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FCD News Update 6/17

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A little over 24 hours from until the Chivas USA game and FC Dallas is in Cali preparing for the game. Not a whole lot going on with the first team, but there's a decent bit going on around the periphery of the team. 

Can't link to it due to the DMN paywall, but the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Israeli midfielder Ravid Gazal is on trial with FCD. Tough to comment on the player, but Al Chia of TXFutgol saw him play against Venezuela and had this to say about him. 

Ticket prices for the USOC clash against either Charleston or Orlando were given out in a press release yesterday. These prices seem pretty steep to me. USOC is a perfect chance to try and get people into the stadium to see the team for a very low price. I can never remember a price as high was $15 at the gate for first round of Open Cup. 

Tickets are $10 for current FC Dallas season ticket holders, with a special free ticket offer coming shortly for all intended returning season ticket holders renewing their seats for the 2012 season. While 2011 Flex Vouchers are not valid for this game, FC Dallas partial package ticket holders can buy general admission tickets for $12. General admission tickets for non-plan holders are $15. 

Todd Date caught up with Schellas Hyndman earlier this week

If you can just satisfy one need in the July transfer window, what would that be? 

Hyndman: I have a lot of confidence in this team. We’d like to have another defender in case we have injuries. We’d like to have another playmaker because we don’t have David [Ferreira] and we’d like to have a striker, a pure striker. If you said to me, we can only have one, I think we would settle with that pure striker because we have Chavez who can go out wide, Castillo who can go out wide but we just need a clinical finisher with athleticism. 

Keep reading for North Texans in the world cup and more

The 2011 U17 World Cup starts tomorrow and FC Dallas is the only team with players on two different teams. Texas Futgol takes a look at all the north Texas players in the tournament. For FC Dallas there is Kellyn Acosta, a fullback for the USA and Richard Sanchez, the goalie for Mexico.

Kellyn Acosta has blossomed under Wilmer Cabrera. The versatile fullback was initially earmarked as the starting U17 right-back. Due to injuries, Kellyn has been holding down the left-back position for the U17′s. One of the youngest members on the squad, head coach Wilmer has frequently tabbed Kellyn as one of the players that has made the most significant stride in development. If Kellyn choose to return to the FC Dallas program after the tournament, he will be on track for a future home grown contract.

The Women's World Cup starts in under two weeks and while there won't be anyone on the USA squad from this area, there will be a player on the Mexico squad from North Texas as TCU Junior Monica Alvarado from Southlake is heading to Germany. 

Back to FC Dallas, Robert Casner writes that Brek Shea is having a career season.

“I go out every game and try to get better and every day in training try to get better to help the team,” said Shea. “I think with all the experiences I’ve had in the offseason — going to Spain [with the Generation Adidas team], playing in the January [USMNT] camp and then playing last year and making it to the final — the more games I’ve gotten, the more consistent I’ve become and the more comfortable I’ve become."

Much more surrounding the game tomorrow!