Mondays always seem to be easier after a big FCD win. The MLS table is easy viewing right now...
FCD took care of business on Saturday night and here in about an hour its the U18 Academy team's turn. They take on Real Colorado today needing a win to propel the Academy to their second straight Development Academy Finals Week. Dallas can also advance with a draw if the game between Cosmos Academy West and Indiana United finishes in a draw.
Things were looking fairly bleak for FCD after drawing their first game of the weekend against Cosmos, but they bounced back in a big way Saturday night, defeating Indiana United 5-0. Must be nice to bring a ringer like Bryan Leyva off the bench when you're only up 1-0 at halftime...Leyva scored twice in the second half while fellow homegrown Jonathan Top added two for himself.
Back to the first team and Robert Casner writes for FCD.com that offensive worries were put to rest Saturday night.
I think all of our players really stepped up tonight," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman in his postgame press conference. "I think everybody had a good game, and I think we need those type of performances to continue to get those three points
Steve Hunt writes for the Dallas Morning News that Kenny Cooper received a warm welcome back home...except on the field.
Cooper was largely a non-factor, finishing the game with just one shot.
"When you look at the night Kenny had tonight, it was really noneffective," Hyndman said. "Everywhere he went someone was determined to keep him from getting a shot off."
On the Portland side, John Spencer didn't mince words after the game.
You have to be a man to play on the road," Spencer said. "You’ve got to man up and be strong."
"Very disappointed towards the end by the effort," he'd say post-match. We just laid down and died."
FC Dallas homegrown keeper Richard Sanchez is the talk of the town in Mexico for his performance in the U17 World Cup. He saved a penalty in Mexico's 3-2 win over Holland.
El arquero azteca Sub-17 fue el héroe en el encuentro ante la "Naranja mecánica" pero señala que si el Tri quiere seguir en su lucha por la conquista del campeonato, debe de mantener la cabeza fría en el próximo partido.
"Fue algo impresionante que va a quedar guardado en mi corazón, pero aquí no acaba, hay que seguir trabajando, manteniendo la cabeza fría y pasito a pasito podemos lograr esto (ser campeones). El de ayer fue un día inolvidable, pero ya quedó atrás ahora hay que seguir mentalizados en lo que sigue"
Mexico will face CONCACAF rivals Panama in the first knockout round of the U17 World Cup on Thursday evening at 5, while FCD Academy product Kellyn Acosta and the United States will have a stiff test against Germany at 2PM on Thursday.
Here's the pulsating highlights from Sanchez's game...the save is about a minute in.
Mexico U17 vs Holland U17 (3-2) All Goals Full Highlights 2011 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, Mexico (via EccSports)