FRISCO, Texas — Seeking to make changes after a self-described lackluster recent performance against D.C. United, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman closed Tuesday’s practice to the public as they prepare for Wednesday’s match against Toronto FC (8 pm CT, FOX Sports Southwest, MatchDay Live).
Hyndman told media on Tuesday that closing practice to the public was essential.
“I think we are going through a little bit of changes right now and we like to keep those changes to ourselves,” Hyndman said outside the FCD locker room. “If it's personnel changes, well, you know there is going to be one personnel change because we are expecting Jackson [Gonçalves] to be back, so we have to look at that.”
Jackson injured himself in a tangle with teammate Marvin Chávez during practice last Thursday, but his return may not be the only change Hyndman seeks to make as Dallas open up a three-game home stand.
“We have to look whether it’s structurally or individually, and I’d rather make those privately,” Hyndman said. “Not just so the media doesn’t get it and everyone else doesn’t get it, but I also think that I need to have conversations with individual players personally.”
Midfielder Andrew Jacobson commented on the private training session held on the stadium field.
“We want to try different things and sometimes you have to keep it as a team,” said Jacobson. “It was a little bit of an awakening for us. We focused hard and it was a good training.”
With the current stretch of upcoming home games, FC Dallas don’t want to leave any points on the table.
Toronto, who are riding high after 2-1 home win over Houston last Saturday, hold a winless 0-3-1 record at Pizza Hut Park. The Philadelphia Union, currently tied for second in the Eastern Conference with 13 points, visit on Saturday.
“They’re technical, they have speed, they’ve got good work ethic,” Hydnman said. “They have an understanding of how things need to get done. Teams like that can be very dangerous. If they get on a roll and you don’t stop them from doing what they like, it could be a long day.”