FC Dallas held a short practice on the stadium field at Pizza Hut Park this morning in preparation for the team’s showdown with Toronto FC tomorrow (7:30 p.m. kickoff on FSSW Plus).
Michael Johnson Performance’s Steward Carlisle ran the team through a 20-minute warm-up drill that replicated every move a player could make during training. The session ended with two 10-yard sprints.
Head Coach Schellas Hyndman split the team into an orange and a blue squad for an 11 vs. 11 scrimmage in an 80-yard area. Playing on the right flank, Marvin Chavez worked an inlet pass to target forward Jeff Cunningham, who was able to provide left midfielder Brek Shea with an open look at goal. Shea hammered the ball high to the far post for the lone goal of the session.
For the second Friday in a row, Hyndman focused on defending against corners. The first team worked for roughly 20 minutes on defense before switching roles with the attacking players. The squad practiced offensive corners for several minutes, looking to gain the same advantage from the right stick as they had the last time they faced Toronto (Milton Rodriguez scored on a corner in the 77th minute on July 24).
The drill continued as David Ferreira played some balls into the back post from just outside the left corner of the area. Practice wrapped up with a few free kicks from the top of the box. Ferriera, Heath Pearce and Jair Benitez all took shots on goal.
Following practice, Kevin Hartman, Milton Rodriguez, Zach Loyd and several reserve team players took to the adidas Field to continue training. The players competed in a finishing drill, where one player would lay a ball off for a second player to take a shot from the top of the area. Then the two players would make separate runs to the posts. Jackson and Zach Loyd would then serve balls into the players from the right flank. Moises Hernandez served balls in from the left flank. Edson Edward was in goal at the beginning of the drill while Hartman worked with goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan at the opposite end of the field.
Hyndman on the starting lineup for Saturday
"The last two days we were looking at our options. Some players are injured. Others are not available. We’re going to sleep on it and see what we think tomorrow. A win against Toronto would say a lot about our depth. If the players step up and perform well, we’ll call their name again."