Friday September 17, 2010
While everyone associated with FC Dallas reflected on an entertaining and thrilling game with Red Bull New York and their three DP amigos, Coach Drew Keeshan and I were headed east on another collegiate scouting trip. Once again, and I know it sounds like a broken record, I am always impressed with the friendlessness of the American Airlines counter staff. How they can be so pleasant at 6:00 am I don’t know, but I have always found them to be that way. Of course, long may it continue, as there is no better way to begin your travels than to be greeted by a helpful smiling AA agent.
While Coach Keeshan was en route to Pittsburgh, PA and a game in Morgantown, WV, I was flying AA to Newark, NJ. The process never stops and while we enjoy the challenges of the present season, the search to identify future FC Dallas players is always ongoing.
Drew took in the Cal State Fullerton match at West Virginia (3-1 for the home team) while I scouted the contest between Seton Hall and Monmouth in South Orange. Here the home team was not as fortunate as they lost 2-1 even though they enjoyed an early lead. Did I mention that Coach John Ellinger made the 4 hour drive to Tulsa to see the home team enjoy a satisfying 4-1 win over St. Louis?
Saturday September 18, 2010
After a good night’s sleep at a friend’s home, I travelled south to Charlottesville, VA and an ACC matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. If you haven’t made that drive, then be prepared to make an early start and take a sandwich to eat on the drive as you’ll never get there in time for a 7:00 pm kick-off if you stop too often. It is a haul.
The game was played in front of 3,921 enthusiastic UVA fans. Not many Deaconates made the trip but those who did were rewarded with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a second half Wake goal. According to his text messages throughout the contests, Coach Keeshan was treated to more goals as he described a 3-1 Terrapins victory over ACC rivals NC State in College Park, Maryland in front of 3,092 fans. In fact this proved to be a weekend of bumper attendances at college soccer games across the nation.
In line with attending events, one might wonder, “What do soccer coaches do on their days off?” Some other coaches, who shall remain nameless, were enjoying the “KISS” experience at Pizza Hut Park!!! Mind you our head coach deserves a night out (or at least his wife does).
Sunday September 19, 2010
No time to enjoy a Sunday morning lie in as it was a 5:00 am wakeup call to ensure a 5:30 am departure to make the return drive to New Jersey. You have to appreciate collegiate college games that kick-off at 1:00 pm! At any rate Sunday morning traffic is a breeze until you hit lunch the time commute on the NJ Garden State Parkway. Still, I along with the 500 other fans made it to the very pleasant Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch, NJ.
The home fans enjoyed the extremely warm Mid-Atlantic area fall weather and the home team’s convincing 3-0 victory over NJIT. Meanwhile, Drew was viewing another Mountaineer game back in Morgantown, WV before dashing to Pittsburgh Airport to catch his American Airlines flight back to Dallas.
Fortunately, I had a little more time to indulge in a leisurely drive to Newark Airport before sleeping on my 7:30 pm AA flight back to DFW. The on-time flight and subsequent arrival was much appreciated as I finally got home at 11:00 pm (CT). The saved hour was put to good use unpacking and doing laundry in preparation for next weekend’s trip to Kansas City.
Of course, we have the little matter of an important game against New England at PHP on Wednesday. I hope to see many FC Dallas fans in attendance supporting the guys in the red and white stripes. Most certainly, they deserve your following as they pull out all the stops to mathematically qualify for the play-offs before the end of the season.
Until next time, be safe no matter where your travels may take you.