Not a whole heck of a lot of stuff out there, but some stuff worth checking out to see how people around the league are looking at Dallas. I think this team is kind of in a unique situation because no one really knows what they have to offer yet as we wait for Villar & Ferreira to return.
One player who is getting some praise is George John. He made it into Steve Davis' team of the week as well as the Goal.com team of the week. Interestingly, three of the four midfielders in the Goal.com team are former FCD players.
George John, FC Dallas: John has seemed to regain his form from past seasons after a slow start to the season. After returning from loan with West Ham United, John has improved both in his position and his fitness every week since that start.
"I think we’re steadily improving. It helps getting people healthy. It helps getting Jackson there. So I think we’re going to continue to find ways of getting those three points."
As Schellas said, Dallas is beginning to get healthy, and Andrew Jacobson was one player who returned to the starting XI on Saturday night.
"We got two points out of the week, but [they were] good performances, those were very good teams. Everyone’s going to be up there at the end of the season, so it’s something we’re going to have to draw on later on in the season when we have that third game in a week again."
Something to track over the next week with Seattle coming to town next Wednesday is the status of Mauro Rosales. You've got to say Dallas is going to be getting a bit lucky catching Seattle towards the end of a four games in two weeks span.
"I have inflammation and a little blood in the ankle. I think with pills, I’m doing what I have to do with the medical staff and I’ll check in on Tuesday. It’s going to be good. I was worried that there was something wrong with the bone, but it’s OK."
FCD television announcer Jonathan Yardley has an interesting look behind the scenes of calling an FC Dallas away game from a studio in Dallas. I think we all have enjoyed JY on the mic this year, but it was pretty cool getting the raw HD feed with no graphics announcers and only crowd noise for awhile. Would be awesome to have that option on an alternate station for every match.
When you call a game remotely, your production team is receiving a video feed from the home team's production at the site of the game. You get pretty much whatever angle they’re showing, but you get it without graphics; this is called a "clean feed." You also get an audio soundtrack of stadium and field noise without the home commentators; this is called "international audio." In the end, you’re sitting there with crowd noise in your headphones and a big monitor of the game in front of you, so it’s not quite as hard as you might think.
Kyle McCarthy's Monday MLS Breakdown for Goal.com doesn't really have much on FCD, but it's always a good read.
Los Angeles midfielder Landon Donovan passed over his usual penalty kick duties to Keane in the Galaxy's 1-1 draw against FC Dallas at the Home Depot Center. Instead of coolly slotting home the spot kick Donovan won for him, Keane pushed his halting effort wide of the post and spurned the opportunity to score for the first time since March 31. Brek Shea's subsequent success from 12 yards provided a stark contrast after 61 minutes, but Galaxy substitute Pat Noonan spared Keane's blushes with his 92nd minute equalizer to salvage a point.
And finally, screaming Gus Johnson is calling MLS games these days. He talked to Extra Time radio about his experience.