Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly chat with fans on the FC Dallas Facebook page on Thursday morning. During the chat, Hunt addressed a number of topics in response to fan questions; including the result against Chivas USA, the club's recent television deal, expectations for Kenny Cooper's first season back in an FC Dallas kit and more.
The chats are part of Hunt's recent initiative to be as interactive with FC Dallas fans as possible. The chats take place every Thursday, and you can see all of his answers from this week's chat on the FC Dallas Facebook page here.
A Dallas native, Hunt also wants to interact with FCD fans via his new Twitter account, @DanHuntFCD.
"I want the fans of this club to know how invested I am in the continued growth and success of FC Dallas, and the best way to make sure they know that is for me to talk with them directly," said Hunt. "Social media makes that communication extremely easy for me to let them know that we're all hoping and working for the same thing, and that is for FC Dallas to be a championship team."
It's Rivalry Week in MLS, which means it's time for the 2013 Texas Derby between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo presented by Novo Nordisk. FCD hosts Houston this Sunday at FC Dallas Stadium at high noon, and you could win two (2) scarves, two (2) shirts and two (2) tickets to the match by entering our 2013 Crush the Orange contest!
All you have to do is show us your favorite (and most creative) ways to crush the orange on Instagram and/or Vine and tweet them using the hashtag #CrushtheOrange. Friday afternoon we'll choose one winner from each platform (two winners total) to receive this special prize pack of a pair of scarves, shirts and tickets to the 2013 Texas Derby presented by Novo Nordisk.
So get creative and show us how you like to #CrushtheOrange!
You can see the official contest rules and regulations here and an example Instagram and Vine below.
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Head coach Schellas Hyndman said defensive errors allowed Chivas USA to win 3-1 over FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon at the Home Depot Center.
Hyndman regretted that the match opened up after David Ferreira’s goal early in the second half put FCD up 1-0. The coach would have preferred that FCD tighten the run of play.
“I think we played well enough to win the game, we just did not play smart enough,” Hyndman said after the match to reporters.
Chivas USA’s Juan Agudelo got by Matt Hedges for the tying goal in the 68th minute and a miscommunication between midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and George John resulted in the winner from Oswaldo Minda in the 76th minute.
The lapses on defense and in the midfield along with missed chances by the forwards means there’s plenty to work on for Hyndman and crew as FCD gets ready to welcome the Houston Dynamo to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday (12 p.m. CT on ESPN2).
“[There’s] a lot of things going on in the field that we are going to have to get better at, like the spacing,” Hyndman said, adding that FCD did have opportunities in front of the goal early on that the squad failed to convert.
“I think we are a better team than what we showed today,” Hyndman said.
David Ferreira scores first goal of the match to give FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.
Agudelo gets first goal of 2013 for Chivas USA, tying match 1-1 in 68'.
Minda goal gives Chivas USA a 2-1 lead in 76'.
Casillas scores stoppage time goal to put Chivas USA up 3-1.
FRISCO – No team was worse in the Western Conference last year than Chivas USA.
The Goats finished with 30 points and just seven wins, for a measly .88 points per game.
Those numbers are just one of the reasons FC Dallas’ play against Chivas USA in 2012 was disappointing to head coach Schellas Hyndman.
FCD never beat the Goats last season, instead drawing all three matches.
None was more frustrating to Hyndman than the season finale of 2012.
“There was no way for us to get in the playoffs, but we wanted to finish on a high,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas wound up blowing a 2-0 lead in the final minutes of the match at FC Dallas Stadium to draw Chivas USA, 2-2. FCD conceded goals in the 90th and 94th minute.
“I think that kind of spoke volumes about where we were last year,” Hyndman said, adding that the match was just one of several where FCD failed to maintain leads late in games.
The opposite happened against Colorado last Saturday, when FCD was able to hold onto a 1-0 lead for the win despite a frenetic final 10 minutes from the Rapids.
It’s a difference Hyndman hopes to build on in the early weeks of the 2013 regular season.
“Things kind of worked out for us,” Hyndman said of the season opening win. “I think we got a lot out of that game.”
FRISCO – Kyle Zobeck’s phone has finally stopped ringing.
The rookie’s phone was in use all day Tuesday and Wednesday after FC Dallas officially announced his signing.
“All of my former teammates got in contact with me,” Zobeck said, who played goalkeeper at Valparaiso University. “My family, former coaches. The support came from every direction.”
Zobeck’s signing is notable for several reasons.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 Supplemental Draft, bucking the odds by earning a contact with the club.
He’s also the fourth goalkeeper on FC Dallas’ roster – joining Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz and Richard Sanchez – a situation head coach Schellas Hyndman admits is extremely uncommon.
“Let’s say Raul is our No. 1. He’s gone for the [World Cup] qualification games. That puts Chris at No. 2. Who is No. 3? Richard? He’s going to be gone a lot too,” Hyndman said.
Hyndman said FCD was impressed by Zobeck when he worked out for the coaches prior to this year’s SuperDraft and FCD wound up picking him based on those training sessions.
Zobeck continued to impress during the early weeks of preseason and when FCD was in Cancun. It was there Hyndman decided he wanted to sign Zobeck.
"The more and more pressure we put on him the more he did well,” Hyndman said. “We knew we had to pick up another keeper and we thought Kyle could do good enough and continue to develop for us to be that player."
FRISCO – Raul Fernandez did fine in his MLS debut according to head coach Schellas Hyndman, but there’s room for improvement.
The Peruvian national got the nod over Chris Seitz in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Colorado.
“I thought he had a good first game,” Hyndman said. “He gets a little bit nervous at times.”
The Rapids had 13 attempts on goal, with three shots on target.
The most frantic part of the match for Fernandez and the FC Dallas defense was the final ten minutes as Colorado was on the attack looking for an equalizer.
Hyndman said coaches will continue to work on decision making with Fernandez, improving his English-language skills and get as much work in as possible with the defense.
“He didn’t get a chance to play a lot in France, didn’t get a lot of games. That’s just rustiness,” Hyndman said. “We train him with a lot of numbers around so he has a back four to play in front of.”
Hyndman liked what Fernandez did in some 1-on-1 situations and liked the confidence the ‘keeper showed when he had traffic in front of him.
The coach acknowledged Fernandez had big shoes to fill with the departure of Kevin Hartman over the off-season, but said it’s tough to beat the bottom line result from Saturday.
“How can you fault a guy who got you a shutout?” Hyndman said.
FRISCO – The tape always tells the truth.
That’s what head coach Schellas Hyndman said at the beginning of a discussion about Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Colorado with reporters after Monday training.
Hyndman was specifically discussing the play of midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, the surprise pick to start in the midfield with Andrew Jacobson. Bobby Warshaw and Jacobson had paired up in the final two preseason matches.
Hyndman said after looking at the game tape that Watson began Saturday’s match “a little inconsistent” but as the game went on he started to win more balls and was more effective.
Hyndman said he chose Watson over Warshaw because of experience. Watson had 24 MLS starts before Saturday’s match compared to Warshaw’s six. Hyndman also likes Watson’s international experience with the Jamaican National Team.
“The other thing that I thought was I needed more athleticism there and more quickness since [Colorado] would have three [midfielders] in the center,” Hyndman said.
Warshaw was eventually subbed in on Saturday in the 79th minute for Fabian Castillo.
Hyndman says nothing is set in stone when it comes to the midfield. He said players battling for starting spots can benefit the team, a process that will continue for Jacobson, Watson and Warshaw.
“I think the three of those players will get an opportunity to continue to compete,” Hyndman said.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
GOAL: Jackson capitalizes on Ceus' error to give FCD the lead.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Pablo Mastroeni.
SAVE: Fernandez makes a one on one stop against rookie Deshorn Brown.