USL PRO trio has a good week, while it's misery for a few former Union players on winless MLS teams.
Chris Seitz got 90 minutes in goal on Saturday as Dallas defeated Toronto 2-1. Andrew Jacobson came off the bench in second half stoppage time. He is likely to continue doing so, as Hendry Thomas and Michel seem to be the preferred defensive midfield pairing.
Justin Mapp had an excellent match on Saturday, assisting on Montreal's first goal of the season. Mapp dribbled past three guys, before sending in a right-footed (!!!) to an unguarded Sanna Nyassi. As a result of his performance on Saturday, Justin was named to MLSsoccer.
Justin Mapp's 84th minute assist on Karl Ouimette's winner put a serious dent in his former club's playoff hopes. The assist was Mapp's fourth against the Union since being selected by Montreal in the 2011 Expansion Draft. The Impact control their own playoff destiny, as a win against Toronto on Saturday would likely give them the third playoff spot in the East.
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.
For the second straight league game Sporting KC allowed points to slip away. This time instead just one point, KC dropped two as they allowed Dallas to score a goal in the 90th minute to allow them to secure a point with their only shot on goal all game.
KC had a good opportunity early on from their high pressure.
Now that FC Dallas' 2013 season is almost over, the focus shifts to who the club will hire to replace outgoing head coach Schellas Hyndman, who will officially step down after Saturday's trip to San Jose. Well, two FCD regulars have an idea of what qualities this new hire should have, so here are their thoughts:
Thanks to Chris Seitz for alerting everyone that his segment on MLS Insider will be appearing on the latest episode, one which will air at 6:30 PM this Friday on the NBC Sports Network. Of course, the segment will focus on Seitzy's decision to donate bone marrow last fall, a selfless act that earned him 2012 MLS W.
During a brief conversation with FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo early last week, he confirmed that right back Zach Loyd is the only current member of the FCD roster whose contract will expire at the end of the season.
Loyd and the club did not reach terms on a contract extension during the off-season and it is club policy under Clavijo not to do extensions during the season.
Some were surprised to see Chris Seitz as the starting goalkeeper for FC Dallas on Sunday night. Apparently, starter Raul Fernandez had been released to join the Peruvian national team for a Wednesday friendly in South Korea. So, Seitz, whose last action as a starter had been the 2-1 win over D.C.
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.
Conveniently available for a Cascadia derby, the man is a hat trick hero
A total of 68 points set the pace this week, scored by #USMNT. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $8.2) was the captain and assisted on two goals, plus earned a penalty, on his way to 24 points. Michael Bradley (TOR, $10.1) contributed a goal and 9 points, while Aurelien Collin (SKC, $10.
Michael Orozco got the nod at right back over Geoff Cameron, who was picked to fill in for an injured Michael Bradley only moments later. Orozco was partially at fault for the second goal, venturing too far up the touchline, and making Omar Gonzalez come out to defend. Beasley was then powerless against a trio of Costa Rican attackers, one of whom headed the ball into the back of the net.
An unexpected points leader shoots to the top of the scoring list
With D.C. United on bye, Fantasy Focus takes a more enjoyable tone this week. York River AFC led scorers this week with 80 points. Will Bruin (HOU, $8.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points, contributing a goal. Backing him up with 11 points each were Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.
With 79 points, Olsen's Army led the round. Sean Franklin (LA, $5.5M) played two games and contributed two clean sheets as captain to score 26 points. Backing him up was Matt Hedges (DAL, $5.4) with a clean sheet, a goal, and 14 points, as well as Dominic Oduro (CLB, $7.0M) with a goal, an assist, and 11 points.
With their 3-3 draw with Chile on Friday, Colombia has qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Colombia went down 3-0, but showed determination to come back and earn the draw. Both MondragÃ³n and loanee Carlos Valdes watched from the bench. This will be Valdes's first World Cup appearance, and MondragÃ³n's third, his first coming in 1994.
Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach General thoughts on the match... It was really disappointing. I wish we could have gotten another goal. The longer the game was going, the more [Portland] was building confidence. They put us under pressure at the end of the first half with some services and in the second half, we came out and just made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the back that led to the defeat.
I love watching games on Univision, among other reasons because the game starts off with the announcer yelling Â¡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.