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FC Dallas Friday Flurry – 10/17/14

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Here are your FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.


FCD leads MLS in one-goal games this season, having played 18 of them. Dallas is 9-9-0 in such contests. Seattle, who has played 16 and is 10-6-0, is second in the league in one-goal games.

FCD hasn’t won in week two since Morrow era

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Now that the Oscar Pareja era of FC Dallas soccer is officially off to a favorable start thanks to FCD's 3-2 win over Montreal on Saturday, it's time to shift the focus toward this weekend's trip to Sporting Park to face reigning MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City.

Dallas hasn't fared so well recently in the second game of the season, going 0-3-3 in their last six.

Paid Their Dues: MLS Season Preview

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With the MLS season about to start, we take a look at those who have left us.

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)

Jacobson has been a starter under Schellas Hyndman for the past three years, but he appears to be the odd man out in Manager Oscar Pareja's 4-3-3. Following Hyndman's departure this Winter, FC Dallas poached Pareja from the Rapids.

SBI MLS Season Preview: FC Dallas

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It was going so well for FC Dallas in 2013.

An 8-2-3 start saw FCD jump to the top of the table come summertime, but a 13-game winless streak that soon followed resulted in missing out on the playoffs and the parting of ways with head coach Schellas Hyndman at season's end.

Hyndman talks life post FC Dallas

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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.

Coaching clinics is something Hyndman will miss

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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.

Hyndman Seeks to End FCD Tenure on High

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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.

Ferreira, Jackson Fined by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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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".

Players speak about criteria for next FC Dallas coach

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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:

M Andrew Jacobson

"You know, everyone is different.

Schellas reveals he’ll stick around as, “a consultant”

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Not even four days after announcing he would be stepping down as the coach of FC Dallas at the end of the season, Schellas Hyndman said after training on Monday that he'd be remaining with the organization as a consultant.

"Clark [Hunt] was very kind to me and I'll be staying as a consultant in some manner.

Hyndman discusses friendship with Sigi

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Before Saturday's match between Seattle Sounders FC and FC Dallas kicked off at Toyota Stadium, the cameras from NBC Sports Network captured Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid and FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman conversing.

Schmid and Hyndman of course are longtime adversaries, both from the college ranks as well as in MLS.

Hyndman leaving on his terms not surprising

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It was truly a surreal morning at Toyota Stadium on Friday. FC Dallas was on the stadium field in preparation for Saturday afternoon's match with Seattle, something which is customary on the day before a home game.

But the first sign that this day would be a bit different might have come late in training with this writer and one other member of the leering press were informed by an FCD employee that media access to head coach Schellas Hyndman and the players would be delayed a bit after training was over because they were having a team meeting.

Clark Hunt statements on Hyndman’s resignation

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Opening Statement

"As you guys can imagine, today's a very sad day for our family. As Schellas mentioned, I've known him for 30 years. He's someone that I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for. And I am so thankful for his time at FC Dallas. He took a team in 2008 that was struggling and within a couple of years had us playing in MLS Cup and we came just that close of achieving our ultimate goal of bringing an MLS Cup back to Dallas.

Schellas Hyndman’s Opening Statement

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There is obviously much more to come on this subject, but here is the opening statement from FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman on his decision to step down as coach at season's end from a press conference at Toyota Stadium on Friday morning.

I will be stepping down at the end of the season as coach.

Hyndman to leave FC Dallas at end of season

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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.

Schellas Hyndman announces resignation

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The longest tenured coach for FC Dallas will come to an end with the 2013 season as announced by Schellas Hyndman today.

From the team's press release:

"I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the FC Dallas family for the last five years," Hyndman said. "After a lot of thought and consideration, I feel the time is right for me to step down as head coach of FC Dallas.

FC Dallas missed Ellinger’s presence

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One of the bigger changes on the FC Dallas bench heading into this season was the retirement of veteran MLS coach John Ellinger, the former Real Salt Lake head coach who had been a trusted confidant for FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman.

Ellinger was clearly someone who knew the ins and outs of MLS and Hyndman in the past has stated how much he liked having his good friend and colleague around to bounce ideas off of to get a different perspective on things than his own.

Mauro Diaz Has Strained MCL; George John Has Knee Pain

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While nothing is official, it appears that FC Dallas fans might have seen the last of both Mauro Diaz and George John on the field for the club this season. Diaz was walking quite gingerly on his right leg on Monday after having to come out of Saturday's 3-2 loss to Chicago in the first half.

FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman offered the following update on Diaz after training on Wednesday:

"I think he has a strained MCL, which will probably knock him out for at least a week but we'll have to wait and see," Hyndman said.

We need to talk about Schellas

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The "elephant in the room" is the status of Schellas Hyndman. What follows are the thoughts on the matter from each of us at 3rdDegree.

Buzz Carrick:

The interesting thing, for me, about Schellas Hyndman, is what an up front, no nonsense guy he is. There isn't a whole lot of BS, buttering up, or blowing smoke.

How each of Hyndman’s FCD seasons have ended

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There is no joy in Mudville or among FC Dallas supporters after the Chicago Fire ended any FCD playoff aspirations with a 3-2 win at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night. Seeing FCD not qualify for the postseason for a second straight year made this writer wonder about when the team was eliminated or clinched a playoff berth in the other seasons under current head coach Schellas Hyndman, so here's a look:


Year Date Result Games Remaining
2010 Oct.

Relationship with FC Dallas: “Its complicated”

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Like that underachieving family member, FC Dallas is just a club very hard to love. You "have" to because its your club. You "want" to because its your club. You support it and root for it no matter what.

Yet, its another year, another disappointment.

Although, where on the scale of disappointment the 2013 season will sit probably depends on your history with the club.

Schellas Hyndman’s Record by Foe

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With the Chicago Fire coming to Frisco this weekend, a team current FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman is 4-2-2 against, it's a good time to look at how Hyndman has fared against the other clubs in Major League Soccer during the regular season, so here's that breakdown:


Team Record
Chivas USA 5-3-4
Colorado 5-5-5
LA Galaxy 4-6-4
Portland 2-3-3
Real Salt Lake 4-7-2
San Jose 3-3-6
Seattle 1-6-4
Vancouver 6-1-1



Team Record
Chicago 4-2-2
Columbus 2-6-2

The “Signature Wins” of the Hyndman era

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OK, it is definitely cliché to say and it is an overused term to say the least but every coach no matter the sport has a few wins or maybe even losses that define his tenure with that team. FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman is no different and with this possibly being his last season at the helm of FCD, what better time to look at his signature wins?

Know Your Enemy: FC Dallas

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Cowboys suck.

OTF's Stephen Mangat tells you who shot J.R. and other things Dallas...

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On The Fire Soccer Radio #11: T.C.B.

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We go to eleven in this episode...

OTF Radio #11: T.C.B. And remember, you can find On The Fire Soccer Radio on iTunes & Stitcher too!

FC Dallas by the letter D

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Until Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki won an NBA title with the Mavs in 2011, there was a running joke where some would call the Big German "Irk" because he didn't know much about playing D. Of course, that banter all went away after Nowitzki and company hoisted the Lawrence O'Brien Trophy just two years ago.

RSL holds on to draw FC Dallas after early red card

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SANDY, Utah It was a much tougher than expected match for Real Salt Lake, which earned a point in its penultimate home match of the season. Strikes from Alvaro Saborio for RSL and Kenny Cooper for FC Dallas were all that the teams could muster as the match ended 1-1 in front of 20,488 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Sitting David Ferreira was about attacking options say Schellas Hyndman

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When FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman decided to sit captain David Ferreira at least for the start of Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Crew, it was an interesting decision to say the least. Hyndman opted to go for the younger, faster and obviously lesser experienced Mauro Diaz in the No. 10 role for FCD, something he attributes to what he saw in a 1-0 loss to New York several weeks ago.

Schellas Hyndman: Midfield didn’t help Fabian Castillo out vs. Columbus

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Other than FCD's overall lackluster showing a game that was most assuredly a must-win on Sunday against Columbus, one other notable thing to take away from that loss in Frisco was the fact that with David Ferreira on the bench, Fabian Castillo appeared to be a different player and not in a good way.

Dan Hunt admits Dempsey price tag a bit too high for FCD

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Almost from the moment that Clint Dempsey signed with Seattle Sounders FC back in August, many wondered if there was ever a chance that the native Texan could have signed with FC Dallas had the Frisco-based side had a serious chance of landing his services.

Well, this writer was fortunate enough to have a phone interview with Dan Hunt, Vice President of Hunts Sports Group, earlier this week and asked him that very question.

Dan Hunt: We’ve made things very difficult on ourselves now

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Like any owner or face of a franchise, Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt isn't quite ready to throw in the towel on the 2013 season for FC Dallas. However, the son of former FCD owner Lamar Hunt does admit that Sunday's 4-2 loss to Columbus at Toyota Stadium was not only a tough result for him to stomach, especially given what a must-win that match was for FCD, but also because it makes Dallas' chances of making the playoffs even more remote.

This is not what FCD had in mind for Cooper and Hassli

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On Monday morning, Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli were in the first 11 for FC Dallas against Columbus. Of course, the start for these two strikers didn't come against the Crew's first team, it came in a MLS Reserve Division match in Frisco.

Both Cooper and Hassli played the full 90 of a 3-1 loss to the Columbus reserves, snapping a three-game winning streak by their Dallas counterparts, but this is far from what any of us envisioned for this duo of strikers when they were both acquired on the same day back in preseason.

The “D” in FC Dallas currently stands for disconnect

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The worst fears of many of us who follow or cover FC Dallas on a consistent basis have been realized. There truly is something broken in Frisco with a club who was among the tops in MLS at one point earlier in the year. A time which seems like it happened a century ago and one that has now fallen to maybe its rightful spot of being just above perennial West cellar dwellers Chivas USA.

Missing the playoffs is not part of larger FCD history

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YEARS THE DALLAS BURN/FC DALLAS HAVE MISSED THE PLAYOFFS -Should FC Dallas miss the playoffs in 2013 and after Sunday's whipping at the hands of the Crew, it appears they won't then FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman will hold a distinction as the only coach in club history to miss the playoffs twice in back-to-back years.

One-Win Septembers in FCD History

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With Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Columbus Crew, FC Dallas finished the month of September at 1-3-0. But that's not the worst September performance in club history. That belongs to the 2011 team, a club that went 0-3-0 under Hyndman. Here's a look at the other one-win Septembers in club history:


Year Record Coach Finish
1996 1-4-0 Dave Dir Lost in first round of playoffs
2002 1-3-0 Mike Jeffries Lost in first round of playoffs
2003 1-3-0 Jeffries/Colin Clarke Missed playoffs
2004 1-3-0 Clarke Missed playoffs
2007 1-4-1 Steve Morrow Lost in first round of playoffs
2012 1-0-2 Schellas Hyndman Missed playoffs
2013 1-3-0 Hyndman ?

Another FC Dallas loss and almost out of chances

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In a game that was a must-win for FC Dallas, it was the visiting Columbus Crew that was the better side, scoring three times in the first half and adding an insurance tally in the 86th minute as the Crew handed FCD a 4-2 defeat before 11,422 fans at Toyota Stadium.

"Yeah, I think this is a terrible loss for us.

Peter Luccin given Wednesday off; possible in for weekend?

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When Peter Luccin's name popped up on the injury report for FC Dallas in advance of last Sunday's 1-0 loss at New York due to a hamstring issue, it was an eyebrow raiser to say the least.

Of course, Luccin had just worked his way back after having knee surgery in preseason and had picked up a hamstring strain which forced him to pull himself out of the running for a reserve game in Colorado some two weeks ago.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Americans are no strangers to finding success at Fulham, and the latest player that appears poised to do so is Emerson Hyndman.

Hyndman madehis professional debut on Saturday, starting and going the distance in the Cottagers' 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town.

“We let ourselves down” – Reaction to Montreal loss, MLS playoff picture, USWNT win, more

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Hackworth says team let itself down in second half of loss to Montreal. Slim playoff hopes remain thanks to NY win over Houston. USWNT easily tops Australia. More news.

Reviewing the contract status of the FCD roster

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With FC Dallas' 2013 season all but over, it's time to discuss the current contract status of the entire FCD roster, which this writer did with club technical director Fernando Clavijo on Tuesday morning during training.

Lots of interesting points including the idea that a 2014 FC Dallas could very well be one without David Ferreira, Kenny Cooper, Jair Benitez, Jackson, Michel and Andrew Jacobson.