FC Dallas Training Report: 11/18

FCD's focus is sharp before heading to Toronto

Last home practice of 2010

Photo Credit: 
Jason Minnick

FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman stuck with his attacking mindset as the team enjoyed their final training session of the 2010 MLS season on the adidas Field at Pizza Hut Park this morning. The first drill of the day was a familiar one, with three goals stationed on each end line, giving the players a variety of attacking options.

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One of FC Dallas’ main attacking options, Jeff Cunningham looked sharp heading into his first MLS Cup Final appearance. Controlling the ball on the right flank, Cunningham chipped a ball over a defender to score a point for the blue team. The orange squad’s defense took away the overhead option the next time Cunningham got the ball, but the veteran forward dribbled in alone and looked to have another goal on his foot before Brek Shea intervened, clearing the ball off the line.

Also on his toes, Kevin Hartman made a diving stop to deny FC Dallas Assistant Coach Marco Ferruzzi.

Injury update
During the drill, FC Dallas team captain Daniel Hernandez did calisthenics on the sideline next to defenders Zach Loyd and Jackson. All three players were held out of training as a precautionary measure and will be available for Sunday. Also working on the sideline were Kyle Davies, Heath Pearce and Milton Rodriguez. All three are working tirelessly to return in time for the final. Defender Edson Edward returned to full training on Wednesday for the first time in several weeks.

Homegrown players shine in extra practice sessions
Midway through the drill, Victor Ulloa gained control of the ball 30 yards from goal and worked a one-two pass with Ferruzzi. The return pass to Ulloa put the midfielder in a good position to shoot but, ahead of his years, Ulloa picked out Ruben Luna at the back post. One-on-one with Hartman, Luna did well to chip a ball over the sprawling goalkeeper for a goal.

“One touch only, both teams,” Hyndman said at 10:58 a.m. “Next goal wins."

As motivated as he has ever been, Cunningham scored from his position on the right flank to end the drill.

Short scrimmage
Hyndman spoke briefly to his makeshift starting 11 prior to a scrimmage in a 100-yard area. Reminiscent of the composure he displayed against Los Angeles on Sunday, center back George John did well to bring a ball down to his feet and calmly knock it forward to Shea to start a counter-attack.

Quote of the day
"My biggest job right now is keeping the players focused on the task at hand." --Schellas Hyndman

Hyndman on Colorado
"They’re obviously a very good team who is playing their best soccer right now. They are very solid position to position."

Hyndman on his outlook for the game
"If we come close to how well we played against Los Angeles, we will be in good shape."