NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen an undisclosed amount for public criticism of match officials following the D.C. versus Philadelphia Union match on August 19.
Additionally, FC Dallas have been fined an undisclosed amount for improper bench behavior following their game against Real Salt Lake on August 17.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
FRISCO -- Kellyn Acosta participated in his first training session with the FC Dallas first team on Wednesday since signing a Homegrown player contract in July.
Acosta is not available for selection into the game day lineup until the 2013 season, but coach Schellas Hyndman was happy to have him on the training field.
"I introduced him to the team today," Hyndman said, adding that the veterans made Acosta give an introductory speech to the team.
"His speech was short and very to the point - ‘I’m really excited to be here and I want to help the team.'"
During the 2011-12 FC Dallas Development Academy season, Acosta started 27 of the 28 games he played for the U-16 team. He scored nine times for the 12-4-8 side, which advanced to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Playoffs. Acosta also played up with FC Dallas’ U-18 team eight times, logging a total of 907 minutes.
In MLS Reserve League action, Acosta logged 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo Reserves on June 16. The young midfielder netted a goal in the 31st minute of that match.
Thanks to the 100-plus who attended our August Party at the Pubs watch party presented by Budweiser. Londoner Addison was a great location to watch FCD take on the LA Galaxy. Here are some photos from Sunday's event.
Full Match Highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 road loss to the LA Galaxy.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman snatches David Beckham's free kick attempt.
SAVE: Hartman holds on to Mike Magee's headed chance on goal.
SAVE: Hartman denies Marcelo Sarvas' shot from inside the box.
GOAL: Juninho scores on the setup from Jose Villarreal for the second half lead.
GOAL: Todd Dunivant ices the game on the feed from Michael Stephens.
FRISCO – This week’s preparations by FC Dallas for its key match at the LA Galaxy (6 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Network) included a first for head coach Schellas Hyndman.
Hyndman and his staff usually analyze the most recent two or three matches of teams they are about to play. But the anemic showing of FC Dallas in a 0-1 loss on July 28 at home against the Galaxy meant that match video was broken down during the week.
It’s an uncommon move according to the coach, who said it’s “the first time since I’ve been here” the staff reached back for a specific match to scout rather than only look at a team’s most recent form.
“They will come back out and pressure us again,” Hyndman said. “Whether Donovan is on the field or Beckham is on the field, I think the whole mentality is ‘Look, this is a team who didn’t handle our pressure well, let’s go out and pressure them again’,” Hyndman said.
In addition to the pressure, Hyndman said that July match was the first time in 2012 he felt FC Dallas was outworked.
“For us it was a disappointing result, but at the same time it was an unusual, uncharacteristic effort on our part,” Hyndman said.
FRISCO – The LA Galaxy begin CONCACAF Champions League play tonight and there will be more than a few interested observers in Dallas.
“Of course I’ll be watching,” said head coach Schellas Hyndman. “I’ve encouraged all our players to watch.”
LA faces Isidro Metapan from El Salvador tonight at the Home Depot Center in opening round CCL play (9 p.m. CT on Fox Soccer). On Sunday, FC Dallas will be in California for a crucial match against the Galaxy for FC Dallas’ playoff hopes (6 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network).
But Hyndman doesn’t think there will be any type of advantage for FCD with the quick turnaround for LA.
“When CCL really takes effect is after they’ve been traveling for three or four games, adding on MLS games, traveling from one country to another country and then turning around and playing a game. I think then you’ll start to see the wear and tear,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas isn't the first, nor will it be the last, soccer team to wear a striped or hooped jersey. But we do take notice when new kits roll out with the horizontal stripes.
Back in April, we weren't the only ones to notice the similarities between the new U.S. Men's National Team jerseys and FCD's.
SMU caught our attention on Wednesday when they unveiled their new red and blue hooped jerseys on Facebook. Red & blue are, of course, FCD's colors and SMU's as well.
So which look do you like the best? FCD? USMNT? SMU?
FC Dallas' surge is getting noticed in the soccer world this week and David Ferreira is front and center in media coverage. The MLS Player of the Week spoke with ESPN's Jeff Carlisle and opened up about the difficulty of his lengthy rehab and his concerns about returning to the pitch. The entire piece is worth a read, but here's an excerpt:
"Definitely there were moments I thought that [I wouldn't return]," Ferreira said. "I was committed during all my therapy sessions, but then I injured myself again and nothing resulted quickly. The support of my family was fundamental and everyone as well as the group encouraged me and strengthened to keep looking forward. Thank God things are going well, and let's hope going forward there are no injuries and I can enjoy many more years of soccer."
Dale Hansen showed off quite the souvenir on Tuesday night's 6 p.m. newscast on Ch. 8. He recently attended a Rod Stewart concert at WinStar World Casino and a viewer taped him catching a soccer ball kicked into the crowd by the famous singer. That signed ball - which he showed on air - is an FC Dallas soccer ball autographed by Stewart. Watch the video from the newscast: