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FC Dallas News Update 7/25

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 23: Brek Shea #20 of FC Dallas and Dax McCarty #11 of the New York Red Bulls battle for a loose ball during the game at Red Bull Arena on July 23, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
HARRISON, NJ - JULY 23: Brek Shea #20 of FC Dallas and Dax McCarty #11 of the New York Red Bulls battle for a loose ball during the game at Red Bull Arena on July 23, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
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Some bits and pieces of stuff around the FC Dallas world today...I'll have something up later about the Generation Adidas Cup which kicks off in Frisco tonight.

Honduran paper Diez has a light-hearted Q&A with Marvin Chavez up. We don't generally hear a lot from the non-English speaking guys so fire up the Google translator and check this out. It reveals a new nickname for the Honduran...

And the team will have new nicknames or follow it by saying "Son of the Wind?"My coach gave me "The Mosquito", but I like it, I get more I say the "Son of the Wind", as in Honduras.

Colombia begins their U20 World Cup journey with Fabian Castillo on Saturday and El Espectador has a story up with a picture of Fabian sporting a pretty big mohawk. 

There is anxiety and a little nervous, we always feel pressure because we know that the country expects much from us," Fabian said yesterday striker Castillo, who appears to be one of the alternatives on the bench.

Back in English, Kyle McCarthy's Monday Breakdown looks at the MLS MVP race and says it's between two players that faced off this weekend. 

Shea's development over the past 18 months suggests this noticeable growth – particularly in terms of his ambition and incisiveness in the final third – may yet spur him onwards to even greater heights. FCD's decision to tie him down to an undisclosed, long-term deal earlier this year looks like a savvy piece of business given the marked increase in his value over the past three-to-four months.

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FCD Academy products Mikey Ambrose and Boyd Okwuono begin Milk Cup play in Northern Ireland today with the US U-18 national team against Israel.

The roster features five players who competed for a national championship at 2011 Development Academy Finals Week in Milwaukee last week. FC Dallas teammates Michael Ambrose and Boyd Okuwonu will both make the quick turnaround for the U-18 MNT trip, as will New York Red Bulls captain Bryan Gallego and  Javan Torre and Jose Villareal of U-18 Development Academy champions Pateadores. In all, there will be 12 current or former Development Academy players on the U.S. roster.

FC Dallas takes on Alianza of El Salvador on Thursday and their pre-season did not go well. They lost 4-2 to rivals Aguila in a pre-season game in Houston on Saturday night. 

Eagle left a bad impression of Alliance, after defeating 4-2, yesterday in Houston.The snow-white finish does not convince close the preseason, and generate more doubts than confidence ahead of their participation in Concachampions, which will premiere Thursday at the Cuscatlan against FC Dallas.