The most interesting news, is a note broken(at least in English) by TX Futgol and that is the addition of Chinese U19 midfielder Zhuang Jiajie coming to FC Dallas on loan to join the Academy and possibly first team. Jiajie is a '93 that is eligible for the FCD U18 Development Academy team though he has not been added to the roster on the USSDA Demosphere page.
Jiajie saw his first action in an FCD jersey in the reserve game against Houston on Sunday morning logging 45 minutes of action. Albert Chia notes in the article that Zhuang was probably spotted at the Ajax Aegon Future Cup that FC Dallas attended last season. It's incredibly interesting to me that Dallas is bringing players like this on board, and I can't wait to see him in action.
Back to MLS news and David Ferreira's return is looking less likely as time goes on.
It’s interesting; when he was injured, the first prognosis [was that] he will be out for three months, and then we started talking to sports people and [found out] he’ll be out at least five to six months. Now it’s like, do you really want to risk it for a reoccurring injury? Or do you give him November, December, January and February to come back at his best? So those will be decisions to make as time goes on.”
Brek Shea was named the #1 player under 24 years old in MLS and Robert Casner has a nice profile.
Entering MLS at the ripe age of 17, the speedy midfielder acted like a young professional might be expected to upon entering the league: cocky, emotional and anxious to prove himself.
“I was big-headed,” Shea admitted about breaking into MLS. “I think a lot of young kids are. They think they can just come in and play but it’s not that easy. You get here and you realize it and it’s frustrating.”
Normally we cover SMU and college soccer on Thursdays, but it should be mentioned that the Ponies, off to a rocky start this year, got things on track Sunday afternoon winning 2-1 at UCLA. An enormous win for SMU.
"This was a huge weekend for us," head coach Tim McClements said. "We played a very strong Cal State-Northridge team Friday night, grinding out a result. Today, we played UCLA who is nationally ranked. We scored an early goal but they responded. We kept fighting and Castillo scored a great goal that ended up winning the game. I'm really proud of the way we played this weekend; it sets us up well for our first conference game next week."
Juan Castillo and former FCD Academy goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra were named CUSA offensive and defensive players of the week.
Ibarra recorded a shutout Friday night against Cal State-Northridge, which included a huge save on an Edwin Rivas attempt in the final minute of play to preserve the clean sheet. On Sunday, Ibarra came up huge again making three saves as the Mustangs knocked off No. 18 UCLA.
Those of you up north with young kids, take a look at this. Dario Sala is hosting some clinics in Sherman and Denison in a couple of weeks.
Dario Sala is the former goalkeeper for FC Dallas of Major LeagueSoccer and heads an organization that is providing clinics throughout the region as part of the Chevy Youth Soccer program. The professional instructors will put on an outstanding clinic and teach kids some great tips on how to become a better player!
WHEN: Thursday, October 13 at Katy Fields in Denison, TX
Friday, October 14 at Fairview-Field 6 in Sherman, TX.
Tonight there's a CCL match with huge FCD implications as Pumas takes on Toronto. If you want to finish top of the group, a draw in this match would be best.
Tomorrow we analyze the Tauro rematch.