FC Dallas prepares for match vs AIK
PORTLAND, Ore -- FC Dallas took to the training field at 11:15 a.m. PT on Saturday in preparation for its match against Swedish first division side AIK, scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. CT).
FC Dallas fitness coach Jonny Wright of Michael Johnson’s Performance Center kicked off the training session by leading the majority of the team in a slow jog around the fields.
Separately, FC Dallas’ first round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Walker Zimmerman ran laps around the training field at his own pace. The 19-year-old center back continues to show signs of improvement. Zimmerman ran with increasing speed for the majority of the hour-and-a-half session.
FC Dallas Homegrown player Kellyn Acosta also ran along the sidelines during the session. The 17-year-old did not train while the team was back in Frisco earlier this week after he picked up a minor injury during FC Dallas’ trip to Cancun, Mexico.
During the field player’s warm-up, 2012 MLS Humanitarian of the Year, Chris Seitz, Peruvian Raúl Fernández, trialist Kyle Zobeck and FC Dallas goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan walked to the East goal for their own preparation session.
Following a spirited game of keep-away in the center circle, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman brought the team together to discuss the lineup for Sunday’s friendly at Jeld-Wen Field. Hyndman then divided the group into two groups to work on defending against set pieces.
After 20 minutes of work, Hyndman flipped the teams and worked with the first team on the offensive side of the ball. Most of the balls served into the area came off the foot of David Ferreira, while Jonathan Top and Bradlee Baladez handled those duties for the second team.
At the conclusion of the drill, Hyndman asked FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper to take some penalty shots. Copper buried his first and second attempts against Fernández and Seitz but was stopped by former Furman goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck on a low shot to the left post.