Haven't done one of these in awhile. There's a few things floating around with World Cup Qualifying getting ramped up again tomorrow for FC Dallas players down in Jamaica(Brek Shea & USA vs Jamaica) and in Toronto(Julian de Guzman & Canada vs Carlos Rodriguez/Blas Perez & Panama)
First off, Todd Date at 3rd Degree takes a look at the contract situations of a few different FCD players. This is all great information and very applicable. I think this stuff is all obviously going to be a huge issue, but I'm just holding off talking about it until the nail is put in the coffin of this season. No giving up unless Vancouver ends things next Saturday.
George John CB The big fella from Washington State has already flirted with leaving twice over the last year but it’s hard to blame him for testing the waters in England. His camp and FCD have agreed no talks will occur about an extension until the season is over. But gut feeling says it’s about 50-50 that he stays with FCD or heads elsewhere.
Also, he looks at FCD and potentially bringing back an old boy in Ramon Nunez. My thoughts on the situation: If he is free, has a good attitude(i.e. willing to come off the bench) and takes $150k or less, he can definitely be a useful part as the backup attacking mid should Hyndman choose to not bring back Villar. That's a lot of if's.
“Absolutely [I would be interested in him],” Hyndman said. “He’s always been a pretty established player, a good player. He’s only getting better, isn’t he? He’s maturing. I think he’d like to be here in Dallas and we’d love to have him. But that’s all just talk right now. Right now he’s working under contract. If he does become available, there’s no assurance we’d be able to get him.”
Ricardo Villar and Bruno Guarda along with other Brazilians in MLS are involved in Jogada Nota 10, a neat charity down in Brazil. Read more about it.
FCDallas.com: Tell us more about this initiative that got most Brazilians in the MLS involved.Ricardo Villar: Sure. The Jogada Nota 10 is a non-profit organization established to connect education with sports in Brazil by introducing the ‘student-athlete’ concept in our youth development system.
Are you going to Sunday's friendly vs Club Leon? If so, bring a jacket!!
Saturday will be — you’re gonna love this — in the mid-80s,” he said. “Sunday looks great, too. It’ll be breezy on Saturday, but on Sunday, it’ll be nice. It’ll feel like fall.”
Terrence Boyd, along with Brek Shea, is one of the young guns of the USMNT squad and Jeff Carlisle of ESPN has a nice profile of the German-American forward.
Acosta will depart tomorrow for an 11-day training camp in Mill, Netherlands. The U-18 MNT camp is scheduled to run through Sept. 17 and will include an international friendly against the Netherlands U-18 team on Sept. 11 in Groesbeek, Netherlands.Perez’s squad is also scheduled to play friendly matches against U-18 club teams representing Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge during the week.
Yesterday was a nice night for two guys in MLS with north Texas connections as Oscar Pareja and Colorado broke their slump while Dallas Texans product Andre Akpan grabbed a goal....get this guy to Dallas.
Andre has been growing in the process,” Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja told MLSsoccer.com post-game on Wednesday. “I thought the last month, Andre has been showing his best, getting minutes in the games, and today he started and scored. I think he’s a very legitimate option right now for us.”