Jason Minnick

Training Report: August 25

The first rainy day in Dallas in over a month provided cool temperatures for training as FC Dallas took to the adidas Field at 8:30 a.m. CT today in preparation of Saturday’s match in Columbus.

Following the usual warm-up drills, FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman divided the team into four squads. The teams battled two at a time in a 40-yard area with Kevin Hartman and Dario Sala patrolling opposite goals.

Good Sequence
Late in the drill, Brek Shea served in a nice ball to the back post. Bruno Guarda did well to redirect a header on goal, but Hartman was there to make a fine save.

Going one direction, Heath Pearce denied a cross from Jackson. A few seconds later on the opposite end, it was Pearce on the attack, looking to go by Jackson. The Brazilian won the second challenge, but both players showed great ability on the flank. Practice concluded shortly after at 10:00 a.m..

“We wanted to lighten up training this week,” Hyndman said. “We trained a little too hard last week and it showed in the game against Chivas. We didn’t anticipate the great weather we had today, but decided to stick to the plan anyway.”

Schellas on Columbus
“Columbus will be a difficult game,” Hyndman said. “They’re a mature team and the ball is bouncing right for them now. They believe in themselves. It is one game where we will be concentrating on what our opponents are doing. As a coach, you cannot do that until you are happy with what your own team is doing and that is where we are.”

Schellas on the League
“The league has such great parity that teams are focused on getting their points at home and just surviving on the road,” Hyndman said. “We try and win at home and on the road.”