This is the news Daniel and I have been hinting at for a few days now. Former FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez has announced his retirement from playing and will join the coaching staff next season.
"Being able to play out the past four seasons of my MLS career in front of my friends and family here in Dallas has been very memorable," said Hernandez. "I am excited to start the next phase of my MLS career with FC Dallas."
Coach Schellas Hyndman fills out his bench with this move after John Ellinger retired last week and yesterday's announcement of Marco Ferruzzi being moved up to the top assistant role.
"FC Dallas appreciates all the hard work and leadership that Daniel Hernandez has demonstrated over the past four seasons," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "We look forward to working with Daniel as he steps into a coaching role with the club."
Hernandez signed with FC Dallas on Sept. 8, 2009. The 36-year-old midfielder played in 89 matches for FC Dallas between 2009 and 2012, scoring two goals and adding five assists. He captained the 2010 squad to the club's first Western Conference Championship and appearance in MLS Cup. He played every minute of FC Dallas' four playoff matches in 2010 despite suffering a torn lateral meniscus, which required postseason surgery.
FC Dallas compiled a 34-26-29 record including 26 shutouts in games in which Hernandez played.
The writing had been on the wall for the majority of the season for Hernandez to hang up his boots for good. Once Julian de Guzman came over from Toronto, Hernandez saw his role diminish with the club on the field. He had stated numerous times late in the season that he still felt that he had something to offer on the field but somewhere along the way the club had to sit down with him and convince him this was the right move for him and the club going forward.
We here at Big D are happy for Hernandez and appreciate the dedication he has shown this club and community over the years.