Tonight FCD takes on Toronto FC up north in Canada. I'll have a full preview up this afternoon, but for now here's some news.
Steve Hunt writes for FSSouthwest.com that fatigue and stress are weighing on FCD.
"The concern I have is recovery. When you're trying to recover and you've got bumps and bruises all of a sudden before you know it, I've got another game today. That's tough,” Hyndman said. "So we're forced to find depth. Some of our depth is ready. Some of our depth is getting their playing time.”
Todd Date writes for ESPNDallas that FCD will have one of their big pieces back on the road trip as Andrew Jacobson is nearing full fitness.
We took him through a test. He wanted to play against DC but didn’t pass his test,” Hyndman said. “Today, we put him through a test and he was able to pass it. He’ll travel with us. Our ideal situation would be not to play him against Toronto, maybe bring him off the bench or maybe save him for New York. But those are ideal situations. The game forces your hand.”
Looking at Toronto FC, they're pretty much a disaster and have been since joining the league. Head Coach Aron Winter held a pow-wow with the media in Toronto yesterday and some interesting stories have come out of it.
The Toronto Sun writes that Aron Winter has vowed TFC will win. Here's a quote that makes you go "Huh?"
“It was a setback last year, Year Four should have seen results,” Anselmi said.
“We had become victims of our success, got distracted ... We’re not even rebuilding, they’re building. We missed some steps.”
Duncan Fletcher of fellow SB Nation blog Waking The Red takes a shot at what we could see from TFC tonight. It's probably the best thing out there.
this game isn't really about the result, for supporters it's about the first chance to see the new players, to try and see signs of hope for the future. For the players it's a first chance to get to know each other, and play for their place in the new lineup. For the coaches, it's a first chance to see how the players work together, what works and doesn't, and what still needs improvement (hint, it's the defence).
Luke Wileman of TSN explains how the new TFC additions can help the team.
With four arrivals in the last few days adding to the signings of the club's two new Designated Players late last month, it means Toronto's line up for their match at home to FC Dallas live on TSN on Wednesday night will have a much different look.
The National Post says this is the first day of the rest of our lives for TFC.
Winter’s club, just 3-9-9 on the season and likely to finish out of the playoffs for the fifth straight year, hosts FC Dallas (10-5-5) Wednesday night, and five of the six players acquired over the last few weeks could be in the lineup.
Back to FC Dallas, Richard Sanchez wrote his last blog about the U17 World Cup and it's one that will give you goosebumps.
After four minutes of added time, the ref finally blew the whistle. I couldn't believe it. Was this actually true or was I still dreaming? I threw myself onto the ground screaming and shouting. I wanted to cry but couldn't. I wasn't sure of what I was feeling. I wasn't sure if I was dreaming.
Robert Casner has a profile of Bobby Warshaw up on FCDallas.com
I don’t think that the soccer and the touches are that different from six months ago,” said Warshaw, who left school a semester early to begin his professional career. “But [it’s] the ability to focus, the ability to think your way through the game — the mental and the focus side is the hardest thing.”
Preview coming later...