With a concert at FCD Stadium tomorrow night, Dallas did their traditional in-stadium practice before a game a day early, hitting the stadium field this morning.
For whatever reason, it was an extremely short practice for FC Dallas, especially on a non-day before a game, training barely an hour out in the heat this morning with some short sided scrimmaging. When you think about the players missing from today's training(Castillo, Perez, Rodriguez, Shea, De Guzman, Acosta, Sanchez, M. Hernandez, Luna) things start to thin out pretty quickly.
Looking Towards Sunday If you haven't decided whether you want to go to Sunday's friendly vs Leon, well I can't encourage you enough to make the trip. Two players that should make returns in the match, according to Schellas Hyndman, are Matias Jara and Ricardo Villar.
Hyndman on Villar
I think right now the feeling is to get him a little bit of playing time. He’s going full-go at practice, we’ve done some body tests on him and some fitness tests on him and he’s coming along fine. We don’t have that many games left so at some point in time we’ve got to put him out there. I would rather put him out there Sunday rather than against Vancouver and not have answers.
With regards to Jara, he really is looking to be getting more fit and involved with things. He scored a nice, hard, low shot past Seitz today, the first confident finish I've seen from him in practice, and he will be playing on Sunday.
Jara on his fitness
I feel much much better and I'm ready to play...I'm very anxious to play on Sunday and happy to play. Leon is a great team so it should be a good match.
To be honest, there wasn't really a whole lot else going on today. I'm not going to say they're taking it easy because that's not the case, it's just with a low amount of players in training things are more quicker and efficient rather than long, drawn-out practices. I'm sure next week will get ramped up before Vancouver's game.
Quote of the day
Bobby Warshaw on Sunday's game and whether it will be chippy because of Mexico vs USA
I don’t think so. The Mexican teams want to play soccer just like we do. What it is, is that they’re competitive and it means a lot to them. It’s not going to be chippy because it’s a Mexican team. It would be chippy because it’s a game that means something and guys want to win. If it’s chippy, it’s because that’s the way soccer is not because of how the teams are.