(On the outcome of the game...) "It's about right. They created a lot of chances, a lot of breakaways, a lot of counterattacks. It seemed like the only time Seattle really put their foot on the ball is when we were down a man.
"All good things must come to an end", and for FC Dallas it was the end of its lengthy unbeaten streak. Coming in the form of a thorough 4-2 loss up in Seattle, Hyndman's troops simply played their first really lousy match in a long while. And they paid for it.
Notice the difference between Dallas' win using the 4-4-2 against DC and the loss using the same formation against Seattle?
During his nearly three full years with FC Dallas, Eric Avila came to be regarded as a great role player, someone who could come off the bench in the second half and provide some pace, vision and offensive creativity when the opposition might be starting to tire a bit.
It's a role the affable midfielder filled quite well until he was traded to Toronto FC in summer 2011.
Back in 2010, Zach Loyd was a rookie for FC Dallas, going fifth overall in the 2010 MLS Super Draft. The Oklahoma native ended up playing 24 games for FCD as a rookie, including 19 starts and was a contributor on a team that accomplished something no other Dallas team had ever done in franchise history, advance all the way to MLS Cup.
With FC Dallas venturing to CenturyLink Field in Seattle this weekend to face Seattle Sounders FC, a club lauded for having one of the best if not the top gameday atmosphere in Major League Soccer, let's take a look at the clubs who have the most home wins since 2009, the year Seattle entered the league.
With FC Dallas visiting CenturyLink Field this weekend to face Seattle Sounders FC, it's a great time to look back on what to date has been FCD's lone win in the Emerald City. It happened on May 25, 2011 when Brek Shea scored in the 18th minute to send FCD back to the Lone Star State with the full three points thanks to a 1-0 win.
Of course, every rookie is different. But it's an interesting study in contrast to look at the difference between London Woodberry and Walker Zimmerman. After Woodberry made his first MLS start in last Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Portland, he admitted he was more than a bit nervous.
And while Zimmerman did not start in Saturday's 2-1 win over D.
Officially, FC Dallas has already scored six goals off set pieces this season-three off corner kicks and the other three coming off free kicks. But if one were to count the own goal by Vancouver in the 2-2 draw at BC Place on April 27, then that total would balloon to seven.
Schellas Hyndman is of course no different than any other soccer coach no matter the level of competition in that he wants to see his club be quite formidable in set-piece situations, something FCD has already accomplished even in the early stages of the 2013 MLS season.
OK, so we're not even at the halfway point of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, so it is more than a bit early to talk about team MVPs and some such. However, it's never a bad time to talk about which players have clearly meant the most to FC Dallas so far this season.
But if there is one player who has surprised many of us, and in a pleasant fashion, that player has been Michel.
Neither David Ferreira nor George John trained on Thursday morning in Frisco, but there is a major difference between the two FC Dallas starters. Ferreira will be making the trip to Seattle and should start against Sounders FC on Saturday while John, a native of the Seattle area, will not be traveling with the team in order to give the young center back more time to rest his knee, which has been bothering him since a 2-2 draw at Vancouver on April 27.
FC Dallas doesn't play Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink until Saturday night, but FCD will be leaving Frisco this afternoon (Thursday) in advance of that match. While leaving two days before playing might seem a bit early to some, it's been a practice that has become commonplace over the last few years for teams in MLS traveling West.
FC Dallas doesn't leave for Seattle until early Thursday afternoon and it appears FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman won't make a decision on whether or not central attacking midfielder David Ferreira (hamstring), linking midfielder Andrew Jacobson (hamstring) and center back George John (knee) will make the trip and if they will play on Saturday night against Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.
When Chivas USA acquired midfielder Gabriel Farfan on Tuesday in a trade with the Philadelphia Union, it was a move that probably didn't mean much to many outside of those who closely follow Los Rojiblancos, but the addition of Farfan did mean something to one current member of the Red-and-White's roster and that would be one Eric Avila, a former midfielder for FC Dallas.