Three college coaches take in a match at the FC Dallas College Showcase. Credit: Scott Brown
FRISCO, Texas – The sun may have come out just in time for FC Dallas’ home opener against the New York Red Bulls Sunday afternoon, but the soggy weather prior to that didn’t put a damper on the FC Dallas College Showcase last weekend.
The event was held on the Complex Fields at FC Dallas Stadium for the second year in a row, and it brought in coaches from college programs all across the country looking for the next additions to their rosters. Despite the weekend’s almost constant rain, visiting coaches still deemed the event a success.
“It’s really good for us because you get to see the kids play on wet turf and wet grass and the speed of the game is different,” said Oral Roberts University Men’s assistant coach Will Ribera, who didn’t make it out to last year’s Showcase.
“I think it’s really productive and positive for the kids and for our program as well. We’re happy to be here and we’re definitely going to support it next year.”
Tim McClements, who coaches local powerhouse SMU, said the FC Dallas grounds crew deserved credit for the fields being playable in spite of the persistent precipitation.
“To be honest with you, the fields are so good here, and the facility – FC Dallas does such a great job with their fields,” McClements said. “It’s just wet [not flooded] and that’s something you have to deal with and the kids are handling it well.”
That sentiment was echoed by the University of the Incarnate Word Men’s head coach Vince Martinez.
“It’s one of the best [facilities] in the country, so even with this weather it’s been a very good event,” Martinez said.
And the event represents a tremendous opportunity for every player in attendance; a fact not lost on FC Dallas Academy U-18 defender and high school junior Alex Frankenfeld, who hasn’t yet selected a college program to play for after he graduates.
“With all these great Division I – and even Division II and Division III schools – it’s an opportunity to showcase our talent,” Frankenfeld said. “It’s a great event.”
“It shows how much interest FC Dallas has in us, to help us in any way they can. The club wants to help us get a great scholarship and I’m very thankful to have this opportunity.”