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FCD News Update 6/30

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This is going to be a short one today. 

Rodolfo Zelaya, the El Salvadorian hotshot who light up the Gold Cup, is in negotiations with MLS right now but have stalled due to money according to this Univision article posted today. There is a much better than zero chance that Dallas is one of, if not the main team after Zelaya so this is something to track closely. 

FCD's own Richard Sanchez is headed to the quarterfinals of the U17 World Cup as Mexico defeated Panama 2-0 in Pachuca. For Sanchez, it's his first shutout of the competition and Mexico will go on to face France in the quarters on Monday.

Things didn't go so well for Kellyn Acosta and the United States as they got thumped 4-0 by Germany....yikes

FC Dallas will host Real Salt Lake in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup a week from Tuesday. Michael C Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune explains why Dallas is hosting the game instead of Salt Lake City. 

Jeremiah Oshan of SB Nation thinks that the USOC needs an overhaul and has some ideas of his own. Check the comment section as I added a few as well. 

Copa America 2011 starts tomorrow with Argentina taking on Bolivia. Grantland, the interesting new site from Bill Simmons and company that has some hits and misses, has a decent, easily readable preview of the tournament.

Finally, FC Dallas announced some details for their new U13, U14 and U15 teams that will play in a similar setup to the Development Academy U16 and U18 teams....FCD really does have a totally integrated youth setup, now all that's left is getting a PDL team in there.

Jump for the full press release announcing the details of these new youth teams

FRISCO, Texas (June 30, 2011) – FC Dallas has formed a Pre-Academy program for its U13, U14 and U15 teams, the club announced today.

“The creation of the Pre-Academy program is another sign of FC Dallas’ commitment to the entire club,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “The academy has already supplied us with six players and I think there are more yet to come. We believe in the

FCD Way
, which is quite a unique program and certainly encouraging to the development of the club.” 

Players selected to play for the club’s Pre-Academy program will be able to do so with no registration or annual costs to parents. Although players will be expected to cover the costs of their travel and uniforms, any and all additional costs for league fees, referee payments, dues, coaches compensation, and field rental will be covered by FC Dallas. The FC Dallas U16 and U18 Academy is already a fully funded program for all players who participate.

“We continue to raise the standard in our effort to lead both the local and national evolution of player development,” Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt said. “In just the past four years, we have created our academy program, produced six professional players, sent over 24 players to the U.S. and Mexican Youth National Team pools, sent four professionals overseas, and have identified an impressive number of collegiate players. We are very proud of this program and this is just another step forward.”

FC Dallas’ Pre-Academy teams will compete in U.S. Club Soccer’s Texas Pre-Academy League (TEPAL). The eight participating Texas Division clubs (FC Dallas, Dallas Texans, Solar, Lonestar, Classics Elite, Houston Dynamo, Rush, and Houston Texans) will provide one team per age category in the U13, U14, and U15 groups to play in a 10-month season beginning in September and ending in June. Games will mirror the U.S. Development Academy schedule in a home-and-away format. Pre-Academy teams will travel and play against the same U16 and U18 opponents for division games only.