One week into fan voting for the 2013 MLS All-Star game and first place FC Dallas has only one player in the top seven at any position: Raul Fernandez. Fernandez is 3rd among goalkeepers and that's it.
As a reminder the FCD players, other than Fernandez, on the MLS ballot are Kenny Cooper, Blas Perez, David Ferreira, Michel and Jackson.
FC Dallas defenders George John and Stephen Keel will tend bar at the Londoner in Frisco on Tuesday during the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup Qualifier versus Honduras. All of the duo's tips from the evening will go to the FC Dallas Foundation, which strives to positively impact the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth.
On dealing with several absences at the forward position:
"We went in to the game with no strikers. Eric Hassli got injured, and then today I found out I lost Kenny Cooper. Blas Perez is with the Panama National Team. Take those three guys and we might have been a little bit different.
So, your team is away at the league's most imposing location. An amazing singsongy crowd, a tree being chain sawed into the world's largest drink coasters and a plastic pitch the size of a Texas cow patty ...
...Oh and your team is literally without a striker. What do you do?
For a guy who is regularly criticized as "too defensive minded" Schellas Hyndman did the exact opposite most every other team would have done in this situation.
Since Schellas Hyndman took the reins of FC Dallas in June 2008, the club has made countless trips to the West Coast. Overall, FCD is 7-12-7 in such trips. And in case you were wondering what the team-by-team breakdown is, here it is.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman has immense respect for first-year Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter partly because they share common roots in the college game, but also due to Hyndman being quite impressed at how drastically things have turned around for the Timbers in year one under Porter.
With FC Dallas playing in Portland on Saturday afternoon, is there really a better time to discuss what sorts of effects traveling across two time zones has on the team? Of course not and here is what FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman had to say on this very subject.
"I don't know if [the physical and mental effects of such travel] is completely equal.
Seeing the most recent MLS power rankings, those who follow FC Dallas are rightful to be more than a bit perplexed. Other than SI.com, who has FCD ranked No. 1, the rankings at ESPNFC (No. 3) and MLSsoccer.com (No. 2) leave something to be desired. It's hard to understand why this Dallas team doesn't get more love on a national scene.
It's nothing new for FC Dallas players who don't know English to be taking English classes as that is a practice that has seemingly been the norm for some time now. However, FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman has taken that one step further and now requires members of his squad who don't speak Spanish to learn that language and the results, according to the gaffer, have been impressive to say the least.
FC Dallas' 3-0 win over Houston in the fourth round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night at FC Dallas Stadium was definitely a great results for the denizens of Frisco. However, there was one thing about the win that was a bit puzzling, why wasn't local product Ramon Nunez among the players listed on the bench for FC Dallas?