That was a great result for us. We started off the game very well, scored a very nice goal. We went into a 4-4-2 formation so we could play Eric [Hassli] and Blas [Perez] together. We had speed on both flanks with Jackson and Fabian [Castillo].
Five changes to the lineup, a new twist on the formation and a focus on attacking the game early. Ben Olsen finally threw the kitchen sink at D.C. United's six-game losing streak on Saturday night. But it wasn't enough, as the Black-and-Red dropped a 2-1 result to FC Dallas in Frisco, Tex.
United started well enough, controlling possession through the midfield trio of Perry Kitchen, Raphael Augusto and Dwayne De Rosario and pressing Dallas all around the field.
With Raul Fernandez playing for Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and likely not rejoining FC Dallas until Saturday, when FCD will face New England at Gillette Stadium, Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman's original plan was to give Chris Seitz, who performed well in goal in FCD's 2-0 blanking of Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in Frisco, a second straight start between the posts and evaluate where his goalkeeper race stood after facing the Revolution.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman Thoughts on the game... It was a good game. I think the players might have been a little bit flat coming out, and we were concerned about that before the game started. I had a strong talk with them that they needed to be ready to go because we knew Salt Lake would be.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman is no different than any other coach at any level of competition in that he wants strong competition at every position. But no position has been more contested so far this year than goalkeeper, where Chris Seitz, the backup each of the last two seasons, has battled it out with newcomer Raul Fernandez.
Chris Seitz has been with FC Dallas since the 2011 season, when he came over in a trade with Seattle Sounders FC, who had taken him in the MLS Re-Entry Draft after he spent the '11 campaign with Philadelphia, where he was not only the starting goalkeeper for the Union but he was also a teammate of current FCD midfielder Andrew Jacobson.
One of the more pressing questions surrounding FC Dallas this preseason was who would emerge as the starting goalkeeper? Both Chris Seitz, who has been FCD's backup each of the last two seasons and newcomer Raul Fernandez, somewhat of a wildcard from Peru, battled it out and it was surprising for some to see Fernandez earn the starting nod for the March 2 season opener against Colorado.
Those hoping that FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman would name a starting goalkeeper in advance of Saturday's season opener with Colorado will be sorely disappointed to hear that FCD won't announce whether it will be Chris Seitz or Raul Fernandez between the posts against the Rapids until gameday.
Even with the recent arrival of Kyle Zobeck, a former Valparaiso goalkeeper the club selected in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman admits he is toying with the idea of carrying four goalkeepers (Raul Fernandez, Richard Sanchez, Chris Seitz and Zobeck) on the roster this season.
The big story surrounding Chris Seitz in 2012 was the truly selfless act of the-then FC Dallas backup goalkeeper donating bone marrow, a deed which ended his season prematurely but also neared him 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year honors.
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What a difference a few weeks can make. Right after FC Dallas ended the 2012 regular season with a whimper thanks to a 2-2 draw at the hands of Chivas USA on Oct. 28, a club FCD registered all of three points against this year, talk began about what the team's biggest need was going forward.
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FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo addressed the tweet issued by Kevin Hartman's agent on Wednesday saying the club had not offered his client a contract for 2013 as well as several other Hartman-related issues. Here's what he said by phone on Thursday.
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After three seasons with FC Dallas, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman looks to be on his way out of Frisco. His agent, Ron Waxman, commented tonight that the club has not offered Hartman a contract, and will not be doing so.
Waxman stated "FC Dallas have decided not to offer star GK Kevin Hartman a new contract.
Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2012 postseason awards and Chris Seitz has been named a finalist for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year. The winners for each award will be revealed in the coming weeks. The other Finalists for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year are Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City) and Michael Lahoud (Philadelphia Union).
Like every other member of Major League Soccer, FC Dallas has some decisions to make as to which players will see their contract options renewed or which will play elsewhere in 2013. Here is a rundown of the contract status for certain FCD players with much thanks to Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo for confirming all of this information.
In the realm of professional sports, soccer players are among the most approachable and friendly guys on the planet when it comes to dealing with either the media or fans. So, when news surfaced earlier this week that FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had been missing practices and games because he had donated bone marrow last month, few who knew the ex-Maryland keeper were surprised because selfless is one of many ways to describe him.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz has made 102 saves during a six-year career that has seen him play for three different teams, mostly as a back-up after entering Major League Soccer as one of the best young American goalkeeping prospects in college history. Some of those 102 saves have been astounding, such as the handful of jaw-dropping stops he made at the end of the 2011 season to deny Chris Wondolowski the Golden Boot.
Playing a few days after a trip to Trinidad in 100-degree heat without being entirely at full
strength is not exactly a recipe for success. No, this was not a standout performance from the
Seattle Sounders, but it was the result they needed. A 1-1 tie against FC Dallas keeps the Sounders
in good position to get a Top 3 seed in the Western Conference and sets them up nicely for the
Chase Harrison could have given up on pro soccer long ago.
It could have been after the 2006 season, when Real Salt Lake drafted him, loaned him out to a
USL team that folded at season's end, and then waived him before he appeared in a single match.
(The club drafted Chris Seitz a few months later.
Kleberson unveiling tonight in Horsham. The Union's history with the Crew. Basso, Brandt, and Ekra return to City Islanders. Gomez and Santos defeat Seattle. FIFA names goal-line technology for Confederations and World Cup. More.
Hack says not to put too much into preseason match results, will start first team tonight against Montreal. Union responds to criticism of Chik-Fil-A promotion. FIFA to drug test. Some beautiful Union artwork, alligators, Black Flag, and more.
Hackworth says a South American signing is "a really likely possibility" also says club will announce new assistant coach, "probably this week." Beckham confirms playing days in MLS done. Women's pro league announcement today.
Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz clarified in the press conference
earlier this week that Peter Nowak was responsible for all personnel decisions during his reign.
With nearly every journalist, blogger, tweeter, fan, or casual observer of the league scratching
their heads over why he chose to part ways with the most successful and recognizable players on his
young team, it's not a surprise his days were numbered.
Per MLS Press Release: FC Dallas Goalkeeper Chris Seitz Named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year NEW YORK (Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012) Major League Soccer announced today that FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz was voted the 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year. This past August, Seitz was contacted by DKMS, the world's largest [.
There is some scuttlebutt out there that FC Dallas was on the verge of adding Colombian goalkeeper David Gonzalez for the rest of the season. Gonzalez is currently out of contract after most recently playing three matches for Barnsley FC of the English second division on what appears to be a non-contract basis.
It was an eventful night in goal for Chris Seitz on Sunday night against Club Leon FC of Liga MX, the Mexican First Division. And even though Leon attacked in waves, the backup FC Dallas goalkeeper handled the pressure relatively well, allowing three goals during 90 minutes.
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I love watching games on Univision, among other reasons because the game starts off with the announcer yelling ¡ESTE . . . ES TIEMPO DE NUESTRO FUTBOL! Don't you think every soccer broadcast should start that way? I do, though it's hard to imagine, say, Martin Tyler or Ian Darke getting it just right.
Yanks Abroad confirms Union have already picked up the 2014 option on Pfeffer's contract. Eastern PA USOC qualification recap. MLS Cup Final viewership numbers. Will Messi break Muller's record today? More.
It's that time of year, right after MLS Cup when teams have to decide which members of the roster will have their contract options picked up and which will not. Spoke to FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman about this very subject on Monday and here's what he had to say.
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