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News & Notes For Feb 7: Villar Signed, Edward Out

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FC Dallas trains outdoors for the first time this preseason. (Photo via FC Dallas)
FC Dallas trains outdoors for the first time this preseason. (Photo via FC Dallas)

Now it feels more like preseason. The boys are outside training and things are starting to look and feel more like a season is getting closer. It is still a bit chilly here in Dallas but thankfully the ice and snow is mostly gone away (for now). The team trained on the Dr. Pink turf field at Pizza Hut Park yesterday and again this morning.

Players completed a timed two-minute run in training on Sunday. The competition was won by rookie defender Scott Gordon. Following the fitness test, the team worked on some technical drills before playing small-sided games. Today’s training session was very similar. Practice began with fitness training, followed by technical training. The morning session concluded with FC Dallas’ first 11-on-11 action of the season.

(More after the jump)

FC Dallas signs Brazilian midfielder Ricardo Villar | FC Dallas

Ladies and gentleman, your Dax McCarty replacement. All joking aside this was probably the bigger news of the day. Something both Daniel and I have been talking about for a couple weeks now on here. 

"We’re very happy to have Ricardo be part of FC Dallas," said head coach Schellas Hyndman. "He’s a player that comes in with great experience, having played in Germany and also in Austria. He can help us in our attack. He’s got good technical ability, great vision and a very good soccer brain. With the pressures of trying to be the same attacking-minded and explosive type team that we’ve been in the past, we know that a lot of pressure will be on David (Ferreira). Not only is David a good player, but now he’s MVP and I think Villar coming in will be able to take some of that pressure off David."

I'm still a little leery on this signing but let's hope it works out like Ferreira has for the club. 

FC Dallas pursuing a holding mid? - 3RD Degree - FC Dallas Blog - ESPN Dallas

According to Buzz the club is still in hot pursuit of a holding midfielder to sit behind Daniel Hernedez. Given the injury situation with the club I'd say this is a very good thing. Both Daniel and I have heard different things about who the club is going after here so we'll see. I'd imagine if the club is close to signing someone we'll see them pop up here soon at practice. 

After breakout year, FCD's Shea eyes consistency | FC Dallas

I called Brek Shea's breakout year back last winter. I knew he'd be in for a big season with the club and honestly I only see even bigger things from him in 2011. I believe he has to get his goal totals up a bit though to really make things better. Possibly set piece threat for the club? I think so.

Seitz saddles up in Dallas, primed for fresh start | Major League Soccer

Good for Chris Seitz to know his role already with the club. He's already aware that he isn't the top dog like he was a year ago in Philadelphia. Maybe Kevin Hartman can help work the kinks out of his games too this year. The club will need it when he gets playing time. He can't go out and give up goals like he did with the Union last year.

FC Dallas Training Report: 2/7 | FC Dallas

Not much to say about training today. The bigger news was Villar signing. 

MLS Stadium Outlook, Part 1: Houston Dynamo's New Digs Could Be Tops In League - SBNation.com

Number 11 in the stadium outlook by Sounders at Heart's Jeremiah Oshan? Not a bad ranking. I know Daniel linked this earlier in the day but I felt it was worth mentioning again. I'll probably have a ranking similar to this up on my site sometime soon (I'm a sucker for a good list of stadiums). Anyways, JO points out that the location for Pizza Hut Park isn't as bad as some make it out to be. So happy to hear an outsider say that. I've been saying for a while that the location argument against PHP is a weak one. No matter where you are in the Dallas-Forth Worth area you have to drive 15-20 minutes (that is unless you're just going down the road to the local Tom Thumb). Frisco is booming as we all know and will continue to do so. 

I still think PHP is on the up and up, I only hope and pray that one day the Hunts will wake up and put a little more money into the place. Investing in some form of shade or roof over the stands even will go a long way in getting more folks out to games on hot summer days. 

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Below are more notes that were passed on by the club earlier today.

This week's training schedule goes a little something like this:

Monday, Feb. 7 10 a.m. Training (Dr. Pink Field @ Pizza Hut Park)

  4:30 p.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

Tuesday, Feb. 8 10 a.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

  4:30 p.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

Wednesday, Feb. 9 10 a.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

  4:30 p.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

Thursday, Feb. 10 10 a.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

  4:30 p.m. Training (TBD @ Pizza Hut Park)

Friday, Feb. 11 10:15 a.m. Flight to Corpus Christi, Texas

  3 p.m. Training at Whataburger Field

Saturday, Feb. 12 2 p.m. Friendly vs. Houston Dynamo @ Whataburger Field

  8:15 p.m. Return flight to Dallas

Sunday, Feb. 13 TBD

Notes from the team:

Edson Edward suffers torn ACL

The second-year defender went down with a knee injury during an indoor training session at Fieldhouse USA on Thursday, Feb. 3. Team doctors determined the Edward tore his ACL during a MRI examination over the weekend, but Edward will not undergo surgery until the swelling in the knee subsides. Huge blow to him as he'll likely be out for the majority if not the entire season. 

What is it with defenders going down this year for FC Dallas? Ugo Ihemelu is banged up, so is Zach Loyd, Heath Pearce continues to not be quite at 100%, same goes for George John. Kyle Davies is also out for a couple months. Let's hope that depth is there for the start of the season. At least Loyd, Pearce and John all appear to be close to returning to normal here.

Ihemelu to undergo surgery

Speaking of Ugo, he will head to Philadelphia to undergo a sports hernia surgery on Wednesday. Gotta get those things taken care of quickly or they can be a real bugger for an entire season. 

Luna back with Mexican U-20 National Team

FC Dallas forward Ruben Luna rejoined the Mexican Under-20 National Team in El Salvador on Saturday, Feb. 5. He is expected to return to FC Dallas camp on Friday, Feb 11.

FC Dallas to face New England Revolution in Orlando

The Red Stripes will head to Disney later this month on February 23 to face the Revs at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. Kickoff is set for 10am CT..