FC Dallas returned to the adidas Field this morning for training, but got a late start due to another soggy day in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman began training with some “possession with mentality” drills.
“The drill focused on early movement and knowing when your teammate only has one touch,” Hyndman said. “The players need to understand the situation and give him a ball he can work with.”
Hyndman broke the team into two groups and worked exclusively with the first team defense. Andrew Wiedeman and Edson Edward tested left back Jair Benitez towards the conclusion of the drill. Wiedeman played a ball in for Edward, who slowed his pace to gauge the approaching defender. Just as Benitez closed, Edward exploded into the space behind the Colombian defender. The two players collided and fell to the ground as Edward released a centering pass into the area.
Full Field Scrimmage
An orange-clad reserve team tested one of several available starting lineup options for a few minutes prior to the close of training. The reserve side consisted of Wiedeman, Eric Avila, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna, Peri Marosevic, Bryan Leyva, Kyle Davies, Edward, Moises Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez (serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation this weekend). The reserves did well to hold possession for long stretches of the scrimmage.
Midway through the drill, Hyndman paused training to work on dead ball situations. David Ferreira stood over the ball and delivered several balls into the area. The lone goal was scored by Brek Shea, who beat his marker to the ball and headed a shot to the back post behind Dario Sala. The scrimmage came to a close shortly after some work on corners from the right flag.
The reserve team broke off to do some fitness training following the scrimmage. The players, including Daniel Hernandez and Atiba Harris (also serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation), ran two half-field sprints with a target time of 30 seconds. The drill was repeated several times and lasted roughly 10 minutes.
MLS Player of the Month Kevin Hartman and Sala worked on defending corners. Goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan served balls in from the corner flag. Forward Milton Rodriguez took some shots from outside the area, as the goalkeepers worked through traffic to make the save.
Home Grown Haircuts Complete
Victor Ulloa finally succumbed to the pressure and joined 2010 Home Grown Player signees Moises Hernandez and Ruben Luna in chopping off his locks.
Luna to Dress Saturday
Hyndman made special mention today that Ruben Luna would dress for Saturday’s match against Toronto FC (7:30 p.m. CT) at Pizza Hut Park. Luna previously dressed for the Aug. 14 match in Washington against D.C. United, but did not see time in the game. This will be the first FC Dallas home game that the 2009 U16 U.S. Development Academy Player of the Year will suit up.
“Playing with the first team would be a dream come true,” Luna said. “I have been working really hard lately, trying to improve my game. I hope to get the opportunity to score goals for FC Dallas in this stadium very soon.”