While the team is still without a coach the roster moves have been fast and furious over the past week. Jackson has been traded to Toronto FC, and Kenny Cooper has had his option declined and potentially has had his negotiation rights traded to another (as of yet unnamed at time of publication) MLS team. Matt Barbour tweeted this nugget out yesterday:
BREAKING: sources at FC Dallas say rights to negotiate a contract with forward Kenny Cooper have been traded to another MLS club— Matt Barbour (@matt_barbour) December 12, 2013
It wasn't all bad news though. The team announced that they had resigned/picked up the options of most players.
The following players are under contract with FC Dallas for the 2014 season:
GOALKEEPERS (5): Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz, Richard Sanchez, Kyle Zobeck, Jesse Gonzalez.
DEFENDERS (9): Jair Benitez, George John, Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Stephen Keel, Michel, London Woodberry, Moises Hernandez.
MIDFIELDERS (6): Andrew Jacobson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Bobby Warshaw, Danny Garcia, Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead.
FORWARDS: (5): Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez, Bradlee Baladez, Jonathan Top, Eric Hassli.
One of the more surprising names on that list, and no I'm not talking about Je-Vaughn Watson, was that of 2013 2nd round SuperDraft pick Ryan Hollingshead.
Daniel Robertson at FCDallas.com had a chance to sit down with Hollingshead and talk to him about what he's been up to over the past year and why he wants to prove himself worthy of being a regular player for the Hoops.
"It was all up in the air, but the way that it worked out and God ordained it, I’m so excited and just ready to prove it," said Hollingshead with his competitive side coming out a little bit. "Of course, when I first turned it down and said I’m going back to Sacramento there were a lot of people talking about it, saying different things, a lot of them rude things and I’m excited to get out there and just prove that I can play and they’re going to want to put me on the field."
I'm glad to see that the youngster is motivated and ready to go. I know we're all looking forward to seeing some improvement through the midfield and hopefully Hollingshead can become a big part of that.
In case you've forgotten about what he brings to FC Dallas here's a college highlight video of Hollingshead.
For those of you having offseason withdrawals take a look back all off the saves made this past season by the solid 'keeper group at FC Dallas.
And while the season didn't end as all of us had hoped there were more than a few spectacular goals scored by the Hoops. MLSSoccer.com has a compilation of them all.
And speaking of FC Dallas goals, FCDallas.com now has the poll up for the 1st Semifinal matchup of the FCD Goal of the Year. This matchup? Jair's long bomb vs Watson's screamer from outside the box.
Go vote now!!
The big announcement came down yesterday from US Soccer that they have agreed on a 4 year extension with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann that includes handing the job of Technical Director to him as well. MLSSoccer.com has the report.
"I am very fortunate to continue the work we started more than two and a half years ago," Klinsmann said in the statement. "It's exciting to see the progress we have made, and we continue to make improvements on all fronts. The role of technical director is a huge challenge and also a huge opportunity as we look to keep connecting the dots to the youth national teams, coaching education, the Development Academy and the grassroots efforts in this country."
How do you guys feel about the early extension?
The MLS season may be over but there's still plenty of USMNT stars in action this weekend in Europe. Greg Seltzer at MLSSoccer.com breaks down this weekends games, including the news that Steve Cherundolo could be back as captain for Hannover against Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg.
Steve Cherundolo – Hannover 96 vs. Timothy Chandler – FC Nürnberg (Saturday, 9:30 am)
The "Mayor of Hannover" could go back to his day job as the Reds skipper, which would be a good omen for the home side. They've beaten FCN three straight with Cherundolo in the lineup, and five of the last six. If he plays, it will be an intriguing clash between US right backs aiming to get back in the World Cup frame. Chandler's showings this term are noticeably improved, but still fall short of his potential.
Great to see Cherundolo back on the field and playing. Could he be the USMNT answer at right back for the World Cup?
Another player hoping to be on the plane to Brazil is youngster Terrence Boyd. Boyd scored the only goal for Rapid Vienna in their Europa Cup loss to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. Seth Vertelney at Goal.com has the story.
The Rapid Vienna striker opened the scoring in his side's Europa League Group G finale against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. A win would've seen the Austrian side through, but Dynamo struck back with three unanswered goals to claim a 3-1 victory that sees it advance to the round of 32.
Boyd got the visitors off to a quick start in the sixth minute, as his close-range finish from a cross gave the Austrian Bundesliga side the lead. It was Boyd's fourth goal in six Europa League group stage matches. Overall, the 22-year-old has 12 goals in all competitions this season.
With Klinsmann having more than a few options at striker it will be interesting to see if Boyd gets the call up for the World Cup.
Goal.com also brings us the report that three time US World Cup man DeMarcus Beasley has left Liga MX side Puebla.
Queretaro on Tuesday announced it had acquired Beasley, along with three other players. Los Gallos Blancos finished seventh in the Apertura this past season, compiling a 7-5-5 record before being ousted by Santos Laguna in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
After representing the USA at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Beasley went to Mexico in 2011 following disappointing stints with Rangers and Hannover 96.
I think there is a very good chance that Beasley makes it onto his fourth World Cup roster in 2014. His time at Puebla saw an amazing amount of improvement in his game and Beasley has quickly become a staple on Jurgen Klinsmann's rosters.
Ever wondered how they train goalkeepers in Slovenia? Of course you have!
video via youtube.com.
Thanks as always for stopping by Big D Soccer. Stay tuned for all the insanity of the next few weeks as FCD (hopefully) get a new coach and the roster moves really start to shake out.