FC Dallas News Update 10/2

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Revisiting San Jose, looking at the Whitecaps, the greatness of Ferreira and much more

FC Dallas returns to the practice field this morning in Frisco to begin preparations for Sunday's big must-win game at Chivas USA. Let's take a look at the news on this Tuesday morning.

My two pieces for MLSsoccer.com post game have had very different tones. The one posted yesterday focuses on Dallas pleased with their effort despite the missed opportunity. Things could be a lot worse.

"You look at what could’ve been," Schellas Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Sunday. "We're seconds away from picking up those three points and being tied with Vancouver. But I’m sure there were times [Vancouver] felt like they could’ve won and gotten three points as well. So it’s going to be a fight to the end."

The Saturday night's late article focuses on Schellas Hyndman who was left fuming after the late draw. Believe me, if you find a way to hear the press conference, you'll know what I'm talking about.

"To be up twice and to give up goals of that nature, it’s [expletive]," Hyndman fumed after the match. "The ball is up in the air, coming down, people are physically knocking you over. What are you going to do? We don’t have the size to match."

Peter Welpton at 3rd Degree has his report card on the game.

Despite playing a rather ugly match of "boot it and hope for the best", Dallas was in a good spot to grab three glorious points after 94 minutes. But a series of brain-dead moments allowed San Jose to do their thing.

Two players, one Homegrown and one college kid, have been called up for an U20 trip to Spain next week.

The U.S. U-20 MNT is scheduled to face Canada at 5:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the team’s first match. On Friday, Oct. 12, the U.S. squares off against Scotland at 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) and finally takes on Azerbaijan at 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Kyle McCarthy writes for Fox Sports that no team embodies the need to stay healthy like FC Dallas

Ferreira's return at the start of July represented the turning point in FCD's season. The former MLS MVP resumed his usual duties as the fulcrum of the attack and sparked a revival that has carried Dallas from the bottom of the Western Conference into a tussle with Vancouver for the fifth and final playoff spo

Ives Galarcep takes stock of the Rookie of the Year race and where our own Matt Hedges matches up

For my money, the front-runners for the Rookie of the Year award are Berry and Hedges because of their actual contributions on the field in 2012. Berry gets the nod at this point because he has been a steady force in central defense for one of the better teams in the league. Hedges' chances of winning the award will likely come down to whether Dallas makes the playoffs or not, but if he keeps playing at the high level he has reached over the past month he will definitely be in the conversation.

Will Parchman pontificates on the greatness of David Ferreira for No Short Corners

Whether or not FCD makes the playoffs this year — and make no mistake, Vancouver in the MLS playoffs is the collective nightmare of the country — Ferreira has proven himself to be arguably the most valuable player to his team in the league.

Looking northwest, with a little less than 36 hours until their game with Chivas USA, Vancouver is focusing on the positives of the scoreless draw with Seattle.

“You look at the guys – there were a lot of tired bodies out there because we got behind the ball, we did our work and kept a good Seattle team scoreless, and that’s the main thing. We’ve got to keep going for the final three games of our season, but now we got to go find the net.”

Nigel Reed of the CBC has a great opinion piece that gives a good overview of the Whitecaps situation

The wild card is Vancouver's to lose. The Whitecaps' destiny remains in their own hands. But after seven games without a win, they must find an extra gear over the final three weeks of the regular season. A meagre return of just two points from the last 21 on offer has opened a door which, by now, should have been slammed shut.

One guy on Vancouver who I will definitely be rooting for is Brad Knighton who is especially invested in the MLS initiative to wear pink in support of breast cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month and, as part of the Soccer Kicks Cancer program, all MLS clubs are trying to raise awareness.

Knighton's mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast and thyroid cancer last February. She came through surgery and chemotherapy with a clean bill of health but 2011 remains a transformative time for the family.

On to the NCAA game and my MLS on Campus piece for this week has a good bit on an FCD Academy guy who had a big weekend.

Coming into this weekend, the FC Dallas Academy graduate had just one goal in more than 60 NCAA games. But he stepped up when his team needed him most, scoring two goals in Maryland’s 3-2 road win over College of Charleston. Woodberry’s 84th-minute game-winner extended the Terrapins' winning streak to seven games while FCD likely wait in the wings with a Homegrown contract offer this winter.

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