Eye in the Sky: Sept. 29

FC Dallas technical director Barry Gorman's travel blog

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Barry Gorman

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Friday September 24, 2010

Another weekend and another
road trip for the team. This time it is Kansas
City and a date with the Wizards.  No easy trip
as the team leaves behind 5 starters and gets set to face an opponent on a good
run at present. Once again our American Airlines flight is uneventful and dare
I say it, we haven’t lost a bag yet.

In the evening Coach Hyndman and I met with Joe Cummings, the Executive
Director of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The NSCAA has
over 30,000 members, and Schellas and I have the distinction of being past
Presidents of this illustrious organization. However, this is not an idle chat
over dinner. FC Dallas is looking to establish long term relationships with
organizations like the NSCAA.

Saturday September 25, 2010

Another early morning start
as Coach Hyndman and I meet with Jeff Tipping, the Director of Coaching
Education for the NSCAA for breakfast.  The purpose of this meeting is to explore ways
in which we can expose what FC Dallas has to offer that may assist coaches
understand what MLS is all about and how we can best develop the American
player. Coaching Education is always an ongoing process and we do what we can
to help. So while the guys rest up for the big game some of us are working.

What a game vs. Kansas City. The result
not withstanding the team played extremely well in spite of missing 5 starters.
It was a true example of how this squad has pulled together and they exemplify
a never-say-die attitude. To go on the road and win so convincingly is
encouraging as we face the final stretch of the regular season. Congratulations
to Eddie Edward who made his MLS regular season debut against KC. If you don’t
know Eddie he is one classy, nice individual and it was pleasing to see him get
some playing time.

Sunday September 26, 2010

As you can imagine, early
morning departures are easier to stomach when you win. The mood of the team
reflects a squad that is unbeaten in 17 games as they travel back to Dallas. Of course, when
you win, everyone wants an autograph and picture with the players – even American
Airlines employees.