Two FC Dallas Academy products - Boyd Okwuonu and Danny Garcia - along with FCD player Jonathan Top spent last week at the US U-20 camp. The two academy products discussed their experience with Top Drawer Soccer.
Defender Boyd Okwuonu, who has played with the U.S. U17 and U18 teams, enjoys the formation.
“It’s more aggressive, we’re more attacking,” he said of the 4-3-3. “We have a different mentality in this formation, we’re going out there taking risks, going forward.”
With the qualifying process just under a year away, there’s still a chance for players to impress. But according to forward Danny Garcia, there was still a sense of urgency heightened the intensity of the camp, as it’s play well or go home.
“There is a difference because everyone has to put everything in it,” he said. “It’s all or nothing in the camp because either you do great and get called back, or do poor and don’t get called back.”
For Garcia, who has scored 17 goals in 19 games for FC Dallas U18s in the Development Academy, the camp was another opportunity to measure up against some of the best talents the U.S. player pool has to offer.
“It’s given me a chance to see how I’m doing, how my level is, how skillful I am compared to the other players in the Academy, in college or even in Europe,” he said.
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Big story this afternoon in the soccer world is MLS Commissioner Don Garber's comments on wanting the league to use goal-line review technology as soon as possible. Garber made the comments Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. MLS fans could see the technology is use as quickly as this summer, if approved.
"We're interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,'' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. ''I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology.''
The International Football Association Board meets July 2 and could approve Sony Corp.'s Hawk-Eye or GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company. Following a series of erroneous calls in high-profile games ranging from the 2010 World Cup to this year's FA Cup, there could be more support for goal-line technology among tradition-bound soccer officials.
Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef employs a magnetic field with a special ball. Both could be approved.
Each system sends a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who makes the final decision.
If approval is granted in July, Garber said, MLS could implement the technology at some point during this season, which began in March. The Premier League hopes to use it for its 2012-13 season, which starts in August.
''There's a lot more that we need to learn about it, understanding the process,'' Garber said. ''The bottom line here is that I would be open to using goal-line technology as soon as it is made available.''
It's nice when people say nice things about you. So Kevin Hartman will feel pretty good once he watches this MLSsoccer.com video of the site's editors praising his penalty kick prowess.
FC Dallas forward Brek Shea attended last night's Mavericks/Rockets game at the American Airlines Center. He was interviewed by Jeff 'Skin' Wade during halftime on TXA 21 and got to meet up with Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki after the game. The two got to hang out and chat and took a second to take this photo.
Ugo Ihemelu and Andrew Jacobson taped an episode on Tuesday afternoon of Sports Zone with Jim Nelson on Time Warner Cable's Texas Channel. The program will air free on demand in early May for Time Warner Cable subscribers.
See the reaction of the FC Dallas Panamanian supporters section from a fan's perspective when Blas Perez scores his snap header against Montreal:
It's not great when you need a furious last-minute comeback in order to get full honors at home against an expansion team. That said, it's nice for Dallas to know they can do just that. Still, they've got to be counting the days until David Ferreira gets back.
Judging by our social media mentions this afternoon, it appears some of you think the new U.S. national team jersey reminds you of FC Dallas. Well, we put the two jerseys side by side for you. What do you think? And do you like the hoops on the national team?
Full highlights from FCD's 2-1 comeback win over the Montreal Impact.
SAVE: Donovan Ricketts denies Blas Perez's header.
GOAL: Bernardo Corradi converts the penalty kick to give Montreal the 1-0 lead.
ATTACK: FC Dallas puts the pressure on Montreal.
GOAL: Perez ties the game for Dallas by heading home a rebound.
GOAL: Brek Shea scores his first of the season to give FCD the late 2-1 advantage.