Training Report: August 25

Training in the rain

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Photo Credit: 
Jason Minnick

The first rainy day
in Dallas in over a month provided cool temperatures for training as FC
Dallas took to the adidas Field at 8:30 a.m. CT today in
preparation of Saturday’s match in Columbus.

Drills
Following
the usual warm-up drills, FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman divided
the team into four squads. The teams battled two at a time in a 40-yard
area with Kevin Hartman and Dario Sala patrolling opposite goals.

Good Sequence
Late in the drill, Brek Shea served in a nice ball to the back post.
Bruno Guarda did well to redirect a header on goal, but Hartman was
there to make a fine save.

Battles
Going one direction, Heath Pearce denied a cross from Jackson. A few
seconds later on the opposite end, it was Pearce on the attack, looking
to go by Jackson. The Brazilian won the second challenge, but both
players showed great ability on the flank. Practice concluded shortly
after at 10:00 a.m..

“We wanted to lighten up training this week,” Hyndman said. “We trained a
little too hard last week and it showed in the game against Chivas. We
didn’t anticipate the great weather we had today, but decided to stick
to the plan anyway.”

Schellas on Columbus
“Columbus will be a difficult game,”
Hyndman said. “They’re a mature team and the ball is bouncing right for
them now. They believe in themselves. It is one game where we will be
concentrating on what our opponents are doing. As a coach, you cannot do
that until you are happy with what your own team is doing and that is
where we are.”

Schellas on the League
“The league has such great parity that
teams are focused on getting their points at home and just surviving on
the road,” Hyndman said. “We try and win at home and on the road.”