Been a minute since we've done one of these...news gets kind of slow around these times. At least the news that doesn't necessarily command it's own thread.
Former Sounders broadcaster Arlo White has been named the voice of NBC soccer and will call both MLS and USMNT for games on NBC this year. Interestingly enough, it looks like FCD could host the first ever game on NBC/Versus as their first game is Sunday, March 11 with the only games that day being played in Frisco and Chivas USA.
ARLO WHITE TO BE THE VOICE OF NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER BROADCASTS
Former Seattle Sounders FC Play-By-Play Voice to Call MLS and Team USA Games on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network Beginning in 2012
NBC & NBC Sports Network to Televise 50 Games per Season, Including Four by U.S. National Team, As Part of New Media Rights Agreement with Major League Soccer Beginning in March 11, 2012
Former FC Dallas coach Colin Clarke has found a new home. The man from Northern Ireland will manage the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL
Clarke’s contract had expired after this past season and the ownership group of the Islanders could not come to agreement on renewing his coaching agreement with the team.
Footy Matters has a very interesting and well written article about Maicon Santos and his struggles with FC Dallas. He compares his plight to another Brazilian forward, Adriano.
However, while the relative urgency was less in Texas, this also made Maicon more dispensible, with less of an opportunity for him to play himself back into form. In that sense, his return of two goals from 12 appearances is hardly surprising, but at the same time the league’s financial structure – coupled with the turn of Ferreira in 2012 – may have convinced Hyndman that the club’s money would be better spent elsewhere.
The FCD website has two interesting Q&A's up with Oscar Pareja and Chris Hayden ahead of FCD's trip to the USSDA Winter Showcase this weekend in Florida. Dallas U18's drew Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 yesterday and defeated Seattle Sounders 3-2 this afternoon.
FCDallas.com: Three months into the fall season, how do you feel about the overall performance of the U-16 and U-18 Academy teams?
Pareja: The teams are performing well so far. At this time we evaluate their level of development because players know what standards they need to reach at each age group in order to progress to the next level. The biggest challenge is normally for the youngest players to adapt to the demands of the program for the first couple months.
Check out this breakdown of MLS teams in the first half of 2011 and the second half...Dallas had the worst goal difference of any MLS team between the first half and second half.
Finally, this is an old story, but one I ran across today. Alex Yi was a well liked defender that had a couple years here with some very good FC Dallas teams in 2005 and 2006. He was forced to retire due to injury and is now an assistant coach with the LA Galaxy development academy squads while he gets his degree from UCLA. The Daily Bruin has a cool feature on him.
“When I was here (before), all that was on my mind was soccer. I don’t think I knew what Royce Hall was until last quarter,” Yi said with a laugh. “I am what it says on paper; I’m a third-year. I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I’d love to finish.”