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FC Dallas News Update 12/8

Not a whole lot of news directly involving the team, but some stuff on the periphery worth taking a look at.

Pony Fans has a cool feature on Daniel Hernandez featuring a ton of quotes from him and Schellas. It sheds a bit of light on what his contract is like. Basically it sounds like Hernandez has a contract until he feels he can't play anymore which is a bit of a sticky situation.

"It’s a three-year deal as a coach, with at least one as a player," Hernandez said. "But as long as I’m healthy, I’ll continue to play. If I’m able to play the full three years, then it might be time to hang up the boots. But that depends on how I feel physically, how I feel health-wise."

A big part of March is going to be the US Olympic Qualifiers and Caleb Porter has called together a 23 man camp in December. Fortunately Brek Shea was smartly left off the list as he needs some R&R right now.

The camp will run from Dec. 8-15 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., providing another opportunity for Porter and his staff to evaluate their options ahead of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. The Americans were drawn in Group A alongside Canada, Cuba and El Salvador and will play their group matches from March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The two nations that reach the final will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London next summer.

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The schedule for Olympic Qualifying is out and Dallas could be without Shea for two of the first four games of the season assuming the US goes all the way to the semifinals. You wonder if Brek will join the team for the group stage games as it seems an incredibly easy group for even a periphery U23 squad to roll over.

The U.S. team will open qualifying against Cuba on March 22, followed by a meeting with Canada two days later and a final group game against El Salvador on March 26. All of the games will take place at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Travis Clark has released his big board of Superdraft guys providing another resource to look at as we sit about a month away. Looking forward to beginning research after the College Cup this weekend....

11. Luke Holmes, Akron, M/F

Holmes, a native of England who transferred to Akron this season, is a hard-working winger with a knack for popping up at the right place at the right time in front of the opponents' goal. His international status could hamper where he lands in the draft.

Grant Wahl has dropped a bombshell regarding match-fixing allegations around the Gold Cup. One of the games in question was played at Cowboys Stadium.

While Eaton said FIFA had no investigative confirmation of Gold Cup match-fixing, he cited irregular betting patterns during the tournament. A leading betting-industry insider told SI he was highly suspicious of every Gold Cup game involving Cuba and Grenada and also had questions about El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico.

And finally, I hate the LA Angels of Anaheim