Jonah Freedman at MLSSoccer.com examined the growing number of Panamanians entering MLS. Of course, FC Dallas was prominently mentioned:
Blas Pérez and Carlos Rodríguez have joined FC Dallas, while Gabriel Gómez is with Philadelphia. All three are veterans of that Gold Cup squad, and this season will mark the most Panamanians in the league at one time in league history.
But that windfall many expected? It hasn’t happened yet. Even with the new trio, that makes the historical total to seven – which, among Central American nations, ranks Panama ahead of only Nicaragua and Belize in producing MLS players.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman tells MLSsoccer.com that he has a handful of Panamanians on his Discovery List – which is how FCD landed Pérez, Rodríguez and nearly Gómez, too. He estimates more than half of MLS clubs have made Discovery claims on Canaleros, too.
Pérez and Gómez in particular are pedigreed players – they have three and four Gold Cups, respectively, under their belts, and both have experience in European leagues and the Mexican Primera División. Rodríguez, meanwhile, is a young up-and-comer who dazzled Hyndman and his staff during CONCACAF Champions League play last year.
FC Dallas will scrimmage River Plate on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on adidas Field. It's a last minute scheduling, but it makes for a busy day in Frisco. At 3 p.m. is the U.S. Women's National Team match in soldout FC Dallas Stadium vs. New Zealand.
Here's Schellas Hyndman's handiwork from Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage in Mexico. Listed is the starting XI for FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls.
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.
We're a little more than a month away from the start of the 2012 MLS season. Some media outlets are already looking ahead to what might happen. Sporting News' Brian Straus previewed the MLS Western Conference and had this to say about FC Dallas:
This year’s goal: Energy and passion.
The league’s 2010 MVP, David Ferreira, broke his ankle. The league’s up-and-coming American star, Brek Shea, ran out of gas. And the weight of a congested schedule, not to mention the tragic death of club icon Bobby Rhine at 35, sapped the energy from the 2010 MLS runner-up.
If Dallas attacks the ’12 campaign with vigor, it should be a playoff team that can threaten in a short series.
Ferreira and Shea are back, and in conjunction with newly-signed Panamanian striker Blas Pérez they’ll form one of the league’s most effective and exciting attacking combinations. Recent U.S. national team call-up Zach Loyd is an asset as well. They should be fun to watch, and with a bit of luck—and perhaps another addition or two—Dallas will be in the mix at the end.
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.
Thursday night was the first of three scrimmages for FC Dallas on its Mexico trip. The scrimmage vs. Playa del Carmen was a chance for some of the younger players to show what they can do.
The starters were: Chris Seitz, Carlos Rodriguez, Matt Hedges, Christian Ibeagha, Scott Gordon, Andrew Wiedeman, Bobby Warshaw, Bruno Guarda, Nicolas Gianni, Scott Sealy, Ruben Luna.
FC Dallas won 1-0 on a stoppage-time goal from Hedges. Read about the match here.