FC Dallas News Update 2/24

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A win in Portland, Hassli injury, and Brek Shea getting his EPL debut?

With the start of the season just a week away the excitement is building in Hoops nation! It's been a busy week for FC Dallas so let's get right to it!

The team announced Tuesday that they had aquired Houston midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and signed trialist Michel to a contract.

FC Dallas has acquired Houston Dynamo midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson in exchange for its second round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick and signed Brazilian flank player Michel , the club announced today. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

While I'm unfamiliar with Watson, I've heard nothing but good things about Michel. Both were impressive as substitutes in Wednesdays game against the Timbers.

Speaking of Wednesday night, FC Dallas played the Portland Timbers at Jeld Wen Field for their second game of the Timbers preseason tournament. The Hoops walked away with a 1-0 victory against a weak Timbers side. You can get the official game review here.

FC Dallas earned a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Forward Blas Perez scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute.

FC Dallas will close out the second annual Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Feb 23.

Then, of course, FCD finished out the tournamen tby dropping a 2-1 result to San Jose

The change that Schellas made to a straight 4-4-2 with Ferreira on the wing worked great. We don't see DF10 playing on the wing and I have to say that he did a very impressive job. In case you missed it, get involved in the formation conversation and the idea of David moving to the wing on a permanent basis, that's been going here at Big D Soccer.

One player of note that didn't make an appearance on Wednesday, or the AIK game for that matter, was Eric Hassli. Steve Hunt over at the Dallas Morning News has the story of the injury that's been hampering Hassli.

"One of the things we want to do is protect Eric. He had gone three months without playing and training," FCD coach Schellas Hyndman said. "He had picked up an injury and wasn’t training with Toronto when we got him, because I think they were already starting to think about moving him on.

I'm surprised we hadn't heard much about the injury up to this point. If Hassli isn't ready for opening day then who plays up top with Cooper? Or does SH go back to the old 4-2-3-1? It's something to keep an eye on for opening day for sure.

If you haven't gotten a chance yet go give Daniel's FC Dallas Season Preview for MLSSoccer.com a read.

...the contract extension of defender George John and additions of Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli to the Dallas offense mean there are plenty of reason to be optimistic in Frisco. Couple those moves with the full health of 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and a major turnaround could be in store for Hyndman’s squad.

The news came down Wednesday in an official press release that Doug Quinn would be stepping down as President and CEO of FC Dallas.

"After much consideration, I have decided to resign from FC Dallas to spend more time with my two beautiful daughters," Quinn said. "I will be forever grateful to Clark and the Hunt family for giving me an opportunity to lead this great franchise, and I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication shown every day by the FC Dallas family."

I wanted to congratulate our friends over at 3rddegree.net on their announced partnership with The Dallas Morning News.

3rd Degree is proud to announce in the coming days we will be merging [3rddegree.net], and its coverage, with the Dallas Morning News and SportsDayDFW.com.

The goal in working with SportsDayDFW to bolster its soccer coverage and to also improve the reach of our blog. We hope this is a win not just for us, but you, the reader, as well.

It's nice to see the local media take some notice of the soccer community and that people in the DFW Metroplex have a desire for local coverage.

As we've been talkiing about on here, the USMNT U20 team is in the middle of their U20 World Cup qualifying effort in Mexico. Tom Marshall at MLSSoccer.com spoke with young USMNT U20 midfielder Benji Joya about what it's like to play in front of hostile Mexican crowds.

"We’re all Americans and we’ve all come here to play and live for a dream, which is to become pro and start our careers," said Joya, who went 90 minutes in the USA's 2-1 win over Haiti earlier this week.

The U20's have already qualified for the Quarterfinals and will play Costa Rica next.

USMNT star Landon Donovan recently cleared the air about his intentions and desires with the national team and Ives Galarcep wrote a great piece on Landon Donovan and his recent talk about the national team.

...the very revealing comments he made during his speech on Tuesday sounded like the statements of someone who is making progress in his search for inner peace. And they sound like those of a player who is moving closer to returning to his important place on both the U.S. National Team and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Landon has been an integral part of the USMNT for a very long time and no one will ever forget his contributions. I have to wonder though if he did come back would it upset the fragile balance of a team trying to find itself, or could it be the anchor that Klinsmann has been looking for?

Brek Shea made his Stoke City debut on Saturday at Fulham(a fitting place) and generally played well on his debut even drawing a penalty for Stoke that was saved.

As I talked about last time Demetrio Teniente is doing a four part series for FCDallas.com about the different supporters groups that inhabit the stands on game day. His latest piece features the Dallas Beer Guardians.

The Dallas Beer Guardians are comprised of many types of fans: soccer savvy people, people who are new to the sport, casual fans and rowdy fans. This mix produces the most unique sports atmosphere in North Texas – the wild, flag-waving, chanting sections of fans in the Budweiser Beer Garden.

Of course I'm biased in saying this, but come out and tailgate with the Guardians. You won't regret it.

As always thank you guys for giving this a read. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Jay Neal

@FCJayBird

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