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07 March 4:40 pm

 

FRISCO – Kyle Zobeck’s phone has finally stopped ringing.

The rookie’s phone was in use all day Tuesday and Wednesday after FC Dallas officially announced his signing.

“All of my former teammates got in contact with me,” Zobeck said, who played goalkeeper at Valparaiso University. “My family, former coaches. The support came from every direction.”

Zobeck’s signing is notable for several reasons.

He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 Supplemental Draft, bucking the odds by earning a contact with the club.

He’s also the fourth goalkeeper on FC Dallas’ roster – joining Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz and Richard Sanchez – a situation head coach Schellas Hyndman admits is extremely uncommon.

“Let’s say Raul is our No. 1. He’s gone for the [World Cup] qualification games. That puts Chris at No. 2. Who is No. 3? Richard? He’s going to be gone a lot too,” Hyndman said.

Hyndman said FCD was impressed by Zobeck when he worked out for the coaches prior to this year’s SuperDraft and FCD wound up picking him based on those training sessions.

Zobeck continued to impress during the early weeks of preseason and when FCD was in Cancun. It was there Hyndman decided he wanted to sign Zobeck.

"The more and more pressure we put on him the more he did well,” Hyndman said. “We knew we had to pick up another keeper and we thought Kyle could do good enough and continue to develop for us to be that player."

05 March 1:58 pm

 

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.

04 March 3:59 pm

 

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.

02 March 11:51 pm

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.

26 February 11:29 am

It's Jersey Week in MLS, and the most notable unveiling yesterday was done by the Colorado Rapids. The team's new road/secondary jersey is a play on the state flag of Colorado. Team officials said that the new jersey will make its on field debut this Saturday when Colorado faces FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday (BUY TICKETS NOW). What do you think about the new jersey?

25 February 1:31 pm

NEW YORK / PARIS – Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation (FFF) today announced a partnership that will provide MLS youth academy coaches with world class training through a 16-month youth development course and earn their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).

The FFF will host the MLS delegation at its Clairefontaine national training facility and guide the youth directors through the same program as the one it provides its domestic coaches; however, the EFCL program will include customized features developed by MLS, the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).
 
"We are incredibly excited about this new partnership with the French Football Federation.  As part of our vision to be among the top leagues in the world by 2022, we are committed to becoming leaders in the area of player development. This initiative will provide an important learning opportunity for MLS youth academies,” MLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition Todd Durbin said.
 
The program consists of three parts:
  • FFF Course – Eight weeks (320 hours) of field and classroom instruction
  • European Club Observations -- Two weeks of immersion at an international youth academy at two of the following clubs: Paris St. Germain, Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, VfB Stuttgart
  • Integration of the Program with MLS Academy – Creation and/or modification of the Club’s youth curriculum and evaluation system for the development of players
Each MLS club, along with U.S. Soccer and MLS, nominated one coach from their academy to participate in the program. Among the candidates are eight former MLS players, including: Danny Dichio, Luchi Gonzalez, Jovan Kirovski, Chris Leitch, Darren Sawatzky, Billy Thompson, Greg Vanney and John Wolyniec.
 
Fred Lipka, the former Director of the Paris Racing Academy and the Le Havre Athletic Club, will serve as the liaison between the FFF instructors and MLS, U.S. Soccer, and CSA. Lipka will travel to each MLS club to review its youth academy and help guide the candidates through the sessions to obtain their Formation Licenses.
 
“Through our partnership with MLS, The French Football Federation is proud and excited to be engaged in such a marvelous project. The expectations of MLS are very high and the FFF technical department is greatly honored to be selected in this area. Our commitment with MLS will be the foundation for concrete and great development between U.S. and French football, as it mirrors the long term friendship between France and the United States,” said FFF Technical Director François Blaquart.
 
The program timeline is as follows:
 
February 25 - March 1: Session 1 at Clairefontaine
March 2-8: European Club Observation #1
June 2013: Session 2 & Session 3 in the United States
September 2013: Session 4 & Session 5 at Clairefontaine
September 2013: European Club Observation #2
February / March 2014: Session 6 & 7 in the United States
May / June 2014: Session 8 at Clairefontaine
July 2014: Begin Integration of Program into MLS Academies
 
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21 February 5:51 pm

Blas Perez is the best in the game at what he does - excelling as a traditional No. 9 on the pitch. So says the folks at MLSSoccer.com who ranked the top "traditional strikers" currently in the league. Read the whole story, but here's an excerpt on Blas:

The winner: FC Dallas big man Blas Pérez. There was no mystery surrounding the Panamanian international when he came to MLS last summer, and he’s made good on FCD’s investment. He scored nine goals and added four assists in 20 games last year on a Dallas team that never really found its rhythm, and there’s no reason to think that he won’t be just as effective this year with a fully healthy David Ferreira pulling the strings.

19 February 12:16 pm

 

Big news in international soccer this morning. FIFA announced they will have goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup. Our friends at the Associated Press provide the details:

 

ZURICH -- FIFA committed Tuesday to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and could have four systems competing for selection.

FIFA said it is now seeking tenders from companies that want their system to be used at the Confederations Cup in June and next year's World Cup.

"Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April," FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted on giving World Cup referees high-tech aids to make goal-line decisions after seeing England midfielder Frank Lampard have a clear goal denied against Germany at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

A key noncall in 2010 resulted when Frank Lampard's first-half shot crossed the line by several feet against Germany but was not ruled a goal. England lost 4-1.

Tuesday's decision was expected once FIFA's rule-making panel, known as IFAB, decided in July to approve goal-line technology at competitive matches after two systems passed extensive tests.

Read more about FIFA's announcement.

13 February 7:15 pm

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.”