FCD players and coaches are getting some R&R today through Sunday with Wednesday's game at Chicago still well in the future. There's a few things around the FCD sphere and a few things around the broad soccer spectrum worth reading this morning.
Climbing the Ladder was an awesome blog and it's an awesome feature on Major League Soccer Soccer.com. This week Elijah Miller's article has a note that should make FCD fans a little more relaxed about the recent poor run.
However, there’s nothing to suggest that momentum is a factor in who wins those two-legged, conference semifinal series. Since the switch to the home-and-home format in 2003, teams who have done better in the regular season’s final five games have fared only slightly better in theseries (19 of 32) as those who were higher seeded.
The Daily Star(huh?) in England is reporting that Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are fighting over Brek Shea. I personally feel he would be much better served to go somewhere he's going to get regular playing time rather than fight for a Carling Cup spot. However, I believe he will be sold to the highest bidder after next season.
Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly pursuing USA international Brek Shea, while Manchester City are also said to be interested in the young forward.
According to the Daily Star, the Barclays Premier League trio are 'locked in a battle' to sign the 21-year-old, who currently plies his trade for FC Dallas.
Shea has been linked with United in the past, with reports two summers ago suggesting Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to bring him to Old Trafford.
Michelle Kaufman writes for the Miami Herald that creativity is key for Shea
His Dallas coach, Schellas Hyndman, said Shea "thought he was better than he was’’ when he came out of high school but has matured "tremendously’’ during the past few years. "He had to put up or show up, and he showed up,’’ Hyndman said. "He went from 9 percent body fat to 4.3, became a true pro, and a team player. He is one of the neatest guys I’ve ever been around, so honest and open-minded.’’"He’s not afraid to try things on the field, and he has a lot of confidence,’’ said Dallas teammate Daniel Hernandez. "We give him a lot of grief for his hair and skinny jeans, but we forget how young he is. He has excelled far and beyond expectations, and his best years are ahead.’’
Robert Casner's FCD Notebook mentions Dallas is getting some much needed rest this weekend.
This is the first break since February,” he said. “It’s our first weekend off and we’re really excited about it. It came really at a good time. The balls haven’t been bouncing right, but at the same time you have to make the ball bounce right for yourself; I think it’s been a combination of a few things, and we are very excited to have some time off.”
The Sporting News rated Dallas as the top sports city in the country for the past year. Brian Straus writes that FC Dallas contributed in a big day to that award.
We definitely have an identity now. (Former SMU coach) Schellas Hyndman came aboard, you see the number of national-caliber players we have and Hispanic players who have gotten some publicity. We have a very Latin-style team, and I think we play somewhat similar to their style of soccer. It’s attractive to fans we didn’t have when the team moved (from the Cotton Bowl, near downtown) to (suburban) Frisco.
Todd Date writes that Andrew Jacobson is planning on taking full advantage of the upcoming break
Definitely to go do a little extra physical therapy, a lot of ice and a lot of rest. I don’t plan on going anywhere. I’m just going to sit on my couch,” Jacobson said.
In former FCD player news, Eric Alexander is still transitioning into his role with Portland
He’s a good soccer player,” Spencer said. “We’ll probably see the best of Eric next year. He came from a good club that passes the ball well. He’s got lovely technique and good movement, and I expect him to be here for a long time.”