Mar 11, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas defender Carlos Rodriguez (22) shoots the ball on the New York Red Bulls goal during the second half at FC Dallas Stadium. FC Dallas defeated the Red Bulls 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
The depth of the FC Dallas midfield will be immediately tested for the next three weeks as FCD will be without Brek Shea and Carlos Rodriguez(CR will be available for this weekend's game) while Fabian Castillo nurses a slight injury. With three big games coming up against Portland, Kansas City and DC United, lets take a look at how Schellas Hyndman will cope with some important absences on a game by game basis.
Schellas actually shouldn't have too tough of a decision on Saturday night against Portland Timbers. Look for Hyndman to start Panamanian Carlos Rodriguez at left midfield while Fabian Castillo should win a race to fitness in time for Saturday's match. The coach said there was an MRI that showed no damage and it's up to Castillo's pain tolerance. Gotta think he doesn't leave Schellas out to dry on Saturday in Frisco. You're looking at Andrew Wiedeman and possibly Bryan Leyva as wing options off the bench and there's not really much past that. It gets tricky next Sunday...
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Schellas will be without both Brek Shea and Carlos Rodriguez for these matches, but you've got to think David Ferreira returns by then. That will allow Ricardo Villar to fill in on one of the wings and while it's not an ideal situation as Villar is clearly better in a central role, it's at least a passable option and you just hope and pray Fabian Castillo can remain healthy. FCD will be one injury away from a start for Andrew Wiedeman, however, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
As you can see, the options get pretty thin, but the options got pretty thin for the New York Knicks which forced Jeremy Lin onto the court, so these situations can be a blessing in disguise that helps you learn something about a player that may not have previously gotten much time to prove himself.