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A few different things out there today related to supplemental draft, player signings and other stuff...


FCD has officially announced what you read here last week that Marvin Chavez has re-signed with the team for next season.

“I am very pleased to renew my contract,” Chavez said. “I am happier still for the gratitude of the coaching staff, the board of executives and the fans. Since I have been back in Honduras I’ve been hoping that things would turn out positive to be back with FC Dallas.

“The challenge is to keep the same level I had at the end of the season. More than anything the mindset for this season is to try and be champions because we were so close last year, but unfortunately we failed. Personally, my goal this year is to be a starting player on the team.”

There's also a Q&A with Marvin up on the website After the end of a long 2010 season with FC Dallas and now playing with the Honduran National team, how do you feel physically for the start of 2011?

Chávez: Physically I think I’m feeling well, I'll be able to go with the pace. I have not rested since the end of the season with FC Dallas because I joined the national team two days after the MLS Cup.   I've been very active; we had many friendly matches and now this UNCAF Cup of Nations tournament.  I’m physically well and I’m quite relaxed mentally, happy and ready to start the season this year with FC Dallas.

Steve Hunt writes that FCD has strengthened their ties with SMU(as if they could get any stronger), selecting Craig Hill and Kekoa Osorio in the supplemental draft. Barry Gorman has a not so glowing review of the draft picks...

“I think it’s an interesting collection, and I think it’s one that has some promise and some potential, but time will tell,” Gorman said.

Keep reading for a feature on Kenny Cooper and the state of DFW high school soccer

Jeff Carlisle has written a feature for ESPN Soccernet on Kenny Cooper starting a new chapter of his career. I think you can tell that he's pretty disappointed things haven't worked out in Germany. 

Late Monday night, as Kenny Cooper was packing up his belongings in preparation for his return to the U.S., he marveled at the metamorphosis his abode in Munich had undergone. "Literally, 30 minutes, one of our rooms had books and DVDs, and now it's completely down and gone," he said in a telephone interview. "I'm thinking, 'Just like that, huh?'"

Matt Wixon writes for the Dallas Morning News that local high school soccer teams are poised to keep their dominance of the state and FC Dallas is one of the reasons. 

The presence of FC Dallas is one reason, high school coaches say. The club began as the Dallas Burn in 1996, when the UIL was still awarding only 5A titles in soccer because of the dearth of high school programs. The pro club fueled interest in youth soccer and select programs became strong. Now, Dallas area select soccer programs are the deepest in the state, giving area players year-round work against top competition. The select programs are critical, as they are also cited as a reason for the Houston area’s power in baseball.