I'll admit, the weather is much better here in Dallas but it will soon kill me yet again if the reports are true that more snow and ice are on the way. Ugh. I'm hoping I can make it up to Frisco on Thursday for practice as so far this week I've been lacking in making the treck to Frisco. I'm a bad blogger what can I say.
But thankfully there are those that are able to go to practice and give us insights to what has been going on so far in camp. With a game coming up this weekend you have to figure a lot of attention will be made on homegrown players, draft picks and those on trial with the club.
It seems a lot of the talk today was that of the FC Dallas homegrown talent on the roster. The club has five signed and all are apart of a young core that should surely be the wave of the club's future.
Here is a recap of last night's training and this mornings. Plenty of good info on new signee Ricardo Villar. Sounds like he will be pushing for a starting spot here soon. I'll wait to say such a thing until I get a chance to see him play in person.
The club also welcomed in today a new trialist, Brazilian Bruno Martins.
Martins was a player [FC Dallas Technical Director] Barry Gorman saw on a scouting trip," Hyndman said. "We were looking for a forward, but this was a guy we felt may be able to help us, so we made the decision to bring him in."
Sounds like the holding-mid we talked about briefly yesterday.
Noah Davis sits down for a quick interview with the homegrown defender. Just on little odds and ends I've seen and heard this winter about Hernandez is that we could see plenty of him this year in first team action. The kid is that good. Plus the kid continues to state he has lofty goals like playing for the US national team. I like young players who sound determined to prove people their worth.
I'm glad someone is doing a watch of the homegrown talent on FCD's roster this winter. While forward Jonathan Top was just cleared today to be able to play the other four on the roster continue to shine. Ruben Luna scored a goal for the U-20 Mexican side yesterday and the others are probably going to see plenty of time this weekend against the Houston Dynamo.
Speaking of watches here is an updated roster watch. More talk in there about Hernandez and fellow homegrown player Bryan Leyva. Also an interesting look at Supplemental draft pick Alexis Pradie. He's a guy both Schellas Hyndman and Barry Goreman were after before he went to tiny little NAIA school Embry-Riddle in Florida. From the sounds of things he is a typical Hyndman-type player. His shot of making the final 30 sounds better by the minute in that case.
SBI's Adam Serrano gives you another look from an outsiders view at the offseason for the club. Nothing that stands out too much. Serrano gives the point that the club should be fine in replacing Dax McCarty but the real issue still lies in finding someone to score.
And finally for your viewing pleasure, Bobby Rhine gives you his training report.