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Kevin Hartman hopes to provide leadership during playoff hunt

25 September 3:51 pm

Kevin Hartman hopes to provide leadership during playoff hunt

FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman isn’t a stranger to playoff races.

The 16-year-veteran said he’s been a part of some battles and the key is not letting pressure get the best of a team.

“There’s a lot of pressure this time of year. It’s not one team, it’s every team,” Hartman said. “You look at the emotion the players speak with before the games, after the games, you see how much is riding on it.”

Yes, FC Dallas needs to keep winning to get the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the pressure, according to some soccer pundits, is seemingly on the team FCD is chasing – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who haven’t won a match since August 11.

FC Dallas is just two points behind Vancouver with four matches remaining for both clubs.

Coach Schellas Hyndman says FCD is in a good place mentally right now.

“You can see the team is in a unified group right now,” Hyndman said.

That’s key, according to Hartman, who says he hopes he can provide some type of veteran leadership to some of the younger players during this stretch run.

“You hopefully relay that it’s important, to take it serious because you never know how many of these you’re going to get,” Hartman said. “I also think that you don’t want to put any undue burden on them.”