With the SuperDraft in the rearview mirror and preseason officially starting for FC Dallas today, the steam is slowly starting to build toward the 2012 Home Opener vs. the New York Red Bulls.
This week's Morning Clippings feature's a story about Richard Sanchez that got lost in the shuffle before the start of the holiday season, Zach Loyd reporting from USMNT camp, five questions heading into the start of the 2012 season, and more.
Wednesday, November 23: Soy Campeon Mundial (Telemundo)
We missed this one back in November, but Telemundo aired a great story about goalkeeper Richard Sanchez's U-17 World Cup Championship run with Mexico last summer.
Tuesday, January 10: Studio 90: 1 Week Down (USsoccer.com)
In the recap of the first week of training at the USMNT's January camp Benny Feilhaber, Sean Johnson, and FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd talk about the challenges they've encountered and the importance of fitness.
Wenesday, January 11: Fulham's Dempsey a great role model to budding Americans' - FC Dallas' Shea (Tribalfootball.com)
Tribalfootball.com's Andrew Slevison quotes Brek Shea as naming fellow Texan Clint Dempsey as an ideal role model for young American soccer players. Shea cites Dempsey's FA Cup hat trick for the Cottagers in the article.
Saturday, January 14: Matt Hedges, a Schellas Hyndman kind of player (ESPNDallas.com)
Todd Date interviewed FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman about the club's 2012 SuperDraft pick Matt Hedges. In the article, Hyndman says Hedges' size, foot speed and agility all factored into FCD's decision to pick up the young defender. Date also asks Hedges what it was like to win a national championship at UNC alongside FC Dallas Academy product Boyd "OC" Okwuonu.
Monday, January 16: Five key questions for 2012 as FC Dallas readies to open training camp (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Morning News Special Contributor Steve Hunt has five questions for FC Dallas heading into the 2012 season. Among Hunt's topics of concern are the health of Daniel Hernandez and Andew Jacobson, replacing the right midfield position, and the highly-anticipated return of David Ferreira.