Friday: August 27, 2010
Travel day: The team prepares for an important game against the Columbus Crew.
What a pleasure to travel with American Airlines out of Dallas. It is simple and easy and the ground staff are always extremely helpful and friendly.
The flight from Dallas to Columbus was uneventful. A seat in the exit row was nice, though Milton, Brek, Dario and Heath could have used seats that actually reclined. Mind you, it didn’t take them long to fall asleep. So much for my thoughts of some stirring conversation from these well-trained athletes.
It is amazing how quickly a sports team can disappear from an airport once the rookies unload the bags from the conveyor belt. From the Columbus airport, we went straight to the Crew’s training facility to get over the effects of travel.
The FCD background staff work like Trojans during these times. Equipment manager Marcus Owens never stops and trainer Josh Watts is always a busy man. Most certainly our players appreciate the hard work these guys put in.
Saturday: August 28, 2010
Game Day: The team usually has a pre-game meal in the hotel about four hours before kick-off. As often is the case, the hotel lobby contains people seeking autographs and pictures with the players and coaches. Based in downtown Columbus, the team doesn’t have far to travel to the stadium. Crew Stadium is a great place to play and our players appreciate their fans’ involvement in making it a hostile environment for opposing teams.
All said and done, a 0-0 tie on the road is a fair outcome as Columbus is a tough place to get a favorable result. The main thing is the streak continues and we have now set an MLS record for away games without a loss. Now the question is, can we continue the run through the end of the year?
Sunday: August 29, 2010
The morning after: At least the players got to lie in this morning as the bus didn’t leave for the airport until 10:45 a.m. The check-in process went smoothly and we cleared security quickly thanks in part to the new screening machines.
The American Airlines flight back to Dallas was again uneventful. However, there is one noteworthy item to pass along. Flight attendant Laura Hill informed me that her children, Ryan and Riley, are forever etched in FC Dallas history. The children were pictured in Pizza Hut Park groundbreaking ceremony newspaper photos back in 2004. Needless to say, the Hill family support FC Dallas to this day and get to as many games as possible.
Yours in Soccer,
Stay tuned to FCDallas.com for more updates from Barry Gorman.