It's Champions League matchday and tonight is one of the biggest nights in Pizza Hut Park history as Pumas, the Mexican champions, come to Frisco. This time it's serious as the first team has invaded Frisco and a lot of the news is centered around that.
First off let me get a public service announcement out of the way. If you haven't bought tickets yet, you're nuts and you can get $12 tickets by following this link(code=FCD). News is all over the hispanic media in Dallas that the Pumas first team is here, walkup lines are going to be nuts at the stadium tomorrow, if you want to get into the stadium before kickoff buy tickets from that link. OK on to the news...
After getting his butt whipped in the first two rounds playing the kids, Pumas coach Memo Vazquez has changed his tone quite a bit and say that he talked to the starters and sh**s real now.
"I approached them, told them it was important for me, that they participate and play and I had a very positive response from each one of them, which I thought was perfect and that's why we decided,
However, Vazquez this game isn't about revenge as much as it is about representing Mexico and Pumas well[rough translation]
"I do not believe that it is revenge, but we look to make the game better, surely, and to look to bring home the points. It is necessary to make what one has come doing, maintain prestige, with the good soccer and to demonstrate it in any side",
Later on today I'll have a post up looking at the Pumas first team and one player who hasn't played since the first CCL group stage, Juan Carlos Cacho, has traveled to Frisco with Pumas and could feature.
Robert Casner's FCD notebook suggests that Brek Shea should be back for tonight
Once I got warmed up I felt good, and I was just excited to be playing again," said the 21-year-old. "Sitting out and watching training is not fun, and so when I got out and was able to play, it was fun."
Hyndman added that Shea "will be fine" for the important CONCACAF Champions League game on Wednesday vs. Pumas UNAM (7 pm CT, FOX Soccer).
Todd Date of 3rd Degree says look out for a new look from Shea tomorrow
Dallas supporters might remember the corn rows look the affable Shea sported last year. He was asked about his new paint scheme and here’s what he had to say.
"I’ve done a couple of different colored stripes and went with red this time. FC Dallas wears red, so it’s red and white a little bit," Shea said.
On the other half of the group, Toronto FC defeated Tauro FC 1-0 on a Danny Koevermans header. What this all means is Dallas needs a win from one of their last three games to qualify for the quarterfinals. There's three teams that could reach ten points in the group, but all three teams can't reach ten points. Follow me?
Koevermans, who scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Colorado on Saturday and has six goals in seven MLS games, headed home his first CCL goal in the 40th minute. It was started by a nice cross from Ashtone Morgan on the left side, then played back by Ryan Johnson and headed toward the goal by Peri Marosevic to Koevermans. The big Dutman was able to stay onside and flick it over the onrushing ‘keeper Alvaro Anzola.
For a closer look at how the other MLS teams are faring up in CCL this week, Soccer America has got you covered.
Group play moves into the critical phase, with each team playing its fourth of six games. Seattle can clinch, FC Dallas and Los Angeles face tough tests, and Colorado and Toronto are desperate.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Glenn Davis has a good read on two Dynamo mid-season signings that could cause Dallas problems on Saturday
Costly was engaged, active and involved against San Jose and at FC Dallas it could be his night to score his first MLS goal.
Luiz Camargo, a 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder is still finding his way in MLS, but his last performance against San Jose shows he is on an upward trend for the moment, playing a full 90 minutes.
Be careful not to categorize Camargo as an attacking #10. He links up well with others, and Dominic Kinnear has told me he needs him to play further upfield off the two strikers to make a difference.
Finally for all the lovely lady readers of Big D Soccer, my wife has a blog devoted to her nails. It's true. She blogged about our recent road trip to Kansas City and the special nails she did. I think they look pretty cool, you should give it a look. Guys, you can click too.