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.
FRISCO – FC Dallas held its first training session in Frisco on Wednesday after a weeklong trip to Cancun.
Head coach Schellas Hyndman said the team accomplished a lot and also had a good time.
“It went well. Our players really enjoyed it,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas won all three of its scrimmages against Mexican teams, which Hyndman described as friendly matches.
The coach said the staff was able to evaluate trialists and draft picks, a process which will continue when the team departs for Portland on Friday.
Hyndman said he was happy to see a developing sense of camaraderie amongst the new and old players.
“The attitude is right,” Hyndman said. “People are working for each other.”
The 2013 season is coming quickly and the star of TNT's Dallas, Jesse Metcalfe AKA Christopher Ewing, will be scarfing the Lamar Hunt statue before the season opener at FC Dallas Stadium. More details will be released soon about how you can help the North Texas Food Bank in connection with Metcalfe's scarfing.
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