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FC Dallas News Update 6/22

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We're going to have to make things short and sweet today as I'm about to hop in a car and head down to Houston for the Gold Cup. Stay tuned to my twitter account for pictures from the road and Reliant Stadium. 

The biggest news is the reserve team's 3-2 loss to West Texas United yesterday. The result isn't terribly important as the game winner was scored off a deflection in extra time. The most important thing for me was the fact that Israeli midfield trialist Ravid Gazal played almost the entire game and had an assist. A spy at the game in Midland told me that Gazal was pretty impressive playing in an offensive midfielder role. 

Given his pedigree(multiple games for the Israeli national team etc...), you wonder if Gazal is a serious candidate to take Ricardo Villar's roster spot. All it really depends on is whether Villar's contract is guaranteed through the season and what Gazal's cost would be.

A couple other things of note from the match, Andrew Wiedeman scored yet again for the reserves on a header from a Gazal cross. I really hope Wiedeman gets some time in USOC next or even a star. 

Speaking of USOC, FC Dallas learned their foe for next Tuesday's match...

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FCD will face a familiar opponent next Tuesday as Orlando City will come to Frisco after defeating Charleston Batter last night at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston. We'll have much more on OCSC next week, but I think it's good news that FCD will be playing Orlando as they're a team that won't provide too many surprises to Dallas. 

Schellas Hyndman talks so much about character and how that goes into the players he drafts and signs. Bobby Warshaw is a guy with a huge amount of character and he wrote a very interesting article for the Stanford website. Give it a look. 

Richard Sanchez and the Mexico U17 National Team struggled to put away 9 man Congo yesterday in the U17 World Cup, but they eventually got the job done winning 2-1

Mexico 2-1 Congo U-17 World Cup 22.06.11 (via allfootballrussia)