Jason Minnick

FC Dallas Training Report: 3/10

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas returned to the adidas Field at Pizza Hut Park this morning, nine days away from its first match of the 2011 MLS regular season against the Chicago Fire.

PURCHASE TICKETS: FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire, March 19 at 7:30 pm

Injury Report
More good news for the defending Western Conference Champions – Ugo Ihemelu made another stride towards recovery today. He joined the team for pre-practice warm-ups for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Kyle Davies and Edson Edward remained on the sidelines throughout the session. Davies, who is also recovering from offseason surgery, put in some tough minutes on the bike. Towards the end of the session he was seen walking and jogging at a slow pace. Edward, who had surgery just a few weeks ago to repair a torn ACL suffered during preseason, walked slowly and preformed a few strength exercises with FC Dallas head athletic trainer Josh Watts.

Players who recently returned from injuries: Jonathan Top, George John and Ricardo Villar trained with the full team throughout the session. The trio also put in some extra fitness training at the end of practice to catch up to the rest of the squad.

Roster Trimmed Again
FC Dallas has released trialists Charlie Campbell (D) and Maykel Galindo (F).

After a few minutes of quickening their feet by working through some training ladders spread across the ground, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman broke the team up for a game of 11-on-11 in an 80-yard area. Teams had the option of scoring in the traditional goals guarded by Kevin Hartman and Chris Seitz for two points, or scoring in goals set up near each corner flag for one point.

Green: Shea, Moises Hernandez, Benitez, Jacobson, Rodriguez, Avila, Marosevic, Ulloa, Leyva, Warshaw, Villar.

Red: Chavez, Ferreira, Loyd, Luna, Top, Wiedeman, Gordon, Daniel Hernandez, Jackson, Alexander, John.

*Bruno Guarda played all-time offense.

Applying pressure up top, Luna intercepted a pass and dished to Chavez for the first goal of the day. The red team scored twice more on the outside goals before Hyndman limited red’s touches on the ball per possession to two. It didn’t slow down the red team. They scored again on the outside goal.

Hyndman’s second stipulation limited the red team to one-touch, while the green team was allowed two. Hyndman also reset the score and announced the first team to score four goals would be the winner. Despite the one-touch rule, red broke out to a three goal lead thanks to scores from Guarda, Loyd and Jackson. Avila combined with Guarda to get the green team on the scoreboard, but Daniel Hernandez ended the game a few minutes later with a chip-shot into the outside goal for the 4-1 win.

Next up was a, four-team, five-on-five tournament in goals stationed 30-yards apart. Moises Hernandez scored the first goal of the tournament for blue. He one-timed a loose ball high to the back post. Also on the blue team, Daniel Hernandez and Guarda added goals for a 3-0 win over the white team.

In their second match, the white team looked to rebound against the green team. Benitez got white off to the start they needed. He scored the lone goal of the game early in the match, just before goalkeepers Josh Lambo and coach Drew Keeshan took over the game. The duo made several saves at opposite ends to preserve the 1-0 score.

FC Dallas Training Schedule:
Friday, March 11
Training – 10-12 p.m. – adidas Field

Saturday, March 12
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA – 7:30 p.m. – Pizza Hut Park

Sunday, March 13
FC Dallas Reserves vs. Central Arkansas – 11 a.m. – adidas Field

Monday, March 14
Training – 10-12 p.m. – adidas Field

Tuesday, March 15
Training – 10-12 p.m. – adidas Field
Media Day – 11 – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16

Thursday, March 17
Training – 10-12 p.m. – adidas Field

Friday, March 18
Training – 10-12 p.m. – Pizza Hut Park

Saturday, March 19
Home Opener: FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire – 7:30 p.m. – Pizza Hut Park