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An absolutely beautiful morning for practice yesterday that got started at about 10:30, the latest a practice has started since I’ve been going out here. It was a long practice too as it was nearly 1 before all was said and done.
The team, coaching staff and pretty much anyone out at practice yesterday was in a great mood. Maybe it was the great weather, the Rangers winning game 4 or the grind of the regular season finally coming to an end. A full house of media out there too…
The practice consisted of a long warmup session before playing 11v11 short-field scrimmage. Generally on Wednesdays this is the time where you pretty much see what the lineup is for the weekend, but this time Hyndman gave nothing away as the teams mixed starters and reserves. The only goal I can remember came from Milton Rodriguez, though the play of the 15 minute scrimmage was a pinpoint Brek Shea cross to the head of Dax that was tipped off the bar by Dario Sala.
After the 15 minutes was up, the fields were lengthened and the game opened up a bit. Ruben Luna, though not scoring a goal, was the player to watch as he showcased his strength holding off George John while retaining possession and finding Avila at the top of the box for a great chance.
-Everyone but Kyle Davies and Edson Edward trained fully today. For the first time in months, every major contributor was on the field Wednesday morning. Kevin Hartman looked extremely solid and those watching for the first time would have had no clue he was returning from an injury. Would be shocked if he didn’t start this weekend returning home to LA…
–Ruben Luna is taking a step forward. We saw it in the pre-season when Luna was arguably the team’s most impressive player, and he’s finally starting to get his confidence back to the stages when he was scoring in buckets for the Academy. Forwards live off this confidence and I think not having the Academy games to score goals may have set him back a bit. He showcased all his talents in this practice, showing incredible strength to hold off George John at one point, using his quick feet to juke through three defenders at another and nearly setting up a few goals as well. I can’t wait to see how this kid looks after pre-season 2011….a lot more on the juniors in the quotes.
Jump for more observations and quotes from Schellas, Kevin Hartman, Eric Alexander and Zach Loyd
Not that you should need any reason to go to Trinity Hall or Mockingbird Station in general, but Tuesday night the 26th from 7-9PM FCD will be holding a playoff rally.
Join FC Dallas for a playoff rally at Mockingbird Station next Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The entire FC Dallas team and the FC Dallas dancers will be on the patio outside of Trinity Hall and Deux Lounge enjoying live music, food and drinks with fans. Deux Lounge will serve all wells, domestic beer and house wine for HALF OFF during the event!
Several other Mockingbird Station vendors will be offering special discounts to FC Dallas fans:
- Ann Taylor Loft – 20% off full price purchase when you mention FCD or wear FCD gear
- Rockfish Seafood Grill – extended happy hour specials through 10 p.m. and 1/2 price appetizers for those in FC Dallas gear
- Vapiano – Dine in and receive buy one, get one free pizza if you wear FCD gear
Head coach Schellas Hyndman and team captain Daniel Hernandez will address the crowd as the team readies for its first-round playoff game later that week.
Stay tuned for Practice Live from Wednesday as soon as I can get out of work and type it up.
It had to happen at some point and Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake ended FC Dallas’ 19-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory. The game was won on a seemingly tame ball into the box that Ned Grabavoy managed to loop a header over a horribly out of position Dario Sala to seal the win. I
-I’m actually feeling pretty positive after this one. Jackson starting on the right for the first time, Ugo and John united in the middle for the first time in months, Daniel Hernandez back and FCD still could’ve easily pulled a result from that game. Certainly no need to panic after this loss as all the previously injured players made it through unharmed. It’s a shame that home field and the Supporter’s Shield are out of reach, but Dallas is a good road team.
-It sucks to lose the game and the streak, but last night was necessary in the grand scheme of things. After seeing the lineup with Ugo and Hernandez back, you knew there could be a little bit of rustiness and I think we saw that. Unfortunately, the game where everyone returned just happened to be the toughest fixture in MLS this season, RSL away. Against a lesser team, I think FC Dallas wins this game.
-This is another grind it out, playoff type game. If FC Dallas and RSL are to meet in the playoffs, FCD can take a lot of heart in knowing they can get that 0-0 or 0-1 away result that would probably see them through to the next round. The second goal was simply a product of FCD pushing for the equalizer and RSL had trouble all night breaking down FCD.
–A lot of “C” performances from the starters. Apart from Dario Sala who was obviously at fault for the goal, it’s tough to say anyone really played well or bad in this one. Just a lot of meh out of the guys.
Jump ahead for who I think was the best FC Dallas player and another player who I want to see more out of
I guess the run had to end at some point right?
Yuck, RSL 2 FC Dallas 0. Full Recap tomorrow.
As we talked about in the Practice Report on Wednesday, Jackson could get a start at his fourth different position, and possibly most natural, starting on the right side in place of Atiba Harris on Saturday. In Steve Hunt’s FCD Notebook, he raises the question about someone new starting in place of Atiba.
Jackson, a proven utility man for FCD, has played right mid, defensive mid, center back, and his natural right back position. Despite having started seven times, this would be his first on the right flank.
Though Hyndman says “it very well could be [Jackson out there on Saturday],” he’s got plenty of options, including Marvin Chavez and Brek Shea, and he hasn’t ruled out Harris yet.
Harris missed training on Tuesday but was back in the fold on Wednesday and Thursday, working with the second team for much of Thursday’s session.
“Quite honestly, I think Atiba has been carrying these knocks a little bit,” the coach said. “It’s affected his play a little bit, his performance and his mentality.
“As I said to Atiba, ‘Let’s get you healthy. Let’s get you 100 percent back,’” Hyndman added. “It’s good to see him back out there [training].”
What do you think? Is it the right time to test Jackson in a new position for FC Dallas? He’s shown to be extremely solid defensively with quickness and strength, but has not shown his crossing ability yet.