FC Dallas is on its way home Monday afternoon from Cancun after winning all three preseason matches against Mexican teams. The following are photos from the final training sessions of FC Dallas' weeklong stay in the sunny resort town.
FRISCO – FC Dallas will have its first scrimmage of the 2013 preseason this Saturday at 10 a.m. against the University of Memphis.
Head coach Schellas Hyndman said the club always gets requests from college programs to scrimmage, and FCD was able to work out a time to play Memphis this weekend.
“Memphis has been one of those teams that have worked hard with us in the past,” Hyndman said after training on Monday.
FC Dallas defeated Memphis 6-0 in a 2012 preseason scrimmage.
Hyndman said he looks forward to seeing FCD playing 11 vs 11 after two weeks of training sessions.
Hyndman currently plans to play an approximate Starting XI in the first half and get time for remaining players in the second half.
Fans are welcome to watch the scrimmage for free. It will be on the adidas Field and fans will be able to watch from outside the field fence.
FC Dallas will take on a familiar opponent in their third and final group match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic this evening. Dallas faced off against Toronto four times last season between the MLS regular season and the CCL group stage - twice in Frisco and twice at BMO Field.
FC Dallas won each of the first three matches by a score of 1-0, but FCD fans will remember the fourth meeting all too well. Toronto came down to Texas and handed Dallas a 3-0 loss that put TFC through to the quarterfinal stage of the 2011-12 CCL and eliminated FCD from the tournament.
Tonight will be the first meeting since that match, and once again, advancement is at stake. The winner of tonight's match advances to the final to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. In the event of a draw, FCD would still advance to the tournament championship on goal differential.
The match kicks off at 5 p.m. CT and will be streamed on MLSsoccer.com's live Channel 2. Or, you could make your way down to Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station where they'll be having a watching party in conjunction with the release of the 2012 FC Dallas kit. It'll be your first chance to buy the new kit, and what better way to break it in than cheering FCD on to the Disney Pro Soccer Classic final for the second straight year?
We all know how important it is to stay cool during training, as Bruno Guarda displays to the right. But it looks like Ricardo Villar (below) might've taken cooling off a little too far at a recent training session. Click the picture of Ricardo to see a full Facebook photo gallery of the team's trip to Cancun.