FC Dallas owner targets Supporters' Shield

Clark Hunt issues the mission for his club with 11 matches left


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Rick Yeatts

FC Dallas have gradually crept into the group of favorites
for MLS Cup 2010, sporting the fewest losses in the league and the longest
current undefeated streak.

They now stand 10 points from league leaders LA Galaxy with
a game in hand, but FCD owner Clark Hunt believes his club is capable of
catching Bruce Arena’s side.

"The Supporters' Shield is
within reach for this team," Hunt told the club’s season-ticket holders at
a meet-the-team event on Tuesday night.

Hunt is not known for making
bombastic statements, but the expectations would seem to be high given the fact
that FC Dallas are the only of the league’s original clubs never to make it to
an MLS Cup final in 14 seasons.

“I don’t push that, to be honest,”
FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman told ExtraTime Radio on Monday. “Our goal is
getting ourselves into the playoffs and try to be like what Real Salt lake was
last year.”

LISTEN: Hyndman on ExtraTime Radio

The club’s only two losses this
year came at the hands of the Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, the latter on a stoppage-time Juan Pablo Angel PK. FC Dallas deserved more out of that match at Red Bull
Arena and several other early-season draws.

Regardless of their success this
season, Hyndman is not talking MLS Cup just yet.

“Our goal is to keep it quite simple,”
Hyndman said. “Whether [the players] have those thoughts or they talk among themselves,
it’s something we don’t bring up.”