FRISCO -- FC Dallas had its only full training session of the week Thursday.
Coach Schellas Hyndman wants to make sure his players are rested and as healthy as possible going into the final two regular season matches of the season.
“When you get fatigued it’s not just a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. Since January 15 we’ve been going at it,” Hyndman said.
It’s been a light week for the first team. FCD traveled back from Los Angeles on Monday and had Tuesday off. Wednesday the Reserves played Chicago while the starters had a light recovery session.
Hyndman is giving the entire squad off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are no MLS matches this weekend due to World Cup qualifying.
“These days off will be tremendous for the guys to recover,” Hyndman said.
FC Dallas will begin preparing on Monday for its nationally televised match at Seattle on Sunday, Oct. 21 (8 p.m. CT on ESPN).
The FC Dallas Reserves play their final match of 2012 on Wednesday morning when they host the Chicago Fire Reserves. The two sides will meet at 10 a.m. at the adidas Training Field at the Complex at FC Dallas Stadium.
FC Dallas (5-2-1, 16 points) can claim sole possession of first place in the Central/Mountain division with a win over Chicago (4-4-0, 12 points). FCD dropped a match against the Fire Reserves last month, 2-1, in Chicago.
Wednesday's match is open to the public.
FC Dallas made things incredibly difficult for themselves with a 1-1 draw Sunday night against Chivas USA. The Whitecaps are four points ahead of FCD in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two matches left for both teams. Bottom line: a Vancouver win in either of its final two games earns them the final playoff spot in the West. Best case scenario for FCD would have Vancouver losing its final two matches - thus FCD needing only a draw and a win to get in on a tiebreaker. Still a lot to play for, but FC Dallas has little control of its playoff fate.
Here's where things stand after Sunday night:
Here is the remaining schedule for both Vancouver and FC Dallas:
Vancouver: vs Portland (10/21, 6 p.m. CT), at Real Salt Lake (10/27, 8 p.m. CT)
FC Dallas: at Seattle (10/21, 8 p.m. CT on ESPN), vs Chivas USA (10/28, 6 p.m. CT on FSSW Plus)
Full match highlights from FCD's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: Blas Perez puts away a rebound off Dan Kennedy to put FCD up 1-0.
SAVE: Hernan Pertuz clears Miller Bolanos' header off the line to preserve the lead.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jorge Villafana the equalizing goal.
SAVE: Hartman pushes Juan Pablo Angel's chance over the crossbar.
GOAL: Villafana ties the game for Chivas USA in the second half.
SAVE: Hartman's kick save denies Juan Agudelo's attempt at the go-ahead goal.
Vancouver snapped a seven match winless streak Wednesday night at BC Place with a 4-0 win over Chivas USA. For the moment, the Whitecaps are five points ahead of FCD in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. FCD plays Chivas USA in Los Angeles this Sunday with the chance to close the gap back to two points. Colorado, Portland and Chivas USA were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Vancouver's win on Wednesday.
Here's where things stand after Wednesday night:
Here is the remaining schedule for both Vancouver and FC Dallas:
Vancouver: vs Portland, at Real Salt Lake
FC Dallas: at Chivas USA, at Seattle, vs Chivas USA
NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials following his team’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 29, 2012.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
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.