FRISCO – FC Dallas has been keeping an eye on Vancouver as they chase the Whitecaps for the fifth and final playoff spot.
Tonight they will multi-task: keep tabs on the ‘Caps and scout their next opponent, Chivas USA.
Vancouver hosts Chivas USA in a Wednesday night match-up at BC Place (9 p.m. CT on MLS Live) and FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman says he and his players will be watching.
“Will they experiment with new players and give them a chance? Maybe a card. Maybe an injury. There’s a lot of things we’ll be interested in,” Hyndman said of Chivas USA.
Hyndman said FCD has already drawn up a game plan that they’ve been working on in training this week for Chivas USA, so the serious scouting has been done. But the coaching staff will be looking to see if there’s any changes or adjustments they might need to make.
The mid-week match is also a potential advantage for FC Dallas.
“Our schedule now is lightening up where we have games once a week. We’re starting to find other teams now having games twice a week.,” Hyndman said. “Chivas is playing on the road in Vancouver then they get us at home. That’s two games to be played in a short window.”
Thanks to all the fans who came out for our Party at the Pubs presented by Budweiser on Saturday night at the Allen Wickers. Fans saw an exciting match on TV and had the chance to meet FC Dallas forward Jonathan Top. Here are some photos from the night:
FRISCO – FC Dallas had its first training session of the week Tuesday in preparation for Sunday’s match at Chivas USA (6 p.m. CT on FSSW Plus).
While the team is looking ahead for what is a must-win to keep pace with Vancouver for the final playoff spot, head coach Schellas Hyndman addressed FCD’s 3-3 draw Saturday night at San Jose one last time with reporters.
“I think you have to realize it was a game we really played quite well,” Hyndman said, reflecting on the match nearly 60 hours after it concluded. “We had the lead twice against the No. 1 team in MLS – on their field, sell out crowd. Still frustrated, still disappointed that we didn’t manage those last few minutes.”
Hyndman said the team was prepared for an aggressive attack in the final minutes of the match, but that “we didn’t have the size to match them.”
However, the coach doesn’t fault the effort his players and said he couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Hyndman said he and the team ultimately share the same frustration – having a chance to control their playoff destiny and then having it slip away. FC Dallas remains just two points behind Vancouver for the final playoff spot.
But with a new week, it’s time to move forward.
“We all recognize that we can’t change that, so what we need to do now is be concentrating on the next three games,” Hyndman said.
Alan Gordon scores in 24' to make it 1-0 San Jose.
Blas Perez equalizes in 37' to make it 1-1.
Perez scores again to make it 2-1 FCD.
Steven Lenhart equalizes in 82 minute to make it 2-2.
Matt Hedges puts FCD up 3-2 in 88th minute.
Lenhart ties match in stoppage time, 3-3.
FC Dallas held its annual Soccer 101 for Women presented by AdvoCare on Wednesday night and the evening was filled with fun and some learning.
Attendees who had pre-registered for one of the coveted spots arrived in time for complementary food and drinks provided by Legends.
The crowd was then split into five groups who rotated through the various stations in FC Dallas Stadium.
Kevin Hartman and Ugo Ihemelu answered questions in the FC Dallas locker room about what it's like to be a professional soccer player.
Daniel Hernandez and play-by-play announcer Mark Followill explained the rules of the game and also took questions.
Ricardo Villar and assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi hosted a soccer skills challenge on the field for attendees.
Kelly Jacobson, wife of Andrew, discussed what it's like to be a spouse of a professional soccer player.
Athletic trainer Skylar Richards explained player fitness and tips for attendees who also play sports.
At the end of the night everyone received a gift bag for attending and a lucky few won door prizes like autographed memorabilia.
Gift and raffle items were provided by AdvoCare, Planet Tan and yellow tail - all proud partners of FC Dallas.
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!!