Castillo at training
Jason Minnick

FC Dallas Notes & Quotes: June 10

Training Goal of the Week
During Thursday’s session, Fabian Castillo took control of the ball 40-yards from goal and ran at a defender positioned just outside the near post. Coming over to help defend against Castillo, Jair Benitez got a foot in and knocked the ball away from the forward before he could get a shot off. The loose ball rolled towards the touchline, where Ricardo Villar teed up a rising line-drive that kissed the bottom of the crossbar before ricocheting into the far side netting.

Schellas Quotes

On the focus of the training sessions this week…
“What we saw against New England was a lot of scoring chances, but not a lot of goals. That has been our theme this week – the connection between our midfield and our forwards. If you look at the number of balls Brek Shea is putting behind opposing defenses, we need to get on the end of those services. Our players need to start anticipating those passes and get on the end of them.”

On LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and Sporting Kansas City’s 4-3-3…
“I really want to compliment Sporting Kansas City and their community for supporting such a great stadium. They were a team, they played high on emotions last night and they are a team with a very strong will. Their 4-3-3 system brings concern because they are one of the few teams that play like that, but the game is about job descriptions and getting into the spaces that your opponent does not want you to be in.”

Jair Benitez plays water boy
FC Dallas’ School of Excellence soccer training camps kicked off this week at Pizza Hut Park for children ages six to nine. Part of each camp includes a visit to an FC Dallas training session. During a break in the action on Wednesday, defender Jair Benitez helped out the overheated youngsters by sharing some of his squirt bottle. Not every drop of water hit its intended target, but the children seemed to enjoy the cool shower on a scorching summer day. The FC Dallas School of Excellence camps run through the end of July, click here for more information.

Two FC Dallas representatives in upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup
FC Dallas Home Grown goalkeeper Richard Sanchez was recently called in to represent the Mexican U-17 National Team in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, being hosted by Mexico (6/18 – 7/10). Sanchez is joined by FC Dallas Academy defender Kellyn Acosta, who was named to the U.S. U-17 World Cup roster on June 9. The duo gives FC Dallas two representatives playing in this summer’s U17 World Cup.