COLUMBUS, OH - MAY 12: Fabian Castillo #7 of FC Dallas, left, celebrates his first half goal against the Columbus Crew with teammate Blas Perez #9 of FC Dallas on May 12, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
But as the calendar moved forward, so did Perez as he rejoined the club on the field for full training. As Daniel put it in his practice recap, Perez is happy and is giving the club a big lift.
"My foot feels good [and] it's good to get back out there and not have much pain," Perez said through a translator to MLSSoccer.com. "It still bothers me a little bit, but I can have the ball at my feet and be comfortable with it. Now it's just about getting back my physical fitness and match fitness."
Getting Perez back does do wonders for this club offensively. That much we know. Before Perez's injury he was the main guy up top for Dallas and was really the main guy in getting the offense going from game to game.
The fact that he was the leader in assists for a few months and is still tied for overall lead in goals scored should tell you all you need to know about what he brings to the table.
Now the question becomes, how does he and David Ferreira do with one another. Given how well the former MVP has played over the last few games with Fabian Castillo, Brek Shea, Scott Sealy, Ruben Luna and Jonathan Top; getting him to be on the same page with a healthy Perez shouldn't be an issue.
Schedule gets lighter from here out
One of the things that should be a relief as the club continues to get healthy again (sans Ugo Ihemelu, Alex Lee and Ricardo Villar) is the fact that the schedule from here out is fairly light for FC Dallas.
After this Sunday's game with the LA Galaxy, Dallas will have six games left and one friendly. No more midweek games and in both September and October, the club will have an extra week here and there between games. Four of the final games, including Sunday's game, will come against club that are coming off midweek games as well.
So what does this all mean? No excuses really. As we've pointed out on here and as have others elsewhere, if this club wants the playoffs they pretty much have to win out. This club is finally at a point where we are seeing potentially the best possible lineup that Schellas Hyndman can put out from game to game.
Roster questions for down the road
I know I'll go into it more in depth later on this fall and likely Daniel will as well but it is always fun to question and guess where things could be going with this club. The roster had some movement this week with Ruben Luna going to San Antonio (a lovely move really) and a new striker signing in Matias Jara.
So where is this club really headed with it's roster? The 30,000 foot view is we'll see some changes next year, that is always going to happen. My best-guess for how many changes from the current 30 players is seven moves. Just a random number in my head as some of the older players will be moved out, other contracts will end and some new signings will take place.
I'm not going to go into the who's and where's at the moment. I'm merely setting the bar at the number of moves and will let you go at it in the comments below.