In this week’s edition of Schellas XI, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman again addresses 11 topics in brevity, including coming up just shy against Portland, the experience of playing at JELD-WEN Field and David Ferreira's second-half surge.
I-II. Coming off their first win of the season, FC Dallas were unable to capitalize on the momentum, losing in Portland to the Timbers, 3-2.
“I think the reality is we didn’t have a good start and didn’t play well in the first half. I didn’t think they really played well either, but we were still down 2-0 from two set pieces at halftime. For us it’s disappointing, but I didn’t think we had one of our better games.”
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III. Hyndman and his coaching staff did have a strategy in place for the second half.
“The second half, we were looking to try to get a goal, make it 2-1, and then put the pressure on them. And then they scored the third goal, which I thought was probably the weakest goal because we had so many guys around there.”
[inline_node:334119]IV. Portland’s first goal was also a mirror image of a goal the Timbers scored in a win against Chicago three days earlier, according to Hyndman.
“The first goal they scored, we just weren’t thinking, and you give them all the credit in the world. They did the exact same thing against Chicago when they were prepared for it and we just didn’t respond.”
V. FC Dallas gave up a goal in the first 20 minutes of the game for the third time in five matches.
“What we have to do with [conceding early goals] is acknowledge it, understand it, and focus on not giving up early goals.”
VI. Loss aside, the atmosphere at JELD-WEN Field was a great experience.
“I thought the atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic. It was obviously a full stadium, very loud and [the fans] came very early. They came an hour before the kick-off, so it was an environment.”
VII. The noise created by the Timbers Army was a different kind of energy, says Hyndman.
“A lot of places you go, the fans will drive a stake into you. These [fans] were just very passionate about their team, but they didn’t try to intimidate the visiting team.”
VIII-IX. David Ferreira shone bright for FCD.
“I thought the last 15 to 20 minutes, he was exceptional. He gave Brek [Shea] a great ball and scored a goal himself and hit that shot right there at the end that we were hoping would go in. But he’s a competitor, he’s a fighter, and there’s a reason why he’s MVP of the league.”
X. Midfielder-turned-defender Shea also received high remarks from his coach.
“You move up to left-side midfield and the score is 3-0 and a lot of people just disappear. Instead, he embraced the opportunity to come and do something and I thought he was very good.”
XI. Sunday evening’s game also marked the FCD debut of forward Maykel Galindo.
“He brings something a little bit different. I think what he did was he forced them to deal with his speed. The defense had to drag back a little more.”