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FC Dallas News Update 2/9 Preseason, FCD Youth, and a Town Hall Meeting

Youth shines both in preseason and on National Signing Day.

The skipper has to be pleased with what he's seen so far in Cancun
The skipper has to be pleased with what he's seen so far in Cancun
Rob Carr

Howdy folks! It's been a busy week around Hoops Nation and as always Big D Soccer is your place to go for the most up to date FCD news available.

FC Dallas have been in Cancun, Mexico this week and have already gotten two positive results out of their trip.

The first match of the preseason trip was played against Mexican 2nd division side Merida that ended in a 3-0 result for FC Dallas. You can find the official FC Dallas press release about the game at

It may have only been a preseason scrimmage in Mexico, but Kenny Cooper made his first day back in a Dallas kit memorable. Posing a formidable threat up top alongside new teammate Eric Hassli, Cooper wasted little time in finding his flow within the Dallas offense as the big forward tallied two goals and an assist in the first 40 minutes of play against Mexican second division side, Merida.

Way to go Kenny! It's performances like that that get me even more excited about the big guys return home. It's also encouraging to hear about London Woodberry and other young guys getting involved in scoring opportunities.

The youngsters got involved even more in Dallas' second game in Mexico against Liga MX side Atlante with a 3-2 result in favor of FCD with new Homegrown signing Bradley Baladez getting a brace, with an assist from Cam Wilder and Ryuta Sasaki no less. Check out the match recap here.

New Homegrown forward Bradlee Baladez delivered two goals in the first 30 minutes, while Bobby Warshaw picked up a third goal late to give FC Dallas a 3-2 victory over Atlante here Thursday afternoon.

I think the amount of talent, especially young talent, on this team may surprise a lot of people this year. Of course we don't know how many young players will make final rosters this year but with the expansion of Reserve League games this amount of young talent will be a real positive for FC Dallas.

Since we're 22 days out from First Kick go check out's Andrew Wiebe as he takes a look at Kenny Cooper's 22 game winning goals in MLS.

Needless to say, with the diminutive Colombian (Ferreira) feeding the hulking Cooper, he isn't likely to be stuck on 22 game-winning goals for long.

I couldn't agree more that assessment. The combination of Ferreira to Cooper with Hassli as an option will hopefully produce a lot of game winners this year.

A guy who's name I keep hearing brought up, and that may be getting lost in all of the big acquisitions this off season, is LB Michel Pareira. Our own Daniel Robertson wrote an article for about the Brazilian international and how he's been wowing the coaching staff of FC Dallas this preseason.

Michel Garbini Pereira, a Brazilian left back most recently with Aris FC of the Greek Super League, has been a fixture on the left side of training sessions in Frisco through the first two weeks of preseason, suggesting that Colombian Jair Benítez could have some stiff competition for his position this season.

What little I've seen of Michel he's looked very solid and some of my Dallas Beer Guardian cohorts have been very high on him based on what they've seen. I think we can all admit that some competition for Jair Benitez is in no way a bad thing.

I can't speak about the young talent at FC Dallas without mentioning that on National Signing Day more than 50(!!!!) FC Dallas Youth products signed commitment to various programs across the country. Here's the full list in Scott Brown's article for

National Signing Day traditionally receives a considerable amount of media attention in respect to many of the best college football and basketball programs in the country. For FC Dallas Youth, however, Wednesday was a significant day to recognize its more than 50 graduating seniors who had already made college commitments

What an impressive job by the FCD Youth program. Players will be attending schools ranging from SMU to Furman University and every school in between (Colorado School of Mines!). Good luck in the future to all of the young talent headed to school in the fall.

USMNT U20 coach Tab Ramos announced his final roster for the upcoming U20 World Cup Qualifiers including 2 FC Dallas products in Daniel Garcia and Boyd Okwuonu. Ives Galarcep has the full list and short write up about Ramos' selections at

The CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifying tournament takes place from Feb. 18th to March 3rd in Mexico. The Americans are in a qualifying group with Costa Rica and Haiti.

Many of you will notice that FCD's Jonathan Top is absent from this list. Definitely disappointing for Hoops fans not to see Top on the list but take a positive in that this means more preseason training with the first team in Cancun.

I don't know if anyone got a chance to see Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl's article about former USMNT and current Egypt coach Bob Bradley. It's a great piece about a really interesting man and the trials and tribulations of coaching for Egypt in arguably one of the roughest time's in modern Egypt's history.

As a member of the Dallas Beer Guardians I want to personally invite each and every one of you to one of our two Town Hall meetings coming up! We'll be in Fort Worth on Saturday the 9th (TODAY!!) and in Dallas on Feb 16th. Come out and become part of a really fun organization. Information about both meeting's can be found here. I hope to see you there!

As always ladies and gentlemen thank you so much for reading!

Jay Neal