Orlando, Fla. -- FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman began this morning's training session at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. with a short talk. He went over the team's schedule for the remainder of the week and gave players the option to participate in a full session or use today's morning session to recover from yesterday's game.
Zach Loyd, who played 90 minutes in FC Dallas' 2-0 win over Seattle, took the time to recover. He worked out alone on the east sideline. Ricardo Villar and George John worked with trainer Alan Reid. The trio completed exercises on stairs adjacent to the field before transitioning into resistance training. Ugo Ihemelu worked with a ball for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia. He dribbled slowly through cones set up by trainer Josh Watts.
The remainder of the team broke up into three groups. Each group of seven to nine players reported to one of three stations on the field. Assistant coach John Ellinger ran a drill on the west sideline, FC Dallas Director of Player Development Oscar Pareja worked on the north end line and assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi remained near the east sideline. Hyndman continually walked around the center of the pitch, observing and commenting on all three groups.
The drills were all focused on combination play. Each coach ran their own version of the drill with the goal of completing as many passes as quickly and as cleanly as possible, while using a single touch. The groups worked for 15 minutes with each coach while rotating counter-clockwise around the field.
The goalkeepers, who have yet to enjoy a light day of training, took turns ripping shots at one another near the south end line. However, the drill did appear more fun than yesterday, when Kevin Hartman, Josh Lambo, Chris Seitz, Richard Sanchez, Drew Keeshan and Watts decided to jog back to the team hotel following FC Dallas' match against Seattle (a distance of 4.9 miles).
Following the passing drill, the goalkeepers combined with the field players to form a shooting exercise. The drill was a progression of the combination passing drill. It called for a three-pass setup before springing a fourth player in alone on goal. After 20 minutes the three-way shooting drill turned into combination passing on each flank, followed by a cross into the area. Two target players patrolled the box, looking to finish.
Ruben Luna and Milton Rodriguez scored on back-to-back headers on the south end of the field. Luna's was a sharp header, high to the back post. Rodriguez's finish was more precise, catching a piece of the near post before trickling into the back of the net.
FC Dallas was joined by a new face during the training session, as Brazilian Ricardo Lopes, an attacking midfielder, joined the team today on trial.
The first team was given a rest in the evening session, while the reserves divided up to play six-a-side in a friendly competition. Newly acquired midfielder Andrew Jacobson looked sharp given he is only on Day Two of training after arriving from the Philadelphia Union.
FC Dallas will be back in action tomorrow morning with a scrimmage vs. the New England Revolution at 10 a.m. CT, followed by an evening training session at 4:30 p.m. CT. For play-by-play action, follow @FCDallas on Twitter.