The third installment of MLSSoccer.com's Inside the SuperDraft video series is out and features FC Dallas pick Walker Zimmerman. His part begins around the 4:00 mark of the video and includes an interview he did with another MLS club at the draft site in Indianapolis.
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.
FRISCO – FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman is looking forward to Friday afternoon’s open training session.
The preseason practice is part of FC Dallas Friends and Family Night, from 4 to 7 p.m. today at FC Dallas Stadium.
“For us to be out here Friday inside the stadium and have the fan appreciation – not only to give them the chance to watch us train, meet the new guys – but after the training to be able to go and talk to them is fantastic,” Hyndman said.
Hyndman said it’s a great time to have a public training session because the team is working on identifying potential contributors for 2013.
Hyndman said the event, where fans have the chance to interact with players after the training session and get tickets for the upcoming season, is a good way to get 2013 started.
“The sport doesn’t exist in this country if we didn’t have fans. Somebody’s got to support us,” Hyndman said. “Since I’ve been here, and I’m sure way before, the priority was to have a good relationship with our fans and to make them feel a big part of our team.”
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and USL PRO announced today a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership that will enhance the development of professional soccer players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues, and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration.
For 2013, the partnership will include interleague play between USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams, and the establishment of several exclusive team affiliations. These initial programs will immediately improve professional player development in the United States and Canada. Additional technical and commercial initiatives between the two leagues will be announced as they are finalized in the coming months.
“This partnership represents the first step in a long-term alliance between MLS and USL PRO to connect domestic professional soccer through a system that benefits player development, competition and the overall business of our sport ,” MLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition Todd Durbin said. “Over the past several years, USL PRO has made great strides in restructuring their league in a manner that serves to complement the objectives of MLS. This is a win-win for all involved, and it demonstrates our strong commitment to growing North American professional soccer at all levels.”
Each club affiliation will be customized to meet the needs of the respective teams, but all will include at least four players on long-term loan from the MLS parent club to its USL PRO affiliate. Those MLS teams with formal USL PRO affiliates will not participate in the 2013 MLS Reserve League. Neither MLS nor USL PRO clubs are required to enter into an affiliation, and specific affiliations will be announced in the coming days.
Each of the 13 USL PRO teams will compete in two interleague games against MLS Reserve teams. With the exception of Antigua, which will play both of its games at MLS Reserve teams, USL PRO teams have been paired with a single MLS team to play a home and home series. All interleague games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings. Details of the fixtures will be announced in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the official 2013 USL PRO schedule.
“USL PRO has for the past several years been the most sophisticated and competitive professional soccer league under MLS,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “This new partnership with MLS will elevate and strengthen the level of competition for domestic professional soccer while simultaneously creating a more sustainable financial model for team owners. As a result, we expect this partnership will forge a seamless system for the development of players and coaches, and promote the expansion of professional soccer into new North American markets.”
MLS RESERVE LEAGUE
The MLS Reserve League provides meaningful competition for players who are not regulars in the first team’s matches such as young players, players returning from injury, and youth development products. Each of the 19 MLS clubs will field either a Reserve Team or establish an affiliation with a USL PRO club. After fielding reserve sides from 2005 through 2008, Major League Soccer re-launched its Reserve League in 2011, providing essential development opportunities to players. In 2013, the conference alignment and the schedule for the MLS Reserve League will be announced in the coming weeks.
USL PRO is the strongest, best operated and most experienced North American men’s professional soccer league below MLS, both on and off the field. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature 13 teams participating in the 2013 season, including expansion teams in Phoenix and Tampa. The league is focused on aggressive but deliberate growth by adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, which are located in markets that further promote regional league play. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams will compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.
There's still more players ready to join the FC Dallas roster. Today is the MLS Supplemental Draft (1 p.m. CT), a less glamourous but still helpful part of building an MLS roster.
So just what is the Supplemental Draft? MLSSoccer.com has put together a full explanatory piece - here's an excerpt:
The best way to think about it is like this: The Supplemental Draft is the continuation of the SuperDraft.
The Supplemental Draft consists of four rounds, which are called Rounds 1 through 4, but in many ways it is Rounds 3 through 6 of the SuperDraft.
FC Dallas has the seventh pick in each round of today's Supplemental Draft. Picks will be tweeted out via @FCDallas on Twitter as the draft happens and a full wrap-up will be on FCDallas.com.
Now that SuperDraft has concluded, it's time for those post-SuperDraft evaluations. None was kinder to FC Dallas and No. 7 pick Walker Zimmerman than a post from Pro Soccer Talk's Noah Davis.
Click to read the entire post, but here's a snippet:
Zimmerman will have to fight for time — he might not find it right away — but he’ll have a chance. And he’ll have some solid people to learn from ahead of him. In a couple years, we’ll look back and see that Zimmerman was the steal of the 2013 SuperDraft.
A final note: The other Furman players to go in the Top 10? Two, a guy named Clint Dempsey and another named Ricardo Clark. If Zimmerman can have close to the type of career those two men did, he’ll make this post sound extremely smart.
People in the Dallas area woke up to a scene more suited for the Northeast than North Texas on Tuesday morning. Most of the area received snow and some parts of the area got icy, as well. FC Dallas Stadium was no different - covered in a picturesque light layer of snow.
The following appeared in Sunday, January 13 editions of The Dallas Morning News. SportsDay columnist Kevin Sherrington wrote about Zach Loyd and Bobby Warshaw's recent trip to Connecticut for Soccer Night in Newtown.