FC Dallas will have a new man at the helm next season.
Following a disappointing 2013 campaign that saw the side miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year, FC Dallas announced on Friday that head coach Schellas Hyndman will step down at the end of the season, ending his five-year run with the club.
Two of the more intriguing players currently on the FC Dallas roster are midfielders Jackson and Ramon Nunez. Of course, Jackson has been here since the 2010 season and while he has shown flashes of greatness, he has been wildly inconsistent, much to the lament of Hyndman and his staff.
"We'd all like to see more consistency out of him, right?
Got to talk to FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman earlier this week and asked him a few questions about FCD's next opponent, the New York Red Bulls, whom they will face on Sunday at Red Bull Arena and here's what he had to say.
New York has always been a club with great talent but who has never really seemed to put it all together.
Sunday night's game against LA was important for a lot of reasons. Topping the list were a couple of streaks FC Dallas was riding, neither of which are types a team wants to ride. And after the 90 minutes was up, Dallas had killed off one (scoreless minutes) but continued with the other (consecutive games without a win).
The true halfway point of the season was back a few games ago. With the extended break it felt like a good time to assess where each of the roster players are, and what they've done to this point. It's only fair to admit that these grades probably more reflect the performance seen of late simply because they're top of mind.
"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?
U.S. Under-17 national team head coach Richie Williams revealed a 20-player roster he will use to take part in the upcoming Nike Friendlies, which kick off on Wednesday in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Fulham FC academy's Emerson Hyndman, the grandson of FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman headlines a talent group of players that also features Portland Timbers academy product Rubio Rubin and recent Borussia Dortmund signing Junior Flores.
When it comes to FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman, there is one thing fans and media alike can always expect, that he won't mince words when it comes to talking about his club. Of course, sometimes that is a good things while other times it's not a great thing. But when asked about Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chivas USA, Hyndman stuck to his guns and pulled no punches, as you can read in the following statement about his club's poor performance at the Home Depot Center.
When FC Dallas hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night at FC Dallas Stadium, it won't
exactly be their first taste of facing the second-year member of Major League Soccer. After all,
FCD has faced the Whitecaps twice already in 2012, falling 1-0 at BC Place back earlier in the
season. But Dallas did exact a bit of revenge in the last meeting, blanking Vancouver 2-0 to split
their two trips at BC Place for the year.
With FC Dallas hosting Club Leon of Liga MX, the Mexican First Division, on Sunday, some FCD fans
might wonder whatever happened to the home-and-home series the club used to have with another
Mexican side Tigres UANL, the Battle for the Rio Grande Plate?
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Fabian Castillo missed Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC due to a hamstring injury and
the FC Dallas forward/midfielder has continued to recover this week. However, according to Dallas
gaffer Schellas Hyndman, Castillo will miss Sunday's friendly with Club Leon of Liga MX, better
known as the Mexican First Division.
When David Ferreira returned to the field for FC Dallas on July 4 against Toronto FC, it was a
welcome sight for FCD fans on several fronts. Not only was it great to see "El Torito" back on the
field after a 14-month absence due to injury, but his return sparked his teammates to up their own
level of play.
Austin Berry has been flying high for the Fire this season. (Getty Images)
Programing note:Â ...and we're back. Yeah, I had to take yesterday completely off and I
won't apologize for it at all either. As some probably found out, yesterday was my wedding
anniversary so there was little need for writing yesterday.
When FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman brought Brek Shea off the field in the 86th minute of
Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, many of those in attendance at FC Dallas Stadium and
watching on TV were a bit perplexed. They wondered why Hyndman would bring off one of his top
attacking players in what was still a 1-1 tie but a match where the final outcome remained very
much in doubt.
There's no doubt how great of a player David Ferreira has been since joining FC Dallas but also
around Major League Soccer. However, the fact that the entire attack is built around "El Torito"
also presents some problems, namely if a foe is effective at collapsing the middle of the field and
marking Ferreira doggedly, it can often result in a long and unproductive night for Schellas
In the first half of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas midfielder Jackson
delivered another goal for his side, the equalizer after the visitors had gone ahead thanks to a
nice sequence from Seattle's Steve Zakuani and Mauro Rosales in the 20th minute. Jackson's tally
was clearly a case of him being in the right place at the right time and capitalizing on the
opportunity, something he's done quite well during his time with Dallas.
With Fabian Castillo unavailable for Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas was
definitely going to miss the young Colombian's pace on the right flank. To his credit, Jackson did
a solid job filling in for No. 7 and even delivered the game-tying goal in the 32nd minute but
after this one was in the books, FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman admitted he sure could have used
Castillo, who ended a string of five straight starts due to a strained right hamstring.
In the 58th minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas rookie defender Matt
Hedges had to leave the game for Hernan Pertuz. Hedges had fallen to the ground inside the Dallas
area in obvious discomfort so FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman quickly summoned Pertuz to come in
and in a flash, Hedges was off the field.
In Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas finished the game with 24 total shots,
but that number's a bit misleading. See, MLS labels all shots as attempts on goal, which isn't
exactly true. Shots on goal are actually termed as shots on target. So FCD finished Sunday's tie
with the denizens of the Emerald City with seven shots on goal compared to just four by the
Schellas Hyndman on Jackson: "Jackson has that explosive speed, something that you really can't
teach players and as the game wears down he's got the high level conditioning. I thought he started
running a little bit more on Gonzalez and their defenders, but he gave us everything he had. He's
more of a flank player.
The Sounders put a big dent in Chivas USA's playoff chances last week and have a chance to
finish them off with a knockout punch next week. Sandwiched between is the first of a one-two punch
against the other team vying for the playoff spot the Vancouver Whitecaps seem so desperate to
FC Dallas won three matches in the first four months of their season - from March to the middle
Several months ago, FC Dallas began using heart monitors as a way to monitor the fitness levels
of players during training sessions. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman continues to incorporate this
data into how he designs his practices and also in how he tracks how every member of his roster is
performing in training.
Matt Hedges has definitely not been a typical rookie for a majority of this season. However, in
Sunday's 2-0 loss at the Los Angeles Galaxy, the FC Dallas rookie center back definitely had a
pretty bad rookie mistake. His gaffe in the 66th minute that saw him dispossessed by the Galaxy's
Jose Villarreal led to the first goal of the game by Juninho, one which proved to be the
game-winner in a contentious win for the reigning MLS Cup champs.
Some FC Dallas fans were a bit puzzled to see their beloved side loan out homegrown forward
Ruben Luna to San Antonio Scorpions FC recently. But the move makes sense on several fronts for
everyone involved. For FCD, they get Luna something he wouldn't figure to get in Dallas,
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FC Dallas fans haven't seen Ugo Ihemelu on the pitch since a 2-0 loss to Colorado back on May 6
at FC Dallas Stadium. And if the comments of FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman after training on
Wednesday are any indication, Dallas supporters might not see their captain again in 2012.
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Those expecting recent FC Dallas signing Matias Jara to have a big impact right away with his
new club figure to be sorely disappointed, especially since according to FCD head coach Schellas
Hyndman, his newest addition arrived in Frisco not in the greatest of shape, which means the
earliest he could make his Dallas debut could be on Sept.
A lot of labels have been attached to FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd in his nearly three seasons with
the club. One of those monikers is resilient. After having to miss last Saturday's 3-2 win over
Colorado because of a red card during a 1-1 draw at Portland the previous weekend, Loyd responded
with what his head coach called one of his best games in Wednesday's 2-0 shutout of Vancouver
Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
As is often the case with young players, a strong performance in one game often doesn't spill
over into the following match. That was definitely the case for FC Dallas striker Ruben Luna, who
was strong in the second 90-minute performance of his career in last Saturday's 3-2 win over
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Some FC Dallas fans were left scratching their heads when before Wednesday's 2-0 win at
Vancouver that holding midfielder James Marcelin had been left back in Dallas for what was termed a
coach's decision. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman elaborated on that situation a bit by phone on
Thursday night and here's what the ex-SMU gaffer had to say.
Like every other coach in Major League Soccer, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman keeps an
ever-watchful eye on what the other members of MLS are up to. So when asked for his thoughts on his
side's next opponent, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, whom FCD will face on Wednesday night at BC Place, he
had an interesting take.
For the second time in his short yet promising professional career, Ruben Luna went a full 90
minutes for FC Dallas in Saturday's 3-2 win over Colorado. The last time the young striker went the
distance was on April 1, 2011 at Columbus. And by all accounts, Luna was solid against the Rapids,
displaying some of the same skills-like holding the ball, drawing cards and generally making life
difficult on the opposition, that everyone who has seen him play knows he can display at a moment's
It only seems like it's been forever since George John and Ugo Ihemelu were paired together in
the FC Dallas backline as one of the better center back tandems in all of Major League Soccer.
Ihemelu hasn't played since May 6 due to concussion symptoms and honestly may not see the pitch
again this year while John only recently returned from concussion issues of his own.
Schellas Hyndman isn't a hard man to read. And it's also not terribly hard to determine his true feelings about a player if one can just read between the lines. But sometimes Hyndman will just come right out and say how he feels about one of his players. That is definitely the case when it comes to FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar, who has recently returned to the pitch after missing much of the season with a foot injury.