I haven't done one of these in awhile, so I thought I'd throw together some FCD/USMNT news for your Wednesday morning viewing.
This one is a little old, but I wrote about Brek Shea's surgery for MLSsoccer.com on Friday with Schellas Hyndman giving his thoughts on the matter.
"I think about a week ago they diagnosed that there was a split in one of the bones that’s underneath his toe," Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com on Friday. "I think it took an amount of wear and tear on it to show.
"Once we presented that to him a couple days ago, our doctor looked at it and had confirmation from three other foot specialists that the best thing to do was remove it," Hyndman added. "So we did that yesterday, and from everything I understand it was very successful."
Do you have a great recipe for a quesadilla? Submit it to Blue Goose through the FCD website and maybe yours will earn some money for a good cause.
The winner, selected by FCD and Blue Goose, not only gets their quesadilla in the restaurant but also receives a pair of Brek Shea signed cleats.
Have you been wondering Schellas Hyndman's feelings on Jair Benitez? Wonder no more.
"When I evaluate the season and the nice thing about tracking players throughout the year and grading them for every game is you don’t get stuck on one game. You get a chance to evaluate everything and I thought he had a very similar season to the year before. I’ve got him in a good rating," Hyndman said.
Today is a FIFA international date and while FCD has not sent anyone to Russia for the USMNT game against the Ruskies, two of FCD's players have probably the toughest job of any soccer player in the world...stopping La Furia Roja
"It’s a game that we can use to end the year well," Rodríguez told MLSsoccer.com through a translator. "We have some important tournaments next year … so we have to play these games very serious to be prepared for final qualifying for the World Cup."
By the time you read this, the US will probably already be locked in a battle with Russia in Krasnodar. Simon Borg has a fascinating look back at the soccer history between the US and Russia.
"I had to get special permission from Bora [Milutinovic, US manager] to wear white shoes," Lalas told MLSsoccer.com. "They were racquetball shoes and I went in to show him the shoes and he said, 'If you're going to run around in those, you better play well.' They were the only shoes I felt comfortable in."
Despite getting throttled in the Conference USA tournament final to Tulsa, SMU has still made the NCAA tournament and will host Winthrop on Thursday night at Westcott Field in the first round. Who wants to join me out there? Rumor has it that you may find me at Trinity Hall for a little happy hour beforehand as well.
SMU has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons and in 17 of the past 19 years. The Mustangs reached the Elite Eight in 2010, taking No. 4 North Carolina to extra time before falling on penalty kicks. Overall, this is the program's 29th postseason appearance, going 31-22-7. The Mustangs advanced to the College Cup in 2000 and 2005.
And finally, from the random department, it looks like Schellas Hyndman will help to coach a high school all-american game on the day between the College Cup semifinals and finals. That makes it seem very likely that he will be there to scout the College Cup as well.