FRISCO -- FC Dallas concluded training on Friday morning as players and coaches now have a rare weekend off before reconvening next week to begin prep for a huge road match at San Jose.
For coach Schellas Hyndman, it was a productive week of training for his club.
“We did a lot of movement, a lot of tactical play, a lot of tactical sense. Every exercise had a goal,” Hyndman said.
Some of the mid-week sessions were smaller affairs this week, as the Reserves were playing in Chicago.
Hyndman said he balanced the need to stay in match-ready shape while also giving his team a chance to catch its breath after a rapid pace of games during stretches of the 2012 season.
“All we’re trying to do now is try to maintain a high level of fitness and not to wear anyone out or hurt somebody,” Hyndman said.
Asked by reporters if he’d prefer to play a match this weekend and ride the wave of momentum from the 1-0 thriller over Vancouver or have the weekend off, Hyndman opted for the latter.
“I think it’s good for us to get another week of recovery,” Hyndman said.
Julian de Guzman's last minute heroics against Vancouver have made him the talk of the soccer world this week. ESPN's Jeffrey Carlisle chatted with de Guzman about his revival in Dallas, his time in Toronto and that magical goal that has FC Dallas in the playoff hunt. The entire story is worth your time, but here's an excerpt:
While Toronto limps to another last place finish in the Eastern Conference, de Guzman's arrival has helped revive Dallas' campaign, and his contributions go well beyond his stoppage-time winner last weekend against Vancouver. Overall, de Guzman's play has been sharp, and this is borne out by statistics provided by OPTA. de Guzman's pass completion percentage has been 83.4 percent since joining FCD, compared to just 70.5 percent while with Toronto.
How to explain such a difference then? Is it a case of being surrounded by better players? Is it a matter of style? Or is de Guzman simply in a better place mentally now that his Toronto nightmare is over? It's likely a combination of all three. The arrival of de Guzman in Dallas coincided roughly with the return of several injured players, including 2010 MVP David Ferreira. Just as important, de Guzman feels FCD's playing style suits him better.
Are you still thinking about that left-footed golazo from Julian de Guzman from FCD's 1-0 win over Vancouver?
With FC Dallas' playoff hopes alive and every game taking on more meaning, be sure and join us at our Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. at the Allen Wickers Pub in Plano.
FC Dallas travels to the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes for an important late night Western Conference match-up.
There will be great drink specials, door prizes including an Allen Wickers gift card, FCD coasters, a team-signed FC Dallas scarf and a team-signed FCD team ball. There will also be a special appearance from an FC Dallas player, Tex Hooper, the FC Dallas Girls, and the Budweiser Promo Girls.
Kevin Hartman and George John hit the runway a few weeks ago for Fashion's Night Out at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend. DFWStyleDaily.com featured the two as part of their video coverage of the event.
This Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The River Club at FC Dallas Stadium will host the first of three Sheplers Country Nights featuring live music from Zane Williams, dancing, food and drinks, as well as great raffle prizes.
You can win two free tickets to this great event by submitting a photo of yourself wearing a pair of cowboy boots to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday. Don’t be afraid to wear your FCD hoops with the boots in your photos. Good luck and we’ll see you and your polished cowboy boots on the dance floor tomorrow night at 7:30!
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez draws inspiration from his younger brother Nico, whose career was cut short by a car accident in college that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
FC Dallas President Doug Quinn wanted to be with FCD supporters during Saturday's big match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, so he spent the first half in the Budweiser Beer Garden seats and the sideline seats. Here are some photos of him hanging out with the fans.
Texas-based artist Brian Broadway brought his family out to FC Dallas’ training session last Thursday to present Panamanian striker Blas Pérez with his rendition of Perez’s father Blas “Toro” Pérez (right). FC Dallas captain Ugo Ihemelu enlisted Broadway to create the painting after Toro Perez passed away earlier this year. Broadway arrived midway through the training session and unveiled the painting for Perez as he walked off the pitch.
“I remember Ugo asking me for a picture of my father a few weeks ago, but I didn’t know why he wanted it,” Perez said through a translator after receiving the painting. “This is a wonderful surprise.”
Perez was back at training for the first time since scoring a goal in Panama’s 2-0 victory over Canada in 2014 World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City, Panama, last Tuesday night.
To thank Broadway for his work, Blas gave the up-and-coming artist his jersey from Panama's win.
“I had no idea he was going to do that,” said Broadway. “At first, I thought it was an FC Dallas jersey. Then when he held it up to sign it I saw it was the jersey he wore for Panama. It really was overwhelming. I can’t say the word ‘honored’ enough. I made the painting just to honor Blas and his father. My family and I have watched him ever since he joined FC Dallas. We’re big fans and I knew he was going through a tough time. Losing your father is as bad as it gets. I’m just glad people appreciate what I am doing on that level.”
In addition to Perez’s painting, Broadway presented FC Dallas with an image of Bobby Rhine (above, left), which is to be donated to the University of Connecticut during an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21.
Nearly 800 Korean-Americans who live in North Texas attended Saturday's match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The outing was organized to see Vancouver defender YP Lee, who was one of the stars of the 2002 World Cup South Korean National Team.
But according to a local Korean publication, the atmosphere and thrilling match won over many people in attendance. The whole story is worth a read, but here's an excerpt:
Charles Kim of Carrollton said he found a new love, namely FC Dallas.
"I’m a big soccer fan. And I knew that we had FC Dallas as our home team but this was the first time I actually attended FC Dallas game" said Park.
"I mean, aside from the YP Lee attraction, I’m glad I came to this game because it reminded me that we have a great home team to root for" said Park.
Young Sun Choi of Plano said her two sons had a blast. "My kids play in the Korean Soccer Association’s Youth League. So, they love soccer. Unfortunately they were both born here and they don’t know who YP Lee is. But they became FC Dallas fans after the game. They are already begging for FC Dallas jersey. The stadium is very nice and my husband wants to bring the kids to FC Dallas game regularly from now on" said Choi.