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News Update 2/5

HUGE moves at FC Dallas and the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal

Brandon Wade

One thing that can not be said about Fernando Clavijo is that he's boring. Every time you think things are starting to settle down in Frisco, Clavijo and the front office toss us another unexpected curve ball, and the news out of FC Dallas Stadium yesterday was a doozy!

Here's the first bit of good news:

It was certainly expected as the team had announced two days before that they were in talks to get Hassli from TFC. We all knew that FCD was going to need another striker not only to add depth but to cover the loss of Shea and the upcoming absence of Blas Perez due to suspension and World Cup qualifying. I mean they had to spend that Shea money somewhere right? Little did we know that the icing on this cake was yet to come.

The FC Dallas front office soon dropped a bomb of awesome in our laps in announcing that Kenny Cooper was headed home to Dallas to wear a Hoops jersey again.'s Alex Labidou's story about the Cooper move here.

Kenny Cooper is returning to the place where he launched his successful Major League Soccer career.

The towering striker has rejoined FC Dallas in a trade with the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money. Cooper is the second striker acquired by the team on Monday as it also traded for Eric Hassali (sp) earlier in the day.

As an FCD fan, and a HUGE Kenny Cooper fan, I will admit that I squealed with glee. I know that Redbulls are trying to free up cap space but how much sense does it really make to trade away the #2 goal scorer in the league last year? Oh well!! What ever illogical reasoning they used I'm glad they did, and judging by Twitter yesterday I get the sense that the overwhelming majority of you agree with me. Welcome home Kenny, it's going to be fun.

The full and official story from about the acquisition of both Hassli and Cooper can be found here.

We've also heard rumblings about Ramon Nunez coming back to FC Dallas as well. Midfield depth certainly couldn't do this team any harm. Reports say that he's going to meet the team down in Cancun. Todd Date reports that Schellas has said that Nunez will travel with the team to Cancun for training.

"Yes [he is going on the trip]," Hyndman said. "Ramon’s coming off of a knee injury and he’s free right now. We’re taking him with us to Cancun and hopefully we come to some arrangement."

It should be noted that Nunez is coming off a knee injury and may be a few weeks from being 100%. Stay tuned....

As many of you may have seen it was being reported a few days ago by Buzz Carrick at that there were unconfirmed reports that FC Dallas was close to releasing Pipico, the Brazilian striker brought in to help Blas.

(From 2/1) Multiple source are this morning saying FC Dallas has dumped their recent striker signing Pipico. FC Dallas signed Pipico in December with some fanfare. We’re still waiting on confirmation from FC Dallas.

The rumors turned out to be true and the tank of a forward was released by the team. It was surprising considering how much was made of his being brought to the club.

When I saw him in preseason training I was shocked at how thick he was. I don't know if he was over weight or he's just a bigger guy (see Cuauhtemoc Blanco) but he looked lethargic on the field. Now though with Perez, Hasslli, and Cooper as options, the Pipico experiment can end with no real loss to the team.

Todd also broke the (good?) news that 20th overall draft choice Ryan Hollingshead will be reporting to FC Dallas on February 11th. [Editors note: Hollingshead has not signed with FC Dallas, though he will be brought in for a tour]

"Probably come here, Feb 11th we’ll probably be back by then if that’s all the case," Hyndman said.

With this week’s departure of Brek Shea, Hollingshead figures to be a factor in the race to replace Shea at left mid.

This is a great bit of news for the Hoops I hope. We'll still have to see if this is merely a formality or if Hollingshead is actually going to commit to FC Dallas.

Speaking of new FC Dallas signing our own Daniel Robertson tweeted this out yesterday:

I haven't heard anything as of yet but we'll let you know as soon as we know something. It's been tough to get a gauge on Luccin. The only practice that I got to see was the first day he arrived at camp and he did almost nothing save for run up and down the side line. More to come on this story for sure.

It's been an adventurous few weeks not only for FC Dallas but MLS players in general. Jeff Carlisle at has up a really great piece about the market for MLS during the January transfer window and what it means for league to grow up some and become a marketplace for talent.

Will the league’s talent level take a hit in the short term? Definitely, and it’s now up to the clubs to make the most of their newfound resources. There is also a responsibility for MLS alums to perform, and thus validate the investment made in them by overseas clubs

What do you guys think of all the movement of talent from MLS to Europe? Let us know in the comments below.

Don't forget that Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm CT the USMNT starts it's march through the CONCACAF Hex with an away game against a tough Honduras team. I hope that everyone has a chance to sit down and support the boys. There's now two options to go see the game with the American Outlaws in the newly formed (and separate) Dallas and Fort Worth chapters. Give them all the support you can.

I want to leave you with Roger Bennett's interview with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann for

Few ex-professionals who have won both the World Cup and the Euros carry themselves as he does. The striker-turned-coach prefers to exchange freewheeling ideas in the present rather than rely on personal achievements in the past.

Thanks as always for giving us a read! Go USA!!

Jay Neal