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FC Dallas News Update 11/10

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As we talked about yesterday, Ruben Luna had a career day in KC yesterday morning scoring four goals in the final MLS Reserve match of the season. FCD has a full recap up on their website with a description of the goals. Most of them sound like individual efforts. Really amazing.

Luna opened the scoring for FCD in the 28th minute. Winning possession at midfield, Luna embarked on a mazy run through the Sporting Kansas City defense, shrugging off several challenges before finishing past Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg. Kronberg got a piece of Luna’s shot but the ball ultimately found its way to the lower right corner of the net.

Local boy Lee Nguyen is ready to shrug off pop star status in Vietnam to return to relative obscurity in MLS as he's said to be very close to a deal with the league. He will be distributed to a team through a weighted lottery, but if FCD doesn't win it I can't see them going after him. Dallas had more than ample chance to sign the winger and he isn't really a position of need for the club. 

The 25-year-old previously fielded interest from the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders as a free agent in 2010, only to opt for joining Binh Duong. Last year, Nguyen was the highest-paid pro athlete in Vietnam, where he enjoys near pop idol status.

A source has told the US Open Cup website that the tournament is likely going to experience a huge makeover in 2012. I've heard rumblings of the same things from people closer to the situation and this site says it will be a 64 team tournament with MLS teams entering at the third stage. I love these changes and the only thing left that needs to happen is a random draw. I still say that the first round of games involving MLS teams need to force each one of them to play on the road at a lower league opponent. 

The First Round would begin with 32 amateur teams playing off to produce 16 winners. The 16 that advance from Round 1 will take on the 16 US-based lower division professional teams from the North American Soccer League (NASL), pending sanctioning, and USL Pro. The 16 winners from Round 2 would face the 16 MLS sides awaiting them in Round 3.

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The legend of Arthur Ivo grows as he bagged a hat trick yesterday evening in SMU's 4-3 Conference USA tournament quarterfinal win over Marshall. SMU advances on to face South Carolina in the semifinal tomorrow at 5PM in Tulsa. SMU was the only team to beat USC(with FCD academy product Bradlee Baladez) in conference play this year. 

"He's just a different class," McClements said of Ivo. "Without a doubt he's the most talented player I've ever coached. When he's on, he's as good as there is. Tonight was the night to do it."

Greg Seltzer has a good read on how Americans are killing it in Europe right now 

If we also include the second divisions from England, Germany and the Netherlands, USMNT-eligible players have combined to bag 62 goals thus far this term.

 

To put this in perspective, the entirety of last season saw 61. As recently as 2008-09, Americans in those leagues hit for just 48. Take a moment to get the eyes popped back into your head. Seeing better now? Let's delve deeper into the numbers.

 

Our little stadium in Frisco made Mirror Football's top 10 list of worst stadium names. I don't really see how Capital One Field is worse than Reebok Stadium or Emirates Stadium but whatever. 

 

It sounds like a food-related theme park, but in fact it's the home of Major League Soccer side FC Dallas.