Eye in the Sky: Sept. 8

FC Dallas technical director Barry Gorman's travel blog

Eye in the Sky

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Foster Snell

READ: Barry Gorman's previous blog entry

September 1
saw the opening of another collegiate men’s soccer season and with it, three
months of traveling to scout potential draftees for the FC Dallas coaching staff.

For those of
you who question college soccer, look no further than Zach Loyd and Eric
Alexander. Loyd (University of North Carolina; fifth overall pick) and Alexander (Indiana University; 44th overall
pick) are both collegiate draft picks who have done very well in FC Dallas
colors this season. With impending roster expansion in 2011, it is
imperative that we do our homework and see the top student-athletes play over
the next three months prior to the MLS SuperDraft in January.

So while most
of you enjoyed the last summer vacation opportunity, my Labor Day weekend went
like this:

Friday: September 3rd, 2010

5:00 am: Wake
up call to catch an early morning American Airlines flight to Raleigh, N.C.

2:00 pm: Check
into hotel – work on the next scouting trip

7:00 pm Scout
UNC vs. Akron match

Saturday: September 4th, 2010

4:00 pm: Two
hour drive to Wingate, N.C. (try finding this place on the map!)

7:00 pm: Scout
Wingate vs. Limestone match

9:30 pm: Two
hour drive back to Chapel Hill

Sunday: September 5th, 2010
(a full day of scouting!)

12:00 pm: NC
State vs. Louisville (Durham, N.C.)

2:00 pm: Duke
vs. SAC State
(Durham, N.C.)

7:00 pm: Wake Forest
vs. Akron (Winston-Salem,
N.C.)

Monday: September 6th, 2010

7:15 am:
American Airlines flight to West Palm
Beach, FL (No, it was
not vacation time!)

4:00 pm: Meeting with representatives
from local soccer club on possible FC Dallas Youth affiliation

Tuesday: September 7th, 2010

7:30 am: Daytona Beach, FL:
Observed Emery Riddle (NAIA) practice for scouting purposes (These guys start
early!)

12:30 pm: Vero Beach, FL:
Lunch meeting with representatives of a local soccer club regarding the FC
Dallas Youth Club affiliation program

3:00 pm: Vero Beach,
FL: Meeting with representatives from the Vero Beach Sports Village.
This meeting was part of ongoing conversations regarding a possible pre-season
training site (among other long-term projects).

7:00 pm:
Coaching session for local youth club players

Wednesday: September 8th 2010

8:15 am:
American Airlines flight from West Palm Beach
back to Dallas

You’ve got to
love this job! Oh, and just so you know – the weather in south Florida? Thunderstorms
with lots of rain.

I trust
everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, especially with Saturday night’s 1-0
victory over Toronto.
FC Dallas continues to roll!

Stay tuned to
FCDallas.com for details from my next trip: leaving on Thursday for San Jose, CA
where our side will take on the Earthquakes and try to extend our 13-game
unbeaten streak!

Cheers,

BG