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FC Dallas News Update 1/7 We're getting geared up for the SuperDraft!

Ned Dishman

Hello again everybody! I hope everyone made it through the holidays relatively unscathed. There's a lot of exciting things to talk about so let's get to it.

MLS tweeted out the awesome news that they will be releasing the full 2013 schedule on Wednesday.

Just ahead of next week's 2013 SuperDraft MLS has announced the signing of five college seniors to league contracts.

The fab five are Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez, Boston College midfielder Kyle Bekker, Maryland’s John Stertzer and Notre Dame duo Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers.

The depth in this years draft is going to make FC Dallas' 7th overall pick very very interesting to say the least. I would love to hear from you guys about what you think the team should do with their pick.

That depth grew even more when it was announced that Eriq Zavaleta has become the newest member of 2013 Generation adidas class.

Zavaleta grabbed the national spotlight in December when Indiana made a run to the 2012 College Cup title with the sophomore striker registering the game-winner in’ the teams 1-0 victory over Georgetown.

A very nice addition to Generation adidas. It will be interesting to see if he stays at striker or makes a transition to CB. I know Daniel will be covering the upcoming draft extensively all week so keep an eye out..

Bobby Warshaw wrote a moving essay over at about what it meant for him to be involved with Soccer Night in Newtown.

Through MLS we have the opportunity to help, to bring a bit of sunshine and laughter to a town in desperate need of our nation’s love. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to do good things.

It's nice to see a side of a player that we rarely get to see and to get some perspective on life and the way we think about tragedies.

Recently the Dallas Morning News announced it's reader's nominees for Texan of the Year and FCD's own Chris Seitz was nominated!

I nominate Chris Seitz. Chris is a goalkeeper for the FC Dallas soccer club and donated bone marrow to save a stranger’s life. He made the decision to do this in September, even though he would miss the rest of the soccer season and without the guarantee of a contract for next season. In this age of professional athletes with huge egos and salaries to match, it takes a very special person to do what Chris has done.

John Lauder, Richardson

A very deserving nomination for Seitz. He deserves all the accolades and acknowledgements that he has received.

And last but not least the Ballon d'Or awards were handed out today in Zurich, Switzerland.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi collected a record-breaking fourth consecutive title of best player in the world when he was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or, while US player Abby Wambach claimed fer first FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award...

If anyone watched the presentation today you were treated to a showing of how much Sepp Blatter loves to hear himself talk. I think he spoke more that Ruud Gullit did. There were very few surprises at this years presentation, except maybe Goal of the Year. Congratulations to Abby and Pia on their wins.

See you guys next time!