After returning from their preseason trip to Mexico, the FC Dallas roster is starting to come together as we roll towards the 2012 Home Opener vs. the New York Red Bulls.
This week's Morning Clippings features an in-depth look at youth development, the return of EdgeFest, a sold-out FC Dallas Stadium and more.
Wednesday, February 1: Soon-to-be rivals lead FC Dallas to the top (ESPNHS Boys' Soccer)
Lem Satterfield takes a look at two FC Dallas Academy players who will be pitted against each other at the collegiate level next year as midfielder Danny Garcia has committed to North Carolina and defender Michael Ambrose will be playing for Maryland. Although the duo admit they're looking forward to dueling each other next year, for now they're committed to maintaining FCD's reputation as a dominant force in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Thursday, February 2: Will MLS and Mexico ever mix? (ESPN Mexican National Team Blog)
MLS has developed a reputation for importing South American talent. The population of Colombians in the league continues to rise, and countries like Ecuador, Argentina and Panama are begining to provide quality talent for the league as well. This prompted Brent Latham to ponder why MLS hasn't become a hot spot for as many young Mexican players, and he got head coach Schellas Hyndman's thoughts on the topic.
Friday, February 3: MLS Preview: Western Conference goals for 2012 (SportingNews)
With the LA Galaxy loading their roster with offensive talent this off season, Brian Straus took a moment to break down what the goals for each of the Western Conference's nine teams should be in 2012. He thinks FC Dallas needs to recapture the energy and passion that got the club to MLS Cup 2010 in order to be in the mix in 2012.
Thursday, February 9: The next great Mexican goalkeeper (ESPN Mexican National Team Blog)
We all know Richard Sanchez's young professional career has had a great start and that the teenager has a bright future, but is it too early too declare him the next great Mexican goalkeeper? Brent Latham thinks Sanchez may be the new standard-bearer for El Tri.
Friday, February 10: The Edge KDGE-FM 102.1 announces 2012 EdgeFest (Pegasus News)
102.1 The Edge KDGE FM announced the lineup and date for EdgeFest 22, returning to FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday, April 22. Tickets to the day-long concert event go on sale Friday, Feb. 17 via all Ticketmaster outlets.
Friday, February 10: MLS and Youth Development, Part 1 (SB Nation)
Jeremiah Oshan takes an in-depth look at the fast evolution of the Youth Development systems of MLS clubs, citing FC Dallas' as the most expansive. Oshan also wrote a follow-up article that takes a look at where the league's development system is heading.
Sunday, February 12: FC Dallas' Daniel Hernandez has no plans to hang up his cleats any time soon (Dallas Morning News)
Despite recently signing a three-year extension that will allow him to transition from player to coach with FC Dallas, veteran Daniel Hernandez has no intention of retiring any time soon. Steve Hunt reports Hernandez would like to remain on the field throughout that three-year extension.
Monday, February 13: USWNT 2, New Zealand 1: Match Highlights (Soccer By Ives)
The USWNT pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind victory over New Zealand on Saturday in front of a sold-out FC Dallas Stadium. Veteran soccer writer Ives Galarcep provides a brief recap and match highlights.