Cellar-dwelling FCD sees glass half full

Schellas Hyndman hopes to win and "forget all that crap"

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With a record of 0-1-3,
FC Dallas currently find themselves at the bottom of the MLS Western Conference
standings with just three points. FCD also remains one of just two winless
teams in the entire league. However, heading into Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup
match away to D.C. United, coach Schellas Hyndman is focusing on the positives.

“Our
team chemistry is good,” he said on Monday. “It’s great compared to last year. With
luck, with inches, we could be 4-0, 3-1 or 3-0-1. But something is still
separating that, whether it’s the finishing or whatever. The chemistry will
only get more and more tested the less successful we are. If we don’t win,
people start pointing fingers. You start to question all these things, but if
you win the game, you forget all that crap and you move on."

In
all four games, FCD have reason to see the glass as half full. They have created
chances, have been in a position to win every game and have fought back in
their last two games at Pizza Hut Park to claim a point each time. Most
recently, last week, a penalty kick by Jeff Cunningham in the 94th
minute salvaged a 2-2 tie with Seattle.

“Each
game, we haven’t gotten blown out,” Cunningham said. “It’s just little details
that are fixable. We will improve on them and get better. Sometimes you do
enough to win games and don’t get the result. It’s no reason to hang our
heads.”

FCD
captain Daniel Hernandez, who has provided some much-needed bite in the center
of the park for Hyndman’s club, chooses to view the results in context.

“The
biggest positive is we’re actually playing good soccer,” he said. “I think that
the other big thing is we’ve been creating a ton of chances. We have to keep
our confidence up and keep believing that we are good players, a good team and
that we’re playing well.”