FC Dallas Players Taking Language Courses For Cohesion and Chemistry

USA TODAY Sports

Spanish and English classes have FCD players learning together. Will their off-field lessons help their on-field play?

It's not unusual for soccer players at home and abroad to take language courses.

Many teams have language instructors on call should a player ever desire to take a few courses, and teams in Europe often have more than 3 different teachers on their lists. So it's safe to say that players learning languages in a global game is not unheard of at all, and in many ways is encouraged.

What is a bit unusual is for an entire team to go to Spanish/English classes as a group, and it's something FC Dallas players have been doing recently.

Why would they all attend language classes? If you consider the reasons, it makes a lot of sense.

From a practical standpoint, it´s smart to focus on both English and Spanish. English is spoken by the entire staff and most players on the team, while Spanish is spoken by a few coaches and several of the players, some of them quite critical. Raul Fernandez, David Ferreira, Jair Benitez, Fabian Castillo, and Blas Perez are all fairly rusty on their English, and some of them can barely speak it at all. The Latino contingent of Dallas isn't alone when it comes to having to learn a few new things.

Michel and Jackson also speak something other than English (Eric Hassli's English is quite good, so we'll ignore him for now), so they're in the same class as the rest of the Latinos . Luckily for them, Spanish is so, so similair to Portuguese that the slight differences will be irrelevant while learning English with Spanish speakers. How similair are the two languages? They are so alike that if it's written down, I can read Portuguese with 90% accuracy. So for once lumping everyone south of the border into one group is a perfectly reasonable decision.

The classes have a practical application on the field of play, as it will help the players communicate a little more effectively with their teammates, while also assisting any newcomers who might be shy.

The most important aspect though is that the excercise is an excellent way of reinforcing team chemistry, something which has been strong this year. After witnessing last year's lack of cohesion both on and off the field, FCD's management has taken a more proactive approach in helping to stregthen the bonds between American and international players. It seems obvious, but every little thing does help.

The players are already having fun with it on twitter.

Fernandez tweeted a picture of the team studying together, listing all their nationalities.

Bobby Warshaw got in on the tweeting as well.

Andrew Jacobson tweeted got in on it..

And newly drafted Walker Zimmerman had some fun thoughts as well. Apparently appending "o" to the end of words is an EZ Spanish translation tool. I've never understood that one...

This next phrase might be my new favorite: "Golantero"

It's play on words in Spanish between "delantero" (Forward) and "gol". I don't know if that was George John's phrase, or Zim's, but it's now ripe for the picking.

Do you think this is a good idea, or should more time be dedicated to training on the pitch?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big D Soccer

You must be a member of Big D Soccer to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big D Soccer. You should read them.

Join Big D Soccer

You must be a member of Big D Soccer to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big D Soccer. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker