FC Dallas players Daniel Hernandez, Kevin Hartman, Matt Hedges and Jonathan Top along with FC Dallas president Doug Quinn officially unveiled new FCD-themed reading rooms Tuesday at the McMillan Center in West Dallas.
The FC Dallas Foundation and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, teamed up with West Dallas Community Centers to beautify two reading rooms inside the McMillan Center.
Players read books donated by the National Education Association (NEA), on behalf of Read Across America Day (March 2), and signed autographs. It was a great way for FC Dallas to give back and to help kick off the 2012 MLS season.
FC Dallas players will be featured in NBC promotions leading up to First Kick this Sunday. David Ferreira, Blas Perez, Ugo Ihemelu and Brek Shea went in front of the camera while the team was in Orlando.
Blas Perez on the pitch.
Ugo action shot.
Brek gets ready for filming.
Ferreira strikes a pose.
Blas is ready.
FC Dallas star Brek Shea is the cover boy for the latest Eastbay catalog. He's featured on Eastbay's website with photos, video and a story worth checking out. Here's an excerpt:
It wasn't long before soccer became the perfect stage for Brek's creative play. He watched as many soccer games as possible, not for a specific team or player, but to soak in as much as he could. Apparently he's a quick learner because Brek made the country's U-17 team after his freshman year of high school. He was drafted by FC Dallas in 2008 and has been playing there ever since. "Just being a pro at that age was the coolest thing for me."
Brek has more than a few goals under his belt, but it's the nature of his contributions that are drawing more attention than his numbers. He's creative and smooth, with a hint of drama. He's great at getting a perfect touch on the ball. He's got the speed and the stride to dribble through defenders with some of the best in the business. His on-field play is unexpected, sometimes unrefined and nothing short of artistry.
But if that inventiveness ended when he walked off the pitch, what fun would that be? So Brek keeps it flowing. When Eastbay walked into Brek's home, we were instantly met with a scene that tells us Brek is creating more than he has room for. From wall to wall, he has hung his original art. Some pieces are leaning up against the wall because they don't have a place yet. His outdoor studio has canvas piled upon canvas, just waiting for the next wave of inspiration.
MLSSoccer.com's countdown to First Kick highlighted FCD's Brek Shea today. Read the full entry here.
The 21-year-old Brek’s upside is still very clear and present.
His experience with the US national team in the past year has given him more purpose and discipline. His training stint with Arsenal has opened his eyes even further to the breadth of quality in the game. And the return of David Ferreira to the FCD lineup gives him a visionary teammate who can pick out his wide runs.
In short, Year 5 of the Brek Era promises to be the best yet. If the trajectory holds, could we see him score enough goals to match his jersey number: 20?
MLSSoccer.com chatted with FCD coach Schellas Hyndman about the status of George John. John's original loan term to West Ham United is set to end soon. Bottom line - no update, yet, on John's status with FCD for 2012.
FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar recently welcomed a new member to his family into the world - son Lucas. It's the first child for Villar and his wife. Congratulations!
Brek Shea's artistic skills are no secret to FC Dallas fans. But he's never done something quite like this - custom painting two skateboards. You could win them at the silent auction at FCD's Cocktails and Cleats event on March 8.
Invited season ticket holders showed up in force for Saturday's Meet the Team event. It was a great chance for those fans to get autographs and pictures with this year's team. Brek Shea and Blas Perez were, not surprisingly, popular with the fans.
FC Dallas and U.S. Men’s National team midfielder Brek Shea is giving away one of his original paintings and his autographed game-worn boots from First Kick on March 11.
The winner must be present at the March 11th game vs. Red Bull New York here at FC Dallas Stadium where the winner will be announced at halftime. Shea will meet the prize winner in the WinStar River Club following the match to hand over the artwork and his boots.
Shea is running the contest through his Left Foot Studio website and to be eligible fans to follow him and the studio on Twitter to enter. The official entry form is here. Contest entrants will also receive a special ticket offer to opening day.
FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman discussed the status of David Ferreira in a story for Soccer America.
“He’ll see a foot-ankle specialist on Wednesday and we’re hoping that helps him," said Hyndman of the 2010 league MVP who played just six games before Jonathan Leathers crunched him with a tackle. “One of the problems he’s running into is the mind; he’s still worried about how strong he is, or if he’ll be reinjured, or is he at his best. These are things you don’t know how good you are or how much you’ve recovered until somebody kicks you and you go, ‘That wasn’t so bad.’ But right now he’s not prepared to get kicked. We hope he’ll walk out of that appointment Wednesday feeling positive about himself and ready to go. Right now he’s going through training sessions but he’s not been in full-contact yet.”