FC Dallas took training on the road yesterday, traveling to Railroad Soccer Park in Lewisville, Texas at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to give the Greater Lewisville Area Soccer Association (GLASA) an up close look at the hottest team in Major League Soccer.
FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman opened the session with a short talk before individual player introductions. College Station’s Brek Shea received the biggest cheer of the evening during the preamble.
Following the introductions, Hyndman made special mention of FC Dallas’ four Home Grown players: Bryan Leyva, Ruben Luna, Moises Hernandez and Victor Ulloa. As FC Dallas’ first Home Grown Players, Leyva, Luna, Hernandez and Ulloa had a special connection to the kids attending the event – they were academy players themselves just 32 days ago.
Entertaining the Fans
Following warm-ups, the team broke into two large teams and played a game that forced the players to defend and attack three goals on either endline. Hyndman spoke to the crowd of roughly 600 people, explaining the purpose of the drill prior to whistling for action to begin.
Rookie midfielder Eric Alexander, who has now played in six straight matches for FC Dallas, scored a great goal midway through the drill. The Indiana University product won a ball at midfield, forced a ball through the legs of a defender and rocketed a shot high to the back post behind Dario Sala.
For the next drill, Hyndman placed target players outside of the playing grid. The two opposing teams were then directed to utilize the target players for crosses and one-two passes near the endline. Only the team in possession of the ball could utilize the target players.
Early in the drill, a solid combination of passes between Edson Edward and Jason Yeisley freed up Eric Avila 10 yards from goal. The third-year man out of UC Santa Barbara made no mistake, knocking a low shot into the far corner of the net. Moments later, a similar play on the opposite end of the pitch between David Ferreira and Ruben Luna gave Daniel Hernandez a wide open look at the far post behind Kevin Hartman. FC Dallas’ Captain finished calmly into the open net.
The players wrapped up the hour-and-a-half session by circling up for a stretch before making their way to a row of tents to sign autographs. Each player on the team signed autographs for everyone in attendance.
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