SANDY, UT - AUGUST 18: Head coach Schellas Hyndman of FC Dallas encourages his players before a game against Real Salt Lake before an MLS soccer game August 18, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Some notes for ya'll who don't really follow on the Twitters from practice this morning to get you up to speed on things.
Relative Clean Bill of Health Wow, today was the first time I can remember that no one was rehabbing on the side. Ugo Ihemelu, Alex Lee and Ricardo Villar are obviously all still out and at this point it seems unlikely to see any of them on the pitch again for Dallas this year. With that being said, everyone else is healthy or getting back to full fitness.
Practice Structure Today was a very interesting practice in that the team worked a lot on what types of runs forwards should make and also defending similar types of runs. I will have a story coming out later this week on why they were doing that, but in two words: Robbie Keane. It's probably the tactical style of practice Hyndman wishes he could have just about every day. I enjoyed it a lot.
Blas Perez Boy is it great to see Raton back out in training. He changes the team, not necessarily to the extent of Ferreira, but it's a huge difference. Does he start this weekend? I really don't know. It could be Jackson or even Scott Sealy for one more game, but if he doesn't start against LA, he's back for good against Seattle. It was great to see him smiling too after training, it's been a tough, tough couple months for the guy.
The New Guy Matias Jara, what to make of him? Well it's tough to scout a guy that barely played at all. With the squads healthy number of players up over 22 now, Jara basically sat on the side and worked on fitness most of training. Schellas noted that his fitness levels were not where the team thought they would be and he is working double sessions this week. To Jara's credit, when I left training, about 45 minutes after they broke, Jara was still out there working with Brek Shea, Victor Ulloa, Jon Top and Bryan Leyva. It's just wait and see on this guy.
Hedges No problems with Matt Hedges, he's fully healthy and training just fine. I talked to him afterwards and will have a story out tomorrow on MLS regarding the partnership between Hedges and George John.