Training Report: 9/24

FC Dallas loose, confident heading into match with KC

FC Dallas practiced on the adidas Field from 9:30-11 a.m. CT this morning in preparation of tomorrow’s match against the Kansas City Wizards (7 p.m. on FSSW+). The team completed their customary pregame practice, including an 11-on-11 scrimmage in a 60-yard area.

The game was highlighted by a finish from Milton Rodriguez, who volleyed a shot low to the far post with his first touch. Rodriguez made the goal look simple, despite the fact the ball was served into the area from 40 yards away.

Corners
The scrimmage was quick. Directly after, FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman had the goals moved back to the end line to work on corner kicks. David Ferreira took the corners, playing the first one into the near post where Atiba Harris put a laser of a head just wide of the net.

The second corner was short to Marvin Chavez, who came right back to Ferreira. The Colombian midfielder did well just to get a cross off, but the short corner was quickly cleared away. The third corner was also cleared away, this time by Brek Shea. The fourth was successful – a great finish to the back post by Zach Loyd.

Free kicks
Hyndman moved the ball out to the top right corner of the area, roughly 30 yards from goal. From there, Ferreira served balls into the back post. The last drill of the day focused on free kicks from just outside the area. Ferreira attempted to bend a ball high to the near post and just missed. The best shot came off the foot of Milton Rodriguez, but MLS pool goalkeeper Chris Sharpe did well to punch the ball away.

Hyndman officially ended practice a few minutes later.

Hyndman on tomorrow’s game
"We have quite a few regulars out but I am very pleased with the performances we are getting out of the guys who have stepped in there for them. Last game, we really missed the leadership of Daniel Hernandez. We have to go into Kansas City and match their intensity. We know what it’s like to be desperate, but part of their success comes from being a good team. They have some size on us. They match up well."

Hyndman on Kansas City forward Kei Kamara
"He’s been a difference-maker for them. He’s not only a goal scorer. He’s unselfish. We are very aware he is a danger point heading into this game."

Having fun with a finishing drill
The players organized a finishing drill to end practice. One of two target players would shoot on goal before making two separate runs at goal to field crosses from both flanks. Zach Loyd and Jackson served balls in from the right sideline. Brek Shea and Moises Hernandez served balls in from the left.

Loyd played a nice ball to the back post for Ferreira, who slid to his left to short-hop a volley past FC Dallas Goalkeeper Coach Drew Keeshan. Keeshan took some heat for letting up a goal, but he rebounded shortly after, making a full extension save to his right. Walking by, Kevin Hartman assured Keeshan he got a photo of the save. Heath Pearce ended the session with an animated walk off celebration after finishing off two consecutive crosses.