So the news doesn't exactly come as thick and fast as during the year, but there are some thing out there worth taking a look at in the FC Dallas world.
Brek Shea was on the 103.3 FM ESPN Soccer Today broadcast this past Saturday morning. He chats for about 10 minutes on Arsenal, FC Dallas and the national team. The interview is towards the end of the podcast available here and definitely worth a listen.
The games definitely caught up with us. I think it was the first time most of the guys on the team have had that many games in a year. They're used to one game a week and we had three or two games a week for 3 months...We were excited going into the New York game, we obviously wanted to do well like we did last year.
The game, I think we did well we just didn't finish our chances. I mean we had a lot of possession and created a lot of good opportunities, we just couldn't finish them. When New York had their opportunities they finished them and obviously they won and deserved to move on.
Todd Date over at ESPN Dallas takes a look at some of the biggest questions facing FCD going into the off-season.
Seeing Marvin Chavez and Jackson start up top was a stop gap measure at best. And let’s don’t forget about Homegrown Player Jonathan Top? He also remains in the mix. Will FCD go out and get a striker this off-season or will they try to make this work with the pieces in place? Whatever approach they choose could play a big role in how successful this club is or isn’t in 2012.
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This is a couple weeks old but US Soccer caught up with Oscar Pareja who was in California assisting with an U15 camp. Really good read...this guy is such an asset to FC Dallas.
Representing your country is so special and important. I think this happens everywhere and we also remember that from our time as players. When players go to the National Teams, something changes in their life. They have to know that they are special players, that they have a special opportunity. Once they come to the national team and then come back to their club, they have to reflect that. They have to be an example and to be role models. They have to show their other teammates why they have been called to the National Team.
ESPN Rise profiles Aaron Guillen who has moved from El Paso to Frisco joining the U18 Academy. He's a starter in central defense for them.
FC Dallas assistant Joseman Bazan credits the defensive efforts of Guillen, Michael Ambrose, Mark Ashby and Nicholas Rochowski for the team’s early success."We all play together and that's what makes us very strong in back," Guillen said. "Like I said, it's not just a team, it's a family. We're united."
Adam Crouch has an FCD Notebook for FC Dallas.com focusing on Bobby Warshaw.
He’s got to get away from having a college mentality to having more of a professional mentality,” Hyndman said following Tuesday’s training session. “That is just being sharper in training. The other phase for Bobby is the speed of the game,” the coach added. “Can he keep up with the speed? He’s worked awfully hard to increase his first couple of steps and his speed of play as well.”
Finally, as if you needed another gut punch in what has been a rough few sports weeks in Dallas, MLS is counting down the top 50 MLS Cup moments and one from last year's game has popped up. This is honestly the most vivid moment of the whole game for me. It was right in front of us and I thought the ball was in off George John's foot. It's a memory that is etched in my mind for the rest of my life.