FRISCO -- Kevin Hartman isn’t a stranger to playoff races.
The 16-year-veteran said he’s been a part of some battles and the key is not letting pressure get the best of a team.
“There’s a lot of pressure this time of year. It’s not one team, it’s every team,” Hartman said. “You look at the emotion the players speak with before the games, after the games, you see how much is riding on it.”
Yes, FC Dallas needs to keep winning to get the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the pressure, according to some soccer pundits, is seemingly on the team FCD is chasing – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who haven’t won a match since August 11.
FC Dallas is just two points behind Vancouver with four matches remaining for both clubs.
Coach Schellas Hyndman says FCD is in a good place mentally right now.
“You can see the team is in a unified group right now,” Hyndman said.
That’s key, according to Hartman, who says he hopes he can provide some type of veteran leadership to some of the younger players during this stretch run.
“You hopefully relay that it’s important, to take it serious because you never know how many of these you’re going to get,” Hartman said. “I also think that you don’t want to put any undue burden on them.”
The FC Dallas Reserves return to the pitch tonight against the Sporting Kansas City Reserves at 7:30 p.m. FC Dallas fans are invited to watch the match at Field No. 4 at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
FCD faced Sporting KC back in May when the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw in Kansas City.
FCD is currently 4-3-1 (13 pts) in Reserve League play, placing them in third place in the the Central/Mountain Division.
Last week we told you about paintings done by artist Brian Broadway of Blas Perez' late father and Bobby Rhine. This past weekend, the Rhine painting was installed in it's permanent home. Rhine's wife, Bevan Brooks Rhine, provides the update:
It was an honor to present this painting of Bobby to Coach Reid and the UCONN soccer department this past weekend. The really cool part is that they had Bobby's game jersey from that very photo and it's going to be hung next to the painting in the soccer offices. Very cool!!
Tuesday is the big day for soccer fans and gamers everywhere - the release of FIFA 13. This year's release comes with something extra for FC Dallas fans: Brek Shea featured on an official downloadable FIFA 13 cover. Here's what the cover looks like, which was created from a Matthew Visinsky photograph:
Thanks to a late goal from the Rapids' Jamie Smith, Colorado tied Vancouver 2-2 on Sunday night at BC Place. The match on Sunday was Vancouver's game-in-hand on FC Dallas and Vancouver could have built a two-match cushion in the standings. But after tonight, both FCD and Vancouver have four matches remaining with the Whitecaps just two points ahead of FCD in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Here's where things stand after all of the matches from the weekend:
Here is the remaining schedule for both Vancouver and FC Dallas:
Vancouver: vs Seattle, vs Chivas USA, vs Portland, at Real Salt Lake
FC Dallas: at San Jose, at Chivas USA, at Seattle, vs Chivas USA
George John is in the lead after Week Two of Futbol and Football. John won the first two weeks and looks to make it three in a row and extend his overall lead. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
9/24 UPDATE: Chris Seitz and Mark Followill tied for best picks of the week with both getting six correct.
|Swansea City vs Everton||DRAW|
|Manchester United vs Liverpool|
|Manchester City vs Arsenal||DRAW||DRAW|
|Michigan vs Notre Dame|
|Kansas State vs Oklahoma|
|Clemson vs Florida State|
|Buccaneers vs Cowboys|
|Eagles vs Cardinals|
|Patriots vs Ravens|
|Week Three results||5-4 (.555)||4-5 (.444)||6-3 (.666)||6-3 (.666)||4-5 (.444)|
|Season to date results||10-17 (.370)||15-12 (.555)||8-10 (.444)||14-13 (.519)||8-19 (.296)|
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.