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.
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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Maybe it was after the final whistle had sounded and the curtain had officially fallen on the 2012 FC Dallas season but then again, maybe it was weeks before when some of us called this team's playoff chances DOA, but once the '12 campaign was officially in the books, it was time to figure out what the biggest questions facing FCD were heading into what promised to be a short yet eventful off-season.
When all the news surrounding FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman surfaced last week, with his camp and FCD not being able to reach financial terms, Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was in the middle of a well-deserved week off.
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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.
Numerous Major League Soccer teams announced roster decisions on Wednesday, while two teams made changes in the front office. The Los Angeles Times reported Chivas USA fired Jose Domene as general manager. The 32-year-old native of Mexico became general manager [...]
FC Dallas fans wondering if and when the club will decide to bring back starters like veteran goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and up-and-coming center back George John for 2013 and beyond will be glad to hear from head coach Schellas Hyndman that FCD plans on making decisions on them in fairly short order.
"We were looking at a couple players quite seriously, trying to make some decisions on contract options and I think those decisions might be a little bit clearer. That's one thing we learned." - Schellas Hyndman
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With the exception of starting goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, no player on the FC Dallas roster knows better how different things can go from year to year than veteran midfielder Daniel Hernandez. That's what asking the former Dallas captain for his thoughts on a 2012 season that was eventful to say the least was a no-brainer.
Since coming over in a trade with Kansas City prior to the 2010 season, Kevin Hartman has been nothing short of a rock between the posts for FC Dallas. After claiming the starting spot for his own early in 2010 and never looking back, "El Gato" has been as dependable and hard-working as they come even now at age 38.
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.
It was a good week in MLS for playoff-bound forwards.
Fabian Espindola, Sherjill MacDonald and Chris Wondolowski are all key figures on teams heading into the MLS playoffs, and all three showed they are ready for post-season glory as they each turned in outstanding performances over the weekend.
"I think we were lucky to get a point. We had opportunities to put them away. And I think part of the Achilles' heel for Chivas is when they give up goals. When they give up a goal, they seem to give up more. For us, we just didn't have it today. I don't know if it's the long season, if it's the pressure, if it's the stress.
Coming into Sunday's matchup with Chivas USA, FC Dallas was in desperate need of a win to keep up with the Vancouver Whitecaps. That win did not come, as Dallas dropped a pivotal two points, in a match that Chivas USA dominated at home.
We put ourselves in a position to get three points tonight. San Jose is a difficult place to play. There is a reason San Jose calls themselves "the Goonies." They never say die and tonight, unfortunately for us, was more of the same. We had issues dealing with the physicality of the game late. The last goal, it really seemed like Zach [Loyd] took a big shove in the back.
With five games remaining and FC Dallas' playoff hopes remaining just a flicker, it's more than
likely time to start addressing which players have expiring contracts and which don't for FCD. This
is by no means an exhaustive list as this piece was mainly done to show which contracts were
Few MLS goalkeepers boast the reputation and accomplishments of Kevin Hartman, holder of most of the major goalkeepers in MLS history, and the Red Bulls are looking to exploit that experience to the fullest.
The Red Bulls officially added "El Gato" Hartman to their roster with an interesting wrinkle; he will also serve as the team's Goalkeeper Development Manager tasked to work with the team's young keeping core and it's development academy.
Three players will not return to the Philadelphia Union in 2013, as the team parted ways with Gabriel Gomez, Porfirio Lopez and Krystian Witkowski. All three will be available in this afternoon's Major League Soccer Waiver Draft, which will happen at 3:30 EDT.
Of the three who will not come back, Gomez was the most notable release.
The Union's new director of international player development says the team is very close to signing a player after Argentina scouting trip. Two local players are Hermann Trophy semifinalists. Morgan hat trick powers USWNT's 5-0 thumping of Ireland. More news.
Clubs were back in action this week after the international break, plenty of games this week and lots of midweek games as well. Here's this week's games.
Active without a club or unknown Stephane Auvray Chris Brunt Eloy Colombano Doug DeMartin Birahim Diop Pablo Escobar Mauro Fuzetti AJ Godbolt Tom Gray Willy Guadarrama Zoltan Hercegfalvi Santiago Hirsig Aaron Hohlbein Will John Neal Kitson Jonathan Leathers Ryan McMahen Anthony Noriega Ryan Pore Sergei Raad Ofori Sarkodie Sam Scales Ivan Trujillo Lance Watson
MLS Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 3-1 loss to Chicago.
Here is this week's former Wizards update. Not a lot of goals this week, only Sunil Chhetri's goal
against Cameroon in the Nehru Cup. Next week will be a light week with national team duty going on.
Here is the information though.
Active without a club or unknown
MLS Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 59 minutes in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Columbus.
Earlier this week, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman stated the obvious, that the consensus between he and the rest of the FCD Competition Committee was that the club's biggest need going forward was adding another striker to complement Blas Perez up top. But of the players with expiring contracts, who is the most vital for Dallas to re-sign?
"Well, it's not just this game, it's the whole season. I ask you to look at any team in the league that has gone without seven starters in a game, tonight we went without five; we left five guys at home. We've done that the whole year." - Schellas Hyndman
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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.
Following a home opener that saw the New York Red Bulls dominate proceedings but emerge with just a single point for their efforts, Mike Petke's men go back on the road again to face the red-hot Montreal Impact, who boast a perfect record through three games.
The late, great Jerry Garcia might have said it best when in one Grateful Dead classic, the legendary Captain Trips said what a long, strange trip it's been. Well, with just over a month having passed since FC Dallas rode off into the off-season with a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on Oct. 28, much has happened.
Another week of former Wizards updates. Lots of news outside of games for former Wizards. Along with Roger Espinoza set to join the list of former Wizards, a number of former players are set to go into the reentry draft after being released from their MLS clubs. Shavar Thomas and Tyson Wahl were already going to be entering that, and 3 more players today joined that list.
Be honest. If we told you that Steve Cherundolo played his first game for the National Team in
1999, would you have believed it?
Well, we've got one better. Not only did he play Sept. 8, 1999, as a 20-year-old, but he did it
right here in Kingston. On that day, he went 90 in the USA's 2-2 draw.