Training Report: Aug. 26

Home grown players get haircuts

FC Dallas began practice with some small-sided games before working on set pieces on the adidas Field Thursday morning. FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman emphasized defensive assignments on corner kicks with scouting report assistance from Assistant Coach Marco Ferruzzi. Practice officially concluded at 10:26 a.m. The majority of the team stayed behind to work on their own. The team will travel to Columbus tomorrow morning, where they will train in preparation of Saturday’s match with the Crew (3:00 p.m. Central Time on Fox Sports Southwest and TeleFutura).

Small Ball
Eric Avila and Andrew Wiedeman set up small goals and played a game of two-on-two against Jeff Cunningham and Marvin Chavez. Working against Avila, Cunningham found some room and knocked a pass across the floor for a long goal a few minutes into the game. The majority of the drill focused on one-on-one attacking.

Finishing Drills
The rest of the team set up a crossing drill directed by Ferruzzi. Players would feed a ball to the assistant coach, who would leave the ball for the player to either shoot or send out wide. The flank players (Jackson, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez and Moises Hernandez) would then serve the ball back into the middle where two players were waiting to finish off the cross. Dario Sala was in goal.

Rodriguez’s Gloves
Playing without defenders, Jackson put a long cross on the foot of Edson Edward. The Canadian defender volleyed a nice shot into the back post behind Sala. Shortly after, Milton Rodriguez replaced Sala in goal and the team had some fun knocking shots at the forward.

Quote of the Day
“The coaching staff has spent more time breaking down this match against Columbus than any other one since I’ve been here,” Hyndman said.

Home grown Haircuts
Two-thirds of FC Dallas’ new home grown players (Moises Hernandez, Ruben Luna) got a mandatory haircut Monday at a team barbecue. The third, Victor Ulloa, escaped the buzz cut.

“They’re not done with him yet,” Moises Hernandez said. “I don’t know what happened, it was Victor’s turn and all of a sudden he had left. Ruben was pretty mad, but it’s a rookie thing we have to do. We have a lot of respect for these guys.”