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FC Dallas News Update 8/17

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CHESTER, PA- AUGUST 13: Marvin Chavez #18 of the FC Dallas goes over the top of Gabriel Farfan #15 of the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on August 13, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, PA- AUGUST 13: Marvin Chavez #18 of the FC Dallas goes over the top of Gabriel Farfan #15 of the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on August 13, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Some reading to get you pumped up for tonight's huge game. 

Nick Firchau has a very interesting 6 keys for MLS teams to win in Mexico. Makes for great reading and one of the things that worries me most about tonight's game is the intangibles. Altitude, smog, field etc....This quote might want to make Schellas think twice before giving Jackson a start.

“[The Mexican players] will do some things to make your guys get a red card, so we’ve always talked about being responsible,” Warzycha said. “I mean, it’s difficult to play against those teams with 11 players, but can you imagine if you had to play with 10, at altitude? There’s no chance you can win. You just have to keep your head.”

“We went into the CONCACAF games saying, ‘We need to expect one bad call that could be consequential to the game, every single game,’” Kreis said. “You have to be ready for it, and move on as quickly as possible.”

Robert Casner caught up with Schellas Hyndman and co before hopping on a plane yesterday. 

The MLS Cup last year against Colorado was the all-time highest and this is going to be up there with it,” he said before the team traveled to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Fresh off getting busted by his wife for cheating, further reason to think that Eddie Johnson is the biggest dunce that US Soccer has ever produced.

According to the Steven Goff of the Washington Post, the deal is now "unlikely" to happen after Johnson balked at a three-year deal that would have started off with a pro-rated year of $175,000 and gone up to $275,000 by 2013. Also according to Goff, only one MLS team had expressed a willingness to pay even that salary.

Spanish: Medio Tiempo previews tonight's big match and gives us a probable lineup for Pumas...however their probably lineup for Dallas includes two players who are ineligible for tonight(Bruno Guarda and Maicon Santos) so take it with a grain of salt.

Odin Patino, Eduardo Gamez, Carlos Gonzalez, Aaron Sandoval, Jose Antonio Garcia, Erik Vera, Kevin Quiñones, Carlos Campos, Michelle Castro, Raul Servin and Alfonso Nieto. 
Coach Guillermo Vazquez.

Keep reading

Here's a cool story about a Portland Timbers fan who named his chicken coop after a former FCD player. 

I decided to get chickens last winter for the fresh eggs, to help control bugs in my garden and for their (ummm) ‘fertilizer,’" as he put it in an e-mail. Smith got three chicks in February and set about building them a coop. With Timbers fever in the air at his Alberta Arts District home, he and his friends decided to dedicate the coop to the first Timbers player to score a goal in Major League Soccer.

Eric Avila is settling into his new life in Toronto well. 

“It’s always nice to be getting on the field especially with someone who encourages you to go out there and be free and go out there with confidence on attack,” he said last week.

 

And finally, watch the preview of tonight's match from Bobby Rhine and FCD.