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What's on my mind? September 7

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What's on my mind heading into this weekend of soccer?

1) FCD Internationals in Action

Tonight is a big, big night for Brek Shea, Blas Perez, Julian de Guzman and Carlos Rodriguez. All four will be suiting up for their national teams in really enormous World Cup Qualifiers.

For Perez and Rodriguez, a win tonight would all but assure advancement into the "hexagonal" for the second time ever while Canada desperately needs to win with Honduras having won at Cuba today to pull them even with Canada on four points.

I'm going to be so locked in to how Blas Perez does tonight, likely starting for Panama in their first qualifier after he suffered a foot injury with them in early June. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and the Watch ESPN app/ESPN3 so set your tivos.

For Brek Shea, tonight could be a historic one as if the Texan figures in the action tonight, it will be his first ever competitive game for the United States. Could he come off the bench in his super sub role again? Join me and American Outlaws at Trinity Hall this evening to find out.

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Finding an Option Past Ferreira

Todd Date has a little piece up this afternoon from practice earlier talking about David Ferreira and getting fouled.

"You’ve already seen it, if you stop David, you stop FC Dallas. So the only team that can take care of it and protect the players is the officiating team. That’s where the responsibility lies."

While Schellas has a point, I think this off season his and Fernando Clavijo's responsibility lies in finding a way for the team to play without Ferreira. Sure, he's the cornerstone of this team and they're not going to win in the playoffs without Ferreira, I think we can all accept that.

However, FCD MUST figure out a way next season to be competitive in league games through 2013 without Ferreira. Whether it's finding a new attacking midfielder, a second forward to throw in during Ferreira's absences or giving Ricardo Villar another chance, the Dallas brain trust has to find a plan B.

Sunday Friendly Sunday

Really looking forward to Sunday's friendly vs Leon. It's a chance to see the team currently in third place in the Mexican league standings, the weather should be in the upper 70's and it's a great shot to see some of the guys I talk about from practice in an actual game setting.

I'm going to be watching a few guys closely in this one. Firstly, Bobby Warshaw. The guy needs minutes badly right now. He recovered from injury six weeks ago, but due to an absence of reserve games has yet to see the field in any sort of match...six weeks without a match, think about that for a second.

Also, I want to see what Victor Ulloa has in this one. It's time for him to take the step forward whether it's this season or next year. With potential new homegrown signings, it's put up or shut up time for Victor and I think he has what it takes to step up.

And the third guy is Bryan Leyva. The skill isn't the question for this guy, it's the fitness levels. Still, in Sunday's game he will probably do at least one thing that makes your jaw drop.