48 hours from kickoff at Philly Union and FCD is currently on the practice field getting ready for the big game. They've had two days off this week so it will be interesting to see how they come out with fresh legs for once.
A lot of the talk is obviously centered around Brek Shea and his performance last night. Soccer By Ives says that Brek turned a corner, though I would argue that Dallas fans will tell you he did that months ago.
"In my opinion, in our league, if he's not the best, he's one of the best players at just getting the ball and going at people and putting guys under pressure, and as a defender it's a nightmare to play against him," U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan said.
Steve Davis rated him a 7 last night, tied for the highest rating of any player.
M, Brek Shea, 7 -- The FC Dallas man made a big impression after entering in the 59th minute for the muted Jones. He soon stretched those long legs to wiggle free and provide Robbie Rogers with the easiest of tap-ins on the U.S. goal. Overall, he certainly enlivened a distressingly staid left side with aggressive running off the ball. One of those runs put Shea through for a great chance in the 82nd, forcing a nice save off Ochoa.
Steve also has an interesting story up on his Daily Soccer Fix blog about the time that Klinsi came here during the World Cup.
Klinsmann made a quick assessment of his surroundings: "You guys in Texas really are big!" he told David.
Grant Wahl had some good things to say about Brek as well.
In Klinsmann's first game coaching the U.S., it was the 21-year-old Shea who made the biggest impact, coming on as a second-half sub on the left wing and changing the game. With his blond mullet in full flow, Shea used his pace and craftiness to create space and uncork some dangerous crosses.
Back to FC Dallas and David Ferreira spoke with FC Dallas yesterday in a Q&A session
Ferreira: I feel like when I played my first professional game. I am very anxious. Sometimes I want to run, but now is not the time. What this team is doing is excellent, and in my head I imagine that I will score the winning goal for the MLS title. Hopefully all this imagination and enthusiasm that I have will be reflected on the day I play again, and it will be like I imagined. It doesn’t cost anything to dream, but I have faith that I will come back stronger. Hopefully I will return soon to do what I love most. But I also know that I have to be patient and not despair. The most important thing is that I can recover 100 percent and be able to return to the field and help the team.
Sounder at Heart warns Seattle fans to get ready to get sick of FC Dallas over the next few months.
I've gone through and calculated the probabilities of first round opponents that our sim spits out (including the remote possibility of no playoffs). As you can see, FC Dallas is by far the most likely first matchup:
Kristan Heneage of MLS Talk has a great Q&A up with Kevin Hartman
Bill Hamid was given his chance for the national team recently. Where are you internationally? Do you think you still have a part to play?
I’d certainly relish the opportunity. I think I have about 5 or 6 caps and I’ve been in numerous camps so I’ve got a lot of experience at that level, but I don’t know. We’ll see. Obviously Bill’s getting his opportunity, I know [Sean] Johnson at Chicago got his opportunity at the start of the year, I had a knee injury at the start of the year so I wasn’t really available.
Freddy Adu is looking like he's coming back to MLS and he's joining Chivas USA
Freddy Adu has endured a steady string of largely unsuccessful moves through Europe since leaving Major League Soccer in 2007 in search of club glory. That winding road looks ready to bring him back to the league where his career began.
And finally, in a random story, FC Dallas has majorly upgraded their broadcast capabilities
Oh and the Prime Minister of England thinks he can ban people from Facebook and Twitter