FRISCO – FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was back in Frisco Thursday morning after a little more than 24 hours in Philadelphia for the 2012 MLS All-Star Game.
The manager caught an early morning flight out of Philly to return to Texas as his squad began final preps for the LA Galaxy (Saturday, 7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network).
Hyndman said the result of the match, a 3-2 win for the MLS All-Stars over reigning Champions League winners Chelsea, was good for the league - even if the Chelsea squad might not have been at full strength since they are in preseason.
“I think it says a lot for us,” Hyndman said of MLS. “I thought the All-Star players really came out with a good bit of confidence.”
Before attending the match, Hyndman met with fellow members of the MLS Technical Committee.
Hyndman said scheduling, Homegrown players and the MLS Reserve League were among the topics discussed by the group. The committee can make recommendations on those items to MLS officials.
“We were talking about things that can make our league better,” Hyndman said.
De Guzman settles in
It’s been nearly two weeks since Julian de Guzman arrived in a trade from Toronto.
The midfielder says it’s been an intense time, with FC Dallas playing three matches in eight days shortly after he arrived.
“The last week was a good opportunity for myself to show what I can do,” de Guzman said. “For myself personally, it’s been good. A good group of guys, good quality in the squad and so far I feel content.”
De Guzman has played in both matches he’s been available - starting at San Jose and going the full 90 & being subbed on and playing 32 minutes vs Portland.
Getting adjusted to the style of play FC Dallas plays is de Guzman’s priority, but he said it’s been easy to join in because of the strong players around him.
“There’s quality players at each position and they work really, really well,” de Guzman said, crediting midfielder Daniel Hernandez for helping him learn about how the team works both on and off the pitch.
Hyndman said he’s been pleased with how quickly de Guzman has worked to fit in.
“I think our style of play and they way we do things fits him a little bit better,” Hyndman said. “I think he’s still adjusting, like most people, to the heat. And getting to be with a new team. But I think he’s doing very good.”