FCD took Sunday and Monday off, so did I and most of you I would hope. We're back at it this morning with a game to look forward to on Saturday against the struggling New England Revolution. Not a whole heck of a lot of news, but enough to keep some attention on Tuesday morning.
The budding rivalry between Seattle and FC Dallas is further growing as Mike Fucito makes a curious statement about Daniel Hernandez who gave Fucito stitches last Tuesday.
Fucito practiced Monday with nine stitches under his right eye after being struck by an elbow from FC Dallas' Daniel Hernandez in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal.
The 25-year-old forward, who is expected to be available for Saturday's home game against Real Salt Lake, called it a "dirty play."
"I think that's the type of player he is in general," he said of Hernandez.
Schmid said the team won't appeal to U.S. Soccer for a punishment.
Quite the statement about a guy who hasn't had a red card since returning to MLS 2 years ago...
We're going to take a closer look at the standings later, but Dallas got a little bit of help last night with Kansas City grabbing a point at the death against Los Angeles in a wild 2-2 draw. Julio Cesar grabbed the initial goal to make it 1-1 and has a hilarious quote.
My goal was technically perfect," Cesar said. "The space was very small, but it was a perfect kick. It was an amazing goal."
On Friday night, Brek Shea and the United State dropped a disappointing 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. Brek did pretty well, I thought, setting up Landon Donovan for the chance of the game that he missed. Shea clearly tired towards the end of the game, however, and I'm kind of hoping he doesn't start the match this afternoon at Belgium. Jeff Carlisle rated Brek a 6 for Friday night's match.
F Brek Shea, 6 -- Brought lots of good energy into the attack and was a threat in the air. His crossing needed to be better, though.
SMU had an up and down weekend in North Carolina playing in the Duke Classic. On Friday night, they lost to NC State 1-0 in overtime, however they would rebound in a huge way on Sunday defeating Duke 1-0 on an Arthur Ivo overtime goal. FCD Academy graduate goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra allowed just one goal in starting both games.
"Jaime was excellent this weekend," said McClements. "He had a really strong performance again today, and we're really happy with him. Our goalkeepers have been battling all season, and we really can't go wrong with any of them."
Kyle McCarthy has FC Dallas third in his Power Rankings this week
3. FC Dallas – FCD used the international break to give its reserves – and returning defender George John – a run out in a 2-1 victory over Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres in Frisco on Sunday. (3)
For those of you who went to the Tigres game on Saturday night, you can tell your kids one day that you saw the professional debut of Mexico U17 World Cup captain Jonathan Espericueta. They seem to be very high on this kid down in Mexico.