Eye in the Sky: Sept. 22
Friday September 17, 2010
While everyone associated with FC Dallas reflected on an entertaining and
thrilling game with Red Bull New York and their three DP amigos, Coach Drew
Keeshan and I were headed east on another collegiate scouting trip. Once again,
and I know it sounds like a broken record, I am always impressed with the
friendlessness of the American Airlines counter staff. How they can be so
pleasant at 6:00 am I don’t know, but I have always found them to be that way.
Of course, long may it continue, as there is no better way to begin your
travels than to be greeted by a helpful smiling AA agent.
While Coach Keeshan was en route to Pittsburgh, PA and a game in Morgantown,
WV, I was flying AA to Newark, NJ.
The process never stops and while we enjoy the challenges of the present
season, the search to identify future FC Dallas
players is always ongoing.
Drew took in the Cal State Fullerton match at West
Virginia (3-1 for the home team) while I scouted the contest between
Seton Hall and Monmouth in South Orange. Here
the home team was not as fortunate as they lost 2-1 even though they enjoyed an
early lead. Did I mention that Coach John Ellinger made the 4 hour drive to Tulsa to see the home team enjoy a satisfying 4-1 win over
Saturday September 18, 2010
After a good night’s sleep at a friend’s home, I travelled
south to Charlottesville, VA and an ACC matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Wake Forest Demon
Deacons. If you haven’t made that drive, then be prepared to make an early
start and take a sandwich to eat on the drive as you’ll never get there in time
for a 7:00 pm kick-off if you stop too often. It is a haul.
The game was played in front of 3,921 enthusiastic UVA fans. Not many
Deaconates made the trip but those who did were rewarded with a 1-0 victory
courtesy of a second half Wake goal. According to his text messages throughout
the contests, Coach Keeshan was treated to more goals as he described a 3-1
Terrapins victory over ACC rivals NC State in College Park, Maryland
in front of 3,092 fans. In fact this proved to be a weekend of bumper
attendances at college soccer games across the nation.
In line with attending events, one might wonder, “What do soccer coaches do on
their days off?” Some other coaches, who shall remain nameless, were enjoying
the “KISS” experience at Pizza
Hut Park!!! Mind you our head coach deserves a night out (or at least
his wife does).
Sunday September 19, 2010
No time to enjoy a Sunday morning lie in as it was a 5:00 am
wakeup call to ensure a 5:30 am departure to make the return drive to New
Jersey. You have to appreciate collegiate college games that kick-off at 1:00
pm! At any rate Sunday morning traffic is a breeze until you hit lunch the time
commute on the NJ Garden State
Parkway. Still, I along with the 500 other fans
made it to the very pleasant Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch, NJ.
The home fans enjoyed the extremely warm Mid-Atlantic area fall weather and the
home team’s convincing 3-0 victory over NJIT. Meanwhile, Drew was viewing
another Mountaineer game back in Morgantown, WV before dashing to Pittsburgh
Airport to catch his American Airlines flight back to Dallas.
Fortunately, I had a little more time to indulge in a leisurely drive to Newark Airport
before sleeping on my 7:30 pm AA flight back to DFW. The on-time flight and
subsequent arrival was much appreciated as I finally got home at 11:00 pm (CT).
The saved hour was put to good use unpacking and doing laundry in preparation
for next weekend’s trip to Kansas City.
Of course, we have the little matter of an important game against New England at PHP on Wednesday. I hope to see many FC
Dallas fans in attendance supporting the guys in the red and white stripes. Most
certainly, they deserve your following as they pull out all the stops to
mathematically qualify for the play-offs before the end of the season.
Until next time, be safe no matter where your travels may