FCD training report: August 20
FC Dallas worked 11 versus 11 against the reserves again
today in preparation for tomorrow’s match against Chivas USA (7:30 p.m. CT). The
starting 11 from last weekend’s 3-1 win over D.C. United was still intact.
FC Dallas: 4-1-4-1
GK: Kevin Hartman
4: Jair Benitez, George John, Zach Loyd, Heath Pearce
1: Daniel Hernandez
4: Atiba Harris, Eric Alexander, David Ferreira, Brek Shea
1: Milton Rodriguez
Avila Sets Up Goal
The reserve squad picked up a goal late in the session on a
play which began with some nice work down the left flank by Eric Avila. The 22-year-old
attacking midfielder beat his defender and cut down the end line towards goal.
Avila forced goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to stay at the front post to defend
against the shot before slipping a pass across the mouth of the goal. The pass
ricocheted off a group of players before Marvin Chavez knocked the ball home
at the far post.
Sala Makes Two Great Saves
Moments later David Ferreira found some space at the other
end of the pitch. The MLS All-Star cut back hard to avoid a defender before
leaving a ball for Milton Rodriguez to hammer towards goal. Goalkeeper Dario
Sala did well to deflect the well-struck ball, but the rebound trickled free to
Brek Shea, who was charging in from the left flank. Shea controlled the ball
and put another shot low to the near post, but Sala was too quick and made a
diving save to his right.
Defending Set Pieces
Following the drill, Avila played some corners in against
the first team defense. Playing the part of Chivas today were FC Dallas’ Jeff
Cunningham, Edson Edward, Moises Hernandez, Jackson and Bruno Guarda. The focus
remained on defending while Avila moved around the field, serving in balls to
the back post and even hitting a few free kicks directly on goal from just
outside the box.
Kyle Davies Back From Injury
Practice concluded with some offensive set pieces from
Daniel Hernandez and Ferreira. In his first practice back after returning from a strained hamstring, Kyle Davies saw limited action -- but was able to stand in the wall during this drill.
“It is very good to see Kyle back at training,” Hyndman
said. “If you remember the first game of the year, he was one of our starters
before getting injured (broken right arm). It helps us a lot to have another
player we can count on.”
The FC Dallas training staff is keeping a close eye on Ugo
Ihemelu (concussion). The SMU product underwent another day of testing to
determine the defender’s improvement.
“Ugo showed signs of improvement in the first test he took
but not the second,” Hyndman said. “[FC Dallas Head Athletic Trainer] Josh
Watts has done a good job of staying on top of the situation. It is a high
priority for us."