Invited season ticket holders showed up in force for Saturday's Meet the Team event. It was a great chance for those fans to get autographs and pictures with this year's team. Brek Shea and Blas Perez were, not surprisingly, popular with the fans.
FC Dallas and U.S. Men’s National team midfielder Brek Shea is giving away one of his original paintings and his autographed game-worn boots from First Kick on March 11.
The winner must be present at the March 11th game vs. Red Bull New York here at FC Dallas Stadium where the winner will be announced at halftime. Shea will meet the prize winner in the WinStar River Club following the match to hand over the artwork and his boots.
Shea is running the contest through his Left Foot Studio website and to be eligible fans to follow him and the studio on Twitter to enter. The official entry form is here. Contest entrants will also receive a special ticket offer to opening day.
FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman discussed the status of David Ferreira in a story for Soccer America.
“He’ll see a foot-ankle specialist on Wednesday and we’re hoping that helps him," said Hyndman of the 2010 league MVP who played just six games before Jonathan Leathers crunched him with a tackle. “One of the problems he’s running into is the mind; he’s still worried about how strong he is, or if he’ll be reinjured, or is he at his best. These are things you don’t know how good you are or how much you’ve recovered until somebody kicks you and you go, ‘That wasn’t so bad.’ But right now he’s not prepared to get kicked. We hope he’ll walk out of that appointment Wednesday feeling positive about himself and ready to go. Right now he’s going through training sessions but he’s not been in full-contact yet.”
Ex-FC Dallas player and current Portland Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander threw down the most unlikely of challenges in a video posted on the Timbers' website. He wants to play FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and some FCD teammates in Halo. We're still trying to decide if this is funny or just odd.
The folks at MLSSoccer.com are counting down to the start of the season with a daily feature. FC Dallas' goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is featured first.
Hartman is the league’s all-time leader in victories (171), clean sheets (106) and saves (1,376). More recently, he has also been the leader of one of MLS’ stingiest defenses in Dallas during the past two seasons.
More relevant to the Countdown, Hartman has accumulated 30 career starts against the New York franchise that began as the MetroStars before claiming the Red Bulls moniker that they boast today.
Ex-FC Dallas & newly acquired New York Red Bulls player Kenny Cooper got to catch up with Brek Shea before Tuesday's scrimmage in Cancun.
Zach Loyd is up to something. What it is, we're not exactly sure. But he's resorted to hanging his practice gear out his hotel room window in Mexico. And he's scared to run into FCD's equipment manager. Someone forgot to drop off their gear for laundry, maybe?
Newly signed player Carlos Rodriguez trained with FC Dallas for the first time today in Mexico. This photo comes from our own Jason Minnick, who is with the team during their trip. FCD had one training session this morning and face Playa del Carmen tonight in a scrimmage.
FC Dallas players arrived at their hotel last night in Cancun and Blas Pérez decided he wanted a group picture with some teammates. Notice newly signed Carlos Rodriguez to Blas' left. The lounge chair Blas is in certainly looks comfortable...