Not a big FCD news day, but a few things that have built up over the last few days worth looking at. First off a quick reminder that FCD will play University of Tulsa tomorrow morning at 10 up in Frisco. There is also the friendly against the USA U23 Olympic Squad on Wednesday, though a time for that game has not been released yet.
Have you ever wanted your own Brek Shea painting or a pair of his boots? Follow this link to find out how to win them on Opening Day
The winner must be present at the March 11th game vs. Red Bull New York here at FC Dallas Stadium where the winner will be announced at halftime. Shea will meet the prize winner in the WinStar River Club following the match to hand over the artwork and his boots.
Anyone who has spent much time around FC Dallas games probably recognizes this guy if you haven't directly worked wit hhim. We Live Soccer profiled long-time FCD photographer Rick Yeatts
I enjoy shooting and checking the images in camera just to see what I didn’t see, plus to make sure I got what the client is looking for. I may shoot 1200 to 2000 images in a match. In a matter of an hour or less, you have to narrow that down to 25 to 55 of the best images. In a perfect world, I would shoot and have an editor that knows the sport do the editing. I could care less about looking at my shots after a shoot but I have to.
Another interesting profile was done of FC Dallas goalkeeping coach and Irishman Drew Keeshan by The Irish World
"I was only here three months when Steve got fired," Drew remembers an uncertain time. "I had a good job so I took a chance coming here. The coach who came in (Schellas Hyndman) was a local college guy. I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me so he sat me down and said: ‘You’ve got five months to show me what you’ve got’. He gave me the opportunity which I was grateful for.
Todd Date caught up with Ugo Ihemelu after the SMU game. The Cedar Hill native had this to say about new signing Hernan Pertuz.
"He’s a really good player. He’s really composed on the ball and he’s tough in the tackle. He reads the game well," Ihemelu said. "The only thing there is we just have to get that understanding of each other. There’s a little language barrier, but I know the basics of Spanish and he’s picking up the basics of English. Soccer’s game that you really don’t need language in. Once you get that understanding and time playing with each other, it becomes natural and many words aren’t really needed except for the basics."
Brian Straus has a very interesting article on MLS' growing ties to Colombia
"All the credit goes to the league. They’ve really increased the level of play," Montero told Sporting News. "Those of us who are here have done a good job establishing ourselves and it opens the door for more Colombians." He said MLS’s reputation in Colombia has been "turned on its head" in the past couple of years.
The U-18s posted their third straight shutout against the Dynamo on Saturday. Leading scorer Danny Garcia tallied his 17th goal of the season in the 19th minute and goalkeepers Caleb Underwood and Eduardo Cortes combined to shutout Houston and earn the 1-0 victory.
With a 14-1-2 record, the U-18s remain in first place in the Texas Division with 14 points separating them from second-place Texans SC Houston.
Finally, check out this fascinating article from the great Sid Lowe on the controversy brewing in Spain over what stadium will host the Copa Del Rey final