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.”
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:
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.
Kevin Hartman and George John hit the runway a few weeks ago for Fashion's Night Out at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend. DFWStyleDaily.com featured the two as part of their video coverage of the event.
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez draws inspiration from his younger brother Nico, whose career was cut short by a car accident in college that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
MLSSoccer.com's popular 24 under 24 feature has returned for another year. The first batch of rankings were released today and FC Dallas' Fabian Castillo came in at No. 22. Click to read the full write up, but here's a taste of the analysis:
Castillo has gone from an FC Dallas hopeful last year to an established talent in MLS in 2012, as his blistering pace continues to be too much to handle for most opponents. His ability to turn that speed into goals has improved this year (three goals in August), although his finishing still needs work. With the return of influential playmaker David Ferreira, Castillo could be set to take another step forward.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and defender George John took to the runway Thursday night for Fashion’s Night Out at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend. Here are some photos:
FRISCO – FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and defender George John will trade the pitch for a runway Thursday night in honor of Fashion’s Night Out. The duo will model the latest in men’s fashion in an 8 p.m. runway presentation at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with “Dandy Dogs and their Fashionistas” benefiting the Collin County Human Society. Top Ten Trends for Women Fashion Show by Rhonda Sargent Chambers will follow at 7 p.m., while John and Hartman hit the runway at 8 p.m.
Designers Stephanie Anne, Atticus Lyon and Tia Pettijohn will be on hand for the event, as well as Dana Kale of Kale Naturals and Miss Texas 2012 Danae Couch. Dallas-based vocalist Aubree-Anna will also perform, while artist Joana Cutri will showcase her new collection.
Guests can register to win a $500 Shops at Willow Bend gift card in the DFW Style Daily lounge. Appetizers will be provided by Mi Cocina and Taco Diner. Admission is free and open to the public.
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."
George John chatted with Gina Miller on Tuesday's edition of The Fan Sports Show on TXA21. The defender discussed the team's current winning streak and also fielded some questions about his Greek heritage.