kyle Zobeck’s phone has finally stopped ringing.
The rookie’s phone was in use all day Tuesday and Wednesday after FC Dallas officially announced his signing.
“All of my former teammates got in contact with me,” Zobeck said, who played goalkeeper at Valparaiso University. “My family, former coaches. The support came from every direction.”
Zobeck’s signing is notable for several reasons.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 Supplemental Draft, bucking the odds by earning a contact with the club.
He’s also the fourth goalkeeper on FC Dallas’ roster – joining Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz and Richard Sanchez – a situation head coach Schellas Hyndman admits is extremely uncommon.
“Let’s say Raul is our No. 1. He’s gone for the [World Cup] qualification games. That puts Chris at No. 2. Who is No. 3? Richard? He’s going to be gone a lot too,” Hyndman said.
Hyndman said FCD was impressed by Zobeck when he worked out for the coaches prior to this year’s SuperDraft and FCD wound up picking him based on those training sessions.
Zobeck continued to impress during the early weeks of preseason and when FCD was in Cancun. It was there Hyndman decided he wanted to sign Zobeck.
"The more and more pressure we put on him the more he did well,” Hyndman said. “We knew we had to pick up another keeper and we thought Kyle could do good enough and continue to develop for us to be that player."
FRISCO – Raul Fernandez did fine in his MLS debut according to head coach Schellas Hyndman, but there’s room for improvement.
The Peruvian national got the nod over Chris Seitz in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colorado.
“I thought he had a good first game,” Hyndman said. “He gets a little bit nervous at times.”
The Rapids had 13 attempts on goal, with three shots on target.
The most frantic part of the match for Fernandez and the FC Dallas defense was the final ten minutes as Colorado was on the attack looking for an equalizer.
Hyndman said coaches will continue to work on decision making with Fernandez, improving his English-language skills and get as much work in as possible with the defense.
“He didn’t get a chance to play a lot in France, didn’t get a lot of games. That’s just rustiness,” Hyndman said. “We train him with a lot of numbers around so he has a back four to play in front of.”
Hyndman liked what Fernandez did in some 1-on-1 situations and liked the confidence the ‘keeper showed when he had traffic in front of him.
The coach acknowledged Fernandez had big shoes to fill with the departure of Kevin Hartman over the off-season, but said it’s tough to beat the bottom line result from Saturday.
“How can you fault a guy who got you a shutout?” Hyndman said.
FRISCO – The tape always tells the truth.
That’s what head coach Schellas Hyndman said at the beginning of a discussion about Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Colorado with reporters after Monday training.
Hyndman was specifically discussing the play of midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, the surprise pick to start in the midfield with Andrew Jacobson. Bobby Warshaw and Jacobson had paired up in the final two preseason matches.
Hyndman said after looking at the game tape that Watson began Saturday’s match “a little inconsistent” but as the game went on he started to win more balls and was more effective.
Hyndman said he chose Watson over Warshaw because of experience. Watson had 24 MLS starts before Saturday’s match compared to Warshaw’s six. Hyndman also likes Watson’s international experience with the Jamaican National Team.
“The other thing that I thought was I needed more athleticism there and more quickness since [Colorado] would have three [midfielders] in the center,” Hyndman said.
Warshaw was eventually subbed in on Saturday in the 79th minute for Fabian Castillo.
Hyndman says nothing is set in stone when it comes to the midfield. He said players battling for starting spots can benefit the team, a process that will continue for Jacobson, Watson and Warshaw.
“I think the three of those players will get an opportunity to continue to compete,” Hyndman said.
MLSSoccer.com's Inside the SuperDraft video series continues with Episode 5 featuring draft day in Indianapolis. FC Dallas pick Walker Zimmerman is featured and his part begins at the 2:20 mark. The video includes Zimmerman meeting club officials after he is selected.
We have received interest from a number of European clubs regarding Brek Shea. Brek is traveling there this evening and as a result, he will not be in attendance at training tomorrow. Currently, there is no deal in place with any club and we have no further details at this time.
The third installment of MLSSoccer.com's Inside the SuperDraft video series is out and features FC Dallas pick Walker Zimmerman. His part begins around the 4:00 mark of the video and includes an interview he did with another MLS club at the draft site in Indianapolis.
CHICAGO – U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called 20 players for a week-long training camp from Jan. 14-22 in Puebla, Mexico.
During the camp, the U.S. will face Panama twice in closed-door matches on Saturday, Jan. 19, and on Monday, Jan. 21.
Puebla is the site of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which the team will be competing Feb. 18-March 3. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region and will determine the four regional berths to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
At the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the U.S. will face Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A, while Canada, Nicaragua and Cuba make up Group B. Group C is comprised of Jamaica, Panama and Puerto Rico, while Mexico, El Salvador and Curaçao make up Group D.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Mikey Ambrose (Maryland; Frisco, Texas), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Unattached; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Daniel Metzger (Maryland; Holmdel, N.J.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Darius Madison (Virginia; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
Each year The Dallas Morning News' Editorial Board selects a Texan of the Year. When the winner is revealed, the paper also prints a list of nominations from its readers of people they thought were worthy of the honor for that year.
A DMN reader nominated FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz for his in-season bone marrow donation. The DMN published the letter nominating Seitz in its most recent Sunday editions and is pictured above. It reads:
"I nominate Chris Seitz. Chris is a goalkeeper for the FC Dallas soccer club and donated bone marrow to save a stranger's life. He made the decision to do this in September, even though he would miss the rest of the soccer season and without the guarantee of a contract for next season. In this age of professional athletes with huge egos and salaries to match, it takes a very special person to do what Chris has done."
On a warm September afternoon, George John kicked back in a downtown Dallas studio with the latest issue of People Magazine and waited for his turn with hair and makeup. Meanwhile, Fabian Castillo struck a pose in a nearby mirror and Jonathan Top checked the fit on his handmade Italian suit. Zach Loyd, dressed in a Canali suit and Ermenegildo Zenga shirt and coat, demonstrated a few juggling tricks while he waited for his teammates to join him on the set of their latest gig.
The four FC Dallas players should have looked out of place in the photographer’s studio, but they each transitioned from athlete to model with ease. With multiple looks already pulled for each of them and a little assistance from the shoot’s directors, the foursome showed off both office and weekend wear from some of today’s top men’s designers. The photos were recently published in Pockets’ 2012 Holiday magazine, available in store at Pockets Menswear in Highland Park Village. The magazine features a six-page center spread of the players, as well as individual shots on additional pages. Whether it’s to pick up a copy of the magazine, or to do a little holiday shopping, it’s worth a trip to Highland Park Village this holiday season.
You can check out the six-page spread below, but you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine from Pockets to see all the additional photos.
You can also check out a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the September shoot on our Facebook page here.