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Late Wednesday linkage

Unfortunately, any plans of going to practice this morning got washed out, so it's just some links this afternoon a few FCD stories and some other stuff worth checking out.

I was really hoping to get out to practice this morning for the sole purpose of figuring out who will be healthy enough to make the trip to San Jose, but one guy that will fill in wherever he is needed is Jackson.

"It was a really difficult decision for me to make to start him as the defensive midfielder," Hyndman said Wednesday. "I also recognize his qualities."

"He’s a defender and I didn’t want to go with somebody that I wasn’t real sure about, so I took a chance on him and it turned out [well]. We put him at center back because we needed someone and that turned out [well]."

As I was making this post, it looks like an FCD Notebook has been posted by Steve Hunt with some great news. There's some really good stuff in there, but then if I posted everything there would be no reason for you to check out his work.

As for John, he worked on the side and continues to recover from a strained hamstring suffered in the second half of Saturday’s win over Toronto FC. He is listed as probable for this weekend’s trip to San Jose.

Meanwhile, Barry Gorman checks in with another travel blog and he's been a very busy man. Among the nuggets in here is a blurb about the FCD Academy looking to branch out to South Florida.

Monday: September 6th, 2010

7:15 am: American Airlines flight to West Palm Beach, FL (No, it was not vacation time!)

4:00 pm: Meeting with representatives from local soccer club on possible FC Dallas Youth affiliation

Power rankings, more FCD news and news around the rest of the league as we build up to the biggest weekend of the MLS season

FC Dallas is inexplicably dropped to third in the power rankings. I really do wonder if they watched our game.

Jeff Cunningham inches closer to the record in his first start since June 5.

Peter Welpton gives us his FC Dallas game grades from the Toronto game....Can't argue too much with them except I thought the 6 for Shea was a little harsh.

One of my personal favorite traits of this squad it the pressure it insists on placing on the defense of the opposing team. Without doing it officially, I did count no less than 10 TFC turnovers that were forced by Dallas' "forechecking". Ferreria and Chavez both put TFC players in spots to dump the ball away. This is all hard work that continued throughout the match. Chavez is a rather one-trick pony, but that trick - crazyspeed - is certainly an asset for this form of defense and was very effective Saturday night.

An FCD Academy player is headed to Madrid with the U17 National team

DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Cole Nagy (RSL-AZ; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)

The MLS Power Rankings have FC Dallas as the top team in MLS

FCD will enter the weekend with a 13-match unbeaten run, but Schellas Hyndman's side will do well to extend it with a tricky trip to Buck Shaw Stadium on tap.

The official training report for the Earthquakes has injury updates on two key Earthquake injuries and a quote from Sam Cronin who is suspended for this weekend's game.

Khari Stephenson and Tim Ward did not train on Tuesday. Both suffered injuries during Sunday's match in Houston.

Don't forget to check out Toronto FC traveling to Chicago for an absolutely massive Eastern Conference clash tonight