It's matchday 1 of hopefully many for FC Dallas in Champions League play and there's a ton of good stuff regarding the game both in English and Spanish.
Traveling to play in other countries, you get a feel for what it's like to have soccer covered as the top sport rather than a little brother. It's no different with FC Dallas in Honduras as their media has a lot of stuff out about tonight's match.
If you've ever wanted to see Kevin Hartman speaking spanish, watch this video from El Grafico taken at FCD's practice yesterday...there's a sweet Brek Shea goal in there as well.
El Grafico has another video up from FCD arriving at the airport yesterday.
Culebrita Machetada has an overview of FC Dallas up that is actually pretty on par. The El Salvadorian media is certainly not dumb to MLS teams.
Probably the biggest link between FC Dallas and Alianza is Zarco Rodriguez, the former Salvadorian midfielder who spent five seasons in Dallas. La Prensa Grafica has an interview with him that google translates pretty well.
Meanwhile back stateside, Robert Casner of FC Dallas.com has a CCL preview up.
We are looking forward and getting ready for a lot of fans — crazy fans in El Salvador,” added FCD's captain. “It will be a great experience for some of the guys who haven’t played in international games, but again, this first game away will be important so that we can come back home and get a good result here.”
Jeff Carlisle of ESPN has an interesting story up on how CCL can hamstring some MLS teams including FC Dallas...there's an interesting quote from Jason Kreis as well..By the way if you scroll down there's some stuff on Saborio's dive last weekend. I lose a lot of respect for Kreis when he calls out Charlie Davies like he did but gives Saborio the softie treatment. I guess MLS has found their Arsene Wenger.
"[The CCL] was such a fantastic experience for us," Kreis said. "I really enjoyed it as a young coach, and I think our players really enjoyed the international competition. If you look at it from that point of view, you wish you were in it. From another point of view, I feel that my team was extremely fatigued when we entered the playoffs last year, so I'm actually glad we're not in it. I think the absolute best scenario you can hope for is to be in that tournament every other year."
Todd Date caught up with Schellas Hyndman a couple of days ago and he says there should be two players coming in before the transfer window closes....Derrick Johnson and Daniel Cruz perhaps?
Where are you guys at as far as adding a player or two in the transfer window?
We’re close. As I said, we’re going to be active and we are active. We’re very close in getting one player and we hope to have two new players on this team by August 15.
Date also has a nice article up regarding Bruno Guarda's increased form of late
I thought he played extremely well,” Hyndman said. “We made a change at halftime and when he came in, I thought he really brought a spark to the team and was very impressive for us. That’s what we need from Bruno whether he’s a starter, not, or if, he even plays in a game. When he can come on the field and add something, it sure makes his value greater for us.’
Manchester United destroyed the MLS All-Stars 4-0 in a debacle I'm glad FC Dallas was not really a part of. Is Hans Backe a bad coach for selecting 4 Houston Dynamo players or is Dominic Kinnear a bad coach because the team with the most all-stars is a shambles?
To end on a lighter note Brek Shea may be in El Salvador, but his bobblehead was all over the MLS All-Star game yesterday.