FC Dallas Training Report: 10/07

Shea returns from National Team duty, Ihemelu cleared to play

FC Dallas Training Report: 10/7

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Jason Minnick

FC Dallas trained on Field Six at Pizza Hut Park this morning in preparation for Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rapids (5 p.m. Central on FSSW Plus). The Rapids represent an important match for every FC Dallas player, as Colorado is the only MLS team which FC Dallas has arranged a home-and-away reserve match.

“We took the entire team to Colorado when we played up there,” FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman said. “It was great to get players like Moises [Hernandez], Victor [Ulloa] and Ruben [Luna] a chance to play in an MLS environment. It’s also important because it is just one more way a coach can evaluate players. If you look at the game we played up there, it was extremely important to us. A lot of the guys in our lineup now, played for us in that reserve match – Zach Loyd, Eric Alexander and Eric Avila.”

The reserve match is scheduled to be played Sunday, Oct. 10 from 9-12:30 p.m. on Field Four at Pizza Hut Park.

Shea back from National Team camp
Brek Shea returned from his short stint with the U.S. Men’s National Team today. The left-sided midfielder looked energized, running at defenders at every opportunity. Midway through the first half of an 11-on-11 scrimmage, Shea controlled the ball on the left flank and cut inside a defender. On a full sprint, Shea chipped a superb ball over the back line to Eric Avila, who had plenty of time to pick out the back corner behind Dario Sala.

Both Shea and defender Heath Pearce will join the U.S. team in Philadelphia on Oct. 10 following the match against Colorado.

Injury report
Ugo Ihemelu and George John played side by side in the center back positions for the first time since Ihemelu suffered a concussion against Philadelphia on Aug 8.

“Ugo was cleared [Tuesday] by the doctors with the precaution of not heading the ball,” Hyndman said Wednesday.

John’s hamstring injury, which he suffered during a Sept. 4 match against Toronto, has kept him out of the lineup ever since. The defender has been upgraded from questionable to probable for this weekend’s match against Colorado.

Kevin Hartman worked without a knee brace for the first time since suffering an MCL strain against Red Bull New York on Sept. 16.

Milton Rodriguez on being in playoffs
"I’m very happy. We are one of the best teams in the league. We have been working very hard in training. We deserve to be in the playoffs."

Hyndman on if he will rest players prior to playoffs
"We have been working two years, three months and 20 days to get here, we are not backing off now. Soccer is not a game where you can switch off your intensity like a switch. We are playing very well right now, we are not going to change a thing."

Hyndman on FC Dallas’ playoff history against Colorado
"It is a thing of the past. I wasn’t part of that. I’m just looking for our team to play good soccer. If we do that, the results will take care of itself."