FC Dallas News Update 4/10

FRISCO, TX - JUNE 25: Jackson Goncalves #6 of the FC Dallas celebrates scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers during the second half of a soccer game at Pizza Hut Park on June 25, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas won 4-0. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

The most interesting thing, and something I've held off on talking about until now because I've had some indications from sources that this move could be happening, Globo Esporte and many others in Brazil are reporting that Jackson is headed back to FC Dallas. The article says that FC Dallas has requested him back from his loan at Cruzeiro where he has rarely featured.

Though I wasn't one of Jackson's biggest fans here in Dallas, I don't think it can be denied that if you end up moving to a 4-4-2, he could play a great role on the right side. We'll see if this happens, it passes the sniff test for sure.

Leander Schaerlaeckens discusses FCD in his five things we learned in MLS Week 5 article

At home against the New England Revolution on Thursday, there was a gaping hole in the center of Dallas's midfield, one shaped like a 5-foot-5 Colombian playmaker who won the 2010 MVP award but has been out ever since with various injuries. David Ferreira is much missed by FCD these days. He broke his right ankle -- or to be more accurate, had it broken-- six weeks into the 2011 season and has yet to return. The crack in his ankle was almost healed when he fractured another bone in his vaunted right foot, keeping him out an additional 6-8 weeks.

Andrew Wiebe has an interesting Opta Spotlight article up focusing on Sporting KC and their pressure that forces errant passes. We certainly saw that a lot in the FCD game there.

While teams have little trouble possessing the ball in their own half, the territory on the other side of the halfway line is a no-passing zone, with accuracy dropping drastically from league and team averages (see chart).

The result is that teams simply don’t have the ball in areas where they can test goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, an assertion backed up by the fact that only New England (six) have put more than one shot on frame all season.

Keep reading

It's very interesting reading power rankings right now because many of them have wildly moved FCD up and down the list in the last few weeks. What it tells me is that I don't think many around the league have much of a gauge where Dallas is right now and I can't blame them because I'm not sure any of us do either, especially until Ferreira is back.

ESPN has FCD at #10 up 5 spots from #15...SI.com has FCD at #11...Up to #8 in the Goal.com rankings

Brek Shea has a new blog up on Goal.com that's definitely worth reading.

Out of the teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, obviously the Cowboys have the biggest following. I'd even say the Cowboys have the most passionate fans in the country BUT let me remind everyone It isn't the best fan base I've seen in the world. That would go to Arsenal.

Our boy Drew Epperley's what we learned in Week 5 is always a good read

Speaking of all the talent in the world. The LA Galaxy are now 1-3-0 and have been outscored 8-5 to start this new season. Think about that for a moment. Everyone, including myself, had this team pegged to easily run through the league yet again this season. But so far that isn't the case.

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