The weekend off for FC Dallas was certainly needed. Players got the rest that they've been looking for while I know for me personally, I got the time off that I needed to recharge my batteries for the final few weeks of the season.
There were still some FC Dallas stories being published these last few days, so here is a quick recap of some of the things you might have missed in our latest Final Word piece.
- Steve Hunt, 3rdDegree.net on former FCD defender Chris Gbandi and what he is doing these days: "Obviously, when you're coming to the end of your career, you actually got to figure out what you're going to go into. I was fortunate enough to get my degree in sociology from UConn and I've always been a student of the game. I've always kind of been intrigued by that side of it. The coaches I've played for, I've always asked them questions why did you make this decision, why did you make that decision? I've studied different coaching styles and things like that. It was a very easy progression because I've played the game my whole life and it's one of those things."
- Matt Barbour, MLSSoccer.com on stadium expansion: Dan Hunt, vice president of Hunt Sports Group, says the club is actively exploring partial roofing options for FC Dallas Stadium, in addition to other potential improvements to the seven-year-old facility. FCD has contracted noted sports facility architects HKS (they are currently working on Liverpool's new stadium and designed AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys) to draw up plans to add more suites, expanded club seating, and a roof structure.
"The message I hear from the fans is that shade is king," Hunt told MLSsoccer.com recently. "You're outside and these summers are very hot, so we're looking at different shade drawings that will satisfy those needs. There's nothing perfect because we can't dome the stadium, but there's actually a lot of studies that we've done...that will have 80% of the stadium shaded by 7:30 and 100% shaded by 8:05. I think that's a huge win for all of our fans."
- Alfredo Cuvi, BigDSoccer.com on injuries and cutting players: "What do you do with a player who just can't seem to get over the hump?
"This is a decision that most teams have to deal with at one point or another, and the answer isn't half as easy as it seems. The biggest issue is that in most instances you can't just cut a player outright. Sure, a team can release a player from his contractual obligations, but that player will not release the team from theirs. It would be stupid. Who throws away money? There isn't a single, solitary reason a man should be stupid enough to dump money down a chute."
- Steve Hunt, 3rdDegree.net on FCD being a balanced team: "FC Dallas has had 13 different players score, a total which ranks as the second most in MLS."