Zakuani has been dealing with pain from a sports hernia surgery he had earlier in the year, and it looks as if he will not able to recover in time to return to action this year. The injury has been one that Zakuani has dealt with much for of the season and he suffered a setback earlier this month when he played against the Portland Timbers.
Though the Los Angeles Galaxy would rather focus on their final game of the Major League Soccer regular season, they're a bit preoccupied at the moment with the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Galaxy, who are currently in El Salvador preparing for their CCL Group Stage match against Isidro Metapan, are one of four MLS teams in action this week and will have to stretch their squads thin when trying to keep players fresh for the important league action.
FC Dallas captain David Ferreira hasn't been heard from much since the end of the 2013 MLS regular season. However, he did stop for a brief chat after training on Tuesday and here's what the 2010 MLS MVP had to say about several subjects:
FCD holds an option on your contract for next season.
It was a season that started so well, only to see the whole thing transform into one of Major League Soccer's most historic nose dives, and ultimately the resignation of FC Dallas' longest tenured coach.
Grading is about as subjective as process as there is. Everyone sees players in different lights and remembers different moments from the season.
Dan Hunt and Fernando Clavijo held a media call this week to update everyone on the coach hiring process. Progress has been made, candidates interviewed, more to come but a couple of Hunt's comments are worrisome.
There were two points that need discussion:
That the fate of roster players on option or out of contract has been decided.
HUNT How important is it that the next coach plays an attractive brand of soccer? Hunt: It is a beautiful game for a reason and we love attacking soccer. You take the American fan at the core and they like to see offense. That's why you see the rule changes in the NFL and NBA which provide for more offense.
Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt and FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo were on a conference call with the media on Thursday morning and here are the highlights from that call which spanned around 40 minutes in total.
HSG VP DAN HUNT How many candidates have you interviewed?
Imagine for a second that you're an assistant coach in Major League Soccer or maybe even a head coach of a successful college program. And one day you get a call from an MLS side looking to hire a new head coach and they'd like to interview you.
You ponder the thought, weighing out the costs of uprooting your entire family and leaving a place you've gotten quite comfortable in against the benefit of being a head coach in MLS and decide it might be worth a shot.
After my gut feeing told me that FC Dallas would end up hiring its current Technical Director Fernando Clavijo or Asst Coach Marco Ferruzzi, introduced was the strong suggestion that Dan Hunt and family would shoot for the moon and go after more desirable names in Kreis, Pareja or Ramos.
Fernando Clavijo did a lot of talking last week during a conference call with media that lasted nearly 15 minutes. However, this writer caught up with the current FC Dallas technical director after training on Tuesday for several quick questions and here's what he had to say:
Do you think flank midfielder is the club's biggest need heading into the offseason?
On Monday after training, outgoing FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman told this reporter and one other member of the leering press that he would be staying on as a consultant once his time as FCD's head coach came to an end.
Hyndman was then asked what his plans are off the field once his time on the Dallas sideline comes to a close and here's what the gaffer had to say:
"My wife and I are going to enjoy our lives together.
Since before he even became FC Dallas head coach in June 2008, an annual event for Schellas Hyndman has been his annual coaching clinic where he brings in high school coaches from across the state for several days of instruction on how they can become better coaches.
Well, since Hyndman joined FCD, he has been able to give attendees of his annual clinic a few more perks, like tickets to an FCD home game and the like.
Saturday's match at Buck Shaw Stadium between FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes will mark the end of the Schellas Hyndman era as FCD's head coach. And as Hyndman gets prepared for his swan song with the club, should FCD win, then he would be just the second coach in club history to win his final game at the helm.
On Wednesday afternoon, the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced that David Ferreira and Jackson had both been fined an undisclosed amount for their roles in a halftime confrontation during Saturday's 2-0 win by FC Dallas over Seattle Sounders FC at Toyota Stadium.
Per the league-issued press release, Jackson and Ferreira were fined for "professional conduct detrimental to the image of the League".
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:
Frank Yallop needed someone with knowledge of MLS' inner workings and an eye for talent as his right hand man and he apparently got that with the hiring of former Columbus Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss. His resume includes a six year stint as TD in Columbus before taking over as interim coach to close this season and six years as an assistant in Kansas City.
Last week, news surfaced that FC Dallas had interviewed 2008 MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto for the club's still vacant head coaching position. Schelotto of course did some great things with Columbus between 2007 and 2010, helping lead the Crew to winning MLS Cup in 2008. He remains a legend in Black-and-Gold circles and rightfully so.
On Monday afternoon, the first shoes officially started to drop with the FC Dallas off-season as the club announced it would not be picking up the options on Erick, David Ferreira and Ramon Nunez for 2014, three pretty easy decisions to say the least. Here's a look at each player:
David Ferreira Ferreira served this club well in both 2009 and 2010, when he was MLS MVP.
Late last week, a report surfaced from a soccer blog that FC Dallas would likely be adding a USL-PRO club in 2014. And some were abuzz about this possibility, mainly because of what it could mean for the younger players on the first-team roster in terms of getting them more consistent and steady playing time which would in turn help accelerate their development.
With FC Dallas' search for a new coach to replace the departed Schellas Hyndman still dragging on, it's a realistic possibility that FCD won't fill the open position until after December 1, when options for players will need to be renewed or declined. But with Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt saying on a conference call that several candidates are with teams still alive in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
One name that has yet to surface when it comes to candidates for the currently vacant FC Dallas coaching job is ex-Colorado head coach Gary Smith. Of course, FCD fans remember him most as being the coach when the Rapids got the better of Dallas in the 2010 MLS Cup final. Smith has since returned to his native England and has worked in several capacities across the pond.
During the offseason after the last Worst Season Ever, D.C. United traded away a draft pick and promising/disappointing fullback/midfielder Rodney Wallace to the Portland Timbers for Dax McCarty, whom the expansion side had just acquired from the MLS Cup runner-up FC Dallas through the league's re-entry draft.
On Tuesday, Richard Sanchez trained with FC Dallas for the first time in several months. The Homegrown goalkeeper just concluded a highly successful loan stint with Fort Lauderdale of the NASL and the affable young keeper spoke highly of his time with the Strikers and specifically what he gained from his time in south Florida.
This is clearly not how Eric Hassli envisioned his first season with FC Dallas going. The French-born striker battled back issues for much of the year and finished with just one assist in 15 games, four of which were starts. However, with him under contract for 2014, he is no longer worried about what happened in 2013, choosing instead to focus on his preparations heading into the 2014 season, which could be a nice bounce back year for the big goal scorer.
FC Dallas will have its official final day of training today. After that, the club will conduct physicals and exit interviews, meaning that most players will be free to depart the team facility by early next week, a timeframe current interim head coach Marco Ferruzzi elaborated on following training on Tuesday.
Now that the smoke has cleared from the 2013 MLS regular season, the order for the 2014 MLS Super Draft, which will be held on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia is now starting to take shape. FC Dallas will pick fifth. Here's a look at the top five.
Oct 19, 2013; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Peter Luccin (8) controls the ball against the Seattle Sounders FC in the send half at Toyota Stadium. Dallas beat the Seattle 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Not only was Saturday's win by FC Dallas over Seattle Sounders FC noteworthy because FCD ended a six-game winless streak and sent outgoing head coach Schellas Hyndman out a winner in his home finale.
8 Jun 1996: Brian Haynes of the Dallas Burn runs down the field with the ball during a game against the San Jose Clash at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The Burn won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
Former Dallas Burn midfielder Brian Haynes, who played 96 games for the club between 1996 and 2000 and later served the team as an assistant coach is now the head coach for Atlanta Silverbacks FC of the NASL.